Murray PHN eNews #89 | Investing in primary mental health services
Edition 89 | Investing in primary mental health services
Preferred providers of primary mental health services
Murray PHN has announced the preferred providers for $4.8 million in funding for primary mental services across the region.
After an extensive competitive bidding process, the preferred mental health service providers include partnerships between major health services, rural health services, mental health alliances and general practitioners.
Preferred providers include:
Mildura Base Hospital
Sunraysia Community Health
Swan Hill District Health Services
Bendigo Community Health
Northern District Health Service
Cobaw Community Health
Echuca Community Health
The Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance (APHMA)
Numurkah District Health Service
Investing in nurses to improve rural health services
Murray PHN is investing more than $170,000 to support 22 rural nurses in six health services to undertake further study to improve rural and remote health services.
The RIPERN (rural and isolated practice endorsed registered nurses) Scholarships Grants will support acute nursing staff in rural communities to expand their scope of practice and will allow rural health services to build on or establish a RIPERN model of care.
A RIPERN model of care allows health services to complement or supplement their capacity to provide urgent and primary care to those who need it.
Murray PHN RIPERN Scholarships Grants have been awarded to:
Castlemaine Health - funding for six students
Heathcote Health - funding for two students
Boort District Health - funding for one student
Cobram District Health - funding for two students
Numurkah District Health Service - funding for seven students
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service - funding for four students
Internships to help improve Indigenous health outcomes
Three paid internship opportunities are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people committed to helping improve Indigenous health and wellbeing in the Murray PHN region - based at Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton.
These regionally-based internships will include opportunities for graduates to gain experience in a number of areas including research, design and implementation of health projects and to assist Murray PHN to improve cultural safety, implement reconciliation strategies and build strong relationships.
Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is one of Murray PHN's key priorities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-a-half times that of other Australians.
Applicants must have a degree qualification in a health-related field, business or Aboriginal affairs and/or more than two years' relevant experience. These positions are a designated position under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 - only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to attend.
A fourth position, based in Albury, will be advertised in the near future. For more information or to apply, click here. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 18 February 2018.
Statewide paediatric pathways are now live
The Victorian PHN Alliance is working with the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network and Safer Care Victoria's Paediatric Clinical Network, to translate existing Clinical Practice Guidelines into statewide paediatric HealthPathways. These pathways will empower primary care clinicians to support patients with low complexity, high volume paediatric conditions, and ultimately deliver better, safer care.
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has launched Australia's new National Asthma Strategy which updates the national response to this chronic disease affecting more than 2.5 million Australians.
Research has shown 45 per cent of Australian asthma patients don't adhere to their management plan; only 25 per cent of adults and 40 per cent of children with asthma have a written asthma action plan and nearly 40 per cent of people with asthma only use reliever medicines. Inevitably, a quarter of these patients were forced to seek last-minute treatment for a dangerous flare up in their condition.
The National Asthma Strategy is a blueprint for improving the prevention, care and management of asthma for people with asthma and their families, health care providers, researchers and government. For more information, click here.
Loddon Mallee Disability Special Interest Group expression of interest disability
Murray PHN and Bendigo Health are working together to establish a Disability Special Interest Group or Community of Practice in the Loddon Mallee region.
The group would share information and resources, advocate for the needs of the local disability community, gain an understanding of local support services and the NDIS, as well as being an opportunity for networking.
We are seeking expressions of interest from GPs, practice nurses and practice managers. For more information, click here.
Opportunity to attend a forum with Federal Health Minister in Mildura Mildura
The Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, will be hosting the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt at a lunch in Mildura on 22 February. Click here for more details.
Gardasil 9 vaccine is now available to order immunisation
The National Immunisation Program schedule has introduced Gardasil 9 vaccine for students in Year 7 of secondary school (or age equivalent about 12 to 13 years old) to expand the protection against Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
The new Gardasil ® 9 vaccine protects against nine strains of HPV (up from four) and only two doses are required (instead of three), making it easier for adolescents to receive the full schedule and be fully protected. The vaccine is now available to order using the Government vaccine order form.
MedsASSIST system discontinued codeine
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia's MedsASSIST - the real time recording system to help reduce the misuse of over-the-counter combination analgesic medicines containing codeine - has been discontinued nationally from the night of 31 January 2018.
All of the medicines recorded in MedsASSIST were up-scheduled to prescription-only from 1 February, making the system redundant.
Dementia Australia resources for people with younger onset dementia dementia
A new toolkit has been released to help people living with younger onset dementia become better equipped to understand and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS Toolkit for People Living with Younger Onset Dementia and their Carers is complemented by a short video featuring carers and people living with younger onset dementia, those diagnosed under the age of 65, to assist others as they apply to access the new system. For more information click here.
Murray PHN events
Over 100 people have registered for our Stop Mental Illness Stigma workshops happening later this month. We are pleased to have organisations from local councils, to government departments, hospitals, aboriginal community controlled centres, job centres, universities, doctors clinics, youth, community, disability and mental health services. There's still time to RSVP - see below for details.
The My Health Record online training modules for pharmacists are now available via the Digital Health Agency training website.
There are five Pharmacy eLearning modules:
Module 1 - Getting Started with My Health Record
Module 2 - Clinical Documents and Other Information
Module 3 - My Health Record in Community Pharmacy
Module 4 - My Health Record Privacy and Patient Consent
Module 5 - My Health Record Security and Data Quality
Each module has been accredited for 0.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacists CPD plan which can be converted to 0.5 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1 CPD credit) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.