Murray PHN Newsletter 19


17 December 2015







As we head towards the end of December, we  mark  the  end of our first six  months of operation.  It has been a busy and highly productive period of time for Murray PHN and our team. We have established a new Board, introduced four  regional offices, and recruited staff to our corporate and regional organisational structure.  We have established our Interim Clinical Council and held many community engagement events to understand local health priorities and health systems issues.  Additionally, we have commenced planning for the establishment of the Community Advisory Council and Population Health Planning Advisory Council  for  early 2016.

During the course of the past month, the Commonwealth and State Governments have recognised and invested significantly in our role as regional planning and commissioning entities, with Primary Health Networks playing a major part  in the local implementation of the delivery of mental health reform,  national  ice action strategy  and emergency response coordination (Ambulance Victoria).  We  look forward to working with providers and our communities on developing local based solutions in these important  areas  from 1 July 2016.

As this is the final edition of our newsletter for 2015, everyone at Murray PHN  would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and  a safe and happy new year.

Matt Jones
Murray PHN | Chief Executive Officer

The next edition of the Murray PHN newsletter will be out Thursday 28 January 2016.

No Jab, No Pay

The No Jab, No Pay  legislation  passed on 23 November 2015. From 1 January 2016, there are a number of significant changes to: benefits, rebates, exemption reasons, and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.  
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Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) resources

The new SKAI resources, are designed to help medical professionals answer parents’ questions about immunisation. Information sheets are available on: How are vaccines shown to be safe? What is in vaccines? Why is the schedule the way it is? How do vaccines affect immunity? What about autism?
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Mental health and homelessness report

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government's mental health reforms could help address the increasing rate of homelessness amongst sufferers.  Approximately 25% of Australia's homeless population, or 63,000 people, reported mental health issues, according to new data issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Indigenous bowel screening survey

Menzies School of Health Research would like to hear your views if you're an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person (preferably aged 40 or over); work in a policy or program role, or  as a health care practitioner providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients that could support primary health care practitioners to get more involved with promoting bowel screening. Survey closes 23 December 2015.
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Allied health CPD scholarships

SARRAH are offering Allied Health CPD Scholarships in 2016. Applications are open from now until 20 January 2016.
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Primary Health Networks (PHN)

The  RDAA are interested to find out about from their members:
†¢      what interaction you and your practice have had with your PHN
†¢      do you have any involvement in the governance or policy work of your PHN, or have you been invited to participate?
†¢      does your PHN currently provide any specific support or services to your practice?
†¢      are there any noteworthy examples of improvements (or omissions) in services provided by the PHN to your practice or community?
Send feedback to Jenny Johnson. Information will be de-identified and used to provide feedback to the Minister and Department of Health, and inform RDAA policy.  


The Raphael Service Bendigo Christmas closure

The Raphael Service Bendigo would like to thank everyone for their support and collaboration during 2015. The Service will be closed from Tuesday 22 December 2015 and will reopen on Monday 04 January 2016.

High whooping cough rates

More than 340 cases of the potentially lethal pertussis virus have been reported in the Loddon Mallee health region this year.
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Bendigo Health and BDAC agreement

A collaboration agreement between Bendigo Health and Bendigo District Aboriginal Co-operative  will support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients and their families, ensuring that a holistic approach is taken in all aspects of care.
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Digital story on wellness

Nadia De Vecchi, La Trobe Rural Health School student is inviting mental health consumers, carers and clinicians in creating a digital story on wellness as  part of her PhD research study on the use of the arts in mental health.
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Important updates | PIP

Find out about the important changes happening to PIP Indigenous health incentive (IHI) and pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)  co payments, supplying practice incentives accreditation  and combined practice incentives (IP003)  forms.
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News for health professionals online

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Victorian Heat Health Plan

The Minister for Health has approved the release of the Heat Health Plan for Victoria. The plan outlines what the Department of Health and Human Services and a range of organisations will do to prepare and respond to extreme heat.
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Aged care funding announced

The Commonwealth announced funding of $5.79 million on 11 December 2015  to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.
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Preventable hospitalisations

The National Health Performance Authority’s (NHPA’s) report into preventable hospitalisations was released on 10 December 2015. One-page ‘result profiles’ for each PHN area are included that help spotlight which conditions are responsible for the most hospitalisations in the different PHN communities.
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Translating evidence into practice

Far right: Aida Escall, Murray PHN  Manager Primary Health Outcomes.
Participants were introduced to the science underpinning the successful translation of evidence into practice at the  
Implementation Science short course, in September 2015.
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Tobacco cessation survey

The Cancer Council for NSW is exploring the current smoking cessation interventions available to cancer patients and is seeking clinical feedback to identify how health professionals assess tobacco use in cancer patients and use this information in their treatment planning decisions.
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Baskets of joy | Shepparton

Murray PHN's Goulburn Valley office have donated items to fill a basket for Baskets of Joy  which will then be given to a family supported by Family Care  at Christmas.
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MHA Care Cobram

The Cobram MHA Care  branch officially moved into their new building on 4 December 2015.  They are now located at 3697 Murray Valley Hwy, Cobram.
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New aged care facility | Shepparton

Shepparton Villages  hope to start building a  $34m state of the art residential aged care facility next year, with the facility planned for completion in 2018.  It will meet the increasing demand for high level complex care and support people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar > click here

Next five 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. Improving Consumer and Carer Engagement in Healthcare | Melbourne
  2. Loddon Mallee region Sexual Health Forum | Bendigo
  3. 3rd International Primary Health Care Reform Conference | Brisbane
  4. Wellness@Work Conference, Workshops and Expo 2016 | Sydney
  5. Chronic disease and mental health symposium | Sydney


Domestic violence films

Local personality Steve Bowen puts an engaging face to a subject often misunderstood, in four films launched last week by Women's Health Goulburn North East to raise awareness, dispel myths and challenge people not to ignore warning signs  of domestic violence.  
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North East Victoria amputees

A new support group has been formed to help amputees reach out and support one another.  Benalla Health social worker Margie Cummins said she believed the support network provided a platform for education and health promotion about adapting to change.
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Medical education applications

Murray City Country Coast (MCCC) GP Training are  a new organisation who are  seeking expressions of  interest from Specialist General Practice  practitioners who are passionate about  education and training in the North West  region.
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headspace | Mildura

headspace Mildura would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year of services and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Note they are  closed from 24 December 2015, reopening 4 January 2016. As always, all urgent mental health concerns should be forwarded to MBH Mental Health Services. T 03 5022 3500

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Murray PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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