Murray PHN eNews #65


Seasons greetings
22 December 2016

As we head towards the end of December, we mark the end of our first 18  months of operation. It has been a busy and highly productive period of time for Murray PHN. We have implemented Murray HealthPathways, a free clinical online referral tool for GPs in partnership with the five major hospitals in our region; established an Advisory Council structure with more than 60 members to capture regional clinical and community input; and worked on multiple projects in partnership with GPs, hospitals and other health organisations across our region.

As this is the final edition of our newsletter for 2016, on behalf of everyone at Murray PHN, I  would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Matt Jones, Murray PHN  CEO

Murray HealthPathways | November update
During November, 361 clinicians used Murray HealthPathways, looking at a total of 4,421 Pathway pages. Fifty seven Pathways pages had been completed, with fourteen new Pathways going live in November (login, or request access to use direct links below):
The five top completed clinical pages viewed were: acute chest pain, emergency departments, chronic pain, chronic kidney disease, and HARP the Hospital Admission Risk Program.  Click here for more information on Murray HealthPathways, and learn how you can  get free access.

Murray PHN position vacant

Murray PHN Limited has a one-year vacancy for a Non-Executive Director to serve on its Board. Selection of directors is based on individual contribution towards the required set of skills and experience that the Board needs to possess. People living in the North-East region of Victoria who bring expert knowledge of Communications and/or IT skills, and who have governance experience are encouraged to apply. Applications close midnight  Sunday 22 January.
Click here for more details

Victorian Clinical Council | Consumer applications open

Consumer representatives can apply for the Victorian Clinical Council (VCC). The VCC provides a mechanism for collective leadership from clinicians and consumers to drive improvements in health care quality and health outcomes for all Victorians. Expression of interest close Friday 23 December.
Click here for more details

Prepare your practice for emergencies

The RACGPs Managing emergencies and pandemics in general practice: A guide for preparation, response and recovery provides an overview of the planning process and outlines a range of activities that can be undertaken to help protect the practices infrastructure and contents during the summer season.

RACGP also offers  bushfire information  and the  Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT), a subscription-based tool that allows general practices to create tailored emergency response plans.


ABC Giving Tree Appeal

All around Victoria, there are children and families affected by violence and abuse. Murray PHN's Central Victorian team have purchased gifts for the ABC Giving Tree Appeal, which this year is collecting donations to give to Berry Street.
Click here for more details  

The Farmers Big Day Out | Rochester

Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) have implemented a successful two-phased mental health project, supported by a Partners in Recovery Stigma Action Funding Grant.
REDHS developed a fun community event called  
Farmers Big Day Out  to support the 160 dairy farming families around Rochester. Driven by significant changes in the local dairy industry and the mental and physical health implications to dairy farming families the event offered  access to financial, community and heath support, including help for mental health issues.
The REDHS Board also publicly  signed the Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter in November and the Charter will be included in the organisation's new staff health and wellbeing plan.

Raphael Services Bendigo

Raphael Services Bendigo will be closed from 5pm Friday 23 December 2016 and reopen Tuesday 10 January 2017. Please refer any urgent referrals during this time to Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services on 1300 363 788.
St John of God Bendigo Hospital wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.


CREATE Foundation

Instead of the traditional Secret Santa, Murray PHN's North East Victoria team has collected and donated gifts to CREATE Foundation. CREATE Foundation provides backpack Entering Care Kits for children and young people across Australia when they enter out of home care for the first time.
Click here for more details

RANZCOG meeting Albury

Albury-Wodonga is hosting the 2017 Annual RANZCOG Provincial Fellows meeting, combined with the Victorian-Tasmanian ASM for local GPs who are interested in women's health. The program runs from 6-9 April and includes multiple workshops.
Click here for more details

After hours | Tallangatta

Tallangatta Health Services and Albury Wodonga Health are delivering telehealth services that provide telemedicine, medical and health education via video. Patients who live in rural communities are now able to receive the after-hours urgent health attention they might require, without having to travel out of town.
Click here for more details

WSOG Christmas referral and on call information

Wodonga Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (WSOG) will be closed over the Christmas period.
Click here for dates and referral information

Mind Recovery College EOI

Mind Recovery College  is currently seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the organisation's Hume working group. Anyone who has been a past member is welcome to renominate.
Click here for more details

Suicide prevention trial sites

We will work together with the Victorian Government, in a joint suicide prevention project in Mildura and Benalla next year. A recent coronial report found that, between 2013-2015, the Mildura community lost 29 lives to suicide, while Benalla had the highest annual average rate of suicide in our region.
Click here for more details

Department of Human Services

December news for Health Professionals:

Hepatitis B grants

Victorian HIV & Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL) has announced rural and regional Hepatitis B S100 prescriber grants are now available. Note  that course registration is not yet open, but for more information contact Julie Brock, VHHITAL Program Coordinator t: 03 9347 1188 or e:

Summer health resources

Summer brings dangers such as extreme heat and smoke from bushfires/planned burns that can impact on health and wellbeing. The Chief Health Officer has issued a health alert, which includes resources.
Click here for more details


Baskets of Joy

For the second year, Murray PHN's Goulburn Valley team have donated enough non-perishable food and household items to fill two baskets for FamilyCares  Baskets of Joy initiative to help families in need this Christmas.
Click here for more details

Goulburn Valley Health awarded

Murray PHN would like to congratulate Goulburn Valley Health on their joint Victorian Public Healthcare Award (VPHA) for excellence in cancer care, for their  Prostate Cancer Services.
Click here for more details  

Goulburn Valley Health funded

Goulburn Valley Health's Waranga Aged Care Hostel will be redeveloped into a one-stop-shop for all of Rushworths acute, aged care, primary care and community health services.  On December 15, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy  announced $10m  to redevelop GV Waranga Campus in Rushworth, co-locating its health and aged care services under-one-roof.

In Shepparton, Goulburn Valley Health will also receive funding to hire new paramedics and improve ambulance response times. The funding will also support a new ED assessment and streaming model to move patients more quickly through emergency and to increase capacity in the short stay unit. Goulburn Valley Health also plans to purchase eight new cardiac monitors, an ECG machine and an ultrasound unit and employ four extra specialist ED doctors and two extra nurses.  Treatment capacity at weekend peak times will be boosted by ensuring a physiotherapist, nurse practitioner and radiographer are on site seven days per week.
Click here for more details


Mildura doctor wins award

Murray PHN congratulates Dr Mehdi Sanati pour, Tristar Medical Group practice, Mildura  on winning the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Victorian General Practitioner of the Year award.

Dr Sanati pour was recognised for his many achievements, which include running a weekly refugee health clinic, providing health information sessions for the local Turkish community, coordinating a blood drive, first aid training, identifying needs for mental health service access and promoting men's health through Men's Sheds.

headspace Swan Hill

Headspace Swan Hill's brand new Facebook page has gone live, giving local youth another platform to engage with the mental health services in town. headspace manager Ian Johansen said it was another way to make the community more aware of the things headspace do in the region.
Click here to see/like their page

Diabetes in schools | Mildura

In consultation with Diabetes Victoria and Monash Children's, Sunraysia Community Health Services' credentialed diabetes educator offers staff in schools an opportunity to become more confident in supporting and facilitating the day-to-day experience for young people with type 1 diabetes in their classrooms.
Click here for more details

More GPs in Swan Hill

The Swan Hill Primary Health Medical Centre welcomes Dr Martin Watson and Dr Julia Coshan to their team. A  Saturday morning service will also be introduced from 7 January, 2017.
Click here for more details

Next  Murray PHN CPD event

  1. 17 Jan |  Suicide prevention, intervention and reporting | Practice Managers and staff | Seymour
  2. 7 Feb | Primary Care Asthma Update | Shepparton
  3. 11 February |  Asthma and Respiratory Management for Practice Nurses | Wangaratta
  4. 11 and 16 February |  Curing hepatitis C: your role as a Primary Care Nurse | Webinar series
  5. 17 February | Submission Writing in a Commissioning Environment | Shepparton
  6. 22 Feb |  Basic CPR and defibrillator use | Shepparton

Patient control and My Health Record

As My Health Record is personally controlled, the individual has the ability to say what information is uploaded, what information stays in their My Health Record and who can see their record.

The patient can request that their healthcare provider not upload certain information to their My Health Record; set access controls restricting access by healthcare providers to their My Health Record entirely or to certain information; and choose whether or not certain information stays in their My Health Record.

For an  article that addresses some of the common questions from healthcare providers on patient control, copy and paste this link into your browser:

External CPD events




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