Facilitating further education

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Pictured left to right: Tony Ficca, Ellie Smith, Dr John Howell and Prof Gerard Gill (Deakin University).

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of participating with Dr John Howell, in the presentation of the George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship to Deakin University medical student, Ellie Smith.

The scholarship has been awarded for the past 10 years in memory of Dr George Golding, founder and CEO of the General Practitioners Association of Geelong, now Western Victoria Primary Health Network, who during his life devoted substantial time and expertise to the education and mentoring of medical students, registrars and GPs in the region.

The scholarship recognises academic excellence and supports the development of stronger connections between students, general practitioners, specialists and the Deakin University Medical School.

Ellie was recognised as being an outstanding applicant for the scholarship and expressed a commitment to working in the region as a GP and supporting the community to improve the health outcomes of those most at risk by going beyond the general practice to provide efficient and effective services that address all the determinants of health.

We wish Ellie all the very best in her studies and welcome back our CEO, Dr Leanne Beagley next week from holidays. 

Tony Ficca, Acting Chief Executive Officer

General 

headspace reviews service model
Last opportunity to nominate for Regional Integrated Councils
The Western Victorian Practice Nurse Project: Why Western Victoria PHN is ahead of the pack
Apply NOW for Primary Care Nurse Excellence Awards!
Government grants for community projects
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital service in regional and rural emergency departments
Rheumatic fever and heart disease guideline review
Medication Assisted Treatment Training for Opioid Dependence 2018
Upcoming Black Dog Institute live webinars
2018 Primary Health Research Conference: Measuring and Improving Value in Primary Health Care

Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update
GP Book Club
Change of venue: Ballarat Addiction Network featuring Women's Alcohol and Drug Service
Business for Doctors presentation
Palliative Care Breakfast

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Applications open for Dr Trevor Banks Scholarship 

Great South Coast 

Suicidal Prevention Training Workshops for general practice
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training
Better Questions Workshop

Wimmera Grampians 

HealthPathways update
Wimmera Pride Project professional and service provider survey
Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

General 

headspace reviews service model

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Barwon Child Youth & Family (BCYF) is working with Western Victoria PHN, headspace consortium partners, and the GP/primary health community to both develop and bring forward a project plan to review the headspace model of care in Geelong that will ensure the delivery of sustainable and quality youth mental health services locally.

Sandy Morrison CEO BCYF said: “The current funding attached to the delivery of headspace services in Geelong falls significantly short for what is required to deliver the service, hence we are now reviewing the current business model. To unpack the current challenges, we are scheduling a meeting to discuss a more sustainable client-centred service model that incorporates an integrated team care approach. Our number one priority is to current and future clients of headspace Geelong services, and to find a sustainable way to deliver these services both now and into the future.”

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 June at 8am at Western Victoria PHN offices, 131 Myers Street Geelong. Healthcare professionals interested in attending are being asked to register with: debbie.taylor@westvicphn.com.au. Please note numbers are limited.

Sandy Morrison said: “In the interim, the headspace Geelong service continues to accept referrals through its Intake Team who will determine the appropriate pathway for young people as per the standard intake and allocation process. If medical intervention is assessed as being required, alternative GP care will be sourced appropriate to the presenting needs of the client. However, as a result of the current circumstances, if referrers have any concerns whatsoever regarding referral pathways into headspace Geelong, then they are encouraged to contact the Centre directly on telephone 5222 6690.”

BCYF is the lead agency for headspace Geelong, delivering services from three sites (in Geelong, Corio and Drysdale) and across four core streams that include primary health care (with GPs and nursing support), youth mental health counselling, A&OD support, and vocational/education support.

Last opportunity to nominate for Regional Integrated Councils

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Applications close this Friday for membership on Western Victoria Primary Health Network's (PHN) Regional Integrated Councils in Ballarat Goldfields, Wimmera Grampians and Great South Coast areas.

The following council member positions are required:

  • Wimmera Grampians – two healthcare providers (including GPs) and one community member
  • Ballarat Goldfields – two healthcare providers (including GPs)
  • Great South Coast – one GP to take on the role of Chair.

The Council acts as a conduit between the Board, CEO, health care providers and the community. They advise on local health needs and primary-based health care from a clinical and a community/consumer perspective.

Regional Integrated Councils (there are four across our region) provide information to develop better integration of care and will help maximise broad ongoing clinical and community engagement within and across the region to support the decision making of Western Victoria PHN.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

For more information about becoming a Regional Integrated Council member and for applications to the above positions, please see our website. Applications close Friday 1 June 2018.

The Western Victorian Practice Nurse Project: 
Why Western Victoria PHN is ahead of the pack

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Over the past two months, a team from the Deakin University School of Medicine and the Federation School of Nursing has been surveying practice nurses about their development and how long they plan to continue to work in this role. The Western Alliance has funded this project.

Hidden in the budget statements is the news that the Federal Government is funding studies in this area.

Due to the foresight of Western Victoria PHN, we are ideally placed in western Victoria to better support our practice nurses and improve the health of our regional population. We have already commenced examining the issues the Commonwealth considers important.

We would urge all practice nurses if they have not done so to complete the online survey . It takes less than 10 minutes. This will enable Western Victoria PHN to be better prepared to participate in the next phase of the Commonwealth project.

We will shortly be commencing some community, GP and nurse consultations about the role of practice nurses as part of this project.

We look forward to providing you with more updates as we get more information.

Prof. Gerard Gill (Deakin University), Dr Blake Peck (Federation University) and Andrew Smith (Federation University)

Apply NOW for Primary Care Nurse Excellence Awards!

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The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards 2018 recognise nurses practicing in the western Victoria region who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of their patients by undertaking a quality improvement activity within their practice.

The purpose of this award is to highlight the commitment and results primary health care nurses make towards quality improvement work within western Victoria. The Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award 2018 is open to primary health care nurses working within the geographical boundaries of Western Victoria PHN.

Last year's winner, Caroline Gibson from Ballarat Community Health shares how the Award has benefited her.

Caroline Gibson

"I was honoured to win the inaugural Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Network Nurse Excellence Award 2016-2017 for the development of a model of care and an on-line resource to guide practice nurses in their delivery of chronic disease management support for people living with dementia and their carers.

"Receiving this award has created numerous opportunities for me to talk about the role of practice nurses in dementia care as and to also complete a leadership skills workshop. Consequently, my confidence in presenting this project has increased as has my encouragement to other nurses to embrace the challenge of identifying gaps in current care and developing new ways of doing things to address these gaps," said Caroline.

Regional finalists from Ballarat Goldfields, Geelong Otway, Great South Coast and Grampians Wimmera will receive $500.00* to assist with continuing professional development expenses. The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award 2018 Winner will be selected from the Regional Finalists and will receive $1000.00* to support continuing professional development expenses such as course or conference registration fees.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 31 July.  Please see our website for application details. 

Government grants for community projects

Victoria State Government

Pick My Project is a Victorian first community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects. Individuals or organisations can come up with a project idea, the community can vote for the best ideas and make the community an even better place to live.

Successful organisations will enter into a funding agreement. Payments will be made by the State Government on completion of agreed milestones. All work and agreements as part of funding will need to comply with Victorian Government and other relevant procurement processes. Funding recipients will be required to comply with project monitoring and reporting requirements.

Submissions can be made until Sunday 24 June with projects scheduled to commence from September 2018.

To find out more, please see the Pick My Project website.

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital service in regional and rural emergency departments

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eyeConnect is a service relevant to general practitioners in rural areas that may want to obtain ophthalmology advice and avoid a referral to the Royal Eye and Ear hospital.

GPs can refer patients to the following emergency departments which operate the eyeConnect service:

  • Portland
  • Warrnambool
  • Hamilton
  • Ballarat
  • Ararat
  • Hamilton.

For more information, see this presentation, map and eyeConnect video.  This information is also on HealthPathways: Ophthalmology advice.

Rheumatic fever and heart disease guideline review

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RHDAustralia and its partners are conducting a review of the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition). For this to be effective, it is important that they understand the needs of the health workforce, and others associated with rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

RHDAustralia are seeking your feedback via this survey on your experience and opinions to assist in the development of the 3rd edition of the guideline. 

The survey should take about four minutes to complete, and all responses will be treated confidentially.

For more information, please contact RHDAustralia on 08 8946 8654 or email info@rhdaustralia.org.

Medication Assisted Treatment Training for Opioid Dependence 2018

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The RACGP is offering online and face-to-face training to:

  • Prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings. This education is an interactive two hours’ session presented by MATOD specialist GPs and is accredited for 4 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD points for the 2017–19 triennium.
  • Prescribers with a need to prescribe pharmacotherapy to more than five patients with opioid dependence.

To find out more, including dates and learning outcomes, please see this flyer.

Upcoming Black Dog Institute live webinars 

Black Dog Institute

General practitioners and allied health mental health professionals are invited to these three webinars. Participants will be eligible for CPD points.

Click on the above titles to register and find out more. 

2018 Primary Health Research Conference:
Measuring and Improving Value in Primary Health Care

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The 2018 Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference provides an opportunity to present, hear, network, debate and spark ideas that improve health. Participants will also get the chance to find out about recent PHC developments, trends and news; build relationships with leaders in the field; develop intersectoral ideas and exchange fresh perspectives across the wider health system.

Date: 1 - 3 August 2018
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne

See the Provisional Program and website for further information including registration details.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Epilepsy in pregnancy
  • Nausea and vomiting in palliative care
  • Constipation in palliative care
  • Cough in palliative care
  • Stroke
  • Post-acute stroke care
  • ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
  • Advances end stage COPD
  • Incidental lung lesion
  • Foreign body in eye.

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

GP Book Club

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Would Ballarat Goldfields GPs be interested in a Book Club?

Diane Sartori, Senior Manager Ballarat Goldfields recently attended a presentation by Lynne Reader, Adjunct Research Fellow, Federation University and member of Steering Group – Compassionate Ballarat. During the presentation, Lynne suggested a number of good books – please see below.

  • At a recent BHS Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity - Ronald Epstein, MD, University of Rochester, School of Medicine
  • In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor – Dr Rana Awdish, Intensive care doctor
  • Into the Magic Shop – A Neurosurgeon’s true story of the life changing magic of compassion and mindfulness - Dr James Doty, Stanford University
  • The Science of Mindfulness: Altered Traits – Dr Daniel Goleman and Dr Richard Davidson, Centre for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin

Lynne Reader would be happy to give a short presentation covering the science of compassion.

Please let Diane Sartori know if this group would be of interest and she'll follow-up with invitations. You can contact Diane via email or on her mobile 0417 593 404.

Change of venue:
Ballarat Addiction Network featuring Women's Alcohol and Drug Service

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The next Ballarat Addiction Network on Wednesday 13 June has changed its location of meeting to Western Victoria PHN, 101 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat.

Dr Yvonne Bonomo from the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service is the guest speaker while the meeting will be chaired by Dr Andrew McDonald from Ballarat Group Practice.

The meeting runs from 6.15pm - 8pm with a light supper included.  To RSVP or enquire, please email Pauline Molloy or call on 03 5338 9142. 

Business for Doctors presentation

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This unique presentation offers all medical practitioners in private practice the opportunity to develop business strategies and gain valuable knowledge to improve their productivity and profitability. The workshops continue to evolve and grow with over 1000 GPs and other specialists having experienced these exceptional workshops.  This business is made-up of doctors educating and helping other doctors.

Date: Tuesday 12 June
Time: 6.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

A two-course meal of entree and main is included.

To find out more, including registration details, see this Eventbrite website

Palliative Care Breakfast

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Ballarat Hospice invite you with members of the local Palliative Care Community to their breakfast where Motor Neurone Disease will be discussed with Mel Mattinson (MND Shared Care Worker) and Lauryn Mathewson (MND Advisor).

Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Corner of Mair & Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

A complimentary light breakfast will be served.

Please contact Ballarat Hospice via email or on 5333 1118 by Monday 18 June if you wish to attend. 

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Methotrexate shared care
  • Post-operative care of cardiac patients
  • Foreign body in eye
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus.

Recently reviewed and updated:

  • Ophthalmology advice
  • Hepatitis referrals
  • Hypertension
  • Incidental lung lesion
  • HIV
  • CT abdomen
  • CT colonography
  • Proteinuria.

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

Applications open for Dr Trevor Banks Scholarship

Hospice Foundation Geelong

GPs or GP trainees are invited to apply for this scholarship, which awards the successful applicant $5,000 to assist attend a national or international education event related to palliative care. Its name recognises the outstanding contribution of Dr Trevor Banks OAM in establishing palliative care in Geelong in the 1970s.

To find out more, including eligibility requirements and application process, please see this Application form.  Applications close midnight, Friday 4 August 2018.

Great South Coast

Suicidal Prevention Training Workshops for general practice

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These free workshops will enable practice managers and practice nurses to:

  • Develop a strategy or protocol to meet the needs of your general practice, with additional support provided by the identification of local organisations to draw on to assist your practice, staff and patients
  • Gain a greater understanding of risk assessments, suicide prevention intervention strategies and patient support and management.

These workshops will also demonstrate a strategy to provide assistance to a patient who may be considering suicide, understanding the time constraints of general practice consultations.

Practice nurse workshop
Date: Saturday 16 June
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, 24 - 36 Fairy St, Warrnambool   

Practice managers and staff workshop
Date: Thursday 14 June
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, 24 - 36 Fairy St, Warrnambool 

To find out more please see the Practice nurse workshop flyer or Practice managers workshop flyer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

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Lifeline invites all health, allied health, community, higher education, childcare frontline workers to attend a nationally recognised training program that will enable participants:

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

Date: Tuesday 19 June and Wednesday 20 June
Time: 8.45am - 5.00pm
Venue: 91 Hyland St, Warrnambool

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

See also HealthPathways: Family Violence Family Violence community support.

Better Questions Workshop

Do you want to make a bigger difference in people’s lives by enabling them to manage their own health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices?

Communication typically consists of too much TELLING and not enough ASKING, which inhibits people taking responsibility for their own lives. The Better Questions workshop offers communication strategies and practical tips that will enable you to enhance your communication skills and professional practice.

Date: Thursday 28 June
Time: 9am - 3pm
Venue: South West Healthcare Community Health Seminar Room, Koroit Street, Warrnambool

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Wimmera Grampians

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HealthPathways update

Recently localised Wimmera Grampians HealthPathways:

  • Incidental lung lesion
  • Foreign body in eye
  • Nausea and vomiting in palliative care
  • Cough in palliative care
  • ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
  • Advanced end state COPD
  • Epilepsy in pregnancy.

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

Wimmera Pride Project professional and service provider survey

Wimmera Pride Project

The Wimmera Pride Project is currently mapping the needs of Wimmera health professionals in relation to local service provision for LGBTI people. They plan to use this data to help the Wimmera become a more inclusive place for the 10% of the community who identify on a spectrum of same-sex attraction or gender diversity.

This survey is for any health professional who comes into contact with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse or intersex people through their work.  The Wimmera Pride Project would greatly appreciate you taking this five-minute survey.  Please contact Maddi Ostapiw if you have any queries.

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Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

Lifeline logo

Lifeline invites all health, allied health, community, higher education, childcare frontline workers to attend a nationally recognised training program that will enable participants:

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

Date: Tuesday 26 June
Time: 9.45am - 12.00pm
Venue: 8 - 22 Patrick St, Stawell

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

See also HealthPathways: Family Violence Family Violence community support.