Provide guidance to Murray PHN: Non-executive director Board vacancies board vacancies
Murray PHN invites suitably skilled and interested people to nominate for one of three non-executive director vacancies
. These vacancies have come about through several directors reaching the end of their appointed terms. Click here
for more details.
Planning for mental health needs in the Loddon Shire mental health
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network is currently planning the activities it will undertake over the next five years. Feedback received via a survey will enable the development of a plan that is relevant and valuable to the Loddon community. Click here for more details
Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot to help ease burden of disease chronic disease
The Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot is a scheme being trialed to bring pharmacists and doctors together to better manage patient illnesses. Working under a care plan developed by a GP, pharmacists
will provide regular monitoring, dose refinement, earlier intervention and prompt referral
back to the GP when necessary.
The program is aimed at easing the current burden on doctors, with more than half of all visits to GPs currently involving the management of at least one chronic condition. Three of the four pilot sites are in the Murray PHN region at Alexandra, Kerang and Kilmore. Click here for more details.
Recruiting: improving oral health with first major national study preventable hospital admissions
People in New South Wales and Victoria are being encouraged to take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017-2018.
The study being conducted by The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at The University of Adelaide, aims to collect information from 15,000 people and provide a representative sample of people living in Australia aged 15 years and over. Click here for more details.
Project to improve dementia care in rural communities dementia
Researchers from La Trobe University's Wodonga-based
John Richards Initiative have received $1.7 million in Federal Government funding to implement their Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Community (VERILY) project to support those who care for people with dementia
and their rural communities.
The project is aimed at better supporting carers, local volunteers, staff and potentially reduce the need for more expensive and disruptive residential care or multiple acute care admission. Communities in the Murray PHN region taking part are Heathcote, Kilmore. Robinvale and Mansfield. Click here for more details.
Easier organ donation process to help save lives organ donation
Ahead of Donate Life Week 2017 - which runs from 30 July to 6 August this year - a new organ donation registration
process has been unveiled, allowing people to register to become a donor almost instantly using a mobile phone, tablet or computer.
New research by the Organ and Tissue Authority has found a gap between the number of Australians willing to become an organ and tissue donor (67 per cent) and the actual number of registered donors (33 per cent). There are around 1,400 Australians currently waiting on lifesaving transplants. Click here for more details.
Prescribing tips: how to start an opioid chronic pain
This week is National Pain Week
(July 24-30) which is a reminder that pain
a problem for many people with life-limiting illnesses.
Having access to up-to-date, evidence-based and trustworthy information is valuable when looking for options and making clinical decisions around a patient's care. CareSearch offers many helpful resources for GPs
, and in particular how to initiate and titrate an opiate, and manage and switch opioids.