$5 million in telehealth funding for rural areas eHealth
The Victorian government has named the 15 successful projects that will share in $5 million of extra funding for telehealth links to metropolitan specialists for patients living in regional and rural areas. The clinics include:
- The Royal Women's Hospital will expand access to its menopausal services after cancer program to more women in rural and regional Victoria.
- The Royal Childrens Hospital statewide access to RCH paediatric sub-speciality services.
- Rural Northwest Health will work with the Flying Doctor telehealth specialist service to improve access to endocrinology, oncology, cardiology, chronic disease and rheumatology services in north-west Victoria.
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will encompass a range of speciality areas, with initial focus on the Loddon-Mallee region (Bendigo Health and Mildura, with further opportunities to Swan Hill, Kerang, Kyneton).
- Northeast Health Wangaratta will provide a single point of contact for patients, relatives, GPs, specialists and health services who wish to organise a specialist clinic appointment by telehealth.
- Bendigo Health Care Group will link regional GPs and patients to deliver specialist clinics service to patients initially focussing on telehealth paediatrics, respiratory medicine, endocrinology and genetics.
- Alfred Health will work in collaboration with Mildura Base Hospital for patients accessing burns, infectious disease, lung transplant, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, dialysis and HIV services.
- Austin Health will work in collaboration with Bendigo Health and the Murray PHN to upscale Respiratory Support and Spinal Cord Services.
World's largest depression study mental health
More than 8,000 bed days were attributed to depressive episodes in the Murray PHN region during (2014-15
). Scientists are seeking 20,000 Australians who have been treated for clinical depression
to take part in the world's largest genetic investigation.
Volunteers will need to complete a 15-minute online survey
and donate a saliva sample that will be screened for hundreds of DNA variants through a process known as 'genome-wide association scans'.
to learn more.
Collaboration key to tackling public health issues population health
In December 2016, VicHealth, World Health Organization, the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations, CSIRO and the Melbourne School of Global and Population Health together convened the Destination Wellbeing forum. The forum's objective was to refine global and local priorities and to prompt a new wave of health promotion research.
VicHealth has announced up to $500,000 in research funding to foster collaboration between Victorian and international partners to explore the impact of social and environmental issues such as climate change, ageing populations and the exponential growth of technology on our health over the next two decades.
Applications close 28 April. Click here
to learn more.
Diabetes testing, monitoring and grant opportunity chronic disease
Around 60 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed with small lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.
Locally, diabetes affects many individuals across our region: an estimated 10,990 in Central Victoria, 4,480 in North West Victoria, 7,620 in Goulburn Valley and 10,230 in North East Victoria.
The Federal Government recently announced
free continuous glucose monitoring devices for young Australians with Type 1 diabetes to better self-manage their diabetes, reducing visits to emergency departments and missed school days.
Diabetes Victoria is currently running a campaign called 'Check Your Risk
': a three-minute online risk test for diabetes Type 2, that has so far been completed by 85,000 people. The organisation is also offering $25,000 in grant funding as part of the Gwen Scott Grant program
to support health professionals and students undertaking further education in the field of diabetes. Applications close 30 June.