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Information resource for women with cancer

Patients with early breast cancer or any stage of gynaecological cancer may seek information at any stage from diagnosis to finishing active treatment.

Health professionals can make sure they are accessing relevant, evidence-based information by directing them to the Counterpart Navigator.

Information resource for women with cancer - Counterpart Navigator app 

The tool connects women to helpful content that has been reviewed by qualified health professionals and women with an experience of cancer.

Ms Meron Pitcher, Head of the General & Breast Surgery Unit at Western Health says, ‘I find the Navigator an invaluable resource for patients, family and trainees. Information is reliable and comprehensive, and keeps the focus on what is evidence based’.

The Navigator can be browsed online or downloaded as an app.

Counterpart is a service of Women’s Health Victoria and is supported by the Victorian Government.


Family Planning Victoria’s position statement on LARC

Family Planning Victoria released a position statement about access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) during the COVID-19 pandemic on 6 April 2020.

It includes the importance of ongoing access to LARCs during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations about safely extending the time period of use of specific LARCs.

Read the position statement.


The Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership

The EC Partnership, led by the Burnet Institute, is a collaboration of service providers, government departments and researchers in Victoria who are aiming to dramatically increase uptake of treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among people who inject drugs (PWID).

You can find out more, subscribe to the newsletter and access resources and publications at EC Partnership website.


Life! Helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke program

Life! is a free Victorian healthy lifestyle program for people who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by health professionals, participants learn more about nutrition, physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, and goal setting.

The Life! Telephone Health Coaching service and group courses (delivered online and by telephone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic) are still running.

For more information, or to refer your patients, visit the website or contact Elleni Kaias.


Victorian Injury Atlas

Injury prevention is one of the priority areas of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019–2023.

The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) situated within the Monash University Accident Research Centre, is funded by the department to provide injury surveillance services for Victoria. These services assist Victorian Government agencies, academia and health and community organisations, in the development of injury prevention policy, programs and interventions.

VISU launched the Victorian Injury Atlas in October 2019, to assist health and injury prevention organisations, education institutes and research groups to access hospital treated unintentional injury data.

The Injury Atlas includes a specific Sport Injury Atlas with a Transport Injury Atlas currently in development, requests for more detailed data analyses can be made online.


Emergency dental care in Community Oral Health Services

Since 2018, Barwon Health’s Oral Health Services has adopted a new model to better deal with the significant demand of emergency cases.

41% of Victorians are eligible for treatment at 80 Victorian Community Health Oral Health Services; and approximately 40% are emergency cases.

’Open Emergency sessions’ have been run in the morning at Barwon’s three clinics and been very well received by staff and patients.

To find out more about the model, oral health services can contact Michael.Smith@BarwonHealth.org.au.


CEH  2020 Online Health Literacy Course is now taking enrolments

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The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is offering a course to help organisations make improvements in consumer participation, client communication and client access to their services.

The course includes an opportunity to apply knowledge in a workplace Health Literacy project.  

Course begins August 26.


Smoking factsheet

The department published a factsheet about COVID-19 and smoking and e-cigarette use in May 2020.

Download the factsheet on the department’s website at Symptoms and risks page.

What if I'm a smoker?


Child Safe Standards – COVID-19 Bulletin

This bulletin focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic which presents a significant number of a challenges and opportunities for organisations providing services or facilities to children. During this time, the department’s Human Services Regulator Unit continues to provide advice and guidance to in-scope organisations to support their compliance with the Child Safe Standards.


Wearing face coverings in Victoria

Information about face coverings, including on lawful exceptions for not wearing a face covering, is on the department's website at face coverings in Victoria page.


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