Free mental health first aid course for Gunbower dairy community mental health
Campaspe Primary Care Partnership is offering a free mental health first aid course for the local dairy community in Gunbower. Participants can learn how to assist someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis, and gain an increased understanding of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse, as well as other health crises.
This is a 12-hour course that will be held over three sessions: Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 24 April and Tuesday 1 May. For further information or to register please phone 5484 4485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
Hepatitis A cases in Victoria hepatitis
Cases of hepatitis A continue to increase in Victoria, with 58 confirmed outbreak cases, seven probable cases and one death. An additional 16 cases of hepatitis A are under early investigation. In this outbreak, adults who identify as men who have sex with men and/or people who inject drugs appear to be at highest risk, however local transmission to others has also been found. An emerging risk group is the homeless population.
Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton, advises medical practitioners to notify all suspected cases of acute viral hepatitis to the Department of Health and Human Services by telephoning 1300 651 160, without waiting for serology results. Click here for more information.
GPs wanted for Victorian influenza surveillance program flu season
The Victorian Sentinel Practice Influenza Network (VicSPIN), supported by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, is a program that monitors influenza-like illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza in the community. It measures influenza vaccine effectiveness and provides GPs with the opportunity to take diagnostic swabs to test for influenza and participate in an active surveillance program. The data captured is used to help understand and compare influenza seasons in Victoria.
The influenza monitoring season this year will run from 30 April to 4 November. RACGP and ACCRM points are available for participating. For further information, visit the website here. send an email to email@example.com or contact Kristina Grantom 9342 9372; James Fielding on 9342 9378; or Kylie Carville on 9342 9376. GPs who are interested in joining the program in 2018 are invited to apply using the registration form here.
Changes to Victorian guardianship laws guardianship
The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to better protect the rights of adults with disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The Guardianship and Administration Bill 2018 replaces outdated laws from 1986 to define decision-making capacity, including a presumption that a person has the capacity to make decisions, unless evidence is provided otherwise.
The laws will recognise that a person also has decision-making capacity if they can make decisions with support, reflecting a more modern understanding of decision-making capacity and disability, and ensure that a person's will and preferences are followed where possible and appropriate. For more information click here.
The RACGP's planning learning and need (PLAN) requirements CPD
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has introduced planning learning and need (PLAN) Category 1 quality improvement activity to enable general practitioners to self-identify general practice learning needs in accordance with their personal, patient and community needs. The PLAN is mandatory in the 2017-19 triennium and can only be completed through the myRACGP web page.
For GPs who have yet to start this activity, now is the perfect time to complete step 1: "Practice profile and self-reflection". The RACGP recommends you complete your self-reflection activity early this year to lay the foundation of your reflective learning for the remainder of the triennium. Doing so gives you the time you need to undertake the learning required to meet identified needs. Click here for more information.
Cancer malnutrition: feeding everyone from hospital to home cancer
The Malnutrition in Victorian Cancer Services Program began in 2011 and has carried out a range of initiatives to address cancer malnutrition in the acute health sector. However practices relating to the management of cancer malnutrition in the primary care and community sectors remain less understood.
Victorian GPs and general practice nurses are invited to participate in a survey aimed at investigating the current practice and education needs relating to cancer malnutrition. It should take no more than five minutes to complete. Click here to access the survey and here to find out more about the program.