Murray PHN Newsletter 4


3 September 2015





Health  events | September

1-30 September |  Gynaelogical Cancer Awareness Month
1-7 September |  National Asthma Week  ,  Fertility Week  and Women's Health Week
14-20 September |  National Stroke Week
21-27 September |  Be Well Week  and  
Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week

GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (GPMHTP)

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently reminded GPs of the need to include a Standard Referral letter when developing a GPMHTP.  Advice provided under Note M7.1 of the Medicare Benefit Schedule states that allied health professionals must be in receipt of a referral letter from the referring practitioner at the first consultation with the patient.

For more information, phone 132 150

Medicare | Changes to electronic claiming

Medicare changed electronic claims validation rules on 29  August. Medicare no longer supports electronic claims that contain special punctuation in the patient's first name or surname field.
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Folic acid | Shortage

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, has written to networks representing GPs and obstetricians alerting them to a global shortage of folic acid for food fortification that may affect Australia, to ensure they remind pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to take folic acid supplements.
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Mental health | Resource library

Bendigo Health provides a free mental health and wellbeing library at the 8 Olinda Street Centre and Library. The free lending service of resources are available for consumers, those caring for a person with a mental illness, family and friends, students, Bendigo Health staff and other health and welfare agencies in the region.
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Violence protection | Conference

A diverse range of speakers will explore what violence against women looks like in our communities; what primary prevention of violence is; and how violence prevention is everybody's business. Preventing violence against women (or family violence) is the responsibility of the whole community and requires a shared understanding of effective ways of influencing change.
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What women worry about |
Jean Hailes

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MMR vaccine | Administration error

The Immunisation Section has received several reports of children presenting from 3Â ½ years of age for their 4 year old vaccines and have been administered a 3rd dose of MMR vaccine in error.  

Children who present from 3Â ½ years will have already received their second dose of MMR vaccine at 18 months of age. These children were 18 months old from 1 July 2013 therefore they were eligible to be administered their second dose of MMR (MMRV) containing vaccine at the 18 month schedule point.  Be sure to confirm that the child has already received two doses of MMR vaccine.

Always review the previous vaccines administered to the child by checking the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and/ or the Child Health Record booklet. If the child had MMR vaccine already administered at 12 and 18 months of age they will only require DTPa-IPV vaccine to complete the four-year-old schedule point.
Click here to visit the immunisation website


Improving  Indigenous outcomes

Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative has received funding as part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grants.

The two projects are aimed at improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the Goulburn Valley, by offering a holistic service from Rumbalara’s Mooroopna facility.

The Family Services Parenting program, will provide practical parenting advice and support to Indigenous parents.

The Bringing Them Home Grief and Trauma Counselling program will assist individuals and families experiencing stress, depression and the effects of forcible removal that continue to impact on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) continuing education workshop | Melbourne
  2. Active improvement of men with BPH |  Wodonga
  3. An introduction to plastic and reconstructive surgery |  Bendigo
  4. Paediatric update |  Kerang
  5. Spirometry training course |  Shepparton

External CPD events

Rural ECHO | Oral health training |  Kyabram | Swan Hill | Kerang
Build your practice conference and exhibition 2015 | Melbourne

Working towards best practice in peer support | Melbourne
University of Queensland | Skin cancer and dermatology | Brisbane


High heart attack rate | Benalla

The Heart Foundation has launched a new Heart Health Fact Sheet for the Rural City of Benalla that reveals the rate of heart attack is 32.1 per cent higher than expected, based on the current age structure of the local community.

The fact sheet provides a crucial snapshot into the current heart health and risk factors, and also the future rates of heart disease in the Rural City of Benalla.

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Declining mental health presentations

The number of local youth presenting for mental health issues at Swan Hill District Health has declined. Murray PHN's Ian Johansen featured in The Guardian newspaper last week, where he commented that the 2014 data followed three years of study associated with the Swan Hill Youth Mental Health Project. The results show a 23% decline and the downturns have been  attributed  partly to the mental health support services provided at both medical clinics and the ongoing work of the Swan Hill Youth Mental Health Executive Coalition.
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