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Using technology to remotely monitor chronic disease patients

Using technology to remotely monitor chronic disease patients Rural patients living with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and lung disease, can better manage their health from home, with new wearable devices linked to a smart phone app. Murray PHN has partnered with health technology company Propell, on a pilot study that uses technology to…
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Changes to psychosocial support services

From 1 July 2019, the way psychosocial support services are delivered across Australia has changed. Psychosocial support is a term used to describe programs and activities which are designed to support people with severe mental illness achieve their recovery goals. As part of this change, participants of the Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers and…
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Don’t wait vaccinate – for protection against the flu

Make sure you're protected this flu season There have been more than 21,800 reported cases of influenza so far this year compared with just over 2,000 last year. Worryingly, 37 lives have already been lost to flu in Victoria. Vaccination provides the best protection against flu. For groups at increased risk, the vaccination is free.…
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Health Voices Survey Results | April 2019

What we heard about health navigators in April 2019 Many people find it difficult to access the health system due to its complexity. It's a system with multiple moving parts, including intricate funding models, patients with complex, chronic and diverse needs, and numerous interventions and treatment options. We were interested in hearing Health Voices' thoughts…
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Measuring the health of our region

Each year, we review the health and primary care service needs specific to our region. This includes review of qualitative and quantitative data, and engaging and consulting with a number of partners, including community, to form an outlook of our region and work towards better health, better care and better systems. Undergoing the process annually ensures timely identification and…
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Free professional development subscription for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals

Free professional development subscription  Murray PHN is offering GPs, nurses and allied health professionals with AHPRA registration in our region, a free subscription to Armchair Medical TV (worth $360+) to continue their professional development training. Armchair Medical TV allows health professionals to stream more than 4,000 lectures on a phone, tablet, computer or chromecast-enabled TV. An example…
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Health Voices Survey Results | September 2018

What we heard about cancer screening in September 2018 Cancer screening is an important way to identify early, the onset of many cancers. Across the Murray PHN catchment we know that only 63.9% of eligible people participated in cervical screening, 57.3% in breast screening and 41.9% in bowel screening during 2010-2014. These rates are even…
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Health Voices Survey Results | June 2018

What we heard about mental health in June 2018 It's estimated that of our population (644,457 ) almost 20 per cent (or 126,314 people aged 18-85 years) will experience mental ill-health. Health Voices who had an interest or experience of the mental health system, were recently asked about  activities and services, including: Aboriginal and Torres…
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Health Voices Survey Results | April 2018

Respiratory and cardiovascular diseases affect more than 40,000 people, cause more than 4,000 avoidable hospital admissions and 200 avoidable deaths in our region each year. Top five services that people use to manage their chronic disease While most people used their GP to help them manage their chronic disease, people also used a number of…
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