Murray PHN Newsletter 21


4 February 2016







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Congratulations to all of the  health professionals and practices within the Murray PHN region (representing over 50% of the entire nominees) who will be formally recognised for outstanding contributions to their communities  at the 2016 Victorian Rural Health Awards

Rural Doctor Award
Dr Bala Pillai â€" Echuca
Dr Hoe Sin Ooi â€" Golden Square
Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour â€" Mildura
Dr Peter Nesbitt â€" Echuca
Aboriginal Health Award
Mr Garry Giles â€" Echuca
Ms Johanna Nesbitt â€" Echuca
Ms Margaret Murray â€" Wodonga
Rural General Practice Award
Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice

Mount Beauty Medical Centre
Rural Allied Health Professional Award
Ms Kay Knight â€" Echuca
35+ Years of Service    

Dr Daniel Silver â€" Castlemaine
Dr David Ball â€" Mooroopna
Dr David Tynan â€" Maryborough

Dr Nicholas Barker â€" Red Cliffs

Murray PHN | Current employment vacancies

Apply to be part of the Murray PHN team, with one of our seven employment positions currently available:
Central Victoria |Bendigo office
Clinical Editor
Partners in Recovery Coordinator
Goulburn Valley
|Shepparton office
Clinical Editor
Health Systems Coordinator
North East Victoria
|Albury office
Clinical Editor
North West Victoria
|Mildura office
Administration Support
Clinical Editor

Applications for all of the above positions close midnight Sunday 7 February 2016.
Click here to apply online

Free lectures | Falls prevention

Armchairmedical have shared six lectures on falls prevention. Presenters include: Professor Lindy Clemson, Professor Cathie Sherrington and Professor  Sarah Hilmer.
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Ice education for families

Four hour workshops are being run across Victoria during February and March for families who have been affected by the drug Ice.  Sessions will discuss Ice facts, family coping strategies and seeking professional help.
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Zika virus information

The Zika virus is a rapidly evolving situation. Monitoring of Zika virus will occur on an ongoing basis with updates to The Department of Health website as important information comes to hand.
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APNA Transition to Practice

APNA’s Transition to Practice program aims to contribute to workforce development and sustainability by supporting nurses new to primary health care to enhance the experience of the individual nurse and assist workforce retention in this growing area of nursing. EOI applications close Friday 16 February 2016.
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Hepatits C | Update

New treatments are expected to be available in March 2016 with fewer side effects, reduced duration of treatment and much improved outcomes and cure rates. Book a free session with the Victorian Viral Hepatitis Educator.
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Cert IV Mental Peer Work

This nationally recognised course has been developed by VICSERV and is specifically designed for those who have lived experience as either a consumer or carer, and who work  in mental health services in roles that support, mentor or advocate for consumers or carers.  Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be accepted from people with a lived experience of severe and  persistent mental illness who would like to complete the course whilst volunteering within the  mental health system.  EOI applications close 5pm 12 February 2016.
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Neurosurgeon |  Spine surgeon

Mr Yagnesh Vellore has a new consulting location at 176 Barnard Street, Bendigo  and sees all privately insured, Workcover, TAC, DVA and self-funded pateints*.
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QUIT program | Bendigo

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VaxOnTime app

The VaxOnTime app can support parents to meet the legislative requirements under the 'No Jab No Play' laws.  
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Peter Mac |  General Practice Clinical Placement in Survivorship Program

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is offering Victorian-based general practitioners and general practice nurses an opportunity to participate in a ten hour clinical placement to support patients from cancer diagnosis through to cancer survivorship.
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Patient waiting times report

The Victorian Government released a report on 29 January 2016 that outlines specialist clinics quarterly activity and wait times. The report reveals that some Victorians are waiting more than four-and-a-half years to see a specialist doctor in a public hospital.
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Population health planning

A key task that PHNs are required to undertake is population health planning and health needs assessments within their regional boundaries. This is to inform and prioritise the distribution of health funding.
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Graduate nursing programs

The Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne offers graduate nursing programs which  can be taken as part of a Graduate, Certificate or Diploma, or as single subjects  by distance education.
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Free translation service | Vaccinations

The Australian Department of Human Services website refers health professionals to the Australian Department of Social Services Free Translating Service for oversees vaccinations.
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Hospital board member applications

The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP, is pleased to invite applications for part time board positions across numerous Victorian hospitals with terms of office commencing from 1 July 2016.  Applications close Friday 12 February 2016.
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Shepparton Nurses  Conference

This conference will cover:

  • What are the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
  • How can you implement preventive health strategies and improve patient outcomes?
  • What can you do to minimise the impact of certain conditions?
  • What is the latest evidence on a range of current treatments?
  • How can you deliver the best patient-centred care?

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Shepparton's homeless youth

Shepparton’s Education First Youth Foyer has moved a step closer with the appointment of Berry Street Victoria and Rural Housing Network Limited as service providers. They will work in partnership with GOTAFE to deliver this new service.  The foyer will provide safe accommodation for up to 40 young people aged 16-24 at a time and engage students in education, employment and training.  Youth foyers have already proven successful in several sites across the State.  The foyer is expected to be ready for operation later this year, with community information sessions also being planned.
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Student scholarships | Yea

The Yea & District Memorial Hospital Scholarship Program is aimed at helping local students pursue a career in health and wellbeing.The scholarship has a value of up to $10,000 per year. Applications close Sunday 7 February 2016.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next Murray PHN CPD event

  1. Renal update | eGFR and Drug Dosing | Bendigo

External CPD events

  1. Young person’s sexual health project community of practice | Wodonga  
  2. Supporting adult survivors of complex trauma | Melbourne
  3. Treatment of hepatitis C with direct acting antivirals | Melbourne
  4. Nutritional interventions for eating disorders & obesity course | Melbourne
  5. Understanding & applying social determinants of Aboriginal & Torres Islander health | Melbourne


Immunisation resources | NSW

The NSW Health immunisation website has 'save the date' brochures and posters available for order, as well as updated advice about the 2016 School Vaccination Program and consent materials in 26 languages.
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Cancer support  project

Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service  are inviting people who are over 18 years old and have completed a cancer treatment at Goulburn Valley Health or the Border/North East region within the last five years to participate in a project that aims to provide tailored support for cancer survivors.
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Geriatric symposium notes

For those who were either able or unable to attend the Geriatric Symposium held in Wangaratta on 18 November 2015, the minutes/notes from  Dr Jack Best have been made available.
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New drug rehab beds | Mildura

New withdrawal beds at Mildura Base Hospital, operated by Sunraysia Community Health Services began operation in December 2015.
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Youth type 2 diabetes increasing

Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC) has highlighted a concerning trend in younger community members being diagnosed with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
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Colour Your Run | Swan Hill


Supporting the Swan Hill District Hospice.
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