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

UHPCP is coordinating a remote patient monitoring system trial. Funded by Murray Primary Health Network, the HealthBeats™ trial is due to start in late January 2020 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 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.

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.

Research invitation: What do older people want from their health care?

All Victorians over the age of 65, and their carers (regardless of age), are invited to participate in an important survey to discuss health care preferences, expectations and priorities. The input will inform a report that will be provided to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assist them in developing health policy that is informed by older people.

View the online survey here; if you would like a hardcopy survey, see the flyer for details. The survey will take about 15–20 minutes to complete. Survey participants will go in the draw to win one of five $40 Coles Myer gift vouchers.

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is working with the DHHS to develop a better understanding of what is important to older people in Victoria in relation to their health and wellbeing needs at key points in their later life.

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.

16 Days of Activism events: Albury Wodonga

A variety of community awareness events are being held in Albury Wodonga over several weeks, from Friday 22 November to Tuesday 10 December 2019,  as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Download calendar of events or visit City of Wodonga online.