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October 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Victoria’s nurses and midwives honoured

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The Government has recognised some of Victoria’s most exceptional and dedicated nurses and midwives.

Maternity ward caters for growth

Maternity ward caters for growth story link jpegGrowing families in Melbourne’s northern suburbs will have better access to birthing services with the $2.5 million expansion of the Northern Hospital’s maternity ward.

Doors open for medical students

Doors open for medical students story link jpegThe $1.95 million expansion of the Peninsula Clinical School in Frankston will boost access to world-class training facilities for medical students.

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Melbourne award for youth project

Alcohol and drug service Youth Projects has received the 2010 Melbourne Award for outstanding contribution to community.

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Dedicated staff complete diploma course

Thirty-three staff at Central Gippsland Health Service have gained a Diploma of Management.

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Uni partnership to improve workforce

Key child protection and mental health workforce improvements can be expected as a result of a new partnership between the State Government’s key agencies delivering social justice and the University of Melbourne.

Hospital and Health Services

Funding boost blitzes elective surgery
A major funding blitz on elective surgery has seen Victorian hospitals performing more elective surgery operations than ever before.

Maternity ward caters for growth
Growing families in Melbourne’s northern suburbs will have better access to birthing services with the $2.5 million expansion of the Northern Hospital’s maternity ward.

Born 11 weeks early, Mia is a miracle baby
Mia Ciach entered the world 11 weeks early.

Dedicated staff complete diploma course
Thirty-three staff at Central Gippsland Health Service have gained a Diploma of Management.

Doors open for medical students
The $1.95 million expansion of the Peninsula Clinical School in Frankston will boost access to world-class training facilities for medical students.

Equipment check on mother and baby
A piece of equipment that monitors a baby’s heartbeat and a mother’s contractions has been donated to Maryborough District Health Service’s maternity unit.

Footballers wish patients a speedy recovery
A visit by past and current AFL players has brought a dose of good medicine to Maryborough Hospital patients.

Scientists at The Alfred target organ rejection
Alfred Health biochemists are using a test to help pinpoint the effective level of anti-rejection drugs for organ transplant recipients.

$4.4 million for hospital equipment in city’s south
The medical imaging service at Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin will be completely fitted out with new equipment as part of a $4.4 million Government boost for Southern Health.

Centre to support survivors of cancer
A survivor service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in East Melbourne will improve outcomes for people affected by cancer – from diagnosis to beyond treatment completion.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Allergy advice online
Information kits and fact sheets developed by the Department of Health aim to improve the knowledge of food handlers about allergies.

Ilbijerri shines spotlight on hepatitis C
A successful 2010 season has ensured Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Body Armour production will be part of its 2011 and 2012 touring program.

Booklet calls for regular health checks by men
Each year, a men’s health booklet is produced by Alfred Health as part of its Fathers Day Appeal. 

Kids eat healthy – right from the start
A Department of Health program is working to ensure children attending long day care centres are receiving healthy and nutritious food and developing healthy eating patterns.

Test predicts hepatitis C treatment response
Doctors at Austin Health have developed a genetic test that can predict how people with hepatitis C are likely to respond to treatment.

Mildura dental care boost
Mildura residents have even better access to public dental care close to home with the opening of an expanded dental clinic at Sunraysia Community Health Services.

General News

Victoria’s nurses and midwives honoured
The Government has recognised some of Victoria’s most exceptional and dedicated nurses and midwives.

Head of new disease prevention centre named
Professor Alan Shiell has been appointed Executive Director of Australia’s first Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science.

Uni partnership to improve workforce
Key child protection and mental health workforce improvements can be expected as a result of a new partnership between the State Government’s key agencies delivering social justice and the University of Melbourne.

Bayside bike crashes to be central to study
A Sandringham Hospital physician hopes a groundbreaking study on bicycle collision injuries will help determine the causes of crashes in the Bayside, Kingston and metropolitan Melbourne areas.

Pap tests for peace of mind – ads
Young women in Victoria are being urged to have a life-saving Pap test in a new Government-funded campaign to boost cervical cancer screening rates.

Austin researcher a dual award winner
Austin Health researcher Radwa Badawy has received two prizes for her ground-breaking research into what causes people with epilepsy to have seizures.

Study targets headaches, depression
The Headaches and Depression – Overcome Now (HeaD-ON) team from Monash University and Southern Health is recruiting adults who suffer from headaches/migraines and depression to take part in a psychological research treatment trial.

Crackdown on solariums as SunSmart turns 30
Mystery shoppers will be used to catch solarium operators breaking laws that ban people under 18 from their premises under a crackdown announced by the Government.

…from the Secretary
Presenting the Jen Rusden Memorial Award is a highlight of my year.

Drugs and Mental Health

Award honours compassion
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) organisation is calling on people to nominate employers who have offered outstanding support at a time of bereavement.

Better mental health services in the north
Melbournians with a mental illness living in the northern suburbs now have better support thanks to the completion of a newly-renovated wing of the Northern Hospital.

Melbourne award for youth project
Alcohol and drug service Youth Projects has received the 2010 Melbourne Award for outstanding contribution to community.

Forum targets pharmaceutical misuse
The Anex 2010 Australian Drugs Conference will focus on how changes in pharmaceutical drug prescribing and consumption should be addressed.

Aged Care

They call it puppy love
Raelene Wolfe was all smiles when she got a big dose of ‘puppy love’ during her stay at Frankston Hospital.

$45 million Kingston Centre upgrade takes shape
Building works on the stage two redevelopment of the Kingston Centre are on track for completion next year.