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Commissioning Framework

Commissioning for outcomes Commissioning is a policy shift in thinking about how to build collaborative service systems in primary care. We know that change will happen when we focus simultaneously on patient experience, service system capability and underserviced populations in communities of greatest needs. Through its commissioning processes, Murray PHN works to understand the health…
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Strategic Plan

It matters that we make a difference Our second three-year strategic plan (2018-2021) explains our goals and focus, and how we aim to make a difference to our community through better health, better care and better systems. Click here to read our Strategic Plan
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Needs Assessment

Determining local health needs Murray PHN generates a full Needs Assessment every three years and updates it annually to reflect local emerging or changing issues. The Needs Assessment is a population health-based analysis of the health needs of our communities. Combined with the national health priorities set by the Commonwealth Government, our Needs Assessment helps…
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RIPERN Scholarships awarded

Thank you to everyone who enquired and applied for our most recent RIPERN scholarship round. We're pleased to announced that as at 13 February 2020, all scholarships have been awarded. Due to the success of our RIPERN scholarship program another round of scholarships will open in May 2020. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter to stay…
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Research on Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) in rural Australia

Pictured: Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster, La Trobe Mildura Head of Campus Deb Neal and Murray PHN Regional Lead Donna Sedgman. Invitation to participate in qualitative research on Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) in rural Australia A research project is being conducted by the La Trobe Rural Health School and Murray PHN. The…
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Community Advisory Council Opportunities

Murray PHN is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to commission primary health care services. Our work is focused on making sure that people get the most effective care, where and when they need it, and to keep them well and out of hospital. To understand the diverse needs of the communities we serve,…
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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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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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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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