Murray PHN eNews #56


6 October 2016







Breast Cancer Awareness Month | October

"43 women are diagnosed every day, and still breast screening is too low at 54% of Victorian women." - Christine Nolan  CEO, Breast Cancer Network Australia.

The estimated* number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2016 is  16,084 - AIHW

Breast cancer is  the most common cancer for Indigenous women. A video is  available for Indigenous women to learn about what to look for click here

BreastScreen Victoria have a number of resources including patient reminders available for health professionals and patients click here

Murray PHN positon vacant

Workforce Development Officer | Albury
This role will provide accessible and quality continuing professional development (CPD) and training opportunities relative to the population health needs and workforce characteristics of the North East Victoria region.  Applications addressing the key selection criteria close midnight Sunday 16 October 2016.
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Research scholarships

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research is offering six-week scholarships for postgraduate tertiary students. The scholarships will provide students with an opportunity to work in a knowledge exchange organisation so that they gain a better understanding of how to make academic research relevant to policymakers and practitioners. Applications close Thursday  17 November.
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GPCE Melbourne | November

Melbourne GPCE  11-13 November,  is  open to all healthcare professionals working in, or with an interest in primary care.  Early Bird 10% discount ends 5pm Wednesday 12 October.
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Pharmacotherapy policy event | Bendigo

The Department of Health and Human Services will present on changes to the Victorian pharmacotherapy policy in Bendigo on Thursday 20 October: for doctors, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and alcohol and drug workers.
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Mental Health Week | Macedon Ranges

Cobaw Community Health are hosting 13 events across Gisborne, Kyneton and Woodend during Mental Health Week.
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Elmore Field Days

Bernie, Loddon Mallee PIR Coordinator and Jennifer, Murray PHN Manager Health Systems pictured at Elmore Field Days.
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Mental Health Week | Bendigo

Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership are hosting/supporting a number of events in Bendigo during Mental Health Week, including:

Victorian rural health awards

The 2017 Victorian Rural Health Awards (VRHA) are open. They  acknowledge doctors, medical specialists, Aboriginal health workers, general practices, nurses, allied health workers, practice managers, GP locums and medical students making a difference across rural Victoria. Applications close Wednesday 30 November.
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RACGP | Technology survey

RACGP are seeking to understand what systems are being used, what future investment is needed and key technology challenges faced by general practice teams.  Survey closes Monday 31 October.  Click here for more details.
Results from last year’s survey informed the development of mHealth in general practice: A toolkit for effective and secure use of mobile technology. Click here for more details.

Bereavement and complicated grief services | Survey

This survey has been commissioned by the Department of Health  and is being conducted by the Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.  Questions cover bereavement and complicated grief services provided by organisations, including referral.  Survey closes Monday 10 October.
Click here for the Participant Information Sheet.  
Click here for the survey.


Boorinawas Gathering  | Story

Murray PHNs Goulburn Valley office commissioned local artist and Bangarang woman  Rebecca Atkinson to create a piece of Aboriginal artwork titled "Boorinawas Gathering" during NAIDOC Week.  The Goulburn Valley team formally thanked Rebecca on Thursday 15 September by inviting her to come and speak about the meaning of her painting. Learn more about "Boorinawas Gathering" and  Rebecca's' story by  clicking here.

Mental Health Week Shepparton

Submissions are open for artwork to be displayed as  part of an exhibition for Mental Health Week, 10 â€" 13  October. The aim is to help raise awareness and reduce the  stigma of mental health issues. Entries close Sunday  9 October 2016.  Contact Goulburn Valley Healths  Julie McNamara or Kara Brand t: 5832 2111 or e: e:
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Alcohol and drug event | Shepparton

Primary Care Connect are hosting a drug and alcohol information session for families on Wednesday 19 October.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. High St Xray update | Bendigo
  2. Latest Advances in Cancer and Diabetes | Bendigo
  3. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course | Kyneton
  4. Educational update on Parkinson’s Disease | Shepparton
  5. Asthma and Respiratory Management for Practice Nurses | Albury

Temporary amendment | Requirements for the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive
Under this temporary amendment, all ePIP registered practices will be able to make up any shortfall in shared health summary uploads by achieving their full accumulated requirement for the first three quarters by 31 January 2017, rather than three separate quarterly targets. This temporary amendment has been granted to provide practices that made genuine attempts to meet the revised requirements and were prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond their control, enough time to resolve their transitional issues and be eligible for their ePIP payment.

Those general practices that opted out of the first quarter ePIP payments will also have the opportunity to catch up and meet their shared health summary targets so that they are able to receive the full incentive.

The Department will be formally communicating this arrangement to ePIP registered practices over the coming weeks. If practices do not intend to meet all of the ePIP requirements, they should withdraw from the ePIP entirely. This will ensure that they are not overpaid, and not faced with having to repay up to three quarterly payments. The department will commence recovery action for all ePIP incentive payments made to those practices that have not met their shared health targets by 31 January 2017.

 Ã¢â‚¬" Australian Government Department of Health advice  to PHNs, 30 September 2016.

External CPD events

  1. 42nd International Mental Health Nursing Conference | Adelaide
  2. Department of Health and Human Services consultations: Improving access to reproductive health services |Bendigo
  3. Safetalk Suicide Alertness Training | Echuca
  4. Other ways of knowing: Understanding Aboriginal trauma | Fitzroy
  5. Addiction Neuroscience and its Relationship to Policy and Practice | Fitzroy
  6. 12th Annual National Chronic Disease Management Conference | Melbourne
  7. Trauma-Informed Care and Practice | Melbourne
  8. Uveitis and Hearing Loss | East Melbourne
  9. Integrated Emergency Care for Older Persons Summit | Melbourne
  10. Engaging with men who use family violence | Wodonga


World Mental Health Day event | Albury

On Monday 10 October Thurgoona Community Centre and Just Suicide Prevention are hosting an event on 'Breaking down depression and building resilience'.
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Supported families resilient kids event | Benalla

The 2016 Hume FaPMI Conference is on Thursday 13 October and is for those working in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, familiy and community support services.
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Well ageing vision and engagement event |  Wangaratta

This is a new community collaboration that encourages the contribution of older adults to inform the development of health and community services in Wangaratta. An event will be being held on Monday 24 October.
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Women's health day | Mildura

On Thursday 10 November Mallee District Aboriginal Health Services, Sunraysia Community Health Services, Murray PHN and cosmetic company Pinchapoo are hosting a women's health day to promote and encourage bookings for papscreens, and talk about incontinence, skin cancer and women's health.
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Black Tie Gala | Swan Hill

The Black Tie Gala Fundraiser for the Blue Ribbon Foundation Swan Hill is on Saturday 22 October. The money raised will  purchase trauma trolleys for the Rocky Lane Resuscitation Unit at Swan Hill District Health.
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Spring into action | Swan Hill

Eatmovesmile is hosting a six week 10,000 step Swan Hill challenge between Monday 17 October and Sunday 27 November.
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