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
  • headspace Mildura
  • Sunraysia Community Health
  • Swan Hill District Health Services
  • Corryong Health
  • 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.

The first 13 pathways have been released (to access the links below you must be registered and logged in), in gastroenterology:  Constipation,  Recurrent Abdominal Pain,  Chronic Diarrhoea,  Gastroenteritis  and  Coeliac Disease. For respiratory conditions including:  Acute Asthma,  Asthma non-acute,  Pneumonia,  Wheeze  1-5 yrs,  Chronic Cough,  Bronchiolitis,  Pertussis (whooping cough)  and  Croup.

New National Asthma Strategy launched    asthma    

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.

Murray PHN careers

Regional news

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External CPD events and education

  • Click here  to access a list of  CPD and education events delivered by other organisations  locally and nationally.

Training and courses


Surveys and consultations

Grants and funding

My Health Record

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.

Copyright © 2017 Murray PHN, All rights reserved.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this newsletter is accurate. Information in this  newsletter  may be duplicated in other media with due  acknowledgement  of the originating sources. Murray PHN does not  necessarily  endorse products and/or  services  advertised in this publication.

Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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