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November 2015 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Dandenong ED judged best

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Dandenong Hospital ED has been named the best Australasian emergency department of the Year 2015.

Award for young doctor

story link jpegNorthern Health’s Anastasia Vlachadis Castles is the 2015 Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Junior Doctor of the Year.

Barwon Health nurse named top graduate

story link jpegBarwon Health’s Narelle Place has been named Outstanding Graduate at the 2015 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

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Monash honours Anzac nurses

Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau has opened a stunning Anzac Nurses, Service and Sacrifice exhibition at Monash Medical Centre’s Art Space in Clayton.

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A musical take on mental health

Audiences totalling more than 1,500 over the past 12 months have taken inspiration from a musical comedy about the changes in compulsory psychiatric treatment heralded by Victoria’s new Mental Health Act, 2014.

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Farmer health the focus of course

The National Centre for Farmer Health, through Deakin University, is offering a five-day unit aimed at making a difference to the health, wellbeing and safety of farmers, farming families and agricultural workers.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Dandenong ED judged best
Dandenong Hospital ED has been named the best Australasian emergency department of the Year 2015.

Award for young doctor
Northern Health’s Anastasia Vlachadis Castles is the 2015 Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Junior Doctor of the Year.

Barwon Health nurse named top graduate
Barwon Health’s Narelle Place has been named Outstanding Graduate at the 2015 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

Wimmera joins world to warn on thrombosis
Wimmera Health Care Group joined more than 200 organisations across 60 countries to promote World Thrombosis Day.

Focus on dental health in Frankston North
Frankston North residents are being offered free dental check-ups thanks to a new Peninsula Health and Frankston City Council partnership.

Warracknabeal benefits from auxiliary support
A new portable medical device donated to Rural Northwest Health will improve the efficiency of pathology testing and provide an invaluable support to acute and urgent care staff.

Royal Melbourne is moves ahead
A movement lab at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is set to transform the way patients with complex disorders are assessed and treated.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

A musical take on mental health
Audiences totalling more than 1,500 over the past 12 months have taken inspiration from a musical comedy about the changes in compulsory psychiatric treatment heralded by Victoria’s new Mental Health Act, 2014.

Aged care staff honoured
Ballarat Health Services acknowledged the work of its aged care staff during Celebrating Aged Care Week.

Seniors celebrate
Thousands participated in a jam-packed Victorian Seniors Festival across the state in October.

Aged care practice recognised
Rural Northwest Health has been recognised nationally again for its outstanding work in aged care.

Partners to pursue an active ageing agenda
Older people will benefit from the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) led by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria.

Timely opening for Ursula Frayne Centre
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley has opened the redeveloped Mercy Health Ursula Frayne Centre at Western Health’s Footscray campus.

Carers take the cake
Carers and their loved ones from across the Wimmera region celebrated Carers Week at Horsham’s May Park.

Judy’s journey – carer helps carers
Peninsula Health carer consultant Judy Anderson knows well the challenges of caring for a loved one with a mental illness.

General

Project improves cancer patient nutrition
An initiative to improve nutrition in patients with cancer has resulted in a decrease in malnutrition from 31 per cent to 26 per cent.

Monash honours Anzac nurses
Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau has opened a stunning Anzac Nurses, Service and Sacrifice exhibition at Monash Medical Centre’s Art Space in Clayton.

Research hope on musculoskeletal pain
A group of researchers including Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria’s Andrew Briggs will receive $2.5m to establish a Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) into musculoskeletal pain.

Physios to help with diabetes patient care
Royal Melbourne Hospital’s allied health and diabetes and endocrinology departments have introduced an Australian-first physiotherapy role for patients in hospital with diabetes.

Professionals urged to keep it simple
Nearly 500 professionals from across the health, community services and local government sector have pledged to Drop the Jargon.

VicHealth CEO top business woman
VicHealth Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter has won a prestigious Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year Award for her extensive leadership experience across government and the not-for-profit sector.

Global role for RMH stroke expert
Royal Melbourne Hospital Director of Neurology and President of the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) Stephen Davis took part in the United Nations General Assembly Non-Communicable Diseases Summit in New York.

Descendent rises to occasion
A presentation by a Monash University academic has tied up the history of nursing in Australia with a neat bow.

Green scene at Monash, Barwon Health
Monash Health’s program to clean without chemicals across all of its sites has won the health category in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

New weapon in fight against Alzheimer’s
He was the ‘most doting and loving Dad’ a daughter could ask for.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Wycheproof staff heed call to receive flu vax
East Wimmera Health Service’s Wycheproof campus has achieved a 95 per cent staff influenza immunisation rate in 2015.

Farmer health the focus of course
The National Centre for Farmer Health, through Deakin University, is offering a five-day unit aimed at making a difference to the health, wellbeing and safety of farmers, farming families and agricultural workers.

Grants put Victorians in the shade
The State Government’s $10 million Community Shade Grants Program is seeking applications for initiatives to provide shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds.