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Recent bushfires and impact on community

Health professionals in areas where recent bushfires have devastated properties and the wellbeing of communities should have received information from Western Victoria PHN on referring eligible patients to Psychological Therapy Services (PTS).

I am repeating this important information here in case some health professionals in these areas did not receive this information.

As a result of the fires, some individuals may be experiencing mental distress. We are working to ensure these people are seen as a matter of priority, either through PTS or via referral to local clinicians, in order to ensure timely support and to maximise wellbeing.

PTS is a commonwealth government service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental illness. It provides cost-free access for up to ten sessions of focused psychological therapies for people who have difficulty accessing other services.

People who are eligible for this service are individuals who:

  • are on a Health Care or other Concession Card
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • are at risk of homelessness, or are homeless
  • are at increased risk of suicide or self-harm.

People not eligible for this program can be referred to local clinicians for psychological therapies via a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

More information and referral forms for health care professionals are available on our website.

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

General 

Confirmed measles case in Melbourne
This Girl Can: share your active story
Save a life – register your defibrillator
Complaint Handling Standards consultations
Baker Health Symposium - Evidence in Practice
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence: training and workshop

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Positive feedback at recent Practice Manager and Practice Nurse Networking event

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
Upper Limb Management for Neurological Patients workshop
Vestibular Rehabilitation introductory course

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

General  

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Confirmed measles case in Melbourne

There have been three confirmed cases of measles in Melbourne in March this year, with the infection likely to have been acquired overseas. The three cases are unrelated.

The most recent case was infectious on Saturday 10 March at a number of locations: Qantas flight QF44 from Denpasar to Sydney arriving at 06.25am on that day, Qantas flight QF 415 from Sydney to Melbourne, arriving at 10.35am, Tullamarine Airport until midday and Lentil as Anything restaurant at Abbotsford Convent from 2pm until 3pm.

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This Girl Can: share your active story

A new Victorian government campaign seeks to empower women to become more physically active, regardless of their background, ability, age or body shape. This Girl Can, which will launch later this month, is based in part on a similar initiative in the UK that was reported to have inspired 2.8 million women to be more physically active.

Women are invited to share their story online about a favourite way to get active, or an inspiration for other women. The campaign has also developed a new guide on getting active.

Save a life – register your defibrillator

Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria is urging defibrillator owners to register the 'potentially life saving devices,' claiming the whereabouts of up to 15,000 automated external defibrillators (AED) across the state are unknown. Reportedly, the chance of survival increases by 62% if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an ambulance arrives.

Information about the location of registered AEDs is available through an online registry, and the data will also be passed on to first responders through new smartphone technology being introduced by Ambulance Victoria.

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Complaint Handling Standards consultations

Health Complaints Commissioner

Victoria's Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC) seeking your views on the development of complaint handling standards, which will apply to all health service providers throughout the state. The Commissioner is consulting widely until Saturday 30 June, to ensure the standards meet the expectations and needs of consumers and health service providers.

The consultation process is an opportunity to provide feedback on a range of complaint handling matters to be included in the final set of standards. The HCC strongly encourages participation across the sector and has designed an inclusive process including targeted and open consultations.

There are several ways to participate in this consultation, including providing a written or verbal submission, or attending and sharing your views at one of five open forums across the state. The following forums are open to all stakeholders:

Melbourne CBD (after hours)

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Health Complaints Commissioner, Level 26 / 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Ballarat

Date: Thursday 3 May
Time: 11am - 1.30pm
Venue: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central

Bendigo

Date: Thursday 10 May
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

Melbourne CBD (business hours)

Date: Tuesday 15 May
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: Health Complaints Commissioner, Level 26 / 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Geelong

Date: Thursday 31 May
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Deakin University Geelong, Western Beach Room, Sally Walker Building, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

Register online. For more information email the HCC's Maria McLoughlin or telephone 03 9032 3107.

Baker Health Symposium - Evidence in Practice

Baker

A medical symposium next month aims to assist general practitioners and practice managers in the practical management of patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Symposium organisers also hope to help participants Identify the latest technology for treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes, including pump technology.

Date: Saturday 21 April
Time: 9am - 8pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence: training and workshop

RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACPG) is offering an online training and face-to-face workshop examining medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence.

Online training seeks to provide opioid prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings. By the conclusion of the two-hour training it is hoped participants will be able to: 

  • Implement safe and effective opioid prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan
  • Summarise the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  • Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use
  • Assess the appropriateness of and commence induction of a patient on one of opioid replacement therapies.

To register for online training module please visit the RACGP events page

A series of full-day workshops throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria meanwhile are suited to prescribers with a need to prescribe pharmacotherapy to more than five patients with opioid dependence.

The workshop seeks to assist participants: 

  • Outline the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  • Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use
  • Identify the legal issues regarding the prescribing of buprenorphine and methadone
  • Implement safe and effective opioid and or methadone prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan
  • Safely and effectively prescribe buprenorphine and or methadone for opioid dependence.

For more information on dates, locations and how to register for the full day workshops please see this flyer

Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • High Risk Foot Assessment
  • Continence Specialist Services
  • 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.

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

Positive feedback at recent Practice Manager and Practice Nurse Networking event

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The region's Practice Manager and Practice Nurse Networking event last week attracted a large cohort of local medical professionals.

Ballarat Goldfields’ Primary Care Consultant Sophie Bond says participant feedback was excellent ‘with attendees reporting that the content was relevant and very useful to their day-to-day operations.’

The meeting, led by Wellness Coaching Australia’s Kim Poyner covered:

  • Chronic disease MBS & Care Plans
  • Creating a TCA
  • Creating a Care Plan
  • How to split the billing to maximise patient engagement for behaviour change
  • Case conferencing in chronic disease
  • Teleconference
  • How to collaborate/Communicate between your team
  • Putting the client in "charge" of health and wellbeing.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Sedation for MRI in Adults
  • Orthopaedic Assessment – Acute, non-acute and Advice
  • Q Fever
  • Cardiac Drugs and Monitoring.

Recently reviewed and updated:

  • Continence Specialist Services
  • Maternal and Child Health Nursing
  • High risk Foot Assessment
  • Gastroenterology Assessment – Acute, non-acute and advice
  • Immunisation – Adolescents.

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

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update

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Recently updated localised 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 visit HealthPathways.

South West Healthcare

Upper Limb Management for Neurological Patients workshop

South West Healthcare will host a half-day workshop in Warrnambool next month focusing on best practice for upper limb management for neurological patients. Neurosciences physiotherapist Thao Nguyen (The Royal Melbourne Hospital) will facilitate the event, designed to provide physiotherapists and occupational therapists with the opportunity to update skills and theoretical knowledge in the management of the upper limb in neurological patients.

Discussions will cover: 

  • Management Tool for Acute Hemiplegic Shoulders (MTAHS)
  • Strapping
  • Collar and cuff
  • Positioning and stretching
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Splinting
  • Serial casting
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Modified constraint induced movement therapy.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 12.15pm - 4.30pm
Venue: South West Healthcare, 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool

For more information and to register, see this flyer.

Vestibular Rehabilitation introductory course

South West Healthcare will also present a two-day introductory course on vestibular rehabilitation, in May. The training aims to introduce clinicians to common vestibular disorders such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Neuritis/ Labyrinthitis, Ménière's Disease, Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction, Migraine Associated Dizziness, and central vestibular pathologies.

The course will cover: 

  • Vestibular assessment and differential diagnosis
  • Unilateral vestibular pathology: recovery mechanisms and implications for treatment
  • Audiology Testing
  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology of BPPV
  • Assessment and Management of BPPV
  • Introduction to Central Vestibular Disorders.

Date: Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: South West Healthcare, 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool

For more information and to register, see this flyer.

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPwathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Acute Orthopaedic Assessment
  • Non-acute Orthopaedic Assessment
  • Orthopaedic Advice
  • 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 visit HealthPathways.