Murray PHN eNews #76 | It’s About Time – Diabetes Week

Edition 76  | It's About Time - Diabetes Week


National Diabetes Week - it's about time we detected silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes

This week is National Diabetes Week - the campaign's message this year is "It's About Time" - aiming to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes.

It's estimated that half a million Australians could have type 2 diabetes but don't know it. These people may go for up to seven years before being diagnosed, damaging their blood vessels and nerves and causing vision loss, amputations, heart attacks, stroke and kidney damage.

In the Murray PHN region we know that  33,330 people are affected by diabetes: one of our largest burdens of disease. Find out more about National Diabetes Week here.


Violence and aggression  is never okay

Up to 95 per cent  of Victoria's healthcare workers have experienced verbal or physical assault. WorkSafe Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services have launched a public  Its never OK  campaign to help increase awareness of this issue across the healthcare sector and broader Victorian community.

The campaign's website offers a suite of resources and tools to help  better prevent, manage and respond to the risk of occupational violence and aggression.  Employers  are responsible for providing a safe workplace. This includes identifying violence and aggression risks, putting controls in place to reduce these risks, and promoting staff reporting and incident investigation.

In the coming weeks clinics may also be mailed a  campaign pack,  including brochures and posters to display in waiting rooms and staff areas.  The resources aim to share the message that, no matter what the situation, occupational violence and aggression is not part of the job.


A year in review
Murray PHN commenced the localisation of HealthPathways in March 2016 and officially launched in November 2016.

We have now localised 93 pathways,  have 1,950 users of the system, that have looked at a total of 25,902 pathway  pages.

Victorian PHNs have commenced work with the State Government to transfer the Statewide Clinical Paediatric Pathways and the Optical Care Pathways into Murray HealthPathways.

Top 10 pathway page views

  • Mental Health
  • Women's Health
  • End of Life
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Allied Health
  • Diabetes Continuing Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Alcohol Intervention
  • Older Adults Health

Engage and participate in mental health    mental health  

The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) is conducting an overview of engagement and participation in mental health. Consumers, carers, families, support people and other stakeholders are invited to share views and ideas.

The lived experience ideas and community conversations are designed so people can inform the NMHC what makes engagement and participation, real, meaningful and worthwhile. People can also share  what they want to achieve and what engagement and participation strategies are needed to enable everyone to have a say and have their voice heard.  Click for more details. Closes 27 July.

Regional Training Hubs for young doctors in Bendigo and Shepparton    Health workforce  

The universities announced earlier this year as being involved in the delivery of 26 new Regional Training Hubs for young doctors have now signed on and are meeting with local health and medical providers about the programs being established in their regions.

The Hubs are designed to create more opportunities for young doctors to stay, study, work and live in rural and regional Australia, rather than returning to cities for all of their postgraduate training. In our region, a Hub for North West Victoria will operate from Bendigo, provided by Monash University while a Hub for the Goulburn Valley will operate from Shepparton, provided by The University of Melbourne. Click for more details.

Nominate or submit  for the  Victorian Public Healthcare Awards    Health workforce  

Nominations are now open for the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards - an annual celebration of excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare.

Victorian government-funded healthcare providers and organisations delivering public health research or programs are eligible to submit an online entry for awards.  Categories include promoting healthy eating and physical activity, preventing tobacco and alcohol use, improving mental wellbeing and health equity.  Click here  for more details. Closes 30 July.

Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples    Indigenous health  

Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients feel culturally safe and receive culturally responsive care is a key responsibility of every health care provider. CareSearch has created online resources that will help build a path of cultural capability and understanding for supporting care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care pages include information for providing culturally appropriate care for all health care providers, the Aboriginal health workforce, and the wider health workforce; share information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their families and communities; and provide information on finding relevant research and evidence. There is a strong emphasis on the person's care journey and how members of the health care workforce join their journey along the way. Access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care pages at

Murray PHN CPD
For the full Murray PHN CPD events calendar, that include: NDIS information for general practice, dementia assessments, brief interventions, cardiology, immunisation and palliative care  click here.

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My Health Record

You are now able to interact with My Health Record using mobile apps. This means that with your permission, information uploaded by healthcare providers, individuals, or by Medicare could be accessed with an app.

The My Health Record system is committed to strong security and safeguarding your privacy. Apps are required to obtain informed consent before accessing  My Health Record. Access controls can be set in    My Health Record to remove apps at any time if you no longer wish for them to access your data.

A My Health Record is required before you use apps that connect to your record. If you don’t have a My Health Record, visit the  registration  page  to register.

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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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