Murray PHN eNews #71 | New AOD withdrawal services


Edition 71  | New AOD withdrawal services


New alcohol and other drug services
Goulburn Valley Health has begun a new residential withdrawal service in a project funded jointly by Murray PHN and  the Department of Health and Human Services.The new funding enabled the development of  an integrated model of care across   withdrawal intervention settings. The model supports a seamless "step-up / step-down", person-centred approach, where the intervention is adjusted  to the  individual.

Changes to the service include:

  • New referral pathways that enable GPs to refer patients to the withdrawal service for a comprehensive AOD assessment
  • Four  residential withdrawal beds: two  in each of the Tatura and Numurkah Health Services.
  • New AOD Nurse Practitioner Candidate and  AOD Clinical Liaison / Withdrawal Nurse
  • The development of high-risk service responses

Click here to learn more.

Today also marks the release of our first 'AOD Brief Intervention in Primary Care'  tender on the new portal TenderSearch.  We are  seeking collaborative responses from general practice and alcohol and other drug service providers, and registered training organisations, working together to build the capacity of general practice to deliver AOD Brief Intervention.    Tender closes  4pm Monday  22 May. Click here for information on how to register for TenderSearch. If you are already registered for TenderSearch  click here  to view the AOD tender.


Immunisation update in North East Victoria
Around 100 health professionals came together  in Albury during World Immunisation Week  to hear  from Albury Public Health,  La Trobe University,  Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the  Department of Health and Human Services.The immunisation update event was held on Saturday 29 April  in partnership with Charles Sturt University and the Department of Health and Human Services.   It  covered a range of issues including: pre-vaccine screening and consent, vaccine safety, cold chain management, refugee programs and vaccine histories, plus planning for catch up schedules  and the importance of immunisation for good public health. Read more about the event in a story by The Border Mail.

The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, last  week also  announced a new $5.5m immunisation awareness campaign to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated. This follows the “No Jab, No Pay† policy which, according to the Government, has led to 210,000 additional children being vaccinated since the start of last year. Today Mr Hunt also announced furthering strengthening of the policy with a reduction  in family tax benefits amounts.


Preparing for the NDIS in Murray PHN region
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launched  in the Murray PHN catchment yesterday (1 May) , when transition began in Loddon. Murray PHN's PIR manager Alistair Bonsey believes the NDIS will give people more choice and control over funded supports. He noted the different NDIS start dates across our region:  
  • Loddon  (including Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander) | 1 May 2017
  • Murrumbidgee (including Albury, Greater Hume, Urana, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Corowa and Deniliquin)   |  1 July 2017  
  • Ovens Murray (including Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga)  | 1 October 2017
  • Goulburn (including Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie) | 1 January 2019
  • Mallee (including Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura and Swan Hill)  | 1 January 2019

Albury Wodonga Health and Hume PIR (Partners in Recovery) are running a NDIS information session for  people living with a mental illness, their families and carers, who would like to know more about the NDIS and what it means for them. The  session will be held  on Wednesday 17 May. Click here for details.

GPs seeking information on their role in the NDIS can click here to access Murray PHN's NDIS HealthPathway, where they will find  both clinical and patient resources.  You  must  be registered and logged in to see HealthPathways. Click here to request free access or to login. Click here for more information on HealthPathways.

Quick links to this editions stories

Veterans Affairs sexual and physical abuse claim changes    aged care    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has broadened the use of statutory declarations as evidence in compensation claims for incidents of sexual and or physical abuse.

In the absence of contradictory evidence, DVA delegates will accept a credible statutory declaration to establish the fact of abuse in claims related to incidents of physical or sexual abuse of children under 18 at the time of the abuse, when that abuse occurred before 11 April 2011.

Anyone who has served full-time in the ADF can get free treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and alcohol and substance use disorders without having to prove the condition is related to service. VVCS provides immediate free and confidential counselling service for veterans and their families 24/7 on 1800 011 046.  Click here for more details

Regional and remote psychological  telehealth boost    mental health    

The federal government announced on 19 April that it will introduce a new Medicare rebate for people living in rural and remote areas. It will allow the bulk of psychological sessions subsidised under the Better Access program to be conducted by telehealth.
Costing  $9 million over four years, the initiative will begin on November 1 and will be available for patients living in Modified Monash Model regions four to seven, with the majority of our region being five.Under the Better Access program, patients can receive 10 Medicare-funded sessions a year with a psychologist. Patients must have a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician and have a GP mental health treatment plan.

The new funding means seven of the 10 sessions can be conducted by video conferencing, with patients no longer having to travel to larger regional centres or major cities.  Click here  for more details

$15.2 million for Wangaratta hospital    population health    

On 21 April $15.2 million was announced for North East Health Wangaratta as part of the $200 million regional health infrastructure fund.
The funding will be used to build a new 12-bed critical care unit, increasing the capacity of the current unit by an extra four beds. The additional beds will support more patients in need of specialist intensive care and life support.

The project will also expand the emergency department and relocate the oncology unit, alongside other works including the construction of a new medical records building.

Planning works start straight away, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2020.

Ian Hickie on  PHNs  delivering mental health reform    mental health    

"My own view is that PHN-based mental health reform is the best opportunity we have had in 30 years to deliver real improvements in non-hospital-based and regionally-relevant mental health and suicide prevention services," Professor Ian Hickie said in a recent article.

What is required now is a common commitment across all service and professional organisations to work productively and collaboratively in the interests of those who need care. From a government perspective, new funds need to be invested in strengthening PHN capability and supporting 21st century outcomes-based data collection data that genuinely reflect the experiences of those who use our service systems."  Click here  to read the full article.

Murray PHN events

Other events in  the full Murray PHN CPD events calendar include: dementia in general practice, nutrition support program, breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening, cancer survivorship, asthma for pharmacists, pain management, aural health, advanced care planning, suicide prevention, food allergies and anaphylaxis, grief and mental health first aid training  click here for details.

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