Murray PHN Newsletter 18

 


10 December 2015


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Government announces $300m  national ice package

On 6 December the Federal Government released the National Ice Taskforce Final Report and the Commonwealth response. The Government has announced that $241.5 million is to be invested through the 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

Murray PHN  Chief  Executive Officer Matt  Jones  said he is pleased that the support to addressing meth amphetamine usage involves additional funding and the  ability to enable communities to develop locally responsive solutions.  

"We will work with service providers and local communities to identify, develop and commission treatment services that will be based upon addressing need and most effective and required responses. The approach to addressing ice use incorporates support to empower communities, prevention, treatment, research and law enforcement," said Mr Jones.  

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PIR Stigma  Project Officer

The Partners In Recovery Project Officer will work with a range of stakeholders, including clients and carers, partner agencies, and agencies from within the Hume region.  Applications close 5pm Monday 14 December.
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Executive Director Systems and Innovation Development

This position will significantly contribute to Murray PHN’s capacity to strategically identify and foster systems and innovative approaches that will enhance flexible and regionally tailored solutions. Applications close midnight Sunday 13 December.
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headspace vacancies

headspace Swan Hill is opening in 2016 and they are looking to fill the below vacancies:

Applications close midnight Sunday 13 December.

SARRAH | Allied health report

Commissoined by SARRAH and undertaken by Novartis, this report investigates the social and economic impacts to both the community and Federal health budget from allied health early intervention services. It identifies several key points particularly pertinent for rural and remote residents across Australia, due to their relative lack of access to all health services and  disproportionate  excess burden of disease.
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Allied health | Workforce survey

The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services has commissioned a survey to inform future workforce planning in the areas of speech pathology, physiotherapy, sonographer or allied health assistant. The survey will take 15 minutes and closes tomorrow 11 December.
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New mens health website

Spanner in the Works is a new men's health website by the Australian Men's Shed Association. It provides key  health information for men in a form that they can relate to.
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Gannawarra youth survey

Gannawarra Shire Council is developing a children and youth strategy that will capture the goals, aspirations and challenges for people aged 9-18 years.
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New dietician | Echuca

Dietitian  Amy Burrowes has started at Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice. Amy is encouraging everyone to participate in Australia's Healthy Weight Week in February.
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Therapeutic day rehab program

Building Bridges is a 10 week therapeutic day rehab program that provides a structured group program for anyone wishing to address their substance use.
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New health services in Northern Victoria

Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, officially opened new services at Echuca Regional Health, Tongala Community Health and Kyabram District Health on 4 December.
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Health professionals and social media

Otway Health CEO Debra Cerasa, is encouraging  health professionals, particularly those working in regional and remote Australia, to better connect with patients, clients, colleagues and the community on a digital level.  
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Facebook offer  mental health support

After  collaboration with headspace and beyond blue,  Facebook have begun rolling out a service  to  allow people to report friends posts which cause them concern. Facebook will get in touch with the person and offer support options.
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Healthy kids Checks | Changes

From 1 November 2015, Healthy Kids Checks must be billed under an MBS attendance item.  You can no longer bill Healthy Kids Checks under the following MBS health assessment items:  701,  703,  705, 707 and item 10986.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Health have launched a video containing stories and key health information from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey.
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NDIS quarterly reports

The latest quarterly report on the progress of the NDIS was recently released.  More than 19,700 people are now benefitting from the NDIS, with more than $1.2 billion invested in the services and equipment Australians with disability need to live more independent lives.
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Minister visits Goulburn Valley Health

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited Goulburn Valley Health on 4 December to officially announce that residents in Shepparton and surrounds now have access to timely dialysis services, extra palliative care beds and a tele-dentistry service.  Goulburn Valley Health is the first rural Victorian hospital to offer a nocturnal dialysis service, which operates from 7.30pm - 5.30am on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights. The service enables an extra seven dialysis patients to receive treatment in Shepparton.
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Goulburn Valley Health dental clinic awarded

Goulburn Valley Health Dental Clinic has been named the 2015 Public Dental Clinic of the Year.  
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Albury Wodonga Health

Albury Wodonga Health has announced Catherine O’Connell will be taking on the role as acting CEO when Sue O’Neill leaves the position on Friday 11 December.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Murray PHN CPD events

There are no further Murray PHN CPD events scheduled for the remainder of 2015. Events will resume early in 2016, but in the meantime click here  to access CPD resources on our website.  

External CPD events

  1. Mental health in rural areas | Webinar
  2. Disability, human rights and social equity conference | Melbourne
  3. 4th National elder abuse conference 2016 | Melbourne
  4. Chronic disease & mental health symposium | Sydney
  5. Inaugural national research conference on violence against women and their children | Melbourne


 

Consumer members wanted

The Hume PIR consumer and carer engagement working group is looking to recruit  more consumer and carer members for 2016, the commitment involves participation in monthly meetings which rotate between Wangaratta and Albury. For more information contact Catherine Mather, Hume PIR Project Officer on 02 6041 0045 or email  cmather@murrayphn.org.au

Staff Development Day

Save the date for the Australian Association of Practice Management Staff Development Day, to be held in the Albury/Wodonga region on 14 September 2016. Open to Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists across General Practice, Specialist, Dental and Allied Health sectors.
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Opioid training |  Swan Hill

This event is being held on Saturday 27 February 2016.  This session focuses on information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings and will also showcase a new tool available to all GPs in dealing with opioid dependence.
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GP engagement event | Mildura

A photo from the GP engagement event held in Mildura on 25 November. The event was hosted by  Murray PHN's Primary Care Coordinator Brendan McGarry, facilitated  by Dr Buckley and  Dale  Thompson, Murray PHN North West Regional Manager.


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