Westvic News – Wednesday 22 October

New Website Launch

I’m pleased to announce Western Victoria PHN will launch its new website at the Annual General Meeting next week on Thursday 31 October at President’s Room North, Kardinia Park Geelong. Internal and external stakeholders were consulted through a series of discovery workshops and our new look website will feature easy navigation for visitors and its design is responsive, so clear and functional on any device. There will be better search and advanced search capability and PHN promoted events will be able to be searched via location or type, and will also have an online calendar view.  All content on the site is currently being rewritten and updated.  These are just some of the features and after the launch we will be continuing to improve our site and overall user experience.

Reminders for the AGM have been sent out and I encourage you all to come along. The evening will include special guest speaker, Associate Professor Steve Moylan – Clinical Director Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Services at Barwon Health, information about the launch of our new website and we will be unveiling a new Indigenous artwork by talented aboriginal artist Nathan Patterson. This artwork will be promoted across our region and its use has been agreed to by all Indigenous groups in western Victoria. Please remember to RSVP and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

As a result of our new website launching on 31 October, the next edition of Westvic News on Wednesday 6 November will look a little different. Over the next few months we will also be reviewing information sent out to stakeholders in the newsletter and next year there may be some further changes. We are looking to consolidate information across newsletters and flyers currently being sent to stakeholders to stop any duplication.  This may result in better coordinated communications being sent out to health care providers, coupled with more information easily accessible on our website.

Another upcoming key event we have on our calendar is the Allied Health Forum to be held at RACV Goldfields Resort on Saturday 26 October. I encourage Allied Health professionals from across western Victoria to join the forum and hear from an impressive range of guest speakers practicing in the Allied Health field.

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer 


Palliative Care Forum 2019 

Immunisation Forum 2019 

Malignant Melanoma – An Update for GPs: Recorded Webinar Now Available

General Practice Survey – Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

APNA Workforce Survey

Life! Program: GP Incentive Agreement Now Available

Victorian Doctors Health Program

HealthPathways Update

Ballarat Goldfields

Allied Health Forum 2019 

Geelong Otway

Infection Prevention & Control Course

The ABCWY of Meningococcal Vaccines

Great South Coast

Infection Prevention & Control Course

Wimmera Grampians

Cancer Support & Wellness Forum

Research Study on Local Health Issues

Triaging and Patient Centred Care Planning Workshop


Palliative Care Forum 2019

More than 60 GPs and health professionals attended Western Victoria PHN’s Palliative Care Forum on Thursday 17 October at Higher Mark Conference Centre Geelong (GMHBA Stadium), which included a presentation of case studies centred on Palliative Care for people belonging to marginalised and vulnerable population groups.

The night opened with a Welcome to Country and an opening address by Western Victoria PHN Assistant Director – Geelong Otway, Glenn Bradley, while Dr Deryn Watson and Dr Elise Davey were the MC’s for the evening.

Hospice Foundation Geelong presented the 2020 Trevor Banks Scholarship to the following recipients:

  • Dr Elise Davey
  • Dr Samuel Craven
  • Dr Sinead Healy-Evans
  • Dr Anne Stephenson

Immunisation Forum Ballarat 2019

More than 70 nurse immunisers attended the second Immunisation Forum held this year in Ballarat at the Mercure Hotel. This followed a successful forum held in Geelong in July, which was attended by more than 100 nurse immunisers.

Throughout the day, attendees heard from a range of guest speakers on immunisation topics. See the full list below.

Topics covered include:
• 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
• Alison Elliott – Immunisation Lead, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Malignant Melanoma – An Update for GPs: Recorded Webinar Now Available

GPs who attended the Malignant Melanoma webinar have provided very positive feedback on the content. For those who missed out the webinar recording is available on the RACGP website here.

This webinar looks at the diagnosis of malignant melanomas and highlights some of the more recent advances in investigation and treatment relevant to general practice including immunotherapy.

Processes for referral of patients for sentinel node biopsy are discussed, as well as biopsies for suspicious lesions.

General Practice Survey – Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

GPs and practices nurses are invited to complete a short online survey on Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) for cancer. This anonymous survey is part of the evaluation of the project ‘State-wide adoption of Optimal Care Pathways into primary health’.

By completing this survey, you will help inform future strategies to implement OCPs into primary care and provide a snapshot of general practice awareness and use of OCPs in Victoria.

APNA Workforce Survey

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is calling on primary health care nurses to contribute to the APNA Workforce Survey.

APNA is looking for 3,000 nurses to complete the survey including registered nurses, enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners or midwifes working in the below settings, or any other healthcare service not provided by a hospital:

  • General practice
  • Community health
  • Aged care
  • Correctional health
  • Schools
  • Maternal and child health
  • Occupational health
  • Rural and remote health
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Refugee health
  • Research and academia
  • Specialist rooms
  • Outreach
  • Home care
  • Primary Health Networks
  • Policy and project work

The APNA Workforce Survey now informs those with power and influence in the health system to ensure nurses are at the table with government and that the voice of primary health care nurses is heard.

Start the survey here or copy and paste this link into your browser: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5111642/2b0dafd1ba28.

Life! Program: GP Incentive Agreement Now Available

The Life! team is pleased to announce the continuation of the Life! program delivery through to 31 December 2020.

Life! is a lifestyle modification program funded by the State Government and coordinated by Diabetes Victoria. Delivered by qualified health professionals, the program teaches participants how to live a healthier life and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Participants choose between a group course or telephone health coaching and learn how to improve their eating habits, physical activity, sleeping habits and stress management.

The Life! program provides a financial incentive for general practices to refer eligible patients to the program. The 2019-20 financial incentive agreement is now available.

If you have any questions about the incentive agreement or would like to find out more about the Life! program, please email the Life! Primary Care Engagement Coordinator Elleni Kaias, phone 03 9667 1724 or visit the website.

Victorian Doctors Health Program

The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHA) is a free, confidential and compassionate health support service for all Victorian Doctors and Medical Students. The service is available 24 hours by phone or by face-to-face and via telemedicine during office hours at the Parkville office.

The service can help by acting as a first point of call for doctors or medical students including:

  • Support stress and Burnout;
  • Manage referrals to and from AHPRA;
  • Addictions; and
  • Return to work and advocacy.

VDHA is also looking for GPs in country areas to become part of referral network and be added to its treatment panel. If you are interested in becoming a doc4docs or if you anyone you care about could benefit specialist care (anonymous enquiries are welcome) please contact: 9280 8712 (24 hours) or visit the website.

  HealthPathways Update

Reviewed Pages

  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Issuing a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)
  • Deprescribing
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy Dispensing – Information for Pharmacists

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

Disclaimer: Attendees registering for an event, workshop, conference, forum or activity hosted or promoted by the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) are advised that WVPHN does not necessarily endorse sponsors or external organisers affiliated with any such event.

Last modified: 28 October, 2019