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

No jab, no play, baby!

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Expanded and strengthened No Jab No Play laws will ensure more Victorian children are protected from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

GPs, hospital share Werribee maternity care

story link jpegLocal healthy women experiencing a normal pregnancy have been encouraged to consider shared maternity care at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Aged care residents travel paths to the past

Aged care residents travel paths to the past story link jpegVirtual reality glasses are transporting Mercy Health aged care residents to exotic locations or allowing them to take part in activities to spark positive memories and emotions.

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Monash junior doctors excel

Monash Health’s junior doctors have achieved the highest pass rate in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ training exam.

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Australian-first surgery gives boy hope for future

A St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research team – including international pioneer in islet cell isolation Balamurugan Appakalai  – has helped give a seven-year-old boy a chance at a much better future.

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Leaders link to share ideas

Health service executives from around the state have taken part in an Executive LINK Alumni event.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Nurse to patient ratios to be enshrined in law
New legislation will guarantee minimum numbers of nurses and midwives to care for Victorian patients.

Leaders link to share ideas
Health service executives from around the state have taken part in an Executive LINK Alumni event.

Australian-first surgery gives boy hope for future
A St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research team – including international pioneer in islet cell isolation Balamurugan Appakalai – has helped give a seven-year-old boy a chance at a much better future.

Energy savings used to benefit patient care
The West Gippsland Healthcare Group is set to save $600,000 in energy, water and operational costs each year, thanks to an efficiency investment of $5.84 million.

Ambulance stations across Victoria to be upgraded
Six ambulance stations will be rebuilt as part of a $20 million investment to modernise and upgrade ambulance facilities across Victoria.

Monash junior doctors excel
Monash Health’s junior doctors have achieved the highest pass rate in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ training exam.

Department scores at Monash
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sponsored initiatives are among supported Monash Health Innovation and Quality Awards 2015 winners.

Echuca celebrates redevelopment
About 1,500 locals joined Echuca Regional Health staff and management to celebrate the hospital’s stage two redevelopment open day.

Clean bill of health for the Wimmera
Wimmera Health Care Group has passed an annual external cleaning audit with flying colours.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Equipment upgrades to improve dental care
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy celebrated national Dental Health Week by announcing the State Government was investing more than $207 million in public dental services in 2015/16.

Aged care residents travel paths to the past
Virtual reality glasses are transporting Mercy Health aged care residents to exotic locations or allowing them to take part in activities to spark positive memories and emotions.

New funding to raise men’s health awareness
The State Government will provide $1.1 million over the next four years to raise awareness about men’s health and prostate cancer and support research into the disease.

Technology gives hope to those with multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) used to be a disease with no cure and no treatments.

Sugary drinks – out of sight out of mind
A simple, Australian-first experiment at The Alfred, designed to encourage people to choose healthier drinks, has revealed important insight into consumer behaviour.

PANDA puts emphasis on anxiety
PANDA has unveiled a name change and new look to highlight anxiety as a key mental health issue for expecting and new parents.

Better car safety for kids with a disability
A new website will help more parents ensure children are legally and safely restrained in cars and help health practitioners assess children and prescribe modified or specialised restraints.

Teledentistry extends reach
Dental Health Services Victoria is introducing a teledentistry project for patients in rural and remote Victoria.

Kids choose the chair for dental treatment
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is helping children with severe dental conditions avoid treatment under general anaesthetic.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

No jab, no play, baby!
Expanded and strengthened No Jab No Play laws will ensure more Victorian children are protected from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Smoking bans on outdoor menu
Smoking will be banned in outdoor dining areas from August 1, 2017, so Victorians can enjoy a meal outside without being subjected to second-hand smoke.

Strategy to curb chlamydia
The State Government is introducing a strategy to reduce the growing rates of sexually-transmitted chlamydia infection in young people.

General

Megan Main gains purchase on award
Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) Chief Executive Officer Megan Main has received a SACS Consulting 2015 Leadership Award.

Mercy Health pair wins national recognition
Mercy Health hospital ethicist Cormac Nagle and dual diagnosis nurse Megan McKechnie have been recognised at the 2015 Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Awards.

Women’s staff honoured
Physiotherapy manager Margaret Sherburn has received the highest Royal Women’s Hospital Staff Award.

GPs, hospital share Werribee maternity care
Local healthy women experiencing a normal pregnancy have been encouraged to consider shared maternity care at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Students call Yarrawonga their home
Yarrawonga Health has received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Capital Support Fund to build two-storey student accommodation.

Initiatives on show
Registration is now open for back-to-back advance care planning events in Melbourne on November 24 and 25.

Grant enables research into stroke-related dementia
Cognitive neurologist Amy Brodtmann is set to expand her research in imaging, stroke and dementia having won a six million dollar grant.

Elders recognised on 21st anniversary
Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECH) has celebrated its 21st anniversary.  

Study sheds light on breast cancer control
A clinical trial led by radiation oncologists in Australia, Canada and the United States has shown radiation treatment of the lymph nodes – as well as to the breast – after surgery can prolong the time women remain cancer-free.

Hospital to be named for Joan Kirner
The new $200 million Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be built in Sunshine will be named after the late Premier Joan Kirner.

Honour for obstetrics pioneer
Monash Health’s Euan Wallace has been honoured for his record in clinical research and training in perinatal medicine with a Career Recognition Award by the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN).