Murray PHN eNews #66 | New Year … new newsletter


Edition 66 | New Year ...  new newsletter                                                    

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017. Our start to the year has been both busy and productive, and we hope your year has also been a good one.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our eNews survey late last year. We appreciated your comments, both positive and negative, and particularly those who offered constructive suggestions.Your feedback has been incorporated into a new look, and now a fortnightly eNews communication. We  hope to bring you more focused and engaging stories about our region, and keeping you up to date with our national and regional  health priorities.Over the past few months our teams have worked together with key  stakeholders and consumers to publish a revised regional Needs Assessment for 2016/17, now available on our website. This assessment has focused on refining  the evidence-based health priorities established through our strategic review process late in 2015, and that have been further developed in our Activity Work Plans.

Murray PHN continues to identify, collate and analyse relevant information to inform our commissioning and coordination role for our region. Through commissioning  in particular, we hope to help move our health system forward  to address the issues of greatest need in our community.

We are also moving to a centralised web-portal system for all tenders  to make the process of managing the various aspects of tenders easier and more efficient. For more information and to find out how to register click here.

- Matt Jones, CEO

Working to improve  health  outcomes in Loddon and Gannawarra shires

We are delighted to be part of the Loddon Gannawarra Health Services Executive Network, which also includes Kerang District Health, Northern District Community Health Services, Cohuna and Boort District Health, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Gannawarra and Loddon Shire Councils, Southern Mallee and Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnerships, Inglewood and Districts Health Services and the Dingee Bush Nursing Centre.

Together we have completed the  206-page Loddon Gannawarra Health Needs Analysis, which was launched on 8 February. The report identifies diabetes, heart, oral and mental health as the major health issues faced by these communities.

The report's detailed analysis reveals highlights the need to focus on client-centred and place-based service delivery, to examine gaps and barriers to high quality care and to determine where services need to be developed or remodelled.

To learn more click here


Murray HealthPathways launch

HealthPathways is an online  tool for clinicians that helps the health community address patient needs, using medical best practice and local referral knowledge. Click the image above to watch presentation highlights from the discussions held  at the Murray HealthPathways launch event in Bendigo late last year.
“A one-stop shop, one place where you can go to that you can trust† â€" Dr Ewa Piejko, Murray PHN  Medical Advisor

To date, 86 health professionals have been involved in the development of HealthPathways. Since our launch in October, more than 7,000 pathways pages have been viewed. Newly developed pathways that recently went live on Murray HealthPathways are listed below. Note that you must be registered to view these direct links.  Click here to request access.

New pathways in December:

New pathways in January:

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 GP’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 “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  for more details

Murray PHN events
Network meetings:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
Additional events covered in the Murray PHN CPD calendar include:  bowel and cervical cancer, youth mental health, Infection control, end of life, grant writing, suicide prevention, foot assessments and aural health. Click here to view

Regional news

External CPD events









Policies, plans, reviews and report cards

My Health Record

Healthcare providers who use clinical software to prescribe medicines can upload a copy of this information to a patient's My Health Record. Click here for further information and click here to see an ePrescription record example.

Copyright  © 2017 Murray PHN, All rights reserved.
Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from
the Australian Government Department of Health.
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