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October 2009 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Awards for Victoria's best and brightest nurses

Nurse

Some of Victoria’s best and brightest nurses and midwives have been recognised at the State Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

World-first technology for Melton patients

World-first technology for Melton patients story linkDjerriwarrh Health Services has won a 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Award for a groundbreaking, world-first automated patient queuing system similar to those at airports.

Let’s get physical the tune for Terang

Let’s get physical the tune for Terang story linkTerang and Mortlake Health Service has won the 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Prevent and Promote Award for breaking down barriers to regular physical activity for local residents.

Spring blooms in Royal Melbourne wards story link

Spring blooms in Royal Melbourne wards

The wards of The Royal Melbourne—Victoria’s first hospital—were a riot of colour to celebrate the arrival of spring.

State healthcare leaders honoured story link

State healthcare leaders honoured

The 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards have honoured the state’s best for delivering a world-class public health system and for their response to the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.

Veteran still strong as he heads for his century story linl

Veteran still strong as he heads for his century

At 98, Ern Bates is still going strong.

General

Welcome to our health publication
We welcome you to health Victoria—your monthly publication marking the formation of Victoria’s new Department of Health.

State healthcare leaders honoured
The 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards have honoured the state’s best for delivering a world-class public health system and for their response to the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.

Awards for Victoria’s best and brightest nurses
Some of Victoria’s best and brightest nurses and midwives have been recognised at the State Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Emergency teams help tsunami survivors
The Victorian Government deployed two medical teams—each comprising two doctors, three nurses and two paramedics—to the Samoan tsunami disaster.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Call for arrest of chronic disease
More than 80 senior health managers have taken part in an event aimed at helping them lead the complex organisational changes needed to successfully manage chronic disease.

One-stop shop for community health
About 100 people toured Peninsula Health’s newest site, Hastings Community Health Service, during its opening ceremony.

Vocal support for treatment
A simple, quick and non-invasive way of diagnosing problems with the voice box may improve asthma management.

Injury spoils the party
Victorian students are coming face-to-face with the devastating effects of traumatic injury as part of a novel education program launched at The Alfred Hospital.

Let’s get physical the tune for Terang
Terang and Mortlake Health Service has won the 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Prevent and Promote Award for breaking down barriers to regular physical activity for local residents.

Drugs and Mental Health

Candle ceremony for overdose awareness
More than 50 people attended the annual Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Service at Frankston Uniting Church.

Cultural message on alcohol, drugs
St Vincent’s Hospital Department of Addiction Medicine and the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin have developed a project to help manage alcohol and cannabis problems for Aboriginal people in urban, rural and remote settings.

New Mental Health and Drugs Executive Director
Dr Karleen Edwards has been appointed the Department of Health’s Mental Health and Drugs Division Executive Director. 

Hospital and Health Services

10,000 extra nurses give health system a lift
More than 10,000 additional full time nurses and midwives have been recruited to work in the Victorian public health system over the past decade.

Neurologist group visits
The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Division of Neurosciences has hosted 25 neurologists from China and Vietnam.

Spring blooms in Royal Melbourne wards
The wards of The Royal Melbourne—Victoria’s first hospital—were a riot of colour to celebrate the arrival of spring.

New Chief Executive for East Wimmera Health Service
Kathy Huett has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the East Wimmera Health Service.

Ambo careers on display
Ambulance Victoria (AV) has been taking part in careers expos across Victoria.

Giving is in the blood
The Royal Melbourne Hospital uses 75 litres of red blood cells—an average household bath full each week. 

Tiny teen a transplant first
Weighing in at just over 22 kilos and standing a mere 132 centimetres, Brooke Howe, 13, is believed to be the smallest and lightest patient to undergo a lung transplant in Australia.

Expansion under way at Ballarat Base Hospital
Construction has begun on a multi-million dollar expansion and upgrade of Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Base Hospital.

Patchy—like Magpie season
Many AFL fans would be glad to hear Collingwood’s 2009 season has been stitched up for good.

Casey Hospital community celebrates fifth birthdays
When Beaconsfield mum-of-four Orien Westerndorp gave birth to her first child in 2004 she made history.

Surgery of the future takes shape
Surgeons at the Royal Children’s Hospital are performing ground-breaking craniofacial surgery and teaching the new technique to surgeons from around the globe.

World-first technology for Melton patients
Djerriwarrh Health Services has won a 2009 Victorian Public Healthcare Award for a groundbreaking, world-first automated patient queuing system similar to those at airports.

Aged Care

Veteran still strong as he heads for his century
At 98, Ern Bates is still going strong.

Local dementia strategy launched with fanfare
Bendigo Health launched its Regional Dementia Management Strategy on World Alzheimer’s Day with fun activities, information and a free sausage sizzle.