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Chronic conditions funding in Wimmera Grampians

This month we awarded extra funding of over $250,000 to Rural Northwest Health in Wimmera Grampians, for the provision of services to local people living with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and mental ill health.

This funding is part of the Western Victoria PHN’s Chronic Conditions Model of Care program that supports people across the region who suffer from chronic health conditions, and helps keep them out of hospital.
This program was initially contracted to 13 service providers across the Western Victoria PHN region in March 2017 however, one of the service providers failed to deliver the required services to people with chronic conditions in the Warracknabeal region.

Our role as a PHN is to monitor performance and intervene in a timely way to ensure health services are reaching the people who need them. As a result, this funding was transferred to Rural Northwest Health, one of the original 13 service providers already delivering the chronic conditions model of care in this area.

We are delighted that Rural Northwest Health has agreed to take on this extra health care service delivery, expanding their highly successful model of support for people living with chronic health problems in the community, and we are now confident that individuals in Warracknabeal and surrounding areas who require these services will be supported.

With Easter now only a couple of days away, I wish you all a very happy holiday break. Please stay safe on the roads.

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

General 

Have you registered for GoShare?
Cancer screening updates
Hepatitis A outbreak
Measles update
Air quality monitoring in Cobden, Terang and Camperdown
Practice managers' resource hub
GPs invited to join influenza surveillance program
Save a life – register your defibrillator
National Advance Care Planning Week
Join the TAC Clinical Panel
New mental health training activities
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence: training and workshop
Registrations open for second Codeine Rescheduling Webinar
Heavy menstrual bleeding: delivering best practice care forum
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association's 10th annual conference

Ballarat Goldfields

HealthPathways update
SmartSafe: digital safety, family violence and risk assessment training
Palliative Care Breakfast:
New advance care planning legislation - time for case discussion
Victorian Rural Health Conference

Geelong Otway

Apply now for our Nurse Practitioner Scholarships
HealthPathways update
Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality presentation
Baker Health Symposium - Evidence in Practice
Back to Basics forum: Patient education and coordinating care in osteoporosis
Diagnostic Dilemmas in Womens’ Health

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update
Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership: mapping project
Upper Limb Management for Neurological Patients workshop
Vestibular Rehabilitation introductory course

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update
Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership: mapping project
Therapy training workshops
LGBTI Aged Care Sector Training: Stawell and Ararat

General  

Western Victoria PHN logo 

Have you registered for GoShare?
Share digital health resources with your patients

GoShare has been rolled out across western Victoria thanks to a new partnership between the developers of GoShare, Healthily, and Western Victoria Primary Health Network. Free access is now available to general practitioners, primary health care nurses and health and allied health practitioners within general practice.

GoShare is an easy to use digital patient education platform that enables the timely, efficient and measurable sharing of evidence based health resources to patients empowering them to play a more active role in their healthcare. GoShare allows this information to be customised based on the patient’s needs, health literacy, technology capability and preferences tailoring communication accordingly via email or SMS.

GoShare’s educational content comes in a variety of formats (videos, fact sheets from peak bodies, animations or links to useful apps) and includes over 800 patient and career experiences across a broad range of chronic illness and wellness topics developed in partnership with Australia’s leading peak bodies. The patient storytelling videos are evidence based, approved by health experts, and are effective in building patient engagement, understanding and confidence.

See this short introductory video.

Additionally, GoShare can support health practitioners and health organisations to meet criterion contained within quality standards, specifically relating to the RACGP 5th Edition Standards C1.3 and C4.1 pertaining to health literacy, patient education and partnering with consumers.

If you are working within general practice and would like to know more information or gain access to GoShare please contact your Primary Care Consultant or email Sophie Bond.

Cancer screening updates

Department of Health

The Commonwealth government has announced a number of important cancer screening updates, including. 

Cervical screening

  • For women under 25 years - women eligible to start routine cervical screening at 25 years of age
  • Cervical Screening Self-collection - vaginal samples for HPV is available for women aged 30 years and older and either overdue for cervical screening by two years or longer or have never screened
  • Cervical Screening pathology request form requirements. As Pap test no longer covered under MBS if health care provider writes “pap test” or “smear” on pathology request the participant might be charged
  • More information online,

National Cancer Screening Register

  • The migration of State and Territories registers into the National Cervical Screening Register is planned for June 2018. The primary safety functions (participant follow-up and correspondence) of the register will continue for all health care providers during this transition. For screening histories providers can contact State registry for histories up to 1 December 2017 and post 1 December contact National Cervical Screening Registry.

National Bowel Screening Program

  • New resources available online.

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Hepatitis A outbreak

There has been a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food handler who worked while infectious at Cumulus Inc. restaurant, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Any person who ate food - especially uncooked food - at Cumulus Inc. between 26 February and 19 March 2018 may be at risk of hepatitis A infection and should attend their GP for a free hepatitis A vaccine, and should look out for the symptoms of hepatitis A between 15 to 50 days after the exposure.

Cases of hepatitis A continue to rise in Victoria with one death confirmed as part of the outbreak. There are now 68 confirmed outbreak cases, seven probable cases and one death. An additional 14 cases of hepatitis A are under early investigation.

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Measles update

There have been a further seven cases of measles in Melbourne which may be linked to a previously reported case who was infectious on flight D7214 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne and in Tullamarine airport on Wednesday 7 March from 9.30am until midday.

Anyone who was on the above flight, or in Tullamarine International Airport during that time, and is not immune is at risk of contracting measles and may already be unwell.

There have previously been three confirmed cases of measles in Melbourne in March this year, with these infections likely to have been acquired overseas, in different locations.

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Air quality monitoring in Cobden, Terang and Camperdown

Recent fires throughout Cobden, Camperdown and Terang have prompted Victoria's Country Fire Authority and Environment Protection Agency to monitor local air quality for harmful carbon monoxide. A number of areas impacted by the fire contain peat, which can burn for long periods and release gases including carbon monoxide.

Whether someone develops health effects from exposure to carbon monoxide depends on a number of factors including:

  • The levels of carbon monoxide in the environment (from smoke and also other environmental sources)
  • How long a person is exposed
  • A person’s individual susceptibility, for example, having an existing heart or lung condition; having anaemia; being young, elderly or pregnant (the unborn child)
  • The level of exercise or physical activity, which increases the amount of air breathed into the lungs
  • Other lifestyle factors such as being a smoker.

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Practice managers' resource hub

Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services has developed a single entry point resource hub to assist practice managers. The new landing page contains links to assist: 

  • Find specific forms
  • Apply for an initial Medicare provider number
  • Learn how to create and use a Provider Digital Access account
  • Check the availability of PBS services and systems, including phone lines.

You'll also find a number of links to information about various services, payments and programs as well as specific help subjects/ articles.

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GPs invited to join influenza surveillance program

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The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) is inviting GPs to join the 2018 Victorian Sentinel Practice Influenza Network (VicSPIN) influenza surveillance program.

The influenza surveillance program is coordinated by the VIDRL on behalf of the Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services. The program monitors influenza like illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza in the community, measures influenza vaccine effectiveness, and provides GPs with the opportunity to take diagnostic swabs to test for influenza and participate in an active surveillance program.

The 2018 influenza season is predicted to run from 30 April to 4 November.

To be eligible to receive points GPs must:

  • Return 90% of the weekly tally sheets during the year
  • Return swabs for at least 25 ILI patients over the 2017-2019 triennium (please note that GPs joining in 2018 will need to collect and return swabs for 25 patients in the two years remaining in the 2017-2019 triennium).

RACGP and ACCRM points will be accredited by the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network (ASPREN), on behalf of VicSPIN. GPs meeting reporting and swabbing requirements will receive:

  • 40 Category 1 points at the end of the 2017-2019 triennium
  • 10 Category 2 points for each year of participation during the triennium.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the program please contact the VicSPIN by email or telephone Kristina Grant 03 9342 9372.

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Save a life – register your defibrillator

Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria is urging defibrillator owners to register the 'potentially life-saving devices,' claiming the whereabouts of up to 15,000 automated external defibrillators (AED) across the state is unknown. Reportedly, the chance of survival increases by 62% if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an ambulance arrives.

Information about the location of registered AEDs is available through an online registry, and the data will also be passed on to first responders through new smartphone technology being introduced by Ambulance Victoria.

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National Advance Care Planning Week

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Australia will be present the first National Advance Care Planning Week (April 16 – 24) to encourage all Australians to discuss their values and healthcare preferences with their family, friends and healthcare team. Around 65 healthcare and community groups across Australia have registered to host an event.

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is funded by the Australian Government under the National Palliative Care Projects to increase national awareness and uptake of advance care planning through promotion and capacity building across Australia.

The ACPA website also contains education options and resources for the primary care workforce to promote, initiate and continue discussions regarding future health preferences in routine care.

For further information about National Advance Care Planning Week, please email Rebecca Camilleri, Manager, ACPA Communications, Austin Health, 03 9496 6653.

Join the TAC Clinical Panel

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The TAC is seeking experienced health and disability practitioners to join our dynamic team of experts on their Clinical Panel. This is a limited opportunity to join the Clinical Panel, which provides advice and information to help people injured in transport accidents get their lives back on track.

Panel clinicians come from a range of diverse disciplines. These experts are usually leaders in their fields and are known for their research and insights. The Panel includes general practitioners, surgeons, prosthetists, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dentists and pharmacists. For a full list of disciplines being recruited visit our website.

EOIs online close Thursday 26th April.

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New mental health training activities

Think GP News and Education

Think GP has developed two new mental health training resources to assist GPs optimise management of common mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia. 

The training activities seek to help participants: 

  • Demonstrate increased skill in detecting and assessing common mental illnesses by using the necessary abilities to undertake a systematic mental health assessment
  • Discuss the key management features of the common mental illnesses encountered in general practice, by developing an evidence-based GPMHTP for common mental illnesses
  • Recall the important co-morbidities associated with common mental illnesses and the impact these co-morbidities may have on patients
  • Understand the importance of consumer and career psychoeducation by providing access to accurate and consumer friendly education materials
  • Discuss how to ensure patient safety by developing appropriate referral pathways and being aware of the indications for referral for specialist services.

Mental Health Skills Training: Core Module

This activity looks at the key diagnostic and management features for common mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia. The role of the primary care team is discussed together with the principles for best practice management of these conditions.

A range of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management modalities are explored through case studies.

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence: training and workshop

RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACPG) is offering an online training and face-to-face workshop examining medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence.

Online training seeks to provide opioid prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings. By the conclusion of the two-hour training it is hoped participants will be able to: 

  • Implement safe and effective opioid prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan
  • Summarise the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  • Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use
  • Assess the appropriateness of and commence induction of a patient on one of opioid replacement therapies.

To register for online training module please visit the RACGP events page

A series of full-day workshops throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria meanwhile are suited to prescribers with a need to prescribe pharmacotherapy to more than five patients with opioid dependence.

The workshop seeks to assist participants: 

  • Outline the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  • Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use
  • Identify the legal issues regarding the prescribing of buprenorphine and methadone
  • Implement safe and effective opioid and or methadone prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan
  • Safely and effectively prescribe buprenorphine and or methadone for opioid dependence.

For more information on dates, locations and how to register for the full day workshops please see this flyer

Clinical Enhancement Module and Allied Health Skills: Youth Mental Health

This activity covers the principles of engaging and assessing youth mental health and will examine a number of anonymous case studies.

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Registrations open for second Codeine Rescheduling Webinar

ACRRM

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine's latest webinar will focus on options for the management of pain, and opiate replacement in chronic disease and palliative care patients. A panel of rural health professionals including GPs, a pharmacist and specialists in pain management and palliative care will host a Q&A forum and consider health professionals' options since codeine was rescheduled.

The 90 minute webinar is open to all health professionals and consumers, and will be of particular benefit to those with a rural and remote focus. All questions are welcome, in particular around options for the management of pain in chronic disease and palliative care, and options for opiate replacement in these circumstances: please email questions to the panel in advance of the webinar.

A recording will be made available after the event.

Date: Thursday 12 April
Time: 7.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Online

Register online.

Heavy menstrual bleeding: delivering best practice care forum

Safer Care Victoria

Do you treat women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding? Are you across the latest treatments available, and what is now considered good practice?

The first Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation identified significant variation in the rate of hysterectomy and endometrial ablation, surgical procedures to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. This prompted the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to develop the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard

This event will take you through the new standard, and help you better understand how you can treat and engage with women who have this common condition.

Date: Monday 7 May
Time: 9.30am - 3pm
Venue: The Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Please note this event is also available as a webinar. Register online.

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association's 10th annual conference:
'Nurseforce for the Future'

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The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association will host its 10th annual conference in May. The conference will offer tailored professional development for nurses working in primary health care around Australia, including keynote presentations from nurses leading the way, interactive workshops and collaborative sessions from nurses making a difference in the field.

Date: Thursday 10 May - Saturday 12 May
Time: 9am - 5pm (Thursday), 7am - 5pm (Friday), 7am - 5pm (Saturday)
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, Queensland.

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Ballarat Goldfields 

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • High Risk Foot Assessment
  • Continence Specialist Services
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy
  • Anxiety and Depression in Adults
  • Chronic Pain
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence
  • Tremor
  • Q Fever
  • Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Non-Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Respiratory Advice.

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

SmartSafe: digital safety, family violence and risk assessment training

DVRC Victoria Landscape

Primary carers, crisis and outreach workers and counsellors working with adult survivors and their children will benefit from the Domestic Violence Resource Centre's pending SmartSafe training in Ballarat.

Based on Victorian research, this training explores how technology is being used to perpetrate family violence and the ways adult survivors and advocates can respond to increase safety and perpetrator accountability.

Training is designed to instill confidence and offer strategies to advocate and support survivors based on the latest information in the ever-changing field of tech-facilitated abuse, particularly:

  • Understanding how different technologies are being used to exert power and control over women and their children
  • Impact of technology facilitated abuse on victims
  • Embedding a technology lens to risk assessment, intake processes and safety planning
  • Tips for safer use of technology
  • Advocacy options for family violence workers (including legal)
  • Agency frameworks for a comprehensive approach to digital safety.

Date: Tuesday 10 April
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, 613 Main Road, Golden Point

Palliative Care Breakfast:
New advance care planning legislation - time for case discussion

Ballarat Hospice

Palliative care specialist Dr David Brumley OAM will present the next Ballarat Hospice breakfast series forum next month. The group discussion will cover New advance care planning legislation.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 7.45am - 8.45am
Venue: The City Oval Hotel, Corner Mair and Pleasant Streets, Ballarat

Please RSVP via telephone 03 5333 1118 or email by Monday 16 April.

Victorian Rural Health Conference

RWAV

Western Victoria Primary Health Network in partnership with the Gippspland and Murray Primary Health Networks, as the Primary Health Alliance, will exhibit at the Victorian Rural Health Conference in Creswick next month. The conference will welcome health professionals from across rural Victoria, including GPs, GP registrars, practice managers, practice nurses and medical students, providing an opportunity to learn and connect.

 The conference programme  includes discussion panels, live entertainment and a wide range of activities.

Date: Friday 27 - Sunday 29 April
Time: 9am - 5pm (Friday), 8.30am - 5pm (Saturday), 8am - 1.30pm (Sunday)
Venue: RACV Goldfields Resort, 1500 Midland Highway, Creswick

Register online.

Geelong Otway

Apply now for our Nurse Practitioner Scholarships

Western Victoria PHN logo

Western Victoria PHN is pleased to again offer Barwon South West Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network (PABN) scholarships for nurse practitioners.

These scholarships are offered to increase the number and capacity of Nurse Practitioners prescribing Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependency in the region, which will add significant value to primary care systems.

Applications are now open for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Registered Nurses (Division 1) practicing in the Barwon South West PABN region who are, or wish to, undertake the Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course. Preference will be given to those nurses already working in AOD service delivery.

Last year’s recipient, Alison Ford, said she wanted to become part of a collaborative health care team that's delivering services in the community to ease the burden of time pressures on GP’s and in effect provide assistance and support to people wishing to decrease their dependence on opioids.

Alison Ford


"The more I work in preventative primary health care, the more I realise the positive impacts it has for individuals and for the health care system at large," Alison said.

How to apply
Please read these Guidelines and Agreement, complete this two-page Application Form and email to pene.wood@westvicphn.com.au by close of business, Friday 14 April 2018.
Successful applicants will be advised by 28 April 2018.

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Neutrophilia
  • Neurosurgery Assessment – Acute, non-acute and advice
  • Sedation for MRI in Adults
  • Orthopaedic Assessment – Acute, non-acute and Advice
  • Q Fever
  • Cardiac Drugs and Monitoring.

Recently reviewed and updated:

  • Syphilis
  • Continence Specialist Services
  • Maternal and Child Health Nursing
  • High risk Foot Assessment
  • Gastroenterology Assessment – Acute, non-acute and advice
  • Immunisation – Adolescents.

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

Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality presentation

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Professor Peter Vuillermin will discuss emerging evidence about the importance of the gut microbiome to maternal and infant outcomes tomorrow night in Geelong. He will be joined by Drs Naomi Holbeach, Kylie Sustar and Prue Johnstone who will respectively present on 'Standardised instrumental delivery and perineal chart,' Third and fourth degree tear audit,' and 'VBAC guideline update.'

Date: Thursday 29 March
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Level 4, University Hospital, Corner Ryrie and Bellerine Streets, Geelong

Baker Health Symposium - Evidence in Practice

Baker

A medical symposium next month aims to assist general practitioners and practice managers in the practical management of patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Symposium organisers also hope to help participants Identify the latest technology for treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes, including pump technology.

Date: Saturday 21 April
Time: 9am - 8pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne

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Back to Basics forum: Patient education and coordinating care in osteoporosis

Western Victoria PHN logo

Osteoporosis nurse educator Jacqueline Drew will present the next 'Back to Basics' forum focusing on:

  • Impact of Osteoporosis and minimal trauma fracture
  • Role of practice nurse in osteoporosis
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Exercise
  • Falls prevention. 

Date: Tuesday 1 May
Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN, 131 Myers Street, Geelong

Register online.

Diagnostic Dilemmas in Womens’ Health

St John of God Geelong Hospital

St John of God Hospital Geelong will present an interactive workshop in May covering different aspects of difficult to manage areas of women’s health. Obstetricians, an exercise physiologist and nursing staff will present on:

  • Diagnosis and management polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Management of pelvic pain
  • The role of exercise in pregnancy and post-partum
  • The management of bleeding in early pregnancy
  • Management of post-partum complications.

Date: Saturday 5 May
Time: 8am - 4pm
Venue: St John of God Geelong Hospital, Education Room, Bridget Clancy Wing

Register online by Tuesday 1 May.

Great South Coast

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Q Fever
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Support
  • Pain Specialist Assessment (Non-acute, Advice)
  • 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
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling - public brief intervention services.

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

Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership: mapping project

Grampians Community Health

The Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership invites responses to an online survey, to help examine how the service is responding to individuals who have been impacted by family violence and sexual assault. It is hoped the survey will help inform service system design and implementation in the current reform environment.

This mapping is for all organisations/ community facilities that either directly or indirectly come into contact with individuals who have been impacted by/perpetrated family violence and sexual assault.

The key focus is to identify:

  • The current avenues used by clients to access support (even if unintentional through connection with 'early noticing' services)
  • The current place of the Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership in this scenario
  • Identification of gaps and enablers that exist
  • The potential place and roles of the WSWAIFV Partnership as part of RCFV reforms.

The survey period and concludes Sunday 30 September 2018.

For more information email Liz Dimitriadis or telephone 0412 326 577.

South West Healthcare

Upper Limb Management for Neurological Patients workshop

South West Healthcare will host a half-day workshop in Warrnambool next month focusing on best practice for upper limb management for neurological patients. Neurosciences physiotherapist Thao Nguyen (The Royal Melbourne Hospital) will facilitate the event, designed to provide physiotherapists and occupational therapists with the opportunity to update skills and theoretical knowledge in the management of the upper limb in neurological patients.

Discussions will cover: 

  • Management Tool for Acute Hemiplegic Shoulders (MTAHS)
  • Strapping
  • Collar and cuff
  • Positioning and stretching
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Splinting
  • Serial casting
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Modified constraint induced movement therapy.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 12.15pm - 4.30pm
Venue: South West Healthcare, 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool

For more information and to register, see this flyer.

Vestibular Rehabilitation introductory course

South West Healthcare will also present a two-day introductory course on vestibular rehabilitation, in May. The training aims to introduce clinicians to common vestibular disorders such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Neuritis/ Labyrinthitis, Ménière's Disease, Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction, Migraine Associated Dizziness, and central vestibular pathologies.

The course will cover: 

  • Vestibular assessment and differential diagnosis
  • Unilateral vestibular pathology: recovery mechanisms and implications for treatment
  • Audiology Testing
  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology of BPPV
  • Assessment and Management of BPPV
  • Introduction to Central Vestibular Disorders.

Date: Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: South West Healthcare, 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool

For more information and to register, see this flyer.

Wimmera Grampians

HealthPathways update

HealthPathways

New on HealthPathways:

  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Acute Orthopaedic Assessment
  • Non-acute Orthopaedic Assessment
  • Orthopaedic Advice
  • Acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Non-acute Respiratory Assessment
  • Respiratory Advice
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Problem Gambling
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Q Fever
  • Radiology Referrals
  • Chronic Pain
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Codeine Misuse and Dependence.

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

Grampians Community Health

Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership: mapping project

The Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership invites responses to an online survey, to help examine how the service  is responding to individuals who have been impacted by family violence and sexual assault. It is hoped the survey will help inform service system design and implementation in the current reform environment.

This mapping is for all organisations/ community facilities that either directly or indirectly come into contact with individuals who have been impacted by/perpetrated family violence and sexual assault.

The key focus is to identify:

  • The current avenues used by clients to access support (even if unintentional through connection with 'early noticing' services)
  • The current place of the Wimmera and South West Area Integrated Family Violence Partnership in this scenario
  • Identification of gaps and enablers that exist
  • The potential place and roles of the WSWAIFV Partnership as part of RCFV reforms.

The survey period and concludes Sunday 30 September 2018.

For more information email Liz Dimitriadis or telephone 0412 326 577.

Therapy training workshops

Grampians Community Health will host two workshops next month, designed to help people who are reluctant to seek counselling and assist healthcare workers to make the most of each encounter with clients respectively.

Make the most of encounters with clients

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Grampians Community Health, 8-22 Patrick Street, Stawell

Register online and for more information see this flyer.

Help people reluctant to seek counselling

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Grampians Community Health, 8-22 Patrick Street, Stawell

Register online and for more information see this flyer.

LGBTI Aged Care Sector Training: Stawell and Ararat

Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership

Aged care professionals, GPs and nurses are invited to a new training opportunity, designed to support the development of culturally appropriate services for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. Specifically, the training seeks to: 

  • Improve your awareness of the range of issues facing older LGBTI people
  • Learn about relevant policy and legal issues
  • Understand aspects of good practice and inclusive care for LGBTI clients/ residents.

Stawell

Date: Wednesday 6 June
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Ruby Room, Stawell Health & Community Centre

Ararat

Date: Thursday 7 June
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Visitor Information Centre, Ararat Train Station

For more information please see these flyers: Stawell and Ararat.