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Chief Health Officer Alert: Changing pattern of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection in Victoria
Changes to HACC services referrals
Epilepsy Nurse Educator
Foundations for General Practice Nursing workshops
Save the date: GPCE Melbourne
Great South Coast
Ballarat and Goldfields
Mycobacterium ulcerans continues to be a concern in Victoria with most cases linked to exposure to known endemic areas in the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula. There has been a steady increase in notifications of M. ulcerans, with over 100 cases reported in Victoria in 2015, and 46 cases so far this year. The infection affects people of all ages. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to minimise skin loss. Consider the possibility of M.ulcerans in patients who present with a painless ulcer or compatible lesion after exposure to an endemic area. M.ulcerans is a Group B disease and must be notified to the Department within five days of diagnosis.
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 does this mean 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:
- Fax – 1800 728 174
- Phone - 1800 200 422
- Website - https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/referral.
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.
Epilepsy Action Australia is now offering the services of an Epilepsy Nurse Educator to provide epilepsy education and emergency medication training to community organisations in western Victoria. Please email Epilepsy Action Australia or call 1300 37 45 37 for more information.
Are you a nurse seeking an orientation or refresher covering the topics most pertinent to your daily primary health care practice? New or transitioning nurses - this is the CPD for you! Designed and delivered by nurse leaders, these workshops provide up to 12 hours of essential and engaging CPD for primary health care nurses.
Register now and secure your seat at a workshop. Earlybird registration for the Melbourne Workshop closes Monday 19 September.
The General Practice and Exhibition (GPCE) is coming to Melbourne in November providing education for the whole general practice team. If you are a GP, nurse, practice manager, registrar or allied health professional working in general practice you could benefit from:
- An extensive choice of over 140 educational seminars and workshops for the whole team
- Earning your remaining QI & CPD points to meet triennium requirements.
Date: Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Book before 14 September for your 20% early bird discount.
Great South Coast
Great South Coast Community Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from people interested in making a difference for the health of the local community.
Please email the completed Great South Coast Community Council Membership Application form and email it to Sue Fleming by COB Friday 19 August.
Western Victoria PHN is pleased to support this free information session that will provide you with the knowledge on where you can access services for people with eating disorders in the south west coast region. Suitable for GPs, mental health clinicians, private practitioners, community health services, dietitians, practice nurses, school staff and school principals, this information session will:
- Build awareness of the local eating disorders services and relationship with the Royal Melbourne Hospital Eating Disorders Specialist Service
- Explore different service types for people with eating disorders.
Date: Thursday 8 September
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Community Health Building, Koroit St, Warrnambool
Ballarat and Goldfields
Our office in Ballarat is moving to new premises at 101 Drummond Street North, Ballarat effective Monday 15 August. The telephone number will remain unchanged: 5331 6303.
The Healthy Weight Management Program is a long-term approach to weight management. The program aims to give participants the ability required to manage their weight for the long term; building knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and confidence. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach, with the program being facilitated by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Practicing Dietitian.
New on HealthPathways:
- Renal cancer
- Chronic vulvovaginal candidiasis
- Pruritus vulvae
There is a recent CHO alert for mycobacterium ulcerans, please see HealthPathway on suspected Bairnsdale ulcer for advice on assessment, management and referral.
To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways Western Victoria.
GPs are invited to attend one or more of these lectures at 12.45pm on Tuesdays in August preceded by lunch at 12.20pm. Topics include:
- Has reduced treatment provision reduce the prevalence of common mental disorders?
- Sabbatical Leave Report: Aboriginal Health issues
- Liver-resections audit
Barwon Health invites you to attend an interdisciplinary masterclass on adolescent and paediatric gynaecology in September. Professor Sonia Grover, Director of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology at the Royal Children's Hospital will be the guest speaker.
Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre