Murray PHN Newsletter #27


17 March 2016







Close the Gap | Murray PHN pledge and regional events
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still experience much lower life expectancy rates, acute levels of sickness and poorer access to appropriate medical care than most other Australians. Click here to read more.

Murray PHN has signed the pledge  to Close the Gap on Indigenous health equality. You can also sign the pledge as an individual, or as an organisation by  clicking here.

Murray PHN is co-hosting a number of Close the Gap day  events  across  our region:
Interagency networking lunch, 17 March | Bendigo  - click here for  details
Afternoon tea, 17 March | Shepparton - click here for more details
Community BBQ lunch, 17 March | South Albury - click here for details
Partnership  celebration  BBQ lunch, 18 March | Echuca - click here for  details

Murray PHN positions vacant

Administration Support HealthPathways
Applications close Sunday 20 March, 2016.
Click here to apply online.
Population Health Business Analyst
Applications close Sunday 28 March, 2016.
Click here to apply online.
Financial Accountant

Applications close Sunday 28 March, 2016.
Click here to apply online.

Advanced care planning resource

A resource, consisting of nine modules will support doctors and health professionals to have the conversation with patients about end-of-life decision making,  engage patients in decisions about their care and  help them to undertake advance care planning.
Click here for more details

Incentives News Update (INU)

The INU February 2016 update provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program, Practice Nurse Incentive Program and Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
Click here for more details

NDIS newsletter

Read past editions of the NDIS eNewsletter here or subscribe to receive regular updates about the progress of the NDIS  here.

Pathology | Health alert

The Chief Health Officer has issued an alert to pathology services and medical practitioners. The  Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 have been updated, changing obligations of pathology services and medical practitioners, effective from Monday 4 April, 2016.
Click here from more details


PCPs and Murray PHN meet

On Thursday 10 March, 2016 Murray PHN Central Victoria joined Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership,  Campaspe Primary Care Partnership, Central Victorian PCP and Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership for a networking and information session at Morley's Emporium in Bendigo. The session provided a  great opportunity to share and collaborate to improve the health of Central Victorians.

Cobaw Community Health | Positions vacant

Cobaw Community Health currently has two positions vacant:  General Manager Organisational Systems Development and  General Manager Health Services Development. Both positions close  12pm Thursday 24 March, 2016.

Mind Recovery College Bendigo

The Mind Recovery College is running a number of courses in Bendigo this month.
Click here for more details  

The Murray PHN website has been updated to include information on My Health Record, such as FAQs for GPs,  Pharmacists  and other health professionals.
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Users of the Pen CS Clinical Audit Tool (Pen CAT or CAT4)

If you work in multiple locations and use only one generic login for Pen CAT/CAT4 across these locations contact Aida Escall, Manager Primary Health Outcomes on, t: 03 4408 5671 or m: 0418 540 411 before Monday 21 March, 2016 so arrangements can be made for your continued access to Pen CAT/CAT4. Click here  for more details on CAT plus.

LMRPCC consultancy survey

Loddon Mallee Regional Palliative Care Consortium are running a survey to ascertain what is working well with the current regional consultancy model and within the bounds of staffing levels implement activities to further optimise service to complex palliative care patients.  Survey closes Friday 15 April, 2016.
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Blue-green algae | Health alert

The Chief Health Officer has issued an alert to health professionals with a number of key messages around Blue-green algae in Victorian waterways.
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Carers Victoria information roadshow

Carers Victoria are hosting two free information sessions for carers on the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Aged Care Reforms in Shepparton on Thursday 14 April, 2016.
Click here for more details

Shepparton  Women's Health Clinic

The Shepparton Women's Health Centre is having an open house celebration on Saturday 19 March, 2016. Click here for more details.  The centre offers a range of expert health practitioners and services to provide preventative and curative health care treatment, including:

  • Dr Margreet Stegeman, gynaecologist and obstetrician
  • Fiona Wieland, a physiotherapist, who specialises in bladder, bowel and pelvic floor issues
  • Gay Giovanetti and Donna Rumbiolo, pap smear nurses
  • GPs with an interest in women’s health and antenatal services
  • Dorevitch Pathology (on site)

Click here for more details

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Retinal Emergencies | Seymour
  2. Epilepsy Management in General Practice | Shepparton
  3. Targeting Anxiety in Youth | Bendigo
  4. Mental Health and Diabetes Workshop | Bendigo
  5. Chronic Cardiovascular Disease Resource Development Workshop | Benalla

External CPD events

  1. Secondary breast cancer conference | Glen Waverley
  2. HIV in primary care (Prerequisite Course for HIV s100 Prescriber Training) | Carlton
  3. Sexuality and intellectual disability | Box Hill
  4. Educational dinner meeting (Topics: IBS/FODMAPS, GORD and IBD)  | Bendigo
  5. Understanding Aboriginal culture | Echuca
  6. Developing your own advance statement | Bendigo
  7. Travel Vaccine Update (TVU) | Parkville
  8. The complexities of working with family violence and substance abuse | Webinar
  9. Navigating the mental health system | Bendigo and Wodonga
  10. Social research conference on HIV, viral Hepatitis & related diseases margins & belonging | Kensington NSW


Benalla Church Street Surgery

The  Benalla Church Street Surgery participated in the Act to D-Feet MND (motor neurone disease)  event on Sunday 28 February, 2016.
Click here for more details

18 month  DTPa vaccine and new NSW Immunisation Schedule

The 18 month DTPa vaccine (Infanrix or Tripacel) which is now available to order via the online vaccine ordering.  Also note that the new NSW Immunisation Schedule  lists  Infanrix-IPV is now to be given at four years of age (not three and a half years, as per the previous NSW Immunisation Schedule) if an 18 months pertussis vaccine is given.
Click here for more details


Community Visitor Scheme

The Community Visitor Scheme managed in Sunraysia by MS, is seeking volunteers to pay regular visits to people in their homes and in aged care facilities who may be experiencing lonlieness.  
Click here for more details

How to drug proof your kids

The How to Drug Proof Your Kids is a three night drug prevention based course being held in Donald, Chalton, St Arnaud and Wycheproof during April and May, 2016. The course is aimed at parents of children aged six to fourteen years (although parents, grandparents, other caregivers and educators of kids of any age are welcome to attend). The course is based on research that indicates high levels of parental connectedness can reduce the risk of harmful drug use by their children.
Click here for more details
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