Murray PHN eNews #57


13 October 2016


Mental Health Week (9 - 15  October)  focuses  on sharing stories, support and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers and the community as a whole.

The Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter was developed through a joint project with the Hume and Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) programs, led by Murray PHN.

The Charter is about working towards reducing mental illness stigma through a series of commitments which are seen as the major components to address in reducing stigma. Seventeen organisations  have pledged to Stop Stigma. Click here  for details on how you can  make the pledge too.

Murray PHN position vacant

The Workforce Development Officer coordinates CPD events, and looks at merging themes in the primary care health sector. The role based in Albury is critical to ascertaining and understanding the professional development needs of general practice and other health professionals. Applications close midnight Sunday 16 October 2016.
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Hepatitis C medication update for Pharmacists

More than 74,200 Victorians currently live with the hepatitis C virus. Since March this year, several new direct acting antivirals to treat hepatitis C have been made available on the PBS General Schedule.

This session is being delivered via satellite at Murray PHN offices in: Albury, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton on Tuesday 8 November by Victorian Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr Thomas Schulz, and current community Pharmacist Ms Dimitra Tsucalas. The update will assist Pharmacists in the provision of hepatitis C medications and services in the primary care sector.
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Department of Human Services News | October

  • Help when claiming MBS items for children with disabilities
  • The new Australian Immunisation Register

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Mental health event | Elmore

Elmore Primary Health Services, with help from Murray PHN are hosting It's ok to talk a free dinner and talk about mental health on Friday 21 October.
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NDIS session | Rochester

Bendigo Health Carers Support Services in  partnership with Interchange Loddon Mallee Inc are hosting  an information session about five things people need to know to prepare for  the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on Thursday 27 October.
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Vascular services | Bendigo

Regional Vascular Services has  purchased a mobile ultrasound machine which can be used to scan patients that are unable to visit the rooms  such as nursing home residents.
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Position vacant | Myrtleford

An experienced Practice Manager is needed for a busy General Practice inMyrtleford. Business management skills are essential. Applications close Friday 18 November.
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Position vacant | Corryong

A full time GP is required to join a team of two GPs, Practice Nurse, and Allied Health staff with onsite pathology and radiology services.
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Cultural awareness training | Wangaratta

Northeast Health Wangaratta are hosting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training on Friday 21 October. The training empowers people to become more culturally appropriate within their practices, and assists in providing Aboriginal people with more culturally sensitive experiences when attending health services.
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GP Fellowship | RVTS

GP's working in a rural or remote GP practice, or an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service may be eligible to enter the fully funded Remote Vocational Training Scheme’s (RVTS) four year GP Vocational Training Program. Thirty two GP training positions are available, commencing 30 January 2017. Applications are open and close on Wednesday 26 October.
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Aboriginal cancer website

Cancer Council NSW has produced a website  in consultation with the Aboriginal community to provide culturally appropriate information and resources on cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It also includes resources for health workers.
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Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP)

Murray PHNs funding a scholarship for a  resident or carer of someone with a severe and persistent mental illness and who is  in either Buloke, Campaspe, Gannawarra, Loddon, Mount Alexander, City of Greater Bendigo or Swan Hill Rural City Council Shires and is wanting to  build their leadership skills.
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Ladder safety matters campaign

Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, launched ladder safety matters on Tuesday 13 September.  The Department of Health and Human Services has also joined the community awareness campaign.
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Cancer summit | Shepparton

GV Health Oncologists and Hume RICS are hosting a forum on Wednesday 26 October to provide information from the State Wide Colorectal Cancer Tumour Summit.  Those health professionals who are involved in the management of patients with colorectal cancer, are encouraged to attend and be involved in the continuous improvement of cancer care.
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Maloga Hearts | Shepparton

Primary Care Connect in conjunction with Department of Health and Human Services and The Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Community Initiatives Funding, are pleased to launch Maloga Hearts:  Goulburn Valleys first indigenous Family Violence app. The app focuses on culturally appropriate services for Indigenous persons.  An official launch event is being held on Tuesday 25 October.
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Nachos day | Robinvale

Robinvale District Health Services and Network House are hosting an Aboriginal cuisine and culture day on Tuesday 18 October.
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Community of practice  | Swan Hill

Southern Mallee PCP and Womens Health Loddon Mallee are hosting a Community of Practice Forum for the primary prevention of violence against women and identifying and responding to family violence training.
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Adoption support  | Mildura

VANISH, Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help, are starting a new group in Mildura on Saturday 15 October to  provide search, support and counselling services for people separated through adoption and who have been placed in childhood institutions.
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Improving medicines, allergy and adverse reactions information in  My Health Record
The Australian Digital Health Agency would like to engage with clinicians working in various healthcare settings to understand how they use medicines related information particularly as part of patient transitions across care settings. This may include GPs, specialists, hospital pharmacists, community pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals and aged care workers.
Click here for more information, including times and dates available for observation and/or interviews.

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. High St Xray update | Bendigo
  2. Topical Issues in Infertility and IVF | Shepparton
  3. Educational update on Parkinsons Disease | Shepparton
  4. GP Role in Facilitating Early Pregnancy Termination | Wallan
  5. An Update on the Reversal of New Oral Anticoagulants and Asthma-CPD Overlap Syndrome: Does it Really Exist? | Shepparton

Click here to see the full Murray PHN CPD calendar.

Murray CPD event  spotlight |  Latest Advances in Cancer and Diabetes

Leading scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will provide insights into the latest advances in the treatment of cancer and diabetes in Bendigo on Wednesday 19 October.

Heathcote local Mrs Sandra Slatter is a 12-year survivor of non-hodgkin lymphoma and has said “I would not be here today if it weren’t for the people who dedicate their working lives to medical research. I am now involved with helping research translate from the lab to the clinic and it means everything to be a part of the journey†.  RSVP by Monday 17 October. Click here for more details

External CPD events

  1. Family Partnerships for Early Childhood Intervention | Bendigo
  2. LRHS Public Lecture: NDIS | Bendigo
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness for Early Childhood Intervention | Bendigo
  4. HIV s100 Prescriber Course VHHITAL (Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning) | North Richmond
  5. Advanced Topics in Falls Prevention | Melbourne
  6. 4th Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium | Melbourne
  7. Engaging frontline staff in changing clinical practice | Melbourne
  8. The 38th John Murtagh Annual Update Course for General Practitioners | Melbourne
  9. Lifestyle medicine | Melbourne
  10. Mens health GP education symposium | Melbourne
  11. SARRAH It takes a village conference | Port Lincoln
  12. AHHA Stepped Care Models for Mental Health Workshop | Sydney
  13. Decision Assist: Advance care planning â€" how to | Webinar
  14. Responding to and Treating PTSD: What Works? Webinar
  15. eMHPrac: Using Mobile Apps in mental health work | Webinar 7





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