Murray PHN Newsletter 1


13 August 2015





A message from our CEO

The Murray PHN has had a very successful first month of operation. The significant planning undertaken prior to our commencement on 1 July stood us in good stead. We have been able to satisfy the dual objectives of ensuring services continuing from the Medicare Local program and implementing our new regional structure.  
Murray PHN has awarded 110 contracts with 80+ providers to enable the delivery of services into 50+ communities, all without disruption to existing patient services.  

The establishment of offices and employment of over 50 staff located in Mildura (servicing North West Victoria), Bendigo (servicing Central Victoria), Shepparton (servicing Goulburn Valley) and Albury (servicing North East Victoria and Southern NSW), was a major exercise and has successfully integrated staff from three other Medicare Locals.
The smooth and successful introduction to the Primary Health Network environment was greatly enhanced by the very constructive and professional approach that we encountered from Goulburn Valley, Hume and Lower Murray Medicare Locals through this  transitional  environment.  

I commend their boards, management and staff for their assistance to  our organisation during this time. We will ensure all communities and providers of health care in our catchment region receive our best efforts to contribute to a more efficient and effective health system throughout our region.

Matt Jones |  Chief  Executive Officer | Murray PHN

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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.

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Electronic Outpatient letters

Save time and receive letters electronically via secure messaging from St Vincent’s Hospital.  Fill in the online form here:

  • Click on “New to Argusâ€
  • You will then need to phone Argus to complete the installation on 9037 1000
  • In group GP practices, it is easier to register all providers at the one time
  • You do not need to set this up if you already receive secure messages from The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Northern Health or Monash Health

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Where do I start? | Mental health

Southern Mallee PCP want to hear from people in Buloke, Gannawarra or Swan Hill  communities  about how mental  health services are accessed. What is experienced,  what works well,  what does not work so well, and ideas of possible solutions.
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Bowel Cancer Screening Project

The Bowel Cancer Screening Project Phase 2 is currently under discussion. The work undertaken and outcomes of the Bowel Project Phase 1 will assist in directing the strategies for the 2nd  phase, along with the new direction that PHN’s will be taking.

ViCTOR Rural Suitability pilot

The Victorian Children's Tool for Observation & Response (ViCTOR) statewide meeting & workshop is for any health service considering or currently using the ViCTOR charts |  Wednesday  9 September | Bendigo.
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Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) have a new website.
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Medicare | Webclaim

From June 15 2015, HPOS will have a new look and feel and new services added. These include Medicare Bulk Bill Webclaim and DVA Medical Webclaim. The navigation and menu will change but the existing functions and services will remain the same. Read more about the changes including minimum browser requirements.
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Health Information Technology | GPs

GPs 'Uses and Views of Health Information Technology (HIT)' in the Australian primary care setting - share your views on this topic.
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RACGP Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT)

The Department of Health has recently confirmed that no further funding will be provided to the RACGP ERPT. Users will be able to continue accessing the tool on a user pay basis.
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Pharmacy diabetes survey results

Lower Hume PCP is supporting member agencies to engage with their local pharmacies and collect responses to a survey regarding diabetes. The results identified the need for local hospitals and community health to partner more closely with their local pharmacies to improve continuity of care for people with diabetes.  
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Multidisciplinary Self Management Support Group

West Hume  Multidisciplinary  Self Management Support Group | Wednesday 2 September in Seymour.
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GV Rehabilitation Program

The GV Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS) has been successful in its tender to provide a new drug and alcohol service - the ‘GV Rehabilitation Program’. The program is aimed at helping people to rehabilitate from methamphetamine (ICE) use and a range of alcohol and drug dependencies.

The program will commence in October 2015 and further information regarding access to the program will be made available soon.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Rural Legends | Emergency Procedures Workshop for Rural GPs |  Bendigo
  2. Supporting Recovery & Return to Work for patients with pain & mental health conditions | Webinar
  3. Management of Borderline Personality Disorder | Role of the GP | Bendigo
  4. Mental health training for reception staff | Bendigo
  5. The role of rural GP practices in facilitating early pregnancy termination | Swan Hill

External CPD events

2015 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme

Housing Justice  Hoarding & Squalor training | Swan Hill & Mildura

End of Life Care Pathway in Residential Aged Care | Wangaratta

Supporting newly arrived & immigrant people to access cancer screening | Melbourne  


New clinic opening

A new clinic, Zenith Medical Centre is opening in Wangaratta. The clinic is expected to open in September.
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Hume Partners in Recovery (PIR) have a new website. Click here to view.


Happy & Healthy Workplaces

Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership is hosting a 'Happy & Healthy Workplaces' session | Wednesday 2 September in Swan Hill.
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Autism help grows

Sunraysia Daily article | 7 August | New partnership between Mildura Base  Hospital  & Sunraysia Community  Health  Centre  makes Autism support simpler for  families.  
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Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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