17Jan 20

Gippsland PHN leading bushfire mental health response

The Australian Government’s comprehensive bushfire recovery package will provide immediate, short term and medium term mental health support for individuals, families and communities, including emergency services personnel, impacted by the ongoing bushfire emergency. Gippsland PHN has already started the process…

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15Jan 20

Free psychology appointments for Mallacoota via telehealth

Mallacoota residents have access to free psychology appointments, Monday – Saturday, and outside usual business hours, provided by Victorian Counselling and Psychological Services (VCPS).  The sessions are funded by the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) and do not have any…

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14Jan 20

Additional funding for bushfire-affected communities

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) will implement additional services as part of the Australian Government’s $76 million allocation for emergency mental health services for bushfire-affected communities. The Bushfire Recovery Access Program will provide immediate and ongoing free counselling and support…

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14Jan 20

Victorian Bushfires Case Support Program now available

The $14.4 million Victorian Bushfires Case Support Program is now available for people in fire affected areas including East Gippsland, Wellington and the Alpine region. The program also includes support for people who may have been impacted by the bushfires…

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13Jan 20

Health professionals can register with RWAV

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) is working closely with the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to ensure continuation of medical services in bushfire-affected areas of Gippsland. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has appointed RWAV as the health…

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09Jan 20

Managing workforce challenges during bushfire response

Hospitals and other health providers in East Gippsland and Northeast Victoria are experiencing staffing challenges due to the bushfires. This is expected to continue as the situation evolves. To support these health providers, the Victorian Department of Health and Human…

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08Jan 20

Information to assist seek out services

A range of organisations, including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) are distributing information to assist those responses through each phase of emergency management. This includes planning, response, relief and…

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07Jan 20

The role of Gippsland PHN during times of emergencies

The role of Gippsland PHN during times of emergencies, such as the current bushfires throughout East Gippsland, is to work closely with government agencies to ensure information related to general practice and other primary care services is collated and shared…

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06Jan 20

Locum support for general practice

Gippsland PHN is working in partnership with Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to facilitate GP locum support for general practice in the bushfire affected areas. The RWAV GP Locum Program is a service for rural general practices, the hospitals they…

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03Jan 20

Premier declares State of Disaster

Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a State of Disaster for six Local Government Areas and the Alpine Resorts, after considering advice from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Emergency Management Commissioner. The Premier is satisfied there is…

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03Jan 20

How Gippsland PHN can help

In light of the East Gippsland bushfires, we have reached out to our general practices and primary health services to gather information on how we can best support them at this time. We have asked the following: Has your service…

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02Jan 20

Support for primary health services in bushfire areas

Gippsland Primary Health Network has an important role to play in supporting our general practices and health services in the bushfire affected communities of East Gippsland. Our communities will need these vital primary health services now more than ever and…

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02Jan 20

Hampers make a difference to farming families

Above, Gippsland Farmers Relief Chief Executive, Melissa Ferguson, packing non-perishable goods to distribute to Gippsland farming families. Below, the collection depot in Traralgon.   Every month, up to 155 Gippsland farming families look forward to seeing a familiar car drive…

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16Dec 19
New Chair For Gippsland Primary Health Network

New Chair for Gippsland Primary Health Network

A leading health executive in Gippsland, Therese Tierney, will lead the Gippsland Primary Health Network. Ms Tierney, who succeeds Dr Sinead de Gooyer as chair, has had more than 40 years’ experience in the health sector, including chief executive officer…

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10Dec 19
Rich Stories From Gippsland’s Farmers

Rich stories from Gippsland’s farmers

A new cookbook, rich in Gippsland stories and recipes, aims to raise awareness around mental health issues faced by the farmers and food producers from across the region. With the support of a $30,000 grant from the Gippsland Primary Health…

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05Dec 19
Local Finalist In Victoria’s Premier Health Awards

Local finalist in Victoria’s premier health awards

Caption: Pictured is Latrobe Health Advocate, Jane Anderson (second from left), with (from left) the members of the Gippsland Primary Health Network’s Latrobe Health Innovation Zone (LHIZ) team, Megan Barnes, Lauren Sewell and Ashlea King at the VicHealth Awards. Gippsland…

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02Dec 19
Australian Charter Of Healthcare Rights

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

Your feedback is important. To support implementation of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter), you are invited to provide feedback on the draft consumer guide. The second edition of the Charter was released in August 2019. It describes…

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02Dec 19
National Obesity Strategy

National Obesity Strategy

Have your say! The COAG Health Council (CHC) is developing a National Obesity Strategy and it wants your input. ‘Have your say’ about the National Obesity Strategy from now until 15 December. It’s a valuable opportunity to share your own…

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20Nov 19

Primary Health Awards winners announced

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) announced the winners of the 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards at its Annual General Meeting in Sale on November 20th. The awards recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better…

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20Nov 19
A Key Player In The Primary Health Sector

A key player in the primary health sector

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) has cemented its position as a key player in the primary health sector for the region and this was celebrated at its Annual General Meeting in Sale on November 20th. In her final term…

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12Nov 19
Digital Health Guide Workshops

Digital Health Guide Workshops

Gippsland PHN is offering all General Practices and Allied Health professionals across Gippsland a complimentary subscription to the Digital Health Guide. The Digital Health Guide is a tool to make digital health safer and more accessible for healthcare providers, patients…

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11Nov 19

Workshop for mental health service providers

Gippsland PHN’s commissioned mental health service providers had the unique opportunity to come together to discuss future service improvements at a workshop recently. The workshop targeted commissioned mental health services providing services in the East Gippsland community. Participants used the…

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11Nov 19

Focus on end of life issues

An invaluable collaboration between services saw four regional education sessions held across Gippsland focussing on end of life issues. The Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium (GRPCC), Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) and Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service (GRPCCS)…

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11Nov 19

Important conversations around suicide prevention

The Bass Coast Suicide Prevention Community Forum highlighted an important shift in the willingness of our community to engage in constructive conversations regarding this critical issue, according to Cr Geoff Ellis. The Bass Coast Shire councillor was one of many…

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11Nov 19
Fluro Fun Raises Awareness Of Mental Health

Fluro fun raises awareness of mental health

Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association and Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Service celebrated Fluro Friday on 4 October as part of Mental Health Week. Kate Nunan, Counsellor - Mental Health Project Lead, invited Gippsland PHN staff to attend the event…

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10Oct 19

New measles cases in Victoria

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: General practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments  Key messages Two new confirmed measles cases have been identified in Victoria. The two individuals were infectious while attending multiple public areas across…

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04Oct 19
Nurse-led Care Program Proves Valuable In South Gippsland

Nurse-led care program proves valuable in South Gippsland

Throughout Gippsland, some small rural communities experience high rates of health disadvantage, combined with significant barriers to access care. For these communities, barriers to accessing care relate to the limited or lack of non-urgent patient transport services. This can have…

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04Oct 19
Collaborative Approach To Increase Screening Rates

Collaborative approach to increase screening rates

A Cancer Screening Collaborative Project that supports the design and implementation of quality improvement activities within General Practice is being facilitated by Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN). Funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone,…

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04Oct 19
Making A Difference In Residential Aged Care

Making a difference in Residential Aged Care

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) is partnering with Foster and Toora Medical Centre in Prom Country Aged Care to trial a new program, Mental Health in Aged Care, to identify the complex and varied challenges faced by someone entering care.…

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04Oct 19
Mobile BreastScreen Service To Return Soon

Mobile BreastScreen service to return soon

Urgent work required on ‘Nina’, the mobile BreastScreen van, has prompted the rescheduling of a visit to Orbost. An unscheduled interruption due to unplanned and urgent works required on ‘Nina’ forced BreastScreen Victoria to postpone the van’s visit. The service…

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04Oct 19
Research To Help Increase Latrobe Valley Cancer Screening

Research to help increase Latrobe Valley cancer screening

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) commissioned the research project to explore the factors that contribute to people’s participation in the national cancer screening programs. Currently in the Latrobe Valley, more than 5,000 eligible women are not up to date with…

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13Sep 19

New measles case in Victoria

Date issued: 11 September 2019 (Update to Alert issued 5 September) Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: General practitioners and hospital emergency departments  Key messages A new confirmed measles case has been identified in an overseas traveller returning…

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30Aug 19

New measles case in Victoria

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: General practitioners and hospital emergency departments   Key messages A new confirmed measles case has been identified in an overseas visitor.  This case is unrelated to the Victorian resident…

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06Aug 19
Gippsland PHN Community Snapshot – Now Available

Gippsland PHN Community Snapshot – now available

Gippsland PHN is committed to gathering data and information from many sources including the local community and professionals to identify the unique health priorities of our region. The purpose is to make informed decisions about the best ways to achieve…

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