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Referral criteria for specialist clinics is changing

New specialist clinic referral criteria  The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is introducing 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 declined by…
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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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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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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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