Murray PHN eNews #33


28 April 2016







Murray PHN Board and community meeting | Yea

L to R: Ted Rayment, Bruce Baehnisch, Di Thomas, Jag Dhaliwal, Sue Clark, Fabian Reid,
Leonie Burrows,  Kevin Boote, Dr Chris Atkins, Matt Jones and Dr Talitha Barrett.

On Tuesday 19 April the Murray PHN Board had their meeting in Yea. While there they met with community members to discuss the outcomes of earlier engagement for the area.  

Murray PHN | Position vacant

The purpose of the Health Systems Coordinator is to support system-wide perspectives and responses to improve health service coordination, efficiency and effectiveness within the Goulburn Valley region of Murray PHN.
Applications close midnight Sunday 15 May.
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2016 Victorian  budget |  Health

On Wednesday 27 April, the 2016 Victorian budget was released with a $2.9b investment dedicated to health that includes:

  • $143m  availability of ambulance services and upgrades to stations and vehicles.
  • $28.5m for a trial of medicinal cannabis.
  • $356m for mental health services, including $27m for suicide prevention programs.
  • $1.6b for hospitals: $335m to cut elective surgery waiting lists, health spending includes $30m for real-time prescription monitoring.

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2016 influenza fact sheet

The 2016 National Immunisation Program Influenza Vaccines fact sheet get the flu shot before the flu gets you  is now available for vaccination providers.
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Advance care planning for people with dementia

Research conducted by NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and HammondCare, provides key recommendations to assist in developing a national model for ACP for people with dementia and forms of cognitive decline.
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Climate change and health

Doctors for Environment Australia have released a climate change health fact sheet.
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Check Your Cancer Risk

On Wednesday 20 April,  Minister for Health Sussan Ley launched Check Your Cancer Risk, an interactive online tool to help people understand how lifestyle factors can contribute to their risk of cancer.
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IV Iron administration video

Oral iron therapy may be of limited benefit to some, including those with impaired intestinal iron absorption or who experience GI side effects that reduce adherence. Oral iron therapy may also be inappropriate in cases of severe IDA, in which rapid iron repletion is required.  Intravenous iron administration may be an alternative in these patients.
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Regional Critical Care Conference | Bendigo

Bendigo Health Intensive and Coronary Care Unit is hosting their second Regional Critical Care Conference in June this year.
Click here for the conference prospectus.
Click here for a list of the key note speakers.

Family violence after natural disaster workshops

Free workshops in Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton are being  held for frontline workers/volunteers who engage with those affected during and after natural disasters.
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HALT awarded

Castlemaine’s Jeremy Forbes has been awarded a Social Change Fellowship from the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, to further his work with mental health organisation HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies).
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Community Advisory Council

Three community forums are upcoming in Bright, Echuca and Seymour. Murray PHN is calling for Community Advisory Council members. Applications close Tuesday 31 May.
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Dental reforms announced

On Saturday 23 April, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the creation of a standalone national Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (caPDS), which will provide over 10 million Australians with access to public dental.
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It's World Immunisation Week and  Immunity for Community features real stories of everyday  Victorians whose personal experiences reinforce the potentially lifesaving benefits of immunisation. The  video Melissa and her daughter, Elyse discusses how  Elyse contracted chickenpox when she was too young to be immunised.
Click here to watch the video

VSCN  scholarships

The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN) has announced up to 30 scholarships to support nurses and allied health professionals working in the area of stroke care (acute/sub-acute/community) to attend a conference.
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GPA refresher positions

Ballarat Health Services has  space for two GPA’s from the Murray PHN region for a refresher week 30 May to 3 June.
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RACGP  Award

The RACGP Standing Strong Together Award is open to any Fellow or member of RACGP and any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who has worked to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Nominations close Friday 13 May.
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STI guidelines for primary care

The annual critical review of The Australian STI Management Guidelines: For Use in Primary Care  is complete.  The guidelines are an online resource designed to provide Primary Care Practitioners with concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for STI's.  
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Chronic care collaborative | West Hume

West Hume chronic care collaborative provides offers a supportive and nurturing  environment for staff working in health and social services by  sharing experience, training and work place  implementation in the self management arena. The next meeting will be held in Shepparton, Seymour, or videoconference on Wednesday 11 May.
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Greater Shepparton | Immunisation schedule

Greater Shepparton City Council  is encouraging people to protect their families from diseases by ensuring children are vaccinated. Vaccinations are free for children up to 19 years of age.  Council recently expanded the Multilingual Information Line Service, which provides pre-recorded immunisation information, or connection to an interpreter.
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Click here to see the complete Murray PHN CPD event calendar

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Topbar Live Introductory | Webinars
  2. Mental Illness and Bereavement Workshop | Wodonga
  3. Smoking Cessation Skills | Wodonga
  4. Safer Opioid Prescribing in General Practice | Wangaratta
  5. CAT4 and Topbar Beginner workshop | Albury

External CPD events

  1. APNA’s 2016 National Conference | Melbourne
  2. Care coordination specialist workplace training | Mildura
  3. Safer opioid prescribing in General Practice | Wangaratta
  4. 2016 Annual paediatric update for General Practitioners | Randwick
  5. AOD sensitivity LGBTI:  Regional diversity in action  | Bendigo
  6. Forensic clients in AOD - What role does trauma play? | Webinar
  7. Integrated practice training | Shepparton
  8. RESP/EMET Conference: Emergency medicine in clinical practice | North Adelaide SA
  9. General Practice in Addiction Conference (new date)| Creswick
  10. Program in the Experience of Palliative Care | Benalla (disability), Benalla  (Aged Care), Shepparton  (General/Allied health)  and Wangaratta  (General/Allied health)


Demystifying Borderline Personality Disorder forum

Hume Partners in Recovery's second  Exploding the Myths forum: Demystifying Borderline Personality Disorder is being held on Tuesday 17 May with guest speakers Paul Bizzotto, DBT Facilitator and Rachel Harvey, Family Connections Facilitator and will include stories from local consumers and carers.
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OzHelp Foundation ALERT Albury

On Friday 22 April, Minister for Health Hon Sussan Ley MP launched a mental health awareness program in Albury, run by mental health organisation, OzHelp Foundation.
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Accessibility Reference Group Wangaratta

The Accessibility Reference Group is seeking members. The aims of the group is to bring together people who are able to help the Council identify and respond to emerging issues that affect the broad community in regards to access and inclusion for women and men of all ages and abilities.  Nominations close 5pm Friday 29 April, 2016.
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Bridges out of Poverty course

Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership are hosting the Bridges out of Poverty course 6-7 July in Swan Hill to address everyday interactions, through to policy implications.
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HIV and Hepatitis C meeting

The Mallee Sexual Health Network Meeting, overview of HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, transmission and new treatments is being held on Tuesday 3 May in Swan Hill.
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Love your liver lunch

A Love Your Liver lunch is being held on Wednesday 11 May at MDAS to raise awareness of viral hepatitis in Mildura, and to share how to stay healthy living with hepatitis C.
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Developing clinical leaders

Taking place on Friday 29 April, this course is being present by Chaffey Aged Care with the MorDun Group. It  specifically directed to those in leadership roles, such as Registered Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses working as team leaders.
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