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Primary health news – November edition

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

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Proposed changes to family violence risk assessment and management and information sharing for primary health services

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on which professionals should be included in the second phase of three important reforms: 

  • the child and family violence information sharing scheme
  • the family violence information sharing scheme 
  • the family violence Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM). 

Together, the reforms enable organisations and professionals to share information and work together to better respond to family violence and promote child wellbeing and safety.

Phase 2 of the reforms commences in September 2020 and is proposed to include a number of primary health services including GPs and community health services, as well as public hospitals. Online public consultation on draft Regulations (which describe the organisations and workforces proposed for inclusion in the reforms) commences on 6 November and closes 3 December 2019. Give your feedback through the Engage Victoria website.

More information on the reforms, including who is currently prescribed under Phase 1, is on the Victorian government website 

Victorian Carer Register eLearning Module

The Victorian Carer Register eLearning module supports out- of-home-care services to know and understand their legislative obligations under Part 3.4 of the Children Youth and Families Act 2005. 

Victorian Carer Register

The module is available at no cost to participants and provides an assessment on completion.

All out-of-home care services are strongly encouraged to use this module to increase staff capacity to comply with the legislation, including complying with the requirements to undertake disqualified carer checks and register out-of-home carers.

Access the eLearning module through the department’s website

Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Consultation, 21 October - 16 December 2019

The Minister for Health recently announced a consultation on the proposed general authorisation allowing Victorian Nurse Practitioners to supply and prescribe medicines to their full scope of practice.

The department is inviting professional peak bodies, health services and their employees, regulatory agencies, training providers and consumers to respond to this key health workforce reform consultation.

View the consultation paper and respond via the online Engage Victoria platform by Monday 16 December 2019. 

Victorian Clinical Council (VCC) update

The VCC’s June meeting was held as a joint collaboration with the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI), Count me in: measures development and public reporting. The purpose was to inform the 2019-20 workplan for measures development for the health system and VAHI’s public reporting program. 

The communique for the meeting is available on our website. Please feel free to share with your networks/colleagues. A summary of the key themes from the meeting was published in the VAHI July newsletter which is available on the website: VAHI – Count me in

Smile Squad – Victorian government school dental program

The Smile Squad’s six-month proof of concept phase commenced in Term 3, 2019, visiting schools in four Victorian suburbs and towns - Box Hill, Barwon South, Cranbourne and Wodonga. 

Since commencing, eight schools have been provided with examination services and two schools with treatment services, with more schools receiving services each week. 

Planning for 2020 commencement is underway, with the Smile Squad scheduled to visit 40 per cent of government schools in 2020.

Further information is available on the Smile Squad’s website

Integrated Care resources available

The Department of Health and Human Services is developing six online resources to support those wanting to provide high quality integrated care in their network.

The second resource, ‘The patient-centred health system and integrated care’, is now available.

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

For more information about the resources, or the Victorian Integrated Care Model currently being piloted, please visit the Victorian Integrated Care Training website.

Victorian Integrated Care Training website.

Prevention of Violence against Women and Family Violence Events

To find our more or register for any of these Women's Health Victoria events, please click on the event link.


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