Murray PHN eNews #34


5 May 2016







Murray PHN is  seeking applications from individuals (e.g. community members who are consumers, carers and or patient representatives)  within the Murray PHN region who have an understanding of local health and wellness issues, and who are committed to working to improve health outcomes for their community.  Applications close Tuesday 31 May 2016.

The final  Community Advisory Council consultation forums are taking place today in  Echuca and Bright next week. For more information and to register > click here

General practice top  5 eHealth PIP resources
  1. eHealth Incentive Guidelines 1 May 2016 > Click here
  2. My Health Record Training â€" updated and online for health professionals > Click here
  3. My Health Record Support Options > Click here
  4. RACGP’s My Health Record sample policy templates > Click here
  5. Track your Shared Health Summaries upload activity by using the CAT4 eHealth recipe >  Click here
If you need assistance click here to contact your regional Murray PHN office.

Murray PHN | Position vacant

Health Systems Coordinator Goulburn Valley.
Applications close midnight Sunday 15 May.
Click here for more details

Victoria State Government | Health news

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  survey results

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the 2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).  Run every six years, the NATSISS covers a broad range of social subject matter including health-related topics.  
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Cardiac rehabilitation resources

As part of Heart Week (1-7 May), the Heart Foundation has made a number of free resources available for health professionals and their patients.
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St Vincent’s Dermatology Clinic  |  Referral changes

From Friday 1 July all Dermatology Clinics will convert to a bulk-billed model. This will require GPs to refer to a named specialist.
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RACGP | New fellows event

RACGP Victoria are hosting a new fellows meet and greet session on Wednesday 18 May, which will provide a networking opportunity.  
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Depression, anxiety and isolation workshop | Bendigo

On Wednesday 18 May Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee, Michelle Forrester and Jenny Arnold from Bendigo Health will discuss  how to recognise the signs when an employee or colleague may be suffering mental health issues.  
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Mental Health First Aid | Wedderburn

A mental health first aid course is being provided  free for participants in the Loddon Shire on Sunday 8 May.
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Aboriginal Families impacted by Acquired Brain Injury | Bendigo

A two day workshop is being held on 19-20 May. Participants will gain awareness of cultural safety  principals when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and families.
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VR Doctor vacancies | Echuca

Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice is seeking VR doctors for full or part time employment.  The practice is flexible and accommodating to Practitioner needs.
Click here for more details  

Twitter guide for Nurse's

"Twitter is not a technology. It's a conversation".  Find out the difference between personal, official and professional use of Twitter.
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Health Budget 2016â€"17

The Turnbull Government has announced $71.41b for health. Highlights include:

  • $1.5b additional primary care investment, including mental health
  • $10.4b  PBS
  • $17.8b aged care
  • $17.9b hospitals
  • $22.7b  Medicare

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Primary Health Care Nurse workforce survey

APNA is encouraging participation in their Primary Health Care Nurse Workforce Survey 2016. The research will enable APNA to monitor workforce trends and better support primary health care nurses in Australia. The survey closes at the end of May 2016.
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2016 Brian Williams Award

The Brian Williams Award  acknowledges medical practitioners whose guidance and support enables rural GPs to dedicate themselves to their patients, their families and their communities. Nominations close Monday 16 May.
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Better Health Channel |
Immunity for Community video  

Dr Margaret Cooper contracted polio when she was four years old, before a vaccine was widely available.
Click here to watch the video

Shepparton Ice forum

Murray PHN's CEO Matt Jones met with Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash, Nationals candidate for Murray Damian Drum and other community stakeholders,  including rehabilitation service providers, school teachers and doctors,  at the Ice forum in Shepparton on Thursday 28 April.
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Rural General Practice event | Shepparton

RWAV are hosting The ABCs  of Practice Sustainability:  Advance, Build and Connect, a two day workshop on  3-4 June. The workshop aims to help Practice Managers and owners apply strategic business planning skills to grow their rural general practices.
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Cobram nurses | Research projects

Genevieve Nielsen, Tracy Michalsky and Fiona Currie, Registered Nurses at Cobram District Health have undertaken three projects under a Department of Health and Human Services Nursing and Midwifery Workforce initiative. The focus was on two key areas of the mature workforce retention model â€" ‘learning and development’ and ‘recognition and reward’.
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For the complete Murray PHN CPD calendar >> click here

Next three Murray PHN CPD events by region

Central Victoria

Goulburn Valley

North East Victoria  

Stigma Action Grant | Art Exhibition
The Vahland Art Group (Bendigo Health) presented an exhibition titled: Reducing mental health stigma that ran from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May.Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) awarded The Vahland Art Group with a ‘Stigma Action Funding Grant’ for a 12 week program focused on reducing mental health stigma - click here to read more.

Local media attended the exhibition. ABC Central Victoria news published  an in-depth article about  the art program and mental health  stigma  on Wednesday 5 May - click here to read.

For more photos from the event click here to visit Murray PHN's Facebook page.

External CPD events

  1. Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference  | Gold Coast
  2. 2016 National Hepatitis Health Promotion Conference | Melbourne
  3. Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education | Melbourne
  4. Dietitians Association of Australia 33rd Annual Conference | Melbourne
  5. Discussing death and dying: Advance care planning | Melbourne
  6. Emerging themes in pain research | Melbourne
  7. Law and cancer | Melbourne
  8. The General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE) | Melbourne
  9. VICSERV's Mental Health Conference | Melbourne
  10. Foundational clinical supervision skills training | Swan Hill


Lung Cancer event | Albury

Lung Cancer Australia held a community event at Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service on Wednesday 4 May.

Pictured: Murray PHN North East Regional Manager Richard McClelland and Cathy Freeman

Crystal Egan, Hume RICS  with Cathy Freeman.

Borderline Personality Disorder forum | Wodonga

At this Exploding the Myths forum, people with a lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder and local professionals who are making a difference through family education and treatment programs will tell their stories.
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Skin lesion management session | Wodonga

Dr Irene Grigoris, Albury Dermatology and LEO Pharma are hosting a session on Skin Lesion management on Thursday 19 May in Wodonga.
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Clinic rooms | Mildura

Monash University has clinic rooms available to rent within their School of Rural Health building. The rooms would particularly suit fly-in, fly-out clinicians who are seeking rooms on an intermittent basis.
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Hands up Mallee mapping

The Hands Up Mallee Communication Engagement and REM teams, have set up a combined project group to map local services and/or pathways for connecting with different people within the community, and are seeking input from those who have been involved in similar work to share and/or help guide their mapping efforts. Contact Toni Mottram e:  or Renee Ficarra e:  

Asthma meeting | Mildura

Stepping up: Insights into asthma management meeting is being held on Tuesday 17 May and will review recent insights into patient perceptions,  guidelines and behaviours and discuss the role of  Symbicort.
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Mildura Base Hospital news

Mildura Base Hospital has released their April newsletter which provides information on their new Aboriginal Health Unit and an update on the progess of their new Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC).
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