Murray PHN eNews #52


8 September 2016







Murray PHN | Positions vacant

  • Primary Care Coordinator,  Albury closing 11 September
  • Workforce Development Officer, Albury closing 11 September
  • Advisory Council Manager,  Bendigo closing 12 September
  • Administration Support HealthPathways,  Mildura closing 18 September
  • Assistant to the Executives Directors,  Bendigo  closing 19 September

Click here for more details on all positions.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria is calling on GP’s in the Mallee and Northern District regions to refer their diabetes patients to Flying Doctor Telehealth to assist with the management of their patients with diabetes.
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Indigenous lung  checklist

Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program have developed the first ever Australia-wide Lung Health Checklist specifically for the Indigenous community.
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Research surveys

A number of research surveys are available for health professionals to provide feedback:


Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Training | Kyabram

This course was held Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 August. Participants are wearing not your deadly self  t-shirts that feature local Aboriginal artwork, designed by Murray PHN.

New Oncologists  | Bendigo

St John of God Hospital Bendigo, have three new Oncologists: Dr Rob Blum,  Dr Sam Harris and Dr Day Ng with special interests ranging from melanoma, to urology and tumours.
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Exercise physiology | Bendigo

Ashleigh Oliver, Exercise Physiologist is currently  seeing clients under the MBS and full fee public paying clients at Bendigo Community Health Services. Services include  diabetes exercise and falls prevention.
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Government announcements

New immunisation handbook

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 2016 Update is now available. It  contains amendments to a number of chapters including changes to clinical recommendations. The major change was to the yellow fever chapter.
Click here for a summary of the changes
Click here to access the 10th edition

Murray HealthPathways survey

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GP information sharing |  ChildFIRST

Child FIRST is a central referral point to effectively link vulnerable children, young people and their families into a range of community-based family services. There are 24 Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Teams (Child FIRST) across Victoria. When Child FIRST seek information from GPs it is important to be aware of the situations where the Children’s Youth and Families Act 2005 effects the principles of the Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001. A poster and booklet is available from DHHS to further explain these situations. Click here to access the Guidelines for health professionals.


New Oncologist |  Shepparton

Dr Ayesha Saqib  has begun at Shepparton Private Hospital Consulting Suites. Dr Saqib  has keen interest in the management of breast cancer, hepatobiliary  and gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer and neuro-oncology.
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New Day Oncology and Infusion Service | Shepparton

The Shepparton Private Hospital Day Oncology Unit and Infusion Service specialises in the care and support of patients receiving day medical therapy, usually by IV infusion often for chronic illness and cancer  treatment and management.
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Women's health day | Shepparton

Shepparton Women's Health Centre is hosting a women's health day on Wednesday 14 September that will include guest speakers.
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Breast screening | Yarrawonga

BreastScreen Victoria's mobile screening service is in Yarrawonga until 14 September.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Upcoming Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Improving outcomes for a timely diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice | Albury
  2. Brief interventions to support recovery in trauma-affected patients | Bendigo
  3. Male and Female Urology | Mildura
  4. The Role of GP Practices in Facilitating Early Pregnancy Termination | Wallan

Public Consultations on Secondary Use of My Health Record Data
Before My Health Record data can be used for secondary use purposes, a Framework needs to be developed to govern how this data can be accessed, by whom and for what purposes.  The Framework will reflect the views of the Australian community and therefore everyone is invited to attend a  public consultation; which  are currently  taking place up until November 2016.
Click here for more information and how to participate.

External CPD events

  1. Orthopaedics Trauma Management | Ararat
  2. Regional LGBTIQ Health Forum |  Albury
  3. PHAA 44th & 20th Chronic Disease Network  Conference | Alice Springs
  4. Managing Challenging Behaviours in People Following Brain Injury | Bendigo and Mildura
  5. Working with people with ABI and MENTAL HEALTH conditions, including SUBTANCE use disorders | Bendigo and Mildura
  6. Making Waves: Advanced Training Workshop | Fitzroy
  7. It’s All About That Thyroid | Horsham
  8. The Most Challenging Cluster B Personality Disorders | Melbourne
  9. Medications for mood and other mental health issues | Melbourne
  10. Breaking the silence: Talking to patients about weight loss | Melbourne
  11. Be your Best: Promoting Health and Preventing Falls in Older Adults | Melbourne
  12. Akolade Patient Flow in Emergency Departments Forum | Melbourne
  13. Wound Management Education day | Mildura
  14. Mental Health First Aid Certificate | Rochester
  15. HIV s100 Prescriber Course | Sydney


Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) opened on Monday 5 September. The aim of the centre is to  provide  integrated cancer treatment, care and research for the people of North East Victoria and  Southern NSW.
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Older Persons Mental Health

The Older Persons Mental Health Service of North East and Border Mental Health, Albury Wodonga Health, welcomes Dr George Alexander and Steve Voogt on a part time basis. Dr Alexander has extensive experience in the Psychiatry of Old Age and Steve Voogt is able to provide assistance on medical co-morbidities.  


Project ICE sport | Mildura

A community event will be held on Tuesday 13 September in Mildura, where parents, siblings and ex ice-users will share their stories of the drug ICE.
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Family violence | Mildura

Everyone from victims to support services, is invited to be part of the conversation and share their vision for a Victorian system, which can provide effective prevention, response and recovery choices for anyone experiencing family violence. The Mildura Regional Community Conversation is taking place on Tuesday 13 September.
Click here for more details

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