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Primary health news - February edition

Keep up-to-date with the latest primary health news and events from across Victoria.

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Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) into Year Four!

The VAAP is funded by the Victorian Government and aims to increase physical activity opportunities for older Victorians, with a particular focus on older people who are socio-economically disadvantaged, isolated, lonely and not currently involved in physical activity. 

Musculoskeletal Australia is coordinating the VAAP and is pleased that the initiative has funding for another year. In Year Four, there will be further work to promote the use of the VAAP Self-assessment Tool and Resources, and to promote short films about engaging under-represented groups of older people in physical activity. The tool and resources are designed to be used by a range of organisations including local councils and community health centres. 

SafeScript rolls out state wide in April! Are you prepared?

SafescriptSafeScript, a new system providing prescription information to enable the safer supply of high risk medicines, is rolling out state wide this April.

Over 5000 doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists across Victoria and 45% of eligible health practitioners in Western Victoria are registered to use SafeScript. Register today via SafeScript.

SafeScript training, including online modules and face to face training sessions, is available to help you prepare. Dates and locations of sessions across Victoria are on the PHN Alliance website.

More information about SafeScript.

Updated national guidelines for healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses

The Australian national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses have been raised.

Updated national guidelines for healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses

Under the previous guidelines health care workers living with a blood borne virus were restricted from performing exposure prone procedures if they were HIV antibody positive, hepatitis C RNA positive, or hepatitis B DNA positive.

The revised guidelines support the National Blood Borne Viruses strategies which aim to increase testing and early treatment and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with blood borne viruses.

View the guidelines and related information sheets on the Department of Health website.

Updated clinical guidance for the management of snake bite in Victoria

Safer Care VictoriaSafer Care Victoria, in conjunction with an expert group, has updated the management of snake bite statewide clinical guidance and pathways.

We've added more detail – including information on pressure bandages and immobilisation, snake venom detection kits and location of care. We've also updated the clinical pathways and management flow chart to ensure they are clear, easy for clinicians to use, and importantly, align with medical records requirements.

View the clinical guidance on the website

Supercare Pharmacies: super popular

Since launching in June 2016, Victoria's Supercare Pharmacies have now seen 500,000 customers walk through their doors in the overnight period.

Supercare Pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for advice and supply of medicines in 20 locations across Victoria. An on-site nursing service, in a private consulting room, is available every evening from 6 pm to 10 pm. Over 27,000 patients have visited the nursing service since the initiative's commencement. 

Implementing a sepsis bundle of care in urgent care centres

Safer Care VictoriaSepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospital patients worldwide which requires early identification and prompt intervention to improve patient outcomes.

Safer Care Victoria has been working with health services across the state on a sepsis bundle of care project. 20 urgent care centres have participated.

The project has seen the adaption of a sepsis clinical pathway to suit urgent care centres, the implementation and evaluation of the pathway and staff education and awareness interventions to improve the recognition and management of sepsis.

Project evaluation is now being undertaken.  A change package and resources such as the clinical pathway will be made available on the Safer Care Victoria website by mid-2019.

The Well: Shared Knowledge for Community Wellbeing

The Well Outer East and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships have developed The Well, an online resource for people working in community health and wellbeing to learn, plan, share and connect.

By providing a "one-stop shop" on a range of health and wellbeing issues, practitioners can learn about best practice; access tools and resources; share and learn about other work that is going on locally; and identify other collaborations and partnerships that may help support their work.

Advanced Topics in Falls Prevention

This one-day workshop is for allied health, nursing, clinical and medical staff, researchers and academics.

Date: Thursday 21 March

Location: National Ageing Research Institute, Parkville

Cost: $440 (10% discount for earlybird registration before 28 February)

Register and view further information on trybooking

Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program: Round 5.5 Rural and Regional NP Models of Care

The department is seeking applications from health organisations to implement nurse practitioner models of care that reflect the full diversity of nursing practice and the many service gaps this role can address. In Round 5.5, models based in rural and regional Victoria will be considered most favourably. 

We encourage consortia and collaborative models, using cross sectoral workforce models with health services experienced in model development, along with regionally based models that can be emulated by other regions. Round 5.5 will be open from 18 February to 7 March 2019

You may wish to commence your business case immediately. A business case template is available now, while the Round 5.5 guidelines and application template will be available on the website from 15 February.

For further information contact Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Workforce on 9096 8227 or by email to

2019 Innovations Grants from Better Care Victoria

The BCV Innovation Fund seeks ideas, concepts and solutions that are novel and game-changing to improve access to, and the quality of, healthcare for patients.  

BCV is encouraging potential applicants to get their team and partners together to develop ideas between now and early April. 

There is a two-stage application process. Stage one is an ‘idea pitch’ application, to be lodged between 18 March and 18 April 2019.  Successful applicants will be invited to stage two: project plan development. 

Further details, including focus areas for the projects, are available on the Better Care Victoria website


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