SafeScript: Victoria's real-time prescription monitoring real-time prescription monitoring
To reduce the growing harms (including deaths) from high-risk prescription medicines, the Victorian Government is putting a real-time prescription monitoring system (SafeScript) in place.
In 2016, there were 372 Victorian drug overdose deaths involving pharmaceutical medicines. This is higher than the number of overdose deaths involving illicit drugs (257), and higher than the road toll (291).
SafeScript, which will start to roll-out this year, will provide health professionals with access to their patients' prescription history for certain high-risk medicines to enable safer clinical decisions on whether to prescribe or dispense a medicine. Read the FAQs for health professionals here.
Pregnancy, birth and baby service maternal and child health
The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national telephone, video call and online service that supports parents, families and carers, from pregnancy through to preschool. The service offers free information, advice and emotional support on a wide range of pregnancy and parenting topics, including GPs and their patients.
Qualified maternal child health nurses answer calls to the helpline catering to parents and carers of children aged up to five years. All nurses work part-time on the service which allows them to maintain clinical practice. The service is a safe, trusted referral point for GPs. The advice is based on Australian best-practice and is easy to follow. Consumers are informed when it's best to seek medical assistance.
Advice and information can be accessed by calling 1800 882 436 or on the website.
Rapid access pathways for lung cancer in Border East Hume region cancer
The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) and its partners have developed a rapid access pathway for all patients with suspected lung cancer within the Border East Hume Region, in alignment with the Optimal Care Pathways for Lung Cancer recommendations.
The Rapid Access Pathway is well-established and functioning efficiently as demonstrated by improvements in the timeliness of care and increased access to local services for lung cancer patients. All local general practitioners are encouraged to refer through the Rapid Access Pathway for suspected lung cancer cases. For more information click here
Join the TAC's Clinical Panel transport accidents
The TAC is looking for experienced health and disability practitioners to join its team of experts on its Clinical Panel. Professionals from disability services, allied health, medical and mental health fields are encouraged to apply.
The Clinical Panel's primary role is to conduct reviews and provide clinical support and advice to health professionals treating people who have been injured in a transport accident. It also provides support and advice to the TAC's claims staff to ensure claims-related decisions are clinically informed and justified.
To find out more, click here. You can express an interest in joining the Clinical Panel here by 26 April 2018.
Survey on socialising and alcohol alcohol and other drugs
Women aged 18 years and over who identify as a lesbian, bisexual or queer (LBQ) are wanted by the Victorian AIDS Council and VicHealth to answer questions about the way Victorians socialise, particularly when alcohol is available.The project is aimed at understanding the way LBQ women drink when they are socialising, as well as the social norms, beliefs and attitudes about drinking within the LBQ community. This information will help to design, deliver and evaluate programs and services that promote positive and safe drinking within the community. This project is looking at the regional areas of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Morwell.To start the survey click here
. The survey will close midnight Monday 2 April.