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We need leaders

Today the community expects more from primary health care than ever before. The government and community wants improvement in population health generally, through prevention strategies, the promotion of life style changes, co design and partnership opportunities to address health issues, to mention just a few. As a result, our role at Western Victoria PHN takes us into a strategic leadership space, where our foundation as a trusted advocate for GPs has been expanded to focus on driving reform in the primary health care system for better health outcomes across the population. To fulfill this strategic direction and role we know we need the help of the primary care sector and indeed the community in leading discussion, engaging in debate and together finding innovative solutions that will improve the health of our communities.

We cannot deliver on this vision without understanding what is important to general practitioners and other primary care providers and what drives high performing primary care delivery.

As you know, we are currently looking to fill a number of leadership positions to assist us in steering the way forward for better primary health care in western Victoria. Please consider the following opportunities to work with us, advise us and lead us.

Two Board vacancies

The 2018 Director Nominations are open to eligible Company Members who were Members of the Company before 30 June 2018. For 2018, one of the two vacancies must be filled by a General Medical Practitioner, as the Company’s Constitution mandates a minimum of two General Medical Practitioners to be on the Board. If you are interested in the Director role and meet the general eligibility to be a Director under the Corporation Act, please complete the Director Nomination Pack on the Western Victoria PHN website and return by 5pm Monday 17 September 2018 to companysecretary@westvicphn.com.au.

Clinical Leadership positions

For primary care providers to contribute to primary care activities and provide advice and clinical leadership as partners in planning PHN activities - both innovation and improvement. Expressions of interest deadlines have been extended for these positions for a further week. Thank you to those who have already applied – you are in the mix!

Putting Prevention into Practice: Prevention Lead Expression of Interest form
GP Media Lead x 2: GP Media Lead Expression of Interest form
Expanding CPD advice: CPD Advisor Expression of Interest form

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

General 

Mind the Step: support workshop for carers
HealthPathways update
Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Cancer
Oncology placement for GPs and practice nurses
Expressions of Interest now open for SafeScript GP Clinical Advisors
Have your say! Pharmacotherapy Area Based Networks Status Assessment
October is the month to make everyday safe

Ballarat Goldfields 

Leading change - Can businesses prevent violence against women?
World Suicide Prevention Day – Out of the Shadows Walk in Ballarat
Fetal growth restriction program workshop

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health password reset: electronic images and reports
'Hop to it': Lower Limb Orthopaedics Education Evening
GP's Workshop: Most common hand pathologies

Wimmera Grampians

Sports medicine – the current state of play
Hepatitis B & C in the Western Wimmera
Fetal growth restriction program workshop

General 

Mind the Step: support workshop for carers

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Carers Victoria and Western Victoria Primary Health Network are hosting a three-part workshop for those who are looking to maintain a healthy mind while supporting someone. The workshops will be held in Geelong, Ballarat, Horsham and Warrnambool from October to November.

One in 8 Australians provide unpaid care to a family member or friend.

Looking after someone else can happen suddenly or slowly increase over a period of time. There is no one rule about how it will affect you however, it can impact your mental health and well-being. Many carers manage daily pressures themselves for some time before taking any steps towards seeking support.

We are seeking carers to participate in a pilot program made especially for those who are beginning to notice their mood and energy levels being impacted as a result of their caring role. If this sounds like someone you know, we invite you to encourage them to register their interest in this program by completing this registration form.

Warrnambool

Tuesday Evening Group
5:00pm – 8:00pm on 2,9 and 16 October 2018

Wednesday Daytime Group
10.00am – 1.00pm on 3, 10 and 17 October 2018

 Horsham

 Tuesday Evening Group
 5:00pm – 8:00pm on 2,9 and 16 October 2018

 Wednesday Daytime Group
 10.00am – 1.00pm on 3, 10 and 17 October 2018

Geelong

Tuesday Evening Group
5:00pm – 8:00pm on 2,9 and 16 October 2018

Wednesday Daytime Group
10.00am – 1.00pm on 3, 10 and 17 October 2018

 Ballarat

 Wednesday Evening Group
 5:00pm – 8:00pm on 24, 31 October and 7 November 2018

 Thursday Daytime Group
 10.00am – 1.00pm on 25 October and 1, 8 November 2018

Materials will be distributed in coming days to GP practices for waiting rooms to advertise these workshops. To find out more, see the Carer's Victoria website or contact Cornelius on 03 9396 9585.

HealthPathways update

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New pages:

  • Immunotherapy related adverse events
  • Splenectomy and Hyposplenism in adults
  • Splenomegaly
  • Audiology referral
  • Unexpected eeterioration in older adults
  • Speech pathology referrals
  • Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)
  • Gastroscopy referral.

Reviewed pages:

  • Past Colorectal Cancer colonoscopy surveillance
  • Colorectal polyp surveillance
  • Kidneys and diabetes.

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

Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Cancer

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On 15 August, Minister Wyatt launched the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Cancer. It identifies core approaches to ensure quality care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and to improve their cancer treatment experience and outcomes.

Health professionals and health services involved in the delivery of cancer care at every level are encouraged to read, use, adopt and embed the Optimal Care Pathway into their practice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are, on average, 40 per cent more likely to die from cancer than non Aboriginal Australians.

Healthcare that is patient-focused, and that is respectful of and responsive to the preferences, needs and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is critical to good health care outcomes.

The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer was developed by Cancer Australia in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria, and has been endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.

The Optimal Care Pathway is accompanied by consumer resources.

There is also a YouTube video which provides more information about the importance of the Optimal Care Pathway.

Oncology placement for GPs and practice nurses

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The Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship invitesGPs to attend a free oncology placement at oncology specialist clinics across Victoria to enhance their knowledge and confidence in cancer survivorship care. This includes a local placement opportunity for Warrnambool residents at South West Healthcare, South West Oncology and Icon Group.

By participating in the program you will be able to attend:

  • Multidisciplinary meetings (treatment and investigation planning after initial referral)
  • 2-3 specialist clinics (~7-10 hours) across a range of clinics across cancer types and stages of management including post-treatment care
  • Face-to-face workshops (optional).

This is an accredited Cat 1 activity for 40 QI&CPD points, endorsed by APNA, RACGP and ACRRM.

Participants should demonstrate an interest in the area of cancer survivorship care.

To apply, complete this online form. For more information contact the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre via email, phone 03 8559 6222, view the program flyer or Peter Mac website.

Expressions of Interest now open for SafeScript GP Clinical Advisors 

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With the rollout of SafeScript across Victoria, Turning Point are seeking GPs who are interested in being part of an exciting initiative to provide peer-to-peer support in addiction and pain management and enable safe prescribing.

All successful applicants will receive high quality, paid clinical training and mentoring as part of a dynamic team of GPs, addiction and pain specialists.

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Have your say! Pharmacotherapy Area Based Networks Status Assessment

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In 2014, five Pharmacotherapy Area Based Networks were established across Victoria to support medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health staff throughout the state to treat people who have developed dependence on opioids.

Coordination of each Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network rests within a local health organisation in each of the five areas so the term 'Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network' might be unfamiliar. The main organisations include Western Victoria PHN, Orticare, Latrobe Community Health Service and Primary Care Connect, South Eastern Melbourne PHN, and cohealth.

360Edge have been engaged to assist the Department of Health and Human Services and the five Pharmacotherapy Area Based Networks to gain a greater understanding of the operations and outcomes of this important initiative.

Your views as a stakeholder are extremely important to us. The consultation will take no longer than five minutes to complete. 

If you’d like more information, please email the 360Edge team or you can call on 1300 988 184.

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October is the month to make every day safe

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Health and Safety Month is the time to discuss safety in your workplace. Come along and hear from industry experts who lead the way in many disciplines including mental wellbeing and occupational violence and aggression. Make sure you are up to date with industry best practice to keep your workplace safe all year round.

Ballarat

Date: Thursday 11 October
Time: 7am - 11.15am
Venue: Eureka Ballroom, Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre - 613 Main Road, Golden Point  
More information

Geelong 

Date: Thursday 4 October
Time: 7am - 1.30pm
Venue: Level 1, GMHBA Stadium Kardinia Park, Kilgour St, Geelong
More information

Horsham

Date: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 7am - 11.15am
Venue: Community and Function Room, Horsham Golf Club, 304 Golf Course Rd, Horsham
More information 

Warrnambool

Date: Monday 8 October
Time: 7am - 10.30am
Venue: Level 1 Lighthouse Theatre, Studio Room, 185 Timor St, Warrnambool
More information

 

Ballarat Goldfields

Leading change - Can businesses prevent violence against women?

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Pictured from left to right: Kirsten Hausknecht (Cancer Lead), Diane Sartori (Senior Manager, Ballarat Goldfileds), Katrina Martin (Primary Care Consultant) and Tamara Sproull (Primary Care Consultant).

Last week, staff from the Ballarat Goldfields office attended the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Womens Health Grampians event challenging our thinking around preventing violence against women.

Stacey Otto, survivor and advocate delivered a powerful presentation on her experiences, Patty Kinnersly, CEO, Our Watch discussed gender equality and Karen Oldaker from Medibank Private and Talei Deacon from UFS Dispensaries shared their innovative business initiatives in leading the change.

It's a shocking statistic that a third of women will experience family violence and great to see that over 100 organisations are now members of CoRE, including Western Victoria PHN.

World Suicide Prevention Day – Out of the Shadows Walk in Ballarat

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The Out of the Shadows walk is a Lifeline event held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September every year. Ballarat’s event is organised by the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network. Lifeline Ballarat is a proud member and partner of the network.

Join us as we walk to raise awareness remember those lost to suicide and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide.

Date: Saturday 8 September
Time: 5.10am to register for a 5.30am start
Where: Rotunda near Pipers Restaurant, Wendouree Pde, Ballarat

No need to register, join us on the day. If you would like to commemorate a loved one’s name, please send the information to Lifeline Ballarat by email or call 5322 4996. There will be reflection points during the walk, and breakfast will be provided at its conclusion.

Fetal growth restriction program workshop

Safer Care Victoria

These workshops will offer clinicians the chance to build their skills in antenatal detection and management of fetal growth restriction. Participants will learn about:

  • Defining fetal growth restriction
  • Risk assessment
  • Standardised symphyseal fundal height (SFH) assessment
  • Diagnosis and management
  • Neonatal care
  • Implementation and education.

Date: Friday 30 November
Time: 12.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Ballarat Base Hospital, Education Resource Centre, Ground Floor, Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

To find out more or to register, visit the Safer Care Victoria website

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health password reset: electronic images and reports

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Clinicians will need to reset their password to a 10 digit password by Friday 14 September 2018 if they wish to continue to access BMI electronic images and reports.

Over the next three weeks, BMI will be progressively contacting GP clinics and specialists to assist in this changeover process.

Should you be locked out and require immediate access to bmiViewer or Synapse for patient care - please contact 4215 0359 for a registered temporary access code.

To find out more, please see this Guide.

'Hop to it': Lower Limb Orthopaedics Education Evening 

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St John of God Geelong Hospital invites GPs to this Education Evening that will focus on:

  • Common foot and ankle injuries/ complaints
  • Acute painful knee in general practice
  • Demystifying hip and groin pain in general practice.

Date: Thursday 6 September
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: Education Room, Bridget Clancy Wing, St John of God Hospital Geelong

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

GP's Workshop: Most common hand pathologies

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Mr Rafael Acosta-Rojas wlil present at this workshop which includes a demonstration of a hand procedure in one of the theatres.  Light refreshments wlil be provided.

Date: Monday 15 October
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Venue: Australian Skin, Face & Body, 50 Western Beach Rd, Geelong

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

Wimmera Grampians

Sports medicine – the current state of play

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On Wednesday 23 August, Western Victoria PHN hosted a CPD event on Sports medicine – the current state of play, in Horsham. The keynote speaker was Dr Greg Harris from Ballarat OSM and the topics covered included tendons, concussion management and osteoarthritis.

The event was well attended by 28 health professionals including general practitioners, physiotherapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, nurses, pharmacists, medical students and exercise physiologists. For many present, this was the first CPD event that they had attended and many were impressed with the educational opportunity provided by Western Victorian PHN.

On the evening, Dr Kate Graham (Health Pathways GP Editor) also conducted a short presentation on Health Pathways and Tanya Hahne (Primary Care Consultant) presented on My Health Record. All presentations were extremely well received and the feedback given was excellent.

Hepatitis B & C in the Western Wimmera

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This FREE half day workshop is for health and community workers who wish to learn about hepatitis B and C, and about effective strategies for identifying and working with clients and communities at risk. It will also be an opportunity to update and refresh existing skills and knowledge.

Date: Wednesday 12 September
Time: 9.30am - 2pm
Venue: Mira Meeting Room, Nhill Hospital, West Wimmera Health Service

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

Fetal growth restriction program workshop

Safer Care Victoria

These workshops will offer clinicians the chance to build their skills in antenatal detection and management of fetal growth restriction. Participants will learn about:

  • Defining fetal growth restriction
  • Risk assessment
  • Standardised symphyseal fundal height (SFH) assessment
  • Diagnosis and management
  • Neonatal care
  • Implementation and education.

Date: Monday 22 October
Time: 8.30am - 1pm
Venue: East Grampians Health Service, Pyrenees House, Girdlestone St, Ararat

To find out more or to register, visit the Safer Care Victoria website