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Support for our bushfire affected communities

Murray PHN’s thoughts are with everyone affected by Australia’s bushfires. Our teams are actively working to support general practices and health services located in bushfire affected communities in our region. Providers are being contacted directly to discuss the current impact of the fires and ask if they require any additional assistance or support. For more…
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Tender open for The Way Back service in Sunraysia

Murray PHN is seeking to engage a provider to deliver The Way Back psychosocial support services to people who have attempted suicide or are at high risk of suicide in the Sunraysia region. The service will be delivered in partnership with Mildura Base Hospital. Murray PHN received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Beyond Blue to…
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New Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

What are OCPs? Optimal Care Pathways are national guides that describe the best possible cancer care for patients with specific types of cancer. The pathways describe the key stages in a patient’s cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care, and the expected optimal care at each stage to ensure all people diagnosed with…
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RIPERN scholarships open

What is RIPERN? RIPERN (rural and isolated practice endorsed registered nurses) training will support acute nursing staff in rural communities to expand their scope of practice and will allow rural health services to build on or establish a RIPERN model of care. A RIPERN model of care allows health services to complement or supplement their…
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Referral criteria for specialist clinics has changed

New specialist clinic referral criteria  The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has introduced statewide specialist clinic referral criteria for select conditions in the following six specialties: ENT, Vascular, Urology (from November 2019), and Gynecology, Gastroenterology and Neurology (from February 2020). Referrals that do not meet the statewide referral criteria are expected to be…
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Health Voices Survey Results | September 2019

From our Community Advisory Council’s ongoing work, we know that mental health is a key concern across our catchment. The link between wellbeing and positive social connections as a protective factor for mental ill-health is well known. More recently, ‘place’ has been shown to impact directly on one’s wellbeing.   Wellbeing audit of towns or…
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The health and health service experiences of our Hazara communities

The Murray PHN region is home to several different groups of refugees, including Hazara refugees from Afghanistan. Refugees in Australia often have complex physical and psychological health needs, which can be from pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival experiences. We undertook a project has been to explore the health experiences and needs of Hazara people in the…
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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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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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