Murray PHN eNews #43


7 July 2016







NEHTA has now become the Australian Digital Health Agency
The agency will set the direction for the Australian digital health eco-system enabling all parties, both public and private, to innovate and deliver complementary products and services to leverage the national digital health infrastructure and deliver digital health outcomes. Click here for more details.The Australian Digital Health Agency website will be your key resource for the My Health Record:

  • Maintaining digital health in your practice | Click here for more details
  • Patient Consent| Click here for more details
  • Training Resources | Click here for more details
  • Introduction to HPOS and PRODA for digital health | Click here for more details

Australia’s Health Tracker

Australian  Health Tracker report cards for adult, children and young people were released on Tuesday 5 July. They provide a comprehensive assessment of the health of Australians in relation to chronic diseases and their risk factors.  The report cards will be issued regularly and will track progress towards the targets for a healthier Australia by 2025.
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Immunisation news | June

The Victorian Government's June immunisation newsletter contains information on:

  • Preterm infant immunisation
  • Free influenza vaccine for Aboriginal children
  • New yellow fever vaccine recommendation
  • Can the VaxOnTime app find you?

Click here for more details

Lung Foundation Australia |  Travel grant

Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd are offering two travel grants for health professionals in Australia who work with COPD patients. The travel grants will be to assist travel costs to  the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology congress, in November in Thailand.
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GP survey | Antidepressants and  pregnancy

A study on antidepressant use in pregnancy is currently taking place across rural and metropolitan Victoria. The five minute survey asks GP’s about their views and practices on the issue. The results will be used for a research paper that hopes to benefit GP’s and improve patient care.
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NAIDOC Week | Bendigo

Murray PHN Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker Kevan Horder, speaking at the Bendigo NAIDOC Week opening ceremony and flag raising event at the Bendigo Town Hall on Monday 4 July.

NDIS forum |  Macedon GPs

North Western Melbourne and Eastern Melbourne PHNs are hosting a NDIS forum on Tuesday 26 July in Preston. It is  relevant to GPs with patients in the Macedon area.
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BCHS | Supporting victims

Community health nurses at  Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS)  have joined a multi-agency team that are helping central Victorian victims of sexual assault, on their journey towards healing and justice.
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Health Alert | Measles case

On 1 July the Chief Health Officer  confirmed a case of measles in a young adult who was infectious whilst at a number of places in Victoria, including the Shepparton area between June 21 and June 25, a V-Line train from Shepparton to Southern Cross Train station on June 25, and at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport on June 25 and June 28.  Measles has an incubation period of about 18 days.  General Practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments  should be alert  for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they attended the above places.
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What Were We Thinking!  App

The What Were We Thinking! app is  an app for expectant and new parents providing resources to help navigate the first six months of life with a baby.  It also helps caregivers and health professionals to support the mental health and well-being of new mums and dads.
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GP survey |  Hepatitis C

The St George Hospital Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is conducting research on General Practitioners' perspectives on the new hepatitis C direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. The aim of the research is to improve models of care and identify ways to increase uptake of therapy in the community. The survey takes five minutes and GP's can participate by  clicking here  

Health Translations Directory

The Health Translations Directory is a free online portal funded by the Victorian government which provides direct links to more than 10,000 multilingual health resources produced in Australia, in over 90 languages.
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Facilitate goal directed planning | Shepparton

The Health and Human Services sector are invited to undertake professional development training in care planning. Two sessions are being run in Shepparton in August and September.  This course is fully funded and places are limited.
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GV Health | Research fair

The first annual GV Health research day fair will be held on Wednesday 20 July.  The event will provide an opportunity for local researchers to present their ideas, showcase local studies and clinical audits and propose their evaluation reports to an interested audience, highlighting regional improvements and innovations.
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Mental health first aid course | Shepparton

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August Extend Health Education are hosting a mental health first aid course which will teach adults how to provide  initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Click here for more details  

Next Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Respiratory and Cardiology Update | Wodonga
  2. Exercise Is Medicine Workshop | Shepparton
  3. Respiratory and Cardiology Update | Wangaratta
  4. Keeping an Eye on Eye Health | Swan Hill
  5. Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Training | Kerang
  6. Keeping an Eye on Eye Health | Echuca
  7. GP Training Program for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence | Bendigo
  8. Practical guide to management of lesions of the face and nose | Bendigo
  9. Managing Chronic Kidney Disease in General Practice | Wangaratta

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. Perioperative care of older people videoconference | In Murray PHN Goulburn Valley and North East regions (inc. Echuca in Central Victoria)
  2. Exercise is Medicine â€" MSK Health | Webinar
  3. VICSERV Implementing Frontline Ice Training in community managed mental health services | Bendigo
  4. Nursing People with Addictions | Geelong
  5. Diagnosis and GP Management of Common Eye and Ear Presentations and Dizziness | Parkville


Diabetes event | Albury

On Thursday 21 July, Diabetes NSW and Victoria are hosting Living with Diabetes - what now? event. An endocrinologist, dietitian, diabetes educators and a person living with diabetes will be speaking at the event.
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NAIDOC Week |  Mansfield

Hume Partners in Recovery Program  Manager Jenny Donnelly is pictured with  Chris Thorne, Central Hume Primary Care Partnerships (PCP), Aboriginal Community Support Worker during the  NAIDOC Week celebration in Mansfield on Wednesday 6 July.

Multiple Sclerosis event | Wodonga

Neurologists Dr Steve Ring and Dr Rob Boorder will be presenting on the causes and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and will be holding a panel discussion in Wodonga on Thursday 28 July.
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Click here to view  the  Hume Partners in Recovery website.


NAIDOC Week | Swan Hill

Pictured: some of our partners from Koori Court, MDAS Swan Hill, Sunraysia TAFE and Victoria Police wearing the Murray PHN designed and sponsored singlets for the Swan Hill NAIDOC Week basketball event held on Tuesday 5 July.

Swan Hill Nurses' Conference

The Swan Hill Nurses' Conference, 28-29 July, will cover: emerging health priorities, preventative health strategies, improving patient outcomes, latest evidence on current treatments and delivering patient centred care.
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NAIDOC Week |  Mildura

Murray PHN, Sunraysia Community Health Services, Commealla Health Aboriginal Cooperation, and Mallee District Aboriginal Health Service were among the organisations that helped to organise the I Pink I Can Aboriginal breast screening luncheon in Mildura on Wednesday 6 July.

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