Aged Care and Mental Health Inquiries Welcomed
Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) welcomes the two Royal Commissions recently announced by the State and Federal governments.
Earlier this month, the Victorian government announced a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, with four eminent Commissioners and terms of reference that were widely consulted with the community, and includes the prevention of mental illness and the spectrum of treatment services including primary, secondary and tertiary care.
PHN leaders participated in consultation with the Minister in planning the scope of the Royal Commission and look forward to participating and enabling our community to become involved.
The national Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Service has just completed the first week of hearings. Like mental ill health, aged care is a core issue affecting many people in our region and we are keen to participate in informing the inquiries and solutions to the challenges identified.
Western Victoria PHN works closely with health professionals and agencies in both fields as part of our commitment to promoting improved access and quality to health services across our diverse communities and particularly the more remote areas of our region.
We look forward to both inquiries identifying how best to move forward and support the delivery of timely, accessible and quality services to vulnerable and at-risk members of our community.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Service is due to release its interim report by 31 October this year. The Royal Commission into Mental Health will provide recommendations to the Victorian government by October 2020.
We will closely and actively participate in informing these inquiries, monitor the outcomes and recommendations and then work alongside local health practitioners to identify strategies for further improving services in our region. And, we will keep you informed.
Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer
Great South Coast
Help contribute to the success of primary health care in western Victoria. Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking to fill a casual vacancy as Appointed Non-Executive Director (Remunerated) to join the Board.
Initially, the term will be until our Annual General Meeting in October 2019. However, there is possibility of further three-year terms, subject to Board endorsement, up to a maximum of nine years.
Western Victoria PHN has a central role in working across the region’s health system with a particular focus on high performing primary health care being accessible to patients, particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes.
As good governance practice, we have a skills-based Board with a defined skills matrix. For this appointment we are particularly seeking applicants with demonstrated skills and experience in accounting/finance and commerce; a strong business acumen and leadership, preferably in the health or community sectors. Accounting qualifications or CPA/CA highly desirable.
Download the Position Description for more details.
For further information about the role and organisation, please contact Joanne Booth, Chair Independent Nominations Committee on 0411 438 726 for questions on the recruitment process; or Lynne McLennan, Chair Western Victoria PHN for questions relating to the organisation 0418 375 170.
To be considered for this position, please email your resume and a covering letter outlining your suitability for appointment to: email@example.com by 5pm Friday, 1 March 2019.
Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking applications for this year's Cervical Screen Nurse Scholarships as part of the Community-led Cancer Screening Program.
Successful applicants will receive $1,000 (including GST) toward undertaking an endorsed cervical screening provider training course.
- Applicants must be Registered Nurses (Division 1) working in the Western Victoria PHN catchment area.
- Applicants must include a letter from their employer outlining their support of the applicant undertaking the course and confirming the applicant can undertake a cervical screening upon completion of the course.
- Preference is given to applicants who are not already receiving scholarship money from another organisation.
- Criteria weighting will prioritise nurses working with under screened communities.
- Successful applicants will apply to become a ‘Certified’ cervical screening provider through Cancer Council Victoria within six months of completing the course.
- Applicants must commence the course in 2019.
Applications are open until Friday, 15 March. For more information, download the application form.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has advised My Health Records have now been created for individuals who chose not to opt-out of the program. In response, the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) is sending emails to registered healthcare providers with further details including on the strengthened privacy provisions, how to discuss the My Health Record with your patients and how to manage patient information in My Health Record. We have also attached a copy of that email here.
Western Victoria PHN's Digital Health team will continue to liaise with health providers throughout the region to also assist with the implementation phase. In the meantime, you can also refer to the My Health Record website for further details.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued an urgent recall for JURNISTA® hydromorphone hydrochloride 8 mg prolonged release 14 tablet blister packs.
Janssen Australia has received two complaints for JURNISTA® 8 mg tablets batch IALS400, due to damage to the blister strips (4 damaged strips in total). This could potentially compromise the blisters integrity, in addition some of the tablets contained within these blisters had visible damage to the coating.
Consumption of a damaged tablet may cause 'dose-dumping' and fluctuation in plasma concentration levels. The recall is a precautionary measure. Janssen have not received any reports of injury as a result of this anomaly.
Please download and distribute the TGA Recall Notice for more details.
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) has launched a free online resource to support LGBTIQ people from multicultural, spiritual and faith-based communities.
The LGBTIQ Intersect website has been created to support the visibility, safety, mental health and well-being, social inclusion and sense of belonging amongst LGBTIQ people.
Aimed at community members and practitioners, the e-resource highlights stories of lived experience. It explores key concepts, offers learning modules and provides links to resources and practice guides. The resource has been designed to assist individuals and organisations recognise and respond to experiences of intersecting discrimination while building collective capacity for cultural safety.
VTMH developed the site in partnership with GLHV (formerly Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria) which is located in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. The project was funded via a Harmony Grant from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion.
Last week it was reported that Melbourne Heart Group was the target of a ransomware attack which involved the encryption of the practice’s medical records and a demand for a ransom.
The Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) now includes a Cyber Incident Response module that will guide practice’s through developing a plan should a cyber attack occur.
Access to ERPT for Westerns Victoria PHN general practices is currently subsidised by Department of Health and Human Services. To take advantage of this offer follow the below instructions.
How do I access the ERPT?
- Go to the URL: https://erpt.racgp.org.au/standardlogin
- Click on `Register your practice for the ERPT’, in red. Complete the few details.
- HealthpointANZ will contact you early in 2019 to arrange training and support
The regular cost of the ERPT tool is $330 per year. This offer covers use of ERPT for 12 months.
For further information contact Tanya Hahne - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, the template for Western District Neuro Referral has been recently updated. The new version is available from the Templates and Resources page of our website.
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Mercy Place Ballarat is hosting a GP Engagement Evening with the topic of 'An introduction to the Small Household Model of Residential Aged Care'.
The event will be held at 6.30pm on Monday, 18 March at 60 Corbett St, East Ballarat. It is open to general practitioners throughout Ballarat and surrounding areas.
For more information and to book, contact Olivia at Mercy Place by Wednesday, 13 March on 5327 1888 or via email OScott@mercy.com.au
St John of God Raphael Services is now providing free or no out-of-pocket confidential counselling for mums, dads and families in Daylesford.
The service will help families through the emotional challenges of pregnancy and early childhood up to a child's fourth birthday. A team of mental health clinicians is available for mental health assessments, psychiatric support, individual and group therapy. Parents and families can access the service via a referral and mental health plan from their GP.
Raphael Services Daylesford is located in the Hepburn Health Service and is open on Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. More information is available on the St John of God website.
Physiotherapists, Occupatiional Therapists and Speech Pathologists are invited to a one-day seminar in Geelong on developing clinical skills in analysis, assessment and treatment for children with developmental disorders.
Hosted by Kids Plus Foundation, the seminar on Thursday, 23 May aims to provide paediatric therapists with:
- Systematic approaches to assessment and treatment planning
- Enhanced skills of movement analysis to further understand functional limitations
- Latest frameworks for intervention to further develop prowess in understanding complex conditions and working holistically with children and their families
- Greater emphasis on a multi-system approach to assessment and intervention to develop skills across a range of developmental domains
- Reflection on experience and appraisal of current practice.
For more information including registration and payment details, download the event flyer.
Great South Coast
Western Victoria PHN's Great South Coast office will host its first Practice Manager and Practice Nurse networking meeting for 2019 in Warrnambool on Wednesday, 3 April.
The session will cover Health Law: Rights and Obligations and will feature presentations from Rebecca Eagles and Rhys Chamberlain from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
The event will also be available as a webinar. To book, head to the events page on our website.
Western VIctoria PHN is working alongside a range of local providers to help provide rural outreach workers to support Wimmera residents experiencing psychological distress.
Under the leadership of the Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, outreach workers are being recruited to help connect people with essential financial, health and psychological support and services. The program was set up following a $200 thousand funding allocation from the State Government.
Other organisations involved include West Wimmera Shire Council; Hindmarsh Shire Council;Yarriambiack Shire Council; Rural Northwest Health; Woomelang and District Bush Nursing Centre; West Wimmera Health Services; Harrow Bush Nursing Centre; and Wimmera Primary Care Partnership.
For more information, contact program coordinator Ngareta Melgrin via the hospital on 5585 9800.