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Group A streptococcal disease notification

February 29, 2024
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From 1 March 2024, invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS) will become an urgent notifiable condition for medical practitioners and pathology services in Victoria. Diagnosis of iGAS relies on the laboratory detection of Streptococcus pyogenes and clinical information. • Medical practitioners and pathology services must notify cases of iGAS immediately upon diagnosis to the Department…

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Primary Care Conference 2024

January 17, 2024
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Western Victoria PHN is delighted to announce that that our biggest event of the year, the Primary Care Conference 2024 (PCC24), will be held over the weekend of 25 – 26 May 2024 in one of Ballarat’s newest venues, The Goods Shed. Following extensive feedback, the theme for the PCC24 will be ‘Transforming Primary Care’. We…

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Scam calls targeting General Practice

December 21, 2023
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It has recently come to our attention there have been a number of reports of impersonation attempts. The actors are pretending to be from the Australian Digital Health Agency, and are mainly targeting Practice Managers. In the event ADHA contacts you, please be aware the agency would never ask providers or consumers to share personal…

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Face Dementia program registrations open

November 24, 2023
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  Face Dementia program registrations are open Timely diagnosis allows for provision of information, initiation of evidence – based treatments, care and support, to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia. Participation in the timely diagnosis project provides significant benefits for the general practice and its patients.  Program will include interactive online…

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Alcohol and pregnancy resources

September 7, 2023
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fare – Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education has updated Resources and training for health professionals about alcohol and pregnancy: Every Moment Matters provides accurate information and advice on alcohol-free pregnancy and safe breastfeeding  

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MyMedicare registrations open

July 28, 2023
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MyMedicare voluntary patient registration is open for General Practices to register. Patients will be able to register from 1 October. Check if your clinic is eligible and view further information here If you would like to speak to one of our Practice Facilitators about MyMedicare or Accreditation please contact us

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New Mental Health referral process

May 26, 2023
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From July 1, Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) will be partnering with highly experienced health care agencies to deliver improved mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services across western Victoria. Called Step Thru Care, Step Thru Care is not and should not be the default option for GPs to refer to for all…

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The form to fill out all forms!

April 13, 2023
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The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has recently notified PHNs across Australia of the launch of Provider Connect Australia (PCA) for Vaccine Clinic Finder Connect (VCFC) practices, both claimed and unclaimed, as well as all ACCHOs. Provider Connect Australia is a system that allows healthcare organisations to share important changes or updates that have occurred…

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MBS changes to your workflow

December 15, 2022
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Due to the changes in the government COVID-19 response there are several changes to the MBS items.  These have been updated on the Services Australia site. Please note the final item – Assignment of benefit requirements will have an impact on your workflows from 1 January. Further information here

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Go Share – COVID-19 Bundle

September 26, 2022
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The new GoShare bundle is targeted to those with a positive COVID-19 test result and can assist in the support and management of your patients to remain safely at home, recognize when to seek care, as well as providing the most up to date supportive information on how to keep well throughout their COVID+ journey.…

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