Remote patient monitoring opportunity: HealthBeats™ telehealth remote patient monitoring system

UHPCP is looking for Albury Wodonga GPs who might be interested in participating in a remote patient monitoring system trial. Funded by Murray Primary Health Network, the HealthBeats™ trial is due to start in late August 2019 and will lead to approximately 100 people with chronic health conditions getting the opportunity to trial the system over six months. Designed to help prevent hospital admissions and enable people to have better control of their health conditions at home, the HealthBeats™ system enables doctors, nurses and other health care providers to remotely monitor a participant’s health data as frequently as required. If changes occur, advice and support can be provided. Participants also get to learn more about their health and the symptoms they need to monitor. The program can be customised to each participant’s needs.

The trial, being coordinated by the UHPCP, will involve a number of GP practices and health services working together to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the Upper Hume region. Albury Wodonga Health, Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Beechworth Health Service and Beechworth Surgery are taking part and will be finding eligible patients who have been admitted to hospital in the past 12 months.

For more information, please contact UHPCP’s COPD Project Coordinator Glenda Chapman ASAP on glenda.chapman@upperhumepcp.com.au or call 0439 751 591.

Further information for GPs is also available here. View the latest news from Murray PHN and recent media coverage.

Community engagement: Focus on age-friendly IndigoFocus on age-friendly Indigo flyer

Currently, we are seeking older people, their carers and families to help us create an age-friendly health system in Indigo Shire. If you know an older person living in Indigo Shire, or a carer or family member, who would like to be part of a team building an age-friendly health system, please contact Tricia Hazeleger, Engagement and Participation Coordinator, for more information. Email tricia.hazeleger@upperhumepcp.com.au or phone 0427 659 721. Download flyer.

Webinar series: Navigating the Aged Care System

Navigating aged care can be tricky. People are often unaware of how to begin their journey when entering aged care, and finding information on how to change/update services is not always easy.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network is hosting a series of webinars to give older people a practical introduction on how to enter aged care, including how to contact My Aged Care, arrange an assessment and choose services appropriate to their living situation.

Watch the recorded webinars:

  • Webinar 1: Planning your aged care journey
  • Webinar 2: Introduction to ‘My Aged Care’: the Australian Government’s starting point on your aged care journey
  • Webinar 3: Getting your needs assessed for aged care services
  • Webinar 4: Aged care support and service options

Register for updates about upcoming webinars.

Download the My Aged Care Journey Road Map.

Family violence group program: WINGS

Starting Tue 15 Oct, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Gateway Health, Wodonga

Women who have or are experiencing family violence are invited to participate in the WINGS group program. This program is designed for women to work through the challenges of moving towards a life free from family violence. Participants attend on Tuesdays from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm for nine weeks. To register or ask a question, phone Jo on 0437 316 182 or Jenny on 0427 902 483.

Indigo community workshop: Improving Children’s HealthIndigo Community flyer

Thur 21 Nov, 5–8 pm
Chiltern Memorial Hall, 86 Conness St, ChilternDo you have an interest in improving health for children and young people? Would you like to share your thoughts, ideas and insights into how we can support our community to be healthier and happier? Come and join in a community workshop that will explore the health of children in Indigo and give you the opportunity to have your say and to come up with local solutions/actions to bring about change. Register now!

16 Days of Activism event: Step Out Against Violence 2019

Sat 23 Nov, 11 am – 1.30 pm (gather at 10.45 am for the march)
QEII Square, Albury

Come along to QEII Square to step out against violence. Residents, community groups, schools and businesses are invited to join together in a show of strength and support for survivors and people currently living with or affected by violence. The community march will start from Swift Street (behind Albury Entertainment Centre) and proceed along Kiewa and Dean Streets to QEII Square, where there will be information on local services, live entertainment, family activities and food vans.

Step Out recognises violence through our community and shines particular light on gender-based violence to mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

16 Days of Activism event: Wodonga vigil

Mon 25 Nov, 5.15 pm
Outside Café Grove, Woodland Park, Wodonga

Join Gateway Health and the Centre Against Violence at a vigil honouring Victorian women and children who have lost their lives to family violence in 2019.

Research scope and survey link: Involvement in Disaster Management

Risk Frontiers and Macquarie University, through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, are undertaking research to gain a better understanding of how Community Service Organisations (CSOs) and Not For Profits (NFPs) may be involved in working with communities before, during and after disasters. This is an opportunity to communicate how your organisation may have previously been involved and share what challenges you experienced.

The results will assist emergency management organisations to explore new ways of inspiring whole-of-community efforts to building a more resilient community and develop enhanced approaches for working with CSOs and NFPs. The survey link is here and we encourage you to participate in the survey. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete and will close on 28 November 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Steven George at steven.george@riskfrontiers.com or the Risk Frontiers team at info@riskfrontiers.com.

Workshop: Rural Minds

Tue 3 Dec, 9.30 am – 2 pmRural Minds Workshop Tallangatta flyer
Tallangatta Community Centre, 35 Towong St, Tallangatta

Come along to this free Rural Minds Workshop to have a chat about mental health and wellbeing in rural Australia. This workshop is a relaxed way to learn about mental wellbeing and resilience for you, your family, friends and community. It is specifically designed for rural and remote communities, and delivered by people who know what it’s like out on the land. Delivered by Rural and Remote Mental Health, this community workshop combines practical, culturally-relevant information around risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention tips/techniques and where and how to get assistance.

Register by contacting Sarah Crosthwaite at UHPCP—call 0436 122 547 or email sarah.crosthwaite@upperhumepcp.com.au

16 Days of Activism events: Community Conversation with Phil Cleary

Join Phil Cleary and other local speakers at a community event in Chiltern, Corryong or Tallangatta to discuss efforts to prevent family violence as part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Phil Cleary has been at the forefront of Victorian violence prevention campaigns for three decades.

  • The Chiltern event will be held on Tuesday 3 December at the Chiltern Memorial Hall, Conness St, Chiltern, from 6 to 7.30 pm. This event is an initiative of the Indigo Family Violence Prevention Network. Download flyer. To register, phone Indigo Shire Council on 1300 365 003.
  • The Corryong event will be held on Wednesday 4 December at Corryong Lions Club Youth Hall, corner of Donaldson St and Strzelecki Way, Corryong, from 7 to 8.30 pm. This event is an initiative of the Towong Family Violence Prevention Committee. Download flyer. Register now: phone Towong Shire Council on (02) 6071 5100.
  • The Tallangatta event will be held on Thursday 5 December at ‘The Triangles’ Park, Tallangatta, adjacent to Tallangatta Memorial Hall, from 12 noon to 1 pm (includes free lunch). This event is an initiative of the Tallangatta and Surrounds Family Violence Prevention Committee. Download flyer. Register for catering purposes: Towong Shire Council on (02) 6071 5100.

Community walk: The Community Walk Against Family Violence

Wed 4 Dec, 11 am
St Stephen’s Church, Beechworth Rd, Wodonga

Take a stand against family violence by coming along to the Community Walk Against Family Violence, which is part of Wodonga Council’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The walk will start from St Stephen’s Church and finish at Junction Place for a free barbecue at 12 noon. Find something orange to wear to show your support. Any enquiries, phone Junction Support Services on (02) 6043 7400.

Are you a clinician or health professional interested in developing your research skills? Are you already doing, or have interest in doing, quality or research projects? Do you have limited training in these areas? If so, consider this introductory training and collaboration opportunity being offered locally over the coming months. Organised by the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medical Education, this series of four workshops provides an opportunity for you to develop your understanding and practice of key research concepts and skills. Participants have the opportunity to attend one or more workshops being offered in Wangaratta.

The workshops will feature experienced researchers from the University of Melbourne’s Master of Clinical Research program alongside local researchers working in the rural context. Facilitators include Dr Anna Moran, Dr Anita Horvath, Dr Ken Chin, Dr Charles Malpas and Dr Rebecca Disler.

* Workshop 1: Friday 20 September—Clinical research: Formulating a research question

* Workshop 2: Friday 25 October—Study design
* Workshop 3: Friday 22 November—Biostatistics and qualitative analysis
* Workshop 4: Friday 6 December—Research ethics and governance—Fundamentals of human research
Download flyer containing facilitator bios and workshop programs. Register now!

Forum: Organisational Health Literacy

Thur 12 Dec, 9 am – 1 pmExploring Organisational Health Literacy flyer
Gateway Health Building, Wodonga

Come along to our free Organisational Health Literacy (OHL) forum intended for clinical staff, admin staff, clinical educators, management, Health Promotion workers, consumers and Quality Improvement workers.

You will have an opportunity to learn, share, and explore:
* the attributes of Health Literate Organisations
* what organisations are doing to improve OHL in our catchment
* how to influence understanding about the importance of OHL to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities.

Case studies will be presented by organisations to showcase various initiatives that have been implemented to support and develop OHL.

Download flyer. For further info and to RSVP, email brydie.donnelly@upperhumepcp.com.au