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Remembering others at this time

As we make our way toward Christmas, celebrations and time with family, we need to remind ourselves there are people within our communities who may not be celebrating and who may be suffering. In particular, I refer to those individuals who have been brave enough to tell their story of childhood abuse to the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission held its Final Sitting in Sydney last week.

Justice McClellan said that for victims and survivors, telling their stories has required great courage and determination.

'Most are stories of personal trauma and many are of personal tragedy. It is impossible not to share the anger many survivors have felt when they tell us of their betrayal by people they believed they were entitled to trust,' he said

I have long held a view that the Ballarat epicentre of systematic childhood sexual abuse and the subsequent cover-up by the Catholic Church has left that community shattered in many ways. There has been a ripple effect of trauma across the community. This issue tells us that unique issues in our geographical sub-centres create unique challenges for us all as we seek to create equity in access to services.

The systematic betrayal of trust that has been examined and heard by the Royal Commissioners must now be understood by the nation and as the PHN we are in an important position to do what we can to promote healing. We stand with our colleagues and health care providers in Ballarat and across our region who are supporting people for whom Christmas is a sad and very challenging time.

Please contact the following services for support if needed:

Lifeline: 13 11 14 
BeyondBlue: 1300 22 4636. 

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer

General

Next issue of Westvic News
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Codesign
Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Co-design and Regional Re-design
Save the date: GP Refresher 24 - 25 February 2018
PHN Learning Hub - NOW LIVE!
HealthPathways update: Cervical Screening Test
Meningococcal vaccination program reminders
Expressions of Interest: Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship
2018 AAPM Webinar Series
NDIS resource for GPs and allied health professionals
2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference

Ballarat Goldfields

Late effects of polio clinical practice workshop
Foot Health Assessment Program
Nutrition Support Program
Chronic Disease Support Program

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Late effects of polio clinical practice workshop

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

General 

Next issue of Westvic News

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As many of our readers will be taking time off during the summer holiday period, the next issue of Westvic News will be published on 31 January 2018.  

Western Victoria PHN thanks you for your support and contributions to Westvic News over the past year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Codesign

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network is pleased to circulate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental health Codesign to inform and contextualise a cycle of commissioning that will begin in early 2018.

The approach to commissioning outlined in the context paper ensures that Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations partnering with local communities and other stakeholders have the capacity and resources to determine models of care to meet the needs of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

For further information on regional needs, please also read the Western Victoria PHN Alcohol and other Drug Needs Assessment and Mental Health Needs Assessments.

For any enquiries about the context paper please contact Salli Hickford, Senior Manager AOD or 03 5222 0800.

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Co-design and Regional Re-design

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network is pleased to circulate the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Co-design and Regional Re-design 2018-2020 context paper to inform and contextualise a cycle of commissioning that will begin in early 2018.

The approach to commissioning outlined in the context paper ensures that regional services, in collaborative partnership, have the resources to identify regional needs and contribute to an integrated and coordinated system to assist people who use alcohol and other drugs and experience harms.

For further information on regional needs please also read with the Western Victoria Alcohol and other Drug Needs Assessments. For any enquiries about the context paper please contact Salli Hickford, Senior Manager AOD on 03 5222 0800.

Save the date: GP Refresher 24 - 25 February 2018

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Western Victoria PHN invites GPs and other health professionals to its flagship western Victoria CPD event - the 2018 GP Refresher.

The theme for this year will be 'Pain, Distress and Palliation'.  Topics include: 

  • Mental Health - Pain Management Strategies
  • Cardiology - Medical management of chest pain syndromes
  • Diabetes - Lower Limb Care, Neuropathic Pain
  • End of Life Distress - Palliation, Pain Management
  • Rheumatology - Rheumatological emergencies in the GP setting
  • COPD - Pulmonary Rehab
  • Orthopaedic Conditions - Paediatric Scoliosis
  • Geriatric dilemma - Deprescribing and maintaining quality of life
  • Paediatric Emergencies - Ketoacidosis
  • Obstetric Emergencies
  • CPR Update.

Date: Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February
Time: 11.45am - 4pm
Venue: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds

Registration details will be available soon. Please contact CPD Geelong for further information or phone 5222 0800.

PHN Learning Hub - NOW LIVE!

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Western Victoria PHN Members should now have received their member numbers via post. If you have not received it or have misplaced it, please contact us to find out your member number.

The PHN Learning Hub is Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s new online learning management system developed by Clinician’s Matrix. The PHN Learning Hub allows health professionals to learn, develop and update their knowledge and skills in an efficient and cost effective way, regardless of their location, extending the reach and accessibility of education for health professionals across the western Victoria region.

Health professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff can have access to a range of continuing professional development (CPD) learning options such as online courses, webinars, eLearning programs, and live online health related conferences as well as guidelines and decision support tools making the PHN Learning Hub the ‘central hub’ for educational resources. All features are optimized for mobile devices ensuring users can access the PHN Learning Hub at anytime from anywhere.

Health Professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff will enjoy the many features of the PHN Learning Hub including:

  • Increased accessibility to CPD through a catalogue of online courses and webinars as well as clinical tools and practice support resources that will be updated on a regular basis
  • Education that aligns with the RACGP CPD&QI requirements
  • Dashboard and detailed views of progress of completion across all learning activities
  • Repository and retrieval of certificates of completion at any time
  • Ability to self-generate Learning Plans
  • Activity completion logbook section to allow uploading of personal entries (e.g. face to face courses) and certificates of completion as well as the ability to link these to learning plans
  • Complete archiving ability and printing for submission for CPD purposes
  • Ability for a helpdesk to access any user’s site without the need for remote access to the user’s computer or mobile device (cloud-based impersonation).

Access
To access the PHN Learning Hub go to http://catalogue.wvphn.cliniciansmatrix.com, click on ‘Register’ and complete the registration form.  If you are a Western Victoria PHN member and have not received a letter with your member number, please contact us.

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Enquiries
Please email learninghub@westvicphn.com.au or phone (03) 5222 0800. 

HealthPathways update: Cervical Screening Test

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From 1 December 2017 as part of the renewal of the NCSP:

  • A five yearly Cervical Screening Test will replace the two yearly Pap test
  • Associated with new MBS items the words “cervical screening test” are required to be written on the pathology form to avoid women being charged
  • Women will be invited to start cervical screening from the age of 25 and continue screening until they are 74 years
  • Women have their first Cervical Screening Test when they are next due for a Pap test
  • Healthcare providers will still perform a vaginal speculum examination and take a cervical sample, but the sample medium is liquid-based for partial HPV genotyping.

To find out more information on the cervical screening changes and relevant links to publications and resources, please see Cervical Screening on the HealthPathways website.

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Meningococcal vaccination program reminders

Meningococcal C vaccine program for GBM/MSM
The Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton recently announced a Victorian, free, time-limited meningococcal C vaccine program for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men (GBM / MSM). Menactra® (quadrivalent meningococcal ACWY) is free for GBM / MSM who reside in Victoria. The program ends 30 June 2018. For further information, please see these resources:

15-19 year old Meningococcal ACWY vaccine program
The time-limited adolescent meningococcal ACWY vaccine program for 15-19 year olds ceases on 31 December 2017. Adolescents aged 15 - 19 years at any time between 18 April 2017 - 31 December 2017 are eligible for a free dose of Menactra® vaccine until 31 December 2017. See below for information about the adolescent vaccine program.  For further information, please see this Victorian Government Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents web page.

2018 Year 10 Secondary School Meningococcal ACWY vaccine program
In 2018 a Year 10 Secondary School meningococcal ACWY (Menactra®) vaccine program for students (or age equivalent in the community) will occur.

To keep up to date subscribe to the Chief Health Officer alerts and advisories.

Expressions of Interest: Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt Legacy has received funding from the Victorian Government to deliver a Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship. The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre is the administering and program lead organisation and will provide financial and administrative support to successful host services.

Survivorship care describes the phase of care immediately following primary cancer treatment.

The grants will provide up to $100,000 to eligible services, to fund a maximum of five projects over the course of 12 months. Successful projects will commence on 31 May 2018 and be completed by 30 May 2019. Applications for this round of funding will close at 2pm on 13 February 2018.

The 2018, type 1 funding round will have a specific focus on underserved groups including:

  • People with low survival cancers
  • New treatments extending the period of survivorship
  • Aboriginal Victorians
  • Elderly / frail
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Rural and regional areas

Further information may be found at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/health-strategies/cancer-care/cancer-projects/victorian-cancer-survivorship-program.

Application forms are housed on the Victorian Cancer Agency website and can be found at http://www.victoriancanceragency.org.au/index.php/vcsp.

2018 AAPM Webinar Series

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Australian Association of Practice Management's (AAPM) 2018 Webinar Series offers 20-one hour online seminars which you can watch from the comfort of your home or office through your computer or tablet.

The 2018 Webinar Series has been designed with sessions for the Practice Manager and the Practice Team. Why not schedule a training session with your staff and view as a team?

Each Webinar attracts 5 CPD points for AAPM members (registered participants only).

These Webinars are available to both AAPM members and non-members.

To find out more, please visit the AAPM website

NDIS resource for GPs and allied health professionals

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The NDIA have put together this Guide for GPs and Allied Health Professionals on the NDIS which includes information on:

  • What is a GPs role in the NDIS?'
  • How do GPs provide evidence of a disability?
  • How do I bill for completing an Access Request Form for a patient?
  • What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
  • How to access the NDIS
  • How does the NDIS and health system fit together?
  • Does the NDIS support young children?

2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference

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Presented by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the 2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference will ask how we can harness evidence and best practice to improve outcomes for all cancer survivors.  All professionals across medicine, nursing and allied health, as well as people affected by cancer, are invited to attend.

Two keynote presentations will be delivered by international speakers:

  • Dr Jonathan Sussman, Director of the Supportive Care Research Unit at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Ontario, and Director of the Program in Transitions in Care within the Applied Health Research Network of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Dr Lonneke van de Poll-Franse, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Survivorship at Tilburg University, Netherlands, Group Leader at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Senior Researcher at the Comprehensive Cancer Organisation Netherlands.

Date: Thursday 8 February and Friday 9 February
Venue: Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Pde, Parkville.

To find out more and to register, please see the Survivorship Conference website.

Ballarat Goldfields

Late effects of polio clinical practice workshop

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Practice nurses and allied health professionals are invited to a free, 3-hour clinical practice workshop on the late effects of polio.  Workshop topics include:

  • What is polio?
  • Demystifying late effects of polio and post-polio syndrome
  • Clinical presentation and screening
  • The aging polio population
  • The management team
  • Practical strategies
  • A late effects of polio case study.

Date: Saturday 20 January
Time: 9am - 12pm
Venue: Training Room, Scope Highlands Office, 21 Main Rd, Bakery Hill

To find out more and to register, please visit the Polio Health website.

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Foot Health Assessment Program

The Foot Health Assessment Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals 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: Friday 23 February
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

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

Nutrition Support Program

The Nutrition Support 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 nutrition and dietary management.

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have the ability to organise appropriate resources for dietary education and assist with the provision of basic and scripted dietary and nutrition information for the client.

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

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

Chronic Disease Support Program

The Chronic Disease Support Program is driven by a desire to create better health for clients, reduced hospital admissions, better patient compliance and the provision of care by those best qualified to provide advice. The Chronic Disease Self Management Support program aims to cover key content areas:

  • Current health care burden of chronic diseases
  • High risk population groups
  • Strategies to reduce the impact of chronic disease
  • Models of self management
  • Motivational interviewing and barriers to behaviour change
  • Goal setting and lifestyle issues.

Date: Friday 2 March 2018
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

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

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HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Skin Lesion Excision
  • Dental Services Assessment – acute and non-acute
  • Red Eye
  • Acute Infective Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Bell’s Palsy.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Cervical Screening
  • Heart Murmurs in Children
  • Acute Ankle Injuries
  • Pharmacy Management of Codeine Dependence.

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

Late effects of polio clinical practice workshop

Polio Australia

Practice nurses and allied health professionals are invited to a free, 3-hour clinical practice workshop on the late effects of polio.  Workshop topics include:

  • What is polio?
  • Demystifying late effects of polio and post-polio syndrome
  • Clinical presentation and screening
  • The aging polio population
  • The management team
  • Practical strategies
  • A late effects of polio case study.

Date: Friday 19 January
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: Training Room, Scope Barwon Office, 2-10 Balcombe Rd, Newtown

To find out more and to register, please visit the Polio Health website.

Great South Coast 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Transgender Health and Gender Diversity
  • Cannabis Use
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Perpetrators of Family Violence
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Referrals – Acute, Non acute and Advice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling - public brief intervention services
  • Oncology Referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Paediatric referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Home and Community Support for Older Persons
  • Gynaecology Referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Bariatric Surgery Referrals.

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

Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre

This two day conference will explore and make sense of hot topics in lactation and birthing.

Topics include:

  • Human milk: A big player in the developmental origins of health and disease
  • Floppy poppies – Stiff necks, flat heads and breastfeeding
  • Managing slow weight gain in a breastfeeding baby – “Your advice really matters”
  • Can a baby be allergic to breastmilk? Lactose intolerance, allergies, sensitivities and galactosemia

Date: Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February
Time: 8am - 7pm (Friday), 8am - 4pm (Saturday)
Venue: Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool 

To find out more, please see this flyer and information about sponsorship opportunities.