Murray PHN eNews #61


Murray HealthPathways is live.
11 November 2016, lest we forget.

Murray HealthPathways has launched
Murray HealthPathways officially launched on Wednesday 9 November at Bendigo's iconic Ulumbarra Theatre. We were delighted to welcome more than 50 representatives from the acute sector, community health, Aboriginal Medical Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, primary care, mental health organisations, GP medical education, day surgeries, our own team and the university sector.Murray HealthPathways is a health professional support tool that will improve standards of care, minimise variations in treatment, and reduce unnecessary hospital visits across our region, where there are an estimated 71,500 potentially avoidable hospital bed days each year.

Pathways is the product of a rich regional collaboration, with more than 65 health professionals and five partner hospitals  taking part in  clinical working groups to develop the first 50 critical local pathways. Murray HealthPathways will give GPs and health professionals free access to hundreds of best practice clinical models of care and a growing list of detailed local referral pathways.  We have another 80 Pathways now being localised and we welcome requests for new Pathways  for development.

With ever-changing health systems and movement of practitioners, it is a challenge for GP practices to stay abreast of ever-changing referral options available to their patients. HealthPathways' easily accessible  referral and resource information will be a great time saver for health professionals in our region.  We thank everyone who has played a part in the establishment of this groundbreaking service.

Click here for more information, including contact details to discuss, or register for Murray HealthPathways.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

The Murray PHN region has the highest cervical cancer screening rates  at 62.2% in the whole of Australia, but there's still more we can do to reduce the risk of cervical cancers. Eighty per cent of all Australian women diagnosed with new cancers of the cervix have either never been screened or are lapsed screeners.
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Dementia/Aged Care funding

On Monday 7 November Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt announced $34 million in grants for innovative projects that will support older Australians to access the care they need, where and when they need it. Applications close Tuesday 20 December.
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Ice Training | Shepparton and Mildura

On Tuesday 8 November Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced that training had commenced for frontline workers in how to respond to people who are affected by Ice. In addition $30,000 one-off grants had been given to expand access to equipment at Mildura and Shepparton.
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Nurse Practitioner Scholarships

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering scholarships for nurses and midwives to undertake an AHPRA-approved clinical Master's program that leads to endorsement as a nurse practitioner. Applications close Friday 16 December.
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Fitzroy Street  Clinic |  Kerang

Drs Lindsay and Dianne Sherriff, along with Dr Graeme Wood, officially transferred the Fitzroy Street Medical Clinic over to the Northern District Community Health Service on Monday 31 October 2016 after more than 20 years of practice at the Clinic.  Patients and the Kerang and district community will not be impacted by the change in ownership.
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Suicide prevention | Kyneton

Avoidable deaths for suicide and self-inflicted injuries in the Murray PHN area are 40.2% above the state average. Murray PHN is partnering with Wesley LifeForce suicide prevention to hold a workshop for General Practice Managers and practice staff that will enable participants to develop a strategy or protocol to meet the needs of their general practice. This workshop is  being held in Kyneton on 25 November.
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Practice Nurse meeting | Albury

An APNA Practice Nurse meeting is being held on Tuesday 15 November. The  annual meeting schedule will be set for the year and the sharing of ideas is encouraged.
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BLACKOUT Youth Gatherings | Wodonga

BLACKOUT is a series of gatherings for young Aboriginal people to connect with each other, starting on Monday 5 December in Wodonga.
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Palliative care grants | Hume

The Hume Palliative Care Consortium is seeking expressions of interest from funded Health Care Services including Community Services in the Hume region to undertake a project/s that leads to strengthened palliative care service/s. Applications close Monday 28 November.
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Department of Human Services | Latest news

Shingles Vaccination Program

The Vicotorian Department of Health and Human Service are giving notice regarding the pre-allocation of shingles vaccine, and limited stock/reduced ordering levels, and the prioritisation of 79 year olds at this time.
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Reminder notice | AGM

Notice is given of the Murray PHN Annual General Meeting to be held at 37 Rowan Street Bendigo 6pm Tuesday 15 November. RSVP Monday 14 November t: 03 4408 5617 or e:


Submission writing event | Shepparton

Save the date for the Submission Writing in a Commissioning Environment workshop that is being held on Friday 17 February in Shepparton.  Our Community is running the workshop which will teach participants how to plan and present proposals with evidence.
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Motivational Interviewing | Numurkah

On Monday 21 November Numurkah District Health Service are hosting a Motivational Interviewing session as part of the Moira Allied Health Education Program.
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Public Advocacy | Shepparton

GV Health are hosting an information session on power of attorney, public advocate and VCAT on Tuesday 6 December in Shepparton.
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HALT event | Swan Hill

HALT is visiting Swan Hill SuniTAFE on Wednesday 16 November, in partnership with Swan Hill District Health. Local service providers are welcomed to attend or provide information bag materials. Resources can be delivered to Rachel at 60 McCrae St, Swan Hill.
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Pharmacotherapy event | Mildura

The Department of Health and Human Services will present on changes to the Victorian pharmacotherapy policy on Wednesday 30 November in Mildura. The event is suitable for GPs, pharmacists, nurses and AOD workers.
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Sleep settling training | Mildura

The SCHS Parent Support Service are organising a Safe Sleep Space training day for health professionals in Mildura on Friday 9 December.
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Next ten Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Advance Care Planning for General Practitioners | Albury
  2. Spirometry Training Course | Benalla
  3. Managing difficult communication for reception staff | Bendigo
  4. Introduction to knee arthroscopy | Bendigo
  5. Suicide prevention, intervention and reporting | Kyneton
  6. Triage in General Practice Settings | Mildura
  7. Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care | Mildura
  8. Chronic Pain Management Update | Mildura
  9. Renewal | New National Cervical Screening guidelines | Moama
  10. Hepatitis C New Treatments: Primary Care at the Frontline | Shepparton

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. Interprofessional education forum: Family violence | Albury
  2. Wesley LifeFroce Suicide Prevention training | Bendigo
  3. Stop domestic violence conference | Brisbane
  4. Change of Heart: Time to End Cardiovascular Complacency | Melbourne
  5. Infection control workshop | Melbourne, Armidale and Sydney
  6. The Inner World of the Baby seminar | Shepparton
  7. Legal aspects of Health Care | Wangaratta
  8. Decision Assist: Grief, trauma and loss | Webinar
  9. The Management of family violence in primary care settings | Webinar
  10. Clinical consultation skills - Communication and optimal cancer care | Webinar

Who is using digital health?
Software products using digital health
A number of software products used by healthcare organisations support digital health functions, including: Medical Director, Fred IT, MedTech32, smartclinics, Genie, and Best Practice.  
Public hospitals and health services connected to the My Health Record system
There are now over 5,000 general practice and 1,000 community pharmacies using the My Health Record system. Over 500 public hospitals and health services across Australia are connected to the My Health Record system and sending discharge summaries for patients with a My Health Record, with more connecting every month.
Click here for more details, including  which public and private  hospitals are using digital health and to access the Register of Conformity.

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