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Clinical Leadership Fund

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Clinical Leadership Fund for Western Victoria PHN. This Fund will provide opportunities for primary care providers to contribute to primary care activities and to provide advice and clinical leadership as partners in planning PHN activities - both innovation and improvement.

The majority of Western Victoria PHN activities are delivered in partnership with general practices, pharmacy and allied health services working with clinicians and health managers. Western Victoria PHN promotes the value of innovation as an essential part of primary care, and we are seeking to build a culture amongst Western Victoria PHN providers that encourages innovation.

We cannot deliver on our vision and objectives without understanding what is important to general practitioners and primary care providers and what drives high performing primary care delivery. This is why we need clinician participation and why we are committed to actively partnering with western Victoria primary care providers.

The first positions to be filled under the Fund are as follows. Expressions of interest are sought from across the region.

Putting Prevention into Practice
Working with established networks ‘Active Geelong’, ‘Partners in Prevention’, Central Highlands Prevention Lab (up to 3 hours per week)
Prevention Lead Expression of Interest form

GP Media Lead x 2
Front facing media engagement as a clinician on behalf of Western Victoria PHN (maximum of 1-2 hours per week – ad hoc)
GP Media Lead Expression of Interest form

Expanding CPD advice
Building on existing investment for better targeting of CPD programs and resources (2 hours per month)
CPD Advisor Expression of Interest form

For further information, please email Rowena Clift or call her on 03 5222 0800.

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


Reminder: Update recall and reminder systems following National Cervical Screening Program changes
Westvic News submissions
International HealthPathways Survey: Have your say!
HealthPathways update
Lead poisoning associated with illicit opium use
Mindfulness for the Modern Medic Webinar
Diabetes update for Health Professionals

Ballarat Goldfields 

Local initiatives to tackle the cost of obesity
Palliative Care Breakfast
Nurse Ambassador Program

Geelong Otway

Close to 100 attend Geelong Immunisation Forum
New Liver Mass and Hepatocellular Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic – Barwon South West
New ocular health clinic at Curlewis

Great South Coast 

Valvular Heart Disease Dinner


Reminder: Update recall and reminder systems following National Cervical Screening Program changes

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Healthcare providers should ensure their patient reminder and recall system are aligned with the new recommended commencement age for routine screening and screening intervals as outlined in the 2016 Guidelines.

The Register does not replace the relationship between the healthcare provider and their patients but is designed to provide support by maintaining complete patient records of all cervical screening and follow-up test results. It is also designed to act as a safety net, providing a backup to healthcare provider recall and reminder systems by notifying the appropriate time for a patient’s next test.

If healthcare providers’ clinical information systems (CIS) are not in alignment with the NCSP, the Department of Health we encourage you to contact your relevant CIS vendor. 

Westvic News submissions

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If you wish to submit something for publication in Westvic News, please read our new Editorial Policy and complete one of the following submission forms:

If approved your item will be published either in the next available issue or due to space restrictions on our External organisation event, research or resource pages on our website. We include a link to these pages on our Westvic News eNewsletter template.

Please email the Communications team if you have any queries.

International HealthPathways Survey: Have your say!


Join health professionals across Australian and New Zealand to help us gain insight into the utilisation of HealthPathways - a freely available web portal designed to assist health professionals during consultation. 

Your participation will help us identify further areas for development and promotion.

When: Survey open from 25 July to 17 August 2018
Where: Across Australian and New Zealand
Who: General practitioners, nurse practitioners, hospital specialists, practice and hospital managers an allied health professionals

For more information, please see this Information Sheet or contact Western Victoria PHN HealthPathways Lead, Margie McLeod.

HealthPathways update


New pages:

  • Liver Mass Multidisciplinary Assessment
  • Telehealth
  • Medicinal Cannabis
  • Advance Care Planning Support
  • Tongue-tie in Breastfeeding
  • Improving Milk Supply
  • Sore, Tender and Damaged Nipples in Breastfeeding
  • Medications in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Lactation Suppression.

Reviewed pages:

  • Prevention screening
  • Detection of Diabetes.

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

Lead poisoning associated with illicit opium use

Victoria State Government

The Department of Health and Human Services has been notified of three males in the Melbourne area who developed several lead poisoning associated with the ingestion or inhalation of illicit opium that was heavily contaminated with lead.  While these men all reside in the Melbourne metropolitan region, the Department is unable to determine the breadth of this practice, so needs to assume that it also happens regionally.

Please read this letter from Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Danny Csutoros, which includes links to translated fact sheets the Department hopes will help GPs discuss this issue with patients from those language groups.

Mindfulness for the Modern Medic Webinar

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In this webinar, Dr Maura Kenny and Libby Granger will discuss their experience in implementing evidence-based mindfulness courses specifically adapted for workplaces and different professions, with a particular focus on how it has unfolded in the health profession in South Australia.

Find out how these mindfulness programs are not simply focussed on stress management, but have a more far-reaching potential for the future training of healthcare professionals and for re-orienting approaches to the practice of medicine.

Date: Friday 17 August 2018
Time: 12pm - 12.40pm

To register, please connect via this virtual classroom.  To find out more about Mindful Futures, please see their website.

Diabetes update for Health Professionals

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Diabetes Victoria invites health professionals to an interactive program to help improve your understanding of the key aspects and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. This two-day workshop aims to assist you better support your clients with more complex diabetes management issues. 

Diabetes Victoria practitioners will explain:

  • The latest management strategies; including Insulin and other glucose lowering medications
  • Blood glucose monitoring and hypoglycaemia
  • Sick days and hypergclycaemic emergencies
  • Complications and how to prevent and manage them
  • Mental health and diabetes distress
  • Nutrition.

Date: Tuesday 9 October and Wednesday 10 October
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester St, Carlton.

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

Ballarat Goldfields

Local initiatives to tackle the cost of obesity

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As part of the Central Highlands Obesity Prevention Lab, Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership in conjunction with Health Futures Australia organised an event on the cost of obesity. The key speaker was Marty Jovic, a health economist who spoke on the PwC paper – Weighing the cost of obesity; a call for action.

The conservative estimate on the cost of obesity in Australia for 2011-12 was $8.6b and forecast to grow to $87.7b by 2025. WHO targets are aimed at halting the growth of obesity in Australia, which could potentially result in $10.3b benefit and 1.6m fewer obese people by 2025.

Local businesses, Rijik Zwann, AME Systems and Petstock Australia shared inspiring stories of how their organisations have engaged with staff and the community in health and well-being action.

Western Victoria PHN is linking with local initiatives – Obesity Prevention Lab and through the promotion of Ballarat Obesity Management Interest Group meetings. We have also engaged Cancer Council Victoria to deliver the Live Lighter Forum - Talking to Patient’s about Weight Training (Cat 1, 40 point event) scheduled for Saturday 24 November in Daylesford (with thanks to Springs Medical Centre for provision of the venue). Promotion of this event will follow in due course but you may wish to save the date in your diaries and calendars.

Palliative Care Breakfast

Ballarat Hospice

Ballarat Hospice invites you to join members of the local palliative care community to hear from Palliative Care Physician, Dr Greg Mewett speak on Opioid Rotation and Opioid Dose Equivalents.

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

To RSVP, please contact Ballarat Hospice on 5333 1118 or via email.

Nurse Ambassador Program

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Cancer Council Victoria is offering a Nurse Ambassador Program and seeking practice nurses and community nurses looking to broaden their scope of practice to include cancer screening and prevention activities across their whole organisation.

The program will be practical and interactive and will:

  • Build the capacity of nurses to support under-screened communities to participate in cancer screening
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience with peers
  • Explore case studies, devise strategies, and provide networking opportunities
  • Equip nurses with the most up-to-date research from experts in the cancer-screening field.

Dates: Tuesday 11 September and Thursday 11 October
Venue: Ballarat Community Health, 12 Liliburne St, Lucas

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer.

Geelong Otway

Close to 100 attend Geelong Immunisation Forum

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Western Victoria PHN recently hosted the annual Immunisation Forum for nurse immunisers on Saturday 28 July.

This highly anticipated annual event usually attracts close to 100 nurses and this year’s event was no exception.

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Corrina Eccles at podium performing Welcome to Country.

The day commenced with a thought-provoking Welcome to Country by local Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles and overall welcome to attendees by our CEO, Leanne Beagley.

Leanne shared a remarkable achievement for childhood immunisation rates (March 2018) with Grampians and Barwon South West regions topping the State in all childhood age cohorts! This is a great success story and one where organisations have worked together to achieve an outstanding result.

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During the course of the day, nurses listened to a series of presentations from immunisation experts, facilitated by well-respected Immunisation Paediatrician, Dr Jenny Royle.

Nurses valued the learnings from experts about ways to deal with concerns from vaccine-hesitant parents and also tips on managing the catch-up vaccination process.

Comments on feedback forms included:

  • ‘I will be back next year’
  • ‘Jenny Royle is so relatable and informative’
  • 'Interactive catch-up session was really helpful’
  • 'Very informative and good variety of presenters’.

Western Victoria PHN will be holding another Immunisation Forum in Ballarat on Saturday 20 October.

New Liver Mass and Hepatocellular Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic –
Barwon South West


A new Liver Mass and Hepatocellular Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic commences operation at University Hospital Geelong in August 2018. This new service covers the Barwon South West region and will be run by Lauren Beswick. For more information on the clinic and for referral information please see HealthPathways.

New ocular health clinic at Curlewis

Eyehub Optometrists

Eyehub Optometrists is a fully bulk-billed clinic offering government subsidised glasses on the Victorian Eye Scheme (VES) that has recently opened at 2/90 Centennial Blvd, Curlewis. To find out more, please contact Dr Ahmed Azzam on 0422 426 747.

Great South Coast

New Liver Mass and Hepatocellular Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic –
Barwon South West


A new Liver Mass and Hepatocellular Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic commences operation at University Hospital Geelong in August 2018. This new service covers the Barwon South West region and will be run by Lauren Beswick. For more information on the clinic and for referral information please see HealthPathways.

Valvular Heart Disease Dinner

One Heart Cardiology

One Heart Cardiology invites you to hear Dr William Wilson (Interventional Cardiologist and Congenital Heart Disease Specialist) and Dr Noel Bayley (Consultant Physician, Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine) to speak at a Valvular Heart Disease Dinner on Thursday 23 August at 6.30pm at Quorum Restaurant, 86 Kepler St, Warrnambool.  To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.