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New accreditation standards for GPs launched

Dr Mike Civil, an AGPAL surveyor, released the "Standards for general practices", 5th edition, at the GP17 conference in Sydney last week. The standards are available via the RACGP website.

In summary he advised that approximately 80% of all Australian general practices are accredited even though accreditation is non-compulsory. Accreditation has been part of the general practice landscape in Australia for 20 years. He along with other surveyors present acknowledged the almost universally high standard of general practice in Australia and the improvements in quality that have been observed over the years of accreditation. He reminded us that the intention of accreditation is to be a supportive process not a punitive one and practices are given resources and support to meet the standards.

From 1 November 2018 practices will be required to be accredited against the 5th standards. Changes to the standard have been informed by multiple stakeholders. There has been a significant emphasis on better use of patient feedback. In addition some of the indicators now have increased flexibility for innovation within practices to meet the indicator; an example is of the way practices gain patient feedback on how their practice is meeting patients' needs. High risk areas however will remain as prescriptive indicators.

The number of modules practices are accredited against has reduced from five to three. These three modules are titled "core" (issues relating to any patient interaction); "GP standard" (pertaining to the physical issues of a general practice or setting where GP services are delivered) and "quality improvement" (quality, clinical indicators and clinical risk management).

The indicators have also shifted to be more outcomes-focused rather than process-focused. They take a patient-centred perspective in assessing outcomes; so rather than looking at what a practice does the indicators aim to assess what the patient receives regarding care. 

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer

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Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award announced
From the Opioid Management Team: RACGP Prescribing drugs of dependence
Thunderstorm Asthma resources
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in Invasive Group A Streptococcal disease
Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure submissions
Important notice for Zedmed clients using Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016
Be prepared for the expansion of My Health Record in 2018
Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses
Public consultation: HPV vaccination recommendations
Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund - Round Two
Cervical screening training for nurses
New Quit Victoria website
The Pain Forum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training
Victorian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program 

Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update
Grand Round Presentation: Snake Bite
Palliative Care Breakfast: Medicinal cannabis
Domestic and Family Violence Response Training
Advance Care Plan training
Prick & Stick - a practical study day on IV cannulation
Vein Tap - a practical study program on venepuncture

Geelong Otway  

HealthPathways update
New item numbers for bone densitometry
Free information session: The impact of suicide and providing effective support
What's new in Urogynaecology?

Great South Coast 

HealthPathways update
Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminars
Foot Health Assessment Program

Wimmera Grampians 

HealthPathways update
2017 Western Victoria Regional Viral Hepatitis Forum
Early Years Allied Health Interprofessional Development Learning Day

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Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award announced

Last week, the finalists and winner of the inaugural Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award were announced by Board Chair, Lynne McLennan at our Annual General Meeting.

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Pictured from left to right: Kim Poyner, Caroline Gibson and Amanda Flanagan

Ballarat Community Health's Caroline Gibson was the Ballarat Goldfields finalist and winner having led the development, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative primary health care dementia care service - the Memory Health Support Service at Ballarat Community Health.  The Memory Health Support Service was developed in response to an identified need for the timely recognition of cognitive impairment; and, delivery of appropriate care planning which takes into consideration the impact of cognitive impairment on health and daily living. 

Warrnambool Medical Clinic's Amanda Flanagan was the regional finalist for the Great South Coast for the formation of a highly successful chronic disease program at Warrnambool Medical Clinic. The program is held in high regard and used as a 'model of care' for practices in south west Victoria.

Kardinia Health's Kim Poyner was the regional finalist for Geelong Otway following the implementation of a strategy to engage, empower and build self-efficacy in patients attending chronic disease clinics.

Each finalist received a trophy in recognition of their achievement and $500 to assist with professional development expenses. The winner received $1,000 to support continuing professional development expenses, such as course/ conference registration fees, books and travel/ accommodation. Employers of the winners received a certificate of acknowledgement for their support of their employee and the implementation of their respective quality improvement activity. 

Congratulations Caroline, Amanda and Kim! 

From the Opioid Management Team: RACGP Prescribing drugs of dependence

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The RACGP has just released its final instalment in its Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice series, which deals with prescribing opioids, Part C.

The RACGP series Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice recognises that drugs of dependence have important therapeutic uses, but that prescription of these medicines must always be clinically appropriate and supported by national and state law. Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part C completes this important suite of resources and has been produced largely in response to increasing community and clinical concerns about the use and safety of opioids. This final part is broken down into two components and is supplemented with a number of resources including an Opioid Guide Summary, 12 Point Challenge and Key recommendations and practice points.

Part C1: Opioids is a clinical governance document, and contains a synthesis of the clinical standards for opioid use in the primary care setting. The document aims to help general practitioners (GPs) prescribe opioids in accordance with national and state regulations, and to provide standards for care across health sectors and other providers of health care where opioids are involved.

Part C2: The role of opioids in pain management is designed to assist with the appropriate and accountable prescribing of analgesic medications in the general practice context. It provides GPs with evidence-based guidance and practical advice regarding pain and pain management. In particular, it provides recommendations for GPs who are prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Whilst these two guides are closely interrelated with areas of overlapping information, readers can download and use the guides as standalone documents.

In the coming months, the RACGP will launch Parts C1 and C2 as a web-based guide. The online resource will seamlessly combine overlapping information. These resources can currently be accessed from the RACGP website

Western Victoria PHN has developed a number of HealthPathways to support the prescribing of opioids in both acute and chronic pain as well as identifying and managing opioid dependence.

If you would like support in managing opioid prescribing within your practice or developing opioid prescribing practice policies, patient treatment agreements and other resources please do not hesitate to contact one of the opioid management team below.

For more information or assistance please contact:

 Geelong Otway region  Pene Wood   Phone: 5222 0800 
 Great South Coast region  Amy Collins  Phone: 5564 5888
 Ballarat, Ararat, Horsham regions:  Jacqueline Keevins  Phone: 5338 0511

Please join our online forum to discuss with your peers and colleagues your issues with patients displaying drug seeking behaviour or any other issues you have with prescribing opioids, pain and dependence. 

Thunderstorm Asthma resources

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The Victorian government has recently launched a new public information and education campaign to ensure that all Victorians, and in particular people with asthma or hay fever, are as prepared as they can be should another epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occurs again.  Visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au to access all campaign resources and information.

Practices can also order thunderstorm asthma campaign resources at no cost using this online order form

The National Asthma Council has developed resources on Thunderstorm Asthma and how to prepare for Thunderstorm asthma. Please click on links below.

To keep up to date, we encourage you to sign-up for Health Alerts by the Victorian government.

You can also keep up to date with Thunderstorm emergencies in your area by downloading the VicEmergency app on your mobile phone.

Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in Invasive Group A Streptococcal disease

Victoria State Government

There has been a recent increase in cases of invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS) in Victoria.

Clinical manifestations of iGAS include sepsis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, necrotising fasciitis, pneumonia/empyema, retropharyngeal abscess, osteomyelitis/septic arthritis, and (rarely) meningitis.

Young children, pregnant women and the elderly are at increased risk of iGAS infections. There is an increased risk of secondary cases of iGAS in household contacts of index cases. Household contacts require information about the increased risk and chemoprophylaxis should be considered.

Read more

Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure submissions

Department of Health

The Department of Health has established an Expert Health Panel for PFAS to advise the Australian Government on the potential health impacts associated with Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) exposure and to identify priority areas for further research. To achieve its objective, the Expert Health Panel will take into account the evidence available from both Australian and international scientific research into the potential human health effects of PFAS exposure, and consider the views of the public and other stakeholders through an invitation for public written submissions.

The Expert Health Panel is now inviting submissions to better understand the range of public views on the potential health impacts of PFAS contamination and what the focus of future research should be. Allen + Clarke, an independent firm, has been engaged by the Department of Health to conduct the public consultation and report the findings back to the Expert Health Panel.

For more information on the work of the Panel including its Terms of Reference and how to contribute to the public consultation process please visit health.gov.au/pfas.

The public consultation period will be open from Wednesday 1 November 2017 to Sunday 19 November 2017. Members of the public and other interested parties are in encouraged to visit www.allenandclarke.com/PFAS to make a submission.

Important notice for Zedmed clients using Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016

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Please be advised that Zedmed has announced an issue with Zedmed clients using Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016. 

To find out more, please see their announcement and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zedmed on 1300 933 000 or support@zedmed.com.au.

Be prepared for the expansion of My Health Record in 2018

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Did you know that My Health Record is expanding in 2018? All Australians will have a My Health Record created by mid 2018 unless they choose to opt out.

As a health provider, you can prepare for the increased patient utilisation of My Health Record by joining the Australian Digital Health Agency's My Health Record webinar series.

First webinar: Getting started and about the Agency

Date:  5pm AEDT Thursday 9 November 2017
Registration: Australian Digital Health Agency website 

Topics include:

  • Australia’s current health landscape and why we need digital health
  • An introduction to the Australian Digital Health Agency and the National Digital Health Strategy
  • Benefits of the My Health Record for consumers and healthcare providers
  • Introduction of the registration process for a healthcare organisation and individual healthcare providers
  • Overview of the privacy legislation and security features underpinning the My Health Record system.

For any questions, please email: digitalhealthpartners@digitalhealth.gov.au

The second webinar, 'My Health Record Registration' will be held at 5pm AEDT on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

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Last week the Australian Digital Health Agency launched the ‘Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses’, which was developed in partnership with the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online program. The guide provides simple guidance for non-technical health professionals regarding issues such as privacy, passwords, software updates, back-ups and staff security awareness.

During Stay Smart Online Week 2017, which ran earlier this month, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, reminded everyone of the importance of online information security.

“Cybercrime is estimated to cost our economy a conservative $1 billion a year, and the victims include mums and dads and small businesses,” Minister Tehan said.

“In 2017, there have been more than 51,000 online scams at a cost of almost $37 million, reported to Scamwatch. It’s vitally important that every Australian thinks about cyber security and takes precautions to protect themselves online," Minister Tehan said.

Public consultation: HPV vaccination recommendations

Department of Health Federal

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) Secretariat wishes to advise that a public consultation is now open on proposed changes to Human Papillomavirus vaccination recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook (Handbook).

The public consultation document can be accessed on Citizen Space

To make a submission, please click on the link which reads “Online Survey” where you will be directed to some targeted questions. Comments and feedback on the proposed changes are welcome.

This public consultation will remain open until 11.59pm on 30 November 2017.

Note: If you are familiar with previous consultation processes on Handbook recommendations, you will notice that the Department is implementing a new approach. Rather than submitting entire chapters for public consultation, it will now only be consulting on relevant recommendations. This approach represents a move towards best practice for updating guidelines, as outlined by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the ATAGI secretariat  if you have any questions regarding this consultation.

Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund - Round Two

Australian Government Grant Connect

The application period for eligible organisations interested in lodging a submission for funding under the second round of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) is now open and closes at 2.00pm (ACT Local Time) Thursday 14 December 2017.

The RJDTIF is designed to enable rural based interns to gain an experience in primary care settings, such as general practice, as an additional elective placement to their mandatory core rotations. The Australian Government will contribute to the cost of including primary care rotations within the larger rural training networks for junior doctors (interns), established within state and territory health systems.

The funding round is competitive, not all eligible applications may receive funding.

Information regarding this grant is available on the GrantConnect website.

All queries regarding the Invitation to Apply for Funding should be directed by email to: grant.atm@health.gov.au.

Cervical screening training for nurses

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The University of Melbourne's Department of General Practice Women’s Health Screening subject trains nurses to perform cervical screening. The course is delivered online, supported by a one day practical skills workshop in Melbourne. For more information please see this flyer or contact Tracy Murphy.

Cancer Council Victoria is offering financial assistance for Victorian Registered Nurses (Division 1) to become cervical screening providers. Please see their website for application forms and more information. Note the deadline for applications is Friday 17 November 2017.

Please also note that the application process is separate and applications need to be submitted to both the Cancer Council and the University of Melbourne.

New Quit Victoria website

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new website launched by Quit Victoria in September provides practical advice to smokers wanting to quit, no matter where they are at in their quitting journey.

A great tool for clinicians and patients, the website has been completely refreshed with new content designed to provide information, support and encouragement at various stages.

Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White said: "The tips and advice on our website draw on the best available evidence and the experience of our expert Quit Specialists, who collectively spend hundreds of hours each week on the phone talking to people thinking about quitting, trying to quit and trying to stay quit.  They know first-hand some of the typical challenges quitters face."

To find out more, please visit the new Quit Victoria website

The Pain Forum

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and AMA Victoria

This Pain Forum will inform health professionals and bring all relevant stakeholders together to discuss efficiencies, collaboration opportunities, and the bridging of identified gaps when codeine is upscheduled and real time prescription monitoring is introduced in 2018.

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Monash University, 381 Royal Pde, Parkville
Cost: Free

To find out more including registration details, please see this flyer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

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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.

Victorian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The aim of this training is to provide pharmacists and pharmacy support staff with the relevant knowledge, skills and tools required to deliver a safe and consumer focused Opioid Replacement Therapy service.

ORT Part 1 training covers the basics of harm minimisation and opioid replacement programs including all technical, professional and legal requirements.

ORT Part 2 training is a case scenario based workshop in which the concepts learned from Part 1 are reinforced through real life scenarios and group discussions led by the workshop facilitator.

Date: Sunday 3 December
Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: 381 Royal Pde, Parkville
Cost: Free

To find out more including registration details, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

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HealthPathways update

New on HealthPathways:

  • Early Childhood Early Intervention Services
  • Bariatric Surgery Referrals
  • Acute Gynaecology Assessment
  • Non-Acute Gynaecology Assessment
  • Gynaecology Advice.

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

Grand Round Presentation: Snake Bite

Ballarat Health Services

You're invited to hear Dr Craig Mitchell (Anaesthetic Consultant & Intensivist) review current, relevant snake bite toxicology and best practice treatment recommendations - from first aid to intensive care.

The talk will also include an audit of current incidence and management at BHS.

Date: Wednesday 8 November
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: Baxter Lecture Theatre, Ballarat Health Services Acute site.

A light lunch will be available at 12.30pm for a 12.45pm start.

Palliative Care Breakfast: Medicinal cannabis

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Ballarat Hospice Care invites you to a Palliative Care Breakfast where the topic of medicinal cannabis will be presented and discussed.

Date: Thursday 16 November
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Corner of Mair & Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

Please RSVP by Monday 13 November by calling Ballarat Hospice on 5333 1118 or emailing hadmin@ballarathospicecare.org.au.

A complimentary light breakfast will be served.  Please let Ballarat Hospice know of any dietary requirements with your RSVP.

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

Advance Care Plan training

Registered nurses, enrolled nurses and allied health staff are invited to Advance Care Plan training to support patients and residents by initiating communication (when appropriate) about the complex issues associated with end of life care.

Those attending will need to complete five online learning modules (totalling approximately 2.5 hours) prior to attending training.

Date: Tuesday 12 December
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Education Resource Centre, Queen Elizabeth Centre, 102 Ascot St Sth, Ballarat

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Health Services

Prick & Stick - a practical study day on IV cannulation

If you are required to perform IV cannulation in your workplace, this study day has been designed to assist you learn or update these skills. This session will have theoretical and practical components.

Date: Wednesday 13 December
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: Education Resource Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.

Vein Tap - a practical study program on venepuncture

Are you required to perform venepuncture in your workplace? If so, the Vein Tap study program has been designed to assist you to learn or update these skills.

The session will have theoretical and practical components.

Date: Wednesday 13 December
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Education Resource Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Early Childhood Intervention Service
  • Dysphagia
  • Gynaecology Assessment – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Irritated and Dry Eyes
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Blepharitis
  • Refractive Error.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Contact Tracing
  • Neurology Assessment - Acute.

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

New item numbers for bone densitometry

Geelong Bone Densitometry

As of  Wednesday 1 November 2017, bone densitometry item 12323 will be replaced by two new codes:

  • 12322: payable once every 2 years for patients over the age of 70 with moderate to marked osteopenia (T-score > -1.5)
  • 12320: payable once every 5 years for patients over the age of 70 with mild to moderate osteopenia (T-score < -1.5).

Patients over the age of 70 may still be eligible for more frequent scans under item 12312 or 12321 where applicable.

Our staff will endeavour to give patients a rebate where possible and we will continue to bulk-bill patients over the age of 80 when they are eligible for a Medicare rebate.

If you have any queries regarding these changes or require a copy of our current fee structure, please do not hesitate to contact this office on 4215 1130.

A fact sheet detailing this amendment is available on the Department of Health MBS Online resource.

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

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Emergency Referrals
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Ophthalmology Referrals – Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Gynaecology Referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Oncology Referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Paediatric referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice.

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

Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminars

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Penington Institute is delivering the free Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminars to help address problematic use of prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs, as well as to train attendees on overdose prevention and response. The seminar is suitable for anyone who works with people at risk of problematic prescription, over-the-counter and/or illicit drug use. The Victorian Government's Naloxone Subsidy Initiative supports these seminars.

Date: Tuesday 14 November
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Portland District Hospital, 141 - 151 Bentinck St, Portland

To find out more, including registration details, please see the eventbrite website.

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:

  • Early Childhood Early Intervention Services
  • Bariatric Surgery Assessment
  • Gynaecology Referral
  • Cardiology Referral
  • Oncology Referral
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling.

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

2017 Western Victoria Regional Viral Hepatitis Forum

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This free regional Viral Hepatitis Forum features leading practitioners in viral hepatitis diagnosis, treatment and care providing the latest information on all aspects of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The Forum is suitable for health and community workers from throughout western Victoria working with those affected by viral hepatitis, including GPs, nurses, community health and support workers, drug and alcohol workers, youth workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, and anyone interested in updating their knowledge about the care, treatment and management of viral hepatitis.

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Venue: Pyrenees House, 5 Girdlestone Street, Ararat

Refreshments and lunch will be provided and a Certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants.

To RSVP, please go to the Hepatitis Victoria website. If you have any queries please contact admin@hepvic.org.au or call 03 9380 4644.

Early Years Allied Health Interprofessional Development Learning Day

Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne

Allied Health Professionals involved in the care of paediatric patients are invited to attend an Early Years learning day facilitated by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne under the Education Outreach Program.  The program is suited to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers. Dietitians, allied health assistants and registered nurses may also be interested in attending.

Topics include:

  • Feeding skill development and problem solving
  • Early feeding and attachment
  • Mealtime interaction and building parental resilience
  • How medical and physical challenges impact the family experience
  • Supporting families with children affected by developmental disability, including isolation and accessing supports.

Date: Monday 27 November
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Murtoa Community Health Centre, 28 Marma St, Murtoa

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.