Murray PHN eNews #81 | Councils providing regional perspective

Edition 81| Councils providing regional perspective

Councils providing regional perspectives
On Friday 8 September, we held a very successful Murray PHN Catchment-wide Advisory Council meeting. This was the second biannual meeting held for chairs and delegates of both Community and Clinical Councils from all four of our regions.

The meeting was to present on regional views, provide strategic advice and make recommendations from a community and consumer perspective to help Murray PHN to plan and deliver health services that result in the delivery of quality care.

Further discussion was on effective evaluation of our commissioning efforts and that patients, carers and family were involved in shared decision making, discharge planning improvements and increasing engagement with general practice.

As a PHN, we are committed to using evidence and knowledge to develop prioritised and regionally tailored solutions.  Our investment and incorporation of Advisory processes strengthens our understanding of population health and patient data, and community and provider needs.  

Matt Jones,
Murray PHN CEO

Pictured L top to bottom R: Jack Forbes, Joanne Kinder, Dr Chris Atkins, Deborah Mellor, Dr Greg Gladman, Dr Ewa Piejko, Ruth Mulligan, Emma Ghys, Toni Riley, Dr John Buckley, Dr  Lawrence Tay, Allison McTaggart, Kate Wright, Michael Leonhard, Matt Jones, Clare Fountain, Fabian Reid and Ric Raftis. Apologies: Professor Hal Swerissen and Raylene Harradine , Chairs of the Indigenous and Population Health Council respectively.

Murray PHN's statement on marriage equality
Murray PHN (Primary Health Network) holds our core values of leadership, collaboration, knowledge, innovation and accountability at the heart of our organisation.

Murray PHN firmly believes in the right of all people to experience their lives and relationships fully and without discrimination.

Primary health networks are charged with addressing inequities and disadvantage in primary health care and coordination. We know that members of the LGBTIQ community are at greater risk of mental health issues and suicide attempts than the rest of our community.

We support marriage equality - the right of all adult Australians to access marriage as a civil institution with their partner of choice, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.  Click here to read our full statement.

Better supporting mental health patients in the North East  
Murray PHN and Hume Partners in Recovery are working in collaboration with the North East Border Mental Health Service to improve the discharging of patients from Albury Mental Health Services.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 100 people including consumers, carers, health care organisations and local doctors have been consulted, as we work towards a more person-centred process.

The first part of the project has focussed on recovery and enabling those returning to the community to be better supported. The second will improve information on how community members can access the different types of mental health services available in the North East region.

If you would like to find out more, or participate in this project contact Kate Weidner, Project Manager e:

Pictured L to R:  Barry Doughty, Nolan House Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Karen Purtle, Peer Support Worker Wodonga and Kate Weidner, Supportive Discharge Project Manager.  

Place-based suicide prevention trials in Mildura and Benalla
A trial program designed to help the Mildura and Benalla communities to develop strategies to prevent suicide has begun.

Murray PHN is working with the local communities to develop and deliver suicide prevention plans that address local priorities and build on existing services and supports. This will be achieved by involving local services, schools and agencies with strong links to the community.

The towns are two of  12 sites in the state where the Victorian Government is trialling a place-based suicide prevention initiative. It forms part of the Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025 that aims to halve the state's suicide rate by 2025.

Murray PHN has appointed two project officers to work with the Mildura and Benalla communities to understand the local issues and coordinate actions that can be taken to reduce suicide rates.

If you, or someone you know needs support, ring Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 224 636.

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week

This week (18 to 24 September) is Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week. The event is  aimed at raising awareness  of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system and highlight its impact on the wellbeing of individuals and those in local communities.

This year's theme is "Nurses Where You Need Them" in recognition of the ways nurses lead and provide care in many community-based health organisations across the country.

The Australian College of Nursing has a fact sheet on the importance of community and primary health care nurses, as well as a new downloadable eBook featuring a collection of stories highlighting the vital role nurses play in our communities.

Proposed changes to the prescribed notifiable conditions in the public health and wellbeing legislation    notifiable conditions  

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is proposing changes to the prescribed notifiable conditions in the public health and wellbeing legislation.

Medical practitioners and laboratories in a range of settings - including public and private hospitals, primary and community health, private practice and commercial pathology services - are required to notify specific cases of infectious disease and other medical conditions to the department. These notifications protect the health of Victorians as they allow the department to control public health risks, minimise the spread of disease and monitor disease patterns.

The proposed changes aim to streamline reporting and modernise the scheme. The department is seeking feedback on the proposed changes until 6 October 2017. Click here for more information.

Auto workers may be facing tough times ahead    mental health  

The end of car manufacturing in Victoria is occurring in October this year, and many auto workers will be retrenched. Employees of both auto manufacturers, and the many automotive supply chain businesses that supplied them are impacted.

You may in coming months see patients affected by automotive industry closures. A number of Victorian Government services exist for these workers, including practical support such as job search help, as well as access to government services providing emotional support.

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have produced a brochure Victorian Auto Workers " Responding to transition and your health " that highlights the emotional and physical responses that might be experienced by someone who has been retrenched, and where to reach out for services. GPs are being encouraged to make this brochure available to your patients should they need additional assistance. Further information is available at and brochures can be ordered by emailing with a preferred quantity and delivery details.

Cervical screening online training modules    cancer screening  

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) is moving to a five-yearly HPV test for women aged 25 to 74 years from 1 December 2017. To assist health care providers in preparing for these changes to the NCSP, the Department of Health and NPS MedicineWise have developed these  Cervical Screening Online Training Modules.

These modules explain changes to practice and the cervical screening clinical pathway as well as how to communicate the importance of screening and test results to patients and  are based on the National Cervical Screening Program:  Guidelines for the Management of Screen-Detected Abnormalities, Screening in Specific Populations and Investigation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding (2016 Guidelines).

General practices sought for cardiovascular disease prevention study    cardiovascular health  
The George Institute for Global health is collaborating with a range of organisations in NSW and Victoria to carry out an integrated general practice and pharmacy-based intervention to promote the prescription and use of appropriate preventative medications for people at high cardiovascular risk.

The study, called INTEGRATE, is an NHMRC-funded study participating GPs able to obtain CPD points, and financial remuneration for participating practices. For more information click here.

Postgraduate study in adolescent health at the University of Melbourne    adolescent health  

Applications are now open for a fully online post-graduate course in adolescent health and wellbeing on offer from the University of Melbourne.

This popular multidisciplinary course brings you together with a like-minded but diverse group of professionals to explore knowledge from a range of disciplines to help improve outcomes for young people. Andrea the course coordinator will be available on a webinar at 12.30pm on Wednesday 27 September. For more information click here.

Community services regional consultations    Bendigo and Benalla  

The community services industry - including areas such as disability, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, drug and alcohol, family violence, LGBTI, community legal, migrant and multicultural, and out-of-home care -  is entering a time of significant change driven by a number of State and Commonwealth government reforms, as well as social and economic factors.

To ensure the sector can maximise the opportunity of the reforms, manage the impact of changes and meet increasing demand for services, the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Victorian community sector are working to develop a 10 year Community Services Industry Plan for Victoria.

Have your say on the Plan's development -  VCOSS and DHHS invite you to attend a regional consultation in October. Consultations in our region: Bendigo  and  Benalla.

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