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International Women’s Day 2018

This week the world is celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 with the theme “Leave no woman behind” which highlights the important roles that women play in risk reduction, rebuilding, rehabilitation and peace processes.

According to the UN Women National Committee Australia: “When you empower a woman, whole communities benefit. When women earn an income and have a seat at decision-making tables, they create more peaceful societies and more productive economies.”

Our Medical Advisor Dr Jane Opie recently presented information on the health sector and GPs in our region. Jane pointed out that western Victoria now has an increasing number of female GPs with newly qualified GPs 1.6 times more likely to be female. Also multi-disciplinary care continues to grow with 90 per cent of practices now having at least one practice nurse (who are predominantly female).

This information is especially powerful to hear during International Women’s Day. Western Victoria PHN supports affirmative action that shows respect, opportunity and leadership for individuals who provide health services across our region, whether female or male. But to see the numbers slowly balancing out for women in this sector is celebrated and supported by us.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer & Chair, Victorian PHN Alliance

General 

Hepatitis A outbreak
Free influenza vaccine program for Victorian children
Changes to 'No Jab, No Play' legislation
New addiction medicine hub closer to forming
Nurse Practitioner Scholarships opening soon
Amended nursing registration standards and standards for practice
Pelvic Pain Victoria seeks GP to join their committee
Privacy, Data Breach Notification Scheme training workshops

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
New respiratory and sleep specialist
Palliative care breakfast
Neuroplasticity of Pain information evening
Popular CPD event to be repeated in Ballarat:
Prescribed Drugs of Dependence - Active Learning Module (ALM)

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Cancer treatment options update
GP anaesthetists (GPAs) discussion forum

Greast South Coast

HealthPathways update

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
Supportive care communication skills training
Domestic violence awareness presentations:
Horsham and Stawell

General  

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Hepatitis A outbreak

Cases of hepatitis A continue to increase in Victoria, with 58 confirmed outbreak cases, seven probable cases and one death. An additional 16 cases of hepatitis A are under early investigation.

In this outbreak, adults who identify as MSM and/or PWID appear to be at highest risk, however local transmission to others has also been found. An emerging risk group is the homeless population.

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton advises medical practitioners to notify all suspected cases of acute viral hepatitis to the Department of Health and Human Services by telephoning 1300 651 160, without waiting for serology results.

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Free influenza vaccine program for Victorian children

The Victorian government has announced a free influenza vaccine program for Victorian children aged six months to (under) 5 years of age. The initiative commenced in 2018.

Victorian government immunisation resources and the Government Vaccine Order Form will be soon updated to reflect the change accordingly.

When 2018 government-supplied influenza vaccines are available for pre-allocation, detailed advice will be provided about the various influenza vaccine brands and related age eligibility.

Please refer to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation's latest clinical advisory for information on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2018.

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Changes to 'No Jab, No Play' legislation

Amendments to Victoria's 'No Jab, No Play' child immunisation legislation tighten requirements for parents to provide, and for early childhood services to accept only an 'Immunisation History Statement' from the Australian Immunisation Register when confirming a child's enrolment in early childhood and care services.

Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation. These changes come into effect today, Wednesday 28 February 2018.

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New addiction medicine hub closer to forming

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Western Victoria PHN Opioid Management Team Lead, Pene Wood has returned from meetings with peers in the United States, progressing plans to form a local opioid dependence management expert hub with St Vincent's Additiction Medicine, the Hume Area Pharmacotherapy Network and ORTicare Ballarat Community Health.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) will seek to redress the effects of a shortage of GPs, particularly in western Victoria, with experience in managing patients with opioid dependence. The initiative will adopt a hub-and-spoke, knowledge-sharing network model and will be led by expert teams to conduct virtual clinics with health professionals throughout the region.

Pene says more training and program refinement is being performed before a likely launch in May/ June.

Nurse Practitioner Scholarships opening soon

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Western Victoria PHN is pleased to again offer Barwon South West Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network (PABN) scholarships for nurse practitioners.

These scholarships are offered to increase the number and capacity of Nurse Practitioners prescribing Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependency in the region, which will add significant value to primary care systems.

Applications will open shortly for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Registered Nurses (Division 1) practicing in the Barwon South West PABN region who are, or wish to, undertake the Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course. Preference will be given to those nurses already working in AOD service delivery.

Further details on the application process will be in next week’s newsletter.

Amended nursing registration standards and standards for practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is providing an overview of recent key changes to nursing registration standards and standards for practice. The changes relate to: 

  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Recency of Practice
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) arrangements
  • Enrolled nurse standards for practice, including clarity about working under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Read more or watch to the Board's recent vodcast.

Pelvic Pain Victoria seeks GP to join their committee

Pelvic Pain Victoria

Pelvic Pain Victoria is looking for a GP who might be interested in representing GPs on their committee to provide a primary care perspective. 

Pelvic Pain Victoria is a multidisciplinary group of physiotherapists, psychologists, obstetricians, gynaecologists, gastroenterologists and pain physicians that meet twice a year for a dinner and lectures, along with a weekend workshop every two years.

Their next dinner meeting is at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne on Wednesday 7 March.

Please contact Dr Marilla Druitt Obstetrician Gynaecologist on 0418 520 257 if you're interested.

Privacy, Data Breach Notification Scheme training workshops

Privacy specialist  and former Privacy Commissioner Consultative Group member, Jeremy Douglas-Stewart will facilitate two workshops in Melbourne next month examining the handling of personal information under the Commonwealth Privacy Act's Australian Privacy Principles (APP) and requirements of the Commonwealth Privacy Act's new Data Breach Notification Scheme.

The Privacy workshop seeks to equip participants with an understanding of: 

  • Legal requirements regarding managing personal information under the APP
  • How to apply the laws in practical situations
  • How to identify and manage privacy issues and incidents. 

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 8.45am - 2.45pm
Venue: Rydges Hotel, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

For more information about this event and to register, see this flyer

The Data Breach Notification Scheme workshop seeks to equip participants with an understanding of:

  • Core steps in good data breach response management
  • How acting quickly to remediate a breach can prevent triggering notification requirements
  • Issues to address in supplier and client contracts
  • Developing compliance measures
  • How to incorporate measures into a data breach response management framework.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 3.15pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Rydges Hotel, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

For more information about this event and to register, see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Opioid Replacement Therapy
  • Anxiety and Depression in Adults
  • Chronic Pain
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence
  • Tremor
  • Q Fever
  • Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Non-Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Respiratory Advice
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alcohol Withdrawal.

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

New respiratory and sleep specialist

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Dr Ged Dalgleish is now accepting referrals for patients throughout the Ballarat Goldfields region suffering respitory and sleep medicine ailments.

Dr Dalgleish specialises in sleep medicine, lung cancer and general respiratory conditions including bronchietasis and cyctic fibrosis.

Referrals can be made directly to: Dr Ged Dalgleish, 17 Errard Street, North Ballarat VIC 3350, via email or fax 03 5334 4600.

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Palliative care breakfast

Ballarat Hospice

Members of the Ballarat Goldfields palliative care community will meet next week over breakfast to discuss the management of end-stage cardiac disease. Cardiologist, Dr John Van Den Broek will lead the discussion, hosted by Ballarat Hospice Care. 

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: City Oval Hotel, Corner Mair and Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

Please RSVP by Monday 12 March 2018 by telephone 5333 1118 or email.

Neuroplasticity of Pain information evening

Ballarat Sports Exercise Centre

An informaiton evening, hosted by the Ballarat Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation Centre will explore how pain is generated from the brain, relative to context, experience and beliefs. Ballarat Sports Exercise Rehabilitation Centre staff will also be available for questions to help participants take control of their pain.

Date: Wednesday 18 March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Ballarat Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation Centre, 131 Albert Street, Sebastopol

Please register be telephoning 5332 0911.

Popular CPD event to be repeated in Ballarat:
Prescribed Drugs of Dependence - Active Learning Module (ALM)

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Following on from the success of the 2017 event, Western Victoria PHN and Orticare are pleased to announce that we are repeating the Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Active Learning Module (ALM). This free CPD event has been accredited for 40 Category 1 points as part of the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 Triennium (Activity: 106170).

The event aims to assist GPs in:

  • Identifying and managing patients with problematic use of prescribed drugs of dependence
  • Improving the quality and safety of prescribing of drugs of dependence in general practice
  • Understanding Schedule 8 permits, when they are required and how to obtain them
  • Understanding the implications of changes to over-the-counter codeine availability and the introduction of Real Time Prescription Monitoring
  • Understanding the role of allied health in managing chronic pain patients
  • Interpreting the RACGP clinical guidelines for drugs of dependence and understanding how they may be incorporated into general practice
  • Improved referral pathways between general practices and AOD services.

Dates: Thursday 22 March, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 24 May
Time: 6:30pm - 7:00pm (registration & light refreshments), 7:00pm - 9:00pm (event)

Please note that attendance at all three sessions is required to gain your 40 Cat 1 RACGP QI&CPD points.

For more information on this free CPD event, see this flyer. To register, please follow this link or email Katrina Martin or Debra Harris for more information.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Q Fever
  • Cardiac Drugs and Monitoring
  • Sleep Medicine Specialist
  • Respiratory Assessment – Acute, non-Acute and Advice
  • Problem Gambling
  • Epilepsy – Anti Epileptic Drugs
  • Tremor.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • High risk Foot Assessment
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Medications in Chronic Pain
  • High Risk Foot Assessment
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy
  • Immunisation – Adolescents.

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

Cancer treatment options update

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A medical panel will discuss myeloma diagnosis, immunotherapy uses in oncology, and prostate screening developments at St John of god Hospital this month. The forum will be led by haematologist Dr Sumi Ratnasingam, oncologist Dr Saw Yee Yap, and urologist, George Mirmilstein.

Date: Tuesday 20 March
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm commencement
Venue: Education Room, Bridget Clancy Wing, St John of God Hospital, 80 Myers Street, Geelong

To find out more, please see this flyer and Registration Form.

GP anaesthetists discussion forum

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The Royal College of General Practitioners Rural is inviting general practitioner anaesthetists to a forum in April, designed to give GPAs an opportunity to hear from industry experts and identify current issues facing general practice anaesthetist. Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda, RACGP Rural Chair will lead a panel discussion into topics including clarrifying planning of a proposed new diploma. 

Date: Tuesday 17 April
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: John Murtagh Centre RACGP House 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

For more information about this event, see this flyer. Please register by telephone 1800 636 764 or email.

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update

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Recently localised HealthPathways with south west information:

  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Support
  • Pain Specialist Assessment (Non-acute, Advice)
  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • General Medicine Referrals – Acute, Non acute and Advice
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Community Asthma Education and Support
  • Paediatric referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling - public brief intervention services.

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

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

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New to HealthPathways:

  • Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Non-acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Respiratory Advice
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Problem Gambling
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Q Fever
  • Radiology Referrals
  • Chronic Pain
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence.

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

Supportive care communication skills training

Grampians region mental health social worker Jill Lee will facilitate a supportive care communicaitons training class this month, presented by the Grampians Highway Model of Educaiton.

The training seeks to help participants respond empathically to patients, use tools to aid communication and deal with people in crisis.

Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 9am - 3.30pm
Venue: Wimmera Health Care Group, Education Centre, Read Street, Horsham

For more informaiton about ths event, see this flyer

Domestic violence awareness presentations:
Horsham and Stawell

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Lifeline's two-hour interactive presentations offer participants an opportunity to discuss domestic violence and what they can do to help make a difference.

The domestic violence awareness session seeks to help participants: 

  • Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
  • Familiarise themselves with the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels – power and control, equality and empowerment
  • Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
  • Have an opportunity to network with other individuals
  • Receive tools and references for domestic and family violence support and referral.

Horsham

Date: Monday 30 April
Time: 1pm - 3.15pm
Venue: Wimmera Business Centre Meeting Room 62 Darlot Street, Horsham

Register online.

Stawell

Date: Tuesday 1 May
Time: 9.45am - 12pm
Venue: Stawell Health and Community Centre 8-22 Patrick Street, Stawell

Register online.