Thursday 21 April | Castlemaine and Kyneton
Tuesday 26 April | Albury and Benalla
Wednesday 27 April | Kyabram and Shepparton
Tuesday 3 May | Seymour *New* Tuesday 5 May | Echuca
Wednesday 11 May | Bright
Click here to register or provide online feedback if you are unable to attend a forum. To apply for a position on the Murray PHN Community Advisory Council:
Administration Support Contracts
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 April. Click here for more details Primary Health Services Coordinator
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 April. Click here for more details *New* Workforce Development Officer
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 April. Click here for more details
Family violence funding
A $572 million state-wide funding boost over two years was announced on Wednesday 13 April in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget. It responds to the Royal Commission recommendations. Click here for more details
Medical cannabis legalised
Victorian patients and their families will be able to legally access medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances with the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passing the Parliament on Tuesday 12 April. Click here for more details
National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) | Changes
From 1 July, the Government is introducing changes to the NDSS, an Australian Government-funded scheme that provides subsidised products for people with diabetes. Click here from more details
VictoriaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mental health plan
In November 2015 the Government launched VictoriaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10-year mental health plan to drive better mental health outcomes. An expert taskforce has now been appointed to guide the implementation of the plan. Click here from more details
New four-strain flu vaccine
A new four-strain flu vaccine, protecting against the 'Brisbane virus', is being made available for at-risk Australians for free from this month by the Turnbull Government. Click here from more details
Stroke Foundation Awards
The 2016 Stroke Awards are open until Tuesday 31 May, they celebrate the work and commitment of stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and health professionals. Click here from more details
Suicide bereavement workshops | Bendigo
Free community workshops are being held on Friday 22 April that include presentations, discussions and themed activities around supporting those bereaved by suicide.
RSVP by this Friday 15 April. Click here for details on Crossing the River Click here for details on Pathways to Care Click here for parking
Community breakfast | Bendigo
Sporting clubs and community organisations are invited to a mental health presentation during a community breakfast on Friday 29 April. Click here for more details
Position vacant | Echuca
Echuca Regional Health are seeking applications from suitably experienced Medical Practice Managers, to lead the Echuca Regional Health Consulting Suites as a key area of the Medical Services Division. Applications close Friday 29 April. Click here for a copy of the advertisement, click here for an application fact sheet and click here for the position description.
Eyes Wide Open | Echuca
Eyes Wide Open - a close look into eye health and low visitation care information session, is being facilitated by Vison 2020 Australia on Wednesday 20 April in Echuca. Click here for more details
National PHN Forum
The National PHN forum was held on Thursday 31 March. Murray PHN's CEO Matt Jones gave a presentation on our commissioning and procurement processes, which can be viewed on the Department of Health website. Click here for more details
Users of the Pen CS Clinical Audit Tool (Pen CAT or CAT4)
If you work in multiple locations and use only one generic login for Pen CAT/CAT4 across these locations contact Aida Escall, Manager Primary Health Outcomes on firstname.lastname@example.org, t: 03 4408 5671 or m: 0418 540 411 so arrangements can be made for your continued access to Pen CAT/CAT4. Click here for details on CAT plus.
2016 Survey of Health Care
Almost 125,000 Australians will soon receive an invitation to join a health care study that will show how well patientsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ health care is being coordinated in local areas across Australia. The information will be made available to PHN's. Click here for more details
AMA rural health issues survey
The 2016 survey will canvas the views of regional, rural and remote doctors on the most pressing health priorities in a wide range of areas. Survey closes Friday 29 April. Click here from more details Click here for the survey
The Department of Health has released a video explaining bowel cancer facts and the benefits of screening. Click here for more details
CareSearch has released their Allied Health Hub March newsletter featuring an article on how music therapy can assist those in palliative care. Click here for more details. Additionally, a number of free CareSearch resources are available. Click here for more details.
Suicide prevention | Shepparton
A Suicide Prevention Worker has commenced at headspace Shepparton. The suicide prevention role aims to support young people 12-25 years old managed in the primary health care and are at risk of suicide. Click here for ATAPS details at headspace Shepparton.
Dr Nicholas Crump, Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist, Austin Hospital and Northern Neurology will be speaking about early diagnosis and treatment to optimise patient outcomes on Monday 2 May. Click here for more details
Child abuse program | Kilmore
The Choose With Care program is being held in Kilmore on Thursday 5 May. The program works to minimise the risk of child abuse within organisations who work with children. Click here for more details.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District is looking to partner with a health service provider to support a culturally appropriate medical model of care for refugees in Albury, via the provision of funding to support the employment of a Refugee Health Nurse up to 10 hours per week. Click here for more details
An optometry service is visiting both Bright and Wodonga for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on 28 and 29 April. The cost of glasses, if required, is $10. Click here for more details on Bright visit Click here for more details on Wodonga visit
Toddler talk study
Mildura has been selected to trial the $1.2 million State Government research program Every Toddler Talking that investigates ways to help Victorian toddlers develop and boost their communication and language skills. Sunraysia Community Health will soon work with a number of child care centres located in the region to trial findings of the study. Click here for more details
Self-determination for Aboriginal people
The Andrews Labor Government is working towards self-determination for Aboriginal people with a forum being held in Mildura on Monday 18 April. Click here for more details
Providing a welcoming service
Murray PHN Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker Louise Tarrant recently visited Swan Hill District Health and felt that their service entry showed their commitment to providing the best service and outcomes for all people through being welcoming and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.