Murray PHN eNews # 75 | We want to hear from you about health

Edition 75  | We want to hear from you about health


Join  Murray Health Voices
Murray PHN is working towards health care designed around people's needs. To achieve this, we need to hear from consumers and health professionals on what matters to them about their health and the health  services in their communities. Paired with local health data and best practice, the local knowledge we gather through Murray Health Voices will influence changes to the health system.

To join Murray Health Voices,  click here to register. Members will receive a  small number of questions via  email or text message every now and then. We won't  identify anyone without asking and we will give you feedback about what we've heard and how we're using this knowledge to inform our work.

New model of care for young people
We are working closely with headspace Centres and Orygen to develop a stepped, best practice model of care for young people who are at risk of experiencing severe mental ill-health to ensure that they receive the right care, in the right place and at the right time.

This week we hosted a forum to discuss core elements of this new model of care involving participation from young people, headspace Centre personnel, headspace Consortium partners and hear from thought leaders regarding latest research and best practice approaches. The forum provided an opportunity to network and share experiences and insights that will help develop collaborative and innovative approaches to implementing the new models of care.

Pictured:  Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen and former Australian of the year, Jason Trethowan, CEO headspace and Shea Spierings, UN Youth Ambassador 2015 who spoke about severe youth mental ill-health at the forum.  Read more in the Bendigo Advertiser.


NAIDOC Week | 2 -  9 July 2017
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2017 theme -  Our Languages Matter -  aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Events locally include:

Pictured Raylene Harradine BDAC CEO and Rudy Kirby CEO MDAS at today's BDAC flag raising ceremony.
For a full list of events by the Bendigo NAIDOC Week Committee click here.

Recent ransomware attack
You  may be aware a global ransomware outbreak named Petya is affecting systems worldwide, including a number of healthcare systems. The dictation/transcription service provider Nuance is believed to be one of the health providers impacted by  the attack.

To reduce your exposure to viruses, ensure  that all of your systems are patched and kept up to date, that you have comprehensive back-ups for your mission-critical systems, and that you minimise administrative accounts to provide protection against most attacks including Petya.

Click here for further details. If you have any concerns, or think that you may have been impacted  contact the Cyber Security Centre

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 in Heathcote. 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.

Murray PHN CPD
Network meetings
  • The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERESH), in partnership with the Royal Women's Hospital and Murray PHN are hosting the  inaugural meeting for the Victorian Rural  Clinical Network for Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion on 19 July.  The network is open to all practitioners and relates to the clinical care and pathways. Click here for background information. Click here for meeting details.
Register now for upcoming CPD events:
For the full Murray PHN CPD events calendar click here.

Murray PHN Tenders

  • In our first wave of investment, we are now inviting submissions from primary care providers to respond to identified needs in chronic disease management across the region. This open request for proposal (RFP) is now calling for proposals  to improve health outcomes and strengthen primary health service system responses for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and/or Cardio-vascular disease.  Pre-qualification closes 4pm Thursday 27 July 2017. Click here  for more details.

Regional news

Government news


External CPD events

  • Click here to access a list of external CPD events.


  • The Mind Recovery College in Bendigo has moved to 52 Creek Street South, offering a range of courses to people with lived experience, carers and family members. All courses are currently free - classes are limited so booking is essential. The course guide is available here. For this semester's timetable, click here.

Research studies

Data and reports

Surveys and consultations

Grants and funding


My Health Record

The next time you access a patient's My Health Record, you may notice the new Medicines Information view.

The Medicines Information view can quickly sort and display medicines information held in a patient's My Health Record documents in date or alphabetical order. The medicines information is gathered from:

  • the patient's most recent (and up to two years) prescription and dispense records and other PBS claims information
  • the patient's most recent shared health summary and discharge summary
  • recent event summaries, specialist letters and e-referral notes uploaded to the patient's record since their latest shared health summary
  • the patient's Personal Health Summary that may include any allergies or adverse reactions and other key information.
Healthcare providers can benefit from the Medicines Information view by reducing the time usually required to search through recent summaries or relevant documents to find information about a patient's medications. The Medicines Information view can also assist in the transition of care and medicines management for patients between their treating doctors and pharmacists.

The Medicines Information view is available under the DOCUMENTS tab in the National Consumer Portal and National Provider Portal.

This view can also be found in most clinical information systems (CIS) under the OTHER DOCUMENTS LIST. Please contact your CIS software vendor if you are unable to access the new Medicines Information view.

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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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