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Update from the Victorian Clinical Council

In November, the full council discussed regionalisation of referral pathways, shared governance and shared decision making as potential levers for improving access for rural and regional Victorians. Amongst the presentations was a representative from the Murray Primary Health Network who spoke about the effectiveness of HealthPathways. Read more in the Council’s communique

The Council has also been busy with the recent release of two separate pieces of advice on: Diversity and Cultural Safety; and Value Based Healthcare.

The impact of gender on social inclusion for older women - online resource

Women are overrepresented in populations at high risk for social exclusion. Women’s Health East, with the support of the Inner East PCP, has released ‘The Unheard Story’ to highlight how current narratives continue to disadvantage older women by failing to recognise the lifelong impacts of inequality that are further compounded in later years. 

The report includes recommendations for organisations, groups and practitioners to address the unique needs of older women. 

LGBTIQ family violence – online research report and practice guide

Women's Health East - Reshaping Respect

National and international evidence suggests LGBTIQ people experience intimate partner violence at a similar, if not higher, rate to heterosexual, cisgender women. Women’s Health East’s Voices for Equality and Respect project was undertaken to better understand the dynamics of LGBTIQ young people’s relationships with intimate partners and family members, and the broader societal factors that influence these relationships. 

The (Re)shaping Respect research report adds to the evidence base about what drives LGBTIQ family violence. The ‘Step Up’ Practice Guide provides practical solutions for change. 

Accredited courses in Consumer and Community Engagement and Leadership

 Health Issues Centre

Registrations are now open for the two Health Issues Centre’s nationally accredited courses.

Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) 
Wed 15, Thurs 16 
Wed 29 and Thurs 30 July 2020

Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT)
Weds: 5, 12 and 19 August 2020

Find out more and register on the Health Issues Centre website 

Batting for Gender Equity

Battling for gender equity

A network of service providers and community members worked with two local rural cricket clubs to support a safe and welcoming space to increase participation of women in cricket. Prior to this work, the Castlemaine District Cricket Association had no adult women playing cricket regularly. There are now 4 clubs with a women’s team, a modified women’s competition, a female representative on the district cricket association, more involvement of women in coaching and for the first time, a woman president of one of the participating clubs. 

Read the Mount Alexander Family Violence Prevention Network’s final report

Influenza: reflections on 2019 season

SCV - Infection Clinical Network

The recorded webinar: reflections on 2019 influenza season is available online.

Invited panel members covered the following topics:

  • The challenges of increased community presentations of influenza in the emergency department and general practitioner settings.
  • When to test for influenza
  • When to offer Oseltamivir
  • The role of influenza surveillance
  • What are the learnings for next season?

Watch Safer Care Victoria's webinar.

Resource to promote cultural security

The Inner North West Primary Care Partnership and The Long Walk have published a new resource to support mainstream health, community and justice service organisations to improve their cultural security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. 

Developed in partnership with Aboriginal community members working in mainstream organisations, the resource contains a self-assessment tool so that organisations can identify what they are doing well and actions to improve their cultural security.

View and download the resources on the PCP’s website.

Are you interested in health and/or commissioning news in south east Melbourne?

South Eastern Melbourne PHN (SEMPHN) works on behalf of the Australian Government to deliver even better primary health services to our community. 

Our seven key priorities are mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, digital health, aged care and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD). 

SEMPHN’s weekly ‘Network News’ covers news, health alerts and upcoming education for health professionals in south eastern Melbourne. 

SEMPHN’s commissioning newsletter ‘SEMaphore’ includes news and updates about our tender opportunities and announcements. 

Subscribe through the SEMPHN website.


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