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Read the latest from Mercy Health, including what we’re doing in the community, information on general health developments, and other news from around our organisation.

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Mercy Care Centre Young celebrates four year anniversary of China Tea Program

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According to modern literature, humans use five ‘love languages’ to show people they care – words of affection, acts of service, gifts, quality time and physical touch. At Mercy Care Centre Young, Pastoral Care Associate Denise Norwood and a dedicated group of volunteers host a weekly afternoon tea with a difference. The China Tea Program…

Mercy Care Centre Young celebrates four year anniversary of China Tea Program
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Mercy Place Fernhill celebrates one year

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On Monday 29 February, Mercy Place Fernhill residential aged care home celebrated its first year of service. The significant milestone was attended by leaders of Mercy Health and Friends of Mercy Place Fernhill, and was marked with an afternoon tea and live entertainment for residents and their families. Mercy Health Operations Director Aged Care Voula…

Mercy Place Fernhill celebrates one year
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Anzac roadshow to visit Mercy Place East Melbourne

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As part of the Victorian Government’s Anzac Centenary program (2014-2018) a free community roadshow will visit Mercy Place East Melbourne on Tuesday 1 March at 3.00pm. The roadshow, which includes storytelling, live theatre performances, video, and interactive content will be attended by the Member for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell, and Victorian State President of the Returned…

Anzac roadshow to visit Mercy Place East Melbourne
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Grandmother’s craft passion benefits premature babies

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Mercy Hospital for Women has celebrated the generosity of a grandmother, who has created hundreds of vibrant patchwork quilts for premature babies, with an afternoon tea on Monday 22 February. Ellen Mason has donated up to 20 quilts a month to Mercy Hospital for Women for more than 10 years. Some of the quilts have…

Grandmother’s craft passion benefits premature babies
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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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In 2016, it is estimated 1480 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia and a further 1040 women will die from the disease. Mercy Health Consumer Advisor Jane Power has received the life-changing diagnosis of ovarian cancer. “When I was diagnosed I was working full time within a busy health sector role, enjoying…

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
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Baby born in front of Mercy Hospital for Women

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A baby boy made a very public entrance yesterday when he was born on the podium in front of the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Austin Hospital. Maia Guigaouri and husband James Gibbs were forced into morning peak hour traffic in a rush to get from Doncaster East to Heidelberg at 8am, just four…

Baby born in front of Mercy Hospital for Women
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Mercy Place Parkville’s 78 year old intern

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Ken Holmes recently celebrated his 78th birthday but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Instead, the grandfather of two is embarking on a new career in aged care administration. “I’m doing this course for myself,” explained Ken. “I’m tired of talking to my dogs and cats who don’t talk back.” Ken completed the…

Mercy Place Parkville’s 78 year old intern
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Keep hydrated and watch out for your neighbours

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Albury and Wodonga residents are being encouraged to stay hydrated and look out for their neighbours, particularly if they are elderly, as we pass the halfway mark of summer. Mercy Health Albury has seen firsthand the toll heat can take on some of society’s most vulnerable people, resulting in heat stroke, dehydration and in, extreme…

Keep hydrated and watch out for your neighbours
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Community support needed to help elderly stay active

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Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged is urging the Bendigo community to support its car-boot sale on Sunday 31 January and help raise money for its recreation and activities program. Lifestyle Assistant Christine Curnow said the community can support the fundraiser in a variety of ways including donating goods to be sold or booking…

Community support needed to help elderly stay active
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Intergenerational playgroups bring joy to young and old

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Mercy Health is passionate about keeping aged care residents connected to their local community and intergenerational playgroups are just one way we are achieving that goal. Intergenerational playgroups bring together very young and older people to encourage friendships, help prevent feelings of isolation and simply bring a smile to the faces of both aged care…

Intergenerational playgroups bring joy to young and old