The Primary Health News is an information sharing service for primary health providers in Victoria. Primary Health News is published monthly, depending upon the number of appropriate articles received from contributors.

You are welcome to submit items to Primary Health News by completing the online template and emailing it to ph.news@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Articles must be received on the third Friday of every month, for publication on the first Friday of the following month.

Please note: Primary Health News does not represent the policies or views of the department and is not used for recruitment purposes. 

Current issue:

Primary Health Newsletter - September 2017

  • Get ready for pollen season
  • Bowel cancer - a simple home test could save your life
  • Health Issues Centre’ Nationally Accredited Courses in Consumer Leadership and Engagement
  • The MHCC’s new information sheet for Victoria’s Aboriginal community
  • Strengthening the role of primary care in reducing obesity
  • Running successful focus groups and interviews for project and program evaluation
  • Colonoscopy for National Bowel Cancer Screening Program participants in Victoria
  • Review of public health notifiable conditions
  • Update on Real-Time Prescription Monitoring in Victoria
  • Health Issues Centre’ brand new workshops in 2017 for health and community services and consumers
  • Healthwest:Promoting local action through place-based initiatives

Previous issues:

Primary Health Newsletter - August 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - July 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - June 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - May 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - April 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - March 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - February 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - January 2017

Primary Health Newsletter - December 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - November 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - October 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - September 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - August 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - July 2016

Primary Health Newsletter - June 2016

Primary Health News - May 2016 edition

  • New child safety standards

    As of 1 January 2016, organisations regulated and/or funded by the government to provide services for children are required to comply with the Child Safe Standards. This includes registered community health services, drug and alcohol treatment services, hospitals, public health services, multipurpose services, day procedure centres, designated mental health services and publicly funded mental health community support services. 

    The Standards aim to improve the way organisations prevent and respond to child abuse, and were developed in response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry. 

    Organisation are required to:

    • have in place child safety measures, including child safe policies
    • codes of conduct establishing clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
    • conduct recruitment screening
    • risk management strategies to reduce or remove child abuse risks.

     

    Further information on the Child Safe Standards

  • Seeking placements for nursing students

    Final year Bachelor of Nursing students are currently seeking 10 day placements with a Registered Nurse delivering primary health services. 

    The placement is part of the Primary Healthcare Nursing subject which enables students to examine the diversity of contemporary nursing roles, primary health care nursing practice and ways in which nurses can act as global citizens contributing to sustainable health care systems. The principles of comprehensive primary health care are emphasised in association with health literacy, health promotion, community development, advocacy and the mobilisation of community resources. 

    For further information please contact: 

    Kate Beaumont
    Experiential Learning Advisor 
    La Trobe University 
    P: 9479 1011 
    M: 0448 471 264

  • Stay connected to the network

    The key objectives of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. 

    PHNs retain a catchment and community focus, working with General Practitioners and primary health providers to improve care and support. PHNs also have a key interest in mental health/alcohol and other drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, population health, health workforce, eHealth, and aged care. 

    The PHNs regularly post details of local initiatives, training and development opportunities and updates. Stay in touch with your PHN using the links below:

  • Survey on motivational interviewing

    The motivational interviewing research survey is aimed at community health professionals and team leaders/managers in Chronic Disease teams, regarding their experiences of being trained in, and using motivational interviewing.

    The research will provide a comprehensive picture of:

    •  The perceived barriers and facilitators of allied health professionals using motivational interviewing in community health
    •  The perceived barriers and facilitators of managers in adopting MI in community health.

    If you have been trained in motivational interviewing and would be willing to spend 15 minutes, please complete a survey below.

    For community practitioners please click on the survey even if you do not wish to be involved and select not to participate. This will provide an accurate picture of how many people the survey has reached.

    For more information please contact: 

    Emily Self

    PhD Candidate
    La Trobe University 
    M: 0419 800 588

  • Gwen Scott grant program

    The Gwen Scott grant program supports health professionals undertaking professional development in diabetes. Applications are now open for 2016, a total of $25,000 is available.

    The 2016 grants round has just opened and applications will be accepted until 30 June 2016.

    For more information please contact the Diabetes Victoria membership team on (61 3) 9667 1790.

Primary Health News - April 2016 edition

  • Changes to regulations for notifiable conditions

    From 4 April, medical practitioners are required to notify the Department of Health and Human Services of presumptive and confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and all blood lead level test results greater than 5 micrograms per decilitre.

    All medical practitioners and pathology services are legally obliged to notify the Department of Health and Human Services about conditions listed in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. This includes the urgent notification, by telephone within 24 hours, of all group A conditions.

    The recent update to these regulations will come into effect on 4 April 2016 changing some of your obligations. From this date pathology services and medical practitioners are required to notify the department of:

    • all presumptive and confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is a Group A notifiable condition, so requires immediate notification by TELEPHONE upon initial diagnosis or suspicion, followed by written notification within 5 days.
    • all blood lead level test results greater than 5 micrograms per decilitre (replacing the current threshold of 10 micrograms per decilitre). This is a Group B notifiable condition, so requires notification in writing within five days of diagnosis.

    For more information please contact:

    Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Section, Department of Health and Human Services

    Phone: 1300 651 160
    Email: infectious.diseases@health.vic.gov.au

    View the Chief Health Officer Advisory issued on 2 March 2016 for more information.

  • Diabetes Foundations at Diabetes Victoria

    Diabetes Foundations provides a strong grounding in essential information about diabetes including pathophysiology, prevention of complications and an overview of management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes including psychological issues.

    This interactive program is delivered by expert diabetes practitioners from Diabetes Victoria and is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, GPs, dietitians, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and podiatrists.

    Date: Monday 2 May
    Time: 9:00am - 4.30pm
    Address: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Level 7, 540 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC 3000
    Cost: $150

    Bookings close one week prior to the program.

    For more information please contact:

    Doreen Paes
    Phone: 03 9667 1728
    Email: dpaes@diabetesvic.org.au

    Visit the Diabetes Victoria website for more information.

  • Diabetes Extensions at Diabetes Victoria

    Diabetes Extensions is designed for health professionals who have attended Diabetes Foundations.

    Topics covered include:

    • Insulin and other glucose lowering medications
    • Sick days and hyperglycaemic emergencies
    • Perioperative issues
    • Complications
    • Gestational diabetes management
    • Pre-existing diabetes and pregnancy
    • Complex nutrition issues for diabetes.

    This interactive program is delivered by expert diabetes practitioners from Diabetes Victoria and is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, GPs, dietitians, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and podiatrists.

    Date: Monday, 9 May 2016
    Time: 9:00am - 4.30pm
    Address: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Level 7, 540 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC 3000
    Cost: $150

    Bookings close one week prior to the program.

    For more information please contact:

    Doreen Paes
    Phone: 03 9667 1728
    Email: dpaes@diabetesvic.org.au

    Visit the Diabetes Victoria website for more information.

  • Nationally accredited qualifications on health consumer leadership and engagement

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) and the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) have been developed specifically for the health and community services sector in Australia. The courses are aligned with the requirements of states and national safety and quality standards and support health and community sectors to successfully address consumer engagement accreditation requirements.

    Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT)

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safety and quality in healthcare.

    Dates:

    • Tuesday 10 May
    • Tuesday 17 May
    • Tuesday 24 May

    Closing date for registrations: Friday 15 April 2016

    Health Issues Centre is a Centrelink Approved provider of the Consumer Leadership Course (10163NAT).  Health Care Card holders are eligible for a 10% discount.

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT)

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) provides the skills and knowledge that health and community services managers and staff need to plan, implement and evaluate consumer and community engagement in their services.

    Dates:

    • Wednesday 18 May
    • Thursday 19 May
    • Wednesday 1 June
    • Thursday 2 June

    Closing date for registrations: Friday 22 April 2016

    Places in both courses are limited.

    Payment plans are available, please contact Souzi Markos for details about payment plans - s.markos@healthissuescentre.org.au.

    For further information about the courses and to enrol please contact:

    Phone: Tere Dawson on (03) 9664 9343
    Email: t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au

    Visit the Health Issues Centre website for more information.

Primary Health News - March 2016 edition

  • Contraception Update - free training webinar

    Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and Family Planning Victoria are offering a free training webinar, Contraception Update: a webinar for health professionals. Participants may be eligible for RACGP 3 Category 2 QI and CPD points.

    The webinar will explore a range of important issues relating to the appropriate and safe prescribing of contraception and will include case studies and frequently asked questions.

    Topics will include: long acting reversible contraception, IUD suitability, common and important contraindications for contraception, contraception for life stages, contraception use in the management of endometriosis, PCOS and heavy menstrual bleeding.

    Date: Tuesday 15 March 2016
    Time: 7.30 to 9.00pm (AEDT)

    If you cannot attend on the night, please register anyway as Jean Hailes will be providing a recording of the webinar to all registrants after the event.

    For more information please contact Jean Hailes for Women’s Health - phone (03) 9903 8999, or visit the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health website.

  • Public sector innovation fund

    The $11 million Public Sector Innovation Fund is designed to drive new and more effective solutions to government policy and service delivery challenges. It promotes collaboration and innovation to create public value and deliver better outcomes for Victorians.

    Applications are now open on an ongoing basis. Projects must be led by a Victorian government department, agency or statutory body, but can involve a mix of collaborating organisations, including businesses, research, not-for-profit and community organisations.

    All applications should align with Victorian Government policy priorities and reflect the principles and approaches of public sector reform.

    For more information please contact:

    • Andrew Niere, Manager
    • Justin Halliday, Senior Policy Officer
    • Skye Thomas, Senior Policy Officer

    Email psif@dpc.vic.gov.au, or visit the Public Sector Innovation Fund website.

  • eMHPrac Webinar 5: Using e-Mental Health resources in your work - Getting to know online programs for children and young people

    This upcoming free eMHPrac webinar will showcase online mental health programs for children and young people with in-depth presentations by health professionals.

    Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
    Time: 6.30pm AEDT
    Duration: Approx. 75 mins
    Cost: Free
    Documentation relevant for CPD available upon request.

    Learn how to use The Brave Program, MindSpot’s Mood Mechanic Program, and OCD?NotMe! with your clients.

    Hear from guest speakers:

    • Sonja March, The Brave Program
    • Carol Purtell and Rebecca Dear, MindSpot
    • Amy Finlay-Jones, OCD?NotMe!

    This webinar is hosted by Karlene Dickens, National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University and is suitable for allied health professionals, primary care nurses and peer workers. It is part of the eMHPrac Project funded by the Australian Government.

    If you have any questions please contact the eMHPrac ANU team - call (02) 6125 8411, email emhprac@anu.edu.au, or visit the registration page.

  • Nationally accredited qualifications on health consumer leadership and engagement

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) and the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) have been developed specifically for the health and community services sector in Australia. The courses are aligned with the requirements of states and national safety and quality standards and support health and community sectors to successfully address consumer engagement accreditation requirements.

    Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT)

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safety and quality in healthcare.

    Dates:

    • Tuesday 10 May
    • Tuesday 17 May
    • Tuesday 24 May

    Closing date for registrations: Friday 15 April 2016

    Health Issues Centre is a Centrelink Approved provider of the Consumer Leadership Course (10163NAT).  Health Care Card holders are eligible for a 10% discount.

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT)

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) provides the skills and knowledge that health and community services managers and staff need to plan, implement and evaluate consumer and community engagement in their services.

    Dates:

    • Wednesday 18 May
    • Thursday 19 May
    • Wednesday 1 June
    • Thursday 2 June

    Closing date for registrations: Friday 22 April 2016

    Places in both courses are limited.

    Payment plans are available, please contact Souzi Markos for details about payment plans - email s.markos@healthissuescentre.org.au.

    For further information about the courses and to enrol please contact Tere Dawson - call (03) 9664 9343, email t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au, or visit the Health Issues Centre website.

Primary Health News - February 2016 edition

  • NSQHS Standards Version 2: Consultation Draft teleconference

    On Wednesday 9th March, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) will be holding specialist group teleconferences to discuss feedback on the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Version 2: Consultation Draft received during the piloting and consultation process conducted late last year

    The teleconference builds on earlier work in Victoria to provide feedback from organisations that deliver community health and public dental programs, including Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV). The sector’s collective efforts are resulting in a set of standards that align better with the practices of our sector, including those outlined in the Community Health Integrated Program Guidelines.

    Organisations that deliver community health and dental services are invited to participate in one or more teleconferences to discuss the feedback received and the suggested actions.

    View the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Version 2: Consultation Draft.

    To register your interest in one or more teleconferences, please click on the relevant URL and add your details. You will need to do this for each teleconference you are interested in attending:

    Registration closes on Friday 4 March 2016.

  • Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program Phase 5

    The Department of Health and Human Services, Nursing and Midwifery Workforce invites applications from eligible health organisations, proposing Nurse Practitioner models that will enhance patient outcomes and improve access to timely care. 

    The Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP) Phase 5 Nurse Practitioner Model Development Round 5.1 opened on Monday 1 February. The VNPP Phase 5 has new guidelines that require health organisations to have developed a business case. Compulsory elements are listed in the application template and an optional business case template is offered. In light of this additional requirement, round 5.1 will remain open until Friday 26 February.

    For further information and to apply please contact:

    Name: Nursing and Midwifery Workforce
    Phone: (03) 9096 8227
    Email: NMW@dhhs.vic.gov.au
    Website: www2.health.vic.gov.au/health-workforce/nursing-and-midwifery/furthering-your-nursing-and-midwifery-career/nurse-practitioner

  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Transition to Practice

    Are you a registered nurse who’s just started working in aged care, general practice, community or other area of primary health care? Are you an experienced nurse who wants the chance to mentor?

    The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association‘s Transition to Practice program is launching in April 2016. 

    Transition to Practice will deliver and evaluate an accessible and structured 12 month transition program, with the aim of increasing the confidence, competency, skill and knowledge of nurses commencing work in primary health care settings.

    Whether you are a graduate new to the workforce, or an experienced nurse coming from a hospital or other acute setting, this program is for you. 

    Expressions of interest are now open until 26 February for: workplaces, nurses, preceptors and mentors.

    For further information please contact:

    Phone: Rebekah on 1300 303 184  
    Email: transitiontopracticeEOI@apna.asn.au
    Website: www.apna.asn.au/transitiontopractice

     

  • Grants available: Enhanced Nurse Clinics
    • Do you want to expand your nursing capacity?
    • Do you have ideas for an innovative model to improve the care you provide to your local population?
    • Do you want to establish a nurse clinic?

    The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is developing original models of clinical care delivered by nurses in primary health care settings. Grants are available for nurses leading best practice in primary health care.

    Up to 10 sites will be selected Australia-wide to establish nurse clinics – in metropolitan, rural and remote locations – based on local population health needs.

    Expressions of interest for grants are now open. Providers from across primary health care, such as aged care, community health, correctional health and general practice, are invited to apply.

    For more information please contact:

    Phone:   Jane or Linda on 1300 303 184
    Email:     enhancednurseclinics@apna.asn.au
    Website: www.apna.asn.au/enhancednurseclinics 

  • Nationally accredited qualifications on health consumer leadership and engagement

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) and the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) have been developed specifically for the health and community services sector in Australia. The courses are aligned with the requirements of states and national safety and quality standards and support health and community sectors to successfully address consumer engagement accreditation requirements.

    Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT)

    The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safety and quality in healthcare.  

    Dates:
    Tuesday 10 May
    Tuesday 17 May
    Tuesday 24 May

    Closing date for registrations:  Friday 15 April 2016

    Health Issues Centre is a Centrelink Approved provider of the Consumer Leadership Course (10163NAT).  Health Care Card holders are eligible for a 10% discount. 

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT)

    The Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) provides the skills and knowledge that health and community services managers and staff need to plan, implement and evaluate consumer and community engagement in their services. 

    Dates: 
    Wednesday 18 May
    Thursday 19 May
    Wednesday 1 June
    Thursday 2 June

    Closing date for registrations:  Friday 22 April 2016

    Places in both courses are limited.

    Payment plans are available, please contact Souzi Markos for details about payment plans s.markos@healthissuescentre.org.au 

    For further information about the courses and to enrol please contact:

    Phone: Tere Dawson on (03) 9664 9343
    Email: t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au
    Website: www.healthissuescentre.org.au

  • Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria 2016 ‘Musculoskeletal Health’ webinar series

    Covering such topics as inflammatory arthritis, surgical management of the arthritic knee, management of workers with musculoskeletal injuries, client adherence to treatment and the management of a person with tendinopathy, these webinars will provide participants with clinically-meaningful skills and knowledge to deliver recommended care by focusing on the evidence-based treatment and management of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

    Time: Either 12:30-1:30pm or 7-8pm (AEST)
    Dates: Various dates during February-November 2016
    Cost: $38/$55 (first two webinars in the series are free) 

    For more information please contact:

    Contact: Project Officer-Health Promotion, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria
    Phone: 8531 8022
    Email: programs@arthritisvic.org.au 
    Website: www.arthritisvic.org.au/Education-and-Events

Primary Health News - January 2016 edition

  • ADMA 12th Annual National Conference

    The Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) is holding their 12th Annual National Conference on 20-21 October 2016 at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The theme for the 2016 conference is Person centred healthcare: achievements and challenges.

    ADMA is currently calling for abstracts to be submitted for the conference as an oral presentation or a poster. Abstracts need to be emailed to info@adma.org.au using the template by:

    • 5pm 27 May 2016 for oral presentation abstracts
    • 5pm 7 September 2016 for poster abstracts

    Further information on the abstract formatting guidelines and review process can be found on the ADMA website.

  • Evidence based primary & secondary prevention of chronic disease - seminar

    The Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) is holding a seminar in March 2016 at the Alfred Hospital to address the prevention of chronic disease. This seminar will include a number of presenters covering issues such as diet, exercise, meditation and oral health.

    Preceding the seminar will be a half hour optional Tai Chi session. 

    Please register early as there are limited spaces available at this seminar. The registration deadline is 4 March 2016.

    Details of the seminar are as follows:

    • Date: 9.30am-4.30pm Friday 11 March 2016
      9.00am-9.30am optional Tai Chi session
    • Location: Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct (AMREP) Lecture Theatre
      The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne
    • Cost: $200 per person

    For further information and to register, please visit the the ADMA website.

  • Launch of the Department of Health’s Primary Health Network (PHN) website

    The Commonwealth Department of Health launched an official Primary Health Network (PHN) website on 8 December 2015. 

    The new website includes PHN profiles with "at a glance" information on the PHNs, in an infographic format. The website also includes PHN profile reports, map locators and access to data on a number of health portfolios and priorities related to the PHNs.

    Further details on each of the 6 Victorian PHNs can be found on the site, including contact numbers and email addresses. 

  • Professional development workshop - suffering in silence, pain in dementia

    Pain in an older person with dementia can be difficult to identify and treat. Dementia limits a person’s ability to communicate the pain they experience and many ‘suffer in silence’. In the last decade we have seen an explosion of research in this field and there are now a number of promising assessment tools and management strategies. 

    The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is a leading research institute in Australia dedicated to improving the life and health of older people through research and the translation of research into practice. Research translation is underpinned by the development of resources and tools as well as by providing professional education. 

    This half-day workshop is suitable for healthcare providers, allied health and clinical staff, nursing and medical staff, researchers and academics. It will cover:

    • the prevalence and complexity of pain and dementia
    • strategies, tools and approaches to identify and assess pain in people with dementia
    • how to treat and manage pain in people with dementia.

    Details of the workshop are as follows:

    • Date: 1.00pm-5.00pm, 24 February 2016
    • Location: National Ageing Research Institute
    • Cost: $240 per person
      10% discount for early bird registrations before 12 February 2016
      10% discount for more than one registration from the same organisation

    For further information and to register, please visit the NARI website.

  • No Jab No Play is here

    New laws requiring children to be fully immunised to attend childcare or kindergarten came into effect on 1 January 2016. 

    Parents now need to provide evidence of immunisation status to complete enrolment. This is usually an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). Alternatively, immunisation providers can give parents an immunisation status certificate. 

    It is important for immunisation providers to: 

    • give timely and accurate advice to ACIR about vaccines they administer to children
    • if they are providing an immunisation status certificate for the purposes of enrolling in childcare, be aware of what information it must contain.

    A fact sheet for immunisation providers is available online.

    New resources designed to help medical professionals answer parents’ questions about immunisation are available on the Immunise Australia Website. The resources cover topics including: “How are vaccines shown to be safe?” “What is in vaccines?” “Why is the schedule the way it is?” “How do vaccines affect immunity?” and “What about autism?”

    Further information for parents, childhood professionals and immunisation providers can be found on the vaccination website.

     
  • Loddon Mallee sexual health forum

    The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) Bendigo, will host a forum with key stakeholders in the Loddon Mallee region to provide an opportunity for networking, information sharing and identifying key priorities for sexual health across the region.  

    The forum will be an interactive day to learn about emerging themes in sexual health and showcase examples of best practice in sexual health from the across the region. The day will also provide a forum to workshop, discuss and develop shared goals for sexual health recognising the multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches required to fully address sexual health issues.  

    Details of the forum are as follows:

    • Date: 2 March 2016, all day catered event
    • Location: Bendigo (venue TBC) 
    • Cost: Free 

    To register your interest to present a brief presentation or poster about your work in the Loddon Mallee region or if you would like to represent your organisation in an interactive panel during the forum please contact:

    For further information, visit the CERSH website.

     
  • Heat health alerts subscriptions

    All health services are encouraged to subscribe to the Department of Health and Human Services’ emergency advice and alerts.

    Subscribers are able to nominate whether they receive statewide or district-specific advice.

    If you are unsure if you are already subscribed, visit the Health subscription form and try to subscribe with your current email address: 

    For any queries about the heat health alerts or if you do not receive a confirmation email after subscribing, please contact Joanna Gaston or Sharlene Viney from Environmental Health, or call 1300 761 874.

    If you are subscribing using a group or team email address, please note that if anyone in your group 'unsubscribes' this will unsubscribe the whole group.

  • Further learning in musculoskeletal health - webinar series

    Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria has developed a series of five webinars funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Each webinar aims to provide participants with clinically-meaningful skills and knowledge.

    The series is available free of charge to clinicians of community health organisations. The final two webinars of the series are still open for registration.

    Webinar 4

    • Topic: Inflammatory Arthritis
    • Date: 12.30pm-1.30pm, 25 February 2016
    • Presenter: Professor Michelle Leech, Deputy Dean, Monash Medical School; Consultant Rheumatologist, Monash Health

    Webinar 5

    • Topic: Better Understanding Osteoporosis
    • Date: 12.30pm-1.30pm, 24 March 2016
    • Presenter: Dr Christopher Yates, Endocrinologist and General Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital

    Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria will also make previous webinars in this series freely available on its webpages.

    To register for a webinar or for further information please visit the Arthritis Victoria website.

     
  • Relocation, sheltering and evacuation guide

    The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released its Relocation, Sheltering & Evacuation Guide: A guide to emergency planning for the health and human services sectors. 

    This guide supplements the department's Emergency preparedness policy for clients and services by assisting services with their planning and decision making.

    The guide is designed to assist facility managers to make decisions about relocating, sheltering or evacuating. It also provides emergency planning guidance to service providers who need to consider ceasing or altering services delivered from centres or in the home.

    The guide informs planning and response for external emergencies such as bushfires and floods. However, the information provided may also be useful for internal emergencies such as a building fire.

    To download a copy of the guide and relevant policies please visit the Human Services website.

     
  • Osteoarthritis Model of Care survey

    St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne is leading a project under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Musculoskeletal Clinical Leadership Group to develop a statewide Model of Care for osteoarthritis.

    A Model of Care is an evidence-informed framework that describes how health services and other resources should be delivered to people who live with specific health conditions. It describes the right care, delivered at the right time, by the right team, in the right place with the right resources.

    To inform the development of the Model of Care, the project coordinators wish to collect information from a range of organisations that deliver primary care to people who have osteoarthritis.

    Organisations are invited to participate in the online survey, which closes on 29 January 2016.

    An information sheet about the Model of Care is available upon request. Please contact Tim Buckley, Primary and Community Health at tim.buckley@dhhs.vic.gov.au or 03 9096 7380.

  • Extension of national BEACH survey into Victoria

    The department is commissioning the University of Sydney to undertake a study of general practice in Victorian community health services using the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) methodology.

    The national BEACH survey provides the major source of data on GP/patient encounters in Australia. The program has been running since 1998 and its database has at least 1.7 million GP-patient encounter records.

    The Victorian study of general practice activity in community health services will provide evidence to accurately describe GP practice and patient characteristics within Victorian community health services.

    The department will be in touch with community health services that offer general practice services in the coming weeks to update our contact details. Further information about the survey will be sent in the coming months. 

    If you work in a community health service, please look out for information about the BEACH survey, and encourage the GPs in your service to participate, so we can get an accurate picture of general practice activity in Victorian community health services. This will give us information to describe the important role that GPs play in community health services, and particular challenges they may face in their work. It will also assist the department in determining the impact of future primary health reforms on community health general practice.

    For further information please contact:

    • Name: Jill Kelly
    • Email: jill.kelly@dhhs.vic.gov.au
    • Phone: (03) 9096 2074 

    Please note: GPs can receive CPD points for participation in the survey.

  • Victorian Cancer Survivorship Grants Scheme - Phase 2

    The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services would like to announce the opening of the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Grants Scheme: Phase II

    Applications are invited from services that have a role in supporting people in transition from active cancer treatment. This includes acute health services and Victorian Primary Health Networks, in strategic partnerships with primary care providers and non-government organisations.

    The Phase II Grants Scheme includes three grant types and will provide up to $2.9 million to fund a maximum of 18 projects over the course of three years. 

    Grant type 1 (up to $100K per project): Capacity Building Grants will support services that wish to leverage existing funding or initiatives to build survivorship capacity, adopt an existing model or to address a specific survivorship matter or resource need. The funding will be aimed at projects that have a focus on areas such as service re-design, development of models of care and resource development. Up to ten projects will be funded under this grant type. 

    Applications close: 2.00pm, 23 February 2016

    Grant type 2 (up to $300K per project): General Cancer Survivorship Grants will support innovative approaches to the delivery of survivorship care. Up to four projects will be funded under this grant type.

    Applications close: 2.00pm, 1 March 2016

    Grant type 3 (up to $300K per project): Primary and Community Health Grants will support greater collaboration on shared survivorship care between the acute and primary/community sectors and aim to build capacity in the primary/community sector. Up to four projects will be funded under this grant type.

    Applications close: 2.00pm, 8 March 2016

    A mandatory information session regarding the scheme will be held on 18 February. 

    • Date: 10.00am-11.30am, 18 February 2016
    • Location: Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 2 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

    Please register for the session with Tania Wohling, Project Support Officer, Cancer Strategy & Development, by Tuesday 9 February, 2016. Registered parties will be sent regular alerts regarding queries and questions received about the grants process.

    For further details on the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program, as well as information on how to apply, visit the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program webpage.