Murray PHN eNews #42


30 June 2016







OPT-OUT | What if my practice can’t meet the target for a single quarter?
Practices are able to opt-out of individual quarters online up to the point-in-time, where they determine they will not meet the requirements. Practices will automatically be opted back in to the next payment quarter. Practices registered for the eHealth incentive are able to opt-out and opt-in of a quarter as many times as required. This must be done online through HPOS by the point-in-time. By opting-out of a payment quarter, a practice will still be registered for the eHealth Incentive, but will not receive a payment for the quarter in which they have opted-out.
Click here for the PIP eHealth Incentive Guidelines.

Source: Digital Health Division, Department of Health.

Changes to headspace funding

From July 1, headspace centres will be managed by PHNs (Primary Health Networks) instead of headspace national office.  Murray PHN will receive funding for headspace centres in Albury-Wodonga,  Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Swan Hill. Read >  Bendigo Advertiser article one,  Bendigo Advertiser article two  and watch >  WIN News Bendigo video

Murray PHN | Position vacant

Communications and Marketing Manager
The position has management responsibilities for the communications team (located in Corporate  Office, Bendigo) which provides a range of communications support services including the  preparation and distribution of relevant information through a range of communication mechanisms  and mediums. Applications close midnight Sunday 3 July.
Click here for more details  

Health Alert | Meningococcal W

The Chief Health Officer (CHO) Advisory has issued an alert to health professionals about the increase of  Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) due to Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W (also known as serogroup W135) in Victoria. The CHO advises to consider testing for Invasive Meningococcal Disease in older patients who may have atypical presentations (septic arthritis, pneumonia, epiglottitis).
Click here for more details

NDSS changes

From 1 July 2016, there will be changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). There are no changes to the cost or types of products available under the NDSS, but the way these products are accessed may change. At present there are over 4,800 pharmacies which are NDSS Access Points across Australia.
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MBS update

From 1 July 2016, 24 items will be removed from the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and two diagnostic imaging items will be restricted to patients under 16 years of age.
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NAIDOC Week | Bendigo

The Bendigo NAIDOC Week committee have organised a number of events in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Nuggety and Swan Hill beginning today, Thursday 30 June and running through to Friday 15 July.
Click here for more details

Cobaw Community Health | Board vacancies

Cobaw Community Health are seeking to fill Director roles from volunteers with law, business or financial expertise to contribute at a Board level. Applications close Monday 1 August.
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Mind Recovery College | Bendigo

Mind Recovery College have released their semester two (July - December) course guide, that includes courses being offered at the Bendigo Campus. On average the Bendigo campus delivers one course a week, with the view of providing more in 2017.
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Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government's $200m Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will  provide upgrades to rural and regional hospitals. Grant applications close on Monday 29 August.
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NAIDOC Week | 3 - 10 July

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
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Emergency Department | Report

For the first time, NHPA's report examines the reasons why people attend an ED using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013â€"14 Patient Experience Survey. The report then presents the varying use of EDs and GPs by local area, including Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) and PHN (Primary Health Network) area.
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Palliative care education

Primary healthcare providers can access the redeveloped My Learning online education modules from CareSearch. My Learning is designed to teach health professionals how to find and use palliative care information to aid decision-making and inform their clinical practice.  


Exercise is Medicine

Physical activity has been identified as an effective method for the prevention and treatment of many health conditions.  Click here for more details.  A Murray PHN Exercise is Medicine CPD event is taking place on Thursday 14 July.  Click here for details.

Crossroads  Launch | Seymour

The Crossroads Project  will commence this year and  aims to improve rural health care in North Eastern Victoria. The  Crossroads Project launch will be held in Seymour on Friday 29 July.
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Family violence session |  Euroa

A free information training session on identifying and responding to family violence will be held in Euroa on Thursday 14 July.
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NAIDOC Week |  Benalla

Benalla Rural City Council are hosting two days of NAIDOC Week events.
Click here for more details  

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Consumers and Carers Mental Health and Housing Options | Bendigo
  2. Respiratory and Cardiology Update | Wodonga
  3. Exercise Is Medicine Workshop | Shepparton
  4. Respiratory and Cardiology Update | Wangaratta
  5. Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Training | Kerang

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. GP Training Program for Medication Assisted Treatment  for Opioid Dependence | Bendigo
  2. VICSERV Implementing Frontline Ice Training in community managed mental health services | Bendigo
  3. Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research | Melbourne
  4. Carbohydrate counting for managing diabetes| Melbourne
  5. Maintaining the flame: Advocacy in the longer term | Melbourne
  6. Working Therapeutically with People who have Complex Trauma Histories  | Melbourne
  7. Diagnosis and GP Management of Common Eye and Ear Presentations and Dizziness | Parkville
  8. Falls prevention and the Baby Boomers â€" will we need to do things differently? | Parkville
  9. SG16AUS | SimGHOSTS (Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists) | Melbourne
  10. Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality workshop | South Brisbane QLD
  11. What do we now know about exploring Aboriginal suicides  in a social and emotional wellbeing framework? Webinar


Service Integration workshops | Wangaratta

Turning Point has been contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide state wide training in Service Integration to the alcohol and drug sector (AOD).  
This one day workshop being held on Wednesday 20 July, will suit all workers in the AOD sector and aims to enhance good practice in relation to the development of joined-up service planning for vulnerable clients with multiple service needs.
Click here for more details

Practice management day

The Australian Association of Practice Management is hosting a staff development day for all  members of the practice team: doctors, practice nurses, receptionists and practice managers on Wednesday 14 September in Albury.  Topics include: the NEHTA shared health summary, working with different personalities, Medibank, protecting staff and patients, infection control, along with a panel discussion.
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Palliative care  event | Mildura

Living longer, dying better: A framework of palliative care for older Australians living in the community event was held in Mildura on  Tuesday 21 June.

MDAS Advisory Committees

New advisory bodies are being established by Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) in Mildura and Swan Hill/Kerang to improve and enhance the delivery of its services.
Click here for more details

NAIDOC Week | Mildura and Swan Hill

MDAS has organised a number of events starting today and going through to Saturday 6 August.
Click here for more details

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