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The federal election looks to be heading towards the current government remaining in place either through support of cross benchers or in their own right. From a health perspective the debate on the continued freezing of MBS rebates will continue. I have made representation to politicians in the western Victoria region about the views expressed by local general practices. It is reasonable to suggest that the necessary time required to see patients in a bulk billed consultation and the realities of running a practice is increasingly becoming more challenging. While there will be an increased focus in Western Victoria PHN to support new models of care for chronic disease management we are also cognisant of the need to prevent chronic disease.

As someone who meets many people across western Victoria and reads a range of rural and regional media, I sense we are in the eye of a perfect storm. That storm is the growing impact of the social determinants of health. Not a day goes by without some form of reporting on either domestic violence rates, unemployment, the impacts of poor nutrition (bloody sugar!), the impacts of gambling, alcohol consumption, drug addiction and the list goes on. Not surprisingly as the evidence shows, those vulnerable populations or people who live in areas of social disadvantage have poorer health outcomes. Click here for more information on the profiles developed for each local government area in the region.

Politics and health are never far apart but more importantly local solutions to community problems are closer. I look forward to progressing the partnership with you and Western Victoria PHN to tackle the many health system challenges within communities across western Victoria.

Jason Trethowan,Chief Executive Officer, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

General

Primary Mental Health Services: Request for Proposal
Changes to HACC services from 1 July 2016
Celebrating and supporting NAIDOC Week
Have your say on End-of-Life legislation
Chief Health Officer Alert update: Measles
Aged care professionals please note product recall
Changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme
Enrolled nurse supervision and standards of practice changes
Antidepressants and pregnancy survey
Over-the-counter codeine dependence: Time for action CPD
Youth sexual diversity training: Hamilton and Warrnambool
Eating Disorders in Primary Care - Virtual Classroom

Great South Coast

Harm Minimisation Forum: Chronic Pain Management 

Ballarat and Goldfields

Can you add your support?

Wimmera and Grampians 

Health Privacy Seminar
Chronic Disease Management and Health Ageing Workshops
Allied Health Professional Development

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Admissions to Epworth Geelong open
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) workshop
Grand Round Lecture Series
Save the date! 2016 Youth Health Series: Management of Anxiety and School Refusal 

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Request for Proposal - Primary Mental Health Services

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) on Monday 11 July for the provision of primary mental health services in western Victoria. These services will replace the existing primary mental health contracts, including Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) and Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) that end on 31 October 2016. The new service contracts will commence on 1 November 2016. 

Western Victoria PHN is committed to procuring high quality primary mental health care services for all the western Victoria population, including rural communities and hard to reach client groups. Western Victoria PHN aims to achieve quality and depth of coverage by awarding contracts to a number of strong alliance partnerships.

The RFP will therefore be seeking current, and new, providers to consider how they can best provide primary mental health services to large geographical areas, including the more rural areas within the region.

Western Victoria PHN anticipate that this comprehensive coverage will be best provided by providers working together in a number of alliances for the benefit of patients. To facilitate the development of alliances, Western Victoria PHN will be sponsoring a series of sessions to enable the full range of mental health providers to have the opportunity to explore how they could work together in alliances.

The RFP will only be available through https://www.tenderlink.com/westvicphn/ and we recommend registering for this site ahead of the RFP release.

RFP information sessions

To help you understand our requirements Western Victoria PHN will be providing initial RFP briefings to providers on the following dates and locations.

Warrnambool
Date: Tuesday 12 July
Time: 9am - 10am
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 24-36 Fairy St, Warrnambool

Register

Horsham
Date: Wednesday 13 July
Time: 9am - 10am
Venue: Horsham Town Hall, The Geoff and Helen Handbury Education Centre, enter via Pynsent St, Horsham

Register

Ballarat
Date: Thursday 14 July
Time: 9am - 10am
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 105 Webster St, Ballarat

Register

Geelong
Date: Friday 15 July
Time: 9am - 10am (also available via webinar)
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

Register

RFP alliance information sessions

In addition to the above, Western Victoria PHN will be sponsoring alliance information sessions for providers, to provide greater detail regarding preferred contracting arrangements on the following dates and locations.

Warrnambool
Date: Monday 18 July
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: Warrnambool Golf Club, Younger St, Warrnambool

Register

Horsham
Date: Tuesday 19 July
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Horsham Town Hall, The Geoff and Helen Handbury Education Centre, enter via Pynsent St, Horsham

Register

Ballarat
Date: Wednesday 20 July
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: Eastwood Leisure Centre, Main Hall, 20 Eastwood St, Ballarat

Register

Geelong
Date: Thursday 21 July
Time: 1pm - 3pm (also available via webinar)
Venue: Geelong Conference Centre, Acacia Room, Adams Court, Eastern Park Geelong

Register

RFP closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 12 August.

Please note that all questions regarding this RFP must be directed through the Tenderlink website during the tender period only (commencing Monday 11 July). Questions will close two days before the closing date for submissions on Wednesday 10 August. 

Changes to HACC services from 1 July 2016

The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program provides services for frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers. From 1 July 2016 HACC services for:

  • Older people (people aged 65 and over and 50 and over for Aboriginal people) will be directly funded and managed by the Commonwealth Government. The program is called the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
  • Younger people (people aged under 65 and under 50 for Aboriginal people) will be funded and managed solely by the Victorian Government, until the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is in full operation. This program is currently being called – Victorian HACC.
  • On Monday 1 August the CHSP will transition from referrals being sent direct to providers to referrals being sent direct to My Aged Care.

What this means for referrers?

All referrals to Commonwealth Home Support services should be made on the Victorian Statewide Referral Form (VSRF) which is available preloaded in the letter writing modules of Clinical Information Software in:

  • Best Practice – click All radio button and look for “Vic – GP Referral [March 2013]”.
  • Genie – go to Checklists and look for “Vic Statewide Referral Form”.
  • Medical Director – go to Supplied tab and look for “Vic – GP Referral [March 2013]”.
  • Zedmed – go to Letter tab and look for “Victorian Statewide Referral Form [DHS]”.

Please remember to state the service (eg: housework) requested in the appropriate field.

From Monday 1 August

Instead of sending your referral to your local HACC service providers, you will submit referrals via My Aged Care by:

Urgent referrals can continue to be sent directly to appropriate HACC service providers to ensure services can be put in place as soon as possible. Please ensure that you document why the referral is urgent. Referrals for young people to Victorian HACC services should continue to be sent to the requested service provider. 

Celebrating and supporting NAIDOC Week

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This week, Western Victoria PHN has supported our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in their celebration and sharing of their culture. We congratulate Mick Ryan our Geelong Otway Indigenous Health Officer who was awarded the 'Community Service Award' at the flag raising ceremony at Wathaurong Aboriginal Health Service in Geelong on Monday morning. Ballarat staff attended the NAIDOC flag raising ceremony at BADAC with staff continuing on for the King Billy Memorial Walk and smoking ceremony. Our Horsham Indigenous Health Officer, Gail Harradine's Rekindling project contribution was on show on Monday as children performed a Bangarra inspired dance as part of the Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative's NAIDOC opening event at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre.  

Go to the NAIDOC Week website for further information about NAIDOC Week celebrations. Help us ‎close the gap‬ on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. 

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Have your say on End-of-Life legislation

Victorians have a chance to shape how new historic laws will be implemented to give people greater powers to set directives about their future medical treatment, including end-of-life preferences and wishes.

As part of this work, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, is calling for feedback on the Simplifying Medical Treatment Decision Making and Advance Care Planning position paper which will inform how the legislation should be implemented. Submissions must be emailed by Friday 29 July.

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Chief Health Officer Alert update: Measles

There are four confirmed cases of measles in Victoria, none of whom have travelled internationally and who all appear to have locally acquired infection. There is a risk of exposure to measles across metropolitan Melbourne and some parts of regional Victoria. Three of the cases were in the central business district of Melbourne between 10 – 13 June and this may represent the source of infection for those people. There are many other areas across metropolitan Melbourne where infections may have been acquired, and individuals have attended a range of public settings across Melbourne and in regional Victoria whilst infectious, including Shepparton.

Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they are not fully vaccinated (two measles containing vaccines) or are uncertain of their vaccine status. Isolate suspected cases to minimise the risk of transmission within your department/practice. Notify the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Section at the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 of suspected cases immediately. Take blood for measles serology in all suspected cases.

Discuss whether to take nose and throat swabs for PCR with the Department if your suspicion for measles is high. Approval is required prior to PCR testing at the reference laboratory. PCR testing for measles does not attract a Medicare rebate.

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Aged care professionals please note product recall

Department of Health

Ageing and Aged Care Group from Department of Health are advising aged care professionals and facilities that Professional Dental Supplies, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), will be recalling batch BK 119 of the oral hygiene product Chlorofluor Gel (all bottle sizes). The recall is because of a potential risk of infection due to bacterial contamination.

Please check whether any of your residents or care recipients are using Chlorofluor Gel Batch BK 119 and advise them to stop. More detailed information is published on the TGA website which will be updated as more information about the recall becomes available.

Changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme

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To find out about the changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme effective 1 July and its effects on those in Victoria, read CEO of Diabetes Victoria, Craig Bennett's message. You can also find information on the Department of Health website.  

Enrolled nurse supervision and standards of practice changes

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) recently updated Registered and Enrolled Nurses standards of practice. To practice in Australia, you must meet the NMBA’s professional standards. The revised standards can be found on the NMBA website and focus strongly on supervision of Enrolled Nurses. It is a legal requirement for Enrolled Nurses to be supervised by a Registered Nurse and employers must ensure that adequate supervisory arrangements are in place. Registered Nurses should ensure they understand their supervisory requirements when working with Enrolled Nurses. APNA has provided a summary of supervision requirements for Enrolled Nurses in the latest edition of APNA CONNECT.

Antidepressants and pregnancy survey

A new study on antidepressant use in pregnancy is currently taking place across rural and metropolitan Victoria. This quick 5-minute survey asks GP’s about their views and practices on the issue. The results will be used for a research paper that hopes to ultimately benefit GP’s and improve patient care. We encourage all GP’s to take this quick survey and contribute to the quality of this important study.  The survey closes on Wednesday 31 August.

Over-the-counter codeine dependence: Time for action CPD

On completion of this course you will be able to understand the extent and impact of inappropriate over-the-counter codeine use in the community, as well as, services and treatment options available to codeine misusers.  This course is presented by the Pharmacotherapy Network North West Melbourne, cohealth, Eastern Melbourne PHN, Harm Reduction Victoria, Melbourne Primary Care Network and Western Health.

Date: Tuesday 26 July
Time: 6.30pm registration. Program: 7pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ground Floor, Grattan St, Parkville.

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Youth sexual diversity training: Hamilton and Warrnambool

Sexual Diversity Course

This day is part of a series of professional forums being held across regional Victoria that aim to introduce participants to key concepts that support the provision of inclusive youth services for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) clients. The training is appropriate for anyone who works with young people, including but not limited to; youth work, community health, mental health, primary health, education and training, housing, alcohol and other drugs, sport and rec, refugee and newly arrived, disability, and police and justice. Management staff are also encouraged to attend.

Sessions will include; LGBTI 101, working within schools, working with trans* and gender diverse young people, SSAGD young people and alcohol and other drug use, as well as activities to develop sustainable community responses to supporting the wellbeing of our SSAIGD youth.

Hamilton
Date: Tuesday 26 July
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: Hamilton Base Hospital Auditorium. Entry via Kichener Street.
Register

Warrnambool
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: Community and Youth Complex, 210 Timor St, Warrnambool
Register 

Eating Disorders in Primary Care - Virtual Classroom

Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne

The Royal Children's Hospital Practical Paediatric Program, Eating Disorders Victoria and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine are presenting a free virtual classroom session on 'The GPs role in diagnosing and managing Eating Disorders'. Presented by Dr Michele Yeo, Paediatrician / Adolescent Physician at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, this session can be accessed from your own home or work computer with internet connection.

Date: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Register 

Great South Coast

Harm Minimisation Forum: Chronic Pain Management

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

An estimated 20% of adult Australians suffer from chronic pain, costing the economy $34.3 billion each year. This forum will explore the challenges of chronic pain management and offer valuable guidance for health care professionals to achieve optimal patient outcomes through collaboration and application of best practice. Topics covered will include: pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain, OTC codeine
combination products, management of opioid addiction and more.

Date: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 6.30 - 9pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, 24-36 Fairy St, Warrnambool

Register

Ballarat and Goldfields

 Can you add your support?

Seniors Festival 

Victorian Seniors Festival will provide an opportunity for the community to engage with organisations that provide care, support and services within our region, with a focus on healthy and positive ageing. It is a free event with a number of guest speakers as well as other entertainment on the day.

Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership along with Uniting Care Ballarat, BDNH Group, Ballarat Community Health, HACC Project Officers, Western Victoria PHN and the City of Ballarat invite your organisation to become involved in our event by becoming a sponsor.

We have a number of sponsorship packages available. If your organisation would like to be involved, please email Cathy Bushell or call her on 5338 4705. 

Wimmera and Grampians

Health Privacy Seminar

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This seminar is targeted at health service staff and will provide an overview of Victoria's health privacy legislation, as well as health privacy principles, case studies and organisational responsibilities.

Date: Friday 22 July
Time: 11am - 1pm with lunch provided at conclusion
Venue: Gum San Great Hall, Lambert St (Western Highway), Ararat.

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Chronic Disease Management and Health Ageing Workshops

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Designed and facilitated by nurses who are experts in their field these workshops offer nurses an engaging opportunity to update clinical knowledge and practical skills. The workshops are ideal for primary health care nurses working in General Practice, Aged Care and Community Health settings.

Date: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Horsham RSL, 36 McLachlan St, Horsham

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Allied Health Professional Development

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The Leadership through mentoring program is a practical workshop aimed at helping allied health leaders grow their leadership skills utilising mentoring as a key enabler.

Date: Thursday 1 September
Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided)
Venue: Stawell Regional Health Education Centre, Sloane St, Stawell

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Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

New on HealthPathways:

  • Drug information services
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Prolapse
  • Ring pessaries

Coming soon: more gynaecology and ENT pathways with oncology and cardiology pathways under development.

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

Admissions to Epworth Geelong open

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Epworth Geelong is accepting admissions as of Monday 4 July. Please read this flyer to find out more. Epworth Geelong have also published this Specialist Directory for your information. Service updates, in particular Emergency Referral has been updated on HealthPathways to include Epworth Geelong.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) workshop

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society will be hosting a workshop to assist clinicians who provide written reports and psychological services to clients under Medicare, Workcover, traffic accident bodies, as well as those working in mental health, forensic and other settings. 

Date: Saturday 16 July
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: 66 McKillop St, Geelong.

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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 June and July preceded by lunch at 12.15pm.  Topics include:

  • Anticoagulants: a balancing act
  • Alcohol, violence and the Emergency Department: What's the problem, and what can we do about it?
  • Update on stroke prevention in NVAF - real world evidence and new approaches.

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Save the date!

2016 Youth Health Series: Management of Anxiety and School Refusal

Western Victoria PHN invites health professionals to this in-person seminar or webinar with speaker Dr Glenn Melvin, Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, Monash University Centre for Development Psychiatry and Psychology. 

Date: Thursday 11 August
Time: 6.30pm registration, 7pm - 8.30pm presentation
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

Please email Helene Gilmore or contact her on 5222 0804 if you have any queries.