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My Health Record strengthening

The Australian Government announced in its 2017 Budget the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian to begin nationally from mid-2018. However, as most of our GPs and other primary care providers are aware, there has been a significant amount of work done already in this space over a number of years.

A key focus for our Digital Health team over recent years has been the implementation and support of My Health Record for primary care providers. Similar work has been repeated by most PHNs across the country. So what has been achieved so far?

  • Over 5 million people across the nation or 21 per cent have a My Health Record, with an average of 1 new record being created every 38 seconds.
  • 10,228 healthcare providers are connected, including GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, aged care residential services, allied health.
  • 12,067,835 prescription and dispense records have been uploaded.
  • Over 2 million clinical documents uploaded.

Currently the My Health Record is an opt-in arrangement for patients. From mid-2018, this will change to an opt-out arrangement.

Over the next few months, Western Victoria PHN will be engaging with consumers across our communities and providing information on the benefits of My Health Record. We will also be further supporting health care providers to understand the system and register.

If you haven’t already registered, I encourage all primary health care providers to register for My Health Record and then share this information with your patients.

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer

General

Big win for Horsham's youth as headspace Horsham opens
Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Prescriber and Pharmacist Training (RTPM PPT)
New Quality Improvement PIP Incentive
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Seasonal flu rates at near-record levels
Congratulations Fiona!
Technology in the Health Arena Forum
Prostate Cancer Q&A webinar
Implanon NXT training: Ballarat and Geelong
Harm Minimisation Forum: Is it time for a safe injecting room in Melbourne?

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Ballarat Suicide Prevention Trial Mapping Forum
Ice Training for Frontline Workers
Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program
Palliative Care Breakfast

Geelong Otway 

HealthPathways update
Diabetes Foundations course
Travel subsidies for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
NDIS and the Mainstream Health Interface Forum
Travel subsidies for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

General 

Big win for Horsham's youth as headspace Horsham opens

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Pictured left to right: Photo 1 - Jason Trethowan (CEO headspace National), Wendy Sturgess (Executive Officer, Uniting Wimmera), Andrew Broad MP (Federal Member for Mallee), Leanne Beagley (CEO, Western Victoria PHN), Silvia Alberti (Uniting Vic Tas). Photo 2 - Brylee Taylor (Year 12 student, headspace Horsham Youth Reference Group). Photo 3 - headspace Horsham Youth Reference Group.

Young people in Horsham will have better access to youth mental health services from today, with the opening of the latest headspace centre at 77 Hamilton Street, Horsham.

The centre, commissioned by Western Victoria Primary Health Network and operated by a consortium led by Wimmera Uniting Care, is a welcome addition to local health services and will provide vital support to young people and their families in the region during times of need.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad officially opened the new headspace on Wednesday 30 August.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that headspace is now officially operating in Horsham,” he said.

“Ticking off Horsham means we’ve hit the trifecta with headspace youth mental health services now available throughout the Wimmera Mallee in Swan Hill, Mildura, and Horsham.”

As a key element of the Australian Government’s mental health reforms, headspace centres and other Commonwealth-funded, regionally delivered mental health programs are now funded through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

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Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Prescriber and Pharmacist Training (RTPM PPT)

To ensure we design and deliver the appropriate training for RTPM we are asking you to complete a 20 minute survey. Your knowledge and insights will be invaluable to the training project.

Start survey here

The survey is open until close of business on 6 September 2017.

If completing the survey is an issue for you, your input is welcome via email or phone.  Please email RTPM PPT Statewide Program Coordinator, Megan Susnja or call her on 5222 0806.

New Quality Improvement PIP Incentive

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In the 2017–18 Budget the federal government announced a new Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive. The new QI Incentive will start from 1 May 2018 to ensure general practices are ready.

The new PIP QI Incentive will help general practices continuously improve the quality, safety, performance and accountability of the care they provide to their patients.

The aim is to improve outcomes for patients. The changes are a result of consultation conducted in 2016. One of the main outcomes of the consultation was the broad support for the QI Incentive.

After feedback from the community, including general practices, the government has also confirmed that only five existing PIP incentives will end instead of the seven incentives previously announced. After April 2018, funds from the ending incentives will be available to eligible general practices in the new QI Incentive.

Continuing PIP Incentives

Six PIP incentives will remain as they are:

  • eHealth
  • After Hours
  • Rural Loading
  • Teaching Payment
  • Indigenous Health, and
  • Procedural General Practitioner Payment.

The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive and the PIP Procedural General Practitioner Payment will continue to improve the health of Indigenous Australians with chronic disease and patients in rural and remote areas.

PIP Incentives ending

Five PIP incentives will end in their current form on 30 April 2018:

  • Asthma
  • Quality Prescribing
  • Cervical Screening
  • Diabetes, and
  • General Practitioner Aged Care Access.

More information about the PIP QI Incentive will be available in the coming months.

To find out more, please see this newsletter.

Chief Health Officer Advisory: Seasonal flu rates at near-record levels

Victoria State Government

Seasonal influenza rates are peaking currently and are at near-record levels, leaving many Victorians unwell and placing severe pressure on health services and primary care.

Respiratory outbreaks, primarily in aged care settings, are at highest recorded levels.

Promote prevention measures including vaccination, good hygiene practices and social distancing for those who are unwell to prevent influenza spreading further.

Vaccination will provide protection and with around two months of the season remaining, is still a valuable protection measure.

Influenza must be notified in writing within 5 days of laboratory confirmation.

Read more

Congratulations Fiona!

Fiona Scott

Geelong based Diabetes Educator, Fiona Scott, has been named the 2017 Credentialed Diabetes Educator of the Year for Victoria.

According to the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, Fiona is humbled to receive the award.

"It's not just about me. It's also the amazing patients, families, diabetes teams and advocates I've had the privilege of working alongside," said Fiona.

As a CDE Fiona says her challenge is helping people with diabetes no matter what their age, believe in themselves and not see diabetes as a barrier toward achieving their dreams.

Well done Fiona!

Technology in the Health Arena Forum

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This full day forum will provide Practice Managers up to date information on technology in health care, how it affects them and their teams and advice on how to prepare for potential risks and threats.

Presentations include:

  • The good side of social media
  • PRODA/HPOS
  • Technology tools to help Practice Managers manage
  • Communicating with other providers
  • Hacking into computers
  • My Health Record - Apps, results etc.

Date: Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 65 Queens Rd, Melbourne

Register

Prostate Cancer Q&A webinar

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

This free online Q&A webcast will feature a panel of leading health experts ready and willing to answer your questions about prostate cancer - from risk factors and diagnosis through to treatment and the management of side effects.  This webcast will also explore how to navigate the different options presented after a diagnosis and the services available to men and their families.

Date: Wednesday 20 September
Time: 7pm - 8pm

For further information and registration details, please see this flyer.

Implanon NXT training: Ballarat and Geelong

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If you want to insert and remove IMPLANON NXT, MSD strongly recommends that you complete their training module. Medical indemnity requires that HCPs have completed training prior to performing the procedure on patients.

Training is available to doctors, registrars, specialists, registered nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners in Geelong on Thursday 21 September and Ballarat on Thursday 12 October.

To find out more, please see this flyer and registration form

Harm Minimisation Forum: Is it time for a safe injecting room in Melbourne?

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You're invited to listen to politicians and addiction medicine experts debate the need for a safe injecting room in Melbourne.  

This free event is open to all professionals in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector and is an excellent opportunity to network and deliberate collaboratively on this matter.

Date: Thursday 28 September
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Monash University, 381 Royal Pde, Parkville

For further information, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

 Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Ophthalmology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Neurology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Vascular Surgery Referrals – Acute, Non-acute and Advice
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Optometry Referrals.

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

Ballarat Suicide Prevention Trial Mapping Forum

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Please join us in a forum to discuss and map services and activities in Ballarat in relation to suicide prevention. The information gathered at this forum will inform the Ballarat Suicide Prevention Place-Based Trial, which is a partnership between the State Government and the Western Victoria Primary Health Network. For more information about the trial, please see this link.

This forum is open to people who work in a wide range of sectors in Ballarat such as: community, health, education, welfare, disability, police, emergency services, government and business sectors. We would particularly welcome people with a lived experience of suicide, suicidality or bereavement from suicide.

Date: Tuesday 19 September
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: House Housey, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat

Register

Ice Training for Frontline Workers

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360 Edge is delivering face-to-face ice training for frontline workers across multiple workforces as part of the Victorian Government’s Ice Action Plan.

The training is designed to build the knowledge and skills of frontline workers, so they can safely and effectively respond to people affected by ice.

Training sessions will run for half a day and cover de-escalation, managing tricky behaviours, and supporting someone to get help.

Date and time: Thursday 7 September at 9am or 1.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

To find out more or to register, please see this flyer.

Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program

Practice Support and free CPD event for GPs (40 Cat 1 RACGP QI&CPD points)

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The Coroner’s Court of Victoria revealed that 80% of Victorian overdose deaths between 2009 - 2015 involved pharmaceutical drugs, making them bigger killers than illicit drugs or road accidents. Opioids and benzodiazepines were the most commonly implicated medications. Due to the higher rates of prescribing and limited access to pain and addiction services, patients living in regional and rural areas were particularly vulnerable.

Western Victoria PHN in partnership with Orticare Pharmacotherapy Network will be addressing these concerns by offering support and resources to practices in the Ballarat Goldfields region to promote safer prescribing of drugs of dependence in general practice.

In addition, Western Victoria PHN is hosting a FREE CPD event for GPs and registrars with speaker Dr Paul Grinzi (Medical Educator, RACGP Victorian Faculty Drug and Alcohol Committee chair).  

The Active Learning Module, ‘Prescribed Drugs of Dependence and your Practice’ will include three evening sessions:

  • Thursday 14 September
  • Thursday 19 October
  • Thursday 9 November.

Places are limited.  Registrations close Monday 11 September.  

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 triennium 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 106170). 

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer

Palliative Care Breakfast

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Ballarat Hospice invite members of the local Palliative Care Community to a breakfast where grief and bereavement will be discussed.

Date: Thursday 21 September
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Cnr of Mair and Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

For further information, please see this flyer.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on Healthpathways:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Hyperlipidaemia
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Ophthalmology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Neurology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Optometry Referrals
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Urgent Adult Mental Health Referrals
  • Weight Management in Obese Adults
  • Emergency Referrals
  • Acute Wrist Injuries.

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

Diabetes Foundations course

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Diabetes Foundations provides a strong grounding in essential information about diabetes including pathophysiology, prevention of complications and an overview of management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This interactive program is delivered by expert diabetes practitioners from Diabetes Victoria and is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, GPs, dietitians, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and podiatrists.  To find out more, please see courses listed below.

Diabetes Foundations
Date: Tuesday 12 September
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Simonds Stadium, 370 Moorabool St, Kardinia Park

Diabetes Extensions
Date:
 Wednesday 13 September
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Diabetes Victoria, 75 Roslyn Rd, Belmont

Travel subsidies for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training

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RACGP Victoria is offering Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training in Melbourne on 10 September (East Melbourne), 22 October (Nunawading), and 18 November (East Melbourne). The cost of this training is free.

To help cover the travel expenses of GPs in the Barwon South West region to get to this training, the Western Victoria PHN Opioid Management team is offering up to $300 in travel subsidies. Please see this flyer for more information.

Please email Salli Hickford if you have any queries.

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update

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Recently localised pathways with South West information include:

  • Emergency Referrals
  • Ophthalmology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Family Violence Community Support
  • Family Violence
  • Optometry Referrals
  • Disability Support Services
  • Hepatitis Referrals Update
  • GP Referral Templates for Practice Software.

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

NDIS and the Mainstream Health Interface Forum

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in conjunction with Southwest Primary Care Partnership (Southwest PCP) will be running a Mainstream Health Interface Forum for health professionals, allied health providers, community service agencies and GP practices, in the Wimmera area.

The forum will provide information on the NDIS, the Planning approach, Reasonable and Necessary and the role of our partners. Opportunity for Q & A will be available.

Date: Monday 28 September
Time: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN Conference Room, Bayside Plaza, 24 - 36 Fairy St, Warrnambool

To register your attendance, please email Rachael Bond or call her on 5564 5823.

Travel subsidies for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training

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RACGP Victoria is offering Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence training in Melbourne on 10 September (East Melbourne), 22 October (Nunawading), and 18 November (East Melbourne). The cost of this training is free.

To help cover the travel expenses of GPs in the Barwon South West region to get to this training, the Western Victoria PHN Opioid Management team is offering up to $300 in travel subsidies. Please see this flyer for more information.

Please email Salli Hickford if you have any queries.

Wimmera Grampians 

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Wimmera Grampians region include:

  • Ophthalmology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Neurology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Vascular Surgery Referrals – Acute, Non-acute and Advice
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Optometry Referrals.

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