CEO Primary Matters – 2 June 2021

COVID-19 Update: Anglesea added to the list of Public Exposure sites in Victoria

Several sites in Anglesea have today been added to the list of locations where there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 between May 25 and May 27.

The Anglesea Golf Club Bistro on Gold Links Road has been listed as a Tier 1 exposure location. Anyone who attended the venue between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday, May 25 must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.

Three Tier 2 locations have also been identified. More information here.

A reminder to request PPE, please follow the guidelines on the WVPHN website here

Big Turnout for 2021 Primary Care Refresher

Thank you to all of those who joined us for the 2021 Primary Care Refresher conference last weekend. We had a great result with almost 200 attendees for our first online event and about 90-110 GPs and 25-40 primary care stream participants joining in each session.

We were privileged to have keynote speakers Professor Michael Kidd AM (Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health) and Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan (Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Department of Health) who both gave wonderful insights into the National Preventative Health Strategy, the Australian Government’s preparedness for COVID-19, the vaccination rollout, the future of nursing and midwifery and some of the challenges we will face into the future.

I would also like to acknowledge our session presenters for their engaging presentations:

  • Virginia Beckerman
  • Dr Carissa Bonner
  • Dr Nic Brayshaw
  • A/Professor Charlie Corke
  • Margaret Dempsey
  • Riwka Hagen
  • Anne-Maree Leahy
  • Dr Cameron Loy
  • Dr Isaac Marshall
  • Brett McPherson
  • Jo Millard
  • Dr Ric Milner
  • Kim Poyner
  • Dr Tetyana Rocks
  • Dr High Seward AM
  • Dr Louise Stone
  • Frances Thomas

To find out more about our speakers, please view the conference booklet here. You can also access all the session recordings from the Primary Care Refresher on the Western Victoria PHN LEARN channel here.

I would also like to thank the Primary Care Refresher Planning Committee, conference facilitators, Western Victoria PHN staff and sponsors for supporting this annual event to ensure a quality educational program is successfully delivered.

If you attended the Refresher and haven’t as yet provided feedback on the event, please do so by responding to the conference survey to assist WVPHN with planning future conferences and education events. Please submit your response by Monday 7 June.

National Reconciliation Week:  27 May – 3 June

I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who attended a National Reconciliation Week (NRW) event in the western Victoria region which ends tomorrow, Thursday 3 June.  The 2021 NRW theme ‘More than a Word’, emphasises that reconciliation is all about actions and calls toward ‘bolder action’. It is important to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Bowel Cancer Australia’s signature event to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) – but if found early, it can be treated quite successfully. While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.

Western Victoria PHN is pleased to bring to you the Giant Knitted Bowel Virtual Tour here. This is a great resource to share with your patients as it is an educational journey through the bowel to learn about the symptoms of bowel cancer, how to prevent it and all about the free Bowel Screening Home Test Kit.

For more information and resources, please visit the Bowel Cancer HealthPathways pages here.


Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer

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