Leanne 2019 westvic news

Supporting general practice to improve patient care

General practices are reminded to register for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive, which will be available to PIP registered general practices from 1 August 2019. 

PIP was established to support general practice activities that encourage continuing improvements, quality care, enhancing capacity and improving access and health outcomes for patients.

From 1 August, funding for four of the existing PIP incentives will cease and will be consolidated into the PIP QI Incentive payment. They are:

  • Asthma Incentive
  • Quality Prescribing Incentive
  • Cervical Screening Incentive
  • Diabetes Incentive

The seven PIP Incentives that will remain unchanged are:

  • eHealth Incentive;
  • After Hours Incentive;
  • Rural Loading Incentive;
  • Teaching Payment;
  • General Practice Aged Care Access Incentive;  
  • Indigenous Health Incentive; and
  • Procedural General Practitioner Payment.

The QI Incentive aims to recognise and support practices that commit to improving the care provided to their patients and to assist them to utilise information to develop innovative strategies to drive improvement.  

Practices will also share a minimum set of aggregated data with the Western Victoria PHN, such as the number of patients who are diabetic, the percent who smoke, the cardiovascular risk and weight profile. This information will be collated at the local level by the PHN to assist in supporting primary care quality improvement and understanding local health needs.

We have restructured our model of practice support, increasing staff resources and programs in addition to developing a suite of resources and tools to assist practices through accreditation and quality improvement processes.  We are very much looking forward to working with you on this expanded incentive program.

For further information on PIP QI and how to register, please click here.

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer 

General 

Wanted: Doctors in Secondary Schools

Updated Asthma Guidelines for Health Professionals 

General Practice Audit of Preoperative Anaemia

SafeScript GP Clinical Advisory Service commences 

Have your say on the Indigenous Health Incentive 

eHealth Literacy Study 

HealthPathways Update

Ballarat Goldfields 

City of Ballarat’s immunisation service changes

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

Learn Suicide Intervention Skills

Geelong Otway

GP Symposium Series 2019

Great South Coast

What's News in Infertility 

Wimmera Grampians

Optimal Care Pathways – Primary Health Care Nurse Input

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

General 

Wanted: Doctors in Secondary Schools

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General Practitioner positions have opened up for the Doctors in Secondary Schools (DiSS) program in Camperdown and Ballarat. 

The Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) has partnered with the Victorian Government in the delivery of its Doctors in Secondary Schools program to make sure young people receive the health support, advice and treatment they need to reach their full potential.

The Doctors in Secondary Schools program provides funding for 100 Victorian Government secondary schools to have an adolescent health-trained GP attend up to once a week to provide medical advice and health care to its students. All secondary school students who are enrolled in the participating school will be able to access the GP, subject to providing the requisite consent for the services. Participating schools, students and their parents/guardians/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for consultations with the GP.

To apply or for more information, please click here.

Updated Asthma Guidelines for Health Professionals 

Asthma Australia (AA) has updated  the Australian Asthma Handbook by the National Asthma Council Australia, which sets the best practice guidelines for primary healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage asthma.

The updated Handbook includes a major update of evidence and advice on managing asthma in children; acute asthma; management challenges (previously known as troubleshooting); and primary prevention. It also includes updates on latest treatment options for patients with severe asthma and advice on inhaler technique for people with asthma or COPD. This update is a step towards achieving a more comprehensive model of care for 2.7 million Australians with asthma. You can view a summary of the revisions here.

For more information about how Asthma Australia can support you to better manage patients with asthma, please see below: 

  • COACH Program: A confidential, free health coaching service delivered over the phone by Asthma Coaches to help people with asthma, or those who care for someone with asthma, to learn about how to take better care of their health. To refer, simply download a template, add the patient details, and send via secure message. An asthma coach will call your patient within a week of receiving the referral. A summary report of the call will be sent to the patient, referrer and their GP. Access the templates and read more about our Patient Education Referral Service or click here to refer now
  • Be Winter well with asthma: Many people experience an increase in asthma symptoms and find their asthma harder to control during Winter. Asthma Australia has developed a range of resources to help people with asthma to be Winter well, including a checklist to better manage asthma during this season.
  • Asthma Connect: For ongoing asthma management information, patient education strategy, resources and research, sign up to Asthma Connect to receive the Asthma Link e-newsletter and regular updates keeping you informed about asthma research, conference and training opportunities, new resources and tools.
  • Asthma HealthPathways: HealthPathways provides information of the assessment, management and referral options available in the Western Victoria PHN for asthma related concerns. 

General Practice Audit of Preoperative Anaemia

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This is a reminder to Western Victoria GPs to complete their reponses by Friday 31 May for an audit to assess primary health care uptake of iron deficiency screen and treatment for patients with planned elective major surgery. 

Approximately 30 per cent of the patients referred for major elective surgery will have preoperative anaemia. Australian data from over 12,000 patients found rates of assessment (4.4 per cent  vs 77.9 per cent) and management of anaemia (81.9 per cent vs 13.6 per cent) and iron deficiency (81.2 per cent vs 15.5 per cent) in general practice was low compared to the hospital setting.

The audit is being coordinated by the Australian Red Cross and Victorian Government's Blood Matters Program. By completing the audit and associated activities, GPs will be better equipped to identify, assess and manage preoperative patients with anaemia and iron deficiency. 

This audit is accredited for a total of 40 QI points in the RACGP QI&CPD 2017-2019 triennium.

Download the flyer or go to the health.vic website for more information.

SafeScript GP Clinical Advisory Service commences 

      

Victorian General Practitioners (GPs) can now access the General Practitioner Clinical Advisory Service (GPCAS), a peer-to-peer advice service for GPs to help them support patients with prescription medication concerns and complex needs.  Each of the six Primary Health Networks across the State have been assigned two GP Clinical Advisors who have received comprehensive training in the management of pain, anxiety, insomnia and associated addiction issues.

With funding from the State Government, the GPCAS will commence alongside the statewide roll-out of SafeScript, a clinical tool that provides doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists with access to patients’ prescription history for certain medicines to enable safer care for their patients.

To access the GPCAS, GPs can call 1800 812 804 (DACAS Victoria) and ask to be referred to the service.

For more information, refer to the media release, www.dacas.org.au, or email gpclinicaladvisors@turningpoint.org.au.

Have your say on the Indigenous Health Incentive 

You’re invited to have your say on how the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) can better support high quality chronic disease care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Department of Health has been working with various stakeholders to listen to their views on the program. You can read the consultation paper and further details at consultations.health.gov.au

This is a great opportunity to share your views about how the program works in your clinic with your patients. Please share this information with your networks.

Submissions close on Monday 10 June 2019.

For details contact Anna Osland – Acting Director, Primary Health Care Policy and Programs, Indigenous health Division, Department of Health on: 02 6289 9659 or Anna.Osland@health.gov.au.

Read more at News for health professionals.

eHealth Literacy Study 

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A partnership involving Deakin University, The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) and Western Victoria PHN saw consumers and clinicians within the City of Ballarat and five surrounding Local Government Areas participate in the largest eHealth literacy study in Australia. Using the Ophelia Approach, the Deakin research team surveyed 1000 consumers via telephone surveys, 50 consumers attended semi structured interviews and 30 consumers and 32 clinicians attended small group workshops to understand their eHealth literacy and identify existing effective local practices and potential innovative solutions to maximise the use of My Health Record and other digital technologies.  

While semi structured interviews did not have specific questions about My Health Record, several responses spontaneously offered concerns or support for My Health Record.

Western Victoria PHN will use these findings to guide out an approach to educating clinicians about My Health Record and other digital health technologies, including how to inform and educate their patients. Other key findings of the eHealth literacy study will be available in the following edition of Westvic News. 

Western Victoria PHN acknowledges the Australian Digital Health Agency as the study commissioner and Deakin University as the study author.

  HealthPathways Update

HealthPathways

New pages:

  • Recurrent Staphylococcal Infection
  • Before Entering Residential Aged Care

Reviewed pages:

  • Immunisation – Influenza

  • Immunisation – Pregnancy

  • Wheeze in Children Aged 1-5 Years

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

Ballarat Goldfields

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 do not offer childhood flu vaccination. Children aged six months to five years will continue to receive the vaccine free from their GP.

For further information, read the media release

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

National Interoperability Consultation - Ballarat Workshop

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Don't forget! The Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop next week 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 workshop is part of the Interoperability Program – Better connections: Your health, Your say  – a priority of the National Digital Health 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.

Learn Suicide Intervention Skills

  

Lifeline and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Asist) are running a training workshop in Ballarat for participants to learn and apply a suicide intervention model and help recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide.

Participants will hear presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers. You will learn how to explore and connect with a person in ways that help you to understand and clarify the risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help. 

The workshop will be held in Training Room 3, Ballarat Group Training, 25-39 Barclay Street, Ballarat on Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July from 8.45am - 5.00pm. 

Cost of the training is $330 (+$33 GST) and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please register by Tuesday 2 July 2019. For further details see the workshop flyer

Geelong Otway

GP Symposium Series 2019 

Precision Health Foundation is hosting an interactive educational symposium on Parkinson's, Scoliosis, Pain Management and more in Geelong on Monday 24 June. 

Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon Professor Richard Bittar, Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon Mr Greg Etherington and Pain Specialist Dr Symon MacCallum will present on the following topics: 

  • Neurosurgery for Parkinson's, Tremor and Tourette's - Recent advances

  •  Adult Scoliosis - Investigation and Treatment. When is Surgery Indicated?

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Neuropathic Pain 

  • Navigating TAC and Workcover for GPs

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the RACGP QI & CPD in the 2017-2019 triennium.

The symposium will be held at the Empire Grill, 66 McKillop Street, Geelong on Monday 24 June from 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Please RSVP by Friday 21 June by returning this form.

Great South Coast

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What's News in Infertility? 

Join Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Moses Abe, and Scientific Director of Monash IVF, Jayne Mullen, for the 'What's News in Infertility?' training session on Thursday 20 June in Warrnambool. 

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Scientific advances in fertility preservation
  • Cost effective and proven alternatives to IVF
  • Role of the GP, nurses and administrative staff
  • The holistic approach

This session is open to GPs, GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Gynaecologists and Obstetricians. 

This event is available in person or via webinar on Thursday 20 June from 6.15pm to 7.30pm at Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, Level 1, 24-36 Fairy Street, Warrnambool. 

For further information, view the event flyer or register here.

Wimmera Grampians

Optimal Care Pathways – Primary Health Care Nurse Input

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The Western Victoria PHN is requiring input from Primary Health Care Nurses in the Wimmera/Grampians region on your understanding of the Optimal Care Pathways and the management of cancer patients within the region.

The survey takes approximately two minutes and your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

To access the survey, click here

National Interoperability Consultation - Horsham Workshop

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Don't forget! The Western Victoria Primary Health Network is hosting a workshop next week 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 workshop is part of the Interoperability Program – Better connections: Your health, Your say  – a priority of the National Digital Health 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.