Murray PHN Newsletter 2


20 August 2015





The Murray Primary  Health  Network  (PHN) will work closely with health services and stakeholders across the health system to identify ways to better coordinate  care and improve health outcomes, particularly for people at risk of poor health.  Spanning from Mildura to Woodend and eastward to Wodonga including Albury NSW, the Murray PHN will support and influence health services accessed by over 563,000 people.

Connect to the health system and services and become a registered stakeholder with the Murray PHN by clicking  here.

Regional Managers | Positions Vacant

Murray PHN has current vacancies for Regional Manger positions in Albury, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton.  Applications close midnight on Sunday 23 August.
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NCIRS | Immunisation update

The National Centre for Immunisation  Research  & Surveillance (NCIRS) has updated a number of resources:
Handbook tables
Vaccination history tables

2015 annual update of the 10th edition Australian Immunisation Handbook


8 Olinda Street Centre & Library

8 Olinda Street Centre & Library is a free mental health library which is open to all borrowers.
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Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) have a new website.
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Multilingual Fact Sheets | Coeliac

Coeliac Victoria & Tasmania has produced a number of multilingual fact sheets to provide important information about coeliac disease to members of the community who do not read English or where English is their second language.
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2015 National Carers Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 National Carers Awards. These Awards seek to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution carers make to the nation.
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Advanced Care Planning

GVPCP, in partnership with its members, supported the catchments Advanced Care Planning initiative. The aim was to engage with community members about the importance of communicating their future health care wishes with families and professional carers. GVPCP supported three sessions held in Shepparton and Numurkah.
The Numurkah program included a professionals education session. The theme of the sessions was: It’s Time to Talk - about advanced care planning.
Community and health professionals were provided with an excellent education session facilitated by GP Educator, Margi Gould.
Participants had access to Advanced Care Plans to take home and complete.
In Shepparton, Mary Stewart from SMR Legal donated her time to speak to participants about the complexities of a ‘Power of Attorney'.   Service providers were invited to attend with   their service information and this was taken up by Alzheimer's Vic - Hume Region, FamilyCare and MHA Care.

Department of Rural Health | Research project

The Department of Rural Health conducted a research project to examine the perspectives and experiences of residents focusing on a range of health conditions, mental health measures, health behaviours, use of services, social issues and demographic items.  
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Management of Borderline Personality Disorder | Role of the GP | Bendigo
  2. Mental health training for reception staff | Bendigo
  3. The role of rural GP practices in facilitating early pregnancy termination | Swan Hill
  4. Acute assessment & management of sports injuries | Bendigo
  5. The role of rural GP practices in facilitating early pregnancy termination |  Echuca

External CPD events

7th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium | Creswick

Palliative Care Australia training | Melbourne

2015 Palliative Care for general nurses | Mildura

Mindfulness Workshop with Dr Craig Hassed | Wangaratta


Cold Chain Breach Protocol | NSW practices

All NSW Practices must operate within the Strive for 5 Guidelines, 2nd Edition.  A ‘cold chain breach’ has occurred if vaccine storage temperatures have been outside the recommended range of +2Â °C to +8Â °C.
It excludes fluctuations up to +12Â °C, lasting no longer than 15 minutes, as may occur when stock taking or restocking refrigerators.  All cold chain breaches must be reported to the local NSW Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055, before the decision to discard or use these vaccines.  

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Hume Partners in Recovery (PIR) have a new website. Click here to view


Specialist Surgeon | Relocation

Mr Jim Tryfonopulos is relocating to Mildura Health Consulting Suites.
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2015 Mildura Nurses Conference

This program aims to enhance nurses knowledge and current best-practice relating to a range of  clinical topics in some general as well as specialist areas of care | 7-8 December | Mildura.
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Murray PHN photoshoot

Murray PHN is currently capturing images of our region. This photo was taken in Swan Hill featuring some of our youth.

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Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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