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2 November 2022


Gippsland PHN facilitated events

Statewide immunisation forum
Reconnection event for practice managers to Reset, Recharge, Recover
The latest option in the treatment of opioid dependence
Case conferencing in primary care for residential aged care facilities


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For helpful resources, click here
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View the Gippsland PHN Training and Events webpage HERE

Statewide immunisation forum

The Victorian Primary Health Networks are holding a statewide PHN online immunisation forum for health professionals to provide updates on the National and Victorian Immunisation program, vaccine catch-up doses and travel vaccinations.
Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV), Monkeypox (MPX), Shingles and Meningococcal will also be included in the presentations. 

This event is brought to you by the Victorian Primary Health Networks (PHN) – Western Victoria PHN, Murray PHN, Gippsland PHN, North Western Melbourne PHN, South Eastern Melbourne PHN and Eastern Melbourne PHN. 
Gippsland PHN event

Health professionals

17 November 2022

Register here

Reconnection event for practice managers to Reset, Recharge, Recover

Gippsland PHN is hosting this hybrid event for practice managers with a choice of three locations. The format is for a lunch and networking session, followed by a presentation delivered face-to-face at the Traralgon location and via Zoom or in-person at the other locations.
It has been another big year full of demands and challenges but also achievements. This session brings a lighter focus to round out the year with achievements recognised and celebrated.

The session will explore key questions to help you capture the “gold” from the year that was and identify the learnings, practices and processes that you will: 
  • Take with you into 2023
  • Tweak or refine, or …
  • Turf
 Presenter – Tanya Heaney-Voogt
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Practice managers

Gippsland PHN Traralgon
11 Seymour St ,
Hybrid hosted events:
The Riversleigh
1 Nicholson St
Wonthaggi Centennial
1 Bent St
29 November,
12pm lunch
12.30-2pm presentation
Lunch provided

Registration and information


The latest option in the treatment of opioid dependence

Gippsland PHN is partnering with the Gippsland Pharmacotherapy Network to deliver this CPD approved face-to-face education. The session aims to provide education to prescribers on long-acting injectable buprenorphine (LAIB), a treatment option for opioid dependant patients.

Topics include:

• benefits of LAIB versus current treatment options
• practical considerations/requirements for handling and dispensing LAIB
• facilitated discussion regarding LAIB use for patients located in Gippsland
Gippsland PHN event


GPs. nurse practitioners and pharmacists

In person:
West Gippsland Arts Centre.
Corner of Smith and Albert Streets,
Warragul (1 Civic Place)

22 November 2022


Case conferencing in primary care for residential aged care facilities

Gippsland PHN is providing a learning opportunity for GPs and health professionals interested in Case Conferencing in Primary Care and Residential Aged Care Facilities.
The series of modules and resources have been developed by Riwka Hagen and Kim Poyner from Medical Business Services, providing a practical and an informed approach to case conferencing to improve the health outcomes of patients and residents.
Gippsland PHN education resource


GPs and other health professionals


Please see this link to online modules and resources.
Scroll down to see these other events. and education opportunities

Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course for GPs and nurse practitioners in Latrobe

Cancer Council Victoria is calling on nurse practitioners and general practitioners who work in Latrobe Local Government Area to apply for a Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course Scholarship of $1500.
This advanced level training enables health professionals to effectively diagnose, manage and treat chronic hepatitis B in primary care settings.

The course is delivered online and includes three, two-hour live webinars, video modules and the successful completion of a short assignment and online assessment. Limited spaces available so scholarships will be given on a first come first serve basis.
In Victoria, the course is managed by VHHITAL  and delivered online. As this course is offered free of charge by VHHITAL, the scholarship is reimbursing medical practitioners an amount for their time to complete the course.
General practitioners and nurse practitioners in Latrobe LGA

If you’re interested in this scholarship opportunity, please contact Nina Brown, Community Engagement Lead at Cancer Council Victoria at by Friday 11 November 2022.

Mental Health First Aid

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
Participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Bairnsdale, The Hub.
27 Dalmohoy Street
Wednesday and Thursday
16 and 17 November 2022

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Evidence-based training to help you become more trauma-informed 

This evidence-informed, expert-led online training from Pheonix Austtralia will help create an emotionally safe environment for, and to interact with, people who are trauma-impacted in such a way that allows for their recovery from trauma while looking after your own well-being.

Funded by the Victorian Department of Health, there are limited spots available for free for people and organisations supporting communities in Victoria that have been greatly affected by the pandemic.

More information here

Supporting the mental health of Victorians

These programs from Pheonix Australia are an initiative of the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Package and are
available free to people, organisations, and communities in Victoria that have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.
Introductory modules
Trauma awareness in Psychological First Aid
Being Trauma aware for trauma- Informed care
Specialised Courses
Psychological First Aid during COVID-19
Trauma-Informed Care during COVID-19

Download flyer

AOD Learning Platforms for health professionals

To better support general practitioners and health professionals across the region to better support their patients overcome the impacts of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), a Gippsland specific learning platform with evidence-based education modules and resources is now available.

Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) and Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) have partnered with Gippsland PHN to develop and deliver educational support and resources to assist with delivery of drug and alcohol training to GPs and other health professionals in Gippsland region.
GPs and other health professionals.

The platform is now live with Modules 1 and 2. Modules 3 and 4 are coming soon.

Please complete the registration form for access to the learning platform.

Click here to register

Early detection and management of chronic kidney disease

Eastern Melbourne PHN is hosting this online event on behalf of Kidney Health Australia.
It features the presentation of a case study that discusses the importance of early detection for those at risk of chronic kidney disease, how to detect chronic kidney disease, and current treatment options to delay the progression of this underdiagnosed disease.
Presenter: Annette Bezzant, Nurse Practitioner, Monash Health
Learning outcomes: 
  • outline the importance of early detection for those at risk of chronic kidney disease
  • describe the elements of the assessment for chronic kidney disease (Kidney Health Check)
  • define the treatment options to delay progression of chronic kidney disease.
10 November

Register here



Calm Kids webinar series

Learn to support your primary school aged child with worry, frustration, managing impulses and tricky behaviour through this webinar series from Calm Kids Central.
You can join individual sessions or attend all three.  These free webinars are partly funded by Gippsland PHN and presented by clinical child psychologist Kirrilie Smout.

For any queries, email



Interested people

Calm and Cooperative Kids
9 November 2022

Register here


Trauma Informed Practice - Latrobe Regional Hospital

Trauma Informed Practice sessions are being delivered by Latrobe Regional Hospital in Wonthaggi and Traralgon.
Trauma is common among adults and children in social service systems. See some statistics below: 

  • 98% of female offenders have experienced trauma often interpersonal trauma and domestic violence
  • 96% of  adolescent psychiatric inpatients have histories of exposure to trauma
  • 93% of homeless mothers have a lifetime history of interpersonal trauma
  • 90% of juvenile justice involved youth have experienced trauma, often multiple traumas from an early age


Health professionals

15 November 2022
Wonthaggi Club
16 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi

28 November 2022
Latrobe Valley
Community Mental Health Service
20 Washington Street, Traralgon

Download flyer


End of Life Law

The End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free national training program for health professionals.

The module is designed for medical practitioners, medical students, nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners and health workers and allied and other health professionals. It aims to help clinicians:

  • Understand legal considerations that can arise in the context of caring for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and families at the end of life.
  • Recognise how health professionals can provide Culturally Safe and Culturally Responsive end of life care. 


The module has been developed in collaboration with Indigenous health professionals and organisations from across Australia. Certificates of completion are available. CPD points may be claimed.

For more information about the module click here. It can be accessed at the Palliative Care Education & Training Collaborative.

Should you require further information please contact End of Life Law for Clinicians at

Eating Disorders
Core Skills

National Eating Disorders Collaboration presents Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs, an accredited professional development and training course that provides GPs with the key information needed to provide best practice care for patients with eating disorders.

  • The training is free and is accredited by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (40 points).
  • The course provides foundational training for GPs to equip them to be able to understand, identify and assess eating disorders, provide medical treatment, lead the multidisciplinary team, manage MBS items and provide ongoing recovery support.


More information and access to the training is available here

There is also e-learning opportunities for health professionals working in the eating disorders space.

Find out more Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for Mental Health Professionals (


Osteoporosis management for general practitioners

The University of Melbourne has developed a learning hub for GPs who would like to know more about osteoporosis management.
In collaboration with The University of Melbourne, Praxhub will be hosting a Small Group Learning activity for GPs to discuss the prevention of osteoporosis and fractures, difficult-to-manage cases, investigations, treatment options, and monitoring.  
Also see this link to video of the variation in hip fractures.
General practitioners

Register here
Free online CPD-Accredited Activity:
40 CPD Points (RACGP) • 8 PDP Points (ACRRM)

Immuniser Training - Managing Immunisation Emergencies


Join Steph, a Registered Nurse and Immuniser, for a refresher on Immunisation Emergencies, in particular anaphylaxis.
Various dates and times are available to join the training, or contact facilitators for your team’s personal education session including CPR.



8 November 2022
12.30 - 1.30pm
11 December 2022
4 - 5pm
$60 pp
Limited places.
Please see flyer for registration details and more information.

Anaphylaxis refresher


Join Steph, a Registered Nurse from Gippsland, for a refresher on anaphylaxis.
Renew your knowledge, refine assessment skills and refresh your confidence and competence in recognising and managing anaphylaxis in a GP setting. 


13 December 2022
12.30 - 1.30pm
$60 pp
Limited places.
Please see this flyer for registration details and more information.

ThinkGP - Mental health skills training for GPs

If you are an Australian GP, you are able to access the additional mental health MBS item numbers (2715 and 2717) by completing the Mental Health Skills Training (Modular Pathway), which requires both a Mental Health Skills Training Core Module and one Clinical Enhancement Module to be completed.

To ensure your activity is reported to Medicare, please check that your Medicare Provider Number is up to date in your college database. See further instructions for RACGP members

Mental Health Skills Training Core Module
Advanced course | Hours: 6 | RACGP: 40pts | ACRRM: 6hrs


Clinical Enhancement Module: Developmental disorders in young people
Advanced course | Hours: 6 | RACGP: 40pts | ACRRM: 6hrs



Family Violence AOD Community of Practice

The Victorian Government has provided support to VAADA to administer a fully-funded, centralised workforce development program for the AOD sector until December 2022. 

This training and professional development program - Elevate! - is available to all AOD workforce currently employed within funded AOD services across Victoria. 

For details go to eLearn: MARAM Brief and Intermediate eLearn course for practitioners working with victim survivors.


Click here to view all training

Register here


Mental Health Victoria - training and development

Mental Health Victoria has partnered with Fundamental Training and Development to offer a series of courses that build leadership skills with a special focus on mentally healthy practice.

You can foster your leadership skills with ‘Leading others through change’, build on your existing leadership practice with ‘Resilience building’ and ‘Courageous conversations’ and prepare to lead change in your organisation with ‘ChangeAbility’.


Find out more about these MHV courses here.


Mental Health Victoria - professional development and accredited training

Mental Health Victoria is presenting a new set of accredited training and courses that allow accrual of Continual Professional Development (CPD) points.

In partnership with Suicide Programs, MHV is now offering ‘Accidental Counsellor’, a program that provides participants with an understanding of the counselling process and strategies for dealing with people in crisis.


Find out more about accredited and CPD-applicable training here.


How do you know it's an eating disorder?

 Listen to How do you know it's an eating disorder? - Butterfly Foundation to learn more about what is – or isn’t – an eating disorder.


Please use link (at left).


Eating Disorder Core Skills training

The Eating Disorder Core Skills training has been developed specifically for mental health professionals. It is evidence-based, nationally recognised and free to access here.
This training builds on National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) Core Skills series, the first of which was accredited Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs, developed for GPs and accessible here.

Search the interactive national database of credentialed mental health professionals and dietitians with expertise in treating eating disorders here.

For general practitioners



Butterfly Foundation professional development

Register now for one of the Butterfly Foundation term 2 small group, interactive, professional development virtual workshops. 

Sessions include: Let’s talk body confident children and teens, body Image and boys for educators, body esteem educator training and understanding eating disorders in young people.

All scheduled sessions this term are virtual.  If you would like a private, on-site workshop please contact the Butterfly Foundation to discuss by emailing

Health professionals
Cost $90
Session starts at 10am
Wednesday 16 November 2022


Murra Mullangari: Introduction to cultural safety and cultural humility

This course is appropriate for practising nurses and midwives from all career stages, clinical and non-clinical roles and backgrounds who may or may not have built an understanding of Cultural Safety and/or Cultural Humility.

The cost of the program is $495 (inc GST) which allows access to approximately eight hours of self-paced online learning and reflection activities.

All nurses and midwives



New free Microcredential training

Women’s Health Victoria and 1800 My Options have announced a new free Microcredential on their learning platform.

To access WHV's existing suite of online training, including flexible online courses and a suite of Gender Equity and Workplace Equity Microcredentials, visit the website

Health professionals, support workers and interested students



Digital Health training


New My Health Record eLearning Modules

The Digital Health Agency has launched two new eLearning modules for healthcare providers:

  • Using My Health Record in Nursing (2021)
  • Electronic Prescriptions in Community Pharmacy

These CPD accredited activities are practical, tailored and self-paced.

Healthcare providers

You can access online learning activities here

Culturally responsive practice for older people


This online course with the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership outlines appropriate clinical practice for working with aged care recipients from CALD backgrounds, targeting clinicians and health practitioners working in health and aged care settings.
Participation in this training may attract CPD for participants. Read details about the material in the flyer outline.



Health professionals

Culturally Responsive Practice with Older People in Health and Aged Care

Further information contact:


View these helpful resources

Emergency Minds resources

  • Emerging Minds provides resources, tools and implementation advice to professionals working with parents and develop free resources to help all families access the right information at the right time.  To support your patients with resources, view the full Emerging Minds Families resource offering and visit
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