Pharmacists to manage medications chronic disease
The new Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management pilot program will see eligible patients visit their local Pharmacist to monitor chronic conditions and manage medications under the direction of their GPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s care plan. The 18 month pilot will be implemented in two rural locations. Expressions of interest close 24 February. Click here for more details.
Victorian Supercare Pharmacies preventable hospitalisations
Tenders have opened (click here for nursing services, click here for pharmacy) for Stages 2 and 3 of the Supercare Pharmacies Initiative, combining a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week pharmacy service and an evening nursing service between 6pm and 10pm. Tenders close on 10 March 2017. A public information/briefing session will be held tomorrow in Melbourne. Call 1300 041 801 to register and click here for more details.
Mosquito borne diseases on the rise population health
Ross River virus cases have risen to 857 since January 1, well above the figure for the same time last year. Cases have even been reported as far south as Bendigo and Melbourne, prompting the Government to act to alert GPs, support local councils with funding, and push the 'beat the bite' campaign. Murray PHN Medical Advisor Dr Philip Webster says Ã¢â‚¬Å“patients can present with flu-like symptoms, muscle and body aches, fatigue, fever, and a rash can also develop on the body, and painful and swelling joints is also common". Click here for more details.
Increase in Meningococcal W disease in Victoria immunisation
Since January 2014, there has been an increase in notifications of IMD due to serogroup W in Victoria, with 48 cases notified in 2016, compared with 17 cases in 2015, and four cases in 2014. The most common presentation of meningococcal serogroup W disease in Victoria has been severe sepsis (bacteraemia). A one-year free school-based vaccination program for Meningococcal W for 15 to 19 year olds will begin in Term Two of the 2017 school year. Click here for more details.
Funding for Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program cancer
Type 1 Capacity Building Grants for the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program, Phase 2 are closing tomorrow. Up to $100,000 is available to eligible services, to fund a maximum of five projects over the course of 12 months. Services can leverage existing funding or initiatives, adopt an existing model or address a specific survivorship matter or resource need. The funding is for projects that re-design services, develop new models of care, and develop new resources. Click here
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