Murray PHN eNews #62


Redesigning the Practice Incentives Program (PIP)
18 November 2016

Premier’s Health Service of the Year Awards | 2016 Finalists
Murray PHN would like to congratulate all finalists for this year's awards be be announced next month. We wish the three health services within our region the best of luck: Echuca Regional Health (Premier’s Medium Health Service of the Year finalist) Goulburn Valley Health (Excellence in Cancer Care finalists for their Prostate Cancer Services) and Kyneton District Health who are pictured (finalists in Premier’s Small Health Service of the Year and Excellence in Community Engagement for their Tea for Ten: A cuppa for your thoughts).  
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Australian Government Consultation Paper |  Redesigning the Practice Incentives Program (PIP)
Murray PHN is seeking stakeholder feedback from GPs, practice managers and practice nurses to inform the Murray PHN submission. Click here to contribute via a five question  survey.

Background information:
In the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced it would work towards changing the PIP through the measure entitled “Quality Improvement in General Practice â€" Simplification of the PIP†. The redesign of the PIP replaces some of the current incentives and introduces a new Quality Improvement Incentive which will give general practices increased flexibility to improve their detection and management of a range of chronic conditions, and to focus on issues specific to their practice population.

The redesigned PIP would also reduce the administrative burden associated with multiple PIP payments and move towards a system that supports practices to identify ways to work with their practice population that is flexible, supports quality improvement, aligns to the evolving context of Australian primary health care, and is consistent with Australian Government policy priorities.

For more information, and the opportunity to provide extended feedback to the Australian Government  click here

Antibiotic Awareness Week, National antimicrobial resistance plan  and antibiotic use survey

14 - 20 November is Antibiotic Awareness Week   which aims to remind people that:
  • Misusing antibiotics can cause harm
  • You could be passing on antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Antibiotics are a precious resource that should be handled with care
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019  on Thursday 10 November. A total of $9.4 million was allocated in the 2016/17 Budget to continue work already being done on AMR.

The University of Sydney is running a survey and hoping to hear from GPs, particularly given the focus of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Implementation Plan  on antibiotic use in general practice. Australia’s high use of antibiotics in general practice  is 20 per cent above the OECD average. Click here for more details and to participate.

Multilingual appointment card

Cancer Council Victoria are asking service providers to complete a survey on how to improve the multilingual printable appointment card so that it's more user-friendly. The appointment card aims to improve non-English speaking clients' attendances at health care appointments. For information contact Neela Konara, Senior Diversity Advisor, Cancer Council Victoria t: 03 9514 6435 or e:

Rural physical activity survey

The University of Tasmania, Deakin University and the University of South Australia are asking adults from across rural and regional Victoria to take part in a new study looking at local environment and links to physical activity levels. The study may help councils, government, planners and developers create spaces and places for rural and regional people that encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent poor health.  
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Listen up forum | Docklands

This event on Thursday 1 December will highlight and bring together current services and programs that promote inclusion, participation, connection and healing amongst young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and CALD communities.
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World AIDS Day | Bendigo and Echuca

  • The Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative is hosting a World AIDS Day BBQ on Tuesday 29 November to help improve access to screening and treatment  for people at risk of HIV infection.
  • Njernda Medical Centre is having a community open day on Wednesday 30 November to educate  and raise awareness about HIV, testing and treatments.

NDIS workshops and sessions

Starting from Thursday 24 November:

Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workshop | Echuca

A two day workshop funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, for those working in the public Alcohol and Drug sector, aims to enable participants to plan, manage and evaluate group work relevant to the AOD sector.
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New breast screen clinic | Wangaratta

On Wednesday 16 November, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy officially opened the new breast screen clinic at Northeast Health Wangaratta. The clinic is expected to deliver 3,500 breast screen in two years.
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Open day | Tallangatta Health

On Thursday 24 November, Tallangatta Health Service is having an open day that coincides with their open Board meeting, and that will showcase Bolga Court, Lakeview and Acute ward.
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South Wangaratta Medical Centre opening

On Monday 14 November Murray PHN North East Regional Manager Richard McClelland attended the opening of the new South Wangaratta Medical Centre.
Click here for more details, including photos.

Arts and Health | Wangaratta

On Tuesday 22 November The Institute for Creative Health in partnership with the Centre Against Violence, will hold a session providing an overview of how the ways arts and music are being used in professional health and welfare settings in Wangaratta.
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Murray PHN eNews survey

We are asking for feedback on eNews to understand what you enjoy and what we could improve on. Responses will inform how the eNewsletter will look in 2017.
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Aboriginal nursing scholarships

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering postgraduate scholarships up to $20,000 for people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. Applicants must be registered nurses and midwives working in the Victorian public health sector, in areas of clinical practice where additional postgraduate studies are considered an important workforce requirement. Expressions of Interest close Friday 27 January, 2017.
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Men's Shed Funding

On Monday 14 November  Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley announced $400k in funding for 93 men's sheds across Australia, for the promotion and support of men’s health and wellbeing activities. Round 14 funding opens on Monday 28 November.
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Parkinson's event evaluation

On Saturday 22 October GV health, Murray PHN and Parkinson’s Victoria held an education update on Parkinson’s disease in Shepparton. The event included some of the world’s leading Parkinson’s specialists. Dr Arup Bhattacharya and Movement Nurse Sheree Ambrosini were the driving force behind the team that organise the event every year.
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Breast screening | Seymour

A mobile breast screening service is currently in Seymour until Tuesday 31 January.
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Palliative and end of life care mapping survey | Hume region

The Hume Region Palliative Care Consortium (HPCC)  is working to implement an integrated palliative care consultancy model across the Hume region. HPCC invites health care providers such as GPs, hospital wards, RACFs, Community Services and others who provide end of life care to participate in a mapping exercise to assist them to understand the broader palliative approach in the region.
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Project grants | Moira shire

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to help fund projects or events in the Moira shire. Applications close Friday 2 December.
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Women's health day Mildura

Mallee District Aboriginal Health Services, Sunraysia Community Health Services and Murray PHN hosted a women's health day on Thursday 10 November to promote pap screens and pampering, during National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. While many of the 50 attendees were up to date with their screening, those that were not were able to make appointments to get screened.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) information session

Magistrate's Court Victoria and Court Support Services are hosting a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) information session facilitated by Clinical Neuropsychologists Dr Linda Borg and Dr Loretta Evans in Mildura on Friday 25 November.
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How do you see the future of digital health? Your health. Your say.

The Australian Digital Health Agency wants to hear from you. Whether you’re a patient, a member of the public, a healthcare provider, scientist or researcher, entrepreneur or technology innovator. Tell them what is important to you so that what they  do is shaped around what you need.

There’s nothing more important than our health and the health of those we care about. Putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them can help Australians live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? What do Australians want and expect from a modern healthcare system?

Click here for more details and to provide feedback.

Next  Murray PHN CPD events

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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. ENTRESTOÂ ® in systolic heart failure: Challenging the paradigm | Bendigo
  2. Cultural Awareness Training | Echuca
  3. Suicide prevention workshops | for Aged Care Nurses (ACNs):  Tatura, PCAs:  Rushworth, ACNs:  Rushworth
  4. RWAV Cultural Awareness Training | Aarat
  5. Recognising and Working with the Lasting Trauma for Adults Raised by Parents with a Serious Mental Illness | Fitzroy
  6. Best Practice in Chronic Pain: Medication Management Day Conference | Melbourne
  7. Jean Hailes women's health course for doctors and health professionals | Melbourne
  8. Fundamentals of HIV and Sexual Health: Expanding the Scope of Primary Health Care Nurses | Surrey Hills NSW
  9. Decision Assist: We’re all different | Webinar
  10. Complex trauma and disenfranchised grief in the context of forced adoption | Webinar





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