Feasibility study into Heathcote dementia village Heathcote aged care
The Victorian Government will contribute $150,000 towards a feasibility study to investigate the viability of developing a dementia village
. If viable, the project would be an Australian first. It has the potential to deliver care for up to 150 dementia patients and would allow them to maintain a community lifestyle and maximise quality of life. Click here
for more details.
New Lung Cancer clinic and HealthPathway cancer
The Goulburn Valley Health Oncology Unit has established a new Lung Cancer Rapid Access Clinic. The clinic will provide rapid access for the early evaluation of patients with suspected lung cancer within the West Hume catchment area, in alignment with the Optimal Care Pathway for lung cancer. In addition they are seeking Oncology Champions to help with GP education and communication. Click here for referral and application details.
GV Health, Hume RICS, local health professionals have been working in collaboration with us on a suite of lung cancer HealthPathways that will be available soon. For more information including how to register for Murray HealthPathways click here.
Mental health practitioner networks mental health
The Mental Health
Professionals' Network supports 14 practitioner networks in Murray PHN region. These networks provide a forum for GPs, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, counsellors
or any other associated mental health practitioner
to meet on a regular basis in their local area to improve referral pathways. The networks also provide professional development and peer support opportunities.
Some of the active networks include: the Goulburn Valley Older Persons and Mental Health Interdisciplinary Network, Bendigo Steering Group, Wangaratta Autism Community of Practice, Autism Community of Practice - Albury/Wodonga, Bendigo Network, Shepparton Network and Echuca/Moama Network. Click here for more details
Help inform system-wide improvements in diabetes care in Lower Hume diabetes
The Lower Hume Diabetes
Working Group, facilitated by Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership has carried out local consumer research in 2016-2017 to inform a local model of diabetes care - a summary of findings for this research can be found here
The working group is now seeking input from all service providers involved in diabetes care to inform system-wide improvements. To begin engagement with the wider sector, the working group is keen to facilitate a webinar later this year to discuss the research findings, the current roles and responsibilities of different services and ways of collaboration to provide consistent, high-quality evidence-based care for people living in the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires. If you are interested in participating, complete an expression of interest survey by 5pm Monday 31 July.
GP Alcohol and Other Drugs Training Needs Analysis alcohol and other drugs
Murray PHN is committed to strengthening the capability of General Practice to support patients experiencing alcohol and other drugs (AOD) misuse. GPs are asked to share their thoughts on training needs in AOD, in a survey that will help Murray PHN plan GP training for the next two years. Click here for more details.