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Bowel cancer screening gets new boost

There is a new provider and kit for bowel cancer screening that commenced in January 2018. Alongside this, Western Victoria PHN has been provided with $600K by the federal government (for over the next three years) to encourage more people to utilize test kits for bowel cancer.

The new kit (an Eiken kit - OC Auto-sampling Bottle 3 - using the Pledia analyser) and associated pathology service was selected by the Department of Health through an open market tender process. The new kit is included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and is already used widely in Australia and overseas. The new pathology provider is Sonic Healthcare Limited (Sonic).

Winning on the immunisations rates

Childhood immunisation rates across western Victoria (Grampians and Barwon South West) are the best in Victoria and very high when compared to the rest of the country.

  • For children at 12 months of age we have the fourth highest immunisation rate in the country with 95.73%; also the highest in Victoria.
  • For children aged 24 months we have the highest rates in Australia at 93.50%.
  • At five years, again the highest in Victoria and the 3rd highest in Australia at 96.13%.

Despite this good news, there are pockets within our communities that have low immunisation rates.

We will continue to work with GPs and the government to encourage all parents to immunise their children.

Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer & Chair, Victorian PHN Alliance

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Don't miss out: only 9 days until our GP Refresher weekend!
PHN Learning Hub: Visit our table at the GP Refresher to learn more!
My Health Record expansion training for pharmacists
Statewide paediatric HealthPathways
Zostavax® vaccine available now nationally for people 70 - 79 years
Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in meningococcal disease in Victoria
Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for young people in Year 10
Seasonal influenza survey
Resource to help women with transvaginal mesh complications
Providing feedback and complaints to My Aged Care
Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses
2018 Practice Partners Program applications opening soon
The Magic of Collaboration: A workshop for Practice Manager and Nurses
Registrations now open and call for abstracts: Barwon South Western and Grampians Allied Health Conference

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
Popular CPD event to be repeated in Ballarat: Prescribed Drugs of Dependence - Active Learning Module (ALM)
New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics
Next Palliative Care Breakfast: Difficult nerve pain
Learn suicide intervention skills
Elder abuse forum
International Women's Day film event

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update
Management of complicated twin pregnancies
Register to attend regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee
Older Persons Mental Health First Aid

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics
Dinner with the Federal Minister for Health
Information session: Home Care Packages and Commonwealth Home Support Program Interface

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Don't miss out: only 9 days until our GP Refresher weekend!

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Western Victoria PHN invites GPs and other health professionals to its flagship western Victoria CPD event - the 2018 GP Refresher.

The theme for this year will be 'Pain, Distress and Palliation'.  Topics include: 

  • Mental Health - Pain Management Strategies
  • Cardiology - Medical management of chest pain syndromes
  • Diabetes - Lower Limb Care, Neuropathic Pain
  • End of Life Distress - Palliation, Pain Management
  • Rheumatology - Rheumatological emergencies in the GP setting
  • COPD - Pulmonary Rehab
  • Orthopaedic Conditions - Paediatric Scoliosis
  • Geriatric dilemma - Deprescribing and maintaining quality of life
  • Paediatric Emergencies - Ketoacidosis
  • Obstetric Emergencies
  • CPR Update.

Date: Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February
Time: 11.45am - 4pm (Saturday), 8am - 4.10pm (Sunday)
Venue: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds

Please visit our website to register or contact CPD Geelong for further information or phone 5222 0800.

PHN Learning Hub: Visit our table at the GP Refresher to learn more!

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Come and visit the Western Victoria PHN table at the upcoming GP Refresher on 24 - 25 February to learn more about the PHN Learning Hub.

The PHN Learning Hub is Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s new online learning management system developed by Clinician’s Matrix. The PHN Learning Hub allows health professionals to learn, develop and update their knowledge and skills in an efficient and cost effective way, regardless of their location, extending the reach and accessibility of education for health professionals across the western Victoria region.

Health professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff can have access to a range of continuing professional development (CPD) learning options such as online courses, webinars, eLearning programs, and live online health related conferences as well as guidelines and decision support tools making the PHN Learning Hub the ‘central hub’ for educational resources. All features are optimized for mobile devices ensuring users can access the PHN Learning Hub at anytime from anywhere.

Health Professionals, practice staff and Western Victoria PHN staff will enjoy the many features of the PHN Learning Hub including:

  • Increased accessibility to CPD through a catalogue of online courses and webinars as well as clinical tools and practice support resources that will be updated on a regular basis
  • Education that aligns with the RACGP CPD&QI requirements
  • Dashboard and detailed views of progress of completion across all learning activities
  • Repository and retrieval of certificates of completion at any time
  • Ability to self-generate Learning Plans
  • Activity completion logbook section to allow uploading of personal entries (e.g. face to face courses) and certificates of completion as well as the ability to link these to learning plans
  • Complete archiving ability and printing for submission for CPD purposes
  • Ability for a helpdesk to access any user’s site without the need for remote access to the user’s computer or mobile device (cloud-based impersonation).

Access
To access the PHN Learning Hub go to http://catalogue.wvphn.cliniciansmatrix.com, click on ‘Register’ and complete the registration form. 

Western Victoria PHN Members should have received their member numbers via post in December. If you have not received it or have misplaced it, please contact us to find out your member number.

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Enquiries
Please email learninghub@westvicphn.com.au or phone (03) 5222 0800. 

My Health Record expansion training for pharmacists

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Online training with CPD points is now available for pharmacists needing training on the My Health Record expansion.

This year My Health Record is moving to an “opt out” system, which means that all Australians will have a My Health Record created unless they choose not to. Previous trials indicate that around 2% of the population opt out given the opportunity. As such the majority of your patients will have a My Health Record created this year.

To prepare for this change the Australia Digital Health Agency has developed online training with CPD (Group 1 or 2) points attached.

To register for training and record your CPD points:

There are five modules each of which has been accredited for 0.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. These can be converted to 0.5 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1 Group 2 CPD credit) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

A certificate of completion will be generated on completion of each module providing that the questions are correctly answered.  We recommend pharmacists copy or print this certificate of completion and self-record it on their CPD plan.

A range of webinars have been developed on My Health Record. Both recorded and live webinars are eligible for self-recorded Group 1 CPD activity points. They can be accessed here: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/using-the-my-health-record-system/digital-health-training-resources/webinars.

If you have trouble accessing this online training, please contact the Australian Digital Health Agency Help Centre by phone on 1300 901 001 or via email.

If you would like pharmacy training or support for registering for a My Health Record Western Victoria PHN is here to help. Contact Western Victoria PHN directly on 5222 0800 and ask to speak to a team member about My Health Record.

Statewide paediatric HealthPathways

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WestVic HealthPathways has recently published 13 paediatric clinical pages and linked referral pages. This work was initiated by the Department Health and Human Services Paediatric clinical network, and aims to align paediatric HealthPathways with Royal Children's Hospital clinical guidelines.

In western Victoria the development and review of this round of statewide paediatric pathways has been led by the south-west HealthPathways team: Dr. Margie Morrice, HealthPathways lead and Dr Brendan Condon, GP Editor. They have been assisted by a local workgroup consisting of Paediatrician, Dr Christian Fiedler, GPs Dr Ami Thies and Rachelle Bassett, and Paediatric Care Coordinator Sarah Irving.

The first group of pathways focuses on low complexity and high volume respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions. A further 15 pathways will be developed in 2018.

Statewide pathways can be identified by this symbol at the top of the pathway:

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For further information, please see HealthPathways or this Media Release.

Zostavax® vaccine available now nationally for people 70 - 79 years

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Since November 2016, a free shingles vaccine program has been funded under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for 70 year olds, with a time-limited catch-up program for people 71 to 79 years old until October 2021.

At the commencement of the program, the interest in the vaccine was unprecedented. Early shortages have been addressed and there is now ample stock available to meet ongoing demand under the program.

Zostavax® is available nationally and the vaccine is readily accessible to immunisation providers.

To assist in promoting the program and ensuring people 70 to 79 years old are protected against shingles, it is now timely that providers:

  • Follow up with patients or other eligible people 70 to 79 years old who would benefit from the vaccine and who may have missed out earlier in the program
  • Promote the vaccine to eligible people 70 to 79 years old through displaying the program posters and brochures in your clinic or health care facility
  • Report vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Zostavax® supplies can be ordered through the same process currently used to order vaccines for the NIP through your state or territory Health Department.

For further information, clinical advice and promotional materials for the National Shingles Vaccination Program are available for download online at the Department of Health’s Immunisation website.

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Chief Health Officer Advisory: Increase in meningococcal disease in Victoria

Since 2014, there has been an increase in the number of notifications of Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) due to Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W (also known as serogroup W135) in Victoria.

All age groups have been affected, with bacteraemia the most common presentation. However several cases have presented with less typical presentations, for example septic arthritis or epiglottitis.

Be alert for presentations that could be due to meningococcal disease. Consider testing for Invasive Meningococcal Disease in older patients with atypical presentations (septic arthritis, pneumonia, epiglottitis).

Quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines (4vMenCV) provide protection against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W and Y and are available on private script. These are recommended for occupational exposures, travel and certain medical conditions, and can be offered to those who wish to protect themselves or their family from the disease.

A free, time limited school-based meningococcal ACWY (4vMenCV) vaccination program is available for all young people in Year 10 of secondary school, or those aged 15 or 16 years old, until 31 December 2018.

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Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for young people in Year 10

To continue to combat increasing cases of meningococcal disease, the Victorian Government is extending the offer of a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine program in 2018 for young people in Year 10 of secondary school in Victoria until 31 December 2018.

Most young people will receive the free vaccine through the secondary school-based immunisation program, however some may choose to access the free vaccine in a clinical setting.

To order vaccine use the Government funded vaccine order form online.

Immunisation providers not involved in delivery of the vaccine through secondary school- based programs are encouraged to order quantities of Menactra® sufficient for one month’s use for eligible young people who do not access the vaccine through the secondary school vaccine program.

For further information, please see this Frequently Asked Questions document for GPs and other immunisation providers.

Seasonal influenza survey

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a short survey (5 minutes) to help prepare for the upcoming influenza season and they'd appreciate your assistance in both completing the survey and promoting it to your networks.

The aim is to understand how the Victorian public and those who provide healthcare to them currently view flu and annual vaccinations, as well as other protective measures.

The information obtained through this survey will help them develop a communications campaign to address any knowledge gaps or other barriers to immunisation and ensure everyone understands how to protect themselves and those in their care from this serious disease.

A high number of responses will support a better informed and targeted campaign. Ultimately, this means the saving of lives of some of our most vulnerable Victorians.

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Resource to help women with transvaginal mesh complications

Safer Care Victoria have put together this resource to assist health professionals when dealing with women who come to them with concerns or for support following vaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Transvaginal mesh is a medical product which has been used for over 15 years to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. Some women have had serious and debilitating complications following such surgery. Recently the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) removed from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) transvaginal mesh products that have the sole use as the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) by transvaginal implantation.

Providing feedback and complaints to My Aged Care

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Access to services and changes to referral processes via My Aged Care portal have met with challenges for health professionals.

To provide feedback or complaints directly to My Aged Care, view the Department of Health Newsletter – Information for Aged Care Providers – How to make My Aged Care complaints

Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

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The Australian Digital Health Agency has launched the ‘Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses’, which was developed in partnership with the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online program. The guide provides simple guidance for non-technical health professionals regarding issues such as privacy, passwords, software updates, back-ups and staff security awareness.

During Stay Smart Online Week 2017, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, reminded everyone of the importance of online information security.

“Cybercrime is estimated to cost our economy a conservative $1 billion a year, and the victims include mums and dads and small businesses,” Minister Tehan said.

“In 2017, there have been more than 51,000 online scams at a cost of almost $37 million, reported to Scamwatch. It’s vitally important that every Australian thinks about cyber security and takes precautions to protect themselves online," Minister Tehan said.

2018 Practice Partners Program applications opening soon

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Health Issues Centre (HIC) is pleased to announce that applications for the third round of funding for the Practice Partners Program will open on Monday 19 February and close on Friday 13 April.

The Program was established to encourage and support innovation among health services in the areas of consumer participation and person-centred care. Community organisations are invited to apply for a grant if they can demonstrate a direct benefit to public hospitals.

The Practice Partners Program involves HIC working with you by providing:

  • In-kind expertise and support of Health Issues Centre
  • Funding for the project.

The total value including in-kind support of the grant offered will be up to $12,000. Please refer to the application guidelines and application form for more information.

Applicants are invited to attend a complimentary two-hour workshop on Wednesday 28 February. Participants will be able to learn about the selection criteria including more information about developing and implementing innovative projects. Registrations for the workshop are free, but places are limited. Register at Eventbrite.

The Magic of Collaboration: A workshop for Practice Manager and Nurses

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This workshop aims to enhance the working relationship between Practice Manager and Practice Nurse. The Program includes sessions on:

  • The Workforce
  • Governance
  • Professionalism and Risk
  • APRHA Requirements
  • How to get your Practice Humming
  • The Nurses Career Framework.

Date: Friday 23 February
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne

To find out more and to register, please visit the AAPM website.

Registrations now open and call for abstracts:
Barwon South Western and Grampians Allied Health Conference

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This conference will bring together allied health professionals to support discipline-specific and inter-professional knowledge exchange, optimise collaborative learning about practice innovations and service developments, and to celebrate allied health’s collective contribution to the overall health and wellbeing of the regions' diverse communities.

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018
Venue:
Warrnambool campus of Deakin University.

Abstract entries for this conference close 5pm, Friday 23 February. To find out more, please see the health.vic website or this flyer.

Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • General Medicine – Acute, Non-acute & Advice
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Community Asthma Education and Support
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence
  • Alcohol Withdrawal.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways.

Popular CPD event to be repeated in Ballarat:

Prescribed Drugs of Dependence - Active Learning Module (ALM)

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Following on from the success of the 2017 event, Western Victoria PHN and Orticare are pleased to announce that we are repeating the Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Active Learning Module (ALM). This free CPD event has been accredited for 40 Category 1 points as part of the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 Triennium (Activity: 106170).

The event aims to assist GPs in:

  • Identifying and managing patients with problematic use of prescribed drugs of dependence
  • Improving the quality and safety of prescribing of drugs of dependence in general practice
  • Understanding Schedule 8 permits, when they are required and how to obtain them
  • Understanding the implications of changes to over-the-counter codeine availability and the introduction of Real Time Prescription Monitoring
  • Understanding the role of allied health in managing chronic pain patients
  • Interpreting the RACGP clinical guidelines for drugs of dependence and understanding how they may be incorporated into general practice
  • Improved referral pathways between general practices and AOD services.

Dates: Thursday 22 March, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 24 May
Time: 6:30pm - 7:00pm (registration & light refreshments), 7:00pm - 9:00pm (event)

Please note that attendance at all three sessions is required to gain your 40 Cat 1 RACGP QI&CPD points.

For more information on this free CPD event, please see this flyer. To register, please follow this link. Please email Katrina Martin or Debra Harris for more information.

New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics

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Orticare is excited to announce that A/Professor Mike McDonough will be offering fortnightly telehealth clinics for secondary consultations and shared care consultations, as part of our RAMPS service. The RAMPS service provides GPs, nurse practitioners and other clinical healthcare staff working in the Grampians and Loddon Mallee regions with access to advice and consultation by an experienced Addiction Medicine Specialist.

These sessions will be available every second Tuesday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Please see this flyer for details or contact Felicity Harte on 5338 9144.

Next Palliative Care Breakfast: Difficult nerve pain

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Ballarat Hospice Care invites you to join with members of the local palliative care community for breakfast while hearing Palliative Care Physician, Dr Eve Westland, talk about difficult nerve pain.

Date: Thursday 15 February
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Corner of Mair & Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

To find out more, please contact Ballarat Hospice on 5333 1118.

Learn suicide intervention skills

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In ASIST, people learn to apply a suicide intervention model. It helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help.

Date: Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: Peart Wing, 103 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat 

To find out more, please see this flyer.

Elder abuse forum

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Ballarat Community Health invite you to a forum to increase awareness and capacity to address elder abuse in the community. At this forum you will:

  • Hear from Seniors Rights Victoria about how older people experience abuse, the causes and statistics
  • Discuss forming a network of organisations and groups to work together to address the abuse of older people
  • Discuss practical ideas needed to support your organisation or group.

Ballarat Community Health will also launch their Elder Abuse Prevention Network Plan.

Date: Monday 26 February
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: 800 Norman St, Invermay Park.

Lunch will be provided. To find out more, please see this flyer.  

International Women's Day film event

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WRISC Family Violence Support, together with Women’s Health Grampians, are proud to present the film, 'Finding Your Feet', in celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March 2018.

The theme for International Women’s Day is 'Press for Progress: Friends, colleagues, communities – think, act, be gender inclusive'.

Full details on the evening’s celebration can be found on this flyer.

Tickets are $15 each (cash only) and can be purchased from WRISC Reception, 205 Dana St, Ballarat Central.

Geelong Otway

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Long QT Syndrome.

Recently reviewed and updated HealthPathways:

  • Weight Management in Obese Adults
  • Return to Work
  • Palpitations
  • Pharmacy Management of Codeine Dependence.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines visit HealthPathways.

Management of complicated twin pregnancies

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Barwon Health invites you to hear Dr Stephen Cole, Obstetrician and Specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, speak on the management of complicated twin pregnancies. 

Date: Friday 23 February
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre

Please contact Michael Shembrey if you have any queries.

To register for this free event, please email Melinda Baulch or phone 4215 2135 by Friday 16 February.

Register to attend regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee

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You're invited to attend and participate in the next regional Maternal & Perinatal Mortality & Morbidity Committee meeting for the Barwon region. The role of the meeting is to:

  • Conduct timely peer review of all perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality across the region based on PSANZ guidelines
  • Review clinical management against current peer reviewed best practice management
  • Develop recommendations to improve clinical care in maternity services.

Date: Friday 2 March
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Venue: John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4 Kardinia House, Geelong Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong

Please contact Apryl Geale to register on 9345 3911.

Older Persons Mental Health First Aid

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Mental health first aid for the older person is aimed at the person 65 years + who is experiencing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the older person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

At this two-day course participants will learn about:

  • Signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems (Depression, Anxiety problems, Confusion and Dementia, Psychosis)
  • How to provide initial help
  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective
  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation (suicidal thoughts, self-injury, panic attacks, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours).

Geelong: Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March

To find out more, including registration details, please see this flyer

Great South Coast 

HealthPathways update

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New on HealthPathways:

  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • General Medicine Referrals – Acute, Non acute and Advice
  • Dietetics Referral
  • Community Asthma Education and Support
  • Paediatric referrals - Acute, Non-Acute and Advice
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling - public brief intervention services.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways.

Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

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This two day conference will explore and make sense of hot topics in lactation and birthing.

Topics include:

  • Human milk: A big player in the developmental origins of health and disease
  • Floppy poppies – Stiff necks, flat heads and breastfeeding
  • Managing slow weight gain in a breastfeeding baby – “Your advice really matters”
  • Can a baby be allergic to breastmilk? Lactose intolerance, allergies, sensitivities and galactosemia

Date: Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February
Time: 8am - 7pm (Friday), 8am - 4pm (Saturday)
Venue: Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool 

To find out more, please see this flyer and information about sponsorship opportunities.

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

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New to HealthPathways:

  • Dietetics referrals
  • Community Asthma Support
  • Acute General Medicine Referral
  • Non-acute General Medicine Referral
  • General Medicine Advice
  • Skin lesion excision
  • Established malignant melanoma
  • Pigmented skin lesions
  • Acute Dental Services Assessment
  • Non-acute Dental Services Assessment
  • Acute General Surgery Referral
  • Non-acute General Surgery Referral
  • General Surgery Advice.

To stay up to date on recent, locally agreed guidelines see HealthPathways

New Rural Addiction Medicine and Pharmacotherapy Specialist Service (RAMPS) telehealth clinics

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Orticare is excited to announce that A/Professor Mike McDonough will be offering fortnightly telehealth clinics for secondary consultations and shared care consultations, as part of our RAMPS service. The RAMPS service provides GPs, nurse practitioners and other clinical healthcare staff working in the Grampians and Loddon Mallee regions with access to advice and consultation by an experienced Addiction Medicine Specialist.

These sessions will be available every second Tuesday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Please see this flyer for details or contact Felcity Harte on 5338 9144.

Dinner with the Federal Minister for Health

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Andrew Broad MP, Federal Member for Mallee invites you to a meal and discussion with the Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health.

Date: Wednesday 21 February 
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Horsham Golf Club, 304 Golf Course Rd, Haven
Cost: Food and drinks at bar prices

Please email or call 1300 131 620 with your response by COB Wednesday 14 February.

Information session:
Home Care Packages and Commonwealth Home Support Program Interface

RAS assessors, ACAS assessors, CHSP providers and Home Care Package providers are invited to this information session to find out how service providers, package providers and assessment services can work together to support clients on Home Care Packages.

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, 31-33 Lambert St, Ararat

To RSVP, please email or phone Pam Edwards on 0409 200 803 or Robyn Salt on 0476 283 625.