Murray PHN Newsletter 14


12 November 2015


Murray PHN  Introductory session | Shepparton
On Tuesday 20  October,  prior to the monthly board meeting in Shepparton,  Murray PHN board  members and staff hosted an introductory  discussion about Murray PHN in the Goulburn Valley.  

Approximately 67  people attended, representing 33 agencies. Murray PHN CEO Matt Jones presented, then facilitated  a question and answer session  encouraging  informal  conversations about the local health priorities and issues.

You can view the summary and are  encouraged to share input  about local  health priorities and system issues  here.

Murray PHN | Clinical Council

Applications have now been extended. Be part of our Interim Clinical Council by completing your Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and emailing it to by 5pm Friday 20 November.  
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Partners in Recovery | Stigma action grants

Stigma Action Funding Grants are being made available to deliver activities to reduce stigma of severe and persistent mental illness across the Loddon Mallee Murray and Hume PIR regions.  
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PHNs role in aged care

In response to comments made by Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley,  AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven has said "we are in full support of PHNs playing a role in the aged care sector, and in particular in determining service need and commissioning those services".
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Indigenous HIV resource

Us Mob and HIV   has been created by Australian Federation of AIDS  Organisations (AFAO) with the  aim to increase awareness of HIV, treatments, care and support among a broad audience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Click here  to download the booklet

Abstracts | APNA 2016 conference

APNA invites all nurses working in primary health care to share their knowledge and submit an abstract in one of the five conference streams:
1. Quality and safety
2. Focus on the future
3. Integrating care
4. Health leadership
5. Advance your profession
Submissions close 14 December at 5pm.  

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The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) holds the Victorian Rural Health Awards every year as a way to recognise the hard work and dedication from our rural healthcare professionals.  All health professionals who work in rural and regional Victoria are eligible and there are a number of categories to choose from.  Nominations close next Friday 20 November 2015.
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New flu protections

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the Government would upgrade the Government’s National Immunisation Program to include a new influenza vaccine for 2016 that will cover four flu strains â€" up from three in 2015.  
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Central Victoria | Profile

Read about current projects being undertaken in the Central Victoria region,  in the new  Murray PHN region profile.
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New resources  | 8 Olinda St

The 8 Olinda Street, Bendigo library has six new books available.
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New services | Kyneton

Kyneton District Health officially opened the new Ambulatory Care Centre on October 29.  
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Rural ECOH event | Kerang

Rural ECOH are holding a meeting to discuss the work that’s been achieved by Victorian communities.
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Mental health and housing options event

Learn more about housing options for people with mental illness. RSVP 20 November.
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Murray PHN | Current vacancies

Murray PHN is seeking to fill two Medical Advisor positions in the Goulburn Valley and North West regions. Applications for both roles close at midnight Sunday 29 November 2015.
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Murray PHN |  Meeting health needs

Murray PHN CEO Matt Jones recently featured in an article about the Murray PHN region and the role we play as a primary health network.
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Louise Tarrant,  Murray PHN  North West Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker

10,000 steps challenge
Murray PHN North West office participated in this year’s Mildura’s 10,000 STEPS workplace challenge and took  positive steps towards workplace health. The team walked a total of 2,675,953 steps  in five weeks.  

National skin cancer action week | 15 - 21 November

The  Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists are once again promoting National Skin Cancer Action Week. This years theme is  UV it all adds up.
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Improving end of life care

The Department of Health and Human Services has created the  Greater Say for Victorians: Improving End of Life Care  website and is seeking the input of health professionals, carers, families and members of the community to develop a new state-wide end of life care framework.
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Cervical screening  changes

Around 700 women in Australia were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011. The changes to the screening program are expected to prevent an additional 140 cases of cervical cancer each year.
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Bowel cancer | Prevention resources

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Australia. FOBT testing is a proven highly-accurate way to detect potential or early bowel cancer.  Cancer Council Victoria has developed new resources including a waiting room poster,  brochure and guide.
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Goulburn Valley | Profile

The Goulburn Valley region consists of approximately 42 general practices, a large  regional health service, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, 11 small  rural health services and nine community health services. Learn more about Goulburn Valley in the new Murray PHN regional profile.
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New pilot tele-dentistry service

A new pilot tele-dentistry service will be introduced at Shepparton GV Health’s Community Dental Service later this year.  The project is designed to help patients in rural and remote areas.  The project will involve a clinical alliance between local dentists and specialist staff from the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and will allow for immediate advice.  
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Tatura fun run

Join in the annual Tatura Fun Run/Walk on Sunday 22 November 2015 to help raise money for the Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next three Murray PHN CPD events

  1. Spirometry training course |  Albury
  2. Hepatitis B update | Bendigo
  3. Imaging update | GVH medical imaging |  Shepparton

External CPD events

  1. Southern Mallee Sexual Health Network Meeting | Robinvale
  2. Clinical Intermediate Management Program (CPR) |  Bendigo
  3. 22nd National Symposium on Hepatitis B and C  | Fitzroy
  4. Intensive Bioethical Course  - Monash University  |  Dandenong Ranges
  5. World of Wounds, Wound Fundamentals  | Bendigo


North East | Profile

The Murray PHN North East region covers eight Local  Government Areas (LGAs) including Albury, Alpine,  Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and  Wodonga. Find out more about the Goulburn Valley region, in the regional profile.
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Click here to find out more about Human Partners in Recovery


North West  | Profile

Read about how the Murray PHN North West region is the largest by area covering  37,398 sq km, in the North West region profile.
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Doctor wins HESTA award

Mildura GP Dr Mehdi Sanati pour has been named an Individual Distinction finalist in the HESTA  national primary health care award for his work providing health services to disadvantaged members of his community â€" running a weekly refugee  health clinic providing newly arrived refugees free access to health services.
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