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Welcome to our first edition of Westvic News for 2019

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our CEO Leanne Beagley is currently on leave due to the recent death of her husband the Venerable Bill Beagley. The funeral was held this month and Leanne will be back at work mid-February. I know you will join with me and all our staff in sending our sympathies to Leanne during this difficult time. We look forward to her return mid-February.

It was pleasing to see Western Victoria was well represented in the Australia Day Honours List this year with four local health professionals being awarded Order of Australia Medals (OAM). We acknowledge the strength and continuity in health and wellbeing displayed by these individuals across our western Victorian communities.

Congratulations to:

  • Camperdown’s Dr John Menzies - awarded an OAM for his service to south-west communities where he has been a GP since 1978.
  • Dr Bernie Jenner - awarded an OAM for service to the community of the Barwon region including establishing and supporting Gateway Support Services and Hope Bereavement Care and as Consultant Paediatrician at Geelong Hospital.
  • Kerry Ann Peart - awarded on OAM for services to nursing including her work with the Barwon Health Midwifery Group Practice since 2012.
  • Dianne Wright - awarded an OAM for services to community health that includes Anam Cara Hospices in Colac and Geelong.

We would also like to extend a special welcome to all the new GPs who have come to practise in our region this year. Western Victoria PHN is here to support you in your primary health care role – through CPD events, digital health support and a range of specialist health information. We look forward to working with you throughout the year.

A reminder about our GP Orientation 2019 to be held on 28 February. Please see the website for more details. Part of this session will be live-streamed and a link to the session will be provided in the next couple of weeks to those who register.

Also a reminder to all GPs of our upcoming GP Refresher on the 16th and 17th of March. This will be the 10th Anniversary of the event and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with many of you. Lots of interesting and valuable information. More details here.

Rowena Clift
Acting Chief Executive Officer 

General  

Immunisation Updates

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

New Requirements for Implantable Medical Devices

National Cervical Screening Program Update

Medicare Bulk Billing Information for Health Professionals

What's New on the PHN Learning Hub

HealthPathways update

Ballarat Goldfields 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Multicultural Domestic Violence Alert Training

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

Geelong Otway

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

Wound Training: Diabetes - The Scourge of the Modern World

Great South Coast

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

Wimmera Grampians

Cancer Resource Practitioner Toolkit

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

General 

Immunisation Updates

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Recording Immunisation on Nimenrix (Men ACWY) at 12 months and ACT Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) at 18 months in Medical Director

The current version of Medical Director (MD) (3.17) has not yet updated the immunisation tab following the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule changes that occurred on 1 July 2018.

It is important all immunisation providers follow the NIP schedule and give Nimenrix (Men ACWY) at 12 months and ACT Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) at 18 months. These vaccines need to be recorded as “another type of vaccination given” until the new version of MD is released.

Consultation on proposed changes to maternal pertussis vaccination recommendations

A public consultation program is now open on proposed changes to the maternal pertussis vaccination recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

The public consultation document can be accessed on Citizen Space via the following link: https://consultations.health.gov.au/ohp-immunisation-branch/maternal-pertussis-vaccination

To make a submission, please click on the link which reads “Online Survey” where you will be directed to some targeted questions. We welcome your comments and feedback on the proposed changes.

This public consultation will remain open until 11.59pm on 9 February 2019.

Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign Phase 3

The Department of Health has launched Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – Get the Facts (the Campaign)  to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

Phase 3 of the Campaign focuses on addressing the importance of vaccinating on time and the protection provided by vaccination, as well as continuing to address concerns around vaccine safety.

For more information, go to the Department of Health website.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an evidence-based, free to access web resource with up-to-date and relevant content to support the work of health practitioners and policy makers.

Located at Edith Cowan University, the HealthInfoNet is funded the Australian Department of Health and others.

You can search by:

The HealthInfoNet also provides narrative reviews about many health topics: https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-facts/reviews-knowledge-exchange-products/

Webinars are also available: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftVbk_1fVQz2i_9TyQ1E2Q/videos?disable_polymer=1

A separate website for Alcohol and Other Drugs including tobacco has been set up. You can search by drug from the home page under the ‘learn’ tab or for health promotion and health practice resources under the ‘practice’ tab. https://aodknowledgecentre.ecu.edu.au/

New Requirements for Implantable Medical Devices

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New regulatory requirements are in place to offer greater patient access to information about implantable medical devices. From 1 December 2018, medical devices suppliers must provide simple language leaflets about medical device implants supplied to health facilities. This leaflet may be used when discussing treatment involving the medical device implant with a patient.

The leaflet is a summary document and is similar to a consumer medicines information sheet. It should contain information about the type of patient or medical condition the medical device is used for, information about how to use the device properly, possible adverse events etc. The information contained in the leaflet is aimed at providing additional information to help patients be better informed about the type of device they are in discussion with their doctor about before a procedure or may have been implanted with.

In addition, medical device suppliers are required to provide patient implant cards bearing the name of the medical device that has been implanted, including model, serial number and details about the manufacturer’s website. This card should be made available to the patient after the device is implanted. The cards may be made available in a range of ways, including as a plastic or cardboard card or as part of discharge summary information.

Collectively, these patient information materials will help patients identify the medical implant they have received, making it simpler to report complications which may arise to the doctor or the Therapeutic Goods Adminstration.

The new regulations are being implemented over the next  three years and will be fully rolled out by December 2021. Patient information leaflets are required now for all new implantable medical devices and patient implant cards for new urogynaecological mesh products.

Timelines for the full availability of the patient medical device information

  Patient Implant Card Device Information Leaflet
Urogynaecological mesh 
New devices 1 December 2018 1 December 2018
Existing devices 1 December 2019 1 December 2019
Implantable devices (other than those exempted)
New devices 1 December 2020 1 December 2018
Existing devices 1 December 2021 1 December 2021

Note: Patient implant cards should be given to patients on discharge.

Any questions can be directed to MDBInputs@health.gov.au 

National Cervical Cancer Screening Program Update

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Due to the migration of cervical screening records to the National Register, some healthcare providers may experience an increase in patient enquiries and requests for cervical screening tests throughout January and February.

The National Cancer Screening Register has been supporting the renewed National Cervical Screening Program since the commencement of the new HPV-based Cervical Screening Test on 1 December 2017.

From July 2018, following the migration of records of state and territory cervical screening Registers to the national Register, the national Register became responsible for all Program correspondence.

Since that time, the Register has been sending correspondence in priority order for women who had not undertaken the expected follow-up of an abnormal result.

During November and in early December 2018, the national Register commenced sending reminders to women who are overdue for their next routine Cervical Screening Test. This correspondence is being sent using a staged approach, prioritising letters to women who are most overdue.
From January 2019, the volume of these letters will increase until early-February 2019 to address a backlog, after which time normal mail distribution volumes will resume.

Impact on healthcare providers

Some healthcare providers may experience an increase in patient enquiries and requests for cervical screening tests during this period. Women should be reassured by their cervical screening test providers that while it is recommended that asymptomatic women aged 25-74 years undergoing routine screening have their first HPV-based screening test two years after their last Pap test, the risk from delaying their test for a few months is extremely low.

Contact the Register

If you are unsure of your patient’s cervical screening history or status, or have any questions relating to participant and healthcare provider correspondence, please call the National Cancer Screening Register Contact Centre team on 1800 627 701 (between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, in all Australian state and territory time zones) or visit the National Cancer Screening Register website.

Medicare Bulk Billing Information for Health Professionals

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The Federal Department of Human Services has published a comprehensive page on its website detailing all aspects of Medicare bulk billing for health professionals.

Bulk billing is when you bill Medicare directly for a patient's medical or allied health service. This arrangement can be done either manually or online.

Refer to the Bulk bill payments to health professionals page for further 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 and information have recently been added:

  • Digital Mental Health Training
  • SafeScript Training Module: Recorded Training Session from 11 October 2018
  • My Health Record 'How to link services' virtual tour
  • ASHM Hepatitis C eLearning Modules for Primary Care Workers

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

  HealthPathways update

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New pages:

  • Hay Fever
  • Heat-related Illness
  • Terminal Haemorrhage in Palliative Care
  • Caring for a dying patient in RACF

Reviewed page

  • Amenrrhoea

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

 

Ballarat Goldfields

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop will be held in Ballarat on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March.

The training session will explain how to apply an evidence-based suicide intervention model and help with recognising when someone may be at risk of suicide. It will also cover how to explore and connect with a person in ways which help you understand and clarify the risk, increase the person's immediate safety and link them with further help. The workshop also involves group discussions and training activities under the guidance of two LivingWorks accredited ASIST trainers from Lifeline Ballarat. The cost of the two-day workshop is $363 (GST inclusive).

For more information download the AIST flyer or to register by 25 February, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=458917& 

Multicultural Domestic Violence Alert Training

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Lifeline is hosting a two-day DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training)  session in Ballarat for health and community frontline workers who specifically support multicultural communnities.

DV-alert is Lifeline's nationally-recognised training program designed to help frontline workers recognise signs of domestic and family violence; respond with appropriate care; and refer people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to the right support services. A health or community frontline worker is any person who provides direct service and support to the community, either as a volunteer or as part of their employment. 

Training fees are waived for health, allied health, community, higher education and childcare frontline workers. Financial assistance is also available to help with travel, accommodationand staff backfill costs.

The Ballarat workshop is being held on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 March.  Register at  https://lifeline.jobreadyplus.com/terminal/online_book_course/2425 For more information, ready the DV-alert training session flyer or contact Lifeline Ballarat at Lifeline.Ballarat@vt.uniting.org or phone 5322 4996. 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

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Health workers in the Ballarat Goldfields region are invited to attend an information session in Ballarat to learn about the Victorian Government's voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation.

The Victorian Healthcare Assocation (VHA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, is developing a model of care to support the implementation of VAD in Victoria. VAD will be available in Victoria from 19 June, 2019.

The VHA has also developed guidance material for safety and quality alongside a suite of resources outlining the requirements of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. 

The model of care and associated policies and protocols have been developed with the support of a consultative group which includes representation from public and private hospitals, community-based palliative, community health, general practice and residential aged care.

The Ballarat information session will be held on Tuesday, 19 February. A series of webinars will also be available in March for those unable to attend a face-to-face session. To register, go to: http://vha.org.au/events

 

Geelong Otway

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

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Health workers in the Geelong Otway region are invited to attend an information session in Geelong to learn about the Victorian Government's voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation.

The Victorian Healthcare Assocation (VHA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, is developing a model of care to support the implementation of VAD in Victoria. VAD will be available in Victoria from 19 June, 2019.

The VHA has also developed guidance material for safety and quality alongside a suite of resources outlining the requirements of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. 

The model of care and associated policies and protocols have been developed with the support of a consultative group which includes representation from public and private hospitals, community-based palliative, community health, general practice and residential aged care.

The Geelong information session will be held on Monday, 4  March. A series of webinars will also be available in March for those unable to attend a face-to-face session. To register, go to: http://vha.org.au/events

Wound Training: Diabetes - The Scourge of the Modern World

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Wounds R Us will hold its first 2019 training session in Geelong on Wednesday, 27 February covering the epidemic of diabetes and how it affects the cellular program of wound healing.

The session will cover useful and inappropriate dressings for diabetic clients with wounds. An offloading demonstration covering devices to offload pressure on a foot wound will also be included on the day.  Download the Wounds R Us flyer for more details including costs and booking information.

 

Great South Coast

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

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Health workers in the Great South Coast region are invited to attend an information session in Warrnambool to learn about the Victorian Government's voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation.

The Victorian Healthcare Assocation (VHA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, is developing a model of care to support the implementation of VAD in Victoria. VAD will be available in Victoria from 19 June, 2019.

The VHA has also developed guidance material for safety and quality alongside a suite of resources outlining the requirements of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. 

The model of care and associated policies and protocols have been developed with the support of a consultative group which includes representation from public and private hospitals, community-based palliative, community health, general practice and residential aged care.

The Warrnambool  information session will be held on Tuesday, 5 March. A series of webinars will also be available in March for those unable to attend a face-to-face session. To register, go to: http://vha.org.au/events

 

Wimmera Grampians

Cancer Resource Practitioner Toolkit

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The Grampians Integrated Cancer Service in collaboration with local rural health services has developed a Cancer Resource Practitioner Toolkit. 

The creation of the toolkit follows a successful trial in the Wimmera region of the role of Cancer Resource Nurses, or Practitioners, as a strategy to ensure every patient experiencing cancer in the area is supported and receives the best care at the right time as close to home as possible. The Cancer Resource Nurse role is now embedded in three services across six sites in the Wimmera as well as the with the Maryborough District Health Service.

Based on lessons learnt in the Wimmera trial, the toolkit is deisgned to assist rural health services in establishing and supporting Cancer Resource Practitioner roles including recruitment, training, promotion of the services and evaluation and quality improvements.

Download the Cancer Resource Practitioner Toolkit

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training

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Lifeline is hosting a two-day DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training)  session in Horsham for health and community frontline workers as first responders to issues of domestic and family violence.

DV-alert is Lifeline's nationally-recognised training program designed to help frontline workers recognise signs of domestic and family violence; respond with appropriate care; and refer people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to the right support services. A health or community frontline worker is any person who provides direct service and support to the community, either as a volunteer or as part of their employment.

Training fees are waived for health, allied health, community, higher education and childcare frontline workers. Financial assistance is also available to help with travel, accommodationand staff backfill costs.

The Horsham workshop is being held on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.  Register at https://lifeline.jobreadyplus.com/terminal/online_book_course/2440  For more information, read the DV-alert training session flyer or contact Lifeline Ballarat at Lifeline.Ballarat@vt.uniting.org or phone 5322 4996.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Model of Care Information Session

VHA logo

Health workers in the Wimmera Grampians region are invited to attend an information session in Horsham to learn about the Victorian Government's voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation.

The Victorian Healthcare Assocation (VHA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, is developing a model of care to support the implementation of VAD in Victoria. VAD will be available in Victoria from 19 June, 2019.

The VHA has also developed guidance material for safety and quality alongside a suite of resources outlining the requirements of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. 

The model of care and associated policies and protocols have been developed with the support of a consultative group which includes representation from public and private hospitals, community-based palliative, community health, general practice and residential aged care.

The Horsham information session will be held on Wednesday, 20 February. A series of webinars will also be available in March for those unable to attend a face-to-face session. To register, go to: http://vha.org.au/events