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Health conference sends important messages

Today Western Victoria PHN was part of a very exciting health conference – the Yanikan–Werritj Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference held in Ballarat.

This sell-out event played host to a number of brilliant speakers including Professor Kerry Arabena Chair for Indigenous Health, Director Indigenous Health Equity Unit and Executive Director - First 1000 Days Australia, and Nova Peris OAM OLY, former international athlete and politician.

In her dynamic presentation, Professor Arabena challenged us to think differently about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The strong theme at the conference was to stop comparing health issues and conditions to white populations and to think about how we empower and co-design culturally appropriate solutions. Professor Arabena reframed the discussion to utilising the strength of culture and family rather than comparative statistics of burden of disease of white populations.

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Many other specialists in their field presented on a range of topics including self-determination needs and priorities by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Grampians region, ‘Strong Mums, Strong Bubs’ the Australian Nurse – Family Partnership Program and the ‘Keela Borron Program – Reducing the impact of parental mental illness. 12 month program review’.

I am very proud that Western Victoria PHN was part of such an important conference. 

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

General  

eReferral trial records significant drop in hospital referral rejection rate
Useful links to SafeScript information
HealthPathways update
GoShare update: New functionality and topics added
Immunisation update: Pharmacist-administered vaccination program
Needlestick injuries in farmers and farm workers
Nurse scholarships on offer through Cancer Council Victoria

Ballarat Goldfields 

Maryborough District Health Service excels
Mental Health Forum
Rural and Regional GP's Emergency Skills Workshop

Geelong Otway

Prescribing exercise for patients with cancer
Victorian Mental Health Month: 8 October - 6 November 2018

Wimmera Grampians

Wimmera Grampians CPD events

General 

eReferral trial records significant drop in hospital referral rejection rate

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The eReferral Project has reached a significant milestone near the end of September 2018, when the 1,000th referral was sent.

The eReferral Project is trialling a secure method for sending referrals from GP practices to Barwon Health and Ballarat Health Services using the SeNT system.

One of the other big outcomes to date is the significant drop in referral rejection rates by hospital outpatients due to the increased quality of data being sent by the eReferral system.

With the trial officially ending in December, work is currently underway to evaluate outcomes of the trial with a view to encouraging health services to continue using, developing and integrating the system.

Pictured front - Melinda Hughes (eReferral Project Officer, GP Liaison Unit, Barwon Health) and Jannine Rigby (GP Liaison Manager & Western Victoria eReferral Project Officer).
Western Victoria PHN staff  pictured middle from left to right - Kevin Parker, Conor Traynor, Michelle Hearn and Rowena Clift and back - Russel Venn and Aneill Kamath. 

Useful links to SafeScript information

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Further to the training, information is available for you from the SafeScript website about how to use the SafeScript system. The topics include:

HealthPathways update

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New pages:

  • Ingrown toenail.

Reviewed pages:

  • Pyelonephritis.

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

GoShare update: New functionality and topics added

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As the roll out of GoShare across western Victoria continues, additional health topics and functionality improvements are being added to support health practitioners and health organisations provide timely, efficient and measurable sharing of evidence based health resources to patients empowering them to play a more active role in their healthcare.

New health topics added this quarter:

  • Benzodiazapine management
  • Opioid management
  • SafeScript
  • My Health Record
  • Farmer health
  • Advanced Care Planning (new updates)
  • Heart failure.

Coming soon:

  • Pregnancy/ Childbirth.

Functionality updates coming soon:

  • Integration with Medical Director.

If you haven’t yet taken up your free licence to access GoShare, or would like to know more information on the latest updates to GoShare please contact your Primary Care Consultant or email Clair McDonald

Immunisation update: Pharmacist-administered vaccination program

Victoria State Government

The Victorian Government is expanding its existing pharmacist immuniser program to include the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and lowering the age of access to 16 years and over.

As of 22 October 2018, pharmacist immunisers will be authorised to administer influenza, pertussis-containing and measles-mumps-rubella vaccines to all Victorians aged 16 years and over, influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines to Victorians aged 16 years and over.

This change reflects the Victorian Government’s commitment to increasing access to vaccination for all Victorians, and ensuring that there are a range of convenient vaccination options available to protect those people most at risk of vaccine-preventable disease.

More information about this change can be found on the Chief Health Officer noticeboard.

Needlestick injuries in farmers and farm workers

National Centre for Farmer Health

Spring lambing season means an increase in presentations of famers with needlestick injuries as the new lambs are vaccinated.

Many of the vaccines and other injections used in treating livestock within the agricultural industry have the potential to cause serious injury if accidentally self-administered.  Treatment may involve the need for urgent surgical debridement of the area injected so it is important for these injuries to be managed quickly and appropriately.  There is also a reporting process for adverse events related to the needle stick injuries.

The National Centre for Famer Health based in Hamilton has published a set of guidelines and further information available to help health professionals manage needlestick injuries in farm settings.

For more information, see their information page on needlestick injuries or contact the centre on 5551 8533.

Nurse scholarships on offer through Cancer Council Victoria

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Cancer Council Victoria is offering financial assistance for Victorian Registered Nurses (Division 1) to become Cervical Screening Providers.

  • Applications open Monday 15 October 2018
  • Deadline for applications is Friday 16 November 2018
  • Successful applicants are required to complete an endorsed cervical screening provider training course in 2019 and undertake a quality improvement activity
  • Criteria weighting will prioritise nurses working with under screened communities

Scholarship Guidelines and Application Forms will be posted on the Cancer Council Victoria website as soon as they are available.

Please circulate this opportunity with your colleagues and networks!

For any enquiries please contact Ashlee Taylor, Workforce Coordinator at Cancer Council Victoria by email or call on 03 9514 6427.

Ballarat Goldfields

Maryborough District Health Service excels

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Dr Leanne Beagley, CEO Western Victoria PHN and Diane Sartori, Senior Manager Ballarat Goldfields at Western Victoria PHN participated in the Maryborough and District Health Service (MDHS) strategic planning forum on Friday 12 October and were delighted to hear of the enthusiasm of key organisations for a healthy future for the community.

Terry Welch, CEO Maryborough District Health Service announced that the health service had been recognised at the 2018 Victoria Public Healthcare Awards as a Finalist in both the Premier’s Small Health Service of the Year and Highly Commended in the Whole-of-hospital model for responding to family violence. Also recognised at the awards was East Grampians Health Service as Finalist in Excellence in Public Sector Aged Care and Winner, Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership and Western District Health Service in Supporting Healthy Populations category.

Mental Health Forum

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Mental Health Week commenced on Monday 7 October and is marked throughout Australia. This year the Mental Health Foundation is aiming to raise awareness of youth mental health prevalence and to help in reducing mental ill health statistics. 

On Monday 22 October, the City of Ballarat will be hosting a Mental Health Forum where Western Victoria PHN's Senior Manager Mental Health, Mick Struth, will be speaking. Please see this website to find out more and to register.

There are many events hosted by councils, neighbourhood houses and community groups across the western Victoria region.  Please see this website for further information.

Rural and Regional GP's Emergency Skills Workshop

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Western Victoria PHN invites GPs, GP registrars and nurse practitioners to this workshop where each procedure below will be taught and supervised by a Ballarat Health Services FACEMS, critical care emergency clinical nurse specialist, Emergency department educator and a trained plaster technician.

Topics

  • Ophthalmological emergencies
  • Anaphylaxis including airway management
  • Musculoskeletal emergencies
  • Burns
  • Asthma
  • Basic life support.

Date: Wednesday 28 November
Time: 11.45pm - 7pm
Venue: Ballarat Health Services, Education Resource Centre, Drummond St Nth, Ballarat

To find out more, including registration details, please see our website.

Geelong Otway

Prescribing exercise for patients with cancer

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According to Barwon Health, there is quality evidence supporting the use of exercise in cancer care for patients, highlighted by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care.

Barwon Health’s Belmont and North Geelong Community Rehabilitation Centres provide a comprehensive allied health and exercise service for all Barwon south-west region cancer patients from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and into either survivorship or palliative care.

Belmont Community Rehabilitation Centre Oncology Rehabilitation Program

  • Two sessions commences on Tuesday 23 October for eight weeks.  The first is from 11am - 12pm and involves just exercise.  The second is from 10am - 12pm and includes both education and exercise.
  • Suitable for patients nearing completion of active treatment, on maintenance therapies or with stable disease.
  • Individualised exercise designed and supervised by a physiotherapist.
  • Education presented by the Allied Health Multidisciplinary Team, based on Cancer Council Victoria’s Wellness and Life After Cancer Program.
  • Links with community resources and exercise options to promote self-management.

To refer, email a request to the BCRC Oncology Rehabilitation Program (secure) or contact Rachel Baulch on 4215 6800 for more details.

Victorian Mental Health Month: 8 October - 6 November 2018

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Mental Health Week commences 7 October and is marked throughout Australia. This year the Mental Health Foundation is aiming to raise awareness of youth mental health prevalence and to help in reducing mental ill health statistics. 

In Geelong, Barwon Health have created a calendar of events. Please view their website.

Please see this website to find out about other events in western Victoria and across the state hosted by councils, neighbourhood houses and community groups. 

Wimmera Grampians

Wimmera Grampians CPD events

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During the month of September, Western Victoria PHN hosted a number of successful CPD events across the region, including a:

  • Presentation from Dr William Wilson on Valvular Heart Disease
  • Presentation by Dr Paul Smith on Neurosurgical potpourri in Ararat
  • Workshop on Hepatitis B & C in Nhill
  • Workshop on MBS & Chronic Disease Care Planning in Stawell, and a
  • Presentation on Educational Psychology in Horsham.

The CPD events in our region are being well supported by the primary health sector and we are receiving fantastic feedback relating to these events.