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Primary health news - March edition

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

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Free online resource – building safe and inclusive communities

LGBTIQ Intersect is a free online resource for community members and practitioners, created to support the visibility, safety, mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion and sense of belonging amongst LGBTIQ people from multicultural, spiritual and faith-based communities.
The E-Resource has been developed through co-design and co-production, led by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) in partnership with GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University (GLHV), with funding from a Harmony Grant from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion. 

Better Care Victoria: Innovation Grants

The Better Care Victoria Innovation Project Funding round for 2019-20 has now been launched.

The 2019-20 fund will focus on:

  • Beyond the Hospital Walls
    • Joined up management of chronic disease
    • Community Mental Health
  • Quality and Safety
    • Shared decision making
  • Digital Health
    • Application of digital solution to address patient level challenges in the areas of:
      • Joined up management of chronic disease
      • Community Mental Health
      • Shared decision making
Find out how to apply on Better Care Victoria's website

DHHS Emergency Response Planning Tool pilot program for general practice

The department is funding a pilot program to provide fully subsidised access to the Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) for up to 500 rural and regional Victorian general practices in 2019.

The program recognises that general practices play an important role in the community response to emergencies and that emergencies themselves can often impact on business continuity and a practice’s ability to provide essential healthcare services in times of increased community demand.

The Emergency Response Planning Tool provides suggested contingency measures for minimising disruptive impact from a cyber-attack, responding to pandemics, loss of power supply, complete or partial loss of practice premises, loss of medical supplies, etc.

Find out whether your area is eligible for the ERPT pilot on the department’s website  

SafeScript rolls out next month!

SafescriptSafeScript, a new system providing prescription information to support the safer supply of high-risk medicines, is rolling out statewide in April 2019. 

The initial implementation of SafeScript in Western Victoria successfully alerted doctors and pharmacists to over 7,000 patients at risk of harm from visiting multiple clinics or pharmacies, taking excessive doses or risky combinations of medicines.

Best Practice, Genie and ZedMed join a growing number of clinical software providers that offer integration with SafeScript and time saving features. Find out how to activate integration on the department’s website

Find out about SafeScript training, dates and locations on VTPHNA’s website

Correction: NDS Communities of Practice

In December, Primary Health News published information on the National Disability Services’ establishment of Communities of Practice to provide opportunities for organisations to support and leverage knowledge and skills in their transition to the NDIS.

We would like to clarify that these Communities of Practice do not include My Aged Care. Apologies for any inconvenience or confusion caused by the error.

Find out more about Communities of Practice on the NDS website 

Supporting regional Victoria to address climate change

Funding is available through a Victorian government community grants program for two project categories:

  • Projects that build the adaptive capacity for communities and stakeholders to respond or adapt to climate change impacts in their region
  • Projects that deliver tangible actions that help our communities adapt to climate change impacts they are already facing.

Funding of between $25,000 and $75,000 will be available for practical, locally driven projects that are helping their communities adapt to climate change.

Applications close 31 March 2019.

Read the guidelines and apply online

Education for health professionals

Jean Hailes logoJean Hailes provides evidence-based, specialist women's health learning opportunities for health professionals. They have a range of free learning opportunities – including webinars and active learning modules – on topics such as menopause, PCOS and endometriosis. These online educational activities contribute to continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of peak bodies such as RACGP.

Find out more on the Jean Hailes website

Gwen Scott Grant Program for diabetes professional development

In 2019, Diabetes Victoria will award a total of $30,000 to health professionals to further their training and development in diabetes.  

Applications close 26 April.

Read the criteria and apply online

Let’s Talk About Sex: addressing the needs of young people

This two-day course from Family Planning Victoria is designed for nurses and midwives working with young people in secondary schools, clinics and community settings. Participants will learn up-to-date, evidence based information on the physical, emotional, mental and social aspects of reproductive and sexual health of young people (adolescents). 

Addressing the needs of young people

CPD points apply. 

Dates: 18-19 March 2019 or 29-30 July, Melbourne CBD.

Find out more and register for Let’s Talk

Nationally accredited training in consumer and community engagement/leadership

Registrations are now open for the Health Issues Centre’s Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) and Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT).

The courses run in June 2019; registrations close in May.

Find out dates, locations and register at the Health Issues Centre’s website.

Health Issues Centre: skills workshops for consumers and health service staff

The Health Issues Centre offers on-site skills training. A series of three-hour skills workshops or customised training are available at your health service. Including: 

  • for consumers: clinical governance, quality and safety health information, coproduction, advocacy and consumer leadership
  • for staff: patient centred care, co-production, meeting the new edition of the quality and safety national standards (Standard 2); health literacy, coproduction.

Find out more about on-site skills training on the Health Issue’s Centre’s website


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