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
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.