Murray PHN eNews #30


7 April 2016








After hours primary health care is accessible and effective primary health care for people whose health condition can't wait for treatment until regular primary health care services are next available. It should not be a substitute for primary health care that could otherwise occur 'in hours'.

The Murray PHN community awareness campaign for After Hours will be commencing in  the coming weeks. Click here for more information on After Hours.

Community Advisory Council | Consultation forums

Murray PHN consultation forums start next Tuesday. The forums will inform the establishment of the Community Advisory Councils over the coming months. Community members and organisations interested in improving health outcomes in their region are invited to attend.  
Tuesday 12 April |  Kerang and  Mildura
Wednesday 13 April | Bendigo and  Swan Hill
Thursday 21 April |  Castlemaine and  Kyneton
Tuesday 26 April |  Albury and  Benalla
Wednesday 27 April |  Kyabram and  Shepparton
Tuesday 3 May |  Seymour
Wednesday 11 May |  Bright
Click here to register or provide online feedback if you are unable to attend a forum.

Murray PHN positions vacant | Bendigo

Administration Support Contracts
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 April.
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Primary Health Services Coordinator
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 April.
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A 'Healthier Medicare' for chronically-ill patients

Malcolm Turnbull and Sussan Ley announced the Healthier Medicare package on 31 May 2016. It is one of the biggest health system reforms since the introduction of Medicare 30 years ago. It is said to revolutionise the way we care for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions â€" aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living happier and healthier lives at home.

The primary care package will be trialled through creating ‘Health Care Homes’ that will be responsible for the ongoing co-ordination, management and support of a patient’s care.  About 65,000 Australians will participate in initial two-year trials in up to 200 medical practices from 1 July 2017.
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Medicare benefits cheques

From 1 July 2016, patients/claimants will need to register their bank account details with Medicare so that their benefit can be paid via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Click here for a A3 practice poster
Click here for a A4 practice poster
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Cobaw celebrates 30 years

Congratulations to  Cobaw Community Health who today celebrate 30 years of operation in the Macedon Ranges community.
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Strathdale Medical Centre | Vacancy

A part time Practice Nurse is required.  Combined practice nursing and EPC related activities. For a copy of the position description e:  and apply in writing to Strathdale Medical Centre,  5 Putnam Avenue, Strathdale VIC 3550.

Bendigo Primary Care Centre | Vacancy

A vacancy exists for a Nurse Team Leader, 60 hours per fortnight fixed term. Applications close midnight Sunday 10 April.
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Let's nut it out

An all day workshop is being held in Bendigo on April 11 for advice on changemaking for changemakers, social entrepreneurs, project managers or those starting out to make a difference in business or community.
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Edmund Rice Camps

Murray PHN's Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker Kevan, spoke at an Edmund Rice Camps  event on Friday 1 April.  Kevan spoke around the impact of history on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and how the next generation can be proactive in change, by having child health checks and seeing a regular GP.

Users of the Pen CS Clinical Audit Tool (Pen CAT or CAT4)

If you work in multiple locations and use only one generic login for Pen CAT/CAT4 across these locations contact Aida Escall, Manager Primary Health Outcomes on, t: 03 4408 5671 or m: 0418 540 411  so arrangements can be made for your continued access to Pen CAT/CAT4.  Click here  for details on CAT plus.

Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Program

This is a three-year research program that will generate qualitative and quantitative information on the allied health workforce. This will be achieved via participation in the following:

Physiotherapists and sonographers, particularly younger professionals and those in the private sector in Victoria, are encouraged to complete the Allied Health workforce questionnaire.
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Kidney Health Australia Awards

Nominations are open until 1 May 2016 for a primary care individual, primary care clinic or group demonstrating excellence in early detection and management of kidney disease.
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Dementia-Friendly Home app

The Dementia-Friendly Home app was launched on 16 March by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. It uses interactive 3D game technology to provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia.
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Social inclusion  workshop

Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities workshop is on Tuesday 26 April.  This workshop aims to engage and empower participants to be leaders of rural social inclusion whether within an organisation, partnership, collaboration or the broader rural community.  A reminder that the workshop is in the education Room at Seymour Community Services, at the back of the Seymour Hospital, Callen St, Seymour and not Nexus Primary Health.
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Child health checks | Shepparton

Goulburn Valley service providers came together to support the Lulla’s Children and Family Centre’s Health day on Monday 4 April.

The day was focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children having hearing, speech, dental,  immunisation,  general health, wellbeing  and maternal child health nurse checks.

Murray PHN attended to focus on the importance of closing the health gap. Adults and children were encouraged to leave painted hand prints on canvas (Nicole Atkinson, Indigenous Health Project Officer pictured top right). This hand print is a visual reminder to the commitment to encourage children to have health checks and lead by example of living a healthy lifestyle.

Community aged care forum

Times are a changing - come along for the ride community aged care forum is on Wednesday 20 April in Yea.  The agenda has now been finalised and registration is due by Wednesday 13 April by clicking here. For further information contact  Sandra Saxton, Executive Officer t: 03 5793 6332 or  e:
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Suicide Prevention Training Workshop | Bendigo
  2. Epilepsy Management in General Practice | Shepparton
  3. Multidisciplinary Morbidity and Mortality Workshop | Bendigo
  4. Mental Health and Diabetes Workshop | Bendigo
  5. Eating Disorders in General Practice | Bendigo

External CPD events

  1. Doorway to dementia and Applying person-centred communication | Bendigo
  2. Foundational clinical supervision skills training | Bendigo
  3. Smoking Cessation Forum - High Priority Populations | Carlton
  4. Burns assessment and management in the community setting | Echuca
  5. Eyes wide open - a close look into eye health and low vision care | Echuca
  6. FlexIT: Flexible  Insulin Therapy for Health Professionals | Melbourne
  7. Management of workers with musculoskeletal injuries | Webinar
  8. Paediatric eczema | Webinar  (To access  you need to be enrolled in Tele-Derm).
  9. Exploring the myths forum series: Balancing bipolar | Wodonga
  10. Mind Recovery College: Helping others to help you  course | Wodonga


Forensic doctors wanted | Albury

Forensic Medical Officers are being sought in Albury to enable adult victims, to be examined locally instead of being transferred to Wagga Wagga or Deniliquin.
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As at 31 March  Hume Partners In Recovery (PIR)  has had  125 active participants and 51 people exit the program: 45% of which no longer needed assistance.
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Hands up Mallee

The Northern Mallee Community Partnership's role is to facilitate partnerships between organisations, business, government and community, to work towards better outcomes for our community. They have released Hands up Mallee consultation paper and are inviting feedback on the various
proposals outlined in the document. Read the consultation paper, view the video and complete the survey.
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Parkinson's information day

Mildura Parkinson’s Support Group is  hosting an information day on World Parkinson’s Day,  Monday, April 11, outside Target at Mildura Central from 9.00am to 5.30pm.
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