Monash Health Essay

Welcome to Monash Health – a world of healthcare

Monash Health is Victoria’s largest public health service. We are proud to provide healthcare to one quarter of Melbourne’s population, across the entire life-span from newborn and children, to adults, the elderly, their families and carers.

We improve the health of our community through:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Community-based treatment and rehabilitation
  • Highly specialised surgical and medical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring services
  • Hospital and community-based mental health services
  • Comprehensive sub-acute, aged care and palliative care programs
  • Research, education and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals
  • Regional and state-wide specialist services

More than 16,000 staff work at over 40 care locations across south eastern Melbourne, including Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Kingston Centre, Cranbourne Centre, and an extensive network of rehabilitation, aged care, community health and mental health facilities.

Each year:

  • We provide more than 3.6 million episodes of care to our community.
  • More than 260,000 people are admitted to our hospitals.
  • More than 220,000 receive care at our three emergency departments.
  • We respond to more than 54,000 ambulance arrivals.
  • We perform more than 48,000 surgical procedures.
  • We deliver more than 10,000 babies.

Our Academic Health Science Centre partnership, Monash Partners and translational research hub, Monash Health Translation Precinct are world renowned for turning scientific discoveries into clinical practice to benefit patients locally and internationally.

Caring for you

We provide award-winning healthcare across the entire lifespan – from pre-birth, newborn babies and children, to the aged, their families and carers.

Our specialties include paediatrics (caring for children), cardiology (caring for the heart), women's health, kidney and pancreas transplants and intensive care for sick and preterm babies in the first few weeks and months of life.

Our hospitals include Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, the Kingston Centre and the Cranbourne Centre, and our Monash Health Community service provides an extensive array of allied health services supporting patients in recovery and the prevention of ill-health.

We turn scientific discoveries into clinical practice

From Australia’s first major heart valve replacements, to preventing unborn babies from developing cerebral palsy and the use of botox to help severe asthmatics breath, we are involved in hundreds of research projects and programs aimed at improving clinical care.

Science and research is the future and wherever possible our patients access the latest treatments at their bedside.

Our community

We celebrate our wonderfully diverse, multicultural community as the source of both our patients, families and staff.

We genuinely strive to provide care which meets the cultural needs and expectations of our patients.

Teaching the next generation

Through our university affiliations we are a major provider of education and training for the next generation of doctors, nurses and health professionals.

When you’re learning, there’s nothing like being able to tap into life experience and many of Victoria’s most senior and experienced clinicians have built their careers at Monash Health and actively share their expertise with students and junior staff.

Our staff

Everyday our staff work hard to send patients home to their families and friends as quickly as possible.

Our values 

We remain firmly committed to our iCare values:

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

Our new name

In May 2013 we changed our name from Southern Health to Monash Health.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards accreditation

Monash Health has successfully achieved National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards accreditation. To achieve accreditation, an external and independent peer review is undertaken to ensure a healthcare organisation has met national quality standards. Monash Health has received the final report and Agreed Performance Statement (APS) from The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Click here to view the APS.

Our commitment to the Victorian Child Safe Standards 

Monash Health is committed to the Victorian Child Safe Standards in policy and in practice to promote and protect the best interests of all children involved in our care.

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, OAM, FRACP

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist with a special interest in geriatric oncology, which explores the unique needs and preferences of elderly cancer patients. She has a keen interest in mentoring medical trainees in the public health system. She is also a Fulbright scholar and an award-winning writer on medicine and society encompassing the important issues of doctor-patient communication and patient empowerment. She is a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago where she delivers a series of talks on the art of medicine.

Dr. Srivastava graduated from Monash University with first class honours, completed her postgraduate training in Melbourne, Australia and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright award to undertake a fellowship in medical ethics and doctor-patient communication at the University of Chicago's MacLean Centre for Clinical Medical Ethics. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Monash University, where she is an adjunct associate professor. In 2017, her contribution to the field of doctor-patient communication was recognised with an Order of Australia.

Dr. Srivastava is a widely-published writer and public speaker and has won several writing awards. She is the author of four books and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Prize. Her book, Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown between Doctors and Patients won the prestigious Human Rights Commission Literature Prize. She has written two books on navigating a diagnosis of cancer and surviving its aftermath and is currently working on a fifth book.

Dr. Srivastava was recently appointed a member of the governance committee of the Victorian Care of the Older Person group, which aims to improve the care of elderly patients across  the health system.

Dr. Srivastava is a frequent contributor to the New England Journal of Medicine, where she has published more than a dozen essays on the art of medicine. A former writer for Fairfax Media, she is now a regular columnist for The Guardian on medicine and humanity. Her columns appear worldwide and are used to train healthcare professionals.

To read Dr. Srivastava’s publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, please click here

To read articles in The Guardian, please click here

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