15Jul 20

St John provides transport for testing

  St John Ambulance has been engaged to provide transport for members of the community, particularly vulnerable people, who are mildly symptomatic and do not have transport to access a testing facility. The service is also available to people who…

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15Jul 20

Building Nurse Capacity project

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) will open applications for the second intake of nurses for the Building Nurse Capacity project on Monday 3 August. The Australian Government funding is being provided to APNA to support the delivery of…

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15Jul 20

NSW border control

 In line with the NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020, which commenced on 8 July, people in Victoria must not enter NSW, unless authorised. Border control is necessary for the safety and health of NSW residents. NSW Public…

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14Jul 20

Join our team …

Gippsland PHN is part of a national structure of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia. Since 2015, Gippsland PHN has been committed to improving health outcomes for the people of Gippsland.  Our vision has been, and remains, a “Measurably Healthier…

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12Jul 20

Life! – helping prevent Type 2 diabetes

This week is National Diabetes Week  - an opportunity for Diabetes Victoria to highlight an important program it is helping to deliver. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and the Life! program can help.   Life! is a healthy lifestyle program funded by…

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09Jul 20

After hours GP helpline

The after hours GP helpline is an extension of the healthdirect helpline (1800 022 222). Callers to the healthdirect helpline during the after-hours period are assessed by a registered nurse who determines if they should speak with a GP within…

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09Jul 20

Survey to understand impact of COVID-19 on eating disorders

These unprecedented times of food insecurity, increased hygiene measures, closure of health and fitness centres and increased sense of uncertainty can trigger eating disorder symptoms.  However, there is currently no evidence on the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on…

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09Jul 20

CATCH program for Latrobe Valley

The Lifeline Call and Text Connect Here (CATCH) program is a Support program designed to benefit people who are facing circumstances that may make them feel overwhelmed and they would benefit from individual telephone support for a period of up…

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08Jul 20

Dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line

Beyond Blue has established a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line for the community to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic. As part of the Australian Government’s $74 million COVID-19 mental health package, $10 million has been provided…

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01Jul 20

Youth mental health support services through headspace Sale

Pictured (from left) are Charlee (Wellington Shire Youth Councillor), Brydie Bourke (Community Liaison Officer, headspace Bairnsdale/Sale) and Amy Goddard (Client Services Officer, headspace Sale) who are helping prepare for the specialised mental health support to be delivered online in late…

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26Jun 20

Yarning SafeNStrong crisis helpline – a national first

Responding to calls from the Aboriginal Community, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) has partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to launch a central ‘1800’ statewide social and emotional wellbeing helpline for Aboriginal Victorians. Yarning SafeNStrong…

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24Jun 20

Cancer won’t wait

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing concern that people may be staying away from their doctor, for fear of contracting the virus or not wanting to waste their GP’s time. While cancer is more common as we get older,…

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23Jun 20

Look after our Mob

“Having cancer can be a stressful situation, made more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s really important for our Mob that we take particular care of ourselves, stay isolated as much as possible, especially if you are 50 or over…

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19Jun 20

Dementia training and education for aged care staff

Dementia Training Australia and the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre both offer courses on dementia and dementia care that are accessible to all aged care staff. DTA delivers a range of free online educational resources and…

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17Jun 20

 The Australian Psychological Society has now implemented the first series of online training modules titled “Applied Mental Health in Residential Aged Care: Practical Program for Clinicians”. The online training, funded by the Australian Government, went live in early May and…

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17Jun 20

Webinar – racism and mental health

Mental Health Australia is holding a Mini Members Policy Forum to discuss racism and mental health with Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mohammad Al-Khafaji. The Mini MPF is on Friday 19 June from 1-2pm. Born…

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17Jun 20

Funding for headspace centres at Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi

 Gippsland Primary Health Network has welcomed funding from the Australian Government for headspace centres at Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi. The headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program is an investment of $152 million over seven years from 2018-19 by the Government to…

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16Jun 20

Digital Health webinars in June

The Australian Digital Health Agency is hosting the following webinars this month.   Electronic Prescriptions: Update for Nurse Practitioners When: Wednesday, 17 June - 6.30-8pm Australians will soon have the option to choose an electronic prescription as an alternative to…

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12Jun 20

HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Virtual Conferences

The 2020 Joint HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Virtual Conferences will take place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 November. The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) is committed to ensuring HIV and sexual health education continues in 2020 and beyond. Features…

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10Jun 20

Drs4Drs Support Service

Doctors and medical students around Australia now have access to free, confidential telehealth mental health services through the new Drs4Drs Support Service, which has been established by Doctors’ Health Services Limited (DrHS). The availability of a confidential, non-judgmental service that…

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10Jun 20

#lettertomyprecovidself – what you wrote

In Australia, only a few months ago we seemed to have lived very different lives, such is the pace of personal and social change that has happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic in such a short timeframe. Some weeks ago,…

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10Jun 20

Mental health plan for small business

With many small business owners focused on trying to get their businesses through this difficult period and looking after their family and staff, they might not have prioritised their own mental health.  Creating a mental health plan is one way…

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05Jun 20

Ageing in PLACE comes to Gippsland

A new model of care will be introduced to Gippsland’s residential aged care facilities, giving older Australians an important opportunity to receive whole-person care that responds to mental health, physical health and social needs together. Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN)…

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31May 20

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information, support and connection to Older Australians. Older Australians, their families, friends and carers can FREECALL 1800 171 866 if they: would like to talk with someone about the COVID-19 restrictions and its…

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27May 20

In This Together – National Reconciliation Week 2020

Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June with this year’s theme ‘In This Together’. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the High Court Mabo…

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26May 20

National Sorry Day – an important part of healing

National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations.  Charles Passi, a Dauareb tribesman from the Mer Island group in the Torres Straits, and Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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19May 20

People with mild symptoms should test for COVID-19

Symptomatic testing is for people who HAVE respiratory symptoms such as fever or chills or a respiratory sickness (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of smell). Patients who have returned from overseas travel in the last fourteen…

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18May 20

Telehealth and digital health patient education

Bringing telehealth and digital patient education together to support patient experience and health outcomes is the topic for a webinar on Tuesday 26 May from noon-1pm. With the rapid rollout of telehealth services being driven by COVID-19, health services are…

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12May 20

Specialist bereavement resources around COVID-19

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has developed resources for health professionals and the community around COVID-19. These include: Social Support and Bereavement during the Coronavirus Outbreak Living in Uncertain Times Funeral Support and Physical Distancing Supporting Children during…

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12May 20

Best practice in supporting women with a disability

Women with Disabilities Victoria is invited Gippsland service providers to a ‘Our Right to Safety Resources Presentation’ on Monday 18 May from 11am-noon. The free presentation will promote best practice in supporting women with disability to recognise abuse, stay safe…

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11May 20

New resource offers support to smokers to quit

 A new resource hub helping smokers to quit has been launched to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) physical distancing measures and ahead of the looming influenza season. The resource offers information and advice to those…

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11May 20

Symptomatic testing across Gippsland

Symptomatic testing for COVID-19 will continue across Gippsland through primary care, hospital respiratory clinics and community health clinics, including some outreach capacity to ensure people with symptoms have equitable access to testing. The Victorian Government testing blitz over the last…

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09May 20

Webinar for mental health providers

Mental health providers can register now for a new webinar covering tips and strategies for using technology in your mental health consultations. Produced by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network, on behalf of the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance, you will…

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06May 20

Respiratory clinic testing numbers grow

The four new Federal Government funded respiratory clinics in Gippsland have seen increasing numbers of people with mild respiratory symptoms being tested over the last week. The Warragul Respiratory Clinic opened on 27 April and has been testing over 90…

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