Murray PHN eNews #44


14 July 2016







My Health Record and Clinical Information Systems Improvements

Best Practice Lava
Best Practice has commenced deployment of Lava. Highlights include improvements in the national My Health Record (MyHR) functionality and some new reports, including one to help general practices monitor their shared health summaries for ePIP. Best Practice is currently holding a series of online masterclasses to introduce users to the new functionality. All documentation about Lava is being stored in a new online BP  knowledge base, which can be accessed on a new drop-down help menu in the software.
Medical Director
Medical Director now has an ePIP Shared Health Summary calculator. Further information on the  calculator and resources on the ePIP can be accessed here
General systems issues
Current systems issues and fixes which may impact healthcare providers are listed here. If you are experiencing technical issues with your clinical information system including installation support for Medicare and NASH PKI certificates, Murray PHN recommends that you contact your vendor directly for assistance and to log the issue; remember to also obtain a ticket so that appropriate tracking of your issue can be followed up collectively by the PHNs and the Department if it remains unresolved.
Help for healthcare providers
My Health Record support overview options can be accessed here and here  

Murray PHN Positions Vacant |  Mental Health Systems Coordinator/s  
  • Location negotiable within Murray PHN region
  • $81, 450.72-$89, 078.08 (pro rata) + superannuation
  • Fixed term until 30 June 2017
  •  Multiple positions up to 3.2 FTE - full and part time will be considered
These positions will support the improved health outcomes of people within the Murray PHN region through planning, development and commissioning of tailored, integrated models of care for mental health. Applications close midnight Thursday 4 August.
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New dementia website for kids

Children impacted by dementia in their family can now seek information and support from a new website launched by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic on 15 June.
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Pain medication | Study

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health are conducting a study examining attitudes to pain medications. They are looking to recruit people 18 years and older, living in Victoria who have been prescribed opioid medications for three months or more.
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Click here for participant information

Primary health care nurses | Online learning

The Heart Foundation has updated the free online learning module Cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management. It includes new case studies and reflective learning activities and has been endorsed by APNA for 2 CPD hours upon completion.
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Mental health forum | Bendigo

On Thursday 7 July, Murray PHN met with current service providers in Bendigo to discuss the primary mental health services commissioned from July 2016 and the context for these services within the changing environment for the primary mental health system.

Sleep event for GP's | Bendigo

On Friday 19 August, Dr Wadhwa and Dr Devayya will discuss the causes and indicators of sleep disorders, the critical role of GP's in the diagnosis of sleep disorders, sleep studies and patient optins in the treatment and management of sleep disorders.
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Get on board with Vision Initative | Campaspe

The Vision Initiative and Murray PHN are working in partnership to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision loss in Campaspe.
Local GPs are invited to attend a Vision Initiative ‘Keeping an Eye on Eye Health’ session on 21 July.

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Rural general practice | Grants

The Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) for GP clinics was announced in the May budget. Once the funding round opens, there will be a short window before it closes (typically around 4 - 6 weeks).  Practices should therefore start thinking about their projects. Grant Solutions is a service that  practices can engage with if they would like assistance with their application.  

Safer use of opiods

The Department of Health and Human Services has worked with the National Prescribing Service to develop a range of resources for health professionals, as well as consumer fact sheets, to promote the safer use of opioid medicines.
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Cardiac eLearning resource

My heart, my life e-learning is a resource to support nurses and other health professionals to provide patient education. It contains key information all cardiac patients should receive prior to leaving hospital following an acute coronary syndrome admission.
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Hugh Mackay | Shepparton

Social researcher, author and  commentator, Hugh Mackay, will  present a challenging, sometimes  confronting, but most of all  enlightening account of the  messages in his two latest books. All proceeds will go towards the  GV Community fund.
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New community nursing service

Simply Helping â€" Goulburn Valley now offers home-based community nursing services (RN & EEN) in addition to in-home care and support services (PCA). Referrals accepted from GP’s, RN’s, Allied and self-referral. Registered to service Workcover, TAC & DVA clients.
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NAIDOC Week | Shepparton

Last Friday Murray PHN and Primary Care Connect co-organised an event to celebrate and educate about the importnace of NAIDOC Week.
Click here for the Shepparton News article.  

Optimising  Osteoporosis Therapies | Invitation

Amgen invites you to  attend the educational event - Optimising Osteoporosis  Therapies: Options, triggers and considerations presented by Dr Anil Paramadhathil of Canberra Hospital and Health Services  on Monday 15 August in Goulburn.  
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next eight  Murray PHN CPD events

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

External CPD events

  1. GP Training Program for Medication Assisted Treatment  for Opioid Dependence |  Bendigo
  2. Falls prevention and the Baby Boomers â€" will we need to do things differently? | Parkville
  3. Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research | Melbourne
  4. Working Therapeutically with People who have Complex Trauma Histories  | Melbourne
  5. Carbohydrate counting for managing diabetes| Melbourne
  6. Hepatitis B Nursing: Preventing Liver Cancer in Primary Care | Melbourne
  7. Applied Suicide Intervention Training | Echuca
  8. Early intervention and support for people who experience workplace bullying | Webinar
  9. Spotlight on Hepatitis B Forum | Melbourne  


Learn Wiradjuri | Albury

Yali Wiradjuri is an eight week introductory Wiradjuri language program before held in Albuiry from September to November.
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North East Victoria | Food policy discussion paper

Beechworth Health Services Health Promotion team are a part of the North Eat Victoria Food Policy Working Group who have recently developed a discussion paper.
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AAPM Staff Development Day | Albury

The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) is conducting a Staff  Development  Day for  all members of the practice team -  doctors, practice nurses, receptionists, practice managers on Wednesday 14 September.
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MS presentation evening | Wodonga

Dr Ron Brooder and Dr Steve Ring will be presenting about the causes and tratment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on Thursday 28 July.
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PrEP trial | Albury

Albury Sexual Health Service have commenced enrolling patients in a trial called EPIC-NSW (Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities in NSW) which aims to assess the impact of the rapid expansion to access to PrEP among those at highest risk of acquiring HIV, in particular, if it will lead to a drop in new infections.
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I Pink I Can! | Mildura

The I Pink I Can breast screening luncheon was held during NAIDOC Week celebrations on Wednesday 6 July.  The event was created from an ongoing partnership between local Indigenous Health Service Providers and the Murray PHN Indigenous Health Team.
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SCHS | Consumer Advisory Committee

Sunraysia Community Health Services are looking for people who have had experience with the health system as a patient or carer to provide feedback and perspectives.
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Keeping an eye on eye health | Swan Hill

Vision initiative in collaboration with Murray PHN is conducting a  session on 20 July to provide GPs with an understanding of the common eye conditions contributing to avoidable blindness and vision loss in Australia. They will cover practical applications to reduce the risk of blindness and vision loss among at-risk populations, a better understanding of triggers and appropriate management of red eye(s) and superficial ocular trauma and referring appropriately to eye health providers including optometry, ophthalmology and low vision and rehabilitation service providers.
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