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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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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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Board member vacancies | Any Murray PHN location

Murray PHN Limited invites suitably skilled and interested people to nominate for one of four Non-Executive Director vacancies to serve on the company’s Board. These vacancies have come about through three Directors reaching the end of their appointed term, and one Director resignation. The current Directors are all eligible to nominate for the vacant positions.…
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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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