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Primary health news - May edition

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Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Workshop

Upskill in cancer survivorship with learnings from the leading-edge of cancer care, and incorporating patient perspectives. 

Registrations are now open to attend a free workshop on Saturday 25 May at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Parkville. Read more and register via the VCCC website.


Child Safe Standards Bulletin

The department has released the first in a series of quarterly regulatory information bulletins for organisations in scope of the Child Safe Standards.

The purpose of the bulletin is to put a spotlight on issues of concern as identified through the department's compliance and intelligence data. The quarter's bulletin focueses on Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.

For further information visit Resources for Child Safe Standards webpage


Charlie’s Story – Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program

The newborn bloodspot screening program available 48-72 hours post birth to all Australian babies is free. In this video Monique Cooper shares the story of her son Charlie who lives with a rare health condition, detected through the newborn bloodspot screening program. 

Please encourage antenatal mothers and their partners to view this ‘lived experience with phenylketonuria (PKU)’ video to know more about the newborn bloodspot screening program and how early intervention and treatment can save a baby’s life.


Health Issues Centre's nationally accredited courses in Consumer Leadership and Engagement

Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT)
12 - 13 June and 26 - 27 June 2019
Registrations close Wednesday 29 May 2019

Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT)
Tuesdays 11, 18 and 25 June 2019
Registrations close Tuesday 28 May 2019

Both courses are held at Level 1, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Sessions run from 9:30am and 4:30pm each day. 

Read more and register at the Health Issues Centre website


Professional development on working with people from refugee backgrounds

Find out about a range of professional development sessions on working with people from refugee backgrounds on Foundation House's website.


National Ageing Research Institute workshop

More thanjust the blues: Recognising and responding to depression and anxiety in older adults is an evidence-based, interactive workshop for staff working in the community, hospital or residential aged care settings and people who are new to the field of aged care and care for older people.

Thursday 20 June, 2019,  9:00am – 1:00pm, Parkville.

Ten percent early bird discount until 30 May, 2019.

Find out more and register through trybooking.


Supercare Pharmacies

Attendance at Supercare Pharmacies continues to grow; with over 600,000 customers walking through the doors overnight since launching in June 2016.

Over 33,000 episodes of care have been provided by the nursing services, with the most common reasons for visits being for the treatment of minor injuries and for wound care. 

With the winter season in full swing, remember that eligible customers can receive FREE flu vaccines from nurses at Supercare Pharmacies. 

Supercare Pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A free on-site nursing service, in a private consulting room, is available every evening from 6 pm to 10 pm.

View the locations and more information about Supercare Pharmacies on the Better Health Channel.


Drought and dry seasonal conditions funded programs

The Victorian Government has launched two programs to provide support to farmers affected by drought. 

The $2 million Pasture Recovery and Management Grant Program will support drought-affected farm businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington shires. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. 

The $1 million Farm Support Fund will be delivered through the Farm Business Assistance program to include more farmers in Northern and North West Victoria.

The Farm Business Assistance program will now be available to Farm Household Allowance recipients in 20 eligible local government areas, providing a one-off payment of $2500.

More information is on Agriculture Victoria’s website.


Do you need help managing obese patients?

The University of Melbourne’s Management of Obesity course will train health practitioners to assess and treat patients struggling with obesity. The course covers the roles of different types of diets, exercise, psychological factors, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery in obesity treatment. 

The 10-hour course is CPD-accredited and accessible on any desktop or mobile device.

Find out more on University of Melbourne’s website


Mastering Migraine Management

The University of Melbourne’s online course will train primary healthcare professionals in the latest clinical advances to improve the lives of migraine sufferers. It covers the latest strategies for the diagnosis of headaches, highlights “red flag” symptoms and differential diagnoses, and provides pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for managing patients experiencing headaches. The course is accessible across any smart device including a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

Find out more on University of Melbourne’s website


Alcohol and Other Drugs – GP Symposium

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network is holding a GP Symposium on Saturday, 25 May in Narre Warren with the theme: ‘Alcohol and Other Drugs, let’s talk about it’. 

GP Symposium

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify behaviours and characteristics of patients with, or at risk of developing, issues with alcohol or substance use
  • Use appropriate screening and assessment tools to identify patients engaged in, or at risk engaging in, medication, alcohol or substance misuse
  • Develop strategies to appropriately manage challenging conversations related to alcohol and substance use/misuse
  • Identify AOD services and referral pathways in the SEMPHN catchment
Find out more and register through CVENT
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