Murray PHN eNews #73 | National Reconciliation Week 2017


Edition 73  | National Reconciliation Week 2017


National Reconciliation Week 2017
This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW) - a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.Today at a NRW event for Murray PHN staff, we were joined by Racquel Kerr from the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation who spoke to us about what reconciliation means in today's modern world.I am pleased to announce that Murray PHN will now begin the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is a business plan that will provide our organisation with the foundation to develop and continue meaningful and respectful engagement with the Indigenous community.

As an organisation, Murray PHN is committed to closing  the gap in life expectancy and health outcomes in the Indigenous population.

Our goal is to ensure that primary health services and the health service system across the Murray PHN catchment area are responsive to the needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Matt Jones


Bowel Cancer Awareness Month  
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - a national initiative to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world but bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.While people aged over 50 are encouraged to take part in the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, only 38 per cent of eligible Victorians take it up.
One Central Victorian GP practice recently ran an innovative campaign to increase bowel cancer screening rates after being awarded a $2,500 innovation grant from Murray PHN.
The Breen Street Medical Practice in Bendigo got creative and promoted screening by placing FOBT kits on counters, giving out free chocolates and balloons in the shape of poo, and having staff take turns to dress in a giant poo suit.One of the practice's GPs, Dr Andrew Chan, is a bowel cancer survivor, who enthusiastically  took his  turn wearing the suit.
The result of this campaign, run over a 3-4 week period, was that more than 300 of the practice's patients aged 50-74 were screened for bowel cancer, with a significant number of positive tests returned.
For more information about Bowel Cancer Awareness Month  click here.

Help us shape primary mental health services
We are working in collaboration with The University of Melbourne  to find out what's working well and what could be improved in the service experiences for people living with severe mental illness and their carers. Mental health service provider surveys have  been extended, closing  Monday 12 June:Central Victoria, Goulburn Valley and North West Victoria regions:
North East region:
For full details  on the  co-design project, including how clients and carers can get involved  click here.

Bendigo Supercare Pharmacy     preventable admissions       immunisation    

One of Victoria's  seven new 24-hour Supercare Pharmacies will open in Bendigo from 30 June 2017 at UFS Pharmacies. Supercare Pharmacies provide access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicine and dispensing of prescriptions around-the-clock. Between 6pm and 10pm a nurse is on site to provide face-to-face health advice and treatment for minor illness and injuries.

The free nursing service also assists with wound management, physical assessment, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual advice and referrals to other services.  Click here for more details.

Heart failure on the rise     chronic conditions  
New modelling from the  Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research released this week predicts there will be a 30 per cent increase in the number of Australians with heart failure by 2025.

The report - Snapshot of Heart Failure in Australia - shows that the burden of heart failure is not equal everywhere in Australia. In Albury the rate of heart failure is estimated to be  15 per cent more than the national average while in Bendigo the rate is estimated to be 15 per cent less than the national average. Regional Victoria in general is estimated to have cases of heart failure between five and 15 per cent greater than the national average. Click here to access the report.

Almost 10,000 new residential aged care places announced    
  aged care    
Nine aged care providers in the Murray PHN catchment area have been allocated funding to give more older Australians access to residential aged care services in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round. The 151 additional places for this region are in Cobram, Shepparton, Kilmore, Nagambie, Wodonga, Kyabram and Swan Hill.

The Federal government announced an additional $649 million per year to create 9,911 new residential aged care places across Australia.  Click here for more details. Click here to see all allocations.

National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions     chronic conditions  
Released on 22 May, the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions forms the basis of Murray's chronic disease models of care and commissioning.

The Framework provides national direction applicable to a broad range of chronic conditions by recognising that there are often similar underlying principles for the prevention and management of many chronic conditions.  Click here  for more details

Alcohol and other drugs training for mental health   mental health    
  alcohol and other drugs    

Workshops on Dual Diagnosis and Motivational Interviewing will be offered by Murray PHN for mental health nurses, psychologists/social workers, practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers, mental health workers and alcohol and other drug workers.The workshops will run  between June and September with the aim of supporting workforce capacity and capability for staff working with people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance misuse issues.  Click here to register for a workshop near you  via the Murray PHN CPD events calendar.


Murray PHN CPD events

CPD events
Topics covered in the full Murray PHN CPD events calendar include: risk management, GP forum, mental health first aid, dual diagnosis, insights on grief and brief interventions, CPR, incontinence, triage, cervical screening and motivational interviewing:  click here.

Regional news

Government news

Data reports


External CPD events

  • For a complete list of external events click here.


Surveys and consultations

Grants and funding


My Health Record

The Federal Government has allocated $374.2 million over two years from this July to provide all Australians with a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one.
This measure will also allow the Australian Digital Health Agency to implement plans that will increase efficiency and sustainability of the My Health Record system.
The My Health Record Registration processes for healthcare provider organisations will be online and fully automated by May 2018, which will reduce the processing time from weeks to hours. This will replace the current time-consuming, paper-based registration processes and will cost less than supporting the existing system.Opt-out is the fastest way to realise the significant health and economic benefits of My Health Record for all Australians including through avoided hospital admissions, fewer adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people seeing multiple healthcare providers, and better informed treatment decisions.

For more information on My Health Record

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Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this newsletter is accurate. Information in this  newsletter  may be duplicated in other media with due  acknowledgement  of the originating sources. Murray PHN does not  necessarily  endorse products and/or  services  advertised in this publication.Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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