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Western Victoria Primary Health Network produces a bi-monthly newsletter which is designed to be distributed to general practice and allied health provider waiting rooms. Content for consumers is included in each edition.

Copies of Health & Wellbeing Newsletter, formerly Doctor's Voice, are emailed to practices in Microsoft Word format. Individual practices may wish to adapt the Word version to include additional information specific to their practice, or add their practice details/logo to the newsletter.

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Leanne 2019 westvic news

Quality primary health care for our communities

With the 2019 Federal election only one and a half weeks away, I thought I would share with you some of the key messages from Western Victoria PHN about issues in the primary health care area for priority consideration.

All Australians are entitled to a secure, effective, accessible, equitable and affordable healthcare system focused on quality outcomes.

This is especially critical for those whose needs are currently not well supported, such as First Nations peoples, people living in rural and remote Australia, people on low incomes and people with chronic disease and mental illness.

Western Victoria PHN strongly supports general practice as the cornerstone of primary health care in our communities, and GPs are at the centre of the system.

The Commonwealth Government plays a critical role in supporting the healthcare sector and we call on all parties to commit to equity in health services, improved access to care and sustainable funding.

To read our key messages click HERE

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer 

General 

Medical Professional Development Grants Changes

Self-Collection Project: Statewide Cervical Screening Provider Survey

Early bird registrations open for Australian College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Workshop

HealthPathways Update

Ballarat Goldfields 

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

City of Ballarat’s immunisation service changes

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health Primary Health Partners Clinic Referrals

Early Childhood Early Intervention Services

Great South Coast

Emergency Medicine without Medicines or Equipment: Teaching on the run for nurses, doctors, and allied health

Wimmera Grampians

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

General 

Medical Professional Development Grants Changes

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The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria has announced changes to it Medical Professional Development grants to broaden opportunities for doctors to apply.

The grants are funded by the State Government to support continuing professional development for medical practitioners, registrars ( practising in rural communities MM2-7) and interns (who are required to complete a minimum of 13 weeks in Victorian rural community placement).

Under the changes, recipients can now claim:

  • $3,000 per financial year
  • Course/study undertaken within the financial year NOT within 60 days of claiming as per previous guidelines
  • 100 per cent registration fee up to annual limit
  • Full cost of cheapest economy airfare
  • Up to $140 per night accommodation
  • $0.66 per km based on return trip
  • Up to $60 per day for childcare.

For more information, visit the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria website.

Self-Collection Project: Statewide Cervical Screening Provider Survey

Cancer Council Victoria has established the ‘Self-Collection Project’ to support the introduction of self-collected Cervical Screening Tests as a pathway for under-screened women in Victoria.

Cervical screening providers are now being asked to participate in a survey about current knowledge, skills and confidence to offer self-collected Cervical Screening Tests to eligible women.

Self-collected Cervical Screening Tests are available to women who: 

  • are aged 30 or over; and
  • are either overdue for a Cervical Screening Test by at least two years (4 years since last Pap test), or have never been screened; and 
  • have declined a Cervical Screening Test from a health professional. 

To access the online survey, please click here

Early bird registrations open for Australian College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

Early bird registrations are now open for the 2019 Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) National Conference to be held in Melbourne from the 2-5 September.

The theme for the four-day conference is ‘Transforming Health Care’, which recognises the dimensions of practice and contribution made by Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses across Australia. Themes to be explored are:

  • Rural & Remote Health;
  • Primary Health Care;
  • Private Practice; and
  • Speciality Practice, including Mental Health and Emergency. 

Early bird prices for the full conference are Member/$940.50 and Non-Member/$1210. Early bird registrations closes on 30 June 2019.

Individual day tickets can also be purchased. Prices are Member/$484 and Non-Member/$539. 

For further information and to register, please visit the ACNP website.

Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

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Western Victoria PHN is joining with other Primary Health Networks in Victoria and Tasmania this year to increase the use of Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) for cancer.

OCPs are national guidelines which outline the best possible cancer care for specific tumour types. This year the focus is on melanoma, head and neck cancers and pancreatic cancer. The OCPs outline key stages in a patient’s cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life-care. They also detail the expected optimal care at each stage to ensure everyone diagnosed with cancer gets the best care possible, regardless of where they live or where they get cancer treatment.

Western Victoria PHN will be working to increase awareness of OCPs throughout 2019, including education and training opportunities around the pathways and providing general practitioners with a suite of melanoma HealthPathways.

If you would like more information on OCPs in western Victoria, contact our Optimal Care Pathways Project Officer Tanya Hahne email tanya.hahne@westvicphn.com.au or phone 03 4310 5106.

For more information on the Optimal Care Pathways, visit the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance website: https://vtphna.org.au/optimal-care-pathways/

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Workshop

Join the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and The University of Melbourne for a free half-day workshop on Saturday, 25 May 2019 on cancer survivorship for general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.

With over one million people living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis, cancer survivorship care is a priority in the community.

This collaborative, interactive session will enable discussion with like-minded professionals from a range of disciplines keen to deliver best-practice care for cancer patients during and after treatment. The workshop will provide an overview of cancer survivorship, an understanding of the shared care model as well as tools and resources for supporting patients with cancer in the community.

The workshop will run from 9am-2pm at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Level 13 meeting room, 305 Grattan Street, Parkville. 

Bookings are essential by 23 May. Register HERE.

  HealthPathways Update

HealthPathways

New pages:

  • Incidental Findings on Imaging

Reviewed pages:

  • Rural Community Support during Adversity

  • Asthma in Children

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways.  

Ballarat Goldfields

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

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As part of the national interoperability consultation – Better connections: Your health, Your say – Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop to hear your perspectives on the future of digital health in Australia and how it can best support delivery of modern person-centred health services and empower personal wellbeing.

The Interoperability Program is a priority of the strategy, which was approved in 2017 by all states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.

Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy describes interoperability as: At its simplest, the ability to move information easily between people, organisations and systems. It is imperative that when information is shared between people and systems, its meaning is preserved from one context to another so that information is interpreted in the same way.

The Ballarat Workshop on Tuesday, 28 May is open to both clinicians and the community to discuss:

  • What are Australia’s digital health aspirations? How can health learn from innovation in other industries?
  • Priority areas – what are the problems we are seeking to solve by making information more accessible? What’s important to you?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?
  • What features would be important to maintain trust in systems that share people’s information between providers?
  • How do we ensure that no one is left behind, while at the same time allowing early adopters to exercise greater control?

For more information including details to RSVP, view the event flyer.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can have your say via the online survey.

City of Ballarat’s immunisation service changes

The City of Ballarat has advised it has reviewed its Immunisation Program and will no longer provide flu immunisation services to adult residents and commercial businesses due to an expansion in service providers in Ballarat.

Adult flu vaccination services are now being provided from medical practices, private flu vaccine providers, community health, Indigenous health services, hospitals and pharmacies. 

The City of Ballarat will focus on providing a quality childhood vaccination program to children and students in the municipality, which is in line with local government requirements outlined in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. Children aged six months to five years will continue to receive the vaccine free from their GP.

Residents and businesses can find their nearest flu vaccine provider by visiting the below websites:

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health Primary Health Partners Clinic Referrals

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Barwon Health has advised that it's Primary Mental Health Psychiatry Clinic based at Primary Mental Health Partners in Myers St, Geelong has temporarily ceased accepting new referrals, effective from 30 April.

Barwon Health has written to Geelong region GPs advising that, at present, patients with non-urgent, mild-moderate mental health issues who have been referred to the clinic may experience up to an eight-month waiting period for psychiatric assessment and management plans. Barwon Health says the high demand for services and their commitment to patient safety informed the decision to prioritise working through the current waiting list. 

It's anticipated it may take between six and eight months to work through the current list, with a view to reopen referrals in October 2019.

Referrals can still be made to the Barwon Health Deakin Psychology Clinic via Primary Mental Health Partners for psychological assessment and intervention.

Should you require urgent advice about a patient’s situation, please phone the Barwon Health Access Team on 1300 094 187.

Early Childhood Early Intervention Services

Did you know there are faster ways to support a child under six with developmental concerns? Clinicians can refer or advise families to refer to  the Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) team without needing a diagnosis or paediatric review. 

The ECEI approach, is an open referral pathway, which means referrals can come from a range of sources including parents, carers, health professionals and kindergartens.

To begin the process please see the steps below: 

  • Complete a referral form on the BCYF website
  • Family will receive a call from ECEI within two days to arrange an appointment
  • Consult “Developmental Concerns in Children” HealthPathway for more information
  • ECEI can assist by providing short term supports of 3-6 months and service linkages to the family, or if required make recommendations and assist application for an NDIA plan

For further information, please call 1300 012 293 or vist the BCYF website

Great South Coast

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Emergency Medicine without Medicines or Equipment: Teaching on the run for nurses, doctors, and allied health

The Western Victoria PHN Warrnambool office is holding a teaching session on Monday, 20 May 2019 for General Practitioners, GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Allied Health Professionals.

Learning outcomes include:

  • learn the one minute approach to teaching;
  • learn how to react in stressful situations; and
  • learn the most important skill to teach any clinician (and it is the same for every clinician type).

Attendees will hear from special guest speaker, Associate Professor Tim Baker, MBBS (Hons), BMedSc(Hons), MClinEd, FACEM - Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine's Non-Specialist Training Committee.

The event is also available via webinar. For additional details, view the event flyer or register here.

Wimmera Grampians

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

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As part of the national interoperability consultation – Better connections: Your health, Your say – Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop to hear your perspectives on the future of digital health in Australia and how it can best support delivery of modern person-centred health services and empower personal wellbeing.

The Interoperability Program is a priority of the strategy, which was approved in 2017 by all states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.

Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy describes interoperability as: At its simplest, the ability to move information easily between people, organisations and systems. It is imperative that when information is shared between people and systems, its meaning is preserved from one context to another so that information is interpreted in the same way.

The Horsham Workshop on Wednesday, 29 May is open to both clinicians and the community to discuss:

  • What are Australia’s digital health aspirations? How can health learn from innovation in other industries?
  • Priority areas – what are the problems we are seeking to solve by making information more accessible? What’s important to you?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?
  • What features would be important to maintain trust in systems that share people’s information between providers?
  • How do we ensure that no one is left behind, while at the same time allowing early adopters to exercise greater control?

For more information including details to RSVP, view the event flyer.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can have your say via the online survey.

After Hours campaign launched next month

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network will, next month, launch a new After Hours campaign to increase community awareness and health literacy across our communities on appropriate after hours health service choices, including hospital emergency department presentations.

General practitioners and other health service providers across western Victoria will shortly receive a range of promotional materials from our After Hours Campaign Team for display at their premises, and this will be supported by a full media and online advertising campaign. The campaign will run for approximately two months.

I encourage you to display the materials you receive in your public access areas and help us promote this important community awareness information.

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Our data suggests that there is an on-going and increasing demand for people seeking medical assistance and a proportion of this is after hours.

Detailed needs assessment across western Victoria has determined the health priorities of the region are diabetes and its complications, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular diseases, along with the national priorities of mental health, Indigenous health, alcohol and other drugs and aged care.

According to 2012-13 figures, diabetes complications represented 42% of all hospital admissions in Western Victoria Primary Health Network's catchment. Our data also shows that the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease within our region is above the national average.

Like the rest of Australia, western Victoria has an ageing population and the health needs of this demographic will increase, which will place increasing strain on existing, on the ground, health services.

Thank you for your support.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

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Doctors in Secondary Schools - Every young person deserves access to a doctor
Next week: Nominations close for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards
Medicare Benefits Schedule Review
Nominations for Regional Health Infrastructure Fund open
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in syphilis and gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men (MSM)
Notification of Gardasil Vaccine to the National HPV Register
The NDIS is coming to our region: Community information sessions
June is bowel cancer awareness month
Have the CHAT with your patients this winter
EOI: Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
Victorian Pharmacy Pharmocotherapy Training Program
Free webinar: Otitis media - stuck in the middle with glue
Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome
Foundations of General Practice Nursing 2 day workshops

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Working with Hoarding and Squalor: The Neuropsychology of Squalor

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Improving accessibility to health services for transgender people
Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care
Updates in familial cancer
Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update 

General 

Doctors in Secondary Schools - Every young person deserves access to a doctor

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Western Victoria PHN would like to hear from GP practices who would be interested in providing general practice services for the Doctors in Secondary School program.

The Victorian Government is making sure young people are receiving the health support, advice and treatment they need to reach their full potential. The $4.8 million Doctors in Secondary School initiative is delivering on the Government’s election commitment to fund general practitioners (GPs) to provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need.

The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will provide funding for up to 100 Victorian Government secondary schools in need, to have an adolescent health trained GP attend once a week to provide medical advice and health care to its students.

Western Victoria PHN has a total of 18 schools in the catchment that have been successful in obtaining funding for this program. There are three in Ballarat, three in Geelong and one each in Portland, Warrnambool, Ararat, Beaufort, Maryborough, Camperdown, Casterton, Colac, Heywood and Horsham. The program will have a staggered rollout with GP services commencing in one of three tranches.

The Tranche One schools in the Western Victoria PHN region will be commencing shortly. The Tranche Two schools are scheduled to commence at the start of Term 3, 2017 and Tranche Three in Term 1, 2018.

Tranche One schools: Phase 1 Tranche Two schools: Phase 2 Tranche Three schools: Phase 3
 Ballarat Secondary College – Ballarat  Ararat Secondary College – Ararat  Camperdown College – Camperdown
 Brauer Secondary College – Warrnambool   Beaufort Secondary College – Beaufort  Casterton Secondary College – Casterton
 Mount Clear College – Ballarat Geelong High School – Geelong  Colac Secondary College – Colac
 Portland Secondary College – Portland Maryborough Education Centre – Maryborough  Heywood District Secondary College – Heywood
  Newcomb Secondary College – Newcomb/Geelong     Horsham College – Horsham
  North Geelong Secondary College – Geelong Lavers Hill P-12 College – Lavers Hill
  Phoenix P-12 College – Sebastopol/Ballarat St Arnaud Secondary College – St Arnaud

For more information please email Laura Martin on docsinschools@westvicphn.com.au or contact your local Primary Care Consultant.

Next week: Nominations close for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards

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The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence 2016 - 2017 Inaugural Award recognises nurses practicing in the Western Victoria region, who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of their patients, by undertaking a quality improvement activity within their practice.

Primary care nurses currently working in the Western Victoria PHN region are invited to submit their application for achievements in a quality improvement initiative between 1 September 2016 and 30 June 2017, in one of the following priority areas:

  • Advanced Care Planning
  • After hours
  • Aged care
  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease
  • Closing the Gap - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Digital health
  • Hepatitis C
  • Immunisation
  • Mental health (youth and general)
  • Palliative care
  • Population health
  • Systems improvement.

Each finalist receives a trophy in recognition of their achievement and will receive $500 to assist with professional development expenses. The winner will receive $1,000 to support continuing professional development expenses, such as course/ conference registration fees, books and travel/ accommodation. Employers of the winners will receive a certificate of acknowledgement for their support of their employee and the implementation of their respective quality improvement activity.

Nominations close Friday 30 June 2017. Finalists will be announced on Friday 28 July 2017 and the winner announced during Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week in September 2017.

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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review

Department of Health

On 7 June 2017, the MBS Review Taskforce released six reports for public consultation.  These reports cover:

  • Renal medicine
  • Spinal surgery
  • Dermatology, allergy and immunology
  • Diagnostic imaging of the knee (third report)
  • Diagnostic imaging - Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (fourth report) 
  • Urgent after-hours (preliminary report).

The consultation period closed on Friday 21 July 2017 and there are online surveys for each report.

To find out more, please go to the Department of Health website.

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Nominations for Regional Health Infrastructure Fund open

The second round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is currently open. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday 21 August 2017.

The $200m fund will rebuild rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

And for the first time, the fund will be expanded to include publicly funded community palliative care services. In addition, the second round includes all health, community health, aged care, women’s health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

Grants can be used to build new or remodel existing facilities to provide greater comfort for patients and enable doctors and nurses to deliver safer and more efficient care.

Health services can also apply to buy equipment including furniture, fittings and medical equipment or upgrade essential infrastructure.

The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared guidelines and supporting information to help health services with their applications. These documents are available from the health.vic website.

Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in syphilis and gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men (MSM)

Victorian syphilis and gonorrhoea notifications have increased in the last few years, with cases reported predominantly in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Syphilis and gonorrhoea can be transmitted by unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex.  Syphilis and gonorrhoea infection increases both susceptibility to acquiring HIV infection and transmissibility of HIV infection. 

Cases of ocular and neuro-syphilis are occurring in MSM with early syphilis in Victoria and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance to gonorrhoea is concerning worldwide.

Obtaining gonorrhoea culture swabs is crucial for monitoring antimicrobial resistance. Screen at risk groups: MSM at least annually and higher risk MSM more often for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. HIV positive MSM should have a syphilis test every time they have blood tests for routine HIV monitoring.

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Notification of Gardasil Vaccine to the National HPV Register

National HPV Vaccincation Program Register

In September 2016, the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) was expanded to accept notification of all vaccines for all ages.

At that time, notification of Gardasil vaccines provided outside the school program were required to be forwarded to AIR only and not the HPV Register. Therefore inclusion of the HPV vaccine notification forms and envelopes in deliveries of Government funded Gardasil vaccine were ceased.

However, in order to ensure the most comprehensive set of HPV vaccine coverage data, the process has been revised and providers are requested to re-establish to complete and forward HPV vaccine notification forms to the national HPV Register.

To assist immunisation providers in this process, you will notice that HPV vaccine notification forms and envelopes will again be included with future deliveries of Gardasil vaccine.

If you have any enquiries around notification, please contact the national HPV Register on 1800 478 734.

The NDIS is coming to our region: Community information sessions

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National Disability Insurance Agency staff and partners are presenting information sessions around the region to help people with disability and their families and carers get NDIS Ready.

The information sessions are the perfect opportunity to find out more about the NDIS, how it works and how it might apply to you. The session will also cover how to prepare for your first plan and are the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered directly by NDIS staff.

To find out more, click on the flyer in the area closest to you.

Wednesday 28 June: Nhill
Monday 17 July: Warrnambool
Tuesday 25 July: Hamilton
Wednesday 26 July: Camperdown

Have the CHAT with your patients this winter

Lung Foundation

Lung Foundation Australia’s winter campaign, Have the CHAT, encourages people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to stay well and out of hospital.

Lung Foundation Australia has developed a suite of evidence-based resources to support health professionals in timely identification and management of COPD exacerbations including this poster and flyer.

For further information about this campaign please visit www.lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat or freecall 1800 654 301.

EOI: Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

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ASHM is currently seeking expressions of interest from Melbourne and regional based clinicians to participate in a Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program, in Melbourne later this year.

This comprehensive course is for medical staff working with people who inject drugs and has been designed to build participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence to prescribe the new hepatitis C DAAs (Direct Acting Antiviral medication).

This program is available for GPs, addiction medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and other clinicians able to prescribe.

If you have any questions, please contact the ASHM team at education@ashm.org.au or phone (02) 8204 0784.

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June is bowel cancer awareness month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month June 2017

Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative running throughout the month of June. It has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

To find out more, go to the Bowel Cancer Awareness Month website.

Victorian Pharmacy Pharmocotherapy Training Program

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The aim of this training is to provide pharmacists and pharmacy support staff with the relevant knowledge, skills and tools required to deliver a safe and consumer focused Opioid Replacement Therapy service.  

The training is conducted in two parts.  Part 1 training is conducted face-to-face with Part 2 conducted either face-to-face or by webinar.  Part 1 training begins on Sunday 25 June.

This is a Victorian State Government funded program and is free to all pharmacists in Victoria.

For further information, please see this flyer.

Free webinar: Otitis media - stuck in the middle with glue

VIC Paediatric Clinical Network

Otitis media is an umbrella term that covers a range of problems in the middle ear which can be a continuum of disease.

This 45 minute webinar will cover the common problems of acute otitis media and chronic otitis media with effusion.

Dr Lina Nido is a general practitioner and also GP liaison for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr Nido will present a couple of recent case studies. Dr Elizabeth Rose, an Ear Nose and Throat specialist will provide her clinical perspective.

Date: Thursday 29 June
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Where: Online - join via your computer

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Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

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This all-day course has been developed by the Alfred Health Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Service to provide a comprehensive education program targeted at common but challenging functional gastrointestinal disorders. It is designed to be engaging, informative and interactive. It will be facilitated by local and world experts in functional gastrointestinal disorders. 

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, AMREP Centre, Alfred Health
Cost: $150 (early bird special $120 if registering before 30 June 2017)

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Foundations of General Practice Nursing 2 day workshops

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Perfect for nurses new to general practice, the Foundations series of workshops will provide an understanding of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for nurses working in the primary health/general practice environment. Guided by experienced nurse educators, topics include:

  • Primary health care and the Australian healthcare system
  • Clinical assessment
  • Care and triage
  • Chronic disease management
  • Immunisation
  • Wound management
  • Health promotion and preventative care
  • Information management and ehealth
  • Quality and safety
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Professional practice and professional development.

Date: Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
Venue: Cliftons, 440 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost: $320 APNA members, $420 Non-members

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Referral to sexual health services
  • Services for children/adolescents at risk
  • Sexual assault services.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see the HealthPathways website.

Working with Hoarding and Squalor: The Neuropsychology of Squalor

The Central Highlands Hoarding and Squalor Action Group is holding a free 'Working with Hoarding and Squalor' workshop for professionals working in clinical and community mental health, community services and other related professions.

This is a chance for professionals working with people experiencing these issues to gain knowledge of the latest research findings, treatment options and possible referrals pathways. This workshop will also highlight the complex issues of squalor and hoarding and create an understanding of the different presentations and the possible reasons behind the issues.

Date: Thursday 29 June
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Morsehead Park Stadium - Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Morsehead Park Pleasant St Sth, Ballarat

For further information and to register, please go to the trybooking website.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Pigmented skin lesions
  • Hepatobiliary cancer.

Reviews and updates:

  • Immunisation - Adults.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines visit HealthPathways.

Improving accessibility to health services for transgender people

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Late last year, Dr Nic Brayshaw from Kardinia Health informed Western Victoria PHN of the great need for more GPs in the Geelong Otway region to assist transgender people in the prescription of hormone therapies. Up until now, Dr Brayshaw was the only GP in the Geelong Otway area taking on new patients and providing this health service for transgender people.

Western Victoria PHN is pleased to announce that we now have another seven GPs in the Geelong Otway region who have expressed an interest in prescribing hormone therapies to transgender people. This comes following a CPD event in March on prescribing hormones, organised by Western Victoria PHN in collaboration with Dr Brayshaw and GASP.

Learning Group

Pictured at the first Learning Group breakfast meeting:
Front - Judith Emond (Western Victoria PHN), Dr Cath Callan, Dr Jacqueline Ford, Dr Mary Johnston
Back - Dr Nic Brayshaw, Dr Samantha Buchholz, Dr Anne Chirnside

Western Victoria PHN has established a learning group led by Dr Brayshaw to support GP’s in providing Transgender Healthcare.

A big thanks to the GPs for their involvement in this important work.

If you are a GP in the Western Victoria PHN region and are interested in assisting in this work, please email your interest to Primary Care Consultant, Judith Emond.

Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care

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Hospice Foundation Geelong, in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care.

This scholarship is named in honour of local GP, Dr Trevor Banks, OAM, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to palliative care. Trevor was instrumental in establishing a formal palliative care service in the Geelong region since the 1970s.

The Scholarship is an annual award of up to $5000 to assist a General Practitioner working in the Geelong region to upskill in the area of palliative care.

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Updates in familial cancer

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Barwon Health invites you to this interdisciplinary masterclass in women's health with Gynaecological Oncologist, Professor Tom Jobling.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

For enquiries, please email Michael Shembrey . To register, email Melinda Baluch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 7 July. 

Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is hosting a CPD GP Symposium covering:

  • Concussion
  • Facial and ENT injuries
  • Ankle, hand, knee, shoulder and hip injuries
  • Assessment of degenerative spine.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

For further information, please see this flyer

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update

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Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Referral to sexual health services
  • Services for children/adolescents at risk
  • Sexual assault services.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see the HealthPathways website