Murray PHN eNews #58


20 October 2016






Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter
Murray PHN was pleased to welcome the Department of Health and Human Services - Loddon Area and North Division Health, as a signatory of the Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter on Thursday 13 October,  during Mental Health Week celebrations. Pictured is Annette Toohey,  Manager Health Integration and Partnerships.See how your organisation can get involved in  stopping mental illness stigma >>

Murray PHN position vacant

The Primary Care Coordinator based in Bendigo, is a fixed-term role that is required to provide relief for a period of maternity leave which commences in December 2016 until June 2017.  The purpose of this position is to support Primary Health Services, particularly General Practice, to improve front line health service delivery.  Applications close 6 November 2016.
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Commonwealth Home Support Program  Funding

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt announced on Monday 17 October growth funding of up to $115 million over two years from 2016-17 is available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round.  Existing and prospective aged care providers of Commonwealth Home Support Program services are invited to apply for funding to support older people to live independently within their communities. Applications close 29 November.  Click here from more details

RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program

The RACGP is offering 2017 scholarships to those who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori or Pacific Islander heritage.  The scholarships provide a funded pathway through either Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and New Zealand.  Applications close Wednesday 30 November.  Click here from more details

National Nutrition Week | 16 - 22 October

It's  National Nutrition Week  and  NACCHO have highlighted what food and nutrition programs work for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.  Click here from more details


Social and emotional wellbeing

Pictured: Murray PHN and Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative  who came together on Friday 14 October to identify ways to collaborate and support services to be more responsive, accessible and appropriate to the mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

Cancer and Diabetes event

Pictured: Murray PHN Regional Manager Janice at Latest Advances in the Treatment of Cancer and Diabetes event on Wednesday 19 October discussing the cancer survivorship and bowel cancer screening programs that we're involved in with our partners.

VHA Annual Award winners

Congratulations to Echuca Regional Health who were awarded Innovation in Capital Works and Projects Award  and to Rochester and Elmore District Health Service for Innovation in Clinical Governance Award at the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) Awards on 6 October.  Click here for more details


Border pride fair

The first Border Pride Fair Day is taking place on Saturday 12 November 2016 from 10am to 4pm at Noreuil Park, Albury. The day seeks to address social isolation, mental health, sexual health and improve local service awareness for Albury Wodonga LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning) communities and HIV positive people, and will include a HIV and STI screening service.
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Breast screening Corryong

Woman aged between 50-74 who haven't had a breast screen in the last two years, can visit 'Marjorie' the mobile bus in Corryong  outside the Towong Shire Council Office at 76 Hansen Street from 21-28 October.
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White Ribbon Ball Albury

AlburyCity, Wodonga Council and Victoria and NSW Police are hosting a  White Ribbon Ball on Saturday 12 November to raise funds to help women and children affected by violence and help groups, and programs.
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Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program

The Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) is a nine-month self discovery journey.  Applications close Monday 31 October.

Murray PHN 2016 Scholarship recipient Ric Raftis, mental health advocate has said:
“I never expected that I would have the opportunity to work with so many exciting and energised people who are keen to improve their communities. I can't think of any session that hasn't inspired me.†
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GP fellowship training

RVTS applications are open for 2017, for GPs working in a rural or remote GP practice or an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, looking to train towards Fellowship of ACRRM or RACGP.  Applications close 26 October.  Click here for more details

Research surveys

  • Antibiotic subscribers

The University of Sydney is  currently conducting a national survey to understand GP attitudes towards antibiotic use, including: prescribing, antibiotic resistance and sources of information. Click here for more details

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to take part in mammographic screening

The University of Melbourne is currently undertaking a study on behalf of Cancer Australia to identify critical success factors for increasing mammographic screening participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across Australia. Click here for more details


Suicide prevention for practices

UnitingCare ReGen  are offering a free Wesley LifeForce suicide prevention workshop for practice managers and reception staff on Tuesday 15 November at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.
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End of life care group  | Seymour

Seymour Health are looking to evaluate and improve their end of life care through their working group and are looking for input from a medical representative. For more information contact Anne Daley,  Acting Assistant Director Quality and Service Development t:  03 5793 6100 or  e:

Aboriginal Population Health Promotion | Shepparton

Trudie Newman, Greater Shepparton City Councils' Aboriginal Population Health Promotion Active Living, is a proud Barkindji women.  Trudie's role is to provide assistance in recommendations ensuring that health and wellbeing initiatives are culturally appropriate and in line with current Government policy directions. The position will support the development of strategies that enable service providers to work more confidently and effectively with Aboriginal clients.
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Parkinson's support group | Mildura

The Mildura Parkinson's support group are hosting a free event on Monday 7 November that will feature guest speaker Dr Richard Peppard, Movement Disorder Neurologist.
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LGBTI roadshow | Mildura and Swan Hill

Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen, is undertaking an LGBTI Equality Roadshow in Swan Hill 1-3 November and Mildura 6-8 November. The aim of the roadshow is to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and promote their inclusion in everyday rural and regional life.  Click here for more details

Women's health day | Mildura

Mallee District Aboriginal Health Services, Sunraysia Community Health Services and Murray PHN are hosting a women's health day on  Thursday 10 November  to promote and encourage bookings for papscreens, talk about incontinence, skin cancer and women's health.  Click here for more details

The next five Murray PHN CPD events >>

  1. Educational update on Parkinson’s Disease | Shepparton
  2. An Update on the Reversal of New Oral Anticoagulants and Asthma-CPD Overlap Syndrome: Does it Really Exist? Shepparton
  3. Brief Interventions to Support Recovery in Trauma-affected Patients: An Evidence-informed Approach | Mildura
  4. Modern management of common vascular conditions | Bendigo
  5. Hepatitis C new treatments:  Primary Care at the frontline | Kyneton

The Murray PHN CPD calendar also includes events covering: Diabetes, Asthma, facilitating early pregnancy termination, palliative care, orthopaeadic and bariatric surgery and spirometry training. Click here to see the full CPD events calendar.

Are there any situations where standing consent does not apply?

When an individual registers for a My Health Record they give standing consent for registered healthcare provider organisations to upload health information to their My Health Record.  It is however important to note four exceptions.
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  External CPD events

  1. 2016 Australasian Sexual health conference | Adelaide SA
  2. St Vincent's Hospital annual lecture in Psycho-Oncology | Fitzroy
  3. RACGP eHealth Forum | Melbourne
  4. Public Health and Wellbeing Forum 2016 | Melbourne
  5. Preparing Patients for Interferon-free Treatment for Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings | Melbourne
  6. The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference | Melbourne
  7. GPCE & Think GP Promotion Conference | Melbourne
  8. UroGP Urology in General Practice Symposium | Melbourne
  9. Safeguarding Yourself â€" Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma | Melbourne
  10. Suffering in Silence: Pain in Dementia | Parkville
  11. Mental Health Reform conference | Sydney NSW
  12. Caring for young people with gender dysphoria | Webinar
  13. Managing Persistent Pain in Primary Health Care | Webinar
  14. Understanding first episode psychosis | Webinar
  15. Managing Mental Health and Medications during pregnancy, birth, postnatal and breastfeeding | Wodonga

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