Leanne 2019 westvic news

Quality primary health care for our communities

With the 2019 Federal election only one and a half weeks away, I thought I would share with you some of the key messages from Western Victoria PHN about issues in the primary health care area for priority consideration.

All Australians are entitled to a secure, effective, accessible, equitable and affordable healthcare system focused on quality outcomes.

This is especially critical for those whose needs are currently not well supported, such as First Nations peoples, people living in rural and remote Australia, people on low incomes and people with chronic disease and mental illness.

Western Victoria PHN strongly supports general practice as the cornerstone of primary health care in our communities, and GPs are at the centre of the system.

The Commonwealth Government plays a critical role in supporting the healthcare sector and we call on all parties to commit to equity in health services, improved access to care and sustainable funding.

To read our key messages click HERE

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer 

General 

Medical Professional Development Grants Changes

Self-Collection Project: Statewide Cervical Screening Provider Survey

Early bird registrations open for Australian College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Workshop

HealthPathways Update

Ballarat Goldfields 

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

City of Ballarat’s immunisation service changes

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health Primary Health Partners Clinic Referrals

Early Childhood Early Intervention Services

Great South Coast

Emergency Medicine without Medicines or Equipment: Teaching on the run for nurses, doctors, and allied health

Wimmera Grampians

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

General 

Medical Professional Development Grants Changes

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The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria has announced changes to it Medical Professional Development grants to broaden opportunities for doctors to apply.

The grants are funded by the State Government to support continuing professional development for medical practitioners, registrars ( practising in rural communities MM2-7) and interns (who are required to complete a minimum of 13 weeks in Victorian rural community placement).

Under the changes, recipients can now claim:

  • $3,000 per financial year
  • Course/study undertaken within the financial year NOT within 60 days of claiming as per previous guidelines
  • 100 per cent registration fee up to annual limit
  • Full cost of cheapest economy airfare
  • Up to $140 per night accommodation
  • $0.66 per km based on return trip
  • Up to $60 per day for childcare.

For more information, visit the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria website.

Self-Collection Project: Statewide Cervical Screening Provider Survey

Cancer Council Victoria has established the ‘Self-Collection Project’ to support the introduction of self-collected Cervical Screening Tests as a pathway for under-screened women in Victoria.

Cervical screening providers are now being asked to participate in a survey about current knowledge, skills and confidence to offer self-collected Cervical Screening Tests to eligible women.

Self-collected Cervical Screening Tests are available to women who: 

  • are aged 30 or over; and
  • are either overdue for a Cervical Screening Test by at least two years (4 years since last Pap test), or have never been screened; and 
  • have declined a Cervical Screening Test from a health professional. 

To access the online survey, please click here

Early bird registrations open for Australian College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

Early bird registrations are now open for the 2019 Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) National Conference to be held in Melbourne from the 2-5 September.

The theme for the four-day conference is ‘Transforming Health Care’, which recognises the dimensions of practice and contribution made by Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses across Australia. Themes to be explored are:

  • Rural & Remote Health;
  • Primary Health Care;
  • Private Practice; and
  • Speciality Practice, including Mental Health and Emergency. 

Early bird prices for the full conference are Member/$940.50 and Non-Member/$1210. Early bird registrations closes on 30 June 2019.

Individual day tickets can also be purchased. Prices are Member/$484 and Non-Member/$539. 

For further information and to register, please visit the ACNP website.

Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

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Western Victoria PHN is joining with other Primary Health Networks in Victoria and Tasmania this year to increase the use of Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) for cancer.

OCPs are national guidelines which outline the best possible cancer care for specific tumour types. This year the focus is on melanoma, head and neck cancers and pancreatic cancer. The OCPs outline key stages in a patient’s cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life-care. They also detail the expected optimal care at each stage to ensure everyone diagnosed with cancer gets the best care possible, regardless of where they live or where they get cancer treatment.

Western Victoria PHN will be working to increase awareness of OCPs throughout 2019, including education and training opportunities around the pathways and providing general practitioners with a suite of melanoma HealthPathways.

If you would like more information on OCPs in western Victoria, contact our Optimal Care Pathways Project Officer Tanya Hahne email tanya.hahne@westvicphn.com.au or phone 03 4310 5106.

For more information on the Optimal Care Pathways, visit the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance website: https://vtphna.org.au/optimal-care-pathways/

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Workshop

Join the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and The University of Melbourne for a free half-day workshop on Saturday, 25 May 2019 on cancer survivorship for general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.

With over one million people living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis, cancer survivorship care is a priority in the community.

This collaborative, interactive session will enable discussion with like-minded professionals from a range of disciplines keen to deliver best-practice care for cancer patients during and after treatment. The workshop will provide an overview of cancer survivorship, an understanding of the shared care model as well as tools and resources for supporting patients with cancer in the community.

The workshop will run from 9am-2pm at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Level 13 meeting room, 305 Grattan Street, Parkville. 

Bookings are essential by 23 May. Register HERE.

  HealthPathways Update

HealthPathways

New pages:

  • Incidental Findings on Imaging

Reviewed pages:

  • Rural Community Support during Adversity

  • Asthma in Children

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

Ballarat Goldfields

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

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As part of the national interoperability consultation – Better connections: Your health, Your say – Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop to hear your perspectives on the future of digital health in Australia and how it can best support delivery of modern person-centred health services and empower personal wellbeing.

The Interoperability Program is a priority of the strategy, which was approved in 2017 by all states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.

Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy describes interoperability as: At its simplest, the ability to move information easily between people, organisations and systems. It is imperative that when information is shared between people and systems, its meaning is preserved from one context to another so that information is interpreted in the same way.

The Ballarat Workshop on Tuesday, 28 May is open to both clinicians and the community to discuss:

  • What are Australia’s digital health aspirations? How can health learn from innovation in other industries?
  • Priority areas – what are the problems we are seeking to solve by making information more accessible? What’s important to you?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?
  • What features would be important to maintain trust in systems that share people’s information between providers?
  • How do we ensure that no one is left behind, while at the same time allowing early adopters to exercise greater control?

For more information including details to RSVP, view the event flyer.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can have your say via the online survey.

City of Ballarat’s immunisation service changes

The City of Ballarat has advised it has reviewed its Immunisation Program and will no longer provide flu immunisation services to adult residents and commercial businesses due to an expansion in service providers in Ballarat.

Adult flu vaccination services are now being provided from medical practices, private flu vaccine providers, community health, Indigenous health services, hospitals and pharmacies. 

The City of Ballarat will focus on providing a quality childhood vaccination program to children and students in the municipality, which is in line with local government requirements outlined in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. Children aged six months to five years will continue to receive the vaccine free from their GP.

Residents and businesses can find their nearest flu vaccine provider by visiting the below websites:

Geelong Otway

Barwon Health Primary Health Partners Clinic Referrals

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Barwon Health has advised that it's Primary Mental Health Psychiatry Clinic based at Primary Mental Health Partners in Myers St, Geelong has temporarily ceased accepting new referrals, effective from 30 April.

Barwon Health has written to Geelong region GPs advising that, at present, patients with non-urgent, mild-moderate mental health issues who have been referred to the clinic may experience up to an eight-month waiting period for psychiatric assessment and management plans. Barwon Health says the high demand for services and their commitment to patient safety informed the decision to prioritise working through the current waiting list. 

It's anticipated it may take between six and eight months to work through the current list, with a view to reopen referrals in October 2019.

Referrals can still be made to the Barwon Health Deakin Psychology Clinic via Primary Mental Health Partners for psychological assessment and intervention.

Should you require urgent advice about a patient’s situation, please phone the Barwon Health Access Team on 1300 094 187.

Early Childhood Early Intervention Services

Did you know there are faster ways to support a child under six with developmental concerns? Clinicians can refer or advise families to refer to  the Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) team without needing a diagnosis or paediatric review. 

The ECEI approach, is an open referral pathway, which means referrals can come from a range of sources including parents, carers, health professionals and kindergartens.

To begin the process please see the steps below: 

  • Complete a referral form on the BCYF website
  • Family will receive a call from ECEI within two days to arrange an appointment
  • Consult “Developmental Concerns in Children” HealthPathway for more information
  • ECEI can assist by providing short term supports of 3-6 months and service linkages to the family, or if required make recommendations and assist application for an NDIA plan

For further information, please call 1300 012 293 or vist the BCYF website

Great South Coast

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Emergency Medicine without Medicines or Equipment: Teaching on the run for nurses, doctors, and allied health

The Western Victoria PHN Warrnambool office is holding a teaching session on Monday, 20 May 2019 for General Practitioners, GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Allied Health Professionals.

Learning outcomes include:

  • learn the one minute approach to teaching;
  • learn how to react in stressful situations; and
  • learn the most important skill to teach any clinician (and it is the same for every clinician type).

Attendees will hear from special guest speaker, Associate Professor Tim Baker, MBBS (Hons), BMedSc(Hons), MClinEd, FACEM - Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine's Non-Specialist Training Committee.

The event is also available via webinar. For additional details, view the event flyer or register here.

Wimmera Grampians

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

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As part of the national interoperability consultation – Better connections: Your health, Your say – Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop to hear your perspectives on the future of digital health in Australia and how it can best support delivery of modern person-centred health services and empower personal wellbeing.

The Interoperability Program is a priority of the strategy, which was approved in 2017 by all states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.

Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy describes interoperability as: At its simplest, the ability to move information easily between people, organisations and systems. It is imperative that when information is shared between people and systems, its meaning is preserved from one context to another so that information is interpreted in the same way.

The Horsham Workshop on Wednesday, 29 May is open to both clinicians and the community to discuss:

  • What are Australia’s digital health aspirations? How can health learn from innovation in other industries?
  • Priority areas – what are the problems we are seeking to solve by making information more accessible? What’s important to you?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?
  • What features would be important to maintain trust in systems that share people’s information between providers?
  • How do we ensure that no one is left behind, while at the same time allowing early adopters to exercise greater control?

For more information including details to RSVP, view the event flyer.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can have your say via the online survey.