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Monday Mail
Friday, 6 March 2015
[email protected] – – (03) 5831 5399
Chief Health Officer Advisory – Frozen Berries
Associated with Hepatitis A – Update
Issued to: Health professionals
Key Messages:
 Update: This alert has been updated to reflect
increased case numbers, and to include further
guidance on laboratory testing for hepatitis A virus
infection. Note: This alert is for health professionals.
Consumers should be directed to Berries products
recall and Hepatitis A – Information for Consumers.
 The consumption of Nanna’s Fresh Frozen Mixed
Berry 1kg packet has been linked with hepatitis A
infection in 18 cases Australia wide with three
confirmed in Victoria. This product has been
recalled. As a precaution, three further products
have also been recalled – Nanna’s Fresh Frozen
Raspberries 1kg, Creative Gourmet Frozen
Mixed Berries 300 gram and 500 gram packets.
 Advise your patients not to consume any
recalled product, and to discard or return the
product to the point of sale for a refund.
 Do not test well patients for hepatitis A virus
infection, as tests are not useful until symptoms have
 Do not vaccinate for hepatitis A because of berry
exposure, as the absolute risk from this exposure is
extremely low, and vaccine must be given within 14
days of an exposure to have any protective effect.
 Check if your patient has a routine indication for
hepatitis A vaccine, such as chronic liver disease,
chronic hepatitis C infection, or planned travel to a
country with endemic hepatitis A transmission. See
the Australian Immunisation Handbook for details.
 Take blood for hepatitis A total antibody and
hepatitis A IgM antibody in patients who have
symptoms compatible with hepatitis A virus infection
in the 15-50 days after consumption of berries from
a recalled product line. Compatible symptoms are
two or more fevers, malaise, abdominal discomfort,
loss of appetite, and nausea.
 Only take blood for liver function tests and
hepatitis A virus PCR testing if there is hepatitis
serology consistent with acute infection OR
clinical evidence of hepatitis, such as jaundice.
The cost of PCR will be borne by the patient unless
these criteria are met.
 Notify any suspected case of hepatitis A
infection to the Department of Health immediately
by calling 1300 651 160 so that timely prophylaxis of
contact can be provided.
See the Chief Health Officer Alert for further information.
The Practice Manager’s Toolkit: Preparing for Health
Health reform is high on the Government’s agenda. So how
can Practice Managers utilize their tools to prepare for these
Regardless of what changes are finally
implemented, there are some basic steps you can take to
ensure you are prepared to assess any impact on your
practice. This event will equip practice managers with the
skills they need to face these changes.
24 March 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wallan GP Super Clinic
7-11 High Street, Wallan
[email protected]
Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is second only to dementia as the most common
chronic neurological condition. This evening will focus on the
importance of balancing pharmacological treatment with the
symptoms that effect the patient’s quality of life. It will also
discuss the side effects that people suffering Parkinson’s are
afraid to discuss like sexual dysfunction.
26 March 2015
6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Cellar 47
170 High Street, Shepparton
23 March 2015
[email protected]
For further information view the flyer or contact Emma
[email protected]
Prescribing Opioid Replacement Therapy - Module 2
A full day face-to-face skills based workshop on prescribing
Methadone and Buprenorphine.
Completion of Module 1 – Safe and Effective Opioid
Prescribing (either face-to-face or online) is a pre-requisite
to attend the full day workshop.
29 March 2015
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Networking Health Victoria
Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton
[email protected]
See the flyer for further information.
Child Immunisation Rates at Risky Levels
Ice Training for GPs
ACIR data just received by GVML indicates that
immunisation rates for children aged 12 to 15 months is
below that required for community protection.
Immunisation rates for DTP, HIB, polio, Hep B and
pneumococcal are all below 90% in the 12 to 15 month
age group. The MMR rate across the GVML catchment
for children aged 24 to 27 months is also below 90%.
It is essential that practices take a proactive approach
immunisations, including how to access the ACIR to
establish if a child is up to date with immunisations is
available on the GVML website.
In light of the recent measles outbreak, The Conversation
recently published an article that discusses herd immunity
and measles. An interesting read!
ICE or Methamphetamine use is a growing concern for GPs
in the Goulburn Valley area. This evening aims to provide
GPs with the confidence and knowledge to recognise signs
of amphetamine use, look at harm minimisation, recognise
amphetamine induced psychosis and practical support and
treatment options.
16 April 2015
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Seymour Medical Centre
30-31 Anzac Parade, Seymour
[email protected]
For further information see the flyer or contact Emma Knapp
on 03 5831 5399 or via email [email protected]
Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training
Latest Newsletter from Healthed Now Available
The latest newsletter from Healthed is now available
GP Liaison News from The Royal Victorian Eye and
Ear Hospital Now Available
The latest edition of the GP Liaison News from the Royal
Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is now available online.
Referring to St Vincent’s
Referrals to St Vincent’s specialist clinics should be
completed using their referral template or your
Templates can be downloaded to your clinical software
Please ensure that all relevant patient information,
pathology / imaging results are included along with your
practice details.
Outpatient referrals should be faxed to 03 9231 3489.
GP Hotline 03 9231 2898.
Moving Mums Wallan
Moving Mums Wallan is a newly established physical
activity group that supports mothers with children under 6
years of age, to be active together in the community.
The group is supported by Nexus Primary Health, is FREE
and provides an opportunity for mothers of all fitness
levels to socialise, connect with new families and be
motivated to include physical activity into their day.
By joining the Moving Mums Wallan group, mums receive
 Private assessment with an Exercise Physiologist
 Free exercise start up pack
 Involvement in the Moving Mums Wallan Facebook
 Chance to win exercise equipment and free fitness
For more information about Moving Mums, visit or contact Kimberly
Lyford on 1300 77 33 52.
Moving Mums Wallan is funded by GVML through
Physical Activity Project funding.
Once again the Goulburn Valley Medicare Local Closing the
Gap team are offering GPs and other practice staff
Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training. This training will
be delivered by Robynne Nelson, a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja
Wurrung woman and the facilitator of the Healing the Spirit
This training is aimed at providing knowledge of the local
Aboriginal community and culture with a wide range of other
comprehensive, historical, and contemporary information
Cultural, Spiritual and Healing activities as
appropriate and how it relates to the work you do
Knowledge of current barriers regarding access to
mainstream health services
Aboriginal concept of health and wellbeing
Communication skills
23 April 2015
9:00 am to 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am to 4:00 pm close
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative –
Harmony Room
Rumbalara Road (off Toolamba Road),
[email protected]
For more information see the flyer or contact Nicole Atkinson
on 03 5831 5399
To register, email [email protected] with your name,
organisation, RACGP number, contact number and any
accessibility or dietary requests or phone 03 5831 5399.
Expanded Allied Health Services Available at
Murchison Medical Centre
Expanded allied health services are now available at
Murchison Medical Clinic. These services include an
exercise physiologist and a dietician. Below are the first
few session dates:
Exercise Physiologist – Cameron Philips
13 March 2015
10 April 2015
Available one Friday a month.
Dietician – Charli Livesay
27 March 2015
24 April 2015
Available one Friday a month.
For further information on services and referrals, contact
Murchison Medical Centre on 03 5826 2575.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dental Health
Visits – Seymour
Children’s Dental Health Assessment Day
16 April 2015
Goranwarrabul House
Corner of Callen & Bretonneux Streets,
For more information on both days, including a flyer,
please contact Rebecca Welsh on 0459 802 873, 03 5793
[email protected]
Enrolment Open for New Prostrate Cancer Study at
GV Health
GV Health oncology unit is participating in an
international multicentre prostate cancer study which
aims to determine the effectiveness of the study drug
Enzalutamide versus current standard treatment when
combined with a Luteinizing Hormone Releasing
Hormone Analogue (LHRHa) or surgical castration, as
first line androgen deprivation therapy.
GV Health is one of 24 sites in Australian participating
in this clinical trial. Globally there are more than 200
centres participating in the United States, Canada,
Europe, New Zealand, and the UK regions.
The trial is now open for enrolment with a total of 400
patients from Australian & New Zealand needed for the
To take part in this study, men must not have received
any other anti-cancer treatment for advanced disease.
For more information about this study or if you have a
potential patient who may qualify, please phone Dr Zee
Wan Wong, Consultant Medical Oncologist, on 03 5832
3777 or Vicki Clowes, Research Coordinator, on 03
5832 3778.
APNA’s Management of Medical Emergencies in
General Practices Workshop for Practice Nurses in
GVML is glad to announce that APNA, in conjunction with
the Cynergex Group Pty Ltd, will be organising Management
of Medical Emergencies in General Practices Workshop in
Shepparton on 10 July.
10 July 2015
For further information visit or contact
[email protected]
GVML Advance Care Planning Webpage
GVMLs website now has pages designed to give consumers
and GPs information and resources about Advance care
planning. On the web pages you can find Advance care plan
templates, legal information, tips on how to start talking
about Advance care planning and links to other relevant
websites. Some of the presentations from CPD events can
also be found under the health professionals tab. We hope
to have the website continually growing and will strive to
provide as many educational presentations as possible.
State Health Emergency Response – A Call to GPs
and Practices to Assist
GVML would like to identify GPs and practices who may be
willing to provide assistance during emergency events in
their area. This may involve being contacted to provide care
where local services are unable to meet demand, accepting
additional patients for a short period of time, or staffing a
field clinic where local infrastructure is not available. Typical
emergency events in our region are fire and flood. To
register your interest please contact Kirsten Green via email
at [email protected] or by calling the office on 03
5831 5399.
Implanon Training – Update
Implanon training is no longer offered as face-to-face
All Implanon training is now online. To register for training,
contact Suzanne with your full name and clinic address on
[email protected]
Healing Our Generations Public Forum and Webinar
Commemorating the anniversary of the national Apology,
the Health Foundation hosted a public forum on 12
February 2015 about healing and the Stolen Generations.
The full video of this important public forum about healing
and the Stolen Generations is available for viewing on the
Healing Foundation website.
Electronic Outpatient Letters
Are you receiving outpatient letters in the mail and then
having to scan and file them? You too can save time and
receive letters electronically via secure messaging from St
Vincent’s Hospital.
All you need to do is fill in the online form at
 Click on “New to Argus”
 You will then need to phone Argus to complete the
installation on 03 9037 1000
 In group GP practices, it is easier to register all
providers at the one time
 You do not need to set this up if you already receive
secure messages from The Royal Children’s
Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Northern
Health, or Monash Health.
For details instructions, visit
Update Now Available for Best Practice Software
Updates for Best Practice software is now available
online at
To download, select Update / Data Update from the top
menu. Enter your BPS Site ID and your email address
to login. You will then be provided with a download link.
Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) –
Limited Free Registration Available
The Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) has
been developed to assist general practices to better
prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impacts of
emergences and pandemics.
The ERPT is a practical tool that guides you through a
series of planning templates, where critical information
about your practice can be entered and saved. This
information will be used to create an emergency
response plan which is individually tailored to your
general practice.
General practices are urged to take advantage of the
limited free registrations available.
For further information see the information sheet or visit
NAIDOC Week – 5 - 12 July 2015
NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
It’s a time to acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander artists, scholars, sportspeople, Elders,
community members and more.
The 2015 National NAIDOC theme is We all Stand on
Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.
The theme highlights the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection
to land and sea and how their living culture is intrinsically
linked with significant sites and sacred places. Specifically
chosen to also highlight and celebrate the 30th anniversary
of the ‘Handback’ of Uluru to its traditional owners on 26
October, the theme provides an opportunity to pay our
respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on
Wound Care Products Trade Display & Education
Smith & Nephew will be displaying their latest wound care
products and providing education on indications for use
and application and change management.
11 March 2015
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Room 1, Elsie Jones Education Centre
Goulburn Valley Health
Graham Street, Shepparton
For further information, see the flyer or contact Nadine
Holzheimer on 03 5823 6517.
Coeliac Awareness Week
Coeliac Australia have released two new media releases to
coincide with Coeliac Awareness Week.
Is Coeliac Disease Causing 300,000 Wasted GP
Could Anaemia Unlock More Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease?
13 – 20 March 2015
For further information visit
National Close the Gap Day
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.
Date: 19 March 2015
Register now to join National Close the Gap Day on 19
March 2015 at
MedicalDirector Training – Shepparton Workshop
Training in MedicalDirector and PracSoft is being offered
in Shepparton.
19 March 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
16 March 2015
For further information visit
Shepparton Aged Care Show Case Conference 2015
Annual 2015 Aged Care Service Sector Conference for the
Hume Region Victoria.
19 March 2015
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
University of Melbourne, Rural Health
Academic Centre
Graham Street, Shepparton
For further information, view the flyer or contact
[email protected]
preserving land and culture; and to share the stories of
many of our sites of significance with the nation.
For further information on NAIDOC Week, visit
National NAIDOC Poster Competition now open,
closing on Friday 27 March 2015. For further information
on the National NAIDOC Poster Competition, visit
Choosing Wisely About to Hit Australian Shores
The NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely Australia
initiative is set to commence in April.
The Choosing Wisely Australia initiative imports the
2012 US Choosing Wisely concept, where medical
colleges are invited to highlight tests and treatments that
are used widely despite evidence to the contrary.
The primary concern of the initiative is patient safety with
the Choosing Wisely initiative consciously seeking
situations where the safer direction might not be usually
considered. For this reason, the RACGP is playing a key
role in the initiative, writing guidelines for medical
practitioners. Dr Justin Coleman, chair of the RACGP
component of the CWA initiative states that “…
bureaucrats and bean counters are denied access…” to
the development of medical guidelines.
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in
Victoria – Update for GPs and Nurses
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in people
living in Victoria, and the second most common cause of
cancer death. Bowel cancer screening, using a faecal
occult blood test every two years from the age of 50, has
the potential to reduce deaths from bowel cancer by up to
one third of the screened population.
The NBCSP and the Victorian Department of Health and
Human Services recognise the key role that general
practice plays in the program. Click here to the see the
letter from Dr Rosemary Lester to Victorian GPs and
Practice Nurses.
Other Health Professional resources can also be
accessed from the Department of Health and Human
Services bowel cancer screening webpage.
Exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Perspectives of Home Medicines Review
Rural and Remote Health have published a new article
titled Exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
perspectives of Home Medicines Review.
Indigenous Australians suffer a high burden of chronic
disease and hospitalisation. This study explored reasons
for their low level of access to an important medication
safety tool.
To view the report, visit
Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic
Disease Seminar
The program for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of
Chronic Disease Seminar is now available online at
20 March 2015
9:00 am – option Tai Chi session
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Alfred Medical Research & Education
Precinct (AMREP) Lecture Theatre
The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road,
16 March 2015
[email protected]
registration form to 03 9076 6901
Hormones and Female Cancers – Clinical
Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium
(MPCCC) would like to welcome you to the Hormones and
Female Cancers- Clinical Controversies conference. They
have endeavoured to put together a stimulating program
with speakers who are renowned in Australia and
internationally in their field.
21 March, 2015
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
The Rydges
701 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For further information download the flyer or visit the
Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service website.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Pain Webinar
Provided by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, this webinar
will provide an overview to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT), including specific examples of how CBT can be
applied to a client with persistent pain.
24 March 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For further information, see the flyer or visit
B-Informed – Hepatitis B Workshop
In collaboration with St Vincent’s and Hepatitis Victoria, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health will be holding
workshops for the B-Informed – Addressing Hepatitis B Within a Community Context.
24 March 2015
26 May 2015
25 August 2015
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Training Room – North Richmond Community Health
23 Lennox Street, Richmond, 3121
For further information about the workshop or to book a place in one of the sessions, visit the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity
& Health website.
How to Help your Patients with Psychological Work Related Injury Webinar
Networking Health Victoria are holding a webinar titled How to Help your Patients with Psychosocial Work Related Injury.
The purpose of this webinar is to provide information to support general practitioners in assessing and managing patients
with psychological injury. This will include providing practical tools and strategies to assist GPs with assessment of work
capacity, certification, and return to work for patients with psychological injury.
25 March 2015
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
This webinar has been accredited for 3 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD points for the 2014-2016 triennium.
For further information or to register for this event go to
Advance Care Planning and End of Life Issues for Aboriginal Clients
Are you an Aboriginal or Community Worker or work with Aboriginal clients? Then this workshop is for you.
26 March 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Seymour Health
Bretonneux Street, Seymour
20 March 2015
[email protected] or on 02 6057 5208
See the flyer for further information.
Decision Assist Workshops
This workshop is part of a training package which aims to improve palliative care and advance care planning services
offered to older Australians covering the range of processes involved in meeting end of life care needs – from how best
to initiate the important conversations that need to be had, to developing an appropriate advance care plan,
understanding legal frameworks, and implementing a comprehensive model of palliative care.
Aged Care Nurses
Workshop 2
7 April 2015
Kilmore District Hospital
Rutledge Street, Kilmore
Home Care Package – Community Staff Only
Workshop 1
15 April 2015
Seymour Hospital
Education Centre, Seymour
Workshop 2
17 June 2015
Seymour Hospital
Education Centre, Seymour
Aged Care Workshop
19 May 2015
21 July 2015
Decision assist deliver workshops that focus on a palliative care approach to advance care planning and case
For further information or to register contact Andrea Davy at Austin Hospital on (03) 9496 6876 or via email at
[email protected]
AHSRI Short Courses 2015
2015 will see the reinvigoration of the AHSRI Education Program, a comprehensive series of short courses available to
the professional community with the aim of developing skills in a health services research context. Courses Include:
Innovative Tools and Techniques for Qualitative Research
20 April 2015
Introduction to the Australian Health Care System
1 May 2015
For further information on available courses, visit
Save the Date – Improving School Attendance – A Forum for Teachers and Community Service Providers
This forum will feature expert presenters with the focus of the day being on practical and concrete strategies to improving
school attendance.
22 April 2015
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
For further information, view the flyer or contact Helen Consta on 03 8401 0100 or email [email protected]
Telling Your Story for Quality Improvement: Training Workshop
This workshop is aimed at consumers.
Every person is a story—and has a story to tell. For many of us, our experience of health care has become an integral
part of our story.
If you would like to learn how to use pieces of your own story, as a patient or carer, to improve the experience of health
care for everyone, then don’t miss this workshop.
In this hands-on session, we will focus on the practical art of interpreting an experience and translating it into concepts
and principles which may be applied to health care improvement.
23 April 2015
9:30 am – Noon
Room 4, Elsie Jones Education Centre
Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton
13 March 2015
[email protected]
See the flyer for further information.
See What We See: Better Health Through Patient Centered Care
This workshop is aimed at medical professionals.
This lively workshop will focus on the following:
 A first person consumer perspective on patient centred care
 What matters most to patients and families?
 Why is this important for me as a health professional or staff member?
 How do get there?
23 April 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room 4, Elsie Jones Education Centre
Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton
13 March 2015
[email protected]
See the flyer for further information.
Immunisation Week 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office has advised that the date for the 2015
Immunisation Week is the 24 April to 3 May. The theme for the 2015 Immunisation Week is “Vaccination is everyone’s
job. Protect your community.
The Department is seeking information on any promotional activities you or your organisation is planning for the 2015
Immunisation Week.
24 April – 3 May 2015
It would be greatly appreciated if you could respond to [email protected] by Friday 27 February 2015.
Skin Cancer Workshop for GPs
Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc in association with the Department of General Practice, Monash University presents a
two day workshop developed and taught by specialist dermatologist educators. The workshop is suitable for all GPs
and GP registrars regardless of level of experience and is a perfect opportunity to upskill.
2 May 2015 – Day 1
3 May 2015 – Day 2
Register online for one or two days (including RACGP CPD & QI points). Early bird discount is available until 30 March
Grampians Regional Palliative Care Conference 2015 – Sex, Drugs and Dying Well
Early bird registrations for the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Conference 2015 are now available.
This conference promises to be entertaining, thought provoking, and educational. The conference will focus on two
taboo subjects; drug addiction and sexuality at end of life.
7 – 8 May 2015
The Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick
For further information, visit
APNA National Conference 2015 – Brave to Bold
Registrations are now open for APNA National Conference 2015 – Brave to Bold.
14 – 16 May 2015
Gold Coast – Convention & Exhibition Centre
For further information or to register, visit
A Practitioner’s Guide to Care of the Dying
This workshop is designed to help medical practitioners and mental health professionals incorporate theoretically sound
and empirically derived principles into sensitive and effective care of dying patients and their families.
Program 1
18 May 2015
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens
13 Spring Street, Melbourne
Program 2
19 May 2015
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens
12 Spring Street, Melbourne
Full workshop outlines and learning outcomes can be found at
Residential Aged Care and Disability Palliative Care Forum
This forum looks at palliative and dementia care, mindfulness self-care for workers, and demonstrations from the
palliative care consultancy service.
22 May 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lakeside Community Centre
1 Maude Street, Benalla
For further information view the flyer or contact Karen Richards on [email protected] or Heather
Wickham on [email protected]
Musculoskeletal Health Webinar Series
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria invites you to register for their 2015 ‘Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health’ webinar series.
You can register for the whole series or for individual webinars.
Audience: Health professionals of various disciplines across the musculoskeletal health and other sectors.
Purpose: To provide participants with clinically-meaningful skills and knowledge to deliver recommended care by
focusing on issues relevant to the evidence-based treatment and management of people with arthritis and other
musculoskeletal conditions.
A full list of dates and topics can be found here.
226 Wyndham Street Shepparton VIC 3630
PO Box 1074 Shepparton VIC 3632
(03) 5831 5399 – (03) 5831 5396
[email protected]
Goulburn Valley Medicare Local (ABN 35 062 463 097)