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

Rory’s pawfect birthday with Peninsula Health pals

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Pet therapy dog Rory has celebrated his first birthday surrounded by his best friends, human and canine, at Peninsula Health’s geriatric evaluation and management facility The Mornington Centre.

Half a century of special deliveries

story link jpegDr Edwin Caldwell has reached an impressive milestone at Box Hill Hospital – 50 years of service.

Health services show ‘green’ credentials

story link jpegAustin Health, Melbourne Health and Monash Health are finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

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Students leave textbooks behind for life learning

Kyneton District Health has teamed with Sacred Heart College to give students real-world insights into birth and human development.

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Recognition for our leading seniors

Peter Hopper of Bright has received the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year.

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New paramedics on the road across Victoria

Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy has congratulated Ambulance Victoria’s newest paramedics at a graduation ceremony.

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Ken Lay appointed new chair of Ambulance Victoria
Highly-respected former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has been appointed chair of the new board of Ambulance Victoria.

New paramedics on the road across Victoria
Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy has congratulated Ambulance Victoria’s newest paramedics at a graduation ceremony.

Working together to help domestic violence victims
The Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) and WRISC Family Violence Support have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see the two agencies working closely to support victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Guide rates apps that claim to improve health
Victorians have been warned about downloading health and wellbeing apps – with a new Australian-first ratings system revealing many are ineffective and poorly designed.

Funding support for research institutes
The State Government is providing 10 of Victoria’s independent medical research institutes with more than $26 million this financial year to support them in continuing their cutting edge work.

Saying thanks to our paramedics
The inaugural Thank a Paramedic Day has allowed three families reunite with the ambos who saved their lives.

China to import our medical expertise
Victoria will export its health and medical research and experience to China and will reap the benefits of China’s expertise, following historic agreements struck between the State and key Chinese provinces.

An arty welcome to renewed Eye and Ear
The first five pieces in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s art collection have been unveiled.

Boost for boulevard of medical brilliance
World-leading medical research centre, Bio21, has received the go-ahead for its landmark $140 million expansion project.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Students leave textbooks behind for life learning
Kyneton District Health has teamed with Sacred Heart College to give students real-world insights into birth and human development.

Half a century of special deliveries
Dr Edwin Caldwell has reached an impressive milestone at Box Hill Hospital – 50 years of service.

Clean bill of health at Portland
Portland District Health has retained its reputation as one of Australia’s cleanest hospitals with a 100 per cent cleaning audit result for the second year in a row.

Top day at Monash
Monash Children’s Hospital foundation patron Lady Marigold Southey witnessed the final concrete pour for the new facility.

State-of-the-art outpatient area opens at Frankston Hospital
Frankston Hospital’s old emergency department has been transformed into an ultra-modern outpatient facility.

Telemedicine provides access to stroke specialists
Ballarat Health Services can now access a network of Melbourne-based neurologists via the new Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program.

New support on the spleen scene
People living without a functioning spleen can take greater control in preventing serious infections and stay healthy using a new iPhone application.

Applications open for hospital violence prevention
Health services are now able to apply for funding through the State Government’s $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.

Health paper submission deadline extended
The Government has extended the deadline for submissions on the Health 2040 Discussion Paper.

Health services show ‘green’ credentials
Austin Health, Melbourne Health and Monash Health are finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Rory’s pawfect birthday with Peninsula Health pals
Pet therapy dog Rory has celebrated his first birthday surrounded by his best friends, human and canine, at Peninsula Health’s geriatric evaluation and management facility The Mornington Centre.

More grants for multicultural seniors
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley has called on ethnic and multicultural community groups and organisations, as well as local councils, to apply for the 2016 round of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program grants.

Entertainment at fingertips
Residents of Ballarat Health Services’ P.S. Hobson Nursing Home are finding it easier to access multimedia devices thanks to a remote control they are currently trialling.

Patient liaison trainee first
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has welcomed its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient liaison trainee Cindy Evans.

Around-the-clock alcohol and drug help
A new partnership is giving residents in Melbourne’s east access to a broad range of alcohol and drug support services – 24/7.

Extra volunteers to provide palliative care
Portland District Health has a new group of trained palliative care volunteers to help patients with life-limiting conditions living at home – and their families.

Helping grassroots sports clubs save lives
Victorian grassroots sports clubs can now apply for a defibrillator so players, spectators and parents can step in during an emergency until paramedics arrive.

Maryborough community supports centre
Premier Daniel Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas joined members of the community to officially open Maryborough District Hospital’s Wellness and Support Centre.

Call to mental health, alcohol and other drugs services
Mental health services and services that treat people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs, can now apply for $5.5 million in funding from the State Government.

Recognition for our leading seniors
Peter Hopper of Bright has received the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year.