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October 2016 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Western Health staff come out smiling for Bulldogs

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Footscray and Sunshine Hospitals turned it on for the Western Bulldogs on Grand Final day – literally.

Special care for Bayside babes

Special care for Bayside babes story link jpegSome of Bayside’s tiniest patients will now be looked after by the Royal Women’s Hospital with the special care nursery officially part of The Women’s at Sandringham service.

Geelong helipad serves growing regional catchment

Geelong helipad serves growing regional catchment story link jpegMinister for Health Jill Hennessy marked a new chapter in the history of University Hospital Geelong with the official unveiling of the hospital’s new $11.5m helipad.

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Gentler treatment makes premature babies breathe easier

The largest ever international study of a gentler, non-invasive breathing treatment for premature babies has shown promising results as a first-line support.

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Kids join Hawk for walk to school campaign

Hawthorn Football Club star Sam Mitchell has urged more children to walk to school this month to curb the number of primary school students using active transport to travel to school.

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Kyneton District Health knows its business

Kyneton District Health has taken out the 2016 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business of the Year award.

General

$11 million funding for refugee health and wellbeing
Refugees and people currently seeking asylum will get the health and mental health support they need to re-settle in Victoria with an $11 million funding boost from the State Government.

Western Health staff come out smiling for Bulldogs
Footscray and Sunshine Hospitals turned it on for the Western Bulldogs on Grand Final day – literally.

Monash focus on family violence
Monash Health has partnered with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence to offer an innovative program at its sites.

Training video leads to lifting of care barrier
cohealth has developed a short, animated training video to provide health professionals with information and awareness on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Ballarat boosts commitment to vulnerable children
Ballarat Health Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen its commitment to protecting vulnerable children.

Mercy obstetrician a leader
Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg, obstetrician-scientist Stephen Tong has been named the Catholic Health Australia Emerging Leader for 2016.

Health and education precinct to boost west services
A major focus on development in the area around Sunshine Hospital has helped secure more than a half a billion dollars in new public and private funding and investment.

Awareness campaign shows where ladders can lead
Mick decided to trim the tall hedge that his wife, Barb, had been asking him to do for a while.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Special care for Bayside babes
Some of Bayside’s tiniest patients will now be looked after by the Royal Women’s Hospital with the special care nursery officially part of The Women’s at Sandringham service.

New CEO for Eastern Health
Adjunct Professor David Plunkett has been appointed Eastern Health’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Gentler treatment makes premature babies breathe easier
The largest ever international study of a gentler, non-invasive breathing treatment for premature babies has shown promising results as a first-line support.

Kyneton District Health knows its business
Kyneton District Health has taken out the 2016 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business of the Year award.

Geelong helipad serves growing regional catchment
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy marked a new chapter in the history of University Hospital Geelong with the official unveiling of the hospital’s new $11.5m helipad.

Better care with funding for new health projects
The State Government is investing in 15 ground-breaking projects that will give patients across Victoria better access to higher-quality health care.

Blood transfusion rates drop in major joint replacement surgery
Blood transfusion rates in elective hip and knee replacement patients have been drastically reduced at Western Health with the introduction of a blood management program which includes identifying and treating anaemia before surgery.

Portal a window into children’s medical care
Royal Children’s Hospital patients and families can now access their medical records through a portal.

Research report showcases groundbreaking work at The Women’s
The Royal Women’s Hospital 2015 Research Report has highlighted ground-breaking research and clinical trials over the last year.

Crisis simulation helps find the right anaesthesia trainees
Selecting suitable trainees into the highly-competitive, rigorous field of anaesthesia will become easier thanks to an innovative Western Health study.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

New app provides memory support for rural seniors
Three rural Victorian organisations have developed a smartphone app to support people living with dementia.

Kids join Hawk for walk to school campaign
Hawthorn Football Club star Sam Mitchell has urged more children to walk to school this month to curb the number of primary school students using active transport to travel to school.

20 years of dedicated dental service
Dental Health Services Victoria has celebrated its 20th birthday.

Daily Daisy walks resume after falls prevention program
Walking her dog, Daisy, used to be a pleasure for Veryan Caravelas but a fall 14 months ago changed all that.

Dog day fun raises dementia awareness
Mercy Place East Melbourne was a pet palace during Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness Month.

Program encourages safety in mental health settings
A program to improve the quality and safety of Victoria’s public mental health services was launched at a gathering of mental health service stakeholders.

Garden makes sense
Tracey Hooke joined the Caladenia Nursing Home in Kilmore as activities co-ordinator three years ago.

Evidence renounces ‘drill and fill’
The old ‘drill and fill’ approach to poor oral health in children is no longer working.

Mental health – it’s all in the mind
A mindfulness meditation trial in 12 Victorian schools found improvements in mental health and wellbeing of students and teachers and a reduction in bullying behaviour.

Partners encourage active ageing
The inaugural Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) research and practice forum attracted more than 200 providers of physical activity opportunities for older people from all over the state.