CEO Primary Matters – 27 July 2022

QIC Health and Community Services Standards Accreditation

WVPHN will be undertaking its first accreditation against the QIC Health and Community Services Standards this August. Becoming an accredited organisation means our consumers can be confident that the organisation can meet their expectations and offer services and supports consistent with best practice.

The Accreditation process will consist of an independent external assessment conducted by Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) who specialise in providing accreditation, certification and verification services and support to a diverse range of organisations. QIP accredits over 10,000 health and community service organisations across Australia.

More about the process here.

National Pain Week

National Pain Week (running until 31 July) is an annual awareness event coordinated each year by Chronic Pain Australia. With chronic pain affecting over 3.6 million Australians, I encourage health professionals in our region to view our Pain Management pages on HealthPathways here.

WVPHN has assisted primary care clinicians in western Victoria to better manage and support patients with persistent pain through the Persistent Pain ECHO. The multidisciplinary community of practice, set up in partnership with TAC and WorkSafe Victoria, delivered 30 sessions over 18 months from February 2020 to June 2021.

WVPHN also contributed $100,000 to fund scholarships for eight practitioners across western Victoria to participate in the Local Pain Educator (LPE) Program through Pain Revolution. Recipients attained a Professional Certificate in Pain Science and Education through the University of South Australia. The recipients are now involved in the Local Pain Collectives Program. WVPHN is currently working with our local LPEs to deliver support and education to GPs and allied health clinicians in our region. ‘Essential Pain Facts’ training will be rolled out throughout October and November 2022.

Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day (held on 8 August) is an annual campaign that aims to empower Australians at all stages of life to live and die well. This year’s campaign asks Australians to ‘get dead set’ by taking simple steps to plan for end-of-life.

For some guides, toolkits and resources to support having conversation with your patients, please visit the Dying to Know Day website. Please also visit the Palliative Care pages on HealthPathways here.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day (held tomorrow on 28 July) is an international annual day observed by the United Nations and one of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) nine officially mandated global public health days.

World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO’s Global hepatitis report of 2017. More information here.

Visit the HealthPathways Liver Conditions pages. 


Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer

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