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.

Ovens Murray—Family Violence Partnership Strategic Planning 2020

The Ovens Murray—Family Violence Partnership (OM—FVP) is undertaking a collaborative strategic planning process to guide the work of the Strategic Executive and Strategic Operations committees over the next three years.

We are keen to utilise the knowledge and experience of workers and people with lived experience of family violence across our catchment—local government areas of Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds—to identify needs, gaps, ideas and opportunities to develop well-targeted priorities and strategies.

As part of the Strategic Planning process, you are invited to complete this Survey Monkey. This survey will be open until Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Another option is to participate in a phone interview with UHPCP staff members. Please email Tricia Hazeleger at tricia.hazeleger@upperhumepcp.com.au for further information.

It had been planned to hold participatory forums in each local government area (LGA) as well as targeted agency and population groups; however, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, the decision was made to cancel the following events:

Wodonga LGA
Thurs 19 Mar, 11 am – 12.30 pm CANCELLED

Indigo LGA
Tue 24 Mar, 11 am – 12 noon CANCELLED

Benalla LGA
Tue 7 Apr, 10.30 am – 12 noon CANCELLED

Mansfield LGA
Tue 7 Apr, 1.30 – 3 pm CANCELLED

Alpine LGA
Thur 2 Apr, 10.30 am – 12 noon CANCELLED

Wangaratta LGA
Wed 15 Apr, 10 – 11.30 am CANCELLED

Community of Practice: Monitoring and Evaluation

Thurs 7 May, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Gateway Health, Wodonga

Those interested in monitoring and evaluation, particularly around utilising tools for community engagement, are invited to participate in our third Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Community of Practice event. Download flyer.

Please RSVP to Naomi at naomi.peters@upperhumepcp.com.au by Monday 4 May. For further information about this free event, email Jenny Donnelly at jenny.donnelly@upperhumepcp.com.au or phone 0428 157 719.