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Primary Health News

You are welcome to submit items to the Primary Health News.

Please note: The Primary Health (PH) News (formerly Primary Health Bulletin) is an information sharing service for primary health providers in Victoria. It does not represent the policies or views of the Department of Health and is not used for recruitment purposes. Contributions from both internal and external staff/organisations to the PH News are welcome. To submit an article, please complete the template and submit it via email to ph.news@health.vic.gov.au.

  Primary Health News template

You may also use this email address for adding or removing yourself from the subscriber list.

PH News will be published fortnightly depending upon the number of appropriate articles received from contributors.

For further information please contact:
Email: ph.news@health.vic.gov.au

July 2014

Primary Health News - Feedback Required
The Primary Health News is currently being reviewed. We are interested in hearing your feedback on Primary Health News including any recommendations for improvement.

Feedback has being extended be provide via this short survey until Thursday July 31st 2014. The survey should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete, take your part and make the Primary Health News your news.
MBS Webinar No.2 2014
This MBS webinar will provide practical information on:
  • MBS-funded paediatric speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other allied health services for children with pervasive development disorders
  • MBS-funded mental health services for social work, occupational therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, and medical practitioners
  • Other mental health services funded through the Commonwealth.

The webinar will be held -
On: Tuesday 22 July 2014
At: 12.30pm - 1.15pm.

It will provide ideas and strategies to assist community health services to progress their MBS service model. It is designed for management and staff at Community Health Services and Medicare Local staff working with Community Health Services.

To participate in this free on-line event, please register.

For further information contact Ailsa Gregory, Networking Health Victoria
Phone: (03) 9341 5262 or Email: a.gregory@nhv.org.au
Forum: State-wide PCP Service Coordination and Integrated Chronic Disease Management
The Victorian Primary Care Partnerships would like to invite you to attend the Statewide PCP Service Coordination and Integrated Chronic Disease Management Forum.

Date: Monday July 28th 2014
Time: 9.30am -3.30pm
Location: Department of Health 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (Room 1.10)

The forum will provide an opportunity for PCPs across the state to showcase their current work in the areas of Service Coordination and Integrated Chronic Disease Management and will provide examples of where PCP work has made significant improvements to early intervention, integrated care and client & community empowerment.

Presentations include:
  • Goulburn Valley PCP – "Health Literacy: An organisational approach"
  • Wimmera PCP – "Playing the long quality game improves chronic disease outcomes for rural clients"
  • Outer East Health & Community Support Alliance – "Electronic care planning"
  • Frankston-Mornington Peninsula – "Coordinating and strengthening aged care service on the Mornington Peninsula"
Register by July 23rd for this free event.
Reform of the Primary Health Sector: Enhancing the capability for integration?
One Day Forum hosted by the National Primary and Community Health Network and Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing at La Trobe University. The forum is an opportunity to hear prominent speakers provide an update on health reform and reflect on its impact.

Speakers include:
  • Mark Booth, First Assistant Secretary, Primary and Mental Health Care Division, Commonwealth Department of Health;
  • Dr Petra Bywood, Primary Health Care Research and Information Service;
  • Professor Hal Swerissen, Grattan Institute and
  • Dr Beth Wilson formerly Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner

The program also includes opportunities for interactive panel discussions with state government representatives and national peak bodies.

31 July, Melbourne Marriot Hotel, $155 (includes GST)

The Forum will be of interest to health professionals, administrators, policy makers, peak bodies, academics and consumers of primary and community health services.

Jenny Macmillan Phone: (03) 9479 1772 or email: j.macmillan@latrobe.edu.au

For more PCH Network information.
5 day Health Promotion Short course
The Monash University Short Course in Health Promotion is provided to meet the growing demand for health promotion in organisations and communities in the public, private and not for profit sector. In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice. In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice. Participants will have the opportunity to network and share experiences with people with similar interests. The course will be discussion focussed using examples from practice for practical applications of the concepts and frameworks covered in the course.

Course details:
Dates: 14th -18th July 2014 or 24th- 28th November 2014
Venue: Monash Conference Centre
Registration cost: $1300.00

For more information or to registger contact Priya Devadason med-hp.shortcourse@monash.edu
Farm Safety Forum: "Keeping kids free from harm on the farm."
Please join the Royal Children's Hospital Safety Centre in this multidisciplinary forum where we will provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing challenges in keeping children and youth free from injury in the rural community. We will also investigate the strategies and identify what further work needs to be done to protect children on farms.

Program promises to be both interesting and enlightening.

Held on Friday 15 August 2014
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ella Latham Auditorium at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Post Launch Forum: Advance Care Planning - Have the Conversation A Strategy for Victorian Health Services 2014-2018
Advance care planning: have the conversation; A strategy for Victorian health services 2014 - 2018 was released on Sunday 16 March by the Honourable David Davis, Minister for Health.

In a first for Victoria, the strategy outlines an approach to implementing advance care planning within health services. This forum will be an opportunity to better understand the priority actions outlined in the strategy, hear about the resources being developed throughout the state and network with other health services.

Date: Tuesday 15 July
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm (Registration from 9.30am)
Venue: The State Library of Victoria, (The Courtyard) 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Please register your attendance online.

June 2014

Primary Health News - Feedback Required
The Primary Health News is currently being reviewed. We are interested in hearing your feedback on Primary Health News including any recommendations for improvement.

Feedback can be provided via this short survey until Friday June 27th 2014. The survey should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Band 2 and Band 3 Health Condition Support Grants 2014–2015 funding round
The 2014–2015 funding round for the Band 2 and Band 3 Health Condition Support Grants opened on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

The Health Condition Support Grants Program supports and strengthens the work of health condition-specific peer support groups and organisations.

Band 2 grants are between $5,000 and $50,000 per annum, and support a range of peer support activities for specific health conditions. 

Band 3 grants are between $50,000 and $100,000 per annum, and support strategic and systemic capacity–building approaches in peer support.

The advertised call for submissions as well as general information can be found at the website.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Monday, 30 June 2014.

Peak bodies, groups and organisations working with health condition-specific peer support are eligible to apply.

For more information contact Fiona Gallagher on 03 9096 7926
Training Course in Patient Advocacy
The Patient Advocate Training Course provides practical and educational assistance for people wishing to learn about the field of patient advocacy, or seeking to improve the effectiveness of their advocacy skills for use within their current health care role. 

The role of patient advocacy is to understand the needs of the patient and provide care in a way that is efficient and effective, with the objective of helping to assist that person to achieve the optimal health outcome available to them - while optimising health care resources that are already in place.

The Training Course is flexibly delivered and comprises eight online modules (with assessment exercises), a weekend ‘in-person’ seminar and a final assessment.

Enrolments are now open for 2014 Courses. For more information and to request a Course Outline visit the website.

Enquiries: Cathie Agg email: cathie@patientadvocateintitute.com.au or phone: 0425 720 763
Reform of the Primary Health Care Sector: Enhancing the capability for integration?
One Day Forum hosted by the National Primary and Community Health Network and Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing at La Trobe University. The forum is an opportunity to hear prominent speakers provide an update on health reform and reflect on its impact.

Speakers include:
  • Mark Booth, First Assistant Secretary, Primary and Mental Health Care Division, Commonwealth Department of Health;
  • Dr Petra Bywood, Primary Health Care Research and Information Service;
  • Professor Hal Swerissen, Grattan Institute and
  • Dr Beth Wilson formerly Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner
The program also includes opportunities for interactive panel discussions with state government representatives and national peak bodies.

31 July, Melbourne Marriot Hotel, $155 (includes GST)

The Forum will be of interest to health professionals, administrators, policy makers, peak bodies, academics and consumers of primary and community health services.

Jenny Macmillan Phone: (03) 9479 1772 or email: j.macmillan@latrobe.edu.au
For more information please visit Primary and Community Health Network.
5 day Health Promotion Short course
The Monash University Short Course in Health Promotion is provided to meet the growing demand for health promotion in organisations and communities in the public, private and not for profit sector. In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice. In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice. Participants will have the opportunity to network and share experiences with people with similar interests. The course will be discussion focussed using examples from practice for practical applications of the concepts and frameworks covered in the course.

Course details:
Dates: 14th -18th July 2014 or 24th- 28th November 2014
Venue: Monash Conference Centre
Registration cost: $1300.00
For more information or to registger contact Priya Devadason med-hp.shortcourse@monash.edu
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu/epidemiology/ghsu/shortcrse/
Farm Safety Forum: "Keeping kids free from harm on the farm."
Please join the Royal Children's Hospital Safety Centre in this multidisciplinary forum where we will provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing challenges in keeping children and youth free from injury in the rural community. We will also investigate the strategies and identify what further work needs to be done to protect children on farms.

Program promises to be both interesting and enlightening.

Held on Friday 15 August 2014
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ella Latham Auditorium at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

May 2014

Primary Health News - Feedback Required
The Primary Health News is currently being reviewed. We are interested in hearing your feedback on Primary Health News including any recommendations for improvement.

Feedback can be provided via this short survey until Friday 27 June 2014. The survey should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Trauma-Focussed Psychological Therapy Training – Working with Adults
Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Adults
Presented by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, this interactive and skills-based training program comprises a two-day workshop and three follow-up consultations over a three-month period.

Date: June 26th and June 27th 2014
Location: Carlton

Participants will learn about and practise core skills involved in providing effective interventions for posttraumatic mental health problems arising from single and repeated trauma and disaster. The two-day workshop is enhanced by the use of video clips of expert demonstrations. A comprehensive package of practitioner tools and client handouts is provided. Following the workshop, small group consultations with an expert trainer will be provided via teleconference, to support you to use your new skills in your practice.

For further information contact Maria Humphries 03 9035 6303 and/or mariamh@unimelb.edu.au or visit the website
Trauma-Focussed Psychological Therapy Training – Working with Children and Adolescents
Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Children and Adolescents
Presented by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, this interactive and skills-based training program has been developed in collaboration with Australia’s leading experts in the field of child trauma. It is designed for experienced practitioners working with children and adolescents. It comprises a two-day workshop and three follow-up consultations over a three-month period.

Date: June 19th and June 20th 2014
Location: Carlton

Participants will learn about and practise core skills involved in providing effective interventions for posttraumatic mental health problems arising from single and repeated trauma and disaster. The two-day workshop is enhanced by the use of video clips of expert demonstrations. A comprehensive package of practitioner tools and client handouts is provided. Following the workshop, small group consultations with an expert trainer will be provided via teleconference, to support you to use your new skills in your practice.

For further information contact Maria Humphries 03 9035 6303 and or mariamh@unimelb.edu.au or visit the website
Health Promotion Short course
The Monash University Short Course in Health Promotion is provided to meet the growing demand for health promotion in organisations and communities in the public, private and not for profit sector. In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice.In this course participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice.Participants will have the opportunity to network and share experiences with people with similar interests.  The course will be discussion focussed using examples from practice for practical applications of the concepts and frameworks covered in the course.

Course details:
Dates: 14th -18th July 2014
24th- 28th November 2014
Venue: Monash Conference CentreRegistration cost: $1300.00

For more information or to registger contact Priya Devadasonmed-hp.shortcourse@monash.edu

  Health Promotion Short Course Brochure 2014
SCTT vendor survey
To assist agencies to know how their client management systems and electronic messaging systems support the SCTT tools the Department of Health is undertaking a vendor survey. The vendor survey also contains a number of questions on the implementation support offered to vendors by the department.

All vendors of client management systems and electronic messaging systems used by agencies working within the health and human services sectors are encouraged to complete the vendor survey online by C.O.B. Monday June 30 2014. Vendor’s responses to the vendor survey will be made public. A link to the survey is below.

Please click to the vendor survey.

If you have any questions about the vendor survey please direct them to partnerships.primary@health.vic.gov.au
Goal Directed Care Planning: Why, When and How!
The training is run over 1.5 days - a full day session and a 3 hour follow up session conducted approximately 2-4 weeks later.
Session 1 includes:

  • Best practice approaches to goal setting with clients and carers
  • Strategies to understand client’s needs and priorities and how to translate these into tangible goals
  • Effectively engaging clients and carers in GDCP (including clients who have dementia, communication difficulties or limited capacity for effective planning and decision making)
  • How to develop and document person centred care plans
  • An introduction to the organisational systems that support effective GDCP.

Session 2: A 3 hour follow up session (held 2-4 weeks later) allows staff the opportunity to review progress, discuss challenges and seek support and guidance about how to embed GDCP into their practice. This also includes a collaborative review of organisational tools and systems to support effective practice.

Fees: $3,500 + GST (For groups max 30 participant’s)

Targeted for Staff who are responsible for assessment, goal setting and care planning. Team leaders and coordinators who directly oversee staff responsible for GDCP

Further information from Kate Pascale 0402 036 024 and/ or support@kpassoc.com.au

April 2014

Survey of primary care health workers’ awareness and use of online mental health resources
eMHPrac (e-Mental Health in Practice) is a national initiative funded by the Australian Government to encourage the use of e-mental health resources in primary care across Australia. As part of this project, The Australian National University will be providing training and promotional activities for a wide range of primary care health workers including nurses and allied health.

Members working in primary care are invited to complete the first annual survey about their awareness and use of online mental health resources. The survey will inform the development and evaluation of promotional and training initiatives. Read more or participate in the eMHPrac survey at https://mentalhealth.anu.edu.au/emhprac-2014-survey

Participation is aimed at primary care service providers including; nurses and allied health.

Please contact Carmel Poyser or Andrew Staniforth, (eMHPrac Clinical Project Manager) if you have any questions or would like more information on the project.

Carmel Poyser
Email: Carmel.Poyser@anu.edu.au
Phone: (02) 6125 8411
Andrew Staniforth
Email: Andrew.Staniforth@anu.edu.au
Phone: (02) 6125 8367
Website: https://mentalhealth.anu.edu.au/emhprac-2014-survey
Eating Disorders Victoria - free workforce development
Eating Disorders Victoria has free workforce development opportunities for health professionals in the primary health sector. Eating Disorders are a serious and significant mental health issue and often go unnoticed and treated.

This session will provide information on Eating Disorders Victoria services including how to build the capacity of staff to support positive health outcomes for patients who are experiencing or living with an eating disorder.

Sessions are available to organisations in the primary health sector such as; GP clinics, Community Health Services and mental health services. If you would like to secure a session, places are limited so please contact Eating Disorders Victoria on the details below.

Katie Rogerson
Phone: 1300 550 236
Email: katie.rogerson@eatingdisorders.org.au
Workshop: Advocacy in Health Promotion
The workshop provides an introduction to advocacy, and situates advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It provides a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlights the essential elements of successful advocacy.

The workshop covers:
  • What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
  • Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
  • Developing an advocacy campaign
  • Techniques for advocacy – what to expect, practical tips.

This workshop draws on Women’s Health Victoria’s experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and advocacy during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.

Workshop details

Date: 20 May 2014
Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Registration

To register, please go to website.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

For further information, please contact Anna O’Hallaran on ph. (03) 9664 9300 or visit the website

Registrations - Health Consumers Leadership
Health Issues Centre will once again be offering accredited training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2014.

The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC) is a 3-day course and provides consumer representatives/leaders and health service staff with the foundation skills and knowledge to work in partnership in a range of healthcare settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health services personnel.

Dates: Tuesday, 3, 17 & 24 June (3 days)
Closing date for registrations: 2 May

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement (22092VIC) is a 4-day course which provides healthcare consumer leaders and health service staff with the advanced skills and knowledge to work collaboratively in a range of settings to provide strategic consumer engagement services to consumers, health services, and government and non-government bodies.

Dates: Wednesday, 21 May, Thursday, 22 May and Wednesday, 4 June, Thursday, 5 June (4 days)

Closing date for registrations: 18 April

For further information, please contact Suzie Markos on (03) 9664 9343 or s.markos@healthissuescentre.org.au or visit the website.

March 2014

Walk the Block - 2014
Mark the date: Do you want to increase walking in your organisation? Walk the Block 2014 will be held 20th Match with the aim to inspire Victorian workers to step away from their desks and onto their feet. Choose to walk with your colleagues anytime of the day, be it morning tea time, lunch time or perhaps for an afternoon meeting - the aim is to get outdoors and enjoy.

Register today to receive resources and inspiration to easily implement walking in your workplace on the 20th March and beyond. These resources will provide tips and ideas to assist workplaces to meet the Achievement Program Physical Activity Benchmarks, such as mapping walks around the workplace, taking short activity breaks throughout the day and conducting walking meetings.

Join in the competitions and win prizes for posting and sharing photos, for creating maps on walkingmaps.com.au and some just for registering!

To learn more go to http://www.victoriawalks.org.au/walktheblock/
Making the MBS work for you - A forum about MBS allied health service models in community health
This free event will provide information, ideas, strategies and valuable contacts to assist agencies to progress their MBS service models.

The forum will be held -

On: Thursday 27 March 2014
9.15am - 3.30pm
At:  12.30pm - 1.15pm.
489 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

The forum will cover information about:
  • strategies to strengthen relationships and engagement with general practice to increase referrals & imporve communication about client care
  • systems and processes that support MBS service models, including billing and management of client files
  • how other agencies are working through common issues in development and implementation of these models.

This forum is for staff working in Community Health Services, Medicare Locals, Primary Care Partnerships and other health professionals

For further information, please contact Lucy Nijam or Julie Sutherland, Networking Health Victoria
ph: 9341 5200 or email l.nijam@nhv.org.au or j.sutherland@nhv.org.au

The invitation, event summary, program and registration pages can be accessed via this link here
Summary Guide for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Primary Care
The National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recently released "The Summary Guide for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Primary Care 2013".

It presents key information from the 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (the guidelines) in a user-friendly format.

Electronic copies of the sumary guidelines and links to quality resources for the management of overweight and obesity can be found on the NHMRC website at this address.
GP Skin Cancer Workshop Sat 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2014
This workshop was developed by Specialist Dermatology Educators at the Skin and Cancer Foundation and Monash University and is suitable for GPs and GP registrars. The aim of this workshop is to upskill participants in the management of skin cancers in general practice.
  • Day 1: (Saturday 22nd March 2014) Lecture Program with expert teaching on dermoscopy and skin cancer management. (Cat 2 RACGP points pending).
  • Day 2: (Sunday 23rd march 2014) Interactive pigskin teaching program covering biopsy techniques, excisions and simple flaps and grafts (Cat 1 RACGP points pending).
  • Venue: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria
  • Cost: $1400+GST

The workshop will be coordinated by Dr Alvin Chong, Specialist Dermatologist and Senior Lecturer with experience and special interest in GP Education.

This workshop is for GPs & GP registrars.

For further information, please contact Dr Alvin Chong at email alvin.chong@svhm.org.au or Dr Heather Grusauskas. m: 0411 146 833 or e: heather.grusauskas@monash.edu or go to this website
Workshop: Applied Gender Analysis
This activity-based workshop is a step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. It aims to equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services.

 The workshop covers:
  • Gender key concepts
  • Overview of the social determinants of health
  • Gender analysis framework
  • Examination of data from the real world
  • Gender sensitive program planning

Workshop details

Date:    Tuesday 25 March 2014
Time:    9.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Registration

To register, go to here.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

For further information, please contact Pam Rugkhla Health Promotion Officer, ph: (03) 9664 9300 or email Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au or visit the website.
Workshop: Advocacy in Health Promotion
The workshop provides an introduction to advocacy, and situates advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It provides a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlights the essential elements of successful advocacy.

 The workshop covers:
  • What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
  • Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
  • Developing an advocacy campaign
  • Techniques for advocacy – what to expect, practical tips

This workshop draws on Women’s Health Victoria’s experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.

Workshop details

Date:    20 May 2014
Time:    9.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Registration

To register, go to here.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

For further information, please contact Jessica Malone on ph. (03) 9664 9300 or visit the website.

February 2014

SunSmart summer campaign
The Dark Side of Tanning (DSOT) campaign will be in its fifth consecutive year running in Victoria this Summer.

The DSOT campaign aims to increase awareness of the dangers of melanoma and tanning by challenging the misconception that a tan looks healthy and graphically illustrating how a melanoma can spread throughout the body. The message is educational and factual – it tells it to the target audience straight. Over the past four years, the DSOT campaign has strongly communicated the severity of melanoma and the health consequences of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

This summer the DSOT 15 second TV ads will spearhead the campaign, featuring on metro and regional TV commencing on Sunday 19th January.

TV will be supported by radio, print and online advertising. Print advertising will target popular Victorian holiday destinations highlighting that whatever the weather, Victorians should Slip Slop Slap Seek and Slide this summer and download the free SunSmart app for daily sun protection times. Radio advertising will feature across the Australian Traffic Network providing short, contextually relevant reminders about the importance of sun protection this summer.

The campaign will run until the end of February 2014. View the TV advertisements and find out more at sunsmart.com.au
MBS Webinar 2014
This MBS webinar will provide practical information on:

  • Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative
  • MBS items for Chronic Disease Management
  • Tips and strategies for effective general practice engagement.

Webinar details

The webinar will be held -
On: Wednesday 26 February 2014
At:  12.30pm - 1.15pm.

It will provide ideas and strategies to assist community health services to progress their MBS service model.

Registration

To participate in this free on-line event, please register.

For further information, contact Julie Sutherland, Networking Health Victoria  by ph (03) 9341 5246 or email j.sutherland@nhv.org.au

To view the flier for this event, go to here.
Women, Food and Physical Activity Workshop
This workshop will explore the impact of gender on women’s relationship with food and engagement in physical activities.

The workshop will cover:
  • Key concepts of gender as key determinants of health
  • The complex interplay between women’s health, body size, food and physical activity
  • How gender impacts on chronic disease and eating behaviours
  • Health promotion approaches that account for gender in these areas

Workshop details

Date:    Tuesday 25 February 2014
Time:    9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue:  Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Costs:  $99 Standard (incl. GST)
$55 Concession/Unemployed (incl. GST)

Registration

To register, please go to here.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

To download our training calendar, please go to here.

For further information, please contact Pam Rugkhla, Health Promotion Officer,
Ph (03) 9664 9300 or email Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au  or visit the website
Workshop: Applied Gender Analysis
This activity-based workshop is a step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. It aims to equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services.

 The workshop covers:
  • Gender key concepts
  • Overview of the social determinants of health
  • Gender analysis framework
  • Examination of data from the real world
  • Gender sensitive program planning
Workshop details

Date:    Tuesday 25 March 2014
Time:    9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Registration

To register, go to here.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

For further information, please contact Pam Rugkhla, Health Promotion Officer,
ph: (03) 9664 9300 or email Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au  or visit the website.
Workshop: Advocacy in Health Promotion
The workshop provides an introduction to advocacy, and situates advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It provides a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlights the essential elements of successful advocacy.

 The workshop covers:
  • What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
  • Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
  • Developing an advocacy campaign
  • Techniques for advocacy – what to expect, practical tips

This workshop draws on Women’s Health Victoria’s experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.

Workshop details

Date:    20 May 2014
Time:    9.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Registration

To register, go to here.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

For further information, please contact Jessica Malone on ph. (03) 9664 9300 or visit the website.
Tinnitus Seminar
Ringing in the ears, or Tinnitus, is a common problem. If you, or someone you know, is suffering from this debilitating problem come along to our inaugural Tinnitus seminar.

Learn more about tinnitus and how to manage it. Conducted by professionals with training in the latest techniques for managing tinnitus, this seminar is for those with tinnitus, friends and family.

Seminar details

Seminar to be held:
On;       Sunday 2 March 2014. 10am til noon.
At:        Better Hearing House, 5 High Street, Prahran 3181.
Cost:    $10.00

Limited places so BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL.

Registration

To register, go to here.

vFor further information, please contact Carol Wilkinson or Kathleen Pearce on ph: (03) 9510 1577 or email carol@betterhearing.org.au
Eating Disorders in General Practice
This comprehensive education session delivered by experts in the field will provide you with training to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of the different types of eating disorders
  • Understand how to diagnose eating disorders
  • Assess and manage physical risk in eating disorders
  • Recommend suitable treatment and referral options for eating disorder patients

Speakers

  • Michelle Roberton, Eating Disorders Senior Clinician (North East Region) Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders
  • Dr Catherine Lynch, Paediatrician, Adolescent Unit Monash Medical Centre

Session details

Date:    Wednesday, February 19th
Time:    6:30pm (registration) 7:00pm -9:00pm
Venue: Marngrook Room
Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local, 6 Lakeside Drive Burwood East VIC 3151
Cost:    Free

Registration

To register for the event, please phone (03) 8822 8550 or email jterron@iemml.org.au
RSVP by Friday 14 February.

This education session is designed for GPs, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, Psychologists, Mental Health workers, Allied Health staff and anyone who works in primary health.

For further information, please contact Josie Terron on ph. (03) 8822 8444 or email jterron@iemml.org.au

January 2014

Organisational health literacy
This workshop provides methods to embed organisation-wide health literacy strategies into systems, operations, planning and workforce development

19 February 2014
9.15am - 1.00pm

Health literacy is a state and federal health policy priority, and aims to improve individuals’ capacity to understand and apply health information. This workshop provides methods to embed organisation-wide health literacy strategies into systems, operations, planning and workforce development.

Workshop participants will be able to:
  • Identify organisational priority areas for health literacy action
  • Contextualise health literacy within cultural responsiveness, quality improvement and diversity planning requirements
  • Apply health literacy strategies relative to the organisation’s needs

Viv Fox
Telephone: (03) 9418 9929
Email: enquiries@ceh.org.au
Web: http://ceh.org.au/training/workshops
Allied Health Assistant Implementation Program
Applications for grants of $70,000 to establish the Allied Health Assistant Implementation Program (the Program) metropolitan sub-regional hubs are now open to all Victorian publicly funded metropolitan community health and ambulatory service providers.

The Program is being implemented across the state to assist health and community services to strategically position themselves to build their allied health assistant (AHA) and allied health workforce capacity for the future in a sustainable way. The program aims to increase the AHA workforce and utilise AHAs to their full scope of practice to increase allied health workforce capacity, make most effective use of highly skilled clinicians, improve access to allied health services and grow a sustainable allied health workforce.

The Victorian Department of Health (the department) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organisations in the departments three metropolitan regions to participate in the third stage of the Allied Health Assistant Implementation Program (the Program) which will identify opportunities to sustainably develop and grow the AHA and allied health workforce for the future.

Organisations are invited to form a sub-regional hub (a hub) and submit the attached EOI response template by 5pm Friday 31 January 2014.

Organisations are strongly encouraged to utilise established networks and relationships (such as primary care partnerships) in developing submissions.

Successful applicants will receive a grant of $70,000 to support the appointment of a part time project manager and part time project officer. The project team will implement a consultation based change management methodology to develop strategic plans for integrating and incorporating the AHA workforce to meet community service delivery needs for each hub organisation.

More information regarding the Program, eligibility, selection criteria and the application process is available from the departments health workforce website.

Claire Brett
Senior Policy Advisor
Workforce Innovation and Allied Health
Telephone: (03) 9096 9876
Email: Claire.Brett@health.vic.gov.au
Website: www.health.vic.gov.au/workforce/reform/implementation-program
Subacute Stroke Care Forum
The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network is pleased to announce it will be hosting a forum on Subacute Stroke Care on Friday March 21st, 2014.

The theme of this free event is "Cognition, Communication and Community Integration" and will provide an opportunity for clinicians and managers to share learning about developments in subacute stroke care.

Further details about the proposed content of the event enquires can be sent to stroke.clinicalnetwork@health.vic.gov.au

On-line registration will be available to individual participants in late January/early February 2014

The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network look forward to your support of this event 09:15 am 4.35 pm Venue TBA
Australian Disease Management Integrated Chronic Disease Online Clearinghouse
The Integrated Chronic Disease Management Online Clearinghouse is a resource to support the work of all providers of integrated chronic disease management programs and initiatives.

The Clearinghouse allows practical resources and tools, plus brief explanations of their development and use, to be uploaded to a website by their authors where others can then search and access them.

The Clearinghouse provides a systematic and sustainable way for organisations implementing chronic disease programs and initiatives to access largely unpublished resources, tools and reports of work produced by other organisations providing chronic disease initiatives.

The Clearinghouse can be accessed on the ADMA website.

November 2013

SunSmart app for iPad makes the perfect companion for clinical settings
The iPad app provides an excellent learning tool for health professionals to demonstrate how students can adopt a balanced approach to sun protection.

It’s free to download and includes interactive features such as a vitamin D tracker, a sunscreen calculator, daily sun protection times, real time UV levels, alerts and more.

SunSmart is delighted to announce that our free smartphone app is now available for iPad and tablet devices.

The iPad app provides an excellent learning tool for health professionals to demonstrate how students can adopt a balanced approach to sun protection.

Features include:
  • A vitamin D tracker tool that allows GPs to examine their patients’ sun exposure patterns to help determine vitamin D recommendations.
  • A sunscreen calculator tool that patients can use to learn about the amount of sunscreen required depending on their clothing and UV level at their location.
  • Other features include a 7 day weather forecast, daily sun protection times and alerts, and real time UV levels at your location.
How does it work?
  • Download the SunSmart app from iTunes on your iPad and select your location in Australia.
  • Set up a sun protection alert and receive daily reminders of the times of day when sun protection is required.
  • Select to receive the alert at the time of your choice or at the exact time the UV is forecast to reach a level that can damage your skin.
  • Set a sunscreen reminder alert, so you know when to reapply.
To watch a video highlighting how the app works, visit web page

For more resources from SunSmart, visit website

Cairín Conway
Telephone: 03 9635 5271
Email: Cairin.conway@cancervic.org.au

Economic Abuse: The hidden cost of family violence
This presentation will explore what economic abuse is, how it impacts on women, and some of the measures we can take to address this issue. The presentation will also discuss projects by the Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and Women’s Health Goulburn North East in gathering evidence and responding to economic abuse.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013
4.00pm-5.30pm
Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Tanya Corrie and Magdalena McGuire, Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service Karen O’Connor and Rachael Duncombe , Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE)

The presentation covers:
  • An overview of economic abuse based on the evidence gathered in Spotlight on Economic Abuse, a research conducted by Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and Kildonan UnitingCare.
  • Tools for Change, a mentoring project run by WHGNE aimed at increasing the financial confidence and capability of women leaving domestic violence.
  • Keeping your Boat Afloat, a project aimed to build the awareness of financial abuse and the financial capacity of young women, women who have experienced or are experiencing family violence, and professionals working in the family violence sector.
  • No Interest Loan scheme which provides interest free loans for women on low income.
The seminar might be of interest to the general public and professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

Pam Rugkhla
Telephone: 03 9664 9300
Email: Pam.Rugkhla@whv.org.au
Website: http://whv.org.au/news-events/seminars

October 2013

Band 2 and 3 Health Condition Support Grants 20132014 funding round
The 2013–2014 funding round for these grants opened on Saturday 5 October 2013

The Health Condition Support Grants Program supports and strengthens the work of health condition-specific peer support groups and organisations.

Band 2 grants are between $5,000 and $50,000 per annum, and support a range of peer support activities for specific health conditions.  Band 3 grants are between $50,000 and $100,000 per annum, and support strategic and systemic capacity–building approaches in peer support.

The advertised call for submissions as well as general information can be found at the website below. The closing date for submissions is 5pm Wednesday 6 November 2013.

Target groups: Peak bodies, groups and organisations working with health condition-specific peer support

Partnerships and Primary Health Unit
Telephone: 03 9096 8467
Email: partnerships.primary@health.vic.gov.au
Web: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pch/icdm/band23grants.htm

Disability and Cultural Diversity Challenges Forum
Forum on Disability and Cultural Diversity – Challenges

The Migrant Settlement Committee (Eastern Region) and partners are currently calling for Expressions of Interest to attend the above event.   This free forum will focus on providing responsive services to people from non-English speaking backgrounds who also have a disability.

The forum details:
Location: City of Monash Council Offices, Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
Date: Wed 27th Nov 2013
Time: 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Cost: Free

Target audience
  • Policy makers and Board Members
  • Community Managers
  • Front-Line Staff

Twanny Farrugia
Telephone: 0412 107 734
Email: twannypac@gmail.com

Victorian Refugee Health Network Rural and Regional Survey
Rural and regional service providers have a chance to win a $100 voucher or donation to the charity of your choice, by completing a brief survey by following this link.

The Victorian Refugee Health Network (the Network) is reviewing its work over the last six years and planning for its future priorities and approach. As part of this, we are seeking an understanding of the reach of the Network into rural and regional Victoria. If you or your organisation provides any level of service to people of refugee and asylum seeker background, can you please assist us by filling in this very short survey (it should take one to three minutes).

If you complete the survey, you might win the survey prize of $100 voucher (your choice of Readings, Amazon or Coles Myer) or donation to the charity of your choice.

The results of the survey will be used by the Network to inform its support for rural and regional services in the next few years.

Click on this link to complete a very brief survey.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Tony McBride (0407 531 468).

Tony McBride
Telephone: 0407 531 468
Email: Tony McBride
Web: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7SQ99YT

September 2013

Service Coordination 2013 Survey
The Service Coordination 2013 Survey is an opportunity for health and social services to measure the level of integration and coordination practice in their organisation. The 2013 Survey will be conducted in September/October 2013.

In order to meet the needs of people who access our services, a coordinated and holistic approach to service delivery is required. This involves working within and across organisations, programs and sectors to ensure that people are able to access the range of services that best meet their needs for optimal health and wellbeing.

The Department of Health conducts a regular survey to measure the level of integration and coordination across a broad range of health and human services. The Service Coordination Survey is undertaken within the context of an ongoing quality improvement process and provides evidence for service and program reporting requirements, and accreditation processes.

The survey will identify services that are leading practice change towards well integrated and coordinated service delivery and those services that may need additional support. Following the close of the survey and analysis of the data, individual reports will be provided to participating organisations, benchmarking their service coordination practice against the regional and state-wide results.

How to participate in the survey:

Primary Care Partnership (PCP) member organisations: PCP staff will contact member agencies to advise on how to submit results.

Non PCP member organisations go to http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/coordination/2013survey.htm

The survey is open until 31 October 2013.

Shelly Lavery
Telephone: (03) 9096 1322
Email: shelly.lavery@health.vic.gov.au
Web: health.vic.gov.au/pcps/coordination/2013survey.htm

Cancer Survivorship in General Practice - A practical guide for Primary Health Care Nurses
Many cancer survivors require ongoing care for issues arising following cancer treatment. Cancer Council Victoria has developed a free online education module to assist nurses support patients living with cancer.

In Australia, 65% of people with cancer are still alive more than five years after diagnosis. Many cancer survivors require ongoing care for issues which arise as a result of cancer treatment. Cancer Council Victoria has developed a free online education module to provide primary health care nurses with the skills and knowledge they need to support patients living with a cancer diagnosis.

Following the education nurses will be able to:
  • Understand statistics for cancer survivorship in Australia and models for care in the primary health setting
  • Apply chronic disease management skills to cancer care Use needs assessment tools, team care arrangements and coordinate planned care for patients with cancer
  • Locate evidence-based tools and resources to support specific work with cancer patients
  • Educate patients and their families and carers on issues that may occur following treatment
  • Access services to link patients to appropriate care in the community

To access this module visit the Cancer Council Victoria website.

Robyn Wallace GP Program Coordinator, Cancer Council Victoria
Telephone: 03 96355049
Email: Robyn.wallace@cancervic.org.au
Heart Foundation resources to address delay in responding to the warning signs of heart attack among people from non-English speaking backgrounds
Available in 10 languages, the new resources have been developed to raise awareness of heart health and overcome some of the barriers people from non-English speaking backgrounds face during a medical emergency such as a heart attack.

The resources include:
The resources are available in Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

For more information or to order these resources call the Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 or email health@heartfoundation.org.au

Health Information Service
Telephone: 1300 36 27 87
Email: health@heartfoundation.org.au
Web: www.heartonline.com.au
Vital services are highly vulnerable under climate change
A recent report released by the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) outlines that climate change and extreme events will have significant impacts on the service delivery and operations of many primary health and community service organisations. Adaptation is required to maintain the level and quality of community service provided to socially and economically disadvantaged people, who are directly dependent on agencies’ support.

Researchers through VCCCAR from RMIT and Monash universities have worked with primary health and community service organisations around Victoria to better understand how their work is affected by a changing climate and extreme weather events and to support them in getting their organisation ready for climate change. The report details the following:

  • There are irrefutable links between climate change, human health and community well-being
  • Perspectives from the primary health and community service sector in Victoria obtained through over 70 interviews conducted across the State
  • The significant vulnerability of community service providers to climate change impacts, and the potential negative consequences for their clients, many of whom are already disadvantaged
  • These organisations require support now to increase their capacity to deal with current and future climate change impacts
The report points to a number of ways in which the community service sector could be better supported to adapt to climate change. Further work is underway with the project finishing towards the end of the year.

Report available from: www.vcccar.org.au/publication/research-paper/climate-change-adaptation-in-primary-health-and-community-welfare-sectors

Conversation article: http://theconversation.com/vital-services-are-highly-vulnerable-under-climate-change-17307   
Chief Investigator: Dr Hartmut Fünfgeld
Telephone: Ph: 03 9925 0916, Mob: 0435 025 588
Email: hartmut.fuenfgeld@rmit.edu.au
Cardiovascular disease risk prevention in primary care – using an absolute risk approach
The Heart Foundation (Victoria) in conjunction with Central Hume Primary Care Partnership and Ovens & King Community Health Service participated in a joint project to improve screening, care planning and follow-up for clients at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  The project was supported by the Victorian Department of Health.

The intention of the project was to act as a demonstration project to encourage adoption of CVD risk screening and management service pathways in other community health settings.

Download a copy of the summary report from the website.

Heart Foundation Victoria
Telephone: 9321 1530
Email: cvhvic@heartfoundation.org.au
Web: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/driving-change/current-campaigns/local-campaigns/Pages/Cardiovascular-disease-risk-prevention-in-primary-care.aspx

Workshop: Advocacy in Health Promotion
The workshop provides an introduction to advocacy, and situates advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It provides a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlights the essential elements of successful advocacy.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

The workshop covers:

• What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
• Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
• Developing an advocacy campaign
• Techniques for advocacy – what to expect, practical tips

This workshop draws on Women’s Health Victoria’s experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.

Workshop details:

Date:Wednesday 13 November 2013
Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Registration: http://whvictoria.eventbrite.com.au

Pam Rugkhla – Health Promotion Officer
Telephone: 9664 9300
Email: Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au
Web:  whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops/advocacy-in-health-promotion
Workshop: Applied Gender Analysis
This activity-based workshop is a step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. It aims to equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services.

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

The workshop covers:

  • Gender key concepts
  • Overview of the social determinants of health
  • Gender analysis framework
  • Examination of data from the real world
  • Gender sensitive program planning

Workshop details

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013 & Tuesday 25 March 2014
Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Registration: http://whvictoria.eventbrite.com.au/

Pam Rugkhla – Health Promotion Officer
Telephone: 9664 9300
Email: Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au
Web:
  whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops/advocacy-in-health-promotion

August 2013

Mental Health Tribunal appointment of registered medical practitioners 2014
In October 2012, the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, announced the Governments intention to reform the Victorias Mental Health Act 1986 and introduce new mental health legislation.

The new mental health legislation will establish the Mental Health Tribunal (Tribunal), which will replace the Mental Health Review Board. The Tribunal is a key safeguard to protect the human rights of people with serious mental illness.

The membership of the Tribunal will include registered medical practitioners with knowledge and experience in the treatment of mental illness.

General Practitioners with a knowledge of and experience in treating people with mental illness are encouraged to apply to become members of the new Tribunal.

The majority of Tribunal members are sessional and must be available for at least two days each month. Tribunal members are paid a sessional day rate and reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket expenses.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the information evening on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 570 Bourke St Melbourne.

If you would like to attend please contact Melissa Quinn on 1800 242 703 or Melissa.Quinn@health.vic.gov.au, and to have the flyer and additional information forwarded to you.

Graham Rodda
Telephone: 0417 853 334 or (03) 8608 5704
Email: graham.rodda@health.vic.gov.au
Web: http://www.mhrb.vic.gov.au/
New Department of Health hoarding and squalor publications for service providers
In Victoria a broad range of sectors and related services have been responding to hoarding and squalor situations, often in isolation from each other. For these circumstances, collaborative effort is required.

Service response is complex and often slow with many not reaching a resolution. An objective may be to ensure the safety for the person concerned and their dependants (including animals) and to minimise risk.

People of all ages including children, may hoard or live in squalor and can be found in any type of housing, living situation or environment. Circumstances surrounding cases involving hoarding and squalor are not defined by financial means nor a persons standing in the community.

The two publications:
  • Responding to hoarding and squalor - a key message statement (hard and soft copy)
  • Hoarding and squalor practical resource (soft copy only)

have been developed to provide a service response framework and to strengthen service system capacity to respond to such circumstances. The framework covers such elements as:
  • the difference between hoarding behaviour and squalid environments, where they intersect and why
  • placing the needs of the person and any dependents first
  • planning service responses with other services, while ensuring the person and their dependants are safe and risk is minimised
  • confirming common language, systems and tools
  • a question and answers section and case studies
  • information about types of services, what they do and how to contact them
  • providing a resources and contacts listing.

The publications and how to obtain copies can be found on: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/publications/hoarding.htm

Alison Beckett
Telephone: (03) 9096.7389
Email: aged.care@health.vic.gov.au
Web: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/publications/hoarding.htm
Nationally Accredited Qualification in Health Consumer Leadership enrolments for our 2013 course
Health Issues Centre will be once again offering these accredited, innovative training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2013.

The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC)

This 3-day course provides consumer representatives/leaders and health services staff the foundation skills and knowledge to work in partnership in a range of healthcare settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health service personnel.

This course is run twice a year in May and October, subject to numbers.

October dates: 9, 16 & 23 October 2013
Cost: $990 (inc GST)

Closing date: Friday, 13 September

Places are limited.
For further information including course outline and registration form please visit www.healthissuescentre.org.au

Tere Dawson
Telephone: (61 3) 9664 9343
Email: t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au
Web: http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au
Professional development for nurses in refugee health
Professional development for nurses in refugee health is a two-year program divided into themed modules. This program provides an overview of key areas of refugee health and wellbeing relevant to nurses working with people of a refugee background in a variety of settings.

Target audience: Nurses working with refugee background populations in a variety of settings.

A two day intensive Introduction for Nurses (Refugee Health Assessment and Care)
Date: October 24 & 25th at Foundation House
Cost: Free
For further information and booking: http://www.trybooking.com/CXUR

Refugee Children & Adolescent Health for Nurses, is scheduled on
Date: October 17th at Foundation House
Cost: Free
For further information and booking: www.trybooking.com/CXPC

Foundation House
Telephone: (03) 9389 8965
Email: Pdregistartions@foundationhouse.org.au
Foundation House seminars
Foundation House Learning and Professional Development is offering Evening Seminars, on Refugee and Asylum Seeker issues. You may be interested in one or both.

Anyone interested refugees or asylum seeker issues would benefit from these seminars, particularly those working in health, housing, counselling, material support and education.

Precarious Lives, Uncertain Futures
Migration status and safety issues for refugees or asylum seekers and their loved ones mean that uncertainty dominates the client experience. This discussion-based session aims to foster greater understanding of refugees and asylum seekers experience of uncertainty. We will explore and identify the ways clients experiences of uncertainty connect with workers roles, balancing input from the facilitators with feedback and reflection by participants.

When: 15 August, 4pm - 7pm
Where: Foundation House 6 Gardiner St Brunswick
Cost: $50
Booking: www.trybooking.com/CXNA

The Impact of Long term Detention
This session will provide an overview of current research, and explore the impact of detention and the asylum seeking process for refugee survivors of torture and trauma.

When: 12 September, 4pm - 7pm
Where: Foundation House 6 Gardiner St Brunswick
Cost: $50
Booking: www.trybooking.com/CXOT
Contact: pdregistrations@foundationhouse.org.au or (03) 9389 8965

For more information or for further Professional Development opportunities, go to Foundation House website: www.foundationhouse.org.au under Professional Development.

Kerry Munnery
Telephone: 03 9389 8965
Email: pdregistrations@foundationhouse.org.au
Web: www.foundationhouse.org.au

20 July 2013

Workshop with trauma expert Edna Foa
“The Nature of PTSD and its Treatment via Prolonged Exposure”

Professor Edna Foa, world leading trauma expert, and one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world, is coming exclusively to Melbourne to conduct a one-day workshop on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment.

Professor Foa will provide an overview of PTSD and the most effective treatments for a range of trauma-affected populations, as well as a summary of the evidence-based therapy, Prolonged Exposure. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions. Certificates of attendance will be provided.

When:               8th August, 9am – 5pm
Where:              Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost:                $395 (discounts for ASTSS members & students)
Target:              clinicians, researchers, policymakers, administrators and others working in trauma-related mental health
Register online at www.foamasterclass.com.au

Proudly presented by the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH).

Maria Humphries
Telephone: 03 9936 5141
Email: mariamh@unimelb.edu.au
Web : www.foamasterclass.com.au
SCTT 2012 technical specifications available
The SCTT 2012 technical specifications are now available on the department’s Primary Care Partnerships website. Links to the presentations from the vendor forum held earlier this year are also available from the website.

The sector and vendors are encouraged to work together to plan for and complete implementation of the technical specifications at the earliest opportunity.

Adrian Watson
Telephone: 9096 8041
Email: Adrian.watson@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/coordination/info_management.htm
Improving service access and understanding of female genital mutilation in Victorian communities
A new resource is now available to support Victorian professionals working in health service planning and policy development in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM). The three part report, called A Tradition in Transition, is the result of collaboration between Family Planning Victoria and RMIT University, with funding from the Department of Health.

Part One of the report is a literature review with information about FGM, the cultural traditions, the effects on health and wellbeing and the impact of migrating to Western countries. Part Two gives an overview of local and international prevention programs, with information about how these work towards change. Part Three is an online data set with the latest ABS data on communities living in Victoria that have come from practising countries, which can be searched by local government area or country of birth. A Tradition in Transition can be accessed free of charge via Family Planning Victoria’s website.

Target audience - This resource has been developed to support professionals working in health service planning and policy development.

Office of the CEO
Telephone: 03 9257 0128
Email: ea-ceo@fpv.org.au
Web site: www.fpv.org.au/fgmc
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria webinar low back pain
This webinar will discuss recent developments in key aspects of evaluation and management of nonspecific low back pain, presenting a synthesis of the latest research on an array of clinical topics and implications for practice.

Despite the epidemiological data indicating that low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, it is often seen as a trivial problem. It is one of the most common reasons to seek medical care and despite strong evidence for a minimalist approach to ‘medical’ management; a relative upsurge in the quantity and intensity of low back pain care in the developed world suggests that we have been led astray from the evidence on what is best for our patients.

Presenter:                     Prof Rachelle Buchbinder
When:                           Thursday 22 August 2013, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost:                            $30.00
Target audience:            health professionals and service providers in primary and community health and the aged care sectors

Programs Administrator, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria
Telephone: (03) 8531 8000 or 1800 011 041 (toll free)
Email: programs@arthritisvic.org.au
Web site: http://www.vision6.com.au/em/mail/view.php?id=1649066&a=31388&k=ab28aba
Nationally accredited qualifications in health consumer leadership and engagement enrolments for our 2013 courses
Health Issues Centre will be once again offering these accredited, innovative training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2013.

The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC)

This 3-day course provides consumer representatives/leaders the foundation skills and knowledge to work in partnership in a range of healthcare settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health service personnel. 

This course is run twice a year in May and October, subject to numbers.
Closing date:  Friday, 20 September

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement (22092VIC)

This 4-day course provides consumer leaders and health service staff the advanced skills and  knowledge to work  collaboratively  in a range  of  settings to  provide strategic  consumer  engagement   services  to  consumers, health  services  and government and non-government bodies. 

This course is run in August/September, subject to numbers.
Closing date:  Friday, 2 August

Places in both courses are limited.  
For further information including course outline and registration form please visit www.healthissuescentre.org.au

Target group: Consumer leaders and health service staff

Tere Dawson
Telephone:       (61 3) 9664 9343
Email:              t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au
Web site:          http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au

Women, food and physical activity workshop
This workshop will explore the impact of gender on women’s relationship with food and engagement in physical activities.

The workshop will cover:
  • Key concepts of gender as key determinants of health
  • The complex interplay between women’s health, body size, food and physical activity
  • How gender impacts on chronic disease and eating behaviours
  • Health promotion approaches that account for gender in these areas


Workshop
Dates:             Tuesday 6 August 2013
Time:                9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue               Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Costs               *$99 Standard (Incl. GST)
*$55 Concession/Unemployed (Incl. GST)
Registration      To register, please go to http://whvictoria.eventbrite.com.au/

Download our training calendar at http://whv.org.au/publications-resources/publications-resources-by-topic/post/women-s-health-victoria-training-calendar/

This workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government to better plan their services to respond to the particular needs of women.

Pam Rugkhla – Health Promotion Officer
Telephone: 96649300
Email: Pam.rugkhla@whv.org.au
Web site: http://www.whv.org.au/

20 June 2013

New online screen for alcohol and other drug problems
A new online screen for alcohol and other drug problems has been developed, and provides clients with a range of response options. This article explains how the screen might be useful in your primary health practice.

You may have come across clients in your primary health practice who are reluctant to seek help for their alcohol and drug (AOD) issues. Or you may have seen clients who are not aware that their substance use might be doing themselves or others harm. But how do you detect AOD issues amongst your client group and provide appropriate response options in a relatively short time-period when this is not the primary focus of your work?

Fortunately, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre have come up with a solution. As part of a project funded by the Department of Health, we have developed a new online screen for AOD issues. The online screen not only provides an indication of the severity of a persons problem, but also provides immediate personalised feedback and a range of response options. These include links to self-help materials, and telephone and online counselling, both of which can be accessed 24 hours a day.

The screen can be accessed from the website.

The screen only takes a few minutes to complete and contains standardised measures to detect AOD issues, psychological distress, and quality of life issues that a person may be experiencing. Over 800 people have completed the screen in a short period of time since it was launched. Feedback from those who have completed it indicates that people find it helpful and acceptable.

The next time you see a client whose substance use might be harmful, you might like to consider inviting them to complete the online screen. If they wish to seek help from an AOD service after completing the screen, referral options can be discussed after completing the screen, and the telephone and online services can support the referrals.

If you have any questions about using the online screen and how it might be incorporated into your practice, please dont hesitate to contact Dr. Michael Savic on michaels@turningpoint.org.au.

Michael Savic
Telephone: 8413 8457
Email: michaels@turningpoint.org.au
Website: http://www.turningpoint.org.au/Treatment/Online-Self-Assessment.aspx
Updated MBS Flipchart
The Victorian Department of Health has produced an updated version (April 2013) of the MBS resource entitled 'Summary of new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers: general practice and allied health' for primary healthcare agencies.

This resource, also known as the MBS flipchart, contains information on items related to chronic disease, mental health and children with a disability. The updated flipchart includes new relevant items, changes to existing items and revised rebate amounts current as at November 2012.

This useful resource presents summarised information on the applicability of relevant MBS item numbers to clients/patients and associated business rules in an easy-touse format.

Please note that it is not available in hard copy.

Diana Herd, General Practice and Service Improvement Team, Partnerships and Primary Health Unit
Telephone: (03) 9096 9838
Email: diana.herd@health.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pch/gpp/mbs/index.htm#flipchart
Cancer Council launches new National GP Portal
New one stop shop for GPs with the most up-to-date cancer information and resources start your search via Australias only cancer directory specifically for GPs.

The Cancer Council National General Practice Committee is proud to announce the launch of the Cancer Council National GP Portal.

This new national website is devoted to supporting GPs by providing the first comprehensive online directory of cancer information. Find all the latest news, evidence based research and resources on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Other exciting features of this online cancer directory include:
  • RACGP accredited professional development educational resources
  • clinical guidelines and position statements
  • state-by-state workshops and events
  • printable fact sheets for patients, and links to order printed resources
  • information for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • state-based clinical trials
  • current campaigns from Cancer Councils nationwide
  • monthly editorial by cancer experts on topical issues
  • online videos covering a range of cancers and cancer-related topics.

Feedback about the site is welcomed from users. Please email your suggestions to GP@cancer.org.au, or use the online form.

Cairn Conway, SunSmart Media & Communications Advisor
Telephone: 0406 524 562 / 03 9635 5271
Email: cairin.conway@cancervic.org.au
Website: http://gp.cancer.org.au/
Victoria Police and SupportLink Referral Framework Update
Victoria Police rolled out the SupportLink e-referral framework across Victoria on the 21st January 2013 and is now accessible to all police officers. The framework is helping to support vulnerable members of the community who are coming in contact with police in what we believe to be a significant early intervention initiative.

We want to take the time to share the significant growth and milestones achieved during this period:

Referral Updates:
  • Since the trial's commencement in October 2010, Victoria police have placed over 21, 000 referrals
  • 110 Community Agencies have partnered with Victoria Police across the state
  • An additional 40 Community Agencies are in the process of completing an MOU
  • Referral training is now provided at the Victoria Police academy to all new recruits

Victoria Police have engaged SupportLink to liaise with and manage the process of agencies accepting referrals via the e-referral system. Together we have presented at numerous Government departments, associated agencies and Primary Care Partnerships. Victoria Police welcomes expressions of interest (EOI) from agencies who feel that police initiated referrals fit into their business structure. An EOI can be obtained from the website below.

Victoria Police: A/Superintendent Bernie Jackson, Senior Sergeant Mark Pollard
SupportLink: Rosaria Grasso (State Manager)
Email: RTLINK-LIAISON@police.vic.gov.aurosaria@supportlink.com.au
Website: http://www.supportlink.com.au/
Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework training (also known as the CRAF training)
Half-day training in identifying family violence and responding consistently and appropriately to clients who are experiencing family violence including where to refer to and where to get further information.

The CRAF is Victorias statewide family violence framework and was developed through extensive consultation with specialists upon national and international research. It is used by family violence services including many agencies and sectors including housing, Maternal Child and Health Nurses, court registrars, police officers, Child Protection and family services.

Half-day Family Violence Risk Assessment training sessions are available for staff who will work with victims of family violence but who do not have responses to family violence as a core element of their role. These staff may need to undertake initial risk assessments with victims of family violence and refer clients to specialist family violence services.

This training covers:
  • shared understanding of family violence (including the impact of family violence);
  • use of Preliminary assessment tool to assess for presence of evidence-based risk factors;
  • safety planning; and
  • information sharing and effective referral

The training sessions are only available until the end of 2013. They are delivered across all regions of the state and are fully funded by the Victorian Government. A training calendar for July to December 2013 has been finalised and is available for enrolments.

Further information, the training calendar and enrolment forms are available online.

Contact: http://www.tafe.swinburne.edu.au/CRAF/contactandlink.htm
Training calendar and enrol: http://www.tafe.swinburne.edu.au/CRAF/calendar.htm
Heart Foundation launches HEART Online
Heart Education Assessment and Rehabilitation Toolkit (HEART) Online

Do you find it difficult finding up-to-date information for heart failure management and cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation? Heart Education Assessment and Rehabilitation Toolkit (HEART) Online is a national website that has been developed by clinicians for clinicians. It links health professionals to education and rehabilitation tools, such as evidence-based guidelines, templates, protocols, calculators, patient resources and videos to support best practice. For more information, please visit Website.

Health Information Service
Telephone: 1300 36 27 87
Email: health@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: http://www.heartonline.com.au/
New heart maps reveal Victorias heart attack hot spots
The Victorian Heart Maps are interactive maps which use the last five years of State Government health data to show how many men and women were hospitalised due to heart attack [both ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-STEMI (NSTEMI)] across Victoria by Local Government Area (LGA). It also features data on heart failure, unstable angina and on the risk factors associated with heart disease such as obesity and socio-economic levels in Victoria.

The Victorian Heart Maps are an important tool for the Heart Foundation and its work in preventing heart disease, and also for health providers and government to plan resourcing in areas with the greatest need.

The maps show that more awareness of heart attack and wider access to timely treatment and aftercare is needed across metropolitan and country Victoria to reduce the incidence of heart attack and heart damage due to heart attack. They also show:
  • The rate of heart attack (STEMI) in rural and regional Victoria is 37% higher than in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • The 10 local government areas with the highest rate of heart attack (STEMI) are in rural and regional Victoria.
  • Eight of the 10 local government areas with the lowest rate of heart attack (STEMI) are in metropolitan Melbourne.

Cardiovascular Health Programs
Telephone: 03 9521 1537
Email: cvhvic@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au/heartmapvic
Reduce Risk Live Well: for Greek, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese speaking communities
Free information sessions to increase awareness of common risk factors of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours for Greek, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese speaking communities.

Sessions are provided by Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Australia Vic, and the Heart Foundation who are committed to raising awareness and providing information to CALD communities on how to minimise the risk of developing three of the major chronic conditions that affect our society.

These free information sessions run for approximately 60 minutes and promote healthy lifestyle behaviours and increase awareness of common risk factors of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Topics covered include:
  • Risk factors for chronic conditions
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Quit smoking
  • Importance of visiting your doctor

Sessions are currently available in Greek, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese, and only available in metropolitan Melbourne at the moment.

Sessions are available for booking now.

Tara Henderson
Telephone: 03 9321 1515
Email: Tara.henderson@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: http://www.cancervic.org.au/other_languages/reduce-risk-live-well
Healthier smiles for Victorians
Healthy Together Victoria Action plan for oral health promotion 2013-2017, is a state-wide plan to improve the oral health of all Victorians.

Health Minister David Davis launched the Healthy Together Victoria Action plan for oral health promotion 2013-2017 on 27 May 2013. The plan focuses on five main action areas - partnerships and settings; oral health literacy; prevention and early intervention programs; workforce development; and oral health information and research.

The action plan provides a framework for whole-of-sector partnerships necessary to strengthen the oral health promotion system.

This plan will help broaden the scope of existing prevention work, and will include programs in early childhood centres and schools, residential aged care and disability settings as well as in a wide range of health services.

The plan also includes key statewide oral health promotion initiatives, new interventions and actions in the five main action areas.

Anil Raichur, Senior Project Officer, Oral Health Promotion
Telephone: 03 9096 5288
Email: anil.raichur@health.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/prevention/initiatives/oralhealthpromotion
Promoting the engagement of interpreters in Victorian health services
25 June 12:30pm: Adjunct Professor John Murtagh to launch Language Services research report at Foundation House

Foundation House warmly invites you to the launch of a research report "Promoting the engagement of interpreters in Victorian health services" on June 25th at 12:30pm at Foundation House, Brunswick. The report documents 18 months' of research and interviews with stakeholders. The event will be launched by Adjunct Professor John Murtagh, whose textbook General Practice is widely recognised as the most influential publication for general practice and primary health care in Australia. RSVP to Philippa Duell-Piening by email duell-pieningp@foundationhouse.org.au.

Target audience: Policy writers, health service managers, consumer advocate groups, government, professional associations, educators.

Philippa Duell-Piening
Telephone: 03 9389 8909
Email: duell-pieningp@foundationhouse.org.au
Website: www.foundationhouse.org.au
The 2nd International Emergency Care Symposium "Global access to emergency care: priorities and strategies"
International Emergency Care (IEC) is a rapidly growing field of interest in global health. It encompasses the work done by doctors and nurses in the evolution of emergency care systems in countries at extreme levels of development. Emergency care providers are collaborating across the globe to provide emergency care capacity development, emergency care specialty development and international disaster response.

The IEC Symposium is for:
  • Emergency Physicians
  • Emergency Medicine trainees
  • Emergency Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Medical students
  • Any health professional with an interest in global emergency health care

Cost:    Medical specialists: $250 per person (incl. of GST) - 1 day (either), $400 per person (incl. of GST) - 2 days
           Other: $150 per person (incl. of GST) - 1 day (either), $250 per person (incl. of GST) - 2 days
Venue: The AMREP Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Rd, The Alfred, Melbourne Vic 3004.

Catherine Pound
Telephone: 03 9903 0891
Email: Catherine.pound@monash.edu
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Evaluation - Forms and approaches, methods and tools
Evaluation is the structured interpretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of proposals or results. It looks at original objectives, and what is either predicted or what was accomplished, and how it was accomplished.

Who: This education session is geared towards those whom have not had extensive experience with evaluation.

Date:   Thursday 27th June, 2013
Venue: The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Road, The Alfred, Melbourne, Vic 3004.
Cost:   $75 per person (inclusive of GST) - VHQA member
           $130 per person (inclusive of GST) - Non-member

Dot Humphrey-Lesque
Email: vhqasn@gmail.com (this is checked daily)
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html

20 May 2013

Leading health groups call on Victorians to bone up on vitamin D knowledge
SunSmart, Osteoporosis Australia and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria are joining together to raise awareness around the importance of vitamin D for healthy bones and in the prevention of osteoporosis.

SunSmart Manager, Jen Makin, said: Vitamin D is crucial for bone and muscle development and in the prevention of osteoporosis, yet the Victorian Health Monitor Report revealed that over 50% of Victorians are low in vitamin D during winter.

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is two and a half times higher in winter (53%) as compared to summer (20%), highlighting the impact of seasonal variability in ultraviolet (UV) radiation on vitamin D levels. As the colder weather approaches, now is the time when Victorians need to start paying attention to their sun exposure and getting the balance right."

We are encouraging Victorians to get outside in the midday sun over winter and roll up their sleeves and expose their arms or legs to the sun. From May to August, its important that Victorians with fair to olive skin get approximately two to three hours of midday winter sun exposure to the face, hands and arms (or equivalent area of skin) spread over the week. Thats about 20 minutes a day. Sun protection is not required unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow, outdoors for extended periods or the UV index reaches three and above.

To help monitor sun exposure for vitamin D, SunSmart has developed a vitamin D tracker tool that allows users to find out if they are getting enough sun to help with vitamin D levels. The tracker is available on the free SunSmart app for smartphones and at sunsmart.com.au.

Cairn Conway, SunSmart Media & Communications Advisor
Telephone: 0406 524 562 / 03 9635 5271
Email: cairin.conway@cancervic.org.au
Web site: www.sunsmart.com.au
Heart Foundation Walking
The Heart Foundation partners with Area Coordinators to establish walking groups in their local community. Area Coordinators may come from health or community centres, councils or workplaces. Area Coordinator training will provide new Area Coordinators with the information and resources to implement the program in their region, so that they can start fun and sustainable walking groups.

This workshop will familiarise Area Coordinators with the program tools and resources and find out about ways of engaging their community in walking group activities.

Target Group: Health professionals and organisations who are wanting to facilitate and implement walking groups.

Where: Heart Foundation Victoria, Level 12/ 500 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Thursday 6 June, 2013, 10am 2.30pm
Cost: Free

Tara Henderson
Telephone: 03 9321 1515
Email:Tara.henderson@heartfoundation.org.au
Web site: www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking
Foundation House Trauma-focused Counselling Course
Foundation House Learning and Professional Development is offering a 2 day course in Trauma focused Counselling, in Brunswick.

This course is for people working as counsellors for clients including refugees and asylum seekers. Participants should also have completed an introductory Foundation House course, though if you have experience with refugee issues you can contact Serena Everill on 9489 8972 to discuss an exemption from the prerequisite.

Trauma focused Counselling is a 2 day course for people currently working as counsellors. It provides additional skills in working with refugee survivors of torture and trauma

Cost: $330.
Venue: Foundation House, 6 Gardiner St. Brunswick,
Dates: Thursdays 2 and 9 May, 9.30am 4pm

Kerry Munnery
Telephone: 9389 8965
Email: pdregistrations@foundationhouse.org.au
Web site: Please book through Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/CFOG
Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework training (also known as the CRAF training)
Half-day training in identifying family violence and responding consistently and appropriately to clients who are experiencing family violence including where to refer to and where to get further information.

The CRAF is Victorias statewide family violence framework and was developed through extensive consultation with specialists upon national and international research. It is used by family violence services and others including housing, Maternal Child and Health Nurses, court registrars, police officers, Child Protection and family services.

The Family Violence Risk Assessment training is for professionals in a range of sectors who may be providing support and services to clients who may also be experiencing family violence (for example mental health, drug and alcohol workers, nurses, allied health sector workers, as well as other areas such as counsellors, legal or disability service providers).

Half-day Family Violence Risk Assessment training sessions are available for staff who will work with victims of family violence but who do not have responses to family violence as a core element of their role. These staff may the need to undertake initial risk assessments with victims of family violence and refer clients to specialist family violence services.

This training covers:
  • shared understanding of family violence (including the impact of family violence);
  • use of Preliminary assessment tool to assess for presence of evidence-based risk factors;
  • safety planning; and
  • information sharing and effective referral

The training sessions are only available until the end of 2013. They are delivered across all regions of the state and are fully funded by the Victorian Government. A training calendar for July to December 2013 is being developed and will be posted on the website.

Further information, the training calendar and enrolment forms are available on http://www.tafe.swinburne.edu.au/CRAF/trainingdelivery.htm
PERSONAL ALERT VICTORIA eLearning Tool for Assessors
Personal Alert Victoria eLearning Tool is available for assessors and allied health staff of Community Health Services, HACC Assessment Services and Rehabilitation services

Did you miss the recent face to face training for PAV assessors?

Are you new to PAV assessment, or do you need to refresh your knowledge about certain aspects of the PAV service and assessment?

A web based self paced training tool has been developed to enable flexible access to training in PAV assessment, assist staff to make appropriate assessment decisions, and understand key assessment practices as well as the technical side of PAV. Its fun and intuitive and will complement existing staff induction.

Go to this link to start the training now http://elearning.health.vic.gov.au/pav/

Sonya Ellmers
Telephone: 0390968770
Email: Sonya.ellmers@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://elearning.health.vic.gov.au/pav/

23 April 2013

Lunchtime webinars: MBS service models
This 6 part webinar series provides ideas and strategies to assist Community Health Services to extend client services through Medicare using a team approach.

The Department of Health has provided funding to General Practice Victoria for the presentation of a series of webinars on service models supported by the MBS. Peter Larter, a primary health care consultant, will be presenting six webinars at lunchtimes (12.30pm – 1.15pm) on Tuesdays, beginning April 30th.

This is a unique opportunity for all agencies to learn more about the successful implementation of MBS service models or to update their knowledge on specific operational aspects.

The webinars are free and registration can be made online at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/127115727

Rosie Oldham, Internal Support Officer, General Practice Victoria
Telephone: (03) 9341 5224
Email: r.oldham@gpv.org.au

Get involved in MedicineInsight new research to improve general practice
NPS MedicineWise, a Commonwealth-funded, not-for-profit organisation, is seeking expressions of interest from general practices (including community health general practices) to be involved in an exciting new national program called MedicineInsight.

MedicineInsight will seamlessly collect non-identifiable patient information from existing practice software, providing for the first time, a long-term and comprehensive picture of prescribing and clinical activity.

Practices will benefit by receiving:
  • free tailored reports highlighting prescribing behaviour within the practice and population information
  • the opportunity to compare data and collaborate with peers across Australia
  • free data quality improvement training by NPS, specifically focused on the practices needs
  • NPS interventions aimed at improving prescribing behaviours, hosted by expert educators
  • group one credits toward continuing professional development
  • financial incentives.
If you are a practice of 3 EFT GPs or more and use either Medical Director v3 or Best Practice v1.8 or ZedMed v16, NPS would like to hear from you.

Target Group: General practitioners, general practice staff and management from community health services

MedicineInsight information line
Telephone: 1300 721 726
Email: medicineinsight@nps.org.au
Web: www.nps.org.au/medicineinsight
9th Annual Australian Disease Management Association Conference
Chronic Disease Management: Innovation, Adaptation & Evolution

Date: Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd August, 2013,
Location: Sydney, NSW
Deadline for Submitted Abstracts: 26 April 2013
Cost: Earlybird rate= $770
Target Group: Health professionals, clinicians, managers and senior professionals from Health, Aged Care, Community Care and General Practice, Policy and Administration as well as industry groups.

Helen Sinnott
Telephone: 03 9076 4125
Email: info@adma.org.au
Web: www.adma.org.au
Health and Community Services Survey: Cultural Competency
State-wide cultural competency needs analysis of the health and community services sectors involving an online survey and sector consultations.

The Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is undertaking a needs analysis of Victorias health and community service sectors to identify good practice, challenges and gaps in the delivery of services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Focus groups will be held with Primary Care Partnership networks and an online survey will be promoted to a range of health and community services across the state. The findings will be used to assist CEH to design tailored projects, initiatives and training programs as well as create partnerships with key stakeholders to strengthen culturally responsive service provision.

Please take the time to complete the survey by clicking on the link: http://tiny.cc/hsdsurvey. Your contribution is important as it will help shape the direction of CEH programs and the development of innovative initiatives to improve practice. By participating you will also have the chance to win a free place to a 2013 CEH training workshop of your choice. Please visit our website www.ceh.org.au to view our training program.

Key outcomes of the survey will be available on the CEH website later in the year.

Mary Gavranic
Telephone: 9418 9910
Email: Maryg@ceh.org.au
Web: www.ceh.org.au
Arthritis Victoria Tai Chi for Arthritis Leader Training
Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) is a modified version of Tai Chi designed to provide a gentle form of mind-body exercise to promote general health and wellbeing.

TCA was developed by Dr Paul Lam who led a team of Tai Chi experts and medical professionals in the development of the program. This leader training program enables participants to learn how to safely and effectively conduct Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) classes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Dates: Saturday 4 Sunday 5 May 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm, Elsternwick
Friday 14 Saturday 15 May 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm, Bendigo
Saturday 17 Sunday 18 August 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm, Warragul
Saturday 14 Sunday 15 September 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm, Elsternwick

Location: refer to www.arthritisvic.org.au

Cost: $412 (Refer to the Arthritis Victoria website for other prices)

Target group:
  • Health professionals (such as Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists)
  • Nurses
  • Fitness instructors
  • Tai Chi teachers and advanced Tai Chi students
  • People without a formal qualification in health or exercise who have current and comprehensive experience in conducting exercise classes under the supervision of a relevant health or exercise professional are encouraged to contact Arthritis Victoria to discuss their eligibility.
Programs Administrator
Telephone: 03 8531 8000 or Toll free 1800 011 041
Email: programs@arthritisvic.org.au
Web: www.arthritisvic.org.au
Living Well With Arthritis
Are you living with a chronic musculoskeletal condition? Do you want to develop the skills needed to improve your health?

This workshop will be of benefit to anyone living with a chronic musculoskeletal condition wanting to implement lifestyle changes. Friends, family and support people are welcome to attend.

This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the tools you can use to take control of your health. You will leave with some strategies to put your knowledge into action.

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2013
Time: 12:30pm 3:00pm
Registration: 12:15pm
Location: Arthritis Victoria, 263-265 Kooyong Road, Elsternwick
Cost: $10 Arthritis Victoria Members
         $15 Non-members

Programs Administrator
Telephone: 03 8531 8000, Toll Free 1800 011 041
Email: programs@arthritisvic.org.au
Web: www.arthritisvic.org.au
Current topics in hospital falls prevention: Accreditation standards, managing delirium, patient engagement and education
The seminar will focus on current topics in hospital falls prevention, including:
  • Managing delirium and cognitive impairment
  • Initiatives for preventing falls in the confused patient
  • Patient education, participation and engagement in falls prevention activities
  • An overview of the new accreditation standards for hospitals and understanding Standard 10, “Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls”
  • Tips for implementation the new standards in your hospital

Venue:        The State Library (Conference Centre), Entry to the Conference Centre is via
                  entry 3, which is located at 179 La Trobe Street.
                  http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/visit/how-get-here
Date:          Thursday 13th June, 2013
Time:          9:00am - 5:00pm (registration opens at 8:30am)
Cost:          $350 pp (incl. of GST) - Individual registration
                  $295 pp (incl. of GST) - Registration for 2 or more delegates*
                  *2+ delegates MUST register at the same time to receive discount (this cannot be processed retrospectively)

Target Group:          This seminar is aimed at clinical leaders in nursing, medical and allied health who are responsible for falls prevention.

Stacey Keenan
Telephone: 99030199
Email: Falls6pack.depm@monash.edu
Web: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Advocacy in Health Promotion Workshop
The workshop will place advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It will provide a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlight the essential elements of successful advocacy.

The workshop will cover:
  • What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
  • Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
  • Developing an advocacy campaign
  • Techniques for advocacy what to expect, practical tips
This workshop draws on Womens Health Victorias experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.
Date: 29 May 2013
Time: 9.30am 3pm
Location: Womens Health Victoria
Level 8/ 255 Bourke St Melbourne
Cost: $99 (incl. GST) standard rate or $55 (incl. GST) student/unemployed
Please register by completing and submitting an Event Registration Request via the WHV
website: http://whv.org.au/contact-us/event-registration-request

Please indicate any requirements for assistance such as attendant care, interpreting and any special dietary requirements.

Pam Rugkhla
Telephone: (03) 9664 9300
Email: Pam.Rugkhla@whv.org.au
Web: http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops/advocacy-in-health-promotion
Partnership Research Project addresses knowledge gaps in female genital cutting
North Yarra Community Health (NYCH), the University of Melbourne's Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society, Melbourne Law School and the Royal Women's Hospital have developed a collaborative partnership to develop a new research project to increase understanding about female genital cutting (FGC) and inform health services.

The project aims to address identified gaps in local information, for example on attitudes to FGC in Melbourne within new communities, and changes in peoples countries of origin in relation to FGC. Limited current data on the practice for communities in Australia has made it difficult to design and deliver appropriate health and support services.

Bich Ha, NYCH Manager of Health Promotion and Community Building, hopes the research project, engaging community members in Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy, will help contribute to more informed discussion about the issue. "We have been trying to get a better understanding of womens health needs in relation to FGC for a long, long time."

There's a clear understanding among the partners that it's not necessarily that women cant access the available clinical services, but these dont always meet patient needs. The projects partnership focus has gained strong support as a potential model for participatory community-based research, and will help all partners in addressing FGC-related health needs for women, using the projects research findings to inform contemporary health promotion programs and clinical services.

The Lead researcher for the project is Dr Cathy Vaughan, Lecturer, Centre for Womens Health, Gender and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Target Group: Health Practitioners and community agencies working with communities who engage in female genital cutting.

Maria Ibrahim,
Telephone: 03 9349 7333
Email: Maria.ibrahim@nych.org.au
Web: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/voice/getting-healthcare-right-for-women-affected-by-genital-cutting-20130404-2h8pb.html

15 March 2013

A guide for health professionals caring for women with female genital mutilation/cutting
A new guide is available to support General Practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals working with women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

GPs and other health professionals are working with migrant and refugee women that may have undergone a form of female circumcision or FGM/C, but lack specific knowledge about which women might be affected and how to start a conversation about this delicate topic and its impact on her health.

Nearly 98% of women and girls from Somalia aged 15-49 years have undergone a type of FGM/C. In 2006, there were more than 29,000 people living in Victoria who were born in countries that practice FGM/C and this figure is increasing.

While FGM/C often becomes apparent when impacted women are pregnant, the practice has health implications for affected women of all ages. It is vital that primary care health professionals are equipped to discuss it with their patients.

Family Planning Victoria, in consultation with other health providers, has written a guide for GPs and other health care workers who come into contact with migrant and refugee women to provide a better health service to a woman who has undergone FGM/C.

The resource comes in two parts: a concise desktop guide that outlines the different degrees/types of FGM/C, the countries and the extent to which it is practiced and tips on how to start up a conversation with women of all ages about FGM/C. The second part is Service Coordination Guide that offers more detailed information about FGM/C, where and why it is practiced, its legal status in Australia, and information about referral services.

To access a copy of the guide please contact Family Planning Victoria. Contact details below

Family Planning Victoria
Telephone: 03 9257 0100
Email: resources@fpv.org.au
Audit... why, using what and for what purpose?
The National Standards demand that quality managers and clinical leaders have good knowledge of tools and techniques for audit, and how to incorporate it in a clinical governance framework.  After this education session we anticipate that you will have enhanced skills to determine what needs to be audited and how to go about it.

Target audience: Quality Managers, Auditors, Health Information Managers, Clinical Heads of Department

Date:    Friday 22nd March, 2013
Venue: The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University,           
Level 6, The Alfred Centre, 'B' Lobby (via Centre Lane), 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne Vic 3004
Cost:    $75 per person (inclusive of GST) - VHQA member
            $130 per person (inclusive of GST) - Non-member

Victorian Healthcare Quality Association
Email: vhqasn@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Heart Foundation Heartmoves Training: 22nd-23rd March
Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program designed to be safe for people with stable long term health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and obesity. Heartmoves is also suitable for anyone who hasn't exercised in a while and is ideal for falls prevention. We offer training for fitness professionals so that they can modify their fitness programs to cater for participants who havent exercised for a while or are deconditioned.

Date: 22-23rd March 2013
Location: William Angliss Institute, 555 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $580/HCI funded
Target audience: Fitness professionals, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists

Kamilla Haufort
Telephone: (02) 9219 2479
Email: kamilla.haufort@heartfoundation.org.au
Web site: http://heartmoves.heartfoundation.org.au/
Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Health Consumer Leadership and Engagement Enrolments for our 2013 Courses - Now Open
Health Issues Centre will be once again offering these accredited, innovative training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2013.

The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC)
This 3-day course provides consumer representatives/leaders the foundation skills and knowledge to work in partnership in a range of healthcare settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health service personnel.

This course is run twice a year in May and October, subject to numbers.

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement (22092VIC)

This 4-day course provides consumer leaders and health service staff the advanced skills and knowledge to work collaboratively in a range of settings to provide strategic consumer engagement services to consumers, health services and government and non-government bodies.

This course is run twice a year in March/April and August/September, subject to numbers.

Places in both courses are limited.
For further information including course outline and registration form please visit www.healthissuescentre.org.au

Tere Dawson
Telephone: (61 3) 9664 9343
Email:t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au
Web site: http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au
Cancer Council Victorias Community Speakers Program
Volunteer Health Professionals Wanted

WHO: We are looking for volunteers who work in the health sector to represent Cancer Council Victoria.

WHAT: We need health professionals to deliver cancer prevention messages to community organisations, workplaces and business groups, with the aim of better educating the community on healthy lifestyle decisions to reduce cancer risk factors.

You will receive comprehensive training about the latest, evidence based cancer prevention strategies and screening programs, as well as information on the work of Cancer Council Victoria, and how we can service the community.

You will be offered ongoing support that can help expand your expertise and provide diverse professional development and networking opportunities.

Katie Rogerson
Telephone: 03 9635 5251
Email: Katie.rogerson@cancervic.org.au

15 February 2012

Launch of the 2013 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards
The Minister for Health Volunteer Awards is an annual program and is now in its fifth year. They are designed to recognise and pay tribute to the many Victorians who are committed and dedicated to volunteering in Victoria’s health and wellbeing sector.

Target group: Any organisation providing publicly funded health and/or wellbeing services utilising volunteers

Nominations are called for publicly funded organisations across the Victorian healthcare sector. Entries open on 25 February and close on 25 March.

The 2013 'Outstanding Volunteer Achievement' Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on 15 May by the Minister for Health.

Paula Marsh
Telephone: 90967742   
Email: volunteer.awards@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/volunteerawards/

Sub Acute Stroke Care Forum: Improving care for people with complex needs following a stroke
The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network would like to invite Primary Health clinicians working with people who have complex needs following a stroke to a 1 day forum.

The forum aims to provide an opportunity to improve outcomes for stroke survivors through smoothing the pathways and enhancing the connections between Sub Acute and Primary Care services.

The experience of clinicians working across the continuum of care is that supporting people with complex needs to achieve positive outcomes in their transition back into the community is challenging. This is particularly in the areas of mood, sexuality and intimacy, and longer term management.

Forum details:
Date:                            Friday, 1 March 2013
Time:                            9.30am to 4.00pm
Venue:                          Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Melbourne
Cost:                            FREE
Target audience             Sub Acute and Primary Health clinicians working with people who have complex needs, following a stroke

Registration is required.

Sonia Thomas, Program Manager – Victorian Stroke Clinical Network
Telephone:       9096 1297
Email:              stroke.clinicalnetwork@health.vic.gov.au
Web site:          For further information and to register please visit:
http://health.vic.gov.au/clinicalnetworks/stroke/sasc-forum.htm
Chronic Care- Training Needs Analysis Toolkit
The Chronic Care Training Needs Assessment (CC-TNA) Tool has been developed to assess knowledge and skills relating to the provision of chronic care. It collects data about non-clinical care offered by health providers assisting consumers with chronic conditions better manage their health and care. The CC-TNA Tool provides a mechanism for health providers and organisations to identify practice strengths and opportunities for professional development.

Uses for the Tool

  • Health providers – may use this Tool to identify their own training needs;
  • Organisations – may use this Tool to identify team training needs; and/or
  • Regional partnerships – may use this Tool to identify common training needs across organisations to inform regional or sub-regional workforce development planning.

Download the CC-TNA Now! Go to http://www.iepcp.org.au/chronic-care-training-needs-assessment-toolkit

Raymond Burnett
Telephone: 61 3 8822 8423
Email: info@iepcp.org.au       

Web site: http://www.iepcp.org.au/chronic-care-training-needs-assessment-toolkit
GP Skin Cancer Workshop Sat 23, Sun 24 March 2013
Two day General Practitioner Skin Cancer Workshop - developed by Specialist Dermatologist Educators at Skin and Cancer Foundation in Association with the Department of General Practice, Monash University.

Whilst dermoscopy is a most useful tool in differentiating between benign and suspicious skin lesions, it can be challenging to learn. Managing skin cancers (melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers) can also have its challenges.

Specialist Dermatologist Educators at Skin and Cancer Foundation, in association with the Department of General Practice, Monash University, have developed a GP workshop on Skin Cancer including Dermoscopy teaching and practical hands-on interactive sessions using pigskin.

This two-day workshop is suitable for all GPs and GP registrars,
Location: Monash University, Clayton
Date: Saturday 23/3/2013 and Sunday 24/3/2013
Cost:. $500+$50 GST for Day 1, $600+$60 GST for Day 2 and $1000+$100 GST for both days.

Participants can attend either day 1 or 2 or both days. Please note that day 2 is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.

Day 1 is a lecture-based program with expert teaching on dermoscopy and skin cancer management (12 Cat 2 RACGP points).
Day 2 is an interactive ALM, using pigskin (or equivalent), covering biopsy techniques, simple elliptical excisions and flaps and grafts (40 Cat 1 RACGP points and approved for a 1 day procedural grant in surgery).

This workshop is supported by SunSmart.

For queries, please contact
Pearl Noronha: + 61 03 9902 4495, pearl.noronha@monash.edu, or
Heather Grusalskas: heather.grusauskas@monash.edu or
Dr Alvin Chong: alvin.chong@svhm.org.au.

Web site: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/general-practice/news/cancer-workshop.html
Victorians adolescents and young adults are the focus of a melanoma awareness campaign this summer
From mid-December SunSmart is running the Dark Side of Tanning (DSOT) advertisements on television for the fourth consecutive season in Victoria and for the second season the Wes Bonny story will be played at cinemas and online.

DSOT is designed to challenge the myths around tanning and skin cancer by challenging the misconception that a tan looks healthy and graphically illustrating how a melanoma can spread throughout the body.

The television commercials will feature on metro and regional TV commencing on Sunday 16 December and will be supported by radio, outdoor print advertisement on trams, buses and ‘gateways’ to Victoria’s beaches.

The Wes Bonny story was launched in Victoria last summer. Wes Bonny was a young man diagnosed with a melanoma at 23 who died in March 2010, aged 26. The Wes Bonny story is an emotionally confronting testimonial campaign told by friends and family of Wes Bonny. It will appear at cinemas across the state from Thursday 20 December and will be supported by online advertising.

The Dark Side of Tanning and Wes Bonny campaigns complement each other. Dark Side of Tanning continues to build a platform of awareness of the dangers of tanning and the severity/nature of melanoma. Wes’s story personalises the issue, focusing on perceived susceptibility and young people’s ability to protect themselves from melanoma.

The campaign will run until the end of February 2013. View the TV commercials and find out more about UV, skin cancer, sun protection and vitamin D at sunsmart.com.au.

Cairin Conway
Telephone: 03 9635 5271
Email: cairin.conway@cancervic.org.au
Web site: www.sunsmart.com.au
Dr Sajeev Koshy receives Victorian Multicultural Commission Award for Excellence 2012
Plenty Valley Community Health wishes to congratulate Dr Sajeev Koshy, Clinical Director Dental Services on successfully being nominated to receive a Victorian Multicultural Commission Award for Excellence 2012.

The Award is a Victorian Government initiative and recognises the achievements and services of individuals and organisations that have actively supported cultural diversity and made a real impact in promoting harmony in our community.

Dr Koshy’s leadership and service to Dentistry is well recognised and this Award emphasizes his dedication and commitment not only to the clients of Plenty Valley Community Health but to the wider community for outstanding services to Victoria’s Multicultural Community.

Dr Koshy was presented with his Award along with other successful recipients at a ceremony hosted by the Governor of Victoria at Government House on 18 December 2012.

Ms Ros Russell, Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO
Telephone: 8401 1362
Email: Roslyn.russell@pvch.org.au
Gender, Food and Physical Activity Workshop
The Women’s Health Victoria new full-day Gender, food and physical activity workshop explores how gender impacts on some of the key women’s health challenges in Victoria today. It aims to increase the capacity of community and health promotion planners and practitioners to plan and deliver food, nutrition and physical activity strategies in their community. Women’s Health Victoria promotes a gender sensitive approach to program planning so that the different needs of men and women are effectively addressed.

Date:                20 March 2013
Time:                9.30am – 3pm
Location:          Women’s Health Victoria,
                        Level 8/255 Bourke st. Melbourne
Cost:                $99 (incl. GST) standard rate or $55 (incl. GST) student/unemployed rate

Target audience: community and health promotion planners and practitioners, women’s health services.

Bronwyn Upston or Rose Durey
Telephone: 9664 9300
Email:  Bronwyn.upston@whv.org.au
Web site: http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops
Issues Paper: Women and Genital Cosmetic Surgery
This Issues Paper critically explores female genital cosmetic surgery in the Victorian context: to better understand what it is, who is undertaking it, and their reasons for doing so.

The incidence of female genital cosmetic surgery appears to be increasing. This trend has been the subject of substantial analysis and opinion, but there is a lack of rigorous evidence on risks, efficacy, complications, and patient satisfaction. This Issues Paper considers how both individual and sociocultural factors are likely to contribute to the emerging trend, and how professional bodies, health professionals, and advocates might respond. It is intended as a starting point for further conversation, evidence-gathering, and action.

Target audience:
  • Health professionals
  • Women’s health
  • Community health
  • Health and social policy

Jessica Malone
Telephone: 9664 9300
Email: whv@whv.org.au
Web site: http://whv.org.au/publications-resources/publications-resources-by-topic/post/women-and-genital-cosmetic-surgery-issues-paper/

Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Health Consumer Leadership and Engagement Enrolments for our 2013 Courses - Now Open
Health Issues Centre will be once again offering these accredited, innovative training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2013.

The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC)
This 3-day course provides consumer representatives/leaders the foundation skills and knowledge to work in partnership in a range of healthcare settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health service personnel.              This course is run twice a year in May and October, subject to numbers.

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement (22092VIC)
This 4-day course provides consumer leaders and health service staff the advanced skills and  knowledge to work  collaboratively  in a range  of  settings to  provide strategic  consumer  engagement   services  to  consumers, health  services  and government and non-government bodies. This course is run twice a year in March/April and August/September, subject to numbers.

Places in both courses are limited.  
For further information including course outline and registration form please visit www.healthissuescentre.org.au

Tere Dawson
Telephone: (61 3) 9664 9343
Email: t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au
Web site: http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au
Free Introductory and tailor made student supervision training
Student supervision training available to health professionals and social workers working within the Northern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network Region (NMCPN)

Introduction to student supervision is a half day workshop teaches the fundamentals of being a student supervisor. It is suitable for staff wanting to get involved in student supervision or already involved and wanting to consolidate their skills. Topics covered include:
• planning for student placements
• adult learning principles
• fostering clinical reasoning
• supporting learners
• feedback and assessment

The workshop can be run within an organisation, or interested staff members may choose to attend one of the workshops held at the Broadmeadows Health Service:
28 February 2013
13 March 2013
3 April 2013
23 April 2013
15 May 2013

Target audience: Organisations in the Northern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network (NMCPN) region. This includes the LGA’s of: Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin, Yarra, Banyule, Moreland, Nillumbik and Boroondara.

Tailor made training
Project educators are available for consultation and delivery of training suitable to your organisation and staff needs. Tailor made training utilises modules from the highly respected teaching on the run program, developed by University of Western Australia and delivered face to face and through online learning. This training is suitable to participants who have baseline knowledge and prior experience with student supervision, but wish to explore particular areas in greater depth.

All training is free and available until the end of May 2013. This project is part of the Clinical Supervision Support Program and was made possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health, Victoria.

Jude Czerenkowski
Telephone: 83455539
Email: cssp@nh.org.au
Training available for Personal Alert Victoria assessment staff
New and experienced assessment officers from designated Personal Alert Victoria (PAV) assessment agencies are invited to PAV assessment training. 

This is part of an ongoing strategy to ensure appropriate assessment for Personal Alert Victoria.  The Department of Health has scheduled the training over March and April 2013.

Target audience: Staff of Community Health Services, Home and Community Care Assessment Services

Visit http://www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/services/pav/ to see the training session timetable and where sessions are being held in your area.

Sonya Ellmers, Department of Health
Telephone: 9096 8770
Email: Sonya.ellmers@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/services/pav/
Foundation House Seminars: Refugee and Asylum Seeker issues
Foundation House Learning and Professional Development is offering Evening Seminars in March, on Refugee and Asylum Seeker issues. You may be interested in one or both.

Target audience: Anyone interested refugees or asylum seeker issues would benefit from these seminars, particularly those working in health, housing, counselling, material support and education.

Precarious Lives, Uncertain Futures
Migration status and issues of safety for refugees or asylum seekers and their loved ones means that uncertainty dominates the client experience and their relationships with workers. This seminar will explore and identify ways of responding to refugees and asylum seekers who are impacted by ongoing uncertainty.

When: Wednesday March 6, 4pm – 7pm
Where: Foundation House, 6 Gardiner St. Brunswick
Cost: $50

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL: Please book through Trybookings: at www.trybooking.com/CGAH

The Impact of Long-term Detention
This seminar will provide an overview of current research and explore the impact of detention and the asylum seeking process for refugee survivors of torture and trauma.

When: Wednesday March 20, 4pm – 7pm.
Where: Foundation House, 6 Gardiner St. Brunswick
Cost: $50

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL: Please book through Trybookings at www.trybooking.com/BNLR 

Kerry Munnery
Telephone: 9389 8965
Email: pdregistrations@foundationhouse.org.au
Web site: www.foundationhouse.org.au

22 January 2013

Victorian Service Coordination Practice Manual 2012
The Victorian Service Coordination Practice Manual (VSCPM) 2012 defines practices which support Victorian service providers to work together in a coordinated way, to give consumers a consistent and integrated response. Copies of the VSCPM 2012 are now available for Victorian service providers.  

The VSCPM has been developed as a reference guide for managers responsible for leading and managing service coordination and for practitioners involved in the implementation of service coordination.

As part of a continuous improvement and revision process, the VSCPM has been updated in 2012 and aligns with the release of the Service Coordination Tool Templates (SCTT) 2012.  The VSCPM, its associated resources and the SCTT have been updated in accordance with a three year improvement cycle, to reflect the multitude of services participating in service coordination. This latest review involved consultation with a broad range of service delivery areas including Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, the disability sector,  mental health, family violence and homelessness sectors.

The VSCPM 2012 includes the following suite of resources:

  • Victorian Service Coordination Practice Manual
  • Good Practice Guide
  • Continuous Improvement Framework

The VSCPM 2012 suite of resources are available electronically on the Victorian Department of Health Website at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/publications/sc_pracmanual.htm

Please contact your local Primary Care Partnership to obtain a hard copy of these resources.

Grant Hamilton, Statewide PCP Executive Officer
Telephone: (03) 9389 2261
Email: GrantH@inwpcp.org.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/publications/sc_pracmanual.htm
Tool kit for MBS service models
A selection of resources have been developed by agencies/organisations involved in establishing MBS allied health/mental health service models.

These resources are useful to those community health agencies that are planning, or currently operating, an allied health/mental health service model supported by the MBS.

A substantial number of agencies have been funded by the Victorian Department of Health to undertake service development work based on opportunities available through the MBS. Over time, funded agencies, industry advisors and the Victorian Department of Health have developed a range of resources which can be used in the various stages of operating these service models.

A selection of these resources has been compiled and is known as the Tool kit for MBS service models. This kit is now available on the web (see web link below).

Diana Herd
Telephone: (03) 9096 9838
Email: diana.herd@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pch/gpp/toolkit.htm
Heart Foundation Walking
The Heart Foundation partners with Area Coordinators to establish walking groups in their local community.  Area Coordinators may come from health or community centres, councils or workplaces.  Area Coordinator training will provide new Area Coordinators with the information and resources to implement the program in their region, so that they can start fun and sustainable walking groups.

This workshop will familiarise Area Coordinators with the program tools and resources and find out about ways of engaging their community in walking group activities.

Who:    Health professionals and organisations who are wanting to facilitate and implement walking groups.
Where: Heart Foundation Victoria
            Level 12/ 500 Collins Street, Melbourne
When:   Wednesday 20 February, 2013  10am – 2.30pm
Cost:    Free

Tara Henderson
Telephone: 03 9321 1515
Email: Tara.henderson@heartfoundation.org.au
Web site: www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking
New SunSmart campaign targets Victorian blokes
Cancer Council Victoria today released new statistics revealing melanoma incidence rates among Victorian men continues to rise increasing by 2.5% per year during the last three decades but over the last two years, a decline across all age groups could indicate the beginning of a downward trend.

SunSmart Manager, Jen Makin, said: “Although we are starting to see promising signs of a decline over the last two years, the figures are still cause for concern. The fact that men are twice as likely as women to die of melanoma shows that they are not as good at protecting their skin in the sun and are presenting themselves to their GP at a later stage.”

“We know that some blokes think skin cancer can be cut out and it’s no big deal. But one damaged cell from that tan or sunburn can start a melanoma growing, which can quickly spread to your lung, liver or brain.”

To remind Victorian men to be sun safe this summer, SunSmart has launched a new radio campaign this summer.

“These ads remind blokes that skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and can be successfully treated, if found early. At any age, covering up and using sunscreen and checking your skin regularly can reduce your risk.”

“Enjoy the beach and the backyard barbeques but just to remember to Slip on a shirt, Slop on SPF, Slap on a broad brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunnies while they you’re at it,” said Ms Makin.

“We are also encouraging blokes to get familiar with their skin. Check for new moles, or changes in the shape, colour or size of the ones you already have. See your GP immediately if you notice any changes.”

The ads will air on 3AW over the month of January. For more information, go to sunsmart.com.au.

Cairin Conway
Telephone: 03 9635 5271
Email: cairin.conway@cancervic.org.au
Website: www.sunsmart.com.au
Stroke sub-acute forum 1 March 2013
The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network is pleased to advise you of an upcoming forum on sub-acute and community care for stroke patients with complex needs.

‘Managing the patient with complex needs post stroke along the care continuum - sub-acute to the community’.

Who:                clinicians working in Sub Acute Inpatients, Sub Acute Ambulatory Services and Community Health.            
When:               Friday, 1 March 2013, 9.30am to 4.00pm            
Where:              Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Melbourne

For more information please contact Rosa Rocca.

Rosa Rocca
Telephone: 03 9096 2017
Email: rosa.rocca@health.vic.gov.au
Free Introductory and tailor made student clinical supervision training
Student supervision training is available to health professionals and social workers working within the Northern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network Region (NMCPN). This includes the LGA’s of: Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin, Yarra, Banyule, Moreland and Nillumbik.

Introduction to student supervision is a half day workshop and teaches the fundamentals of being a student supervisor. It is suitable for staff wanting to get involved in student supervision or already involved and wanting to consolidate their skills. Topics covered include:
  • planning for student placements
  • adult learning principles
  • fostering clinical reasoning
  • supporting learners
  • feedback and assessment
The workshop can be run within an organisation, or interested staff members may choose to attend one of the workshops held at the Broadmeadows Health Service:

28 February 2013
13 March 2013
3 April 2013
23 April 2013
15 May 2013

Tailor made training

Project educators are available for consultation and delivery of training suitable to your organisation and staff needs. Tailor made training utilises modules from the highly respected teaching on the run program, developed by University of Western Australia and delivered face to face and through online learning. This training is suitable to participants who have baseline knowledge and prior experience with student supervision, but wish to explore particular areas in greater depth.

All training is free and available until the end of May 2013. This project is part of the Clinical Supervision Support Program and was made possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health, Victoria.

Contact the project team to register or to discuss your training needs.

Jude Czerenkowski
Telephone: 83455539
Email: cssp@nh.org.au

05 December 2012

Service Coordination On-line Learning Module
The Service Coordination On-line Learning module is now available for health and community services providers. This course has been developed by the Victorian Department of Health and the Primary Care Partnerships to support the practice of Service Coordination in Victoria http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/workforce/index.htm.

To achieve better consumer outcomes and gain organisational efficiencies we need an integrated health and human service system. Services need to work together if we are to provide Victorians with a streamlined, coordinated and effective approach to their care. This module provides participants with an understanding of person centred care including identifying needs beyond presenting issue, care planning, consent to share information, health literacy and supporting access to services.

This elearning module is designed for participants to improve their understanding of service coordination and reflect on how this practice is implemented in their organisation. Organisations are encouraged to use this module for orientation and professional development for their staff to enhance Service Coordination practice.  

Shelly Lavery
Telephone: 9096 1322
Email: shelly.lavery@health.vic.gov.au
Web site: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/workforce/index.htm
For consultation: Draft PCP Abridged Program Logic 2013-17
The Department is currently seeking consumer and sector feedback on the draft 2013-17 PCP Abridged Program Logic. Feedback is required by COB  Friday 21st December by email to partnerships.primary@health.vic.gov.au or by post (details in consultation document).

The Department is currently developing the PCP program logic to guide activity in 2013-17 and have released a Draft PCP Abridged Program Logic for 2013-17 for consultation (to be available at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/about/prr.htm).

Highlights of this document include: the abridged 2013-17 PCP Program Logic for consultation as well as proposed PCP Guiding Principles and Priority Health Conditions/Prevention Priorities. The final PCP Program Logic for 2013-17 is expected to be released following consideration of all feedback received in early 2013.

The Draft Abridged PCP Program Logic has been drafted to be complementary to other current policy initiatives including the Victorian Health Priorities Framework (2012-2022), national primary health reforms as well as current Victorian primary health directions and community health service improvement initiatives.

If you are experiencing any difficulties downloading the document, please email partnerships.primary@health.vic.gov.au and a copy will be emailed to you.

Carly Muller (Mon and Wed) on 9096 8593 or Paul Maher on 9096 7424
Email: Partnerships.primary@health.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/about/prr.htm
Tailor made student clinical supervision training
Free student clinical supervision training available to health professionals and  social workers supporting student placements within the Northern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network Region (NMCPN).

This is for Organisations in the Northern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network (NMCPN) region. This includes the LGA’s of: Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin, Yarra, Banyule, Moreland, Nillumbik.

Delivered by an experienced clinical educator, this half day workshop teaches the fundamentals of being a student supervisor. It is suitable for staff wanting to get involved in student supervision or already involved and wanting to consolidate their skills. Topics covered include:
  • planning for student placements
  • adult learning principles
  • fostering clinical reasoning
  • supporting learners
  • feedback and assessment.
Learning is experiential, highly interactive and includes small group work, role playing and group discussions. On completing the workshop participants receive a toolkit of resources for future reference. Flexibility exists to adapt the workshop to the particular needs of your staff and organisation. The clinical educator will discuss these with you prior to finalising the workshop content.

Training is available until the end of May 2013. This project is part of the Clinical Supervision Support Program and was made possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health, Victoria. Contact the project team for dates and further information.

Jude Czerenkowski
Telephone: 83455539
Email: cssp@nh.org.au
Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Disease: Emerging Evidence
Topics Include: Sedentary Behaviour & Physical Inactivity, the link between nutrition, lifestyle & disease, impact of sleep on health, oral health & chronic disease & diet as a risk factor in depression & anxiety

Target audience: Health Professionals

Date: Friday 22nd February 2013 (ADMA 1 Day Seminar)
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, AMREP, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road,
Prahran, Melbourne.
Cost: Registration $176 per person

Helen Sinnott
Telephone: 03 9076 4125
Email: info@adma.org.au
Website:http://www.adma.org.au/
Breast cancer screening - overview of the current evidence
The Cancer Council Victoria recently held an information session on breast cancer screening. The aim was to provide an overview of the current evidence on population breast cancer screening and over-diagnosis.

The presentation was filmed and it is available to watch on our website here: http://www.cancervic.org.au/for-health-professionals/vcog-page/vcog-blog/vcog-blog-2012/breastcancerscreening

Prof Dalllas English presented:
  • Part One:’ Does mamographic screening save lives'?
Dallas sited research in randomised control trials, case control, cohort studies and time trends.
  • Part two: 'Are women treated for cancer unnecessarily'?
Dallas explained over-diagnosis and over-treatment giving examples of studies and estimates from screening programs.

Esther Sadek, Project and Communications Officer
Telephone: 03 9635 5246
Email: Esther.sadek@cancervic.org.au
Website: http://www.cancervic.org.au/for-health-professionals/vcog-page/vcog-blog/vcog-blog-2012/breastcancerscreening
Advocacy in Health Promotion Workshop
The workshop will place advocacy and lobbying as legitimate health promotion activities. It will provide a framework and tools for developing an advocacy campaign and highlight the essential elements of successful advocacy.

The workshop will cover:
  • What is advocacy and how does it fit into health promotion practice?
  • Where should advocacy be targeted for the best results?
  • Developing an advocacy campaign
  • Techniques for advocacy – what to expect, practical tips
Target Audience: Health promotion professionals
Date: 30 Jan 2013
Time: 9.30am-3pm
Location: Women’s Health Victoria, L8/255 Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000
Cost: $99 Full, $55 Student/unemployed

This workshop draws on Women's Health Victoria's experience of advocacy to prevent the objectification of women in media and advertising, and during the campaign for abortion law reform in Victoria.

Register by Wednesday 23rd January at http://whv.org.au/contact-us/event-registration-request

Jessica Malone
Telephone: 03 9664 9300
Email: whv@whv.org.au
Website: http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops/advocacy-in-health-promotion
North Yarra Community Health launches History book
North Yarra Community Health launched its History book publication, “Missionaries, Radicals, Feminists: A History of North Yarra Community Health”, Thursday 25th October at its AGM.

Missionaries, Radicals, Feminists is the story of North Yarra Community Health (NYCH). Established by John Singleton in 1869 in gold rush Melbourne, the Collingwood Free Medical Dispensary was among the first of its kind in Australia, and drew on a ‘social model of health’. The mission provided medical and social services over the next 140 years along with radical political action and advocacy against poverty, homelessness, discrimination and substance abuse.

Singleton’s was the first place in Australia to employ women doctors and was associated with many other reforms in health care. Later amalgamations with Carlton and Fitzroy Community Health Centres created today’s North Yarra Community Health.

The book reflects the traditions, triumphs and struggles of a Community Health Centre in providing quality clinical services while building community trust and participation, enabling the empowerment of women, reducing barriers to care, and advocating for prevention and health promotion legislation.

The book was successfully launched at the NYCH AGM by Caroline Hogg, a former Minister of Health who has a long involvement in community health in Victoria. The book is available to buy from North Yarra Community Health for $20.00. Copies can be purchased in person from the Collingwood Site at 365 Hoddle Street, Collingwood, 3066, or via email at info@nych.org.au

Caitlin Phillips-Peddlesden
Telephone: 03 9411 4348
Email: c.phillipspeddlesden@gmail.com

05 November 2012

Using data to drive practice change and improve patient outcomes Seminar
This seminar has been developed to provide clinicians and quality staff with up-to-date information on best practice for using data to effectively drive practice change and improve patient outcomes. The seminar will address a broad range of clinical areas including intensive care, geriatric medicine and general medicine.

Who should attend: This seminar is aimed at clinical leaders in nursing, medical, allied health and quality staff.

Date: Thursday 6th December, 2012
Location: The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Rd, The Alfred, Melbourne Vic 3004
Cost: $299 per person (inclusive of GST) - Individual registration / $250 per person (inclusive of GST) - Registration for 2 or more delegates

Megan Ambrens
Telephone: 9903 0199
Email: Meghan.ambrens@monash.edu
Website: www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Women's Health Victoria Applied Gender Analysis workshop
The Applied Gender Analysis workshop is an introductory level one-day interactive learning opportunity with a focus on practical skills to equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services.

The workshop is recommended for practitioners in local government, community and womens health organisations.

Workshop topics
  • Gender key concepts
  • Gender and the social determinants of health
  • Understanding the power of data
  • Gender analysis processes
  • Employing a step-by-step approach to gender sensitive program planning

Date: 13 November 2012
Time: 9.30am 3.30pm
Location: Women's Health Victoria, Level 8/255 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: $99 (incl. GST) standard rate or $55 (incl. GST) student/ unemployed rate. Morning tea and lunch provided

Please register by completing and submitting an Event Registration Request via the WHV website: http://whv.org.au/contact-us/event-registration-request. Please indicate any requirements for assistance such as attendant care or interpreting and any special dietary requirements.

Pam Rugkhla
Telephone: 03 9662 9300
Email: whv@whv.org.au
Website: http://whv.org.au/
Women's Health Victoria Women and Food Issues Paper
The Women's Health Victoria Women and Food Issues Paper explores various aspects of womens health relating to food. These include the impacts of nutritional deficiency, the links between nutrition and chronic disease, women's roles in relation to food, how a womans relationship with food affects her psychosocial health and the socio-economic factors that impact on access to nutritious food.

Controversy exists in public health and health promotion about the approach and key messages that should be adopted in relation to food-related behaviours and body size to promote 'health' and prevent illness for women. This paper outlines various perspectives in this discourse and highlights some principles for managing health risks of public messages.

The Women and Food Issues Paper is available from the WHV website: http://whv.org.au/publications-resources/publications-resources-by-topic/post/women-and-food-ip/

Rose Durey or Bronwyn Upston
Telephone: 03 9662 9300
Email: whv@whv.org.au
Website: http://whv.org.au/
Heart Foundation Walking
The Heart Foundation partners with Area Coordinators to establish walking groups in their local community. Area Coordinators may come from health or community centres, councils or other workplaces. Area Coordinator training will provide new Area Coordinators with the information and resources to implement the program in their region, so that they can start fun and sustainable walking groups.

This workshop will familiarise Area Coordinators with the program tools and resources and find out about ways of engaging their community in walking group activities.

Who: Health professionals and organisations who are wanting to facilitate and implement walking groups.
Location: Swan Hill Town Hall, 53-57 McCallum Street (crn McCallum & Beveridge St)
Date: Thursday 15 November, 2012 10am 2.30pm
Cost: Free

Tara Henderson
Telephone: 03 9321 1515
Email: Tara.henderson@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au
Victorian Male Health Gathering
This two day conference aims to bring together individuals, services, agencies and organisations that are engaged, or with a keen interest, in the health and wellbeing of men and boys. It provides a wonderful professional development opportunity for staff within a range of agencies throughout Victoria.

Who: Organisations with an interest in male health and wellbeing activity.
Date 19& 20th November
Location: Hemisphere Conference Centre in Moorabbin.

Keynote speakers include Paul Henley (Pathways Foundation), Celia Lashlie (Researcher and Author on male adolescence), Gary Misan (Institute of Male Health & Studies) and Stu Willder (Western District Health Service). A number of other workshop sessions are included in the program with diverse themes such as:
  • 'Helping men rebuild after crisis'
  • 'Putting the spotlight on male help seeking behavious'
  • 'The Mens Shed Movement - where's it at and where's it heading?'
  • 'Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health'
  • 'How much is male socialisation a determinant of poor health outcomes for men?'
  • Learnings from male health promotion and community events'
  • 'Unsafe consumerism in male reproductive health'
  • 'Doing mindfulness - exercises to do now and teach later'

A services expo will also be held together with a number of networking opportunities. For all details including pricing, full program, venue and registration, please refer to http://www.malehealthvic.org.au/.

Brian Mier
Telephone: 0418 326 670
Email: info@malehealthvic.org.au
Website: http://www.malehealthvic.org.au/
Policies and professionals promoting mental health
A new mental health promotion policy guide has been released. This is a revised and updated edition of Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing: An introduction for policy makers (2010). The mental health promotion online MHpro has reached a significant membership milestone.

Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing - a guide for policy makers has been updated and reissued to reflect the latest data and reiterate the importance of broad cross-sectoral involvement in promoting all aspects of health. The guide encourages Victorian policy makers to consider the social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing or reviewing policy. The guide can be downloaded from: www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthpromotion/resources.htm

The mental health promotion online network MHpro reached a significant milestone in May, welcoming its 500th member. The network, established in 2010, enables professionals with an interest in mental health promotion to connect and gain access to the latest information and resources. In a recent user feedback survey, the majority of members found membership of the network useful in day-to-day work, and 80 per cent of members would definitely or probably recommend the forum to others.

Ming Ding (Senior Policy Officer, Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Department of Health)
Telephone: 03 9096 5035
Email: ming.ding@health.vic.gov.au
Websites: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthpromotion/resources.htm
                http://mhpro.health.vic.gov.au/login.asp?target=default.asp
Physical Activity for Older People Workshop
Presenting research-based evidence & recommendations on physical activity for healthy ageing including;
  • clinical & laboratory assessment methods
  • effects of community-based strength-training programs on functional status and quality of life
  • goal-setting
  • practical demonstrations of interventions such as Feldenkrais & Tai Chi.

Interactive workshop
Who: The workshop is important to all health professionals who provide care to community dwelling older people.
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2012
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Building 9, National Ageing Research Institute Ltd,
Gate 4, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville, VIC
Cost: $385.00 (Includes morning & afternoon teas, lunch and materials)
($20 discount for multiple registrations same organisation)

Lynette Bon (Register using combined Registration/Tax Invoice form)
Telephone: 03 8387 2148
Email: l.bon@nari.unimelb.edu.au
Website: www.nari.unimelb.edu.au (for registration form & detailed information)
Preventing falls in the hospital setting seminar
Researchers from the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety are currently conducting the worlds largest hospital falls prevention trialthe 6-PACK trial. In undertaking this project there have been many learnings about the challenges and facilitators to achieving successful falls prevention in the hospital setting. This seminar has been developed to provide clinicians and quality staff with up-to-date information on best practice for minimising falls and related harm in hospitals.

Who: This seminar is aimed at clinical leaders in nursing, medical and allied health who are responsible for falls prevention.
Date: Friday 7th December, 2012
Venue: The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Lecture Theatre, 75 Commercial Rd, The Alfred, Melbourne Vic 3004
Cost: $330 per person (inclusive of GST) - Individual registration / $280 per person (inclusive of GST) - Registration for 2 or more delegates

Jessica Callaghan
Telephone: 03 9903 0218
Email: Jessica.callaghan@monash.edu
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Missioncraft in Disaster Relief Operations Workshop 2013
Missioncraft is the art and science of preparing and conducting field operations. This 1-week intensive workshop presents best practices for health personnel in international disaster relief operations.

The workshop is offered to selected medical and public health professionals who deploy to disasters as full-time, field-based, hands-on providers. The workshop aims to enhance skill sets required in leadership roles such as organisational team leader or medical coordinator. It is designed for experienced professionals in pursuit of mastery, and is not intended for medical tourists.

Potential participants:
  • Health care workers with current board certification or specialty society fellowship in clinical medicine or public health
  • Disaster management professionals with authority to lead health teams from governmental (civil or military), nongovernmental, Red Cross, or UN agencies
  • Humanitarian professionals with 1 year or more of disaster field experience
  • Persons anticipating future deployment to disasters
For further information on where and when refer to http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html

Catherine Pound
Telephone: 03 9903 0891
Email: Catherine.pound@monash.edu
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html
Introduction of the new Loddon Mallee Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Service.
The aim of the new service is to provide a specialist palliative care service for complex patients to enhance their care in the Region by supporting current providers of Palliative Care Services.

In 2010-11 the Department of Health provided funding for the Loddon Mallee Region to establish a new Regional Palliative Consultancy Service. Aspex Consulting was contracted to consult, investigate best practice and suggest models for the new consultancy service.

Since January this year Bendigo Health has been working with a regional steering committee to establish the service and engage the team. It has been a very busy and exciting time and we are pleased with the progress of the service to date. There is still a lot of work to be done and the service will evolve as we progress with its establishment.

Our highly specialised and competent team consist of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Administrative Assistant and Project Manager. The Service has two sub-regions: Northern (Mildura LGA & Robinvale) and Southern (remainder of the LGAs in the Loddon Mallee Region). Team members will be contacting services in the near future to schedule an introductory visit from one/some of the team members to explain how the team can be accessed.

For further information please feel free to contact us on 54546262 or email lmrpccs@bendigohealth.org.au. We look forward to working with you all to provide an enhanced Palliative Care Service around the Loddon Mallee Region.

Lee McNally (Project Manager)
Telephone: 03 5454 6262
Email: lmrpccs@bendigohealth.org.au

10 September 2012

Victorian Seniors Festival - Celebrating 30 Years!
The Victorian Seniors Festival is celebrating it 30th year on 7 - 14 October 2012. Older Victorians will once again be spoilt for choice from amongst more than 1,000 events taking place across the State. The Victorian Coalition Government has funded each of the 79 Victorian councils to ensure that they can offer events in their local communities.

Highlights of this years Festival program include:
  • Opening day celebrations at Federation Square on Sunday 7 October
  • 'Celebrating good eating' events hosted by many local councils
  • Melbourne Festival Hub at the Melbourne Town Hall
  • Special 30th year Festival Hubs at Bendigo and Ballarat
  • A 30th year Celebration performance tour
  • Veterans Golf Classic
  • Tennis Victoria Open Door Days
  • Bowls Victoria Open Days


FREE copy of program - full details of Festival events are available from the Victorian Seniors Festivals 120 page program, available from all Coles stores, libraries, your local council, neighbourhood Houses, University of the Third Age offices or Life Activity Victoria clubs.

You can also call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090 to request a copy of the Festival program be sent to you or visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au to browse the online Festival Calendar.

FREE public transport - to facilitate commuting to and from events, metropolitan rail, tram and bus services and regional town bus services will be free for all Victorian Seniors Card holders from 7 - 14 October 2012. There are also 5 days of free V/Line services for Victorian Seniors Card holders on 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 October 2012.

Seniors Information Victoria
Telephone: 1300 135 090
Email: seniorsfestival@health.vic.gov.au
Website: www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au
Everyone's Business - Workplace Prevention of Violence Against Women Workshop
This one-day workshop will inform the practice of primary prevention of domestic violence within the context of private business and the workplace. Based on Womens Health Victorias experience with its Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence© program1, the workshop will provide participants with the necessary theoretical base and practical skills to start planning and implementing their own workplace program aimed at the primary prevention of violence against women.

The workshop will cover:
  • The rationale for the primary prevention of domestic violence using the workplace as a setting
  • Considerations for designing, planning, implementing and evaluating your program
  • Ways of maximising engagement and sustaining relationships with business
  • Handling resistance to change


Participants will receive an Everyones Business workplace program guide and membership of a newly established Everyones Business community of practice for ongoing support.

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2012
Time: 9.30am 3.00pm
Location: Womens Health Victoria, Level 8/ 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

Cost: $99 (incl. GST) standard rate or $55 (incl. GST) student / unemployed rate.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Rose Durey
Telephone: (61 3) 9664 9300
Email: whv@whv.org.au
Website: http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/workshops/everyone-s-business-violence-prevention
Online Learning Module for Practice Nurses
The Australian Practices Nurses Association Inc (APNA) and the Heart Foundation have worked together to develop an online learning module for Practice Nurses. The aim of this training module is to educate Practice Nurses about Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk assessment and management.

This online learning module is free for APNA members and will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The module has been endorsed by APNA, and builds on the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance Guidelines for the Management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk, released in May 2012.

Alice Houghton
Telephone: (61 3) 9669 7400
Email: education@apna.asn.au
Website: www.apna.asn.au/onlinelearning
Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Health Consumer Leadership and Engagement - Training Program
Health Issues Centre will be offering a number of training programs for consumer leaders and health service staff in 2012. Courses are being offered under the following streams:
  • The Course in Consumer Leadership (22095VIC) provides consumer representatives/leaders and health service staff the foundational skills and knowledge to work collaboratively in a range of settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement to consumers and health services personnel (commencing November 2012).
  • The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement (220929VIC) provides senior consumer leaders and health service staff the advanced skills and knowledge to work collaboratively in a range of settings to provide strategic consumer engagement services to consumers, health services, and government and non-government bodies (commencing October 2012).


Places in both courses are limited.

Closing date for registration: Friday, 28 September 2012

For further information, including training program details, outline of courses and to download a Registration Form please visit the website.

Costs apply. Group discount is available. Health services and organisations who have a group of 10 or more consumers or staff members wishing to do one of the courses can have it delivered on site for a substantial discount.

For further information, please the Health Issues Centre or visit their website.

Nicky Barry
Telephone: (6 13) 9479 5827
Email: n.barry@healthissuescentre.org.au
Website: http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au/
The Forgotten Cancers Project calling for Participants
Less common cancers account for 54% of all cancer deaths in Australia.

The Forgotten Cancers project that is being undertaken by the Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) focuses on the less common cancers, identified as: non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney, bladder, stomach, brain, liver, oesophagus, pancreas, endometrium, thyroid, gallbladder, small intestine and bone cancer, as well as other rare cancers. This project aims to better understand the causes of these less common cancers and deliver better outcomes for patients and their families. By discovering which lifestyle and genetic factors increase the risk of less common cancers, CCV hopes to generate information to inform better prevention strategies to reduce peoples risk.

In the past 30 years the majority of cancer research has focused on the five most common cancers prostate, bowel, breast, lung and melanoma leading to better understanding of what causes these cancers and in most cases, better outcomes for people diagnosed with these cancers. However, more than half of all cancer deaths are due to less common cancers.

Cancer Council Victoria is seeking participants in a survey on the 15 target cancers that have been identified as a priority to research over the next three years. Participants over 18 years of age who have had any of these less common cancers can take part in the study by visiting the CCV website and completing an online questionnaire.

Further information or hardcopies of the survey can be obtained by contact Cancer Council Victoria on 1800 068 289 or via email forgottencancers@cancervic.org.au.

Cancer Council Victoria Forgotten Cancers team
Telephone: 1800 068 289
Email: forgottencancers@cancervic.org.au
Website: www.forgottencancers.com.au

21 August 2012

Immunisation - Parents urged to get their two year olds free vaccine
The Department of Health is promoting the free, one-off dose of the improved pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar13®) to parents and carers of two year olds. The purpose of this free dose for toddlers is to cover those still in the age group considered vulnerable to pneumococcal disease who received all their pneumococcal immunisations before the vaccine was updated last year. The improved vaccine has been administered to all babies at their two, four and six month immunisations since 1 July 2011.

Pneumococcal bacteria can cause illnesses such as middle ear infection, pneumonia, bloodstream infection and meningitis.

Victoria's data shows 24-35 month olds are not receiving the vaccine. Parents are advised to arrange for their eligible toddler to visit their doctor or attend a council vaccination session as soon as they can as this free dose offer ends 30 September 2012.

If you have any questions please contact the Immunisation Section of the Department of Health.

Immunisation Section, Department of Health
Telephone: 1300 882 008 between 9am-12pm and 2pm-3pm Monday to Friday
Email: immunisation@health.vic.gov.au
Website: http://ideas.health.vic.gov.au/resources-immunisation.asp
Victorian health policy and funding guidelines 2012-13
The Victorian health policy and funding guidelines 2012-13 has now been released. The health policy and funding guidelines articulate the performance and financial framework within which state government-funded health sector entities operate.

There are three parts to the Victorian health policy and funding guidelines: A copy of the Victorian health policy and funding guidelines 2012-13 is available as a PDF on the internet (weblink below). If you would like to receive this publication in an accessible format, please phone using the National Relay Service 13 36 77.

Funding & Information Policy branch, Department of Health
Telephone: National Relay Service 13 36 77 if required
Email: pfg@health.vic.gov.au
Website: www.health.vic.gov.au/pfg
National Stroke Week: 10 - 16 September 2012
The National Stroke Week is an annual event run by the National Stroke Foundation to increase peoples awareness about stroke.

1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Statistics indicate that every 6 seconds someone, somewhere, regardless of age or gender will die from a stroke. Stroke can happen to anyone but many strokes are preventable.

The National Stroke Foundation is urging all Australians to follow these 6 steps to reduce the risk of stroke:

  1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol
  2. Be physically active and exercise regularly
  3. Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now
  6. Learn to recognise the warning signs of stroke and act FAST

F.A.S.T is an easy way to remember and recognise the signs of stroke:
  • Face Has their mouth drooped?
  • Arms Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • Time Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 now
You can support the National Stroke Week and promote this vital message by holding a community event or activity during National Stroke Week.

Order a FREE Stroke Week pack online, which includes a list of activity ideas, or call StrokeLine on 1800 787 653.

Kristine Sparrow
Telephone: 1800 787 653
Email: strokeweek@strokefoundation.com.au
Website: http://strokefoundation.com.au/national-stroke-week/

2 August 2012

Public Consultation - Draft Skin Cancer Prevention Framework
A draft five year plan to improve coordination of skin cancer prevention efforts is now open for public consultation.

The draft Skin Cancer Prevention Framework 2012-2016 aims to establish ways in which the Department of Health, the health sector, private sector, researchers and local communities can work together over the next five years to reduce the incidence of and mortality from skin cancer in Victoria.

The draft framework is the result of several years of consultation and valuable input from key organisations and individuals concerned with skin cancer prevention in Victoria.

Statistics identify that "Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with two in three Australians being diagnosed with the disease before the age of 70."

The public consultation is open until 3 September 2012.

Feedback on the draft framework will help to shape skin cancer prevention, early detection and research activities in Victoria over the next five years and beyond.

All interested organisations and individuals are invited to provide feedback on the draft Skin Cancer Prevention Framework. Access the document and consultation package online at www.health.vic.gov.au/prevention/skin-cancer.

Sally Doncovio, Senior Project Officer, Screening and Cancer Prevention, Department of Health
Telephone: (03) 9096 0399
Email: scpf.consultation@health.vic.gov.au
Website: www.health.vic.gov.au/prevention/skin-cancer
Victorian Public Healthcare Awards 2012
The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards (the Awards) are Victoria's most prestigious health Awards program and are proudly presented by the Premier of Victoria, the Minister for Health, the Minister for Mental Health and the Department of Health Secretary. The Awards are the Victorian Government's annual account of excellence and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver innovative, informed and effective healthcare.

The Awards program is strongly aligned with the Victorian Health Plan to enable recognition across all parts of the public healthcare system including health promotion and disease prevention, primary healthcare, secondary care and tertiary care. There are 17 Awards to bestow, including the Health Lifetime Achievement Award, Health Leader's Awards and Healthcare Innovation Awards. This is a great opportunity to nominate Victorians who are healthcare providers and celebrate their leadership, innovation and excellence in service.

When: Nomination is now open and closes on 27 August 2012

For a full list of awards and categories, please go to our website: www.health.vic.gov.au/healthcareawards or contact us at healthcareawards@health.vic.gov.au.

Don't miss this opportunity to enter the 2012 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards - celebrating home-grown and unique programs and extraordinary leadership - responding to Victorian healthcare needs, now and into the future.

Paula Marsh, Senior Advisor, Awards Secretariat
Telephone: (03) 9096 7742
Email: healthcareawards@health.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/healthcareawards/
Heart Foundation Walking
The Heart Foundation partners with Area Coordinators to establish walking groups in their local community. Area Coordinators may come from health or community centres, councils or workplaces. Area Coordinator training will provide new Area Coordinators with the information and resources to implement the program in their region, so that they can start fun and sustainable walking groups.
This workshop will familiarise Area Coordinators with the program tools and resources and find out about ways of engaging their community in walking group activities.

Where: Heart Foundation Victoria, Level 12/ 500 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Monday 13 August, 2012 10am 2.30pm
Cost: Free

For information on regional opportunities, please contact Tara Henderson.

Tara Henderson
Telephone: (03) 9321 1515
Email: Tara.henderson@heartfoundation.org.au
Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au
National Primary Health Care Conference 2012
The National Primary Health Care (NPHC) Conference "From Transition to Action: Integrating Primary Health and Social Care" will showcase the best in primary health care development and delivery.

When: Thursday 8th November - Saturday 10 November
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Varies, please check registration details

For more information, go to the web link provided.

Australian Medicare Local Alliance
Telephone: (02) 6228 0800
Email: nshepherd@amlalliance.com.au
Website: http://amlalliance.com.au/events/national-conference
Workshop: Introducing Medicare Locals - 15 August 2012
General Practice Victoria will be conducting a half a day introductory workshop aimed at providing an overview of Medicare Locals. This workshop will be of interest to organisations and staff who are seeking to strengthen their understanding of and links with Medicare Locals.

When: Wednesday 15 August 2012, 10.00am to 12.30pm
Registrations commence at 9:30am
Where: General Practice Victoria, Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053.
Cost: Free. Lunch will be provided following the workshop.

On-line registration via GPV's website: http://www.gpv.org.au/event_details.asp?view=15-8-2012&event=404

Megan Buick
Telephone: (03) 9341 5200
Email: m.buick@gpv.org.au
Website: http://www.gpv.org.au/event_details.asp?view=15-8-2012&event=404