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October 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Totally devoted to cancer treatment and wellness

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Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis joined Australian icon Olivia Newton-John to officially open the final stage of a new, world-class cancer facility in Melbourne.

Best seat in the house

story link jpegPatients with minor illness or injury have given the thumbs up to Casey Hospital emergency department’s new model of care.

Hands raise dementia awareness

Hands raise dementia awareness story link jpegHoly Family Primary School, Mt Waverley, pupils have put their hands up to fight dementia.

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Wimmera teens havin’ the talk with parents

Wimmera Health Care Group and Horsham College have devised ways to help teenagers and their parents discuss important topics such as sex, sexually-transmitted diseases and modern issues such as sexting.

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Special child care classes for ED staff

Staff from 16 hospital emergency departments have taken part in a train-the-trainer workshop to learn about best practice approaches to paediatric procedural sedation.

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There’s nothing odd about having an off day

For the last couple of weeks in September, Eastern Health mental health staff wore odd socks to work.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Stronger voice for allied health professionals
Minister for Health David Davis has welcomed the new Ministerial Advisory Committee on Allied Health.

New treatment for hypertension
Western Health has introduced a minimally-invasive procedure to treat resistant hypertension, a potentially life-threatening condition which affects thousands of Australians.

Framework will govern allied health practice
Monash Health will lead the development of a statewide Governance Framework for Professional Practice in Allied Health.

Wimmera teens havin’ the talk with parents
Wimmera Health Care Group and Horsham College have devised ways to help teenagers and their parents discuss important topics such as sex, sexually-transmitted diseases and modern issues such as sexting.

Clinic helps patients manage chemotherapy side-effects
A clinic aimed at helping cancer patients manage adverse side-effects and symptoms has opened at Western Hospital.

Babies the key to cure for diabetes
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is seeking pregnant women or those who have recently given birth to help solve the mystery of type one diabetes.

Report says arthritis cost to country too high
A groundbreaking report into the impact of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions has revealed a $55.1 billion cost to the Australian community.

Clinic brings mum-to-be services together
A Ballarat Health Services clinic for pregnant women with endocrine disorders is proving successful.

Boost for eating disorders treatment
Young people and families will get enhanced support through an eating disorders program at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Aged Care

First Commissioner for Senior Victorians appointed
Esteemed seniors advocate Gerard Mansour has been appointed Victoria’s first ever Commissioner for Senior Victorians.

Volunteers provide patient-centred activities in Cobram
Cobram District Health is finding the addition of trained volunteers invaluable in improving patient care.

Dementia support – all in the translation
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Our Services brochure has been translated into a total of 35 different languages.

Hands raise dementia awareness
Holy Family Primary School, Mt Waverley, pupils have put their hands up to fight dementia.

Ballarat hostel recognised for advanced care plans
Ballarat Health Services’ Hailey House hostel has received a national Better Practice Award for its commitment to empower residents and their families in decisions about care and treatment option.

General News

Change the catch-cry for the future
Patient expectations of healthcare are sky-rocketing and the public’s trust in institutions of the past eroding, Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has told influential leaders of business and Government in Australia and New Zealand.

Louise Johnson is Government Lawyer of the Year
Department of Health Legal Services Director Louise Johnson has been named the Victorian Law Institute Government lawyer of the year.

SunSmart session provides protection for workers
SunSmart is promoting a program to help health and community organisations protect their workers against skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency.

Haematologist to lead leukaemia research
Cancer researcher and haematologist Professor Andrew Roberts has been named the inaugural Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research.

Frankston bloggers are a hit
Three health workers at Frankston Hospital have stormed the blogosphere.

Hospital and Health Services

Major expansion for Healesville Hospital
Minister for Health David Davis has announced a $7.8 million expansion for Healesville Hospital.

Totally devoted to cancer treatment and wellness
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis joined Australian icon Olivia Newton-John to officially open the final stage of a new, world-class cancer facility in Melbourne.

Peninsula paediatric life support program
Peninsula Health is the first Victorian Health Service to adopt a paediatric life support program.

Best seat in the house
Patients with minor illness or injury have given the thumbs up to Casey Hospital emergency department’s new model of care.

Solar powers Yarrawonga
Yarrawonga Health will reap massive energy bill savings after flicking the switch on the largest solar panel installation of any public hospital in Victoria.

Stroke treatment times way down at Royal Melbourne Hospital
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has cut delays to stroke treatment to 25 minutes.

Special child care classes for ED staff
Staff from 16 hospital emergency departments have taken part in a train-the-trainer workshop to learn about best practice approaches to paediatric procedural sedation.

Mental Health and Drugs

New $2 million mental health unit for outer eastern suburbs
A new adult acute psychiatric unit will be built at Maroondah Hospital.

There’s nothing odd about having an off day
For the last couple of weeks in September, Eastern Health mental health staff wore odd socks to work.

Mental health support puts roofs over heads
A new program is providing outreach support and care co-ordination for Peninsula people experiencing entrenched homelessness as a result of mental illness.