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Primary health news - July 2019 edition

Keep up-to-date with the latest primary health news and events from across Victoria. The items below generally have hyperlinks to further information.

Primary Health News welcomes contributions from across the sector. To submit an article for the next edition, simply complete the article submission template and email it to ph.news@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Women's Health Survey

The Jean Hailes annual Women's Health Survey provides one of the country's most revealing insights into the health concerns and needs of women across Australia.

Promotional image for the 2019 Jean Hailes Women's Health Survey.Results of the online survey are used in many ways; from identifying gaps in health information, to helping health professionals better understand their patients, to encouraging women to make practical, positive changes to their lives. The online, anonymous survey is for women living in Australia aged 18 and over.

Complete the survey on the Jean Hailes website.


Health and wellbeing of people with intersex variations

In March 2019, the Victorian Government released the 'Health and wellbeing of people with intersex variations - Information and resource paper' to further understand the needs and interests of people with intersex variations in Victoria.

Two factsheets for families have been developed to support and help inform families around the health and wellbeing of people with intersex variations as a baby and child, including information on next steps, determining if treatment is required and how to access additional information and support.

Download the factsheets and resource paper from the health.vic website.


Voluntary Assisted Dying

As of 19 June 2019, Victorians at the end of life who are suffering and who meet strict eligibility criteria are able to request access to voluntary assisted dying.

Online training for medical practitioners about voluntary assisted dying is available.

For more information and further resources please visit the health.vic website.


Integrated care resources available

The department has launched the first of six online resources on integrated care for the health, community and social services workforce. The resources support those wanting to provide high quality integrated care in their network.

The resources can be completed at your own pace and when it suits you. They are free to access.

Once you are logged in, you can access readings, case studies, activities and videos that will extend your understanding of the key principles, concepts and approaches of patient-centred integrated care.

For more information about the resources, or the Victorian Integrated Care Model (currently being piloted in the south eastern Melbourne region), please visit the Victorian Integrated Care Training website.


SafeScript is now mobile

SafescriptSafeScript is now easily accessible on mobile devices. Clinicians can securely access SafeScript on the go via mobile.safescript.vic.gov.au on a mobile browser.

Just two months since the statewide launch of SafeScript, over 12,000 eligible clinicians are now registered. Clinicians can register via www.safescript.vic.gov.au.

SafeScript alerted clinicians to 27,000 Victorians at risk of harm from prescription medicines in April. Many clinicians are already using SafeScript to start conversations with patients about safer medicine use.

More information about SafeScript is on the health.vic website.


Urgent care and emergency patient fact sheets updated

SCV - Emergency Care Clinical Network

Fact sheets for 47 different emergency care presentations are now available on Safer Care Victoria's website.

Following a review by clinicians and consumers, the Emergency Care Clinical Network has updated the fact sheets to ensure they provide the most up-to-date, best practice information.

We recommend that clinicians working in emergency departments and urgent care centres provide these to patients who present with relevant conditions when discharging them.

While previously available via the department's website, the updated fact sheets are now on the Better Safer Care website.


Mount Alexander Youth Wellbeing Project

A group of five students and a man standing in front of a series of posters.The Mount Alexander Youth Wellbeing Program (MAYWP) aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Mount Alexander Shire through education, training and awareness. In 2018:

  • over 200 students, teachers and parents were trained in Mental Health First Aid
  • co-designed youth leadership projects were completed
  • students produced work about cyber-safety that were exhibited as part of the local Castlemaine Fringe festival.

More details are in the Central Victoria Primary Care Partnership's report.


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