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My Health Record trial sites announced

Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley announced last week Western Victoria PHN was successful in our application to lead an ‘Opt In’ trial for the My Health Record (formerly known as PCEHR) in the Ballarat region. The My Health Record is aimed at improving clinical decision making through greater online access of critical patient details.

We will be conducting this trial in conjunction with Ballarat Health Services (BHS). The ‘Opt In’ trial aims to increase the use of digital health records by patients and health professionals, including, GPs, specialists, pharmacies, allied health professionals, aged care facilities and hospitals, providing a collaborative approach to health across the region. BHS will encourage patients as part of the admission process to register for their own My Health Record, as well as uploading patient Discharge Summaries.

The Ballarat trial will run in parallel with another ‘opt in’ trial in Western Australia along with two ‘opt out’ trials, underway in Northern Queensland and the NSW Blue Mountains. The outcomes of all four trials will guide future improvements to the My Health Record, increasing the uptake and meaningful use of the system when it is implemented nationally in 2017.

Related to this is the work our Digital Health team is supporting general practices across western Victoria in making the necessary changes by 1 May 2016 to continue to receive the Digital Health Incentive (formerly eHealth PIP). These developments enable GPs to upload patient’s Shared Health Summaries to My Health Record, which can then be accessible to hospitals, after hours general practice services and the patient.

Digital health is a critical mechanism to support timely communication and clinical system connectivity, benefiting health professionals and patients alike.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jason TrethowanCEO, Western Victoria PHN

General

Resources to help you with My Health Record Assisted Registration
GP Refresher Conference recordings now available
Use as prescribed: pharmaceutical misuse forum: Geelong and Warrnambool
Chief Health Officer Advice: Hepatitis B lookback
Immunisation news
Early bird registrations close soon for National Immunisation Conference
Free resource for Nurses in General Practice
Ice education for families
Abstracts for SARRAH National Conference close Wednesday 27 April
GP education event: Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult and Paediatric Rhinology 'Tour'
Expressions of interest for program to improve farmer health

Great South Coast

Dealing with stressful situations conference
Opioid Replacement Therapy training

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
New simpler way to logon to HPOS via PRODA
Grand Round Lecture Series
St John of God Geelong Emergency Department update
CPD training for Practice staff: CPR training and Communications Strategies 

Wimmera and Grampians

Non Residential AOD Rehabilitation Program taking referrals
Updated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) resources
Clinical supervision and support foundation training 

Ballarat and Goldfields

Consumer engagement workshops - Ballarat

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Resources to help you with My Health Record Assisted Registration

Australian Government Department of Health My Health Record

Check-out the following resources to assist you meet the new Digital Health PIP requirements effective 1 May 2016.

Brochures are available to print directly from the My Health Record website.  Department of Health will also be sending a supply directly to practices.

Please email the Digital Health team for assistance or contact them on 5222 0800.

GP Refresher Conference recordings now available online

Lectures from the GP Refresher Conference are now available to watch online or listen to in your car via the armchair medical App. Lectures include:

  • Cardiology - which tests, when and to whom
  • Thyroid disease - hyperthyroidism and the under-active thyroid
  • Rational examination of low back pain symptoms.

To access these lectures featuring our local specialists download the armchair medical iphone/ipad app from the Apple app store and scroll to the chapter called Local Knowledge Western Victoria (or download from QR using the code below).

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Our arrangement with armchair medical is for all western Victorian GPs to get up to a month's free access to all our lectures and all 650 other lectures on the App. If you cancel within the free period, you pay nothing.  If you decide to continue, then you will be billed either monthly or annually depending upon your subscription choice.

These videos will also be available for viewing on our website at the beginning of May. We hope you enjoy the lectures.

Use as prescribed: pharmaceutical misuse forum: Geelong and Warrnambool

Western Victoria PHN in conjunction with ScriptWise is holding a panel discussion on the issues surrounding pharmaceutical misuse and management for both prescription and over the counter medications. Speakers include a local GP, pharmacist, consumer, addiction medicine specialist, coroner and AOD worker.  This forum is open to GPs, GP Registrars, allied health professionals, pharmacists and practice nurses.

Date: Geelong - Thursday 12 May, Warrnambool - Wednesday 18 May
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Geelong - Geelong Clinical School, Little Malop St, Geelong.  Warrnambool - Deakin Corporate Centre, 163 Timor St, Warrnambool

Register Geelong  Register Warrnambool

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Chief Health Officer Advice: Hepatitis B lookback

The Department is contacting patients who received treatment from a health care worker with hepatitis B to request those patients have a test for hepatitis B. The risk of hepatitis B transmission in these circumstances is low. However as a precautionary measure, the department is contacting those involved to offer them access to a quick and confidential test.

There is no ongoing risk to patients as the health care worker has ceased practice. Only those patients who have been contacted directly by the department need to be tested. If a patient presents to you for hepatitis B testing as part of the lookback, use the VIDRL pathology form provided to ensure correct patient details and patient code are used.

The department remains committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all patients and the health care worker involved.

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Immunisation news

Check-out the Victoria State Government's April Immunisation newsletter which includes:

  • ATAGI provider advice for flu vaccine
  • ATAGI provider advice for individuals and families
  • Information on DTPa containing vaccines
  • Immunisation case studies
  • Vaccine introduction timeline
  • Vaccine errors.

Early bird registrations close soon for National Immunisation Conference

The conference theme of “Immunisation: the jigsaw – fitting the pieces two decades on” celebrates 20 years since the ‘7 Point Plan’ was announced as a comprehensive package of measures under the headline banner of “Immunise Australia” and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) commenced operation.  Early bird registrations close Friday 29 April.

In this conference we will be having broad discussion about a wide range of current and future aspects of immunisation in Australia and the region and will also be benchmarking ourselves against another pace-setter in immunisation, the United Kingdom. 

Date: Tuesday 7 June - Thursday 9 June
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Early bird Cost: $900 (PHAA Member), $1,000 (Non PHAA Member) 

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Free resource for Nurses in General Practice

Nursing in General Practice

Developed by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, this Nursing in General Practice: A Guide for the General Practice Team handbook provides up to date and useful information about nurse and specialist nurse practitioner roles in contemporary general practice settings. It contains details about employing and supporting Registered and Enrolled nurses, the current regulatory environment, how to maximise the benefits, including the Practice Nurse Incentive Program and the range of MBS items that support nursing services in general practice.

You can order free printed copies by filling out this form or download a PDF version of the handbook from the ACN website

Ice education for families

Register for a free Ice education session in your area, which is designed for families to get the facts, develop strategies and find out where to access help and support.  You can also get free information by calling:

  • 1800 ICE ADVICE - 1800 423 238
  • Family Drug Helpline - 1300 660 068.

These sessions are brought to you by Turning Point part of Eastern Health, sharc (Self Help Addition Resource Centre), the bouverie centre and the Victoria State Government.

Abstracts for SARRAH National Conference close Wednesday 27 April

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The Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) 2016 Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentations that address the conference theme, ‘It takes a village – Vibrant Economies, Thriving Communities, Healthy People, Real Life’. The Provisional Program is now live.  SARRAH invites you to submit abstracts in these formats:

  • General stream abstracts for oral presentation within the themes of the conference (20 minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)
  • Scientific Stream Refereed paper (written paper before the Conference plus oral presentation at the Conference, published after conference) (20 minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)
  • Lightning Talks (strictly 5 minutes / 20 slides)
  • e-Poster (PowerPoint slide).

Please visit the conference website for a detailed description of each presentation format.  Abstracts are to be submitted electronically via the presentation portal by Wednesday 27 April 2016.

GP education event: Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult and Paediatric Rhinology 'Tour'

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Co-hosted by Networking Health Victoria and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital learning areas include:

  • Nasal symptoms in kids, such as blocked and drippy noses/mouth breathing, sleep disordered breathing /OSA, nasal blockage due to turbinate hypertrophy
  • Sinus symptoms in adults, such as nasal obstruction and smell
  • Primary care management and when to refer
  • Examining children’s eyes - handy hints and tips
  • Red flags for red eye
  • Common paediatric eye injuries and red eye conditions
  • A brief update on strabismus.

Date: Tuesday 3 May
Time: 6.30pm registration for 7pm start - 9pm finish
Venue: The Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre, Aikenhead Wing, St Vincent’s Health, corner of Nicholson St and Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

More information or Register

Expressions of interest for program to improve farmer health

National Centre for Farmer Health

Sustainable Farm Families (SFF™) is a program that has been proven to:

  • Change attitudes and behaviour to personal health, wellbeing and safety
  • Improve health outcomes for farm families
  • Help rural health practitioners work better with farm men and women
  • Save farmers lives.

Health services that have run SFF™ programs have found that it has become part of their strategic direction for working with farming families in their community. If you want to make a difference and deliver the award winning SFF™ program in Victoria with support from the National Centre for Farmer Health get in your expression of interest now for programs commencing July 2016 - May 2017. Expressions close May 30, 2016.

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Great South Coast

Dealing with stressful situations conference

This conference will teach you about strategies for dealing with stress in the workplace and stress events in the workplace.  It is aimed at all emergency services such as healthcare workers, police, ambulance, firefighters, disability workers and mental health staff. 

Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor St, Warrnambool

For more information contact Ocean Road Health.

Register

Opioid Replacement Therapy training

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

This training program provides 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 will help to ensure the consistency and quality of services offered throughout Victoria. Sponsored by the Victorian State Government Department of Health, the program, delivered in 2 parts for ALL Victorian pharmacists and pharmacy staff, is free of charge.

Part 1 covers all technical, professional and legal requirements of harm minimisation and ORT. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a Victorian Pharmacotherapy Certificate I. Part 2 is a case study workshop in which the concepts learned from Part I will be reinforced by the workshop facilitator. Following attendance at a Part 2 workshop, participants will be awarded a Victorian Pharmacotherapy Certificate II. 

Date: Sunday 5 June
Time: 10am - 12pm (Part 1), 1pm - 4pm (Part 2)
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, 24-36 Fairy St, Warrnambool

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Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

New on HealthPathways:

  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Neck Lumps in Children
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Testosterone Deficiency in men
  • Long-term Glucocorticoids (steroids)
  • Contraception pathways.

Cardiology commencing soon to HealthPathways 
We are seeking General Practitioners to join the Cardiology HealthPathways workgroup commencing soon. Please see this letter for more information. 

New simpler way to logon to HPOS via PRODA

Department of Human Services (DHS) recently launched Provider Digital Access (PRODA) as a new way for health professionals and administrative staff to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). DHS staff will be providing an overview of PRODA, an update on new services available within HPOS, and answer any questions from participants.

Date: Thursday 12 May
Time: 12pm - 12.30pm (networking and light lunch provided), 12.30pm - 2pm (commencement of presentation and webinar)
Venue: Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Level 2 Conference Room, 131 Myers St, Geelong

Register

Grand Round Lecture Series

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GPs are invited to attend one or more of these lectures at 12:45pm on Tuesdays in April and May preceded by lunch at 12.15pm. Topics include:

  • Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality
  • Decision making capacity and VCAT
  • Deakin Hypothetical
  • Victorian Audit of Surgery Mortality 2014: a status report
  • Sepsis Kills
  • State of the Heart - MRI Perspective.

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St John of God Geelong Emergency Department update

St John of God Geelong Hospital

St John of God Geelong Emergency Department (SJOG ED) has a record number of patients seen in March this year, in particular over the Easter break.

The Emergency Department at St John of God is open from 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week. They have expertise to see both adults and paediatrics. There is an out of pocket expense for patients (waived for DVA gold card holders, patients receiving chemotherapy at St John of God or patients recently discharged from hospital) and they are not limited to patients who have private health insurance. Our current exceptions are acute hemi paretic strokes, major trauma, critically unwell paediatric patients and patients with an acute psychiatric illness.

CPD training for Practice staff: CPR training and Communications Strategies

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Following feedback from their recent survey and to assist in meeting your accreditation requirements, Radius would like to offer the following free CPD activities to all practice staff.

CPR for General Practice

Date: Tuesday 10 May
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Radius Imaging, 158 Colac Rd, Waurn Ponds

Register by Friday 6 May.

Communication Strategies

Date: Wednesday 18 May
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Radius Imaging, 158 Colac Rd, Waurn Ponds

Register by Monday 16 May.

Wimmera and Grampians

Non Residential AOD Rehabilitation Program taking referrals 

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This free eight week program supports alcohol and other drug recovery and will also allow participants to grow and develop personal skills in a safe, therapeutic environment. Travel support is available so this program may be suitable for clients who wish to attend rehabilitation in another area to maintain confidentiality. For more information please read the Making a Change Flyer, Making a Change Information Sheet and Making a Change Referral Form.  If you have any queries, please contact Godwin or Krystal at Grampians Community Health on 5358 7400.

Updated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) resources

Lung Foundation

Lung Foundation Australia has updated resources including the COPD-X Concise Guide, a summary of the COPD-X Guidelines, as a searchable PDF with practice tips to aid clinical care.

Other updated resources  include the Stepwise Management of Stable COPDCOPD Action Plan and the COPD Medicine Wall Chart. All the resources now include the latest pharmacotherapies which were updated in the COPD-X Guidelines after an extensive review of the published evidence in COPD up to December 2015.

Clinical supervision and support foundation training 

Wimmera Health Care Group

  • Interested in providing clinical placements for students in a health discipline?
  • Have you had students on placement, but were not too sure if you provided the best experience?

Then this foundation training is designed for you! This comprehensive program aims to ensure the clinical placement experience is positive for both the student and the host site.

Date: Monday 2 May
Cost: Free with lunch provided
Venue: Education Room, Wimmera Health Care Group, Horsham 

Register

Ballarat and Goldfields

Consumer engagement workshops - Ballarat

Health Issues Centre

Find out, through these free courses below, how you can:

  • Improve consumer engagement and participation at your health organisation
  • Become more involved in your own health care or become a consumer representative.

Consumers as partners - establishing best practice

This program aimed at health service staff will look at:

  • Current consumer participation policies and frameworks
  • Establishing best practice in your health service
  • Staff engagement in participation activities

Date: Wednesday 18 May
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Mercure, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

Contact Nicky Barry to register by 13 May or call 9664 9343.

Making your mark - working as an effective consumer representative

This program aimed at consumers will look at:

  • 'Making your mark as a consumer representative'
  • Exploring the role of the consumer representative
  • Understanding your relationship with the health sector
  • Learning the skills to tell your story for quality improvement. 

Date: Wednesday 18 May
Time: 10am - 2.30pm
Venue: Mercure, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

Contact Mary Macheras-Magias to register by 13 May or call 9664 9343.