Murray PHN eNews #59


28 October 2016


Murray PHN Advisory Councils | Appointments
We welcome more than 60 members of the central and northern Victorian community who have been appointed to eight inaugural Murray PHN Clinical and Consumer Advisory Councils to help shape the health system needs of our region.

The four regional Community Advisory Councils and four Clinical Advisory Councils will provide local knowledge on health priorities and gaps in service, guided by clinical, consumer, carer and community views.

To see the full list of members,  click here.

Practice Manager awarded

Murray PHN would like to congratulate Deborah Stidwell who was awarded the Victorian Practice Manager of the year for 2016. Deborah manages Brooke Street Medical Centre, Woodend and  has been successful in growing the practice and implementing local health programs.
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Asthma Handbook | Updated

The National Asthma Council Australia launched version 1.2 of the Australian Asthma Handbook on Tuesday 18 October. It has been  developed by a team of medical experts and incorporating feedback from primary care providers. In addition the National Asthma Council Australia has updated its popular Asthma and COPD Medications wall chart that specifies each medication’s current PBS reimbursement status for asthma and/or COPD.
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Position vacant | Murray  region

Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA) has a vacancy for a casual Registered Nurse in the Murray PHN region  to deliver epilepsy education to community organisations. Email to find out more information.

Shingles vaccine program

The Zostavax ® vaccine can be promoted to 70 to 79 year olds in readiness for the shingles program beginning from 1 November 2016.  Review the Zoster chapter in the Australian Immunisation Handbook and order resources from Immunise Australia.
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Murray PHN | Position vacant

Primary Care Coordinator Bendigo
This fixed-term role that is required to provide relief for a period of maternity leave which commences in December 2016 until June 2017. This position supports Primary Health Services, particularly General Practice, to improve front line health service delivery. Applications close 6 November 2016.
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Maryborough hospital funding

On Wednesday 19 October Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced $1.1 million for Maryborough District Health Service  ($850,000 to upgrade the medical imaging service with the addition of another ultrasound machine, the replacement of the current aged ultrasound, and transfer to direct digital radiography) through the first round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
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Community reference group | Wodonga

Gateway Health are establishing a Gender Clinic for trans and gender diverse young people aged 17 and under at Gateway Health Wodonga.  To ensure that the clinic meets the needs of the local community, they are establishing up a Community Reference Group. Gateway invites expressions of interest for the voluntary positions from trans and gender diverse community members and parents/carers of trans and gender diverse young people. For more information contact Sarah t:  02 6022 8828 or e:

Perinatal mental health event | Wodonga

Medical specialists and health professionals are invited  to hear the latest evidence based information from Senior Pharmacist Rodney Whyte,  Melbourne's Monash Hospital, and a panel discussion with a local Obstetrician, Paediatrician, GP and Psychiatrists  on Tuesday 15 November.
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Fifth  National Mental Health Plan | Consultation open

On Thursday 20 October Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced that the Fifth National Mental Health Plan has been approved by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) and is ready for public comment.  The Fifth Plan focuses on seven targeted priority areas:

  • Integrated regional planning and service delivery
  • Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
  • Physical health of people living with mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination reduction
  • Safety and quality in mental health care

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APNA  consultations

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is developing an Education and Career Framework for nurses, with the aim of improving employment opportunities, recruitment and retention of nurses within, or considering a career in, primary health care settings. Stakeholder consultations provide an opportunity for leaders in primary health care nursing to meet, discuss and debate key points in the development of the Education and Career Framework.
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Dadvice | beyondblue campaign

New dads can do it tough and often without professional support. beyondblue, with funding from the Movember Foundation,  has launched a new web series featuring  fathers sharing the highs and lows of parenthood.
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Life! program | Wallan

Life! is a lifestyle modification program that helps people reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Nexus will deliver the Life! Group Course that involves:  a one-on-one introductory session,  four group sessions, and one follow up group session delivered approximately five months. GPs can refer their patients to the program if they meet one of the eligibility criteria.
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GP CPD event | Wallan

The CPD event GP Role in Facilitating Early Pregnancy Termination  is taking place in Wallan on Wednesday 9 November and aims to increase knowledge of medical termination, complications, clinical and practical support, training requirements and service systems. To attend RSVP as soon as possible.
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2016 Sunraysia Hepatitis forum

The forum is taking place on Thursday 17 November and is suitable for all people working with those affected by viral hepatitis, including GPs, nurses, community health and support workers, drug and alcohol workers, youth workers, ATSI workers, and anyone interested in updating their knowledge about the care, treatment and management of viral hepatitis.
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Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) | AGM

MASP, a community based organisation who deliver a coordinated range of services and support to people in need,  are holding their annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 16 November.
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Fundraising walk | Mildura

C.H.A.I.L.I.S. (Children Having an Illness Living In Sunraysia) has organised a  fundraising walk  on Sunday 30 October to purchase a seizure dog for Lachlan Loxton.
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Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Modern management of common vascular conditions  | Bendigo
  2. Hepatitis C new treatments | Primary Care at the frontline | Mildura
  3. Asthma and  Respiratory Management Seminar for Practice Nurses | Woodend
  4. GP Role in Facilitating Early Pregnancy Termination |  Wallan
  5. Palliative Care:  Advanced Care Planning | Castlemaine

For the full Murray PHN CPD calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. The Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2016 | Adelaide
  2. Working in ECI with People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds | Bendigo
  3. Managing Asthma in the Real World: A focus on guidelines, drug particle size and device choice | Bendigo
  4. Orthopaedic Updates: Enhanced Recovery Joint Replacement | Echuca
  5. 2016 Sunraysia Regional Viral Hepatitis Forum | Mildura
  6. Immunisation update including Zoster, travel and more | Parkville
  7. Update on Pregnancy, Neonatal and Infant Issues | Parkville
  8. Putting the Mouth Back into the Body | Richmond
  9. Respecting patient choices: Advanced care planning | Wangaratta
  10. Exercise: Boning Up on Fracture Prevention | Webinar

Blog post Privacy: enabling trust and confidence in digital health
Vanessa Halter is a senior privacy specialist for the Australian Digital Health Agency.
I’ve been a privacy advisor for digital health for five years, and no presentation I make is ever the same. Yet, there is one consistent element with every audience: privacy is a priority. I see that as one of the reasons why some providers have not dived head first into adopting digital health. Those providers want to be absolutely sure that the trust their patients already have in them to uphold privacy is not eroded.

Privacy clearly enables trust for patients. But privacy also enables adoption of digital health by providers. In using digital health, providers need to have confidence that the digital health product they are using has been designed with privacy in mind and that it helps them uphold their privacy obligations to a patient. But how does that confidence grow?
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