30 October 2017
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The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Refugee and Immigrant Health Program (RHP) has won the excellence in CALD health category in the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

The RHP aims to ensure refugee and immigrant patients have access to world-class medical care that is also culturally and linguistically appropriate.

The program was recognised for its significant achievements in clinical care, innovation, education, advocacy and research throughout its 10 years of operation.

A collaborative effort between The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, A new anti-cancer therapy: a breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, was highly commended in the category of improving healthcare through clinical research.

This breakthrough involved researchers developing a new anti-cancer drug, venetoclax, which can kill cancer cells in people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia when conventional treatment options have failed.

Congratulations to the other Melbourne Health finalists:

Improving Indigenous health – closing the gap 
Wadamba Wilam: Renew Shelter – supporting Aboriginal homelessness and enduring mental health, North Western Mental Health’s Northern Area Mental Health Service.

Safer Care Victoria Award for excellence in quality and safety
Australia’s first Behavioural Assessment Unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Safer Care Victoria compassionate care award
Responsive Acute Palliative Intervention and Decision Assistance (RAPID Assist), The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

The winners in each category were announced at the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards ceremony on 26 October. 

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