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Cancer screening promotion

This week is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. We are helping promote the National Cervical Screening Program to the community via our communication channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

We are urging women between the ages of 25 and 74 who are due for a test to contact their doctor for a cervical screening test. We are explaining that the new testing regime is more accurate than the former Pap test, and that the time between tests has changed from two to five years, as long as results are normal.

To encourage ongoing discussion on the benefits of cervical cancer screening, I am including the key points that you may wish to pass onto your patients as outlined by cancerscreening.gov.au.

  • Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.
  • Regular cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer.
  • The Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.
  • The Cervical Screening Test is more effective than the Pap test at preventing cervical cancers, because it detects the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).
  • HPV is a common infection that can cause cervical cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer.
  • The time between tests has changed from two to five years.
  • The age at which screening starts has increased from 18 years to 25 years, or two years after the last Pap test if the Pap test was done at the age of 23 or over.
  • People aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have a Cervical Screening Test.

For more information go to the Department of Health's National Cervical Screening Program webpage. 

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

General  

End of year celebration and launch of Clinical Leadership Program
Resources on cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening for people with an intellectual disability

What's new on the PHN Learning Hub?
More statewide paediatric care pathways released
We want to hear from you about SafeScript
A GP and Allied Health Professional's guide to the NDIS
Privacy and the National Cancer Screening Register

Ballarat Goldfields 

Rural & Regional GP's Emergency Skills Workshop grant
Referral and access to palliative care survey

Geelong Otway

Mental Health First Aid for the older person now available

Great South Coast

Regional Nursing and Midwifery Conference

Wimmera Grampians

Referral and access to palliative care survey

General 

End of year celebration and launch of Clinical Leadership Program

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network cordially invites you to attend our 'end of year' Primary Health Care Professionals Breakfast.

CEO, Dr Leanne Beagley will also be launching the Western Victoria PHN Clinical Leadership Program, which will be live streamed between 8.15am - 8.45am.

Date: Thursday 6 December
Time: 7.30am - 9am
Venue: 131 Myers St, Geelong

The link to the live stream will be forwarded upon registration.

Please RSVP by email or by telephone on 5222 0800 by Thursday 29 November.

Resources on cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening for people with an intellectual disability

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Family Planning NSW have been working with the Cancer Institute NSW to develop online, hard copy and video resources to encourage and support people with an intellectual disability to participate in cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening.

The Just Checking website provides a range of resources designed by and for people with an intellectual disability. There are also resources for support workers, parents and carers to better support people with an intellectual disability to access cancer screening programs.

Healthcare providers are encouraged to download and/or order the resources in preparation for appointments with their patients who have an intellectual disability to ensure all people have access to this information.

What's new on the PHN Learning Hub?

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The PHN Learning Hub is Western Victoria Primary Health Network's online learning management system.

The following courses, presentations, updates and information have recently been added to the PHN Learning Hub for access by health professionals.

  • My Health Record: How to register for a Proda account' virtual tour
  • RACGP and ACRRM accredited Paediatric Bowels and Bladder Update 

  • Victorian Primary Care Partnership Health Literacy Course

    Part 1: Introduction
    Part 2: Leadership
    Part 3: Communication
    Part 4: Navigation of physical and virtual environments
    Part 5: Partnering with consumers

  •  National Immunisation Program's Questions about Vaccination booklet

  • Palliative Care Forum 2018 – presentations from presenters

  • Immunisation Forum 2018 – presentations from presenters.

The PHN Learning Hub allows health professionals to learn, develop and update their knowledge and skills in an efficient and cost effective way, regardless of their location, extending the reach and accessibility of education for health professionals across the western Victoria region.

To find out more, including how to register, please see our website.

More statewide paediatric care pathways released

HealthPathways

The Statewide Paediatric HealthPathways Project is expanding, adding 16 new pathways focused on delivering better, safer care for children in general practice and reducing the pressure on hospital emergency departments.

The Project is a collaboration between the Victorian Primary Health Network Alliance (VPHNA) and Safer Care Victoria’s Paediatric Clinical Network, translating evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into care pathways for GP use.

The 16 new pathways were released at the end of October, covering the unwell child, neurology, ear, nose and throat (ENT), and allergy conditions. These add to pathways released at the start of 2018, which focused on respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions.

The pathways are designed for use during GP consultations and help GPs to provide best practice care for young patients presenting with these conditions.

They are written by GP clinical editors through collaboration with local GPs, hospital-based specialists, nurses, allied health professionals and other subject matter experts. GPs across the state can gain access to the HealthPathways through their local Primary Health Networks.

Adjunct Associate Professor Christopher Carter, CEO of North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, said the expanding range of pathways available would support best practice paediatric care in general practice.

“Children aged 0-4 are the highest users of hospital emergency departments, but in many cases they can be cared for perfectly well in general practice.

"These pathways will help all GPs to provide high quality paediatric care in the community, and also help to reduce the strain on our hospitals,” A/Prof Carter said.

Dr Scott Parsons, Lead GP Clinical Editor at North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, said that the statewide pathways are a result of widespread consultation and collaboration.

“They will be a useful tool for GPs in the primary care setting in looking after children with common paediatric conditions,” Dr Parsons said.

HealthPathways is a free, web-based tool with relevant, local and evidence-based information on the assessment and management of common clinical conditions, including referral guidance, clinical and patient resources. 

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

We want to hear from you about SafeScript

Monash University   Safecript

Are you a general practitioner or pharmacist who is registered and practising in a community setting in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network region?

Monash University invites you to participate in a 15 - 25 minute one-on-one interview to confidentially gather your insights or experiences about the implementation of SafeScript to optimise the statewide roll-out of the system.

Monash University are looking for GPs and pharmacists who are and are not currently using the SafeScript system, which was launched in the Western Victoria PHN region on 2 October 2018. You will be reimbursed $100 for your participation, and the interview will be conducted via telephone at a time suitable for you.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is funding this project.

If you are interested in participating, please access this link to confirm your eligibility, view the explanatory statement, and book a suitable time for the interview.

If you have queries about the project, please contact peter.bragge@monash.edu.

A GP and Allied Health Professional's guide to the NDIS

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An updated version of A GP & Allied Health Professional’s guide to NDIS has been released. It contains information on:

  • How to access the NDIS
  • What is a GP's and health professional’s role in the NDIS?
  • How the NDIS and health system work together
  • How GPs provide evidence of disability
  • Patient summary examples
  • Billing for completing an Access Request Form for a patient
  • The process after a person is granted access to NDIS
  • NDIS Referral scenarios
  • Frequently asked questions.

You can access this guide and other documents from the NDIS website.

Privacy and the National Cancer Screening Register

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Your patients may have asked you questions about privacy and the National Cancer Screening Register.  These newly developed Frequently Asked Questions relating to privacy may help as well as the updated Privacy Policy of November 2017.

For more information, please call the Register on 1800 627 701 or see this article.

Ballarat Goldfields

Rural & Regional GP's Emergency Skills Workshop grant

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General practitioners can apply for an Emergency Medicine Grant to attend our Rural & Regional GP's Emergency Skills Workshop in Ballarat on Wednesday 28 November. Please email the RACGP Rural Procedural Grants team or telephone on 1800 636 764 to find out more about the Grant.  Please see our website to find out more about the Workshop.

Referral and access to palliative care survey

Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium

Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium need your valuable insights regarding referral and access to palliative care in regional Victoria and invite you to participate in this short survey.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has commissioned the five regional palliative care consortiums in Victoria to undertake a quality improvement project.

The purpose of this project is to achieve consistent pathways for referral to palliative care services across the rural regions.

This work will enable identification of opportunities for quality improvement and or change and will inform future palliative care policy.

The information you provide is de-identified, confidential and will only be used to inform this quality improvement project.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and closes on 5pm, Friday 30 November. 

A glossary of terms, if required can be accessed on pages 28 – 30 of the Victorian End of Life and Palliative Care Framework.

If you would like additional information, please contact the Grampians Region Consortium Manager, Brenda Green by email or by telephone on 0407 555 496.

Take survey.

Geelong Otway

Mental Health First Aid for the older person now available

Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance

This 12-hour course teaches adults how to provide initial support to the older person (65 years+) who is developing a mental health illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves. This course is ideal for those who work within the aged community and aims to provide you with effective strategies to support an older person in need.

Date: Thursday 29 November and Friday 30 November
Time: 9am - 5pm both days
Venue: Geelong (venue provide once registered)

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

Great South Coast

Regional Nursing and Midwifery Conference

SouthWest Healthcare

Brought to you by South West Healthcare, this conference will host guest speakers from around Australia, presenting their latest research on medical, surgical, mental health, midwifery, critical care, paediatrics and theatre topics.

Date: Wednesday 28 November and Thursday 29 November
Time: 9am - 5pm (both days)
Venue: Brother Fox Cafe, Deakin University, Warrnambool

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

Wimmera Grampians

Referral and access to palliative care survey

Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium

Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium need your valuable insights regarding referral and access to palliative care in regional Victoria and invite you to participate in this short survey.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has commissioned the five regional palliative care consortiums in Victoria to undertake a quality improvement project.

The purpose of this project is to achieve consistent pathways for referral to palliative care services across the rural regions.

This work will enable identification of opportunities for quality improvement and or change and will inform future palliative care policy.

The information you provide is de-identified, confidential and will only be used to inform this quality improvement project.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and closes on 5pm, Friday 30 November. 

A glossary of terms, if required can be accessed on pages 28 – 30 of the Victorian End of Life and Palliative Care Framework.

If you would like additional information, please contact the Grampians Region Consortium Manager, Brenda Green by email or by telephone on 0407 555 496.

Take survey.