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.

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation recognises the importance of strengthening community resilience to major social and health challenges, especially in the context of climate change.
 
A new round of Innovation Grants has recently been released by the Foundation. Not-for-profits who are researching, piloting or scaling-up an initiative—including social enterprise—that aligns with one or more outcomes from an Impact Area may be eligible to apply for a grant:
  • Seed Innovation Grants (up to $50,000) support the researching, testing or piloting of a new idea or approach. Projects involving networks or partnerships are encouraged.
  • Scaling-up Innovation Grants (up to $300,000) support the expansion or replication of a proven innovation with the potential to be transformative on a broader community or systems level. Collaborative approaches are encouraged.
Applications are open until 5 pm on Monday 16 September. Apply now!

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 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.

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.

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!

Training course: Spirometry

Murray PHN and National Asthma Council Australia are providing at no cost the following spirometry course in Wangaratta:

Sat 21 Sept, 9 am – 4 pm (registration 8.45 am)
Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

This training course provides comprehensive training in the application, measurement and interpretation of expiratory spirometry in general practice. The interactive workshop includes hands-on components to allow participants to apply their new knowledge in a practical setting. Open to GPs and practice nurses with participants required to complete pre-reading. Limited places are available, so registering early is recommended. View flyer. Register by Mon 16 Sept.

Grants: Caring for Ageing Rural Australians grants – Victoria only

Are you involved with a not-for-profit community organisation that provides programs and activities that support older people in rural, regional or remote communities? Grants up to $40,000 are available now! Note that applications from communities with a population of 15 000 or less will receive priority. The funds are available through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program, which is generously supported by the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation. Applications are open until 5 pm AEST on Tuesday 24 September. Apply now!

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

Training courses: Asthma and Spirometry

Murray PHN and National Asthma Council Australia are providing at no cost the following asthma and spirometry courses in Albury. Limited places are available on these courses, so early registration is recommended.

Workshop: Primary Care Asthma Update

Thur 17 Oct, 6–9 pm (registration 5.45 pm)
Albury: Best Western Plus Hovell Tree Inn

This workshop will cover the essentials of best-practice asthma and respiratory management for primary healthcare professionals (e.g. GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, Aboriginal health practitioners and physiotherapists). For more information, view the flyer. Register by Mon 14 Oct!

Seminar: Asthma and Respiratory Management Seminar for Practice Nurses

Fri 18 Oct, 9 am – 4 pm (registration 8.45 am)
Albury: Best Western Plus Hovell Tree Inn

This seminar provides role-specific education on best-practice asthma and respiratory management for nurses. Starting with the principles of diagnosis and management, each session then covers current statistics, paediatric and adult asthma, allergy, medications, device technique and COPD followed by an overview of conducting spirometry in general practice. For more information, view the flyer. Register by Mon 14 Oct!

Training course: Spirometry 

Sat 19 Oct, 9 am – 4 pm (registration 8.45 am)
Albury: Best Western Plus Hovell Tree Inn

This training course provides comprehensive training in the application, measurement and interpretation of expiratory spirometry in general practice. The interactive workshop includes hands-on components to allow participants to apply their new knowledge in a practical setting. Open to GPs and practice nurses with participants required to complete pre-reading. Limited places are available, so registering early is recommended. View flyer. Register by Mon 14 Oct.

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!