Murray PHN eNews #68 | Closing the Indigenous health Gap


Edition 68  | Closing the Indigenous health Gap

Closing the Gap day event Wodonga
Today  is Close the Gap day and together with  Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Albury Wodonga Health, Gateway Health, Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Wodonga Council we  look forward to bringing people together in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.Our CEO Matt Jones "invites everyone to not only experience the great culture of our Indigenous peoples, but for our communities and health services to engage with one another and talk to one another about their goals and priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health."The event is taking place from 11am-1pm in the Sumsion Gardens Wodonga, and will have arts and craft activities, traditional dancing, guest speakers  and a BBQ.

Pictured: Murray PHN North East Regional Manager Richard McClelland with his team, on their way to the Close the Gap day event in Wodonga today.

North West practices  are Asking the Question

One of the six key priorities for targeted work by PHNs is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. During the month of February, general practices in Mildura  completed  our  Ask the Question project.

The under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in mainstream health services and national health data sets is a fundamental barrier to achieving health equality for all Australians.

According to Murray PHN Medical Advisor Dr Philip Webster, who  is principle General Practitioner at Ontario Medical Clinic, diversity and inclusion need to be normalised in both our culture and our practices. "This begins quite simply by asking the question: Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?"

Pictured: Ontario Medical Clinic's Laura Manners, Steph Allen, Grace Cammisotto, Alex Hedwards and Karalee Brice.

New site for Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative
The  official opening of the Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative Community Centre was held yesterday, 15 March.
Our Indigenous Health Outcomes Coordinator Anna was impressed with the setting of the new centre:   "The design of the building, the adjoining bushland and the paths developed from paintings by two local Aboriginal people really enhanced connection with country.
"The combining of services from multiple sites to one purpose-built site will also ensure that the Community Centre can provide a place for people where all of their needs can be met," she said.  "This fits perfectly with the Aboriginal definition of health, which is about the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community."
Note - all BDAC services are now operating from the new centre located at 119 Prouses Road, North Bendigo.

Murray HealthPathways
During February, another 11 HealthPathways resources were published for health professionals in our region to use.  You must be registered to view these direct links so  click here to request access.

Since launch we've had almost 1000 new users on the site looking at 13,000 pages of content. We would like to acknowledge the great work from our passionate teams, along with the support and expertise provided by the 92 external health professionals involved so far.

Real-time prescription monitoring    immunisation    

In 2015, 330 Victorians died because of pharmaceutical drug overdoses.  The Victorian Government is implementing a real-time prescription monitoring system to address the increasing harms, including deaths, from prescription medicine misuse.
The system will provide prescribers and pharmacists with access to a central repository of data on the supply of prescription medicines subject to misuse and abuse, including Schedule 8 medicines (e.g. opioids). This will enable health professionals to make more informed clinical decisions.
Training and support will be provided on how to use the system and safely manage patients who may be misusing prescription medicines or receiving supplies of high-risk medicines beyond therapeutic need. This will coincide with the phased roll out of the system which is due to begin in 2018.New Indigenous portal and advisory group    Indigenous  
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the new online portal My Life, My Lead on 8 March. The  portal gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people an opportunity to lead the discussion about the life they live now, and the life they want in the future for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) Consultation 2017 provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and leaders, government and the non-government and private sector to help shape the next Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.
Have your say by taking part in the online submission to the IPAG consultation 2017: Closing  30 April 2017.

GPs role in melanoma management      cancer  

Cancer Council Australia's new wiki-based melanoma management guidelines can provide GPs with up-to-date information and help in diagnosis and treatment.  GPs may not be directly involved in giving advice about what type of surgery, chemotherapy or immunotherapy the patient should have, but it's important that they are able to explain to the patient, in broad terms, what is likely to happen next and what options  the patient might have.
Diagnosis is still the most important  role that GPs play in  the management of  melanoma, as catching the disease early is one of the main factors in providing a good patient outcome.
Click here to read the full article from the RACGP.

National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy    mental health  

The National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy is a plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities across Australia.
This strategy includes recommendations across the breadth of approaches in Australian mental health work including promotion, prevention, intervention, treatment and maintenance.
The purpose of the strategy is to respond to LGBTI people in current need, to provide interventions to those who are at risk, and to interrupt the structural factors that contribute to over-representation of LGBTI people in mental health and suicide statistics.
Monash Health Gender Clinic now offers secondary consultations via phone or video conference for health practitioners working with trans and gender diverse clients. The next available dates are: 21 March, 9 May and 16 May.

Murray PHN CPD

Network meetings
CPD events
Events in the Murray PHN CPD  calendar include: frontline communication, colorectal cancer, orthopaedic and bariatric surgery, foot health, wound management, aural health, Parkinson's disease, mental health first aid training, rashes,    click here.


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New data and reports

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Grants and funding

My Health Record
A comprehensive view of medications information, an enhanced search capability for pathology reports and moves to upload diagnostic imaging reports from jurisdictions other than the Northern Territory are some of the promised new features of release 8 of the My Health Record (MyHR), which the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is hoping to release this June. The agency is also working on a mobile enablement program that is developing FHIR APIs to allow information to be pulled down from the MyHR into third-party applications, with the harder work of pushing data up to the system still a work in progress. Click here  for more details

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