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Pollen Season and Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma

A predicted wet spring in Victoria will increase grass pollen and the risk of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event.  

There are new alternative treatments particularly for those with mild asthma. Clinics are encouraged to recall patients to review their asthma action plans.  

For more information on epidemic thunderstorm asthma, see

  • the department's website
  • Better Health Channel
  • the Australian Asthma Handbook on the National Asthma Council's website

Have your say on Victoria’s next HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Viral Hepatitis response

 Have your say on Victoria’s next HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Viral Hepatitis response

The suite of HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Viral Hepatitis strategies and plan that guide Victoria’s response to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections expires at the end of 2020.

These policies have played a vital role in reducing rates of transmission in the community, increasing testing access and treatment uptake, ensuring people have the care they require and reducing stigma and discrimination associated with different viruses and risk behaviours.

The department is developing Victoria’s next HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Viral Hepatitis response for 2021-2025 and invites Victorians to have their say between 7 September and 7 October on Engage Victoria.  

If you would like to attend a consultation workshop, email bbvsti.information@dhhs.vic.gov.au.


Changes to security requirements to access Services Australia digital health and aged care channels

Services Australia will be changing the way the way organisations access on-line services.

To prepare, organisations will need update and confirm that they are using web service compatible software by March 2022.

The services impacted include:

  • Medicare Online (including Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) & Australian Immunisation Register (AIR))
  • ECLIPSE
  • PBS Online
  • Aged Care Digital Health Channel.

In addition Services Australia are changing the way individuals users can log into use their services.  Services that have previously authorised users via a PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) certificate (in the background) will now require the individual to apply for and use a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account.

To find out what your service needs to do to prepare and to stay up to date with developments, check the Services Australia website.


Breaking the habit – alcohol

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) has launched a new campaign designed to encourage Australians who increased their alcohol consumption due to COVID-19 related stress and anxiety to reduce their alcohol use to safer levels.

Find out more on the campaign website.


Consumer and community engagement online training for staff and consumers

Health issues centre 

Health Issues Centre offers a range of group workshops and bespoke online training on consumer engagement for consumer representatives, board members, managers and staff of health and community services.

Find out more on the Health Issues Centre website.


The Well

The Outer East and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships have developed The Well, an online health information hub for tools and resources, local projects and networks.

This online resource is designed for practitioners working in service delivery, project development and health promotion in the Eastern Region and beyond.

Subscribe to the monthly e-news on The Well’s website, or follow The Well on LinkedIn.


Multilingual stay safe, stay home videos

North West Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has put together a covid-19 safety message for north western Melbourne’s diverse community in 18 languages, to complement DHHS’s existing translated language resources.

View the videos on the PHN’s website.


Victorian coronavirus data

View information about case locations and outbreaks in Victoria

View the new data portal


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