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 https://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/victorias-automotive-transition-plan/support-for-workers and brochures can be ordered by emailing email@example.com 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.