Primary Matters – 12 June 2024

George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship Awarded 

Congratulations to this year’s George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship winner, Jane Perry, who has made the transition from working in medical imaging to studying Medicine at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, with plans to become a rural generalist.  

The $5000 scholarship is awarded every year in memory of Dr George Golding, founder and CEO of the General Practitioners Association of Geelong, now Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN), who during his life devoted his time and expertise to the education and mentoring of medical students, registrars and GPs. The purpose of the Dr George Golding Memorial Trust is to promote education in medical practice and medical science by recognising academic excellence and providing financial assistance through the provision of scholarships, bursaries or prizes to students. 

We’ve interviewed Jane, who is juggling medical studies with parenting two daughters and volunteering, about her plans and why she decided to change careers – read our interview here.   

Stronger Medicare Awards 

Just a reminder that the Stronger Medicare Awards nomination period will end at the end of the month. The awards, part of the 40th anniversary of Medicare celebrations, honour the people, teams and practices who go above and beyond to improve the health of Australians. If you know healthcare professionals who fit this description, then you should take the time to nominate them to become ‘Medicare Champions’.  

You can find information about who is eligible and nomination requirements here. 

Better Together Conference 

WVPHN is proud to be a major partner of the sixth National LGBTIQA+ Conference – Better Together – this week on 14 to 15 June, which is being held at the GMHBA Stadium at Kardinia Park in Geelong on Wadawurrung Country. Diverse LGBTIQA+ communities, organisations and allies will come together to share ideas and experiences, learn from each other and forge alliances. 

Our focus at WVPHN has been to work with Inclusive Rainbow Voices, an organisation that represents and advocates for the human rights of all LGBTIQA+ people with disability. They will present sessions delivered by self-advocates with intellectual disability. 

If you’re interested in attending, WVPHN members can access either a discounted entry for the full conference or one day entry.  

BERTIE for Aged Care 

Finally, I wanted to highlight the BERTIE (Better lives for residents through innovative education) training package, which has been created to build capacity and capability in the residential aged care workforce (both clinical and non-clinical) to better recognise and manage early signs of deteriorating health. It’s a project that was led by Murray Primary Health Network and co-funded by all six of Victoria’s Primary Health Networks (PHNs), including WVPHN.  

Developed by a range of experts, BERTIE is easy to digest and self-paced. Each of the 20 modules includes a short engaging video, summary sheet and quick quiz. Knowledge is tested immediately following the completion of each module, in line with best practice for consolidated learning. 

Commonwealth-funded aged care staff can access BERTIE through the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s ALIS platform.
Craig Wilding, WVPHN CEO
12 June 2024 

 

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