National Diabetes week runs from 14-20 July with this year’s theme focusing on ‘it’s about time’ we all took the time. The campaign asks the public to learn the 4Ts (the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes) and to take the time to get checked for type 2 diabetes.
More than 500,000 Australians are living with silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and many will live with it for up to seven years before being diagnosed. There is a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the Western Victoria PHN region, relative to Victoria and Australia. At the end of June 2017, 4.85 per cent of the Western Victoria PHN population were registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) as having type 2 diabetes, compared to 4.52 per cent of persons in Victoria and 4.41 per cent across Australia.
The Western Victoria PHN has developed clinical information regarding diabetes. Please go to HealthPathways to access resources on the following topics:
- Anti-hyperglycaemic Agents
- Diabetes Complications
- Diabetes Ongoing Care
- Kidneys and Diabetes
- Prevention, Screening, and Detection of Diabetes
- The Sick Person with Diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetes Referrals
GPs and health professionals can also access Diabetes Australia’s quarterly Diabetes Management Journal for information on diabetes management. The journal ensures the latest information on the optimum care for people with diabetes and the latest developments in diabetes management are available to frontline healthcare providers.
RACGP and Diabetes Australia have also developed the clinical resource General Practice Management of Type 2 Diabetes and there are some great resources on Diabetes Australia’s website, which you can share across your networks and with your patients to encourage them to get checked.
It’s important to familiarise yourself with these resources to ensure people living with Diabetes in the Western Victoria PHN are diagnosed early and get the treatment they need.
Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer
Great South Coast
Applications are now open for Cancer Council Victoria's Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2019.
This program is available for Victorian GP practices to apply for a chance to receive one of 70 fully subsidised Heine Delta 20T dermatoscopes and enrolment to the Practical Dermoscopy course offered by the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
GPs in rural and regional areas are strongly encouraged to apply. CPD points are available.
Applications close COB Tuesday 30 July, 2019.
Approximately 3000 Australians travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia each year for the annual Islamic pilgrimage (Hajj) from August 9-14.The Kingdom is experiencing an ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), associated with infections in healthcare facilities and exposure to camels and camel products.
MERS is a viral respiratory illness caused by MERS coronavirus and has a high fatality rate (approximately 35%). People with existing health conditions that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease (e.g. the elderly, the immunocompromised or those with comorbidities) are at a higher risk of becoming very unwell or dying due to MERS.
Travellers are advised to consult their doctor before travelling to discuss the risks and decide whether travelling to the Middle East is appropriate at this time. There is no vaccination against MERS. However, health professionals should ensure travellers are up to date with all recommended vaccinations, including measles and influenza. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health also has specific vaccination requirements for Hajj pilgrims, which can be found on the World Health Organization website.
Health professionals should remain vigilant for returned travellers with possible MERS in the months following the Hajj and ensure suspected cases are managed appropriately. All suspected, probable and confirmed cases should be reported to the state or territory public health unit. MERS is a nationally notifiable disease.
UroGP is a full day forum which explores complex urology health issues relevant to General Practitioners and also touches on the latest solutions available to patients and innovative new developments in the urology field.
The symposium will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 14 September and is expected to attract 40 Category 1 points as part of an Active Learning Module approved by RACGP in accordance with the College's continuing professional development program. (Activity Number to be announced).
The RACGP Active Learning Module is expected to comprise of three parts:
- Predisposing activity
- Seminar participation and
- Reinforcing learning activity
Registration to the UroGP Symposium is free and includes entry to all sessions, morning tea and lunch. Register here
In rural, remote and under-served areas, many children and young people are not getting the care they need, when they need it, for complex but treatable conditions. ECHO is an online, interactive model of case-based learning which is available every Thursday from 8-9am until December.
The Kids Behaviour and Mental Health ECHO Network uses brief didactic presentations and case studies to build expertise around effective behaviour and mental health management in children and adolescents, to minimise the risk of problems persisting into adulthood.
Join this network for weekly support and guidance from co-participants and a panel including: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Developmental Paediatrician, and Senior Allied Health Professionals. All participants are able to claim CPD points. GP participants can claim Medicare rebates for case presentations (conditions apply).
The Transforming Health Care campaign is a government-funded national campaign initiated by the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), which is the national peak body for Nurse Practitioners and advanced practice nurses in Australia.
The ACNP has developed the Transforming Health Care campaign to raise the profile of nurse practitioners in Australia and to provide valuable information to the public about the benefits of having Nurse Practitioners as part of your usual health care team and to advise the healthcare sector about the advantages of increasing access to Nurse Practitioners across inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
In Australia, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a highly experienced senior clinical Registered Nurse, who has completed a Masters of Nursing recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia and has met all other endorsements as a Nurse Practitioner.
Learn more about Nurse Practitioners here or visit the campaign website.
- Voluntary Assisted Dying
- Zika Virus
To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways.
Springs Medical have held two evening events in Daylesford and Trentham, reaching women in their local community on the importance of cancer screening. A total of 165 women attended the event to listen to key messages on bowel, breast and cervical screening as well as the importance of exercise and healthy eating and the risk of moderate to high levels of alcohol consumption.
The evening consisted of presentations by Springs Medical staff including Dr Beth Quin, Dr Meg Jordan, Karina Demasson, Jo Millard, Cancer Council Victoria’s Emma Glassenbury and local musical and storytelling entertainment.
The Community-led Cancer Screening Program is an initiative assisting seven clinics across the Western Victoria PHN catchment to undertake quality improvement activities in cancer screening for local community members.
The Department of Health and Human Services has provided funding for this program.
Pictured from left to right: Kirsten Hausknecht, Dr Beth Quin, Emma Glassenbury, Jo Millard, Kate Russo and Karina Demasson
The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health has launched registrations for the biennial SexRurality Conference on 20-21 August.
The biennial SexRurality Conference is coordinated to improve sexual health and well-being in rural Victoria. The conference aims to provide a forum for the presentation of high quality professional practice and research papers on sexual and reproductive health in rural settings. The conference also aims to encourage growth in the capacity of rural practitioners and early career researchers in the confident presentation of their work.
The SexRurality Conference 2019 will be held at RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick Victoria.
For 17 years, Dr Andrew Browning has dedicated himself to working to improve the health and welfare of women in Africa. Now he is bringing his story to Ballarat, where he will highlight the ways you can be part of furthering this incredible work.
This is an opportunity to hear the raw and emotional story of a doctor’s selfless work as an Obstetric Fistula Surgeon in Tanzania Africa.
For more information on Andrew, please visit the Barbara May Foundation website.
Western Victoria Primary Health Network in conjunction with Hospice Foundation Geelong is seeking applications from Geelong region general practitioners for the 2020 Dr Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care.
The annual scholarship awards up to $5,000 to help Geelong region GPs attend national or international educational events related to palliative care.
Eligible applications are being sought from GPs or GP trainees working in Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula or Surf Coast, preferably with a long-term commitment to continuing their work in the region. Their current practice should include provision of care to people with palliative care needs. The maximum scholarship payment to any individual doctor is $10,000 during any 10-year period.
For further information and to apply, visit the Western Victoria PHN website. Applications close Monday, 30 September 2019.
Amgen is hosting a Find the Fracture meeting on Wednesday 28 August for health professionals to learn practical skills and management tips from a local expert in osteoporosis.
This case-based, practical meeting will be presented by Geelong Endocrinologist, Dr Shannon McCarthy, and will cover:
- Identifying who is at risk of osteoporotic vertebral fractures
- Ordering X-rays to check for vertebral fractures
- Hands-on learning of how to read X-ray films to check for vertebral fractures
- Management to reduce fracture risk
The meeting will be held at ALMA Restaurant, 93-95 Ryrie St (side door), Geelong.
Places are limited. Register by completing the form here or contact Craig McCallum for further information on: 0448 717 975.
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM’s) Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) course was created by rural doctors for rural doctors to ensure you have the necessary skills and confidence to deal with emergency situations confidently and competently.
The two-day training course will be offered at Novotel Geelong on 21-22 September 2019. Learning outcomes include:
- Improve participants’ knowledge and confidence of emergency presentations
- Enhance specific skills related to the initial assessment and stabilization of emergency presentations
- Learn manual skills applicable to the management of emergency presentations
- Rehearse the critical thinking required for the structured approach to the critically ill or injured patient
- Bring about a change in their attitude and approach to emergency presentations in their practice
- Identify ways that they can continue to practice and prepare for future emergency presentations
- To generate confidence in the use of principles and skills in emergency care by use of simulation scenarios.
The cost for the course is $3545 for non-members and $3195 for members. To register, visit the ACRRM website.
Great South Coast
Western Victoria PHN CEO, Dr Leanne Beagley, and Senior Manager Mental Health, Michael Struth, met with members of the Great South Coast (GSC) Suicide Prevention Leadership Group in Warrnambool to embark on an important mental health strategy for South West Victoria.
Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank will chair the new GSC Suicide Prevention Leadership Group. The 18-member Leadership Group will provide expert advice as part of one of the 12 place-based community trials occurring throughout Victoria to support local communities in exploring and developing collaborative strategies for suicide prevention.
Community trials are part of the Victorian Government’s 10-year mental health plan which seeks to halve the rate of suicide in the region by 2025.
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to support general practice activities, including continual improvements, quality care, enhanced capacity, and improved access and health outcomes for patients.
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) will change from 1 August 2019 when the removal of four of the existing PIPs will be replaced with a new incentive, the PIP QI (Quality Improvement).
The PIP QI is designed for general practice to implement changes that are relevant to their patient population. This means a practice can focus on improving patient outcomes and access to care while also developing efficient business processes. The new incentive aims to improve patient care in aspects such as management of chronic conditions, safety and performance.
For further information, guidelines and support, please visit the Western Victoria PHN website.
The Black Dog Institute is seeking Expressions of Interest from GPs to join their GP Advisory Group. The purpose of the GP Advisory Group is to provide insights and advice to inform the design, development and implementation of Black Dog Institute’s current and emerging services for GPs.
The Black Dog Institute aims to have varied representation in the Advisory Group. Ideally members will range in their years of experience as a GP, location within Australia (remote, rural and regional Australia), gender and cultural background. It is not necessary for GPs to have an interest in mental health to become a member of the Advisory Group.
To learn more about the GP Advisory Group and to submit an Expression of Interest, click here.
Applications close Sunday 4 August, 2019