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.
From tomorrow (1 August 2019), the following four incentives will cease:
- Asthma Incentive
- Quality Prescribing Incentive
- Cervical Screening Incentive
- Diabetes Incentive
The following seven PIP Incentives will remain:
- eHealth Incentive
- After Hours Incentive
- Rural Loading Incentive
- Teaching Payment
- General Practice Aged Care Access Incentive
- Indigenous Health Incentive
- Procedural General Practitioner Payment
A general practice will need to meet two components to qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment.
1. Participation in continuous quality improvement activities.
a) The PIP QI Incentive rewards practices for participating in continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with their local PHN
2. PIP Eligible Data Set.
a) The PIP Eligible Data Set is the data collected against the specified Improvement Measures.
For further information, guidelines and support, please visit the Western Victoria PHN website.
Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer
Great South Coast
More than 100 people attended Western Victoria PHN's Immunisation Forum held at Rydges Hotel in Geelong on Saturday 27 July.
The 2019 Immunisation Forum kicked off with a Welcome to Country by Nikki McKenzie and Western Victoria PHN CEO, Dr Leanne Beagley, highlighted the success of the Western Victoria PHN region, which continues to top the State in all childhood age cohorts and has the highest rate of 2-year-old children fully immunised in Australia.
Throughout the day, attendees heard from a range of guest speakers on immunisation topics. See the full list below.
- National and Victorian Immunisation Program update (Includes No Jab No Pay / Play Policies)
- Refugee health and immunisation policy
- Latest enhancements to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
- Principles of performing catch-up immunisations (includes workshop activity)
- Addressing vaccine hesitancy (parent and immuniser)
- Vaccine preventable disease notifications in Victoria (incl Measles)
- Vaccine Allergies includes SAEFVIC
- Chelsea Taylor – Department of Health & Human Services
- Sonja Elia – Royal Children’s Hospital
- Janet Strachan – Epidemiologist Communicable Disease, DHHS
- Dr Kirsten Perrett, Royal Children’s Hospital
- Alison Elliott - Immunisation Lead, Western Victoria Primary Health Network
The next Immunisation Forum will be held in Ballarat on Saturday 19 October 2019. Register here.
Please see a few photos from the Geelong Immunisation Forum below.
The Victorian-Tasmanian PHN Alliance in conjunction with RACGP, will host a webinar ‘Malignant Melanoma – An update for GP’s’ on Wednesday 14 August.
This webinar will include diagnosis of malignant melanoma and highlight some of the more recent advances in investigation and treatment relevant to general practice including immunotherapy. Register here.
According to The Victorian Cancer Registry, Western Victoria PHN has the highest incidence of melanoma across all Victorian PHN’s.
Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) for cancer are national guidelines that outline the best possible cancer care for specific tumour types.
This year, Primary Health Networks in Victoria will focus on building awareness of the melanoma OCP, developing and promoting education opportunities for GPs to build their skills in skin cancer diagnosis and hear about new treatments. A new suite of melanoma HealthPathways has been recently developed for use at the point of care.
General practitioners are at the frontline of skin cancer detection for most Australians. They have the knowledge and skills needed to perform skin checks and minor procedures, discuss skin cancer risk and provide advice.
The implementation of optimal care pathways into primary health is supported by the Victorian Government.
The Green book resources page highlights the practical case studies and stories that Australian general practices have undertaken to successfully implement preventive activities for their practice population.
On an ongoing basis, the RACGP would like to continue to showcase the creative and innovative initiatives that general practices are undertaking to improve the health of Australians.
RACGP are encouraging all members of the general practice team, and those to work with general practices, to share tips and stories of preventive activities you have implemented in your clinic.
To submit your case study, please fill in the webform and describe the quality improvement activities you have undertaken to support preventive care. Case studies and stories will be featured on the RACGP website and social media channels.
2019 Avant/AAPM Scholarship Program
Avant and the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) are offering five scholarships up to the value of $4,000* to study practice management at UNE Partnerships in 2020. Practice managers can apply directly for a scholarship and medical practitioners are also invited to nominate their practice manager for a scholarship. Applications close midnight (AEST) on Sunday 11 August 2019. Please click here to find out further information and to apply.
Education and Career Scholarship Supporting Young People Post-Cancer Diagnosis
National children’s cancer charity, Redkite, has officially opened applications for its annual Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarships – a grant empowering young people aged 15 to 24 years to pursue their education, career or life goals that have been put on hold for cancer. If someone you know may benefit from this initiative, please visit the Redkite website. Entries close Monday 5 August 2019.
Cancer Council Australia recently launched a nationwide media campaign to increase participation in the NBCSP with funding from the Australian Government. Because of this, GP practices may receive more enquiries from patients about bowel cancer screening.
A letter has been sent to GP Practices with further information about the campaign.
The campaign includes a new online toolkit to make it even easier for GPs and other health professionals to support their patients to screen. The toolkit can be accessed here.
Currently only 4 in 10 eligible Australians complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit when it is sent to them in the mail. If participation is increased to 60% by 2020 and sustained over the next 20 years, more than 84,000 lives can be saved.
The Australian government now send this test kit to the homes of all eligible patients aged 50-74 every two years. Further information can be found on the Cancer Council website or by contacting the Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.
Western Victoria PHN is also running the Corio Norlane Bowel Cancer Screening Project. The Cancer Screening Community Project officer will be visiting Grogan’s Pharmacy (Corio Central, Geelong) on Thursday 8 August between 10am -1pm to demonstrate and explain the kits.
- Rural and Agricultural Health Assessment
- Chemical Exposure and Toxicity
- Animal Related Injury and Illness
- Leg Ulcers
- Pressure Injuries
- Infection and Bacterial Load in Wounds
- Voluntary Assisted Dying
- Ebola Virus Disease
- Erectile Dysfunction
To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways.
Community-led efforts and galvanising support for strong local initiatives in suicide prevention were discussed in a meeting between Ballarat’s Mayor Cr Sam McIntosh, the CEO of Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) Dr Leanne Beagley and CEO of Ballarat Community Health Sean Duffy on Wednesday 24 July.
Western Victoria PHN is currently leading a state government funded Place Based Suicide Prevention Trial in Ballarat, bringing together organisations, groups and people with a lived experience who are already providing services and supports to people in the community.
“There is no one answer or solution in addressing suicide prevention,” said Dr Leanne Beagley.
“There are people and organisations out there doing a fantastic job in assisting families and individuals through counselling and awareness raising, and it is this ground swell of good work that we see as critical in reducing rates of suicide. We are seeking the collective effort of the Ballarat community by bringing existing evidence together with the very best minds for the local community.”
Over the last few years, Ballarat Hospice Care has held breakfast meetings on the third Thursday morning of each month at the City Oval Hotel.
Ballarat Hospice Care's new headquarters will be operational in time for the next meeting on Thursday 19 September at 7.45am at the new address: 1836 Sturt St, Alfredton. All are invited to attend the breakfast and it will be a great opportunity to look around the new Ballarat Hospice Care headquarters.
Breakfast will be provided by Menarini. Please RSVP by calling Ballarat Hospice on: 5333 1118 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ViiV HealthCare will hold an educational event including dinner in Geelong on Thursday 5 September to discuss new data and optimisation of HIV treatment including relevant case studies.
Professor Mark Boyd (BA, BM, BS, MHID, DCTM&H, MD, FRACP) will be presenting on the night. Mark is the founding Chair of Medicine at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia and a Professor of Medicine and a Professorial Fellow at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.
The event will be held at Sailor’s Rest on 5 September from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. RSVP to Gabby Harkins: email@example.com or 0449 953 127.
View the flyer for further information.
Polio Australia will hold a free clinical practice workshop in Geelong on The Late Effects of Polio on Tuesday 13 August.
There are an estimated 400,000 post-polio clients needing appropriate health care. Health professionals will learn a holistic approach to the Late Effects of Polio.
The Workshop provides education on:
- Demystifying the Late Effect of Polio
- Clinical presentation and assessment
- The ageing polio population
- Specific Health Professional Roles
- Practical strategies
- Q&A with a polio survivor
Participants will also earn 2 CPD hours, Certificate of Attendance and a free e-book Managing Muscles and Mobility.
The workshop will be held at the McKellar Education and Training Centre, 45 - 95 Ballarat Rd, North Geelong on Tuesday 13 August from 1.00- 3.00pm.
Dr Sally Cockburn (aka Dr Feelgood) will host a panel with representatives from local and regional support services at the Family Violence Referral Pathways Forum for Health Workers on Friday 23 August in Colac.
The panel will explore a family violence case study from initial presentation at a health service through to accessing family violence support. There will be representatives from an array of services such as The Orange Door, Victoria Police, Bethany and many more.
Note: it is recommended attendees have a basic understanding of family violence by completing Module One: Family Violence - A Shared Understanding prior to the forum.
Great South Coast
South West Healthcare Palliative Care Director, Dr Emma Greenwood, and Advance Care Planning Officer/Registered Nurse, Melissa Couch, will present an Advance Care Planning Update for 2019 on Thursday 22 August at the Western Victoria PHN Warrnambool office.
The update will include the impact and relevance of new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation and implication to practice for GP clinics and is open to General Practitioners/GP Registrars, Practice Nurses/ Nurse Practitioners, Practice Managers / Practice Staff, Allied Health Professionals, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Pallative Care Staff.
Advance Care Planning is a process of planning for future health and personal care, whereby the person's values and preferences are made known so that they can guide decision making at a future time when the person cannot make or communicate their decisions.
For further information and to register, please visit the Western Victoria PHN website.
A free SafeTALK workshop will be held in Ararat on Wednesday 14 August and will be open to anyone over the age of 16.
SafeTALK workshops empower participants to recognise invitations for help and give the gift of life through proven intervention methods. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging the beliefs that inhibit open talk about suicide.
The workshop will be held at AME Systems (Training room), 18 Gordon Street, Ararat on Wednesday 14 August from 5.30pm – 9.00pm. Register here.
The National Disability Insurance Agency is holding an information session in Ararat on Wednesday 7 August for people with disability, family members and carers to educate and support a person through their National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) journey.
The session will assist potential and existing participants to understand and access the NDIS, and to use their plans to become informed and empowered NDIS users.