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I welcome the Victorian Government’s $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools program announced today. I’m delighted that the program is focused on 100 of the most vulnerable Victorian secondary schools, half of which are located around regional Victoria. It is expected that a local doctor will be available on campus one day a week, providing easy access to the health care they need.

We know that young people have a high level of health needs and low levels of seeking medical care. The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will help barriers between doctors and young people to be broken down, helping students address health problems early.

Doctors will also present a more accessible and approachable face to students, as a result of being on their familiar school campus.

The success of this initiative will be fostering closer relationships between the selected schools and existing GP services. We also see this as a further opportunity to strengthen student links with mental health counselling services.

Across Western Victoria from the start of term one next year, the Doctors in Secondary Schools program will be rolled out progressively across 17 schools. Check-out the list below for participating schools in your area.

Participating Western Victoria Schools

Ballarat Goldfields
Ballarat Secondary College – Wendouree Campus
Beaufort Secondary College
Maryborough Education Centre
Mount Clear College
Phoenix P-12 Community College

Great South Coast
Camperdown College
Casterton Secondary College
Heywood District Secondary College
Colac Secondary College

Geelong Otway
Geelong High School
Lavers Hill K-12 College
Newcomb Secondary College
North Geelong Secondary College

Wimmera and Grampians
Ararat Secondary School
Horsham College
St Arnaud Secondary School. 

Jason Trethowan, CEO, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

General

Board Director nominations are now open
Victorian PHN Alliance Webinars
Koolin Balit: Invitation to apply for training grants
Dementia Awareness month
Free workshop: An introduction to cancer screening
Harm Minimisation Forum
Foundations of General Practice Nursing workshops
Focused Psychological Strategies - Level 2 skills training
Save the date! Men's Health GP Education Symposium

Ballarat Goldfields

Western Victoria PHN Ballarat has moved
Dementia Awareness month: Ballarat event

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Reminder!
St John of God Geelong offers Bronchial Thermoplasty
Grand Round Lecture Series in September
Secret Girls' Business masterclass
Asthma best practice seminar
New Device Therapies: Educational Dinner Meeting

General 

Board Director nominations are now open

On Thursday 27 October at the 2016 Western Victoria PHN Annual General Meeting (AGM) there will be one Elected Director vacancy on our Board for a three year term.

If you are a current Western Victoria PHN member, you are eligible to nominate for the vacant Elected Director position.

If you are interested in the Director role, please obtain the Director Nomination Pack by Thursday 16 September and return by 5pm Monday 19 September 2016.

The Nomination form is an interactive PDF and can be completed electronically and must contain a signature.

If there is more than one nomination for the vacancy, an election will be held at the 2016 AGM, with information of all the eligible nominees being distributed to all members with the Notice of Meeting, at least 21 days prior to the AGM.

If you have any questions regarding the Director vacancy, please contact our Board Chair Lynne McLennan or call 0418 375 170.

Victorian PHN Alliance Webinars

Victorian PHN Alliance

The Victorian PHN Alliance (VPHNA) is a platform for the six Victorian PHNs to collectively achieve the best possible outcomes for local communities and organisations through leadership, collaboration, coordination and synergy. A suite of webinars is one of the initiatives of the VPHNA. The first set of webinars are on the following topics and ready to view now:

  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Vaccine & Cold Chain Management
  • Sterilisation
  • Triage.

Koolin Balit: Invitation to apply for training grants

Department of Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the Aboriginal health workforce and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people in Victoria.  The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is inviting applications from Aboriginal community controlled organisations and public health service providers in 2016-17 for these training grants. The closing date and time for submission of applications is 12pm, Monday 12 September 2016.

Read more    Application Form

Dementia Awareness month

Alzheimers Australia 

September is Dementia Awareness month and the theme this year is: You are not alone.

A number of events have been planned throughout Victoria including a public lecture on Thursday 22 September at Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne. Dr Ron Petersen (Director Mayo Clinic, USA) will be presenting his latest insights and research findings about dementia and the US and global experiences in establishing a national dementia strategy. Dr Peterson will also address the National Press Club on Wednesday 21 September (World Alzheimer's Day).

Free workshop: An introduction to cancer screening

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PapScreen Victoria, BreastScreen Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria invite those working with culturally diverse communities to attend a two day workshop, to increase their knowledge and awareness of the importance of cancer screening and early detection.

Date: Thursday 8 September and Friday 9 September
Time: 12pm - 4pm on Thursday, 9am - 1pm on Friday
Venue: Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Harm Minimisation Forum

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia invites you to its annual Harm Minimisation Forum where the following topics will be discussed:

  • Dealing with the Addict presented by Dr Maryn Lloyd Jones (Addiction Medicine Specialist)
  • An overview of the revised 'Policy for maintenance pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence' guidelines presented by Ms Maureen Chesler (Pharmacoptherapy Development Officer, Drug Policy and Services, Department of Health and Human Services).

Date: Wednesday 28 September
Time: 6.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Cossar Hall, Monash University, 381 Royal Pde, Parkville.

Register

Foundations of General Practice Nursing workshops 

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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! Workshops are located in Melbourne on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October. 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.

Focused Psychological Strategies - Level 2 skills training

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CBT-derived skills taught throughout the program include psycho-education, motivational interviewing, cognitive interventions, behavioural interventions, and skills for working with families and relaxation skills training.

Date: Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 October
Time: 8.30am - 5pm
Venue: Yarraville Community Centre

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Save the date! Men's Health GP Education Symposium

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This one day Symposium will cover obesity and diabetes management, use of contemporary Apps technology, kidney disease and hypertension, anxiety and depression and gender diversity and mental health.

Date: Saturday 5 November
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, Baker IDI, 75 Commercial Rd, Melbourne

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Ballarat and Goldfields

Western Victoria PHN Ballarat has moved

Our office in Ballarat is now located at 101 Drummond Street North, Ballarat effective Monday 15 August.  The telephone number remains unchanged: 5331 6303.  

Dementia Awareness month: Ballarat event

Alzheimers Australia

Clinician’s - September is Dementia Awareness month. Your patients, families and carers are invited to a FREE Alzheimer’s Australia event where Associate Professor Mark Yates will speak on You are not alone.

Date: Thursday 8 September
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: Ballarat Community Health Centre, 12 Liliburne St, Lucas

You can register by email or call 9816 5784.

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Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Diverticular disease
  • Funny turns
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Vertigo.

We have recently reviewed the Anti-Hyperglycaemic Agents HealthPathway.

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

Reminder!

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Don't forget this Saturday's Common Medical Emergencies in General Practice Symposium at Epworth Geelong. This symposium presented by Epworth HealthCare (Geelong) in collaboration with Western Victoria Primary Health Network, will include case studies and rotating workshops covering a wide range of topics.

Date: Saturday 3 September
Time: 8.30am - 4.45pm
Venue: Epworth HealthCare (Geelong), 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds

Read more   Register

St John of God Geelong offers Bronchial Thermoplasty

St John of God Geelong Hospital

St John of God Geelong offer Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) for adult patients with severe asthma.  BT is a safe, bronchoscopic procedure that has been clinically proven to improve asthma related quality of life and provide long lasting reduction in asthma exacerbations for patients with severe asthma.

For more information about BT, please contact Mr Cheng-Hon Yap, Cardiothoracic Surgeon on 4215 1969 or via email

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Grand Round Lecture Series in September

GPs are invited to attend one or more of these lectures at 12.45pm on Tuesday's in September preceded by lunch at 12.20pm.  Topics include:

  • If I improve my diet, will my health improve?
  • Diagnosing, Assessing & Managing Violence in Psychotic Disorders
  • Agar Memorial Lecture: Lipids.

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Secret Girls' Business masterclass

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

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Asthma best practice seminar

You're invited to hear Dr Adrian Chazan, Respiratory and Sleep Physician present on:

  • Asthma: Embedding guidelines into clinical practice, and
  • Optimising drug delivery to the lungs for people with asthma.

Date: Thursday 15 September
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Oakdene restaurant, Wallington

For more information, please email Tanja Ilioski.

New Device Therapies: Educational Dinner Meeting

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Medtronic invite you to an educational dinner addressing the latest in New Device Therapies for the management of Syncope.  This meeting is accredited with two RACGP Group 2 points, and clinical discussion will be encouraged during the course of the evening.

Date: Wednesday 5 October
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Tulip Restaurant, 9/111 Pakington St, Geelong

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