06Mar 20

Be alert for poisonous mushrooms

Poisonous mushrooms, including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms, are currently growing around Victoria with this early growth has been brought about by recent heavy rain. Extreme caution is advised when picking and consuming wild mushrooms – if in doubt,…

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03Mar 20
Pain Revolution Cycles Into Gippsland

Pain Revolution cycles into Gippsland

The Pain Revolution is hitting the roads of Gippsland this month with the aim of ‘breaking the cycle’ of chronic pain for people in regional locations. Supported by Gippsland Primary Health Network, the fourth annual Pain Revolution Rural Outreach Tour…

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25Feb 20

Working with the Stolen Generations

The Healing Foundation has launched a series of fact sheets for general practitioners, dentists and aged care staff titled ‘Working with the Stolen Generations: understanding trauma’. The resources are designed to guide these professions on providing services to Stolen Generations…

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23Feb 20

New Optimal Care Cancer Pathways available

Seven new Optimal Care Cancer Pathways (OCPs) are available to Gippsland general practitioners through the HealthPathways Gippsland. The pathways include information on screening, early detection, appropriate investigations and referrals, along with managing side effects and offering supportive care. The Aboriginal…

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19Feb 20
Support After Suicide Available In Gippsland

Support after suicide available in Gippsland

A counselling service for people that are bereaved by suicide is available to people in Gippsland. Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) has partnered with Jesuit Social Services to deliver the Support After Suicide program. This program helps people impacted…

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18Feb 20

Free mental health coaching now available in Gippsland

Gippsland communities, including those affected by recent bushfires, will be the first in Victoria to benefit from Beyond Blue’s NewAccess – a free program delivering practical advice about how to manage the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Designed by…

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18Feb 20

Support for health professionals

Health professionals across Gippsland have responded to the call to help and support communities in bushfire-affected areas experiencing mental and physical issues. It is also important that health professionals can identify when they too might need assistance, in particular issues…

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17Feb 20

Helpful information for use of surgical masks

The Federal Government is supplying additional surgical masks to Gippsland PHN for distribution and use by general practitioners, health workers as ’first responders’ and community pharmacists who are exposed to at-risk customers. General practitioners and pharmacists with a confirmed need…

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14Feb 20

Eating Disorders Workshop for health professionals

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) has partnered with The Butterfly Foundation to deliver eating disorders education, training and support in Gippsland in 2020 - 21. This 18-month project has been funded by the Gippsland PHN and will see EDV providing face-to-face,…

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14Feb 20

Budget Direct grants for bushfire-affected communities

Grants to assist in the longer-term recovery of bushfire-affected communities have been offered by Budget Direct as part of its Bushfire Recovery Fund. In an effort to help communities affected by the current bushfire crisis impacting large parts of Australian…

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10Feb 20

One Good Community Wellbeing Grants

Gippsland Primary Health Network is offering grants of up to $30,000 to address the needs of drought and bushfire-affected communities in Gippsland with a focus on healing, recovery and resilience. The Australian Government has funded Gippsland PHN to deliver initiatives…

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09Feb 20

Coronavirus checklist for general practice

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has produced a checklist of key actions general practice can take now to safely assess a patient who may have novel coronavirus infection. A suggested checklist is available in a quick guide…

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06Feb 20

Updated novel coronavirus advice

Healthdirect Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Departments to ensure information and advice on the 2019 novel coronavirus is regularly updated. The healthdirect website includes the following information and tools: Specific information on the new…

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04Feb 20

PhD scholars wanted

Monash Rural Health (MRH) is seeking three PhD scholars to commence this year. The focus of these studies will contribute to MRH’s strategic research themes: Research Theme Theme Lead Contact for more information Mental health Dr Anton Isaacs https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/anton-isaacs anton.isaacs@monash.edu…

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04Feb 20
Mission Australia Youth Survey 2019

Mission Australia Youth Survey 2019

The results are now in for the Mission Australia youth survey 2019. Aimed to identify the values, aspirations and issues of concern to young people aged 15 – 19 from across Australia, 89 of the 4,445 respondents were from Gippsland.…

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04Feb 20
Healthdirect

healthdirect

For bushfire affected communities Organisations assisting bushfire affected communities are being asked to encourage people to use the free healthdirect service as a first option when seeking medical help in non-urgent situations. healthdirect Australia Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Manager, Jerry…

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04Feb 20
Gender Based Health Issues Survey

Gender based health issues survey

The School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is looking for participants in its research project aimed at understanding how ideas related to gender within rural medical practice influence doctors’ approaches…

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04Feb 20
Inner Gippsland Children And Youth Learning Exchange

Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Learning Exchange

Episode three of the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Learning Exchange is now available – click here to listen.  The Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Learning Exchange is a podcast dedicated to showcasing some of the innovative research and practice…

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04Feb 20

New HealthPathway for coronavirus

A new HealthPathways has been created for Gippsland clinicians to access coronavirus assessment and referral information. HealthPathways Gippsland is an online portal, designed to be used by general practice at the point of care. The Australian Department of Health and…

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04Feb 20
Entertainment To Lift Spirits In East Gippsland

Entertainment to lift spirits in East Gippsland

The East Gippsland community will come together for a night of fun, laughter and music at a special event in Bairnsdale on Friday to support bushfire-affected communities. The ‘Tom Curtain’s We’re Still Here Tour’ at Bairnsdale Racecourse will support rural…

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02Feb 20

Health alert – 2019 Novel Coronavirus update

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - Update 2 February 2020   Status: Active Date issued: 2 February 2020 (Update to Alert issued 31 January 2020) Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public   Key messages As…

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31Jan 20

Veteran Health Check

The Department of Veteran Affairs provides the Veteran Health Check for all former-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. This is an opportunity for veterans across Gippsland to access a comprehensive health check with a General Practitioner (GP). Designed specifically for…

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30Jan 20

Extensive resources about novel coronavirus

The Australian Government's Department of Health has released a collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about novel coronavirus. To familiarise yourself with this information, go to https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-resources

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28Jan 20

Bushfire season and asthma patients

Persistent bushfire smoke has affected many parts of Australia this summer, bringing an increased risk of asthma flare-ups.   It’s crucial to speak with asthma patients about managing their symptoms, good asthma care and control, and steps they can take during bushfire season.…

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23Jan 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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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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