Westvic News

After Hours campaign launched next month

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network will, next month, launch a new After Hours campaign to increase community awareness and health literacy across our communities on appropriate after hours health service choices, including hospital emergency department presentations.

General practitioners and other health service providers across western Victoria will shortly receive a range of promotional materials from our After Hours Campaign Team for display at their premises, and this will be supported by a full media and online advertising campaign. The campaign will run for approximately two months.

I encourage you to display the materials you receive in your public access areas and help us promote this important community awareness information.

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Our data suggests that there is an on-going and increasing demand for people seeking medical assistance and a proportion of this is after hours.

Detailed needs assessment across western Victoria has determined the health priorities of the region are diabetes and its complications, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular diseases, along with the national priorities of mental health, Indigenous health, alcohol and other drugs and aged care.

According to 2012-13 figures, diabetes complications represented 42% of all hospital admissions in Western Victoria Primary Health Network's catchment. Our data also shows that the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease within our region is above the national average.

Like the rest of Australia, western Victoria has an ageing population and the health needs of this demographic will increase, which will place increasing strain on existing, on the ground, health services.

Thank you for your support.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

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Doctors in Secondary Schools - Every young person deserves access to a doctor
Next week: Nominations close for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards
Medicare Benefits Schedule Review
Nominations for Regional Health Infrastructure Fund open
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in syphilis and gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men (MSM)
Notification of Gardasil Vaccine to the National HPV Register
The NDIS is coming to our region: Community information sessions
June is bowel cancer awareness month
Have the CHAT with your patients this winter
EOI: Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
Victorian Pharmacy Pharmocotherapy Training Program
Free webinar: Otitis media - stuck in the middle with glue
Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome
Foundations of General Practice Nursing 2 day workshops

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Working with Hoarding and Squalor: The Neuropsychology of Squalor

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Improving accessibility to health services for transgender people
Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care
Updates in familial cancer
Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update 

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Doctors in Secondary Schools - Every young person deserves access to a doctor

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Western Victoria PHN would like to hear from GP practices who would be interested in providing general practice services for the Doctors in Secondary School program.

The Victorian Government is making sure young people are receiving the health support, advice and treatment they need to reach their full potential. The $4.8 million Doctors in Secondary School initiative is delivering on the Government’s election commitment to fund general practitioners (GPs) to provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need.

The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will provide funding for up to 100 Victorian Government secondary schools in need, to have an adolescent health trained GP attend once a week to provide medical advice and health care to its students.

Western Victoria PHN has a total of 18 schools in the catchment that have been successful in obtaining funding for this program. There are three in Ballarat, three in Geelong and one each in Portland, Warrnambool, Ararat, Beaufort, Maryborough, Camperdown, Casterton, Colac, Heywood and Horsham. The program will have a staggered rollout with GP services commencing in one of three tranches.

The Tranche One schools in the Western Victoria PHN region will be commencing shortly. The Tranche Two schools are scheduled to commence at the start of Term 3, 2017 and Tranche Three in Term 1, 2018.

Tranche One schools: Phase 1 Tranche Two schools: Phase 2 Tranche Three schools: Phase 3
 Ballarat Secondary College – Ballarat  Ararat Secondary College – Ararat  Camperdown College – Camperdown
 Brauer Secondary College – Warrnambool   Beaufort Secondary College – Beaufort  Casterton Secondary College – Casterton
 Mount Clear College – Ballarat Geelong High School – Geelong  Colac Secondary College – Colac
 Portland Secondary College – Portland Maryborough Education Centre – Maryborough  Heywood District Secondary College – Heywood
  Newcomb Secondary College – Newcomb/Geelong     Horsham College – Horsham
  North Geelong Secondary College – Geelong Lavers Hill P-12 College – Lavers Hill
  Phoenix P-12 College – Sebastopol/Ballarat St Arnaud Secondary College – St Arnaud

For more information please email Laura Martin on docsinschools@westvicphn.com.au or contact your local Primary Care Consultant.

Next week: Nominations close for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards

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The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence 2016 - 2017 Inaugural Award recognises nurses practicing in the Western Victoria region, who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of their patients, by undertaking a quality improvement activity within their practice.

Primary care nurses currently working in the Western Victoria PHN region are invited to submit their application for achievements in a quality improvement initiative between 1 September 2016 and 30 June 2017, in one of the following priority areas:

  • Advanced Care Planning
  • After hours
  • Aged care
  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease
  • Closing the Gap - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Digital health
  • Hepatitis C
  • Immunisation
  • Mental health (youth and general)
  • Palliative care
  • Population health
  • Systems improvement.

Each finalist receives a trophy in recognition of their achievement and will receive $500 to assist with professional development expenses. The winner will receive $1,000 to support continuing professional development expenses, such as course/ conference registration fees, books and travel/ accommodation. Employers of the winners will receive a certificate of acknowledgement for their support of their employee and the implementation of their respective quality improvement activity.

Nominations close Friday 30 June 2017. Finalists will be announced on Friday 28 July 2017 and the winner announced during Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week in September 2017.

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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review

Department of Health

On 7 June 2017, the MBS Review Taskforce released six reports for public consultation.  These reports cover:

  • Renal medicine
  • Spinal surgery
  • Dermatology, allergy and immunology
  • Diagnostic imaging of the knee (third report)
  • Diagnostic imaging - Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (fourth report) 
  • Urgent after-hours (preliminary report).

The consultation period closed on Friday 21 July 2017 and there are online surveys for each report.

To find out more, please go to the Department of Health website.

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Nominations for Regional Health Infrastructure Fund open

The second round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is currently open. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday 21 August 2017.

The $200m fund will rebuild rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

And for the first time, the fund will be expanded to include publicly funded community palliative care services. In addition, the second round includes all health, community health, aged care, women’s health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

Grants can be used to build new or remodel existing facilities to provide greater comfort for patients and enable doctors and nurses to deliver safer and more efficient care.

Health services can also apply to buy equipment including furniture, fittings and medical equipment or upgrade essential infrastructure.

The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared guidelines and supporting information to help health services with their applications. These documents are available from the health.vic website.

Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in syphilis and gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men (MSM)

Victorian syphilis and gonorrhoea notifications have increased in the last few years, with cases reported predominantly in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Syphilis and gonorrhoea can be transmitted by unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex.  Syphilis and gonorrhoea infection increases both susceptibility to acquiring HIV infection and transmissibility of HIV infection. 

Cases of ocular and neuro-syphilis are occurring in MSM with early syphilis in Victoria and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance to gonorrhoea is concerning worldwide.

Obtaining gonorrhoea culture swabs is crucial for monitoring antimicrobial resistance. Screen at risk groups: MSM at least annually and higher risk MSM more often for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. HIV positive MSM should have a syphilis test every time they have blood tests for routine HIV monitoring.

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Notification of Gardasil Vaccine to the National HPV Register

National HPV Vaccincation Program Register

In September 2016, the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) was expanded to accept notification of all vaccines for all ages.

At that time, notification of Gardasil vaccines provided outside the school program were required to be forwarded to AIR only and not the HPV Register. Therefore inclusion of the HPV vaccine notification forms and envelopes in deliveries of Government funded Gardasil vaccine were ceased.

However, in order to ensure the most comprehensive set of HPV vaccine coverage data, the process has been revised and providers are requested to re-establish to complete and forward HPV vaccine notification forms to the national HPV Register.

To assist immunisation providers in this process, you will notice that HPV vaccine notification forms and envelopes will again be included with future deliveries of Gardasil vaccine.

If you have any enquiries around notification, please contact the national HPV Register on 1800 478 734.

The NDIS is coming to our region: Community information sessions

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National Disability Insurance Agency staff and partners are presenting information sessions around the region to help people with disability and their families and carers get NDIS Ready.

The information sessions are the perfect opportunity to find out more about the NDIS, how it works and how it might apply to you. The session will also cover how to prepare for your first plan and are the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered directly by NDIS staff.

To find out more, click on the flyer in the area closest to you.

Wednesday 28 June: Nhill
Monday 17 July: Warrnambool
Tuesday 25 July: Hamilton
Wednesday 26 July: Camperdown

Have the CHAT with your patients this winter

Lung Foundation

Lung Foundation Australia’s winter campaign, Have the CHAT, encourages people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to stay well and out of hospital.

Lung Foundation Australia has developed a suite of evidence-based resources to support health professionals in timely identification and management of COPD exacerbations including this poster and flyer.

For further information about this campaign please visit www.lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat or freecall 1800 654 301.

EOI: Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

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ASHM is currently seeking expressions of interest from Melbourne and regional based clinicians to participate in a Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program, in Melbourne later this year.

This comprehensive course is for medical staff working with people who inject drugs and has been designed to build participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence to prescribe the new hepatitis C DAAs (Direct Acting Antiviral medication).

This program is available for GPs, addiction medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and other clinicians able to prescribe.

If you have any questions, please contact the ASHM team at education@ashm.org.au or phone (02) 8204 0784.

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June is bowel cancer awareness month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month June 2017

Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative running throughout the month of June. It has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

To find out more, go to the Bowel Cancer Awareness Month website.

Victorian Pharmacy Pharmocotherapy Training Program

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The aim of this training is to provide pharmacists and pharmacy support staff with the relevant knowledge, skills and tools required to deliver a safe and consumer focused Opioid Replacement Therapy service.  

The training is conducted in two parts.  Part 1 training is conducted face-to-face with Part 2 conducted either face-to-face or by webinar.  Part 1 training begins on Sunday 25 June.

This is a Victorian State Government funded program and is free to all pharmacists in Victoria.

For further information, please see this flyer.

Free webinar: Otitis media - stuck in the middle with glue

VIC Paediatric Clinical Network

Otitis media is an umbrella term that covers a range of problems in the middle ear which can be a continuum of disease.

This 45 minute webinar will cover the common problems of acute otitis media and chronic otitis media with effusion.

Dr Lina Nido is a general practitioner and also GP liaison for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr Nido will present a couple of recent case studies. Dr Elizabeth Rose, an Ear Nose and Throat specialist will provide her clinical perspective.

Date: Thursday 29 June
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Where: Online - join via your computer

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Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Alfred Health logo

This all-day course has been developed by the Alfred Health Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Service to provide a comprehensive education program targeted at common but challenging functional gastrointestinal disorders. It is designed to be engaging, informative and interactive. It will be facilitated by local and world experts in functional gastrointestinal disorders. 

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, AMREP Centre, Alfred Health
Cost: $150 (early bird special $120 if registering before 30 June 2017)

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Foundations of General Practice Nursing 2 day workshops

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Perfect for nurses new to general practice, the Foundations series of workshops will provide an understanding of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for nurses working in the primary health/general practice environment. Guided by experienced nurse educators, topics include:

  • Primary health care and the Australian healthcare system
  • Clinical assessment
  • Care and triage
  • Chronic disease management
  • Immunisation
  • Wound management
  • Health promotion and preventative care
  • Information management and ehealth
  • Quality and safety
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Professional practice and professional development.

Date: Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
Venue: Cliftons, 440 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost: $320 APNA members, $420 Non-members

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Referral to sexual health services
  • Services for children/adolescents at risk
  • Sexual assault services.

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

Working with Hoarding and Squalor: The Neuropsychology of Squalor

The Central Highlands Hoarding and Squalor Action Group is holding a free 'Working with Hoarding and Squalor' workshop for professionals working in clinical and community mental health, community services and other related professions.

This is a chance for professionals working with people experiencing these issues to gain knowledge of the latest research findings, treatment options and possible referrals pathways. This workshop will also highlight the complex issues of squalor and hoarding and create an understanding of the different presentations and the possible reasons behind the issues.

Date: Thursday 29 June
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Morsehead Park Stadium - Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Morsehead Park Pleasant St Sth, Ballarat

For further information and to register, please go to the trybooking website.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Pigmented skin lesions
  • Hepatobiliary cancer.

Reviews and updates:

  • Immunisation - Adults.

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

Improving accessibility to health services for transgender people

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Late last year, Dr Nic Brayshaw from Kardinia Health informed Western Victoria PHN of the great need for more GPs in the Geelong Otway region to assist transgender people in the prescription of hormone therapies. Up until now, Dr Brayshaw was the only GP in the Geelong Otway area taking on new patients and providing this health service for transgender people.

Western Victoria PHN is pleased to announce that we now have another seven GPs in the Geelong Otway region who have expressed an interest in prescribing hormone therapies to transgender people. This comes following a CPD event in March on prescribing hormones, organised by Western Victoria PHN in collaboration with Dr Brayshaw and GASP.

Learning Group

Pictured at the first Learning Group breakfast meeting:
Front - Judith Emond (Western Victoria PHN), Dr Cath Callan, Dr Jacqueline Ford, Dr Mary Johnston
Back - Dr Nic Brayshaw, Dr Samantha Buchholz, Dr Anne Chirnside

Western Victoria PHN has established a learning group led by Dr Brayshaw to support GP’s in providing Transgender Healthcare.

A big thanks to the GPs for their involvement in this important work.

If you are a GP in the Western Victoria PHN region and are interested in assisting in this work, please email your interest to Primary Care Consultant, Judith Emond.

Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care

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Hospice Foundation Geelong, in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care.

This scholarship is named in honour of local GP, Dr Trevor Banks, OAM, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to palliative care. Trevor was instrumental in establishing a formal palliative care service in the Geelong region since the 1970s.

The Scholarship is an annual award of up to $5000 to assist a General Practitioner working in the Geelong region to upskill in the area of palliative care.

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Updates in familial cancer

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Barwon Health invites you to this interdisciplinary masterclass in women's health with Gynaecological Oncologist, Professor Tom Jobling.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

For enquiries, please email Michael Shembrey . To register, email Melinda Baluch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 7 July. 

Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is hosting a CPD GP Symposium covering:

  • Concussion
  • Facial and ENT injuries
  • Ankle, hand, knee, shoulder and hip injuries
  • Assessment of degenerative spine.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

For further information, please see this flyer

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Referral to sexual health services
  • Services for children/adolescents at risk
  • Sexual assault services.

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

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Our journey with GPs

Last month Western Victoria PHN held a special general meeting of members to consider changes to the Constitution, our governing instrument. I thought I would reflect on one of these changes, as well as recognise a group of people who have been instrumental in our organisation’s journey.

Western Victoria PHN was established on 1 July 2015, restructured from a number of the Medicare Local organisations across western Victoria and before that, the GP Associations. From our very beginning, we have maintained a very strong relationship with our local general practitioners and our future is grounded in building close partnerships with GPs.

We recognise that, as with all Boards, we look to diversity, expertise and professional excellence to be represented on our skills based Board. Currently our Board consists of GPs, allied health professionals and corporate professionals, all bringing a range of expertise and strengths to the table. We could not work effectively without these professional and dedicated people.

Today our relationship with GPs continues to be strong, with GPs advising, consulting and co designing with us on many health care projects across western Victoria. This ongoing relationship is reflected in one of the changes incorporated and approved in the Constitution last month; that a minimum of two of the four elected Directors must be general medical practitioners.

This change to our Constitution reflects the central importance that GPs continue to play in the delivery of primary health care services. We continue to rely on their understanding of local issues and needs, and to work with us to drive better health outcomes for our communities across western Victoria.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

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Last week to nominate for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards!
PIP Annual Confirmation Statement reminder
New name for Learning Management System: PHN Learning Hub
Multi-Item billing under MBS
New process for My Aged Care Assessment referrals
Important changes to Victorian new vaccines schedule from July 2017
Influenza vaccination during pregnancy
Meningococcal ACWY strain immunisation program
Crystal methamphetamine treatment resource for health professionals
Aboriginal Maternal Child Health Initiative Grants
Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template
Have the CHAT with your patients this winter
Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update
The ABCs of Practice Sustainability

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care
Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)
Updates in familial cancer
'Let's work together' networking event: practice nurses, allied health and practice managers
Reminder: Immunisation Forum 2017

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Commonwealth funded rural clinical placements
Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence 

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 Last week to nominate for Community and Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards!

The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence 2016 - 2017 Inaugural Award recognises nurses practicing in the Western Victoria region, who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of their patients, by undertaking a quality improvement activity within their practice.

Primary care nurses currently working in the Western Victoria PHN region are invited to submit their application for achievements in a quality improvement initiative between 1 September 2016 and 30 June 2017, in one of the following priority areas:

  • Advanced Care Planning
  • After hours
  • Aged care
  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease
  • Closing the Gap - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Digital health
  • Hepatitis C
  • Immunisation
  • Mental health (youth and general)
  • Palliative care
  • Population health
  • Systems improvement.

Each finalist receives a trophy in recognition of their achievement and will receive $500 to assist with professional development expenses. The winner will receive $1,000 to support continuing professional development expenses, such as course/ conference registration fees, books and travel/ accommodation. Employers of the winners will receive a certificate of acknowledgement for their support of their employee and the implementation of their respective quality improvement activity.

Nominations close Friday 30 June 2017. Finalists will be announced on Friday 28 July 2017 and the winner announced during Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week in September 2017.

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PIP Annual Confirmation Statement reminder

A reminder for practices to submit their Annual PIP Confirmation statement either online through HPOS or fax responses and any relevant forms to 1300 587 696 on or before Monday 24 July 2017 for manual processing.

For more information, please read the Medicare Incentive News Update

New name for Learning Management System: PHN Learning Hub

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Western Victoria PHN's Sophie Bond presenting Chantal Riseley with her $100 gift card.

Congratulations to Chantal Riseley from Health First Medical Group in Ballarat for your winning suggestion of 'PHN Learning Hub' for our new Learning Management System (LMS).  Chantal was awarded a $100 gift card for her suggestion.

Thank you to everyone who submitted suggested names and stay tuned for the launch of ‘PHN Learning Hub’ in coming months.

Multi-Item billing under MBS

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services’ guide can help you work out when to multi-bill under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). The guide has useful information and practical scenarios so you know when to use multi-item billing. It also explains MBS item descriptors and when benefits are payable. The scenarios include paying benefits if you attend to a patient multiple times on the same day, and attendances with another service.

To find out more, visit the Department of Human Services website.

New process for My Aged Care Assessment referrals

There is now a new process to refer a patient for a My Aged Care assessment.  GPs can use either of two methods:

  1. Use the online health professional referral form that can be accessed via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the My Aged Care website or via MyAgedCare.gov.au/referral ; or
  2. Call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.

Please see HealthPathways – Aged Care Assessment pathway for more information.

My Aged Care is an Australian Government website and phone line that provides a central entry point for older Australians to access aged care services.

In order for people to receive an assessment for aged care services, they will need to be referred for an assessment via My Aged Care.

If a patient is seeking transition care, residential care, residential respite, or is seeking access to a Home Care Package, they will receive a comprehensive assessment for aged care services by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

If the patient requires Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services, they will receive an assessment by a Regional Assessment Service (RAS).

The assessor will determine a client's needs, develop and support a plan with the client, and refer the client to the appropriate service provider(s) to initiate aged care support services.

Important changes to Victorian new vaccines schedule from July 2017

Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine

Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine from 1 July 2017 for the schedule points at 2 months and 4 months of age.

This document provides you with information on:

  • How to use rotavirus vaccines during the brand switch period in Table 1.
  • Potential scenarios and responses during RotaTeq® to Rotarix® switch period in Table 2.
  • Evidence for vaccine effectiveness and safety of mixed or reduced dose schedules.

Quadracel or Infanrix IPV

Quadracel or Infanrix IPV is to be supplied at the 4 year old schedule point for DTP-IPV vaccine. Quadracel is an equivalent DTP-IPV containing vaccine for children at their fourth birthday.

Engerix B Paediatric or H-B-Vax II Paediatric

Engerix B Paediatric or H-B-Vax II Paediatrics needs to be supplied for the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine. Engerix B Paediatric vaccine is an equivalent hepatitis B containing vaccine for infants at birth.

All immunisation resources such as the Government supplied vaccine order form and the vaccine schedule will be updated to reflect the schedule changes for the new vaccines that will be distributed to service providers.

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza.

The seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended and funded for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program and can be given at any time during pregnancy.

The Australian Government has developed three educational videos, one for health professionals and two for consumers highlighting the risks associated with influenza during pregnancy and the benefit of receiving the influenza vaccination.

These short videos can be used within your practice to promote influenza vaccination to pregnant women.

Health professionals

Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Free flu shots for pregnant women 

Pregnant women

Flu vaccination and pregnancy – What pregnant women need to know 

Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu. Protect your baby too

For further information, please visit the Immunise Australia website/Pregnant Women.

Meningococcal ACWY strain immunisation program

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In 2017, young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 of secondary school, as well as those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (aged 15-19 years), will be eligible for free Meningococcal ACWY strain vaccine (Menactra).

General practice and community health services can now order the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for 15 – 19 year olds not participating in the school vaccination program via the updated vaccine order form, which can be downloaded from the Immunisation Victoria website

Crystal methamphetamine treatment resource for health professionals

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The Australian Government Department of Health have developed an evidence based resource for information about ice (crystal methamphetamine) for health professionals. The website is a rich online toolkit, which includes fact sheets, guidelines and handouts covering information about the effects of ice, tips on keeping safe and information about where, when and how to get help or support.

Watch this space as RACGP will be delivering face-to-face ice training in the Western Victoria PHN region for GPs!

Aboriginal Maternal Child Health Initiative Grants

Victoria State Government

Over the past year, the Department of Education and Training has been working with Aboriginal organisations, the maternal child health (MCH) sector and local government to co design strategies to ensure that we can provide a high quality, culturally safe and responsive universal maternal and child health service for all Aboriginal families across Victoria.

A grant process for the AMCHI Service Model Trials has recently been launched, which will enable organisations to identify better ways of working to improve the responsiveness of the universal MCH service for Aboriginal families and children.

The AMCHI trials will run for 12 months and the evaluation will inform future improvements to the MCH service

Incorporated organisations, not-for-profit organisations and local councils are invited to apply.

Applications will be open until Wednesday 26 July 2017.

To learn more about the Aboriginal MCH Initiative and to access the grant guidelines, please visit the DET website. Any queries regarding the grants process and trials can be directed to amchi.grants@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template

Victorian Refugee Health Network

We are looking to increase the usability and accessibility of the current On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment template and we are wishing to speak with people with varying degrees of experience seeing patients from refugee backgrounds, regardless of whether or not they use the current template.

This is an opportunity for GPs, practice nurses and refugee health nurses to contribute to the update of the On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment Template/Tool by:

1. Completing a 15-minute questionnaire regarding your current practice, and/or,
2. Taking part in a remunerated face-to-face consultation to be held at your place of work and requiring a one off one-hour commitment.

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Have the CHAT with your patients this winter

Lung Foundation

Lung Foundation Australia’s winter campaign, Have the CHAT, encourages people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to stay well and out of hospital.

Lung Foundation Australia has developed a suite of evidence-based resources to support health professionals in timely identification and management of COPD exacerbations including this poster and flyer.

For further information about this campaign please visit www.lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat or freecall 1800 654 301.

Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Alfred Health logo

This all-day course has been developed by the Alfred Health Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Service to provide a comprehensive education program targeted at common but challenging functional gastrointestinal disorders. It will be facilitated by local and world experts in functional gastrointestinal disorders. 

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, AMREP Centre, Alfred Health
Cost: $150 (early bird special $120 if registering before 30 June 2017)

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Aged care assessment services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

The ABCs of Practice Sustainability

This two day workshop is designed specifically for practice managers and owners who wish to expand their knowledge of business trends. You will gain a greater understanding in areas such as human resources, finance and risk management.

Date: Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
Venue: Wimmera Room - Horsham International Hotel 118 Baillie Street, Horsham 

To find out more, see this flyer.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Herpes zoster (Shingles)
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometrial cancer - low risk follow-up
  • Prosthetic heart valves follow - up.

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

Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care

Western Victoria PHN logo Hospice Foundation Geelong

Hospice Foundation Geelong, in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care.

This scholarship is named in honour of local GP, Dr Trevor Banks, OAM, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to palliative care. Trevor was instrumental in establishing a formal palliative care service in the Geelong region since the 1970s.

The Scholarship is an annual award of up to $5000 to assist a General Practitioner working in the Geelong region to upskill in the area of palliative care.

Read more 

Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)

Epworth

Epworth Geelong is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners and general practitioner trainees who may like to undertake ward HMO work at Epworth Geelong.

You will have the flexibility of choosing your own shifts and this will offer you a great opportunity to refresh/maintain hospital-based clinical skills. Rates and conditions negotiable.

There are vacancies available from 27 June 2017.

For further information or if you would like to register your interest, please email HR manager, Mick Fuller

Updates in familial cancer

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Barwon Health invites you to this interdisciplinary masterclass in women's health with Gynaecological Oncologist, Professor Tom Jobling.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

For enquiries, please email Michael Shembrey . To register, email Melinda Baluch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 7 July. 

'Let's work together' networking event: practice nurses, allied health and practice managers 

Come along and learn how Western Victoria PHN can support you.  Hear from local hospital and community health networks about their services, and connect with local primary health care professionals.  A Health Services Expo will be included at the event.

Date: Wednesday 19 July
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: St Mary's Hall, Myers St, Geelong

Register

Reminder: Immunisation Forum 2017

Primary health care nurses, immunisation providers and GPs are invited to this Immunisation Forum which will cover:

  • Pneumococcal disease: A patient and family perspective
  • Immunisations for people with a non-functioning spleen
  • Surveillance of adverse events following immunisation
  • Travel health
  • Principles of performing catch-up immunisations; includes case scenarios
  • National and Victorian immunisation program update.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Rydges Geelong (previously Mercure Hotel), corner of Myers and Gheringhap Streets, Geelong.

To find out more, please see our Events page on the Western Victoria PHN website.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Aged care assessment services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

Commonwealth funded rural clinical placements

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The University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health runs a Commonwealth-funded program - Going Rural Health - to support rural clinical placements for nursing and allied health students in north-east and western Victoria, including the Ballarat and Grampians, Shepparton and Goulburn Valley, Wangaratta and Hume regions.

Support offered is varied, and can include financial assistance, subsidised accommodation in some areas, education for both staff and students, Aboriginal Cultural Insight training, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student mentor support, placement matching assistance, and development of new innovative community placements.

The aim of the program is to aid in the provision of quality rural placements, with the ultimate aim being rural workforce development in these health professions.

There are Going Rural Health team members in Shepparton, Ballarat & Wangaratta, located at the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health campuses.

For more information about the program, useful resources, bookings for education and cultural insight sessions, offer of placements to students or to become a supervisor, please see the Going Rural Health website.

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

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RACGP are offering online and face-to-face training to provide prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings.

Online training is available anytime and face-to-face training is scheduled in Ballarat on Saturday 29 July and in various parts of Melbourne from September to November 2017.

To find out more, see this flyer.

 

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Living our values

During the week, we were delighted to learn of special announcements concerning two of our Western Victoria PHN Board Members. Board member Michael Malouf was last week announced the new Chair of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and will lead the next upgrade of Geelong’s iconic ground. Whilst Dr Ric Milner was named the Victorian finalist in the 2017 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) General Practitioner of the Year Award. A heart-felt congratulations to both Board members.

Dr Milner is a long-time advocate of GP education; establishing a GP registrar, working as a GP training supervisor for over 20 years, and is currently lecturing at Deakin University Medical School. In the words of Chair of RACGP Victoria Dr Cameron Loy: “Dr Milner has been an outstanding advocate for general practice for over 30 years and is a wonderful asset for his community.”

Mr Malouf was formerly CEO of the City of Melbourne, City of Greater Geelong and Carlton Football Club. Outgoing Chair of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, Steve Bracks praised Mr Malouf’s appointment saying his: “combination of skills and experience and the respect he commands in the Geelong and wider Victorian community made him an ideal candidate to lead this Trust Board.”

In recent communications to my staff, I have been reflecting on Western Victoria PHN values. Those values are: respect, connect and lead; and it is inspirational that our Board are continuing examples of living our values.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

General

Important changes to Victorian new vaccines schedule from July 2017
National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule for Victoria commences 1 July 2017

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence
Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template
Australian Association of Practice Management Team Education Day
Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Great South Coast

Western Victoria PHN Great South Coast Basecamp
Chronic Disease MBS and Care Plan Session well received
'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Palliative Care Breakfast
Mixed-methods research: a practical approach workshop

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update
July to December Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Calendar

Geelong Otway 

HealthPathways update
Approaches to Obesity: Education Evening for GPs
Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care
Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)
Updates in familial cancer
'Let's work together' networking event: practice nurses, allied health and practice managers
Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium
Reminder: Immunisation Forum 2017

General 

Important changes to Victorian new vaccines schedule from July 2017

Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine

Rotarix® vaccine replaces RotaTeq® vaccine from 1 July 2017 for the schedule points at 2 months and 4 months of age.

This document provides you with information on:

  • How to use rotavirus vaccines during the brand switch period in Table 1.
  • Potential scenarios and responses during RotaTeq® to Rotarix® switch period in Table 2.
  • Evidence for vaccine effectiveness and safety of mixed or reduced dose schedules.

Quadracel or Infanrix IPV

Quadracel or Infanrix IPV is to be supplied at the 4 year old schedule point for DTP-IPV vaccine. Quadracel is an equivalent DTP-IPV containing vaccine for children at their fourth birthday.

Engerix B Paediatric or H-B-Vax II Paediatric

Engerix B Paediatric or H-B-Vax II Paediatrics needs to be supplied for the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine. Engerix B Paediatric vaccine is an equivalent hepatitis B containing vaccine for infants at birth.

All immunisation resources such as the Government supplied vaccine order form and the vaccine schedule will be updated to reflect the schedule changes for the new vaccines that will be distributed to service providers. 

National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule for Victoria commences 1 July 2017

Department of Health and Human Services

The latest NIP schedule is now available for download from the Department of Health and Human Services website. Please ensure you are using the current schedule in your practice and have removed past schedules from display.

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

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RACGP are offering online and face to face training to provide prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings.

Online training is available anytime and face-to-face training is scheduled in Ballarat on Saturday 29 July and in various parts of Melbourne from September to November 2017.

To find out more, see this flyer

Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template

Victorian Refugee Health Network

We are looking to increase the usability and accessibility of the current On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment template and we are wishing to speak with people with varying degrees of experience seeing patients from refugee backgrounds, regardless of whether or not they use the current template.

This is an opportunity for GPs, practice nurses and refugee health nurses to contribute to the update of the On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment Template/Tool by:

1. Completing a 15-minute questionnaire regarding your current practice, and/or,
2. Taking part in a remunerated face-to-face consultation to be held at your place of work and requiring a one off one-hour commitment.

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Australian Association of Practice Management Team Education Day

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Practice Managers and administration staff are invited to join AAPM VIC committee members for a day of education, networking and celebration including the presentation of the State Practice Manager of the Year award.

The day will comprise of plenary and two concurrent session streams - with something for the whole team.

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: 8.30am - 5pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 60 Queens Rd, Melbourne

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Demystifying the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

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This all-day course has been developed by the Alfred Health Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Service to provide a comprehensive education program targeted at common but challenging functional gastrointestinal disorders. Local and world experts in functional gastrointestinal disorders will facilitate the course. 

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, AMREP Centre, Alfred Health
Cost: $150 (early bird special $120 if registering before 30 June 2017)

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Great South Coast

Western Victoria PHN Great South Coast Basecamp

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Western Victoria PHN Great South Coast has introduced many practices to Basecamp – a web based project management tool that can organise your projects, communications, and client work in one place, so you have a central source of truth.

Western Victoria PHN Great South Coast has found Basecamp to be a great communications tool between itself and practices and would like to encourage more practices to use this software.

Read more

Chronic Disease MBS and Care Plan Session well received

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On Friday 21 June, 40 participants attended a Chronic Disease MBS & Care Plan Session organised by Western Victoria PHN with Kim Poyner – founder of Medicoach.

Participants learned about:

  • Chronic disease MBS item numbers
  • Creating a TCA
  • Creating a Care Plan
  • How to split the billing to maximize patient engagement for behaviour change
  • Case conferencing in chronic disease
  • Teleconferencing
  • How to collaborate/communicate between their team
  • Putting the client in "charge" of health and well being.

We received some great feedback from participants:

  • I can now go and have a real go at doing care plans without thinking that I cannot do them
  • Fantastic presentation, knowledgeable presenter and very well presented topic
  • Helping me to become more passionate about doing care planning
  • I would love to see another one of these sessions for nurses within our clinic that were unable to attend
  • The printed notes of the presentation by Rachael were fantastic and easy to read and use
  • This was a very informative presentation – thank-you. Any information re: Medicare is very helpful
  • Speaker knows what she is talking about and simplified it for attendees.

Kim Poyner is a registered nurse and practice nurse (Surfcoast Medical Centre) with 11 years intensive care background in cardiac care. Kim has undertaken research with Harvard Medical School and received an APNA Australia Best Practice Nurse Award in Chronic Disease Management in 2015.

For more information on the session of to express interest in running another session please contact Rachael Bond 5564 5823.

'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

SouthWest Healthcare

You're invited to this Study Day where participants will gain an understanding of the patient's experience of colorectal cancer diagnosis, from screening to treatment and beyond.

Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Ace Radio Lecture Hall

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

Palliative Care Breakfast

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You're invited to a Palliative Care Breakfast with Dr David Brumley and members of the Palliative Care Community in Ballarat.  Dr Craig Carden, Oncologist from Ballarat Cancer Centre will be speaking.

Date: Thursday 20 July
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Corner of Mair & Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

RSVP by Friday 14 July to Ballarat Hospice or call 5333 1118.

Mixed-methods research: a practical approach workshop

Western Alliance

This workshop aims to build confidence in applying a range of research methods suitable for the health care context.

In the first half of the workshop, participants will be guided in the use of different qualitative and quantitative methods to collect and analyse data. In the second half, we will draw upon and share our experiences to explore practical implications for health services research.

Date: Thursday 24 August
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Centre, 102 Ascot St Sth, Ballarat Central.

To find out more and to register, please see this go to the Western Alliance website.

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

July to December Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Calendar

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You can find out about  local CPD events in the Grampians Wimmera region in two ways.  You can download this Calendar or go to the Western Victoria PHN website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events soon!

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prosthetic heart valve follow-up
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometrial cancer - low risk follow-up
  • Genital warts
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Herpes Zoster (shingles).

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Urinary incontinence in women
  • Disability support services.

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

Approaches to Obesity: Education Evening for GPs

St John of God Geelong Hospital

This Education Evening will approach obesity from a holistic perspective looking at psychosocial, medical and surgical aspects. 

Presentations include:

  • Genetic and Epigenetic factors contributing to Obesity and Medical Management options: Dr Natalie Harrison
  • Psychosocial and lifestyle interventions for Overweight and Obesity
  • Indications for and types of Bariatric Surgery: Mr George Kalogeropoulos
  • Managing patients in General Practice post Bariatric Surgery: Mr Darrin Goodall-Wilson

Date: Thursday 10 August
Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue: Education Room, Bridget Clancy Wing, St John of God Hospital Geelong

To register and to find out more, please see this flyer.

Hospice Foundation Geelong announces the Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care

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Hospice Foundation Geelong, in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Trevor Banks Scholarship for Palliative Care.

This scholarship is named in honour of local GP, Dr Trevor Banks, OAM, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to palliative care. Trevor was instrumental in establishing a formal palliative care service in the Geelong region since the 1970s.

The Scholarship is an annual award of up to $5000 to assist a General Practitioner working in the Geelong region to upskill in the area of palliative care.

Read more 

Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners and general practitioner trainees who may like to undertake ward HMO work at Epworth Geelong.

You will have the flexibility of choosing your own shifts and this will offer you a great opportunity to refresh/maintain hospital-based clinical skills. Rates and conditions negotiable.

There are vacancies available from 27 June 2017.

For further information or if you would like to register your interest, please email HR manager, Mick Fuller

Updates in familial cancer

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Barwon Health invites you to this interdisciplinary masterclass in women's health with Gynaecological Oncologist, Professor Tom Jobling.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

For enquiries, please email Michael Shembrey . To register, email Melinda Baulch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 7 July. 

'Let's work together' networking event: practice nurses, allied health and practice managers 

Come along and learn how Western Victoria PHN can support you.  Hear from local hospital and community health networks about their services, and connect with local primary health care professionals.  A Health Services Expo will be included at the event.

Date: Wednesday 19 July
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: St Mary's Hall, Myers St, Geelong

Register

Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is hosting a CPD GP Symposium covering:

  • Concussion
  • Facial and ENT injuries
  • Ankle, hand, knee, shoulder and hip injuries
  • Assessment of degenerative spine.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

For further information, please see this flyer

Reminder: Immunisation Forum 2017

Primary health care nurses, immunisation providers and GPs are invited to this Immunisation Forum which will cover:

  • Pneumococcal disease: A patient and family perspective
  • Immunisations for people with a non-functioning spleen
  • Surveillance of adverse events following immunisation
  • Travel health
  • Principles of performing catch-up immunisations; includes case scenarios
  • National and Victorian immunisation program update.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: Rydges Geelong (previously Mercure Hotel), corner of Myers and Gheringhap Streets, Geelong.

To find out more, please see our Events page on the Western Victoria PHN website.

 

 

 

 

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‘Let’s Get Candid About Codeine’ campaign

Today is the official launch day for ‘Let’s Get Candid About Codeine’ and Western Victoria PHN is helping spread the word on this important community awareness campaign.

Codeine will not be available over the counter from February 2018 after the Therapeutic Goods Association decided last year that the risks associated with the long-term use of codeine are too high without a doctor’s involvement.

Today, not-for-profit organisation ScriptWise, is launching three online toolkits to help prepare community members, pharmacists and GPs for codeine rescheduling. Go to: scriptwise.org.au/codeine/. ScriptWise is dedicated to preventing prescription medication misuse and overdose in Australia.

The online toolkits feature interactive content such as infographics, video interviews with experts and talking points to help health professionals and community members start potentially life-saving discussions about alternative pain management options.

Codeine rescheduling is an important opportunity to open up a dialogue about the too often hidden opioid epidemic. Codeine-related deaths more than doubled in Australia in less than ten years. It’s time to get candid about codeine and look at the many effective treatment options available for codeine dependence.

I encourage you to look through these valuable online resources and please help us spread the word on this important campaign.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

General

Making Westvic News more user friendly
From the Opioid Management Team
ePIP – Shared Health Summary upload targets
NDIS information and resources
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Seasonal influenza - it's not too late to vaccinate!
Department of Health Immunisation Newsletter
Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence
Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template

Geelong Otway 

HealthPathways update
Register NOW for next week's networking event!
Women's Health Update Series
Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)
Updates in familial cancer
Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium
Mental Health First Aid course

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program
July to December Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Calendar

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update
Wound Care CPD event attracts record number
Aboriginal women’s craft group creates health promotion pathway
Understanding Immunotherapy Dinner: Stawell 

General 

Making Westvic News more user friendly

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Throughout March and early April this year, Western Victoria PHN asked Westvic News readers to provide feedback on its content, format and frequency.

Of the 21 responses received, the majority said they:

  • Read Westvic News weekly
  • Liked the number of articles that appeared in the newsletter
  • Didn’t mind what part of the week they received Westvic News
  • Would like to continue to receive Westvic News weekly
  • Found education events in their region of most interest
  • Were interested mostly in information pertaining to their region.

In response to feedback received through this survey and via other channels, we have re-structured the e-Newsletter to include anchors to regional news and events - eliminating the need to scroll to information.

The content and timing of the weekly publication will remain the same.

Thank you to those people who took part and if you still wish to provide feedback, please email communications@westvicphn.com.au.

From the Opioid Management Team

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The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has just released a new set of fact sheets to sit alongside the newly released Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017. These fact sheets can be found below. These fact sheets are a timely reminder of what prescribers and pharmacists’ obligations are when dealing with prescription medications – particularly those medications that are prone to dependence or abuse.

FACT SHEETS

Matters that relate to many health practitioners

Medical practitioners

 Pharmacists

Nurses and midwives

  Other registered health practitioners

The Department has also produced the document, New regulatory requirements - Drugs Poisons Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 - Prescribers and pharmacists which outlines the changes to the new regulations and how health professionals may implement these changes into practice. 

More information can be found on the Department's website.

Training and support 

The Western Victoria Opioid Management team provides training to GP practices, updating prescribers about their obligations with drugs of dependence and S8 permits. If you are interested in having this training conducted in your practice contact a member of the team.

An opioid replacement therapy Healthpathway has been developed to support GPs to better identify, assess and support people who present at their surgeries with opioid dependence.

Please join our online forum to discuss with your peers and colleagues your issues with patients displaying drug seeking behaviour or any other issues you have with prescribing opioids, pain and dependence.

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Geelong Otway Pene Wood Tel: 5222 0800
Great South Coast Amy Collins Tel: 5564 5888
Ballarat Goldfields and Wimmera Grampians   Jacqueline Keevins   Tel: 5338 0511


ePIP – Shared Health Summary upload targets

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The current PIP quarter ends on Monday 31 July.  If your practice is registered for the eHealth PIP incentive, please check that you are on track for the number of Shared Health Summary (SHS) uploads required for your practice.

You need to upload 0.5% of your practice SWPE (standard whole patient equivalent) of the previous PIP quarter, which may be found at the bottom of the front page of your last statement or on HPOS. For example, if your SWPE is 2,500, you would need to upload 13 shared health summaries. Please contact your designated Primary Care Consultant if you’re unsure how to calculate the number of SHSs required to be uploaded.

You can check how many SHSs have been uploaded by:

  • Most recent versions of clinical software have an inbuilt report
  • PENCAT SHS recipe.

Failure to reach targets

If you’re not going to reach your target of required SHS uploads, you will need to withdraw from the eHealth PIP incentive entirely online through the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS). We are aware of audits being performed and where there has been non-compliance to the eHealth PIP incentive, practices may be asked to return ePIP funds paid.

Contact PIP for advice specific to your practice:

Important notice regarding your last SWPE

The following was announced on the Department of Human Services website:

The eHealth Shared Health Summary (SHS) target on your May payment advice may be incorrect. Log onto HPOS to see your ePIP practice profile online to confirm your SHS target for the August 2017 payment quarter.

NDIS information and resources

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National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has put together general information about the NDIS and links to additional information and resources for health professionals. An online form is also available for health professionals to order hard copy of their materials. 

Read more

Chief Health Officer Advisory: Seasonal influenza - it's not too late to vaccinate!

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Seasonal influenza rates are up, with the overall number of confirmed influenza cases in Victoria up 81 per cent, compared to the same time in 2016.

It’s not too late to vaccinate to provide protection against the top four circulating strains of influenza.

Most reported cases are type A (78 per cent) but the national trend is towards more type B.  Influenza is a Group B disease that must be notified in writing within five days of laboratory confirmation.

Read more

Department of Health Immunisation Newsletter

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Check-out the Department of Health's July Immunisation Newsletter to find out about:

  • Important Victorian Vaccine changes from July 2017
  • Free influenza vaccination in pregnancy
  • Free catch-up vaccines for all young people aged 10 to 19 years and for all humanitarian entrants
  • Updated fact sheets from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
  • Hypotonic Hyporesponsive Episode: a case study.

Read more  

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

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RACGP are offering online and face to face training to provide prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings.

Online training is available anytime and face-to-face training is scheduled in Ballarat on Saturday 29 July and in various parts of Melbourne from September to November 2017.

To find out more, see this flyer

Seeking feedback 'On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment' template

Victorian Refugee Health Network

We are looking to increase the usability and accessibility of the current On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment template and we are wishing to speak with people with varying degrees of experience seeing patients from refugee backgrounds, regardless of whether or not they use the current template.

This is an opportunity for GPs, practice nurses and refugee health nurses to contribute to the update of the On Arrival Refugee Health Assessment Template/Tool by:

1. Completing a 15-minute questionnaire regarding your current practice, and/or,
2. Taking part in a remunerated face-to-face consultation to be held at your place of work and requiring a one off one-hour commitment.

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Pancreatic cancer - established
  • Heart murmurs (Adults)
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prosthetic heart valve follow-up
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometrial cancer - low risk follow-up
  • Genital warts
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Herpes Zoster (shingles).                              

  Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways

  • Mother and Baby Units
  • UTI in men
  • Painful scrotum
  • Urinary incontinence in women
  • Disability support services.

 

 

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

Register NOW for next week's networking event!

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Practice nurses, allied health and practice managers are encouraged to come along to next week's network event to hear and learn how Western Victoria PHN can support you.  Hear from local hospital and community health networks about their services, and connect with local primary health care professionals.  A Health Services Expo will be included at the event.

Date: Wednesday 19 July
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: St Mary's Hall, Myers St, Geelong

Register

Women's Health Update Series 

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Western Victoria PHN will host three events over the next four months addressing:

  • Pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction: Thursday 3 August
  • Contraception, consultation discussions you need to have: Thursday 7 September
  • Cervical screening: Thursday 23 November.

Speakers include Dr Marilla Druitt (Obstetrician / Gynaecologist), Becky Hollows  (Physiotherapist), Rochelle Hamilton (Sexologist), Suzanne Pearson (Family Planning), and Stella Heley (Sexual Health Physician).

GPs must attend all three of these events to qualify for RACGP Cat. 1 points.

Read more

Expressions of Interest: Hospital Medical Officers (HMO)

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners and general practitioner trainees who may like to undertake ward HMO work at Epworth Geelong.

You will have the flexibility of choosing your own shifts and this will offer you a great opportunity to refresh/maintain hospital-based clinical skills. Rates and conditions negotiable.

There are vacancies available from 27 June 2017.

For further information or if you would like to register your interest, please email HR manager, Mick Fuller

Updates in familial cancer

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Barwon Health invites you to this interdisciplinary masterclass in women's health with Gynaecological Oncologist, Professor Tom Jobling.

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

For enquiries, please email Michael Shembrey . To register, email Melinda Baulch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 7 July. 

Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is hosting a CPD GP Symposium covering:

  • Concussion
  • Facial and ENT injuries
  • Ankle, hand, knee, shoulder and hip injuries
  • Assessment of degenerative spine.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

For further information, please see this flyer

Mental Health First Aid course

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Open to practice staff, this Mental Health First Aid course provides participants with skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems and an awareness of evidence-based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available.'

Date: Thursday 10 August and Thursday 17 August
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

Read more

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

HealthPathways is a web-based information portal designed to support local GPs and primary care providers by supplying information on how to:

  • Assess and manage a range of medical conditions
  • Refer patients to local specialists and services in a timely manner.

Recently, HealthPathways expanded into the Great South Coast area and has recently published localised information on:

  • Sexual assault services
  • Fertility referral
  • Aged Care Assessment Services.

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

'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

SouthWest Healthcare

You're invited to this Study Day where participants will gain an understanding of the patient's experience of colorectal cancer diagnosis, from screening to treatment and beyond.

Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Ace Radio Lecture Hall

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Fertility referral
  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program

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The Coroner’s Court of Victoria revealed that 80% of Victorian overdose deaths between 2009 - 2015 involved pharmaceutical drugs, making them bigger killers than illicit drugs or road accidents. Opioids and benzodiazepines were the most commonly implicated medications. Due to the higher rates of prescribing and limited access to pain and addiction services, patients living in regional and rural areas were particularly vulnerable.

Western Victoria PHN in partnership with Orticare Pharmacotherapy Network will be addressing these concerns by offering support and resources to practices in the Ballarat Goldfields region to promote safer prescribing of drugs of dependence in general practice.

In addition, Western Victoria PHN is hosting a FREE CPD event for GPs and registrars with speaker Dr Paul Grinzi (Medical Educator, RACGP Victorian Faculty Drug and Alcohol Committee chair).  

The Active Learning Module, ‘Prescribed Drugs of Dependence and your Practice’ will include three evening sessions:

  • Thursday 14 September
  • Thursday 19 October
  • Thursday 9 November.

Places are limited.  Registrations close Monday 11 September.  

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 triennium 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 106170). 

Register

July to December Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Calendar

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network has released the July to December 2017 Western Victoria Primary Health Network Education Series Calendar for the Ballarat and Goldfields region.

These FREE education sessions are held every Tuesday (during school terms) from 12:30 - 2pm at the Educational Resource Centre – BHS, Drummond St North. Lunch is at 12.30pm followed by a presentation from 1 - 1.45pm and time for questions. These events are RACGP accredited and provide a great way to enhance relationships with other clinicians and potential referrers.

These events are also listed on the Western Victoria Primary Health Network website with new educational events for GPs, practice managers, primary health nurses and allied health professionals being added each week.

You can also view these events via video conference call by contacting Debra Harris.

If you have any queries or a preference for particular topics and speakers please feel free to contact Debra Harris.

Grampians Wimmera

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Fertility referral
  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

Wound Care CPD event attracts record number

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On Friday 23 July 2017, Western Victoria PHN held a Wound Care Management Workshop in Horsham presented by Jan Rice, Wound Nurse Consultant at Wound Care Services. There were 53 nurses and allied health professionals in attendance on the day - a record for the Wimmera Grampians region in recent years.

Wound Care education was raised as a need in our region by Western Victoria PHN's Wimmera Grampians Clinical Council.

Attendees learned about the physiology of wound healing, antiseptics past and present, dressing selection, the management of leg ulcers and the management and prevention of pressure injuries. They also had the opportunity to discuss several case scenarios relating to wound care with Jan.

Western Victoria PHN received extremely positive feedback on the day and hope to make this workshop an annual event.

Aboriginal women’s craft group creates health promotion pathway

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Western Victoria PHN's Indigenous Health Consultant, Gail Harradine and Grampians Community Health Indigenous Development worker, Ms Suzie Hamilton, organised a weaving workshop for the Indigenous Women’s Craft Group, at Grampians Community Health, in Stawell recently.

The event promoted Indigenous Health information and facilitated a way for women to socialise and support each other with health and wellbeing issues in the Wimmera Grampians region.

"This is very important for Aboriginal health and wellbeing and links to the Closing the Gap targets to improve Indigenous health.

"Such a network provides a sense of empowerment to women. Some of the women have had or still do have, serious health issues", said Gail Harradine.

Elders, families and young mothers attended the event, mainly funded through the Grampians Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group (GIFVRAG) to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women meet up, share stories and develop cultural skills.

With facilitator Glenda Nicholl’s assistance, participants weaved pine needle necklaces and thoroughly enjoyed their time with Glenda, a Wadi Wadi, Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri woman.

"The workshop was a culturally safe event and all community people were welcomed to take part," said Gail.

Further workshops are being planned for August.

Understanding Immunotherapy Dinner: Stawell

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This meeting is designed to help GPs and other health professionals confidently manage their patients who are receiving or may start on Immunotherapy. It will increase awareness of the drugs' pharmacology, adverse event profile and how these effects can be recognised easily and treated quickly and efficiently.

Dr Stephen Brown, Clinical Director of Medical Oncology at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre will discuss the rapidly progressing Immunotherapy class of cancer treatments. Jade Cleary, Exercise Physiologist at Stawell Regional Health will also be giving an update on the multidisciplinary approach offered locally and the benefits these programs give to patients.

Date: Tuesday 22 August
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Comfort Inn Goldfields, 7-9 Western Hwy, Stawell

A two course meal will be provided.  For further information, please see this flyer.

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PHNs assist with emergency alerts

Last week Victorian residents experienced a smoke incident in Coolaroo, on the northern outskirts of Melbourne. The smoke resulted in very poor air quality in the area and, as a result, some residents were evacuated.

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services instigated a new alert procedure whereby PHNs would ensure health care providers across their particular areas were alerted of an emergency and to any potential consequences that could emanate from such an event.

In this instance we, along with other PHNs, contacted health care providers in our region about the Coolaroo smoke. We contacted over 130 health care providers.

Although this smoke incident was not in our area, residents from western Victoria may have been in the area during this incident and could seek medical or other assistance when they return home. Or others might present with anxiety and questions having become aware of the situation.

The Department of Health and Human Services would like to understand the health impacts of this smoke event on the community and individuals.

If you have any individuals who present to your practices who have been in the area during this period, please assist by emailing PrimaryHealthEM@dhhs.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  • Time and date (of writing report)
  • Number of patients seen with possible smoke related health issues due to the Coolaroo incident
  • Main health concerns reported by those patients
  • Any other general GP observations.

We appreciate your assistance.

Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer 

General

ePIP – Shared Health Summary upload targets
Congratulations Garry!
New LGBTI resources for aged care providers, workers and consumers
Communication materials to support the National Immunisation Program (NIP) expansion measure
Aboriginal Maternal Child Health (MCH) Initiative Grants close next Wednesday
Non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs: Victoria 2016
Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program
Referrals to Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic (RALLC)
Accepting referrals to August Therapeutic AOD Day Rehabilitation Program
Training for volunteers providing palliative care support

Geelong Otway 

HealthPathways update
Women's Health Update Series
Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium
Mental Health First Aid course

Great South Coast 

Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Services receive STAAR Healthier Workplace Award
'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
The ABCs of Practice Sustainability
Understanding Immunotherapy Dinner: Stawell

General 


ePIP – Shared Health Summary upload targets

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The current PIP quarter ends on Monday 31 July.  If your practice is registered for the eHealth PIP incentive, please check that you are on track for the number of Shared Health Summary (SHS) uploads required for your practice.

You need to upload 0.5% of your practice SWPE (standard whole patient equivalent) of the previous PIP quarter, which may be found at the bottom of the front page of your last statement or on HPOS. For example, if your SWPE is 2,500, you would need to upload 13 shared health summaries. Please contact your designated Primary Care Consultant if you’re unsure how to calculate the number of SHSs required to be uploaded.

You can check how many SHSs have been uploaded by:

  • Most recent versions of clinical software have an inbuilt report
  • PENCAT SHS recipe.

Failure to reach targets

If you’re not going to reach your target of required SHS uploads, you will need to withdraw from the eHealth PIP incentive entirely online through the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS). We are aware of audits being performed and where there has been non-compliance to the eHealth PIP incentive, practices may be asked to return ePIP funds paid.

Contact PIP for advice specific to your practice:

Important notice regarding your last SWPE

The following was announced on the Department of Human Services website:

The eHealth Shared Health Summary (SHS) target on your May payment advice may be incorrect. Log onto HPOS to see your ePIP practice profile online to confirm your SHS target for the August 2017 payment quarter.

Congratulations Garry!

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Congratulations to Garry Hurst from Ararat Medical Centre for being named the Victorian 2017 AAPM State Practice Manager of the Year!

According to Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), Garry is an integral member of the Ararat practice team, who has been able to go above and beyond to dramatically improve the efficiency and stability of the practice through improved communications, streamlining of expenses and a constant commitment to risk management and quality improvement.

All state winners will be in the running for the 2017 AAPM National Practice Manager of the Year, who along with this title will win a $5,000 travel voucher, proudly sponsored by AGPAL and QIP.  

Department of Health

New LGBTI resources for aged care providers, workers and consumers

New LGBTI resources are now available from the Department of Health's website, including a:

  • Consumer factsheet providing an overview of aged care services available and how to access them, specifically for the LGBTI community
  • Booklet to guide aged care workers on providing aged care services to people living with HIV
  • New ‘palliative care in aged care' website with LGBTI resources.

For further information please email ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au.

Communication materials to support the National Immunisation Program (NIP) expansion measure

The Commonwealth government announced $14.1 million over four years to provide ongoing access to catch-up vaccines from 1 July 2017 for all individuals aged 10 to 19 years and newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants, through the NIP. This is in addition to free vaccines for all children up to 10 years of age.

The following NIP expansion communication materials developed by the Commonwealth government are available for you to use as reference material and to place in your practices.

Aboriginal Maternal Child Health (MCH) Initiative Grants close next Wednesday

Victoria State Government

This is a reminder that the Aboriginal MCH Initiative Grants process will be closing next Wednesday 26 July.

The grants will enable innovative partnerships and initiatives to be trialled and evaluated, to inform future improvements to the Universal MCH Service to the benefit of all Aboriginal families and communities.

The grants are available to deliver the Universal MCH Service to Aboriginal families through local government, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), or through integrated partnerships. Funding is available to incorporated organisations, not-for-profit organisations, ACCOs and local councils.

The Grant Application Guidelines and information pack are available via the DET website. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact DET to access an application form.

Non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs: Victoria 2016

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According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016, more than 900,000 Australians (4.8%) aged 14 years or more had engaged in non-medical use of prescription drugs in 2016.

The number of Victorian adults estimated to be engaged in non-medical use of pharmaceuticals was more than 230,000 (4.8%), including:

  • Pain-killers and opioids (excluding non-opioid analgesics such as paracetamol or aspirin) (> 170,000);
  • OTC codeine (> 130,000);
  • Prescription codeine (> 70,000);
  • Oxycodone (>29,000);
  • Tramadol (>16,000);
  • Morphine(>7,000); and
  • Other painkillers/opioids (>26,000).

More than 79,000 Victorian adults (1.6%) reported non-medical use of tranquillisers or sleeping pills.

Codeine will not be available over the counter from February 2018 after the Therapeutic Goods Association decided last year that the risks associated with the long-term use of codeine are too high without a doctor’s involvement.

Last week, not-for-profit organisation ScriptWise, launched three online toolkits to help prepare community members, pharmacists and GPs for codeine rescheduling. ScriptWise is dedicated to preventing prescription medication misuse and overdose in Australia.

The online toolkits feature interactive content such as infographics, video interviews with experts and talking points to help health professionals and community members start potentially life-saving discussions about alternative pain management options.

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence

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RACGP are offering online and face to face training to provide prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings.

Online training is available anytime and face-to-face training is scheduled in Ballarat on Saturday 29 July and in various parts of Melbourne from September to November 2017.

To find out more, see this flyer

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Ballarat Grampians region include:

  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Fertility referral
  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Program

Practice Support and free CPD event for GPs (40 Cat 1 RACGP QI&CPD points)

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The Coroner’s Court of Victoria revealed that 80% of Victorian overdose deaths between 2009 - 2015 involved pharmaceutical drugs, making them bigger killers than illicit drugs or road accidents. Opioids and benzodiazepines were the most commonly implicated medications. Due to the higher rates of prescribing and limited access to pain and addiction services, patients living in regional and rural areas were particularly vulnerable.

Western Victoria PHN in partnership with Orticare Pharmacotherapy Network will be addressing these concerns by offering support and resources to practices in the Ballarat Goldfields region to promote safer prescribing of drugs of dependence in general practice.

In addition, Western Victoria PHN is hosting a FREE CPD event for GPs and registrars with speaker Dr Paul Grinzi (Medical Educator, RACGP Victorian Faculty Drug and Alcohol Committee chair).  

The Active Learning Module, ‘Prescribed Drugs of Dependence and your Practice’ will include three evening sessions:

  • Thursday 14 September
  • Thursday 19 October
  • Thursday 9 November.

Places are limited.  Registrations close Monday 11 September.  

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 triennium 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 106170). 

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer.

Referrals to Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic (RALLC)

Ballarat Health Services

Ballarat Health Services in now accepting referrals for their new Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic (RALLC) which will be located at BRICC, 1st Floor, Outpatients.

RALCC provides a single referral pathway for patients with a proven or suspected diagnosis of Lung Cancer. This multidisciplinary clinic comprises a team of specialists from oncology, surgery and respiratory medicine.

The clinic aims to expedite the assessment process and provide streamlined and timely care, as recommended by the Lung Cancer OCP.

Previous evidence has shown Rapid Access Clinics are associated with faster diagnosis, less hospital visits and reduced patient anxiety.

Referrals can be made using the BHS smart referral template or via referral letter addressed to “Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic, RALLC”.

Further information can be found via the HealthPathways portal or by contacting the Clinic Coordinator, Ms Kath McCann on 0437 270 743.

Accepting referrals to August Therapeutic AOD Day Rehabilitation Program

Ballarat Community Health

Ballarat Community Health is currently accepting referrals for their August Making A Change Program.

  • Participants must be over the age of 18 years.
  • The program is free.
  • Places are limited and an assessment will be undertaken prior to successful enrolment in the program.

To express interest in participating in the program contact: Claire Coutts on 0409 414 017 or Beth Mc Donald on 0497 443 733.

Please email your details and referrals to aodintake@bchc.org.au.

Participants must be stable in their substance use and mental health and they must be able to attend the program not affected by alcohol or other drugs.

Training for volunteers providing palliative care support

Shannons Bridge

Shannon's Bridge is offering training to help local volunteers providing palliative care support.

Date: Saturday 5 August
Time: 9am - 2pm
Venue: John Curtin Aged Care, 6 Cushing Ave, Creswick

Lunch will be supplied. Places are limited. To register, for further information, special dietary requirements or special needs, please email shannonsbridge@gmail.com.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
  • Heart valve disease - follow-up
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pancreatic cancer - established
  • Heart murmurs (Adults).                              

  Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways

  • Immunisation - Childhood
  • Immunisation - Adolescents
  • Immunisation - Pregnancy
  • Mother and Baby Units
  • UTI in men
  • Painful scrotum.

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

Women's Health Update Series 

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Western Victoria PHN will host three events over the next four months addressing:

  • Pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction: Thursday 3 August
  • Contraception, consultation discussions you need to have: Thursday 7 September
  • Cervical screening: Thursday 23 November.

Speakers include Dr Marilla Druitt (Obstetrician / Gynaecologist), Becky Hollows (Physiotherapist), Rochelle Hamilton (Sexologist), Suzanne Pearson (Family Planning), and Stella Heley (Sexual Health Physician).

GPs must attend all three of these events to qualify for RACGP Cat. 1 points.

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Concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries in general practice symposium

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is hosting a CPD GP Symposium covering:

  • Concussion
  • Facial and ENT injuries
  • Ankle, hand, knee, shoulder and hip injuries
  • Assessment of degenerative spine.

Date: Saturday 29 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

For further information, please see this flyer

Mental Health First Aid course

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Open to practice staff, this Mental Health First Aid course provides participants with skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems and an awareness of evidence-based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available.'

Date: Thursday 10 August and Thursday 17 August
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

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Great South Coast

Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Services receive STAAR Healthier Workplace Award

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Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health (DWECH) Services was pleased to receive a STAAR Healthier Workplace Award at the National No More Harm Conference in Brisbane. John Bell, CEO and Tess Howells, Psychologist accepted the award.

The STAAR Award recognises outstanding achievement in prevention and management approaches to behaviour that causes harm and is a joint initiative of the No More Harm National Conference and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.

Titled Tackling Lateral Violence in an Aboriginal Health Service and Community John and Tess presented on the holistic approach DWECH had taken to reduce unacceptable levels of lateral violence and workplace bullying and the associated mental distress.

According to Tess Howells, lateral violence is a form of aggression or bullying that is directed sideways or laterally towards peers and has its roots in colonisation and the resultant oppression, loss of identity, inter-generational trauma and feelings of powerlessness. Tess says that it is estimated that up to 95 per cent of Aboriginal people have experienced it.

Since John Bell took up leadership of DWECH in July 2016, and announced his Zero Tolerance to lateral violence and disrespectful relationships, the organisation has, with the assistance of Tess Howells implemented a range of strategies including:

  • Mandatory training in respectful workplace behaviours, positive communication, lateral violence, cultural awareness, nutrition and mood, professional skills
  • Up-skilling of line managers to effectively model positive behaviour and performance manage unacceptable behaviour
  • Review of all position descriptions
  • Review and strengthening of policies and procedures
  • Development of a new five year strategic plan based on a holistic social and emotional wellbeing model of health
  • Toolbox sessions – information sessions delivered to community members over lunch.

Measures of psychological distress and workplace engagement were taken at the commencement of the initiative and repeated just a week prior to the conference. The results showed a significant decrease in clinical levels of depression and anxiety and a slight increase in stress levels (possibly due to the change process and increased accountability).

Levels of engagement increased with nearly a fifty percent drop in those showing low levels of engagement and a 22 percent increase in employees recording high and very high levels of engagement.

All line managers reported a significant drop in absenteeism. The results surpassed expectations, particularly given the relatively short period of time. 

'Getting to the bottom of things': Colorectal Cancer Study Day

SouthWest Healthcare

You're invited to this Study Day where participants will gain an understanding of the patient's experience of colorectal cancer diagnosis, from screening to treatment and beyond.

Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Ace Radio Lecture Hall

To find out more and to register, please see this flyer.

Wimmera Grampians 

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

Recently, localised HealthPathways for the Horsham Wimmera region include:

  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Fertility referral
  • Disability support services
  • Aged Care Assessment Services
  • Perinatal mental health.

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

The ABCs of Practice Sustainability

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This two day workshop is designed specifically for practice managers and owners who wish to expand their knowledge of business trends. You will gain a greater understanding in areas such as human resources, finance and risk management.

Date: Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
Venue: Wimmera Room - Horsham International Hotel 118 Baillie Street, Horsham 

To find out more, see this flyer and Program.

Understanding Immunotherapy Dinner: Stawell

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This meeting is designed to help GPs and other health professionals confidently manage their patients who are receiving or may start on Immunotherapy. It will increase awareness of the drugs' pharmacology, adverse event profile and how these effects can be recognised easily and treated quickly and efficiently.

Dr Stephen Brown, Clinical Director of Medical Oncology at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre will discuss the rapidly progressing Immunotherapy class of cancer treatments. Jade Cleary, Exercise Physiologist at Stawell Regional Health will also be giving an update on the multidisciplinary approach offered locally and the benefits these programs give to patients.

Date: Tuesday 22 August
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Comfort Inn Goldfields, 7-9 Western Hwy, Stawell

A two course meal will be provided.  For further information, please see this flyer.