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 Indigo

Age-friendly health system 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.

Consumer Advisor opportunity: Australian Digital Health Agency

Would you like to work with the Australian Digital Health Agency as a Consumer Advisor? The Australian Digital Health Agency is inviting people from all backgrounds to express their interest in becoming a Consumer Advisor. This opportunity recognises the importance of ongoing consumer involvement in the delivery of the National Digital Health Strategy. The agency’s intention is to engage Australians most likely to interact with the healthcare sector as Consumer Advisors. Individuals who represent diverse range of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives are encouraged to apply.
 
Consumer Advisors will contribute to the agency programs with a focus on (but not limited to):
* Improving the My Health Record user experience and future functionality
* Digital health strategy, research and development
* Systems interoperabilty
* Secure Messaging
* Medicines safety
* Enhanced models of care
 
Consumer Advisors will be paid for their involvement in this program. Further information, including the full selection criteria, can be found here. Anyone interested is required to complete an application form, which is due no later than Friday 19 July 2019. Any queries relating to the expression of interest should be forwarded to stakeholderengagement@digitalhealth.gov.au

Course: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Sun 14 July and Sun 21 July, 9 am – 4.30 pm
Beechworth

Indigo Shire community members who work closely with or care for young people are invited to register for this Youth Mental Health First Aid course. Offered by Indigo Shire, the free two-day intensive course will teach adults how they can assist adolescents who are struggling with mental health problems. Topics covered include learning the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, where and how to get help, and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation. 

For more information and to book your spot, contact Indigo Shire Youth Officer Sal Kimber on sal.kimber@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or call 0422 373 542.

Community of Practice event: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Tue 16 July, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Gateway Health, Wodonga

Anyone interested in monitoring and evaluation, particularly around the use of stories, is invited to participate in the first of a series of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation events: ‘Using Consumer Stories’. Hosted by the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership, this free Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Community of Practice event will be held at Gateway Health, Wodonga, from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm on Tuesday 16 July. The event will be led by Catherine Mather from Murray PHN and will include a light lunch. Download flyer. Please RSVP by Friday 12 July – register via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MandECop

Family violence group program: WINGS

Starting Tue 23 July, 10.30 am –12.30 pm
Gateway Health, Wodonga

Women who have experienced family violence are invited to participate in a group program at Gateway Health, Wodonga. Starting on Tuesday 23 July, this program runs over nine weeks and is designed for women to work through the challenges of moving towards a life free from family violence. To register or ask a question, phone Jo on 0437 316 182.

PD session: Relationship between Nursing Leadership and Patient Outcomes

Wed 24 July, 3–5 pm
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Seminar Room, Albury Wodonga Health, Albury

Nurses, midwives, allied health and other healthcare professionals are invited to join Assistant Professor Sonia Udod of the University of Manitoba, Canada, at this free two-hour workshop organised by the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research. Dr Sonia Udod is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Sonia’s program of research focuses on nurse leader development critical to the creation of high-quality healthcare workplaces, leading to quality nurse, patient, and organisational outcomes. Register by this Friday 12 July.

Program: Leadership in Healthy Ageing

Three modules—start dates of each module: July, September and November 2019
Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, Charles Sturt University
Cost of three modules: $2,400 plus GST (scholarships may be available)

Designed to strengthen community capacity in response to a growing ageing population in the Ovens Murray Region, Charles Sturt University, in conjunction with Department of Health Human Services Victoria, has created a program that will help you to develop the skills to lead an effective response to community needs. It will connect you with colleagues and agencies, foster partnerships, and support innovative thinking in positioning your community as liveable and inclusive for older people.

Participants will learn how to:

  • understand and interpret various social models of ageing
  • examine the social determinants of health in ageing
  • analyse the choices and options available to older adults
  • create social policy and age friendly communities
  • develop individual and structural healthy ageing opportunities
  • develop the systems necessary to support this work.

Module topics:

  • Social determinants of health and ageing—starts July 2019
  • Creating healthy ageing opportunities and age friendly communities—starts September 2019
  • Leadership in developing age friendly communities—starts November 2019

For enquiries and registration, email Robin Harvey at rbharvey@csu.edu.au or Ilena Young at ilyoung@csu.edu.au. Register by 15 June 2019. Download flyer.

Conference: Ngar-Wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 

Wed 16 Oct, 8.15 am – 5 pm
Riverlinks Eastbank, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health invites you to attend the 2019 Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference, which aims to facilitate the exchange of information on key issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing. Keynote speakers include Ms Patricia Anderson AO, Chair—Lowitja Institute, and Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Scientia Fellow—UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre, Menzies School of Health Research. Register online by 9 October—note places are limited, so book early to avoid missing out. For enquiries, contact Leah Lindrea-Morrison by phone on (03) 5823 4554 or by email at aboriginal-health@unimelb.edu.au

Conference: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) 2019 Conference

Tue 5 Nov – Fri 8 Nov
International Convention Centre, Sydney

This year’s conference theme, ‘Coming of Age Together—New ways of acting and knowing’, acknowledges that opportunities for advancement are not evenly spread across the community and continues to bring to the forefront elements of our society: Older people who are poor, homeless, speak a language other than English, are LGBTI or from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are less likely to be able to advance in older age than those who have more advantages. The program will feature a challenging agenda, a culture and standard of excellence for evidence-informed approaches to ageing that connect research, policy and practice to improve the experience of ageing. Learn and engage with others about research from national and international experts in ageing. Connect with researchers, specialist practitioners in aged care, health, allied health and other areas related to ageing, as well as policy experts.

If you would like to be part of this multidisciplinary conference in ageing in Australasia, note early bird registrations close 9 September 2019. Register now!