Welcome to Westvic News 

General

Request for Proposal: Chronic Conditions Models of Care
Chief Health Officer Alert: Measles
Diabetes website offers multidisciplinary primary care forum
Immunisation news
Odyssey House 'Responding to Ice' Training
Treating Patients with hepatitis C (HCV) - a quick summary
Orthopaedic workshop series 2017
Better Care Victoria Ideas Sharing Forum 

Grampians Wimmera

CPD Calendar 2017
Make a Change drug rehabilitation program 

Great South Coast 

Pharmacy help required 

Ballarat Goldfields 

GPs survey launch
CPD calendar update
Ballarat and district Clinical Network for Addiction Management 

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways Update
Pharmacy help required
Nurse Pap Test Provider Network meetings
Melanoma Update
Lung Cancer Forum 

General 

Request for Proposal: Chronic Conditions Models of Care

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on Wednesday 18 January for the provision of Chronic Conditions Models of Care in Western Victoria PHN to the value of $5,440,725 (this total includes $65,276 for the direct engagement of ACCHOs). The new service contracts will commence on 1 July 2017.

The RFP has been informed by extensive consultation within eleven zones, and the completion of the Western Victoria PHN 2016-18 Baseline Needs Assessment and review of chronic care models.

Western Victoria PHN is committed to procuring high quality primary care services that respond to the identified needs of the Western Victoria population, in rural and regional communities. Western Victoria PHN aims to achieve quality and depth of coverage across the eleven zones.

The RFP is seeking proposals based on strong collaborations to provide models of care designed to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions.

Western Victoria PHN will be providing the following Chronic Conditions Model of Care RFP sessions:

The RFP is only available through https://www.tenderlink.com/westvicphn/. The RFP closing date for submissions is 5pm Monday 20 February 2017.

Chief Health Officer Alert: Measles

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The Chief Health Officer advises that two confirmed cases of measles were infectious while at a number of locations across Melbourne between Thursday 5 January and Saturday 14 January 2017:

• Wednesday 4 January - Air Asia D7214 Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne (Tullamarine)
• Thursday 5 January - Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
• Sunday 8 January - Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Fountain Gate Village Cinema
• Thursday 12 to Saturday14 January - Angliss Hospital.

The cases have travelled internationally during the time they probably acquired their infection. Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they attended any of the locations listed above.

Isolate suspected cases to minimise the risk of transmission within your practice and notify the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Section at the Department of Health and Human Services by telephone 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.

Read more about the measles alert.

Diabetes website offers multidisciplinary primary care forum

Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia

General practitioners and related specialists are encouraged to visit the the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia’s (PCSDA) website for latest news and information to help improve the lives of an estimated 1 million Australians living with diabetes.

The Society was established in 2015 to provide a multidisciplinary forum for diabetes in primary care, complementing a number of organisations that represent parts of the diabetes therapeutic community.

Register to access the PCSDA’s quarterly online journal, attend events and access CPD activities.

Immunisation news

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To keep up to date with vaccine information and recommendations go to the Victoria State Government's immunisation newsletter to find out about:

• The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition
• Childhood vaccine coverage has improved
• SAEFVIC
• Managing vaccine cold chain
• Vaccine expiry dates
• Excessive vaccine ordering wastes money.

Odyssey House 'Responding to Ice' Training

Odyssey House

In response to the ongoing use of crystal methamphetamine in the community, Odyssey House Victoria has developed an online course for health professionals responding to the needs of clients reporting Ice use. The online course is intended for workers in alcohol and other drugs, health and allied services, dealing with clients affected by Ice, including staff at: youth drop-in centres, crisis centres, community health centres, police, harm reduction services and mental health services.

Register to attend and for more information email or telephone 9420 7644.

Treating patients with hepatitis C (HCV) - a quick summary

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Most patients with chronic HCV are suitable for GP prescribing. The new direct acting antivirals are highly successful in achieving cure and are very well tolerated.

All patients 18 years and over with chronic hepatitis should be considered for treatment, including those with stable injecting drug use. Tertiary services have long waiting lists and prioritise those patients with cirrhosis or other complex co-morbidities.

A patient’s ability to comply must be assessed as a key determinate of initiating treatment. Liver Health must be assessed prior to prescribing and GPs should use the APRI Calculator screening tool as their tool of choice.

Drug-drug interactions are essential considerations prior to prescribing. GPs need to use the Liverpool Drug Interaction website.

GPs not experienced in treating hepatitis C must consult with an appropriate specialist. To find out about your local process for a remote consult, contact your Western Victoria PHN office (outlined below).

Patients with cirrhosis, complex co-morbidities, other liver disease or previously failed treatment should be referred to a specialist for treatment.

More can be found on the hepatitis C page of Health Pathways, including Quick Links to the APRI Calculator and the Liverpool Drug Interaction website.

For further information, or to access patient resources, contact:

Geelong Otway Tracey Roebuck  Mon - Wed 5222 0800
Wimmera Grampians

Krista Fischer 

Clair McDonald 

Mon - Fri

Mon, Wed & Thurs

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Ballarat Goldfields Jacqui White  Mon - Fri 5304 5605
Great South Coast Raj Samrai  Mon - Fri 5564 5827

Orthopaedic workshop series 2017

New workshops focusing on ankle, foot, hand and shoulder injuries, and knees, will commence in March. All workshops will be conducted at Western Victoria PHN facilities.

Information about dates, times and locations will be available and published on WestVic News in February.

March: Ankle & Foot Injuries
• Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
• Bunions
• Acute injuries.

May: Hip

August: Knees
• Acute injuries
• Knee imaging for specific fractures.

November: Hand & Shoulder Injuries
• Shoulder pain
• Examination techniques
• Splinting of hand, exercises for hands.

GPs who attend three of the series of four workshops will be eligible for 40 category one RACGP QI & CPD points. GPs attending fewer than three workshops will be eligible for four category 2 points per-session.

Better Care Victoria ideas sharing forums

Better Care Victoria Ideas

Better Care Victoria’s (BCV) ideas sharing forum will help support timely access to high quality emergency/ urgent care and outpatient care for Victorians, provide relevant case studies and outline the 2017 Better Care Victoria innovation project funding application process. The six sessions are targeted to clinicians, managers and executives who have an interest in health service innovation. Attendees are encouraged to bring their innovative ideas to the session.

Please RSVP to the session you wish to attend via the Eventbrite links below and please circulate this invitation amongst your networks.

For more details visit the BCV website, email BCV@dhhs.vic.gov.au or telephone (03) 9096 2761

Grampians Wimmera

CPD Calendar 2017

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A comprehensive programme of seminars is on offer as part of the newly announed Western Victoria Primary Health Network's 2017 CPD Grampians Wimmera calendar (February - June).

The forums seek to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. Mood and anxiety disorders, breast screening and chronic disease support are among a range of topics covered throughout the period. The first three CPD events will be conducted in Horsham:

'New treatments for hepatitis C'
Date: Thursday 2 February 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: Wimmera Health Care Group, Arapiles Building 83 Baillie Street, Horsham

'Defusing the agressive patient'
Date: Thursday 2 February 2017
Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Horsham RSL, 36 McLachlan Street, Horsham

'Identifying and responding to family violence'
Date: Monday 20 February 2017
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Horsham Golf Club, 304 Golf Course Road, Haven

Visit the Western Victoria PHN events page for details on all related events throughout February - June and for more information, contact Belinda Browne by email or telephone 5381 1756.

Make a Change drug rehabilitation program

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Grampians Community Health will facilitate an alcohol and other drug rehabilitation program commencing next month.

The ‘Make A Change’ eight week (three days per-week) non-residential program for adults aged 18+ years will address:

• Budgeting
• Communication
• Community connection
• Conflict management
• Food and cooking
• Goal setting
• Health and wellbeing
• Relapse prevention
• Stress and anxiety.

The 2017 program will be conducted in February (Horsham), May (Stawell), August (Horsham) and in October (Stawell).

The program will be conducted in a supportive, safe and confidential environment and is free to all participants. Participants must be aged 18+ years and be willing to change and improve their lives.

Other program partners include Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd., Ballarat Community Health and the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre.

To apply, or for more information including dates and locations email mac@grampianscommunityhealth.org.au or telephone 5358 7400.

Great South Coast

Pharmacy help required

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Western Victoria PHN, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and La Trobe University are seeking expressions of interest from pharmacies to participate in a joint project regarding opioid management in the pharmacy including OTC codeine and prescription medications. To find out more please see this information sheet or contact Western Victoria PHN's Opioid Management Clinical Advisor, Pene Wood by email or on 5222 0809.

Ballarat Goldfields

GPs survey launch

A new survey, launching next month, offers GPs throughout Ballarat and the Goldfields districts a chance to share their Western Victoria Primary Health Network experiences.

The survey, designed by the Western Victoria (Ballarat and Goldfields) PHN Clinical Council will be available online from Tuesday 7 February 2017 and will be in hardcopy at local CPD events, or upon request by emailing info@westvicphn.com.au

CPD calendar update

Ballarat Goldfield’s Primary Health Care Education Series calendar (February-June) will be released in coming weeks.

An exciting and diverse range of topics will be covered by specialists, providing quality and up to date education to GPs and primary health care providers. Western Victoria PHN is committed to providing professional development events with the ultimate aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in our region.

We look forward to your participation and support of the Primary Health Care Education Series.

Ballarat and district Clinical Network for Addiction Management

Chaired by Dr Andrew McDonald from the Ballarat Group Practice, the next Clinical Network meeting will feature a presentation on pharmacotherapy consumer data and experiences in the Central Highlands.

Date: Wednesday 15 February 2017
Time: 6.15pm - 8pm
Venue: Ballarat Community Health, 12 Lilburne St, Lucas

A light supper will be included. To RSVP and for more information email orticare@bchc.org.au or telephone 5338 0511 

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways Update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Transgender health and gender diversity
  • Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs)
  • Menopause
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Atrial Fibrillation.

Recently reviewed HealthPathways:

  • Lower back pain
  • Cellulitis.

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

Pharmacy help required

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Western Victoria PHN, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and La Trobe University are seeking expressions of interest from pharmacies to participate in a joint project regarding opioid management in the pharmacy including OTC codeine and prescription medications. To find out more please see this information sheet or contact Western Victoria PHN's Opioid Management Clinical Advisor, Pene Wood by email or on 5222 0809.

Nurse Pap Test Provider Network meetings

Western Victoria Primary Health Network facilitates a network in the Geelong region for primary care nurses who are credentialed Pap test providers, or currently undergoing training.

These meetings provide an opportunity for nurses to meet with peers, support each other and discuss aspects of this specialty service conducted by nurses. Learnings from meetings contribute to annual CPD requirements.

Date: Monday 5 June 2017
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN Geelong, 131 Myers Street, Geelong

Date: Monday 18 September 2017
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN Geelong, 131 Myers Street, Geelong

Please contact Margaret Dempsey if you would like to join the Nurse Pap Test Provider Network. Melbourne Annual Women’s & Children’s Health Update 2017 visit.

Melanoma Update

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General practitioners, GP registrars, practice nurses, nurse practitioners and Chinese medical practitioners are invited to attend a melanoma forum in February, to learn about clinical and service developments relevant to our region and the latest surgical and oncological treatments. Melanoma specialists Dr Adam Broad and Dr Conrad Brandt will present at the forum, which will also be available via Webinar.

Register here and for more information contact Helene Gilmore

Date: Thursday 16 February 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN Geelong, 131 Myers Street, Geelong

Lung Cancer Forum

Barwon Health and BSWRICS 

You're invited to attend a free lung and thoracic cancers forum that will include presentations from a range of cancer specialists and updates in diagnostic and treatment developments, advances in systemic therapies and updates from Supportive and Palliative Care.  The forum will also provide an overview of the new Barwon Health Lung Tumour Clinic.

Date: Thursday 23 February 2017
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, HERB, Geelong Clinical School, Barwon Health

Finger food will be provided.  Please email your RSVP by Friday 17 February 2017 or call 4215 0459.