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Mental Health Week

Dear Colleagues,

This week is Mental Health Week in Australia - a time for us to promote mental health and well being amongst family, friends, work places and communities. World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

Last weekend Health Minister Hunt released a website called ‘Head to Health'.

Head to Health comprises a website which makes it easier for people to access free or low cost Australian digital mental health services. It has been developed in collaboration with people with mental illness and their carers, the community, mental health professionals and digital service providers, and underwent extensive testing with users. Western Victoria PHN was involved in providing input and advice during the development stage.

The initial focus of the website is for people who experience mental illness, and those that support them. Future enhancements to the website will flow through over the coming months. This includes offering greater support to health professionals to assist them in meeting the needs of their patients.

The Head to Health website is now publically available at https://headtohealth.gov.au/.

You can also find out more about community events happening this week to support mental health and wellbeing at https://1010.org.au

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer

General

Member voting reminder
ERROR ALERT: Afluria Quad is not registered for use under 18 years of age
Share your views on opioids, overdose and take-home naloxone
Nominations are open for Victorian Rural Health Awards!
Hepatitis B and liver cancer factsheets and posters in plain language available for culturally diverse communities
Heart Foundation unpacks the salt in ready meals 

Ballarat Goldfields

October is HealthPathways Month: Ballarat Grampians
Free Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Session
Domestic and Family Violence Response Training 

Geelong Otway 

HealthPathways update
Early Childhood Early Intervention Service
The Development of IVF
Naloxone for Pharmacists seminar and webinar
Round table discussion: Codeine changes - are you prepared?
Vaccine recommendations for Meningococcal disease
Free information session: The impact of suicide and providing effective support
What's new in Urogynaecology?

Great South Coast

Warrnambool - Moyne Ice Forum
Foot Health Assessment Program 

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training 

General 

Member voting reminder

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Recently members were mailed papers for the AGM on 26 October 2017, that included a Director Election process to fill two Director vacancies for Western Victoria PHN. Included in the papers was a unique Voting Key, that allows Members to vote electronically (via electionbuddy) for the two Director vacancies from the three nominees.

The electronic voting closes 7pm, Wednesday 25 October 2017, so members are encouraged to vote for their preferred nominee(s).

ERROR ALERT: Afluria Quad is not registered for use under 18 years of age

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Victoria has had more immunisation provider errors than any other jurisdiction administering AfluriaQuad to children under 5 years of age in 2017.

Please note:

  • Afluria Quad is not registered for use under 18 years of age
  • FluQuadri and FluQuadri Junior are government funded vaccine and still available for patients and will be delivered when an order is placed.

Please ensure:

  • You have alternative influenza vaccine brands in your fridge so you can offer eligible people the correct vaccine brand
  • AfluriaQuad is clearly labelled in the fridge as not for use under 18 years of age
  • AfluriaQuad vaccine is stored on a different shelf and always store vaccine in its outer packaging
  • You have reviewed your vaccine checking process to ensure AfluriaQuad is not administered to children under 18 years of age.

Go to the Immunise Australia webpage to view a table showing the vaccine brands recommended for different ages.

Share your views on opioids, overdose and take-home naloxone

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A new study based at Curtin University aims to explore health professionals' opinions on opioid consumption, overdose risks and take-home naloxone.

The purpose of the study is to gather information on health professionals' experience working with issues related to opioid consumption, perspectives on overdose risks and awareness of take-home naloxone.

Participation involves a confidential audio recorded interview of about one hour.  Compensation of a $75.00 gift voucher for your time is also available.

The interviews will be conducted in a location convenient to you.

For additional information, or to participate in the study, please contact Dr Adrian Farrugia on 03 9079 2205 or 0467 633 751.

Nominations are open for Victorian Rural Health Awards!

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The Victorian Rural Health Awards recognise health professionals who make a difference in communities across rural Victoria. All members of the general public, community organisations and local healthcare providers are encouraged to send in nominations. Help recognise health professionals who make an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of your local community.

The 2018 award categories are:

  • Rural Doctor Award – Outstanding Contribution
  • Rural Doctor Award – New Rural Doctor
  • Medical Specialist Award
  • Aboriginal Health Award
  • Rural General Practice Award
  • Rural Nursing Award
  • Rural Allied Health Professional Award
  • Practice Manager Award
  • GP Locum Award
  • Medical Student Award
  • Nursing Student Award
  • Allied Health Student Award.

Nominations close 15 November 2017.

Nomination forms can either be downloaded here or from the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria website.

The Victorian Rural Health Awards (VRHA) will run in conjunction with the Victorian Rural Health Conference 27 - 29 April 2018, in Creswick, Victoria. 

Hepatitis B and liver cancer factsheets and posters for culturally diverse communities

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Cancer Council Victoria has developed an informative, simple factsheet that can be used to inform patients and health professionals about hepatitis B, who is at risk, testing, treatment and monitoring.

Information is provided about the link between untreated hepatitis B and liver cancer, including tips to reduce cancer risk.

The factsheet is available in eight different languages: Arabic, English, Filipino, Italian, Khmer, simplified Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese. 

In addition, an A3 poster, “Ask your doctor for a hepatitis B test,” is suitable for health and community settings.

It is available for download in simplified Chinese and Vietnamese or Somali and Sudanese Arabic, or print copies can be requested via Cancer Council Victoria’s resource order form

Further information for health professionals on how to interpret serology and diagnosis for hepatitis B can be found on the Hep B Help website.

Contact the Hepatitis Program Coordinator, Emily Adamson -  for more information.

These resources and further clinical information on hepatitis B can be found on the Chronic Hepatitis B HealthPathway

Heart Foundation unpacks the salt in ready meals

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Heart Foundation has received great interest from consumers and have now launched the second research report from the George Institute for Global Health on the salt content in ready meals.

This food category is also packed with salt with the average ready meal containing around half an adult’s maximum daily recommended salt intake.

So, their read the label and cooking fresh message couldn’t be more important!

Please continue your support in spreading their message via your social media channels with some of the refreshed content they have provided in the supporter kit, which can also be downloaded at unpackthesalt.com.au

Ballarat Goldfields

October is HealthPathways Month: Ballarat Grampians

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The Western Victoria PHN HealthPathways team would like to invite you to visit the HealthPathways site to see over 300 clinical pages and a substantial number of referral pages that have now been updated to include Ballarat Grampians services.

For the month of October the HealthPathways team will be attending the Primary Health Network Tuesday lunch-time CPD sessions and will be conducting practice visits across the region.

There are over 470 pathways in total that have been localised by specialists, general practitioners and key stakeholders in the western Victoria region. In the Ballarat Grampians region we have been working on neuro-vascular pathways with the assistance of local neurologists, vascular surgeons and general practitioners. This forum provided a platform for specialists and general practitioners to discuss current opportunities and issues faced by primary and secondary care, as well as prioritise pathways for development.

Referral pages localised with Ballarat Grampians information include: Emergency Referrals, Neurology Referrals, Vascular Surgery referrals, Mental Health Referrals, Fertility Referrals and Hepatitis Referrals. This is the full list.

URL: https://westvic.healthpathways.org.au/
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Password: p4thways

If you have any feedback, or if there is a service available that you would like add or a pathway you would like to request please use the “send feedback” button on the HealthPathways website or email: healthpathways@westvicphn.com.au.

For more information, or to organise a visit from the Healthpathways team, please email HealthPathways Lead Michelle Hearn or phone directly on 5304 5616.

Free Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Session

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The Asthma Foundation Victoria have been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Sessions.

These free community sessions can be attended by anyone, and will cover the following topics:

  • What is Thunderstorm Asthma?
  • Who is at risk of Thunderstorm Asthma?
  • How do you respond to a thunderstorm event?
  • How to perform asthma First Aid
  • The link between asthma and hay fever.

Date: Monday 30 October
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Ballarat Community Health, 12 Lilburne St, Lucas

Register

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

Lifeline Ballarat

Lifeline is conducting a nationally recognised training program that enables frontline workers including health professionals to confidently:

  • Recognise signs of domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services.

Date: Tuesday 21 November and Wednesday 22 November 2017
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: Peart Wing, 103 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat

To find out more, please see this flyer

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on Healthpathways:

  • Children’s Eye Problems
  • Open-Angle Glaucoma
  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Cannabis Use
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Mosquito-borne Viruses
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA)
  • Implantable Cardiac Devices
  • Retinal Photography for Diabetic Retinopathy.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Cardiology Assessment – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Oncology Assessment – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Paediatric Assessment – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Notifiable conditions in Victoria.

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

Early Childhood Early Intervention Service

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The referral pathways for access to developmental and disability supports for children 0-6 changed as of 2 October. To find out more, please see this flyer.

The Development of IVF

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Professor Gab Kovacs will speak at this Interdisciplinary Masterclass in Women's Health on Friday 12 October from 1.30pm - 2.30pm at the Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre.

Professor Kovacs is the current Clinical Institute Director at Epworth Health Care, Executive Director SONOA and Chief Medical Officer at SONOA Health.  She was the former Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University and International Medical Director of Monash IVF.

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Naloxone for Pharmacists seminar and webinar

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Naloxone saves lives. In Victoria every year hundreds of people die from pharmaceutical or illicit drug overdose. Many of those deaths involve opioid drugs such oxycodone, morphine or heroin. Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose, reversing respiratory depression and buying time for medical help to arrive. Naloxone is completely legal, safe and easy to use.

This seminar and webinar will cover the history of naloxone in Australia, current naloxone formulations, who should be offered naloxone, recognising opioid overdose and instructions on how to train patients to administer naloxone.

Date: Thursday 12 October
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

To find out more, please see this flyer.  For further information, please contact Pene Wood.

Register 

Round table discussion: Codeine changes - are you prepared?

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Codeine will only be available by prescription from 1 February 2018. This change will significantly affect a number of groups including consumers, pharmacists, general practice, and the alcohol and other drug sector.

This facilitated discussion is designed to bring these various groups together to discuss ways to best manage this change and the potential emergence of presentations of poorly managed pain and/or codeine dependence in primary care.

Discussion will be centred on how we can work together to get the best outcomes for these patients; appropriate referrals and what clinicians need in the form of support and education for the changes.

This change will affect everyone in primary care so it's important to be part of the conversation!

Date: Tuesday 24 October
Time: 6.30pm (Light supper will be provided)
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, Level 2 Conference Room, 131 Myers St, Geelong

For further information, please see this flyer or contact Pene Wood or Sylvia Melville.

Register

Vaccine recommendations for Meningococcal disease

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GSK invites you to an interactive educational meeting to enhance your knowledge of Meningococcal disease with guest speaker Dr Amir Hanna-Elia.

Dr Hana-Elia is a medicinal chemist with a keen interest in preventative medicine, particularly if it applies to rare, communicable and life-threatening diseases. Dr Hana-Elia has experience across multiple disciplines of drug discovery and development including organic synthesis, molecular biology, molecular modeling and microbiology.

Date: Thursday 9 November
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Empire Grill, 66 McKillop Street, Geelong

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

Free information session: The impact of suicide and providing effective support

The impact of suicide on an individual, a family and a community is very often devastating. It can be a severe and prolonged bereavement experience for those left behind. As well as intense grief, the bereaved may be dealing with trauma, stigma, and the unique issues that a loved one’s intentional and self inflicted death brings. This session is suited to anyone who may be working with individuals who may have been affected by suicide, in particular psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, GP’s. This session will outline the experience of suicide bereavement and how to provide effective support.

In particular, the session will address:

  • Current loss and grief theory
  • The unique issues and experiences of suicide bereavement
  • Providing support to the bereaved
  • Talking with children and young people about suicide
  • Safe ways of speaking about suicide

Date: Friday 17 November
Time: 1.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

To find out more, please see this flyer.

What's new in Urogynaecology?

Werribee Mercy Health

Werribee Mercy Hospital would like to invite general practitioners to this free update on the management of urinary incontinence and female organ prolapse.

General practitioners play a pivotal role in the first line therapy for a number of urogynaecology conditions and this event will provide an update on conservative, medical and surgical treatments and appropriate pathways for referral.

Date: Monday 27 November
Time: 6.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Werribee Mercy Hospital, 300 Princes Highway, Werribee

To find out more, please see this flyer

Great South Coast

Warrnambool - Moyne Ice Forum

Data confirms that the prevalence and use of ICE across the Great South Coast is presenting challenges on many levels.  This Forum provides an opportunity to get the facts about the dangers and the impact of ICE across our community so participants can have an informed conversation with your family, friends, mates and colleagues.

Forum topics include the:

  • Impact of Ice on a person, a family and the community
  • Physical and Psychological impact of ICE (Drug & Alcohol Nurse
  • Impact of drugs around road trauma, crime & family violence (Victoria Police)
  • Ice and other drugs support services and agencies
  • Questions and answer session.

Date: Tuesday 17 October
Time: 7pm
Venue: Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor St, Warrnambool

To find out more, please see this poster which can also be placed in your waiting rooms.

Foot Health Assessment Program

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The Foot Health Assessment Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Indigenous Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to foot health management.

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have the ability to safely perform a basic foot care assessment, determine foot care requirements and use basic equipment and a range of topical medications where the services of a professional podiatrist are not required.

Date: Thursday 30 November
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 24 - 35 Fairy St, Warrnambool

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways for the Wimmera Grampians region:

  • Cardiology Referral
  • Oncology Referral
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Family Violence
  • Perpetrators of Family Violence
  • Family Violence Community Support.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

Lifeline logo

Lifeline is conducting a nationally recognised training program that enables frontline workers including health professionals supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to confidently:

  • Recognise signs of domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services.

Date: Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: Aunty Irene Harrison's Gathering Place, Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative, 43 Hamilton St, Horsham

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