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Understanding and engaging with our stakeholders

As part of our Strategic Planning process, Western Victoria PHN executive and management are currently working on our stakeholder engagement plan. Our first step has been to understand more about our stakeholders and how we are currently interacting with them. Stakeholders like our GPs, other health care professionals, Federal and State governments, peak bodies, acute and community health services, disadvantaged and marginalised groups, local government, and many more.

We are looking at how we currently communicate and engage with these groups, and we are asking questions like;

  • Is there duplication and over-communication?
  • Is there a better way?
  • How do different groups want us to engage with them?
  • How can we be more efficient?

Through this process we will then identify and agree on priorities, next steps, potential barriers and resources required to implement and maintain a robust stakeholder engagement plan.

The year ahead will see a number of important federal and state government initiatives being implemented across our region (such as further roll out of My Health Record, SafeScript, PIP QI Incentive) and we want to ensure that information gets to the right stakeholder in the right way and at the right time.

If you have ideas about how we can communicate better with you and your team, let us know.

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer & Chair, Victorian PHN Alliance

General

Workshops are filling fast for our GP Refresher weekend
PHN Learning Hub: Visit our table at the GP Refresher to learn more!
More practioners can now submit medical exemptions for vaccination
Quad-strain meningococcal vaccine to be added to National Immunisation Program
Gardasil® 9 vaccine is now available
Providing feedback and complaints to My Aged Care
Domestic Violence Awareness Sessions
The Magic of Collaboration: A workshop for Practice Manager and Nurses
Older Persons Mental Health First Aid: Ballarat and Geelong
Region-wide Pharmacist Administered Immunisation Service 101 Workshop
Register now for Victoria Rural Health Conference 2018
Registrations now open and call for abstracts: Barwon South Western and Grampians Allied Health Conference

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Travel and accommodation subsidy
GP Leader of the future
Managing Codeine dependence in Primary Care
Register to attend regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
Travel and accommodation subsidy
Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
Codeine changes - are you prepared?
New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics
Dinner with the Federal Minister for Health

General  

Workshops are filling fast for our GP Refresher weekend

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Western Victoria PHN invites GPs and other health professionals to its flagship western Victoria CPD event - the 2018 GP Refresher.

The theme for this year will be 'Pain, Distress and Palliation'.  Topics include: 

  • Mental Health - Pain Management Strategies
  • Cardiology - Medical management of chest pain syndromes
  • Diabetes - Lower Limb Care, Neuropathic Pain
  • End of Life Distress - Palliation, Pain Management
  • Rheumatology - Rheumatological emergencies in the GP setting
  • COPD - Pulmonary Rehab
  • Orthopaedic Conditions - Paediatric Scoliosis
  • Geriatric dilemma - Deprescribing and maintaining quality of life
  • Paediatric Emergencies - Ketoacidosis
  • Obstetric Emergencies
  • CPR Update.

Date: Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February
Time: 11.45am - 4pm
Venue: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds

Please visit our website to register or contact CPD Geelong for further information or phone 5222 0800.

PHN Learning Hub: Visit our table at the GP Refresher to learn more!

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Come and visit the Western Victoria PHN table at the upcoming GP Refresher on 24 - 25 February to learn more about the PHN Learning Hub.

The PHN Learning Hub is Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s new online learning management system developed by Clinician’s Matrix. The PHN Learning Hub allows health professionals to learn, develop and update their knowledge and skills in an efficient and cost effective way, regardless of their location, extending the reach and accessibility of education for health professionals across the western Victoria region.

Health professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff can have access to a range of continuing professional development (CPD) learning options such as online courses, webinars, eLearning programs, and live online health related conferences as well as guidelines and decision support tools making the PHN Learning Hub the ‘central hub’ for educational resources. All features are optimized for mobile devices ensuring users can access the PHN Learning Hub at anytime from anywhere.

Health Professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff will enjoy the many features of the PHN Learning Hub including:

  • Increased accessibility to CPD through a catalogue of online courses and webinars as well as clinical tools and practice support resources that will be updated on a regular basis
  • Education that aligns with the RACGP CPD&QI requirements
  • Dashboard and detailed views of progress of completion across all learning activities
  • Repository and retrieval of certificates of completion at any time
  • Ability to self-generate Learning Plans
  • Activity completion logbook section to allow uploading of personal entries (e.g. face to face courses) and certificates of completion as well as the ability to link these to learning plans
  • Complete archiving ability and printing for submission for CPD purposes
  • Ability for a helpdesk to access any user’s site without the need for remote access to the user’s computer or mobile device (cloud-based impersonation).

Access
To access the PHN Learning Hub go to http://catalogue.wvphn.cliniciansmatrix.com, click on ‘Register’ and complete the registration form. 

Western Victoria PHN Members should have received their member numbers via post in December. If you have not received it or have misplaced it, please contact us to find out your member number.

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Enquiries
Please email learninghub@westvicphn.com.au or phone (03) 5222 0800. 

More practitioners can now submit medical exemptions for vaccination

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On 16 August 2017 changes were made to the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, enabling additional practitioners to notify of medical exemptions to immunisation to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). These include:

  • General practitioners (as defined in the Health Insurance Act 1973)
  • Paediatricians
  • Public health physicians
  • Infectious diseases physicians and
  • Clinical immunologists.

Medical exemptions can be notified using the AIR website. The medical basis for vaccination exemption is based on guidance in the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition. Medical exemptions to vaccination can only be issued due to a medical contraindication or natural immunity. Medical contraindications to vaccinations are rare and limited to:

 Permanent

  • Previous anaphylaxis to vaccine/vaccine component; or
  • Significant immunocompromise (live attenuated vaccines only)

 

 Temporary

  • Acute major medical illness; or
  • Significant immunocompromise of short duration (live attenuated vaccines only); or
  • The individual is pregnant (live attenuated vaccines only).

Natural immunity to hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella must be confirmed via laboratory testing or physician based clinical diagnosis. Exemption to a combination vaccine on the bases of natural immunity is only valid if immunity is confirmed for all vaccine antigens.

Conscientious objection (vaccination objection on non-medical grounds) is no longer a valid exemption from the immunisation requirements for certain family payments.

For more information about the AIR, please call 1800 653 809 (call charges may apply).

Quad-strain meningococcal vaccine to be added to National Immunisation Program

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The Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP announced last week that the Australian government would be adding a quad-strain vaccine to the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

The new vaccine (Nimenrix) covers against A, C, W and Y strains (MenACWY) and will be added to the NIP ahead of the next peak meningococcal season which, based on previous years, is expected to be in the second half of the year.

In recent years we have seen a rise in the number of invasive meningococcal cases in Australia. In 2017, there were 382 cases reported nationally, compared with 252 cases in 2016 and 182 cases in 2015.

Deaths associated with meningococcal have also risen, with 28 deaths in 2017, compared with 11 deaths in 2016 and 12 deaths in 2015.

Currently, infants aged 12 months are given a single-strain Meningococcal C vaccine.

To find out more, please see this Media Release.

Gardasil® 9 vaccine is now available 

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Please note that when placing your next routine vaccine order:

  • To only order Gardasil® 9 vaccine and not Gardasil®
  • Gardasil® 9 is being offered through the school program
  • You can order a maximum quantity of five doses.

Please see this Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation Clinical Advice for Gardasil® 9.

Providing feedback and complaints to My Aged Care

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Access to services and changes to referral processes via My Aged Care portal have met with challenges for health professionals.

To provide feedback or complaints directly to My Aged Care, view the Department of Health Newsletter – Information for Aged Care Providers – How to make My Aged Care complaints

Domestic Violence Awareness Sessions

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Lifeline is committed to raising the awareness of domestic and family violence.

DV-alert awareness sessions comprise a two-hour interactive presentation where individuals and groups can talk about the issue of domestic violence and what they can do to help make a difference.

At the end of the awareness session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
  • Familiarise themselves with the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels – power and control, equality and empowerment
  • Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence.

To find out more, please see below dates and links to register.

Ballarat: Tuesday 13 February, 9.30am - 11.45am | Peart Wing 105 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat | Register
Daylesford: Thursday 15 February, 10am - 12.15pm | Daylesford Senior Citizens Rooms, 76 Vincent St, Daylesford | Register
Horsham: Monday 30 April, 1pm - 3.15pm | Wimmera Business Centre Meeting Room, 62 Darlot St, Horsham | Register
Stawell: Tuesday 1 May, 9.45am - 12pm | Stawell Health and Community Centre, 8-22 Patrick St, Stawell | Register 

The Magic of Collaboration: A workshop for Practice Manager and Nurses

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This workshop aims to enhance the working relationship between Practice Manager and Practice Nurse. The Program includes sessions on:

  • The Workforce
  • Governance
  • Professionalism and Risk
  • APRHA Requirements
  • How to get your Practice Humming
  • The Nurses Career Framework.

Date: Friday 23 February
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne

To find out more and to register, please visit the AAPM website.

Older Persons Mental Health First Aid: Ballarat and Geelong

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Mental health first aid for the older person is aimed at the person 65 years + who is experiencing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the older person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

At this two-day course participants will learn about:

  • Signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems (Depression, Anxiety problems, Confusion and Dementia, Psychosis)
  • How to provide initial help
  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective
  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation (suicidal thoughts, self-injury, panic attacks, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours).

Ballarat: Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March
Geelong: Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March

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

Region-wide Pharmacist Administered Immunisation Service 101 Workshop

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This free event aims to support pharmacists, pharmacy staff and pharmacies interested in delivering a pharmacist administered immunisation service. The workshop provides an insight into the legislation and guidelines that govern this service and the practical considerations around implementation and promotion.

Pharmacists who are currently delivering this service will benefit from the promotional discussions that can help improve awareness and uptake of the service. The pharmacy team overall will find value in consolidating their understanding of effective cold chain management.

Geelong: Wednesday 7 March, 7pm - 9pm
Horsham: Thursday 22 March, 7pm - 9pm
Warrnambool: Wednesday 24 October, 7pm - 9pm
Ballarat: Wednesday 14 November, 7pm - 9pm

To find out more and register for these events, please see this Eventbrite website

Register now for Victoria Rural Health Conference 2018

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This conference includes Continuing Professional Development (CPD), discussion panels, live entertainment and a wide range of activities for your family in beautiful Creswick. Join fellow GPs, GP registrars, practice managers, practice nurses and medical students from across rural Victoria.

Date: Friday 27 April - Sunday 29 April
Venue: RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick

To find out more, including speaker profiles, program and registration fees, please visit the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria website.

Registrations now open and call for abstracts:
Barwon South Western and Grampians Allied Health Conference

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This conference will bring together allied health professionals to support discipline-specific and inter-professional knowledge exchange, optimise collaborative learning about practice innovations and service developments, and to celebrate allied health’s collective contribution to the overall health and wellbeing of the regions' diverse communities.

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018
Venue:
Warrnambool campus of Deakin University.

Abstract entries for this conference close 5pm, Friday 23 February. To find out more, please see the health.vic website or this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Community Asthma Education and Support
  • Dietetics Referral
  • General Medicine - Acute, Non-acute & Advice
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Parkinson's Disease.

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

New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics

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Orticare is excited to announce that A/Professor Mike McDonough will be offering fortnightly telehealth clinics for secondary consultations and shared care consultations, as part of our RAMPS service. The RAMPS service provides GPs, nurse practitioners and other clinical healthcare staff working in the Grampians and Loddon Mallee regions with access to advice and consultation by an experienced Addiction Medicine Specialist.

These sessions will be available every second Tuesday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Please see this flyer for details or contact Felcity Harte on 5338 9144.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Parkinson’s Disease.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Palpitations
  • Chronic Hepatitis B
  • Ovarian Cancer - Established
  • General Medicine Referrals – Acute, non-acute and advice
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Cervical Screening
  • Pharmacy Management of Codeine Dependence.

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

Travel and accommodation subsidy

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Western Victoria PHN is offering up to a $300 subsidy to GPs from the Barwon South West region to attend Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) training. 

MATOD training is a free full day training funded by the Department of Health and Human Service. In Victoria, Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence, also known as Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), is a community-based programme allowing clients to receive ORT with their GP and pharmacist.

To prescribe methadone or to prescribe buprenorphine to more than five patients, GPs must be authorised in the treatment of opioid dependent persons. This MATOD training will provide GPs with the skills and required accreditation to prescribe ORT within the Victorian regulatory framework.

To find out more, please see this flyer or contact Salli Hickford on 5222 0809.

GP Leader of the future

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Congratulations to Dr Janelle Bennett from The Cottage Medical Centre, for being selected as a participant in the RACGP Future Leaders Programme for 2018.

This recent initiative of the college has been implemented to help build the GP leaders of the future.

We were delighted to support Janelle’s application and wish her every success in her endeavours.

Managing Codeine dependence in Primary Care

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Open to GPs and GP registrars, pharmacists and nurse practitioners, Dr Mark Davies from Western Victoria PHN's Opioid Management team will present on:

  • Pharmacotherapy of Codeine
  • Different clinical presentations
  • Identifying potential Codeine dependence
  • Management options for Codeine dependence.

Date: Thursday 15 February
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start - 8.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers St, Geelong

To find out more please see this flyer or to register, please see the Western Victoria PHN website.

Register to attend regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee

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You're invited to attend and participate in the next regional Maternal & Perinatal Mortality & Morbidity Committee meeting for the Barwon region. The role of the meeting is to:

  • Conduct timely peer review of all perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality across the region based on PSANZ guidelines
  • Review clinical management against current peer reviewed best practice management
  • Develop recommendations to improve clinical care in maternity services.

Date: Friday 2 March
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Venue: John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4 Kardinia House, Geelong Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong

Please contact Apryl Geale to register on 9345 3911.

Great South Coast 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Pharmacy Management of Codeine Dependence
  • General Medicine Referrals – Acute, Non acute and Advice
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Community Asthma Education and Support
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Referrals – Acute, Non acute and Advice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling - public brief intervention services
  • Paediatric referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Gynaecology Referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Bariatric Surgery Referrals.

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

Travel and accommodation subsidy

Western Victoria PHN logo

Western Victoria PHN is offering up to a $300 subsidy to GPs from the Barwon South West region to attend Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) training. 

MATOD training is a free full day training funded by the Department of Health and Human Service. In Victoria, Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence, also known as Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), is a community-based programme allowing clients to receive ORT with their GP and pharmacist.

To prescribe methadone or to prescribe buprenorphine to more than five patients, GPs must be authorised in the treatment of opioid dependent persons. This MATOD training will provide GPs with the skills and required accreditation to prescribe ORT within the Victorian regulatory framework.

To find out more, please see this flyer or contact Salli Hickford on 5222 0809.

Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre

This two day conference will explore and make sense of hot topics in lactation and birthing.

Topics include:

  • Human milk: A big player in the developmental origins of health and disease
  • Floppy poppies – Stiff necks, flat heads and breastfeeding
  • Managing slow weight gain in a breastfeeding baby – “Your advice really matters”
  • Can a baby be allergic to breastmilk? Lactose intolerance, allergies, sensitivities and galactosemia

Date: Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February
Time: 8am - 7pm (Friday), 8am - 4pm (Saturday)
Venue: Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool 

To find out more, please see this flyer and information about sponsorship opportunities.

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

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New to HealthPathways:

  • Dietetics referrals
  • Community Asthma Support
  • Acute General Medicine Referral
  • Non-acute General Medicine Referral
  • General Medicine Advice
  • Skin lesion excision
  • Established malignant melanoma
  • Pigmented skin lesions
  • Acute Dental Services Assessment
  • Non-acute Dental Services Assessment
  • Acute General Surgery Referral
  • Non-acute General Surgery Referral
  • General Surgery Advice.

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

Codeine changes - are you prepared?

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Codeine has now been up scheduled to prescription only (from 1 February). This change will significantly affect a number of groups including consumers, pharmacists, general practice and the alcohol and other drug sector. This facilitated discussion is designed to bring these various groups together to discuss ways to best manage this change and the potential emergence of presentations of poorly managed pain and/or codeine dependence in primary care.

Discussions will be centred on how we can work together to get the best outcomes for these patients; appropriate referrals and what clinicians need in the form of support and education for the changes.

This change will affect everyone in primary care so it's important to be part of the conversation!

Panel discussions will be facilitated by Pene Wood, Opioid Management Clinical Advisor, Western Victoria PHN.

If you have a particular case study you would like addressed on the night please forward details to Vernetta Taylor, CPD Consultant, Horsham.

Date: Tuesday 13 February
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm - 9pm discussion
Venue: Horsham Golf Club, 304 Golf Course Rd, Haven

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

New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics

Orticare.160359

Orticare is excited to announce that A/Professor Mike McDonough will be offering fortnightly telehealth clinics for secondary consultations and shared care consultations, as part of our RAMPS service. The RAMPS service provides GPs, nurse practitioners and other clinical healthcare staff working in the Grampians and Loddon Mallee regions with access to advice and consultation by an experienced Addiction Medicine Specialist.

These sessions will be available every second Tuesday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Please see this flyer for details or contact Felcity Harte on 5338 9144.

Dinner with the Federal Minister for Health

Andrew Broad

Andrew Broad MP, Federal Member for Mallee invites you to a meal and discussion with the Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health.

Date: Wednesday 21 February
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Horsham Golf Club, 304 Golf Course Rd, Haven
Cost: Food and drinks at bar prices

Please email or call 1300 131 620 with your response by COB Wednesday 14 February.