Murray PHN eNews #63


28 November 2016
Clinical and Community Advisory Councils induction

Clinical and Community Advisory Council induction
We were very pleased to have 58 of 63 regional Clinical and Community Advisory Council members complete  their induction over two days last week. The event was filled with working groups  and presentations by Murray PHN staff, with  guest speakers including Alison Verhoeven, CEO of AHHA.  Our Advisory Council members reported that they had enjoyed many positive discussions and "an overwhelming excitement that together we will  make  a difference to patient outcomes across our region".

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  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 aim to 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 are flexible, supports quality improvement, align  to the evolving context of Australian primary health care, and are consistent with Australian Government policy priorities.

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

Murray PHN positions vacant

Indigenous Health Outcomes Officers (Albury, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton) and Coordinator (Bendigo).
The primary purpose of these roles is to improve access to primary health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to increase their health and wellbeing. Applications addressing key selection criteria close midnight Sunday 11 December. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
Click here for more details

Alcohol and other drugs (AOD)

Turning Point is offering a number of opportunities to increase AOD skills and knowledge:

  1. Scholarships for Graduate Certificate in AOD Studies | EOI Close 30 November
  2. Online Graduate Programs in Addiction | Applications close 3  February
  3. Talking Point - Ambo Project |  30 November
  4. Workshop: Introduction to Sensory Modulation |  2  December
  5. Workshop: Recognising and Working with the Lasting Trauma for Adults Raised by Parents with a Serious Mental Illness | 7  December 2016

Integrative health care | Survey

The University of South Australia, Flinders University and Endeavour College are examining the views and needs of Australian health consumers and health care providers in relation to integrative health care. The data will be used to develop a new health care service delivery model for primary care.
Click here for more details


Bendigo hospital update

Construction of the new Bendigo Hospital is finished one month ahead of schedule.  When it opens next year, it will have capacity for 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 11 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, 25-bed maternity unit and 80-bed mental health unit.
Click here for more details

Community health services Cohuna

Northern District Community Health Service have opened their new Cohuna headquarters.  The facility includes five dedicated consulting rooms that will help the Health Service provide speech pathology, podiatry, foot care, diabetes education, dietitian, counselling, youth services, homelessness services, women's and men's health programs.
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Effective meetings  Wangaratta

The VHIA (Victorian Hospitals' Industrial Association) is presenting  How to Chair Effective and Productive Meetings workshop at North East Health Wangaratta on Monday 19 December.
Click here for more details

Medical supplies Vanuatu

St Stephen’s Uniting Church Congregation would like to thank those people who helped to fill a shipping container with donated goods, which have now been delivered to the people of Santo Island of Vanuatu.

Murray PHN eNewsletter survey

What do you enjoy about this publication and what we could improve on? Let us know your thoughts, as responses will inform how eNews will be brought to you in the new year.
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Refugee Health Matters

The Victorian Refugee Health Network produces the newsletter Refugee Health Matters. Their November edition  has a focus on managing chronic pain in refugees.
Click here for more details

DHHS workforce communications

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Workforce Branch email communications keeps subscribers informed of activities occurring within the Hume and Loddon Mallee workforce networks.
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Rural General Practice grants

The Department of Health announced the rural general practice grants on 18 November. Grants may be used for construction, renovation, supply and installation of medical equipment or communication technology,  teaching and training allied health professionals, Aboriginal health practitioners and nursing practitioners. Expressions of interest close 12 December 2016.
Click here for more details


Position vacant | Yarrawonga

The Yarrawonga Medical Clinic is looking to appoint a Practice Manager.  A sound knowledge of Medicare, MYOB and Medical software is advantageous/desirable.
Click here for more details

Nurses conference Shepparton

The Shepparton Nurses' Conference run by Ausmed Education  is 20-21 February, covering:

  • Health priorities
  • Focussing on  the quality of the outcome
  • Nursing interventions, especially  for those with chronic conditions
  • Why evidence is  important
  • The latest information about a range of current treatments.

Click here for more details


Mildura Base telehealth

Mildura Base Hospital (MBH) will receive $809,369 from the State Government for a project using telehealth to provide access to physicians specialising in intensive care. This is one the first 15 projects supported under the new $10 million Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund.

An increasing number of patients with chronic and complex conditions require critical care and often this means transfer to metropolitan Intensive Care Units (ICUs) â€" stressful to both the patient and their family. MBH has experienced a 48% growth in demand for ICU services over the past five years because there is no ICU within 400km.
Click here for more details

Continence nurse | Robinvale

A Continence Nurse will be visiting Robinvale District Health Services Health during the dates listed below. Appointments can be made (no GP referral required) by phoning Sunraysia Community Health on 5021 7698.

  • Monday 28  November 2016
  • Monday 19  December 2016
  • Monday 23  January 2017
  • Monday 20  February 2017

Click here for more details


Next Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Advance Care Planning for General Practitioners | Albury
  2. Managing difficult communication for reception staff | Bendigo
  3. Primary Care Asthma Update | Mildura
  4. Supporting Clinical Approach to Youth Mental Health in General Practice | Shepparton
  5. Introduction to Cancer Survivorship | Castlemaine

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

External CPD events

  1. Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education © | Melbourne
  2. Atopic Dermatitis: Improving Outcomes in Paediatric Eczema | Geelong
  3. Cardiology Update (Atrial fibrillation, coronary disease and heart failure) | Shepparton
  4. Empowering Leaders To Take Action Against Bullying & Inappropriate Behaviour | Shepparton
  5. Paediatric Education Session: Obesity in Children | Video conference in multiple locations from Echuca to Mt Beauty and down to Mansfield

Online Training for Providers of IT Support for General Practice  
This training is available free of charge to IT providers providing support to general practice. It provides an overview of the My Health Record system and step-by-step instructions for connecting to it, including installing HI and NASH Certificates and importing patients’ IHIs.
It also includes troubleshooting contacts. Access it by clicking here


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