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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06Aug 19
Diabetes Lifestyle Program

Diabetes Lifestyle Program

GPs, Pharmacists and Allied Health professionals play a key role in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.  GPs are typically the first point of contact for people seeking health care, they are in a prime position to assess patients…

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06Aug 19
Enhancing Mental Health Support In Secondary Schools In Gippsland

Enhancing Mental Health Support in Secondary Schools in Gippsland

Gippsland PHN have engaged service providers Latrobe Community Health and Relationships Australia Victoria, who auspice headspace Morwell and Bairnsdale respectively, to deliver the Enhancing Mental Health Support in Secondary Schools (EMHSS) program, funded from Victorian Department of Education and Training…

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06Aug 19
Safe Discussion To Prevent Harm And Reduce Stigma

Safe Discussion to Prevent Harm and Reduce Stigma

Over the last six months, Gippsland PHN’s suicide prevention team in consultation with stakeholders and community groups has been supporting programs across the Latrobe Valley and Bass Coast areas on safe and responsible communication around mental health and suicide prevention.…

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06Aug 19
New National Psychosocial Support Service

New National Psychosocial Support Service

Prior to the establishment of the NDIS, the Commonwealth Government funded services for people living with psychosocial disability through community service organisations with the following programs in Gippsland: Partners in Recovery (PIR) – commissioned through Gippsland PHN Personal Helpers and…

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06Aug 19
Your NDIS Journey Information Sessions

Your NDIS Journey Information Sessions

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and local partners in the community, Latrobe Community Health Service and Link Health and Community, will be holding Your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Journey information sessions and Early Childhood Early Intervention information sessions…

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06Aug 19
Prevention And Early Diagnosis Of Melanoma

Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia, yet melanoma is primarily preventable. There is a key role for GPs in earlier diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and in the delivery of prevention messages. Melanoma is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Gippsland with…

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06Aug 19
Optimal Care Pathways For Head And Neck Cancers

Optimal Care Pathways for Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers are within the top 10 cancers most commonly diagnosed in Australia, and there are no standard screening tests for early detection. Major risk factors for head and neck cancers include tobacco use, alcohol consumption and HPV…

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02Aug 19
Expression Of Interest – Board Director

Expression of Interest – Board Director

Gippsland PHN’s Board is seeking expressions of interest for two elected and one appointed Director positions to commence in November 2019. Gippsland PHN is part of a national network of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia. PHNs across the country…

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17Jul 19
One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Initiative Now Open

One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Initiative now open

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) is offering community groups and/or individuals up to $30,000 to undertake activities that improve social connectedness, improve access to help and assistance and decrease isolation and loneliness. The Gippsland PHN One Good Community Wellbeing Grants…

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05Jul 19
EOI – Community Advisory Committee Members

EOI – Community Advisory Committee Members

Our organisation is seeking expressions of interest for four Community Advisory Committee Members to commence 1 August 2019, for a three-year term. The Community Advisory Committee will report directly to Gippsland PHN Board, and comprises of 10-12 members across Gippsland, to represent the perspectives’ of, and influence; consumers,…

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05Jul 19
Gippsland Palliative And End Of Life Care Forum

Gippsland Palliative and End of Life Care Forum

Last month, over 100 people from around Gippsland gathered to better understand Palliative and End of Life Care at a forum held in Traralgon. The half-day forum was facilitated by Gippsland PHN along with Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical…

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05Jul 19
Gippsland Pride Cup

Gippsland Pride Cup

Gippsland PHN proudly supported the inaugural Gippsland Pride Cup on 15 June 2019 at Lardner Park. The Roller Derby event was opened by Baw Baw Shire Councillor Mikalea Power with the opening ceremony marked by Executive Officer, Dan Poynton signing…

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05Jul 19
2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards Now Open

2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards now open

Gippsland PHN are pleased to announce nominations for the 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards are now open. The awards aim to recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to our Gippsland region. These awards…

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