Murray PHN Newsletter 23


18 February 2016







You can read previous editions of the Murray PHN newsletter on our website here.

Situation Vacant  | Manager After Hours

The Manager After Hours will play a key role in the development and implementation of an after hours strategy, across the Murray PHN catchment area.  Applications close midnight Sunday 28 February 2016.
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After Hours | Innovation grants

Murray PHN will be inviting interest to an After Hours innovation grant program to encourage proposals to support and enhance the availability of primary care after hours services throughout the Murray PHN catchment area. More details in the next edition.  

headspace Swan Hill opens

L to R: Devlyn McMahon, Mental Health Clinician, Elisha Keep, Administration Support Officer and Ian Johansen, Manager.
Local young people aged between 12 and 25 years can now access a range of health services at the new headspace in Swan Hill.

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APNA Transition to Practice

APNA Transition to Practice program's accepting applications from transitioning nurses with no workplace nurse support. Expression of interest close Friday 4 March, 2016.
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Boostrix availability

GSK prioritises whooping cough vaccine availability for those most at risk of the disease and confirms uninterrupted supply of Boostrix ® to all vaccination programs where Boostrix is the vaccine of choice.
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Give them wings | Scholarships

Give Them Wings scholarships give nursing and allied health students from country Victoria a start at university. Applications close on Thursday 31 March, 2016.
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Alcohol and other drug beds

Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital provides in-patient drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation treatment.
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Bendigo Hospital | Road closure

Mercy Street will be temporarily closed from Monday 15 February, 2016 until mid-April to allow works on the new Bendigo hospital entrance.  An access road will be opened from Arnold Street during this time.
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NDIS information session | Bendigo

Consumers can join a group of people to think about how the NDIS might work for them. Margaret Grigg, Deputy Chief Executive at Mind is one of the facilitators, who has spent time talking with people involved with one of the first pilots, and will help people gain insight about opportunities and challenges that come with this change.
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Cancer screening blog post

Murray PHNs role is to work closely with clinicians and communities to improve the access to, and coordination of health services, like cancer screening, to support better outcomes.  
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Attracting rural GPs

On Thursday 11 February, 2016  Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash announced that rural and remote communities will find it easier to attract GPs. The Murray PHN region has over 30 communities who automatically have the DWS due to MM 5-7 rule and over 10  communities which have gained DWS status due to population to GP ratio.
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Bowel cancer screening program | 2016 eligibility table

Cancer Council Victoria have prepared a 2016 ages for eligibility table for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It features a table for GPs to use when working out when their patient will receive their next free kit.
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Kids mental health app

Goalzie is a mobile game application aiming to help young people to learn valuable behaviours to carry through to adulthood.
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Online cancer screening modules

Overcoming the Barriers is designed for people who care for and support people with disabilities. The modules enable disability workers access to information to promote bowel, cervical and breast screening with their clients. A launch event is being held in Melbourne on Wednesday 24 February, 2016.
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HESTA Nursing Awards

The HESTA Australian Nursing Awards are open with nomination categories for: outstanding graduate, team excellence and nurse of the year. Nominations close Friday 11 March, 2016.
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Mental health clinic Shepparton

The mental health clinic at Shepparton Private Hospital  is now open for private, Workcover and TAC admissions. Dr Indranil Chakrabarti, Dr Siddhartha Dutta and Dr Tejraj Tawde are the attending Psychiatrists. Specific client needs and requirements must be discussed with an Intake Worker (p: 03 5832 1323)  prior to sending a referral.
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Hume RICS Cancer Care Services Link

Hume RICS have a new web based resource offering a range of tools for cancer patients, carers, families, friends and health professionals. Hume RICS have also put together information on Optimal Cancer Care Pathways.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next four Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Renal update | eGFR and Drug Dosing | Bendigo
  2. Chronic Respiratory Disease Resource Development | Myrtleford
  3. Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillator use | Bendigo
  4. Cutaneous, Superficial Skin Cancer Identification, Treatment and Referral | Shepparton

External CPD events

  1. Early detection and management of chronic kidney disease | Webinar
  2. Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria 2016 training program | Various locations
  3. Using clinical audit to support quality improvement | Melbourne
  4. Skin cancer certificate courses | Melbourne
  5. Certificate in sexual and reproductive health (nursing) | Box Hill
  6. What features would make a dementia friendly Maldon? | Maldon
  7. Stepping stone to success (family drug and alcohol workshop) | Shepparton
  8. Psychiatric medications | Maryborough
  9. Managing psychological injury | Bendigo
  10. The Loddon Mallee sexual health forum | Bendigo


Wangaratta second most efficient hospital in Victoria

Congratulations to Northeast Health Wangaratta, who has been deemed the most efficient large regional hospital in Victoria and ranks second across the entire state.
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Financing cancer care seminar

Albury Wodonga Health and Hume RICS are hosting a seminar with a number of speakers on Wednesday 2 March 2016 to address some of the financial issues that surround cancer care.
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Indigenous health poster | Mildura

Healthy Together Mildura have put together a flyer with some alarming statistics about Mildura's Indigenous population.
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BreastScreen Victoria to visit Swan Hill

The  BreastScreen Victoria bus will be parked outside the Swan Hill Visitor Information Centre from March - July 2016. Mallee District Aboriginal Services are encouraging Indigenous women to get screened.
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