Leanne 2019 westvic news

An investment in health is an investment in the future

Next week, we once again celebrate International Men’s Health Week (10 – 16 June) and this year’s theme is Keeping Boys and Men Healthy.  It’s an important reminder that when we consider our region’s health, we need to engage with all generations. Men’s Health Week was established because, historically, men have generally suffered worse health than women and many are less likely to seek help from their GP. Now is the time to instill in our younger generations why we have to break that cycle. We need to make our boys and young men understand the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices while giving them the skills and confidence to identify when they need to approach their GP or other health professionals for help.

Among the events being held in western Victoria for the week is a Men’s Health Night in Ballarat on Thursday, 13 June. Western Victoria PHN will be well-represented. We will have an information table at the event while our Senior Manager Michael Struth will be part of a Q&A panel as part of the evening’s presentations.

Over the past week, the Federal Government has announced a $5 million investment for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Of this funding, $3.67 million is for the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders at Sydney University to build a monitoring system to better understand how the health system identifies and supports people with eating disorders. Western Victoria PHN has been one of two PHNs who worked with InsideOut to support their application for funding research into treatment for eating disorders.

There are important opportunities to support primary care providers, including GPs, as they care for people in our region who live with eating disorders. As you know the Government has tasked PHNs with commissioning primary mental health services. As part of this process, we have undertaken needs assessments of our region, developed a stepped model for services that provides appropriate and integrated primary mental health care, procured services, and established service linkages and clinical governance arrangements.

This recently announced funding – which also includes $1.34 million for Deakin University to investigate how digital technology can be used to reduce the rates and severity of eating disorders – is another welcome investment in managing and maintaining our population’s health for both now and the future.

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer 

General 

Western Victoria PHN develops new Melanoma HealthPathways pages

Nurses Transition to Practice Program

RACGP eHealth Webinar Series

Implementation and Healthcare Improvement Masterclass

GP Wellbeing Survey

HealthPathways Update

Ballarat Goldfields 

Clinical Skills Workshop

APNA's Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic Project - applications open 

Women's Health Update 2019 

Geelong Otway

2019 Victorian Practice Manager of the Year

Reminder: Clozapine Annual Tests

Presentation: Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria - Will you be ready?

Great South Coast

What's News in Infertility? 

Wimmera Grampians

Connecting2community launches in Horsham 

APNA's Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic Project - applications open 

General 

Western Victoria PHN develops new Melanoma HealthPathways pages

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A new suite of melanoma HealthPathways pages are now available for GPs. The new pages have been led and developed by Western Victoria PHN’s Optimal Care Pathways project team. 

General practices are at the front line of skin cancer detection for most Australians with the knowledge and skills needed to perform skin checks and minor procedures, discuss skin cancer risk and provide advice. 

Survival rates remain low for skin cancer diagnosed at an advanced stage. This means there is a key role for GPs in earlier diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and in the delivery of prevention messages. For this reason, all Victorian PHNs including the Western Victoria PHN are focusing on building awareness of the melanoma Optimal Care Pathway this year. 

 The new HealthPathways pages are:

  • Suspected Melanoma
  • Established Melanoma
  • Melanoma Follow-up
  • Skin Lesion Excision

The implementation of Optimal Care Pathways into primary health is supported by the Victorian Government.

Nurses Transition to Practice Program

 

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association's (APNA) Transition to Practice Program is a 12-month education, support and mentoring program for nurses new to primary health care.

APNA are looking for:

  • Nurses, whether recently graduated or experienced nurses, who have transitioned into primary health care
  • Experienced primary health care nurses to be mentors

Applications close Friday 28 June. Find out more on the APNA website or view the flyer.

The Transition to Practice Program has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

RACGP eHealth Webinar Series

The RACGP eHealth webinar series delivers monthly webinars on eHealth topics related to general practice. The webinars are developed and delivered by members of the RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management and other health experts.

Webinars are accredited for two category 2 RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development points for the 2017-19 triennium. All webinars are free for participants.

Upcoming topics are:

  • June - Improving health record quality in general practice
  • July - Technology in general practice
  • August – Privacy and managing health information in general practice
  • September – Telehealth video consultations in general practice
  • October – Secondary use of general practice data

To register or for further details, visit the RACGP website

Implementation and Healthcare Improvement Masterclass

The Implementation and Healthcare Improvement Masterclass (Managing Change for Direct Health Impact) is being held on 3 & 4 July at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

The course will provide an overview of the Australian health services context, implementation science approaches, evidence synthesis, stakeholder engagement and co-design of implementation projects with service users.

This two-day masterclass is aimed at health professionals, researchers, policy makers and front-line clinicians who seek guidance and inspiration on healthcare improvement. It will be facilitated by experts in the field who will guide participants seeking to initiate their own implementation projects and support those currently involved in healthcare improvement projects. 

Register here or view the flyer.

GP Wellbeing Survey 

The RACGP has launched the first GP wellbeing survey designed to gain insight and opinions on GP wellbeing in Australian general practice.

GPs and general practice registrars currently practising in Australia are invited to have their say and contribute. Your experience and insights will assist the RACGP in understanding the supports that are currently accessed, where future investment is needed, and the barriers and challenges faced by GPs regarding their own wellbeing and mental health.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.

The survey closes on 30 June. Click here to access the survey.

  HealthPathways Update

HealthPathways

New Pages:

  • Analgesia in Children with Acute Pain

Reviewed Pages:

  • Medication Options for Acute Pain
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Skin Lesion Excision
  • Suspected Melanoma
  • Established Malignant Melanoma
  • Melanoma Follow-up

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

Ballarat Goldfields

Clinical Skills Workshop

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Western Victoria PHN, in collaboration with the Ballarat Health Services Emergency Medicine Education & Training (EMET) team, held a Clinical Skills Workshop in Maryborough on Thursday 23 May. 

The event was attended by 16 participants including GP’s, nurse practitioners and registered nurses from Maryborough, but also as far as Goroke and Beaufort. The skills stations included:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Eye emergencies
  • Ear nose and throat
  • Musculoskeletal emergencies, plastering and burns.

The facilitators were Ballarat Health Services Emergency Physicians (FACEM), an emergency registrar, emergency clinical nurse burns specialist, emergency nurse advanced life support trainer and a plaster technician. 

The workshop was a great success with all participants upskilling their clinical skills in rural emergency medicine.

  

APNA's Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic Project - applications open 

The Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic project will support four general practices to establish nurse clinics focused on health prevention and healthy lifestyles. With funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to deliver the project from July 2019 to June 2020, successful organisations will receive $10,000 grant funding.

Risk screening and health coaching will be key components delivered by the lead nurse, in supporting patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Risk screening will focus on risk factors related to: diabetes, heart, stroke, kidney disease and osteoporosis.

General practices within the Ballarat Goldfields and Wimmera Grampians regions of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network are invited to apply. 

For further information and to apply, please click here

Women's Health Update 2019 

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Ballarat Health Service and its GP Liaison Unit, in partnership with the Western Victoria PHN, are hosting a Women's Health Update on Tuesday 18 June and Tuesday 25 June. 

The sessions will cover the below topics: 

  • The First 12 Weeks
  • Perinatal Mental Health 
  • Medications in Pregnancy 
  • Management of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
  • Vaginal Prolapse: The Mesh Saga
  • Perimenopause
  • Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis 
  • Menopause & MHT 

Participants will hear from the below speakers:

  • Dr Michael Bardsley - Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Ballarat
  • Dr Michael Carter - Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Ballarat
  • Dr Anoop Raveendran Nair Lalitha - Psychiatrist  Ballarat 
  • Dr Harish Kalra - Psychiatrist  Ballarat
  • Dr Natasha Frawley - Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Ballarat Health Services
  • Dr Deepika Monga - Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Ballarat
  • Dr Sonia Davison - Jean Hailes & The Australasian Menopause Society

The Women's Health Update will be held at the Mercure Convention Centre, Main Road, Ballarat. The cost for both nights and supper is $110 per person, or the early bird special is $80 if you pay by 11 June. For individual nights, the cost is $60 each night per person. 

Register here or view the flyer for the full program. 

Geelong Otway

2019 Victorian Practice Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Jen Flakemore from Newtown Medical Centre (pictured bottom left) who was recently awarded the 2019 Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) Victorian Practice Manager of the Year.

Congratulations also to Kylie Harrington from Surf Coast Home Doctor (pictured bottom right) who was also a finalist for this award.

Jen is now a finalist for the National Practice Manager of the Year Award, which will be announced at the National AAPM Conference in Brisbane later this year.

  

Reminder: Clozapine Annual Tests

Barwon Health is reminding GPs that annual tests are due for all people prescribed Clozapine: Serum clozapine level, HS Troponin I, CRP, Fasting blood glucose, Fasting Blood Lipids & ECG.

Please CC: University Hospital Geelong (UHG) on pathology slips.

Recommended Echo schedule is within 10 days of first dose, week 12, year 1, year 2, year 5 and then 5 yearly.

A Clozapine Echo Clinic has commenced at the Barwon Health cardiology department. Please include 'Routine Clozapine Echo' in reason for referral to be included in Clozapine clinic. This Echo is bulk-billed.

Presentation: Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria - Will you be ready?

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Associate Professor Charlie Corke (Intensive Care Specialist and Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board Deputy Chair), Dr Deb Harley (General Practitioner) and Jill Mann (Advance Care Planning and VAD Project Coordinator – Barwon Health) will be in Geelong this month to present information on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) that takes effect in Victoria on the 19 June 2019.

The information session will be held on 24 June at the Western Victoria PHN Geelong office and is open to GP's & GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals.

Topics are:
• Guidance for health professionals, including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals
• Eligibility criteria for patients
• Available training for GPs
• Impact on Health Services

The presentation will also be available as a webinar.

For more information, go to our Events page.

Great South Coast

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What's News in Infertility? 

Join Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Moses Abe, and Scientific Director of Monash IVF, Jayne Mullen, for the 'What's News in Infertility?' training session on Thursday 20 June in Warrnambool. 

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Scientific advances in fertility preservation
  • Cost effective and proven alternatives to IVF
  • Role of the GP, nurses and administrative staff
  • The holistic approach

This session is open to GPs, GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Gynaecologists and Obstetricians. 

This event is available in person or via webinar on Thursday 20 June from 6.15pm to 7.30pm at Western Victoria PHN, Bayside Plaza, Level 1, 24-36 Fairy Street, Warrnambool. 

For further information, view the event flyer or register here.

Wimmera Grampians

Connecting2community launches in Horsham

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The Connecting2community psychosocial support service launched in Horsham on Wednesday 29 May. The program will support people living with mental illness who are not part of the NDIS or public mental health services and is being delivered by Ballarat Community Health in partnership with Grampians Community Health.

Connecting2community pairs participants up with a peer-worker who has lived experience with a mental health issue who will help the participant to identify and achieve goals. 

The program is available for people aged 18-65. 

Read more about the program here

APNA's Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic Project - applications open 

The Risk Prevention Nurse Clinic project will support four general practices to establish nurse clinics focused on health prevention and healthy lifestyles. With funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to deliver the project from July 2019 to June 2020, successful organisations will receive $10,000 grant funding.

Risk screening and health coaching will be key components delivered by the lead nurse, in supporting patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Risk screening will focus on risk factors related to: diabetes, heart, stroke, kidney disease and osteoporosis.

General practices within the Ballarat Goldfields and Wimmera Grampians regions of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network are invited to apply. 

For further information and to apply, please click here