Learn how to support those affected by suicide in Merbein Mildura
A community workshop will be held in Merbein on Monday 5 March to help people who would like to support someone who is affected by suicide by increasing their understanding of suicide bereavement and basic support skills.
Murray PHN has partnered with StandBy Murray to bring the What do I say? What do I do? workshop to the Mildura region as part of the Mildura Place Based Suicide Prevention Trial. For more information, click here.
Changes to Victorian No Jab, No Play legislation immunisation
Amendments to Victoria's No Jab, No Play legislation were passed in parliament last week, tightening requirements for parents to provide, and early childhood services to accept, only an immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register when confirming the enrolment of a child in early childhood and care services.
Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation. These changes came into effect yesterday, Wednesday 28 February 2018. For more information, click here.
Upcoming changes to medical decision making laws medical decision making
Medical decision making laws in Victoria will change on 12 March 2018 when the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 begins. The Act will give statutory recognition for advance care directives so competent Victorians can document treatment preferences for existing and/or future conditions.
The Act will also simplify and modernise laws relating to medical treatment decision making for those without the capacity to make medical treatment decisions. For more information, click here.
Advance care planning in general practice Bendigo
Better Care Victoria is funding a collaborative project between Bendigo Health, Murray PHN and Monash University to support and increase advance care planning in general practice in the Greater Bendigo local government area.
The project is aimed at identifying and addressing barriers and enablers to the uptake and communication of advance care plans across the health system for consumers aged 75 and over. In the coming weeks, expressions of interest will be invited from primary health care and GP services to participate in the project. These services will receive free education and mentoring along with system set-up and support for advance care planning.
For more information contact Meagan Adams ACP Coordinator at Bendigo Health on 5454 6386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving Indigenous children a better start to life Indigenous health outcomes
Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative is part of the expansion of a Federal Government program to deliver improvements to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children - A Better Start To Life.
The program consists of two streams - the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program and a New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services Program. Rumbalara is receiving funds under the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program to deliver services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Campaspe, Shepparton and Moira areas. For more information, click here.
TAC announces no medical excess transport accidents
Victoria's TAC is cutting red tape by removing the medical excess for people injured in transport accidents. For accidents occurring on or after 14 February 2018, healthcare providers can now provide treatment to TAC clients immediately and invoice the TAC directly. For more information, click here.
Transvaginal mesh complications - important information for GPs women's health
Safer Care Victoria has developed a free resource to assist general practitioners in identifying complications and supporting women affected by transvaginal mesh.
Transvaginal mesh is a medical product which has been used for more than 15 years to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. Some women have experienced serious and debilitating complications following such surgery. Download the fact sheet here.