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October 2021 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Hats off to cancer nurse

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It was to be expected that Wimmera Health Care Group cancer nurse Wendy Sleep would dress up with a special hat for Daffodil Day.

Ride takes mind off surgery

Ride takes mind off surgery story link jpegPint-sized patients at the Joan Kirner Women and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital are driving themselves to the operating theatre in a remote-controlled car, helping to make surgery less scary.

Men from Snowy River have no regrets about immunisation

Men from Snowy River have no regrets about immunisation story link jpegTravelling nearly two hours via a windy road, an Orbost Regional Health team opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Bonang for local, Tubbut and Bendoc communities.

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COVID-19 test milestone for Peninsula

Peninsula Health tested more than a quarter of a million people at its COVID-19 screening clinics within 18 months of the first swab being taken in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

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Advice from contact tracing team leader

Ammar Haque’s message for the community is simple – at the slightest hint of any symptoms, such as a scratchy throat or a slight runny nose, go and get tested.

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Animation explains cancer DNA test

An animation created by Melbourne students is being used as part of a Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre trial that is helping women understand a new DNA test for breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Mental Health

More mental health services for young Victorians
The State Government is taking action to ensure young people across Victoria have access to the mental health services they need with a massive expansion of community-based youth centres.

First family mental health centre takes shape
The State Government is making sure Victorian children who need specialised, intensive mental health care get the treatment they need, with a site revealed for the state’s first child and family mental health centre.

Health Services

Work in ED is demanding and rewarding
Stefan Herodotou is celebrating 40 years as an emergency physician at Northern Health, starting at the old Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) in 1981.

Northern speaks up on communication
Northern Health has used Speech Pathology Week to promote the profession and its work.

Persistence results in gain over debilitating pain
After living with persistent pain throughout her childhood, Terryn Huggard is moving freely again thanks to Peninsula Health.

Midwives help cut rates of stillbirth
A group of Monash Health midwives have led targeted work to improve healthcare outcomes for women and their unborn babies at Dandenong Hospital.

Ride takes mind off surgery
Pint-sized patients at the Joan Kirner Women and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital are driving themselves to the operating theatre in a remote-controlled car, helping to make surgery less scary.

Public Health

Community in the market for vaccinations
Austin Health’s COVID-19 pop up clinic at the Melbourne Market in Epping has been a huge success with more than 3,000 market users vaccinated over three weeks.

Monash pays tribute to pharmacists
Monash Health has paid tribute to its pharmacy department as it marks the milestone of more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

Advice from contact tracing team leader
Ammar Haque’s message for the community is simple – at the slightest hint of any symptoms, such as a scratchy throat or a slight runny nose, go and get tested.

COVID-19 test milestone for Peninsula
Peninsula Health tested more than a quarter of a million people at its COVID-19 screening clinics within 18 months of the first swab being taken in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

Grass pollen season brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma
Grass pollen season – between October and the end of December – brings an increased risk of asthma and hay fever.

Men from Snowy River have no regrets about immunisation
Travelling nearly two hours via a windy road, an Orbost Regional Health team opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Bonang for local, Tubbut and Bendoc communities.

Community Based Health

Crocheting a quilt to help quit
The 95 hours Cherie Dawes spent crocheting a beautiful quilt were 95 hours she did not spend smoking.

Aboriginal Health

Reconciliation action in Wangaratta
Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) has launched its first reconciliation action plan (RAP).

General

Hats off to cancer nurse
It was to be expected that Wimmera Health Care Group cancer nurse Wendy Sleep would dress up with a special hat for Daffodil Day.

Cancer clinical trial first for Swan Hill
A Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre clinical trial has opened in Swan Hill – showing living in regional Victoria need not be a barrier to accessing the very latest in cancer care.

Scholarship for kidney disease nurse
Austin Health chronic kidney disease clinical nurse consultant Katherine Cherry has been awarded the 2021 Beverley Briese Nursing Scholarship.

End of contract for cardiac ‘godfather’
Cardiothoracic surgeon Jacob Goldstein has decided to put down the tools and enter retirement after a 44-year career.

Praise for aged care employees
Monash Health acknowledged Aged Care Employees Day by celebrating its team’s efforts.

Grand day for Mercy residents
Two of Mercy Health’s aged care homes celebrated their resident grandparents on the fourth Sunday of July – nominated by Pope Francis as the Catholic Church’s World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly.

Northern doctors are outstanding women
Northern Health’s Leonie Griffiths and Lisa Hui have been awarded Melbourne Medical School Strategic Grants for Outstanding Women.

New CEO for Carers Victoria
Judith Abbott has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Carers Victoria.

‘Rosie’ the robot trains breast care nurses
Patients with metastatic, or incurable, breast cancer will benefit from an innovative training program piloted by the McGrath Foundation, Monash Health, Monash University and Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services (SMICS).

Helping ambulances respond to the most critical cases
The Victorian Government is boosting the number of Ambulance Victoria services on the road, ensuring Victorians get the best care.

Animation explains cancer DNA test
An animation created by Melbourne students is being used as part of a Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre trial that is helping women understand a new DNA test for breast and ovarian cancer risk.