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September 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Milestone for cochlear implants in Victoria

Milestone for cochlear implants in Victoria story link

A three-year-old from Gippsland is the recipient of the 2000th cochlear implant at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – giving her the gift of sound.

Hospitals take next step down tech path

Hospitals take next step down tech path story linkThe HealthSMART Program has reached a major milestone with Box Hill Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital becoming the first agencies to fully implement Release 1 of the program’s clinical system.

Cancer researcher receives recognition

Cancer researcher receives recognition story link jpegDr Lorien Parker has received the T. J. Martin Medal to mark St Vincent’s Health’s 2010 Research Week.

Doors open to kitchen serving vulnerable Victorians story link jpeg

Doors open to kitchen serving vulnerable Victorians

A new state-of-the-art kitchen for Melbourne’s meals-on-wheels services will soon start cooking delicious and healthy meals for frail older people and people with a disability.

Better Health Channel wins national award – again story link jpeg

Better Health Channel wins national award – again

The Better Health Channel has been named the top health and medical information website in Australia for the second consecutive year.

Do Food Safely web program wins international award story link jpeg

Do Food Safely web program wins international award

A new on-line food training program developed by the Department of Health to improve everyone’s knowledge of safe food handling practices has won an international award.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Do Food Safely web program wins international award
A new on-line food training program developed by the Department of Health to improve everyone’s knowledge of safe food handling practices has won an international award.

Diabetes prevention trial
Gordon Randall did not flinch at the regular 100 kilometre drive – from Tallarook to Footscray – that enabled him to take part in a University of Melbourne and Western Health trial.

Sleeping rough but eating well
Youth Projects’ Living Room service is using an innovative approach to homelessness and food security by teaching people to cook and eat well when sleeping rough.

Graphic gore off the Quit menu
Quit’s first positive anti-smoking campaign in almost two decades urges smokers to Never give up giving up.

Initiative helps young people with diabetes
A strategy initiated by Diabetes Australia aims to help children with diabetes and their parents be better informed and connected to health services.

Victoria leads on tobacco control
Participants in an Australian Leadership Award Fellowship program on tobacco control from India and Mongolia have visited the Department of Health.

Kicking good health goals
Ballarat children are getting a healthy kick-start to life thanks to a Kicking Healthy Goals program promoting active lifestyles and healthy eating through fun and educational activities.

$7.6 million for Aboriginal health in north-west
Aboriginal Victorians in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs will have even better access to vital health services thanks to a new $7.6 million State Government plan.

Oral health services improve under new plan
Residents living in the Department of Health’s Hume Region will have better access to public dental services under a new regional oral health plan.

Hospital and Health Services

Milestone for cochlear implants in Victoria
A three-year-old from Gippsland is the recipient of the 2000th cochlear implant at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – giving her the gift of sound.

Mum chooses home comfort
Hallam mother Sarah Quinn was delighted to have had the opportunity to give birth to her second child in the comfort of home with the help of midwives from Casey Hospital.

Stroke nurse practitioner an Australian first
Louise Weir, from the Stroke Care Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, has begun practising as a nurse practitioner in the unit.

Livewire gives country kids internet connection
A new online initiative bringing cheer and support to young patients has been launched by Ballarat Health Services.

DVD players wheeled in to children’s ward
The Wimmera’s newest motorcycle group, Southern Cross Riders, has thrown its support behind Wimmera Health Care Group. 

More liver transplants for Austin Hospital
Austin Health’s Liver Transplant Unit is employing a second surgical team, thanks to $1.4 million in funding from the State Government.

Brain advice on DVD
Ballarat Health Services has embraced technology to ensure the safe discharge and follow-up of patients with mild concussion.

Innovative surgery removes spine tumour
Doctors at the Austin Hospital have removed a large tumour dangerously wrapped around a patient’s spine.

Work starts on North Richmond Community Health Centre
Construction has started on the $24 million redevelopment of the North Richmond Community Health Centre.

Transplant first saves patient’s life
Austin Health surgeons made history by completing Australia’s first intestinal transplant and saving a man’s life.

General News

Better Health Channel wins national award – again
The Better Health Channel has been named the top health and medical information website in Australia for the second consecutive year.

Hospitals take next step down tech path
The HealthSMART Program has reached a major milestone with Box Hill Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital becoming the first agencies to fully implement Release 1 of the program’s clinical system.

Call to students
Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is inviting applications for its social work programs.

Cancer researcher receives recognition
Dr Lorien Parker has received the T. J. Martin Medal to mark St Vincent’s Health’s 2010 Research Week.

…from the Secretary
I recently had the opportunity to visit Box Hill Hospital to see the HealthSMART clinical system in use.

Drugs and Mental Health

Scale measures mental health needs
A new statewide triage scale will be used by all Victorian public mental health services.

Mental health support for Bellarine’s young people
Families and young people on the Bellarine Peninsula will have better access to crucial youth mental health services thanks to a new headspace hub at Drysdale.

Upgrade for Ballarat mental health unit
Victorians with a mental illness living the Grampians region are set to receive better support with the opening of the $5.5 million redeveloped Ballarat Health Service Mental Health Adult Acute Unit.

Aged Care

Doors open to kitchen serving vulnerable Victorians
A new state-of-the-art kitchen for Melbourne’s meals-on-wheels services will soon start cooking delicious and healthy meals for frail older people and people with a disability.