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July-August 2020

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Remote monitoring of positive COVID-19 patients

Gippsland PHN is offering Gippsland general practices the opportunity to remotely monitor their patients, with confirmed cases of COVID-19, in their homes.
 
The software platform features a web portal and mobile app for health providers and a mobile app for patients, providing the infrastructure to connect health providers to people isolated in their homes.

Patient-reported outcomes and vital signs for early indication of deterioration of COVID-19 are monitored by a dedicated care team, located in a general practice. Clinical thresholds will be created for patients based on a COVID-19 care plan template.

If a patient records data outside of the defined thresholds, the care team will be alerted via the platform and action can be taken including contacting the patient (or carer) via telehealth, requesting an appointment with the general practice or directing the patient to urgent care services within a hospital.
 
This platform will enable general practices to monitor of large numbers of patients and support the prioritisation of the sickest patients for the best use of hospital resources, acting as a funnel into the hospital system, reducing the burden of inappropriate hospitalisation.

General practices or Respiratory Clinics with confirmed cases of cases of COVID-19 among their regular patients are encouraged to consider adopting the platform.

For more information or to schedule remote demonstration of Lifeguard, contact Alyce Cuman, Manager Digital Health and Integration at alyce.cuman@gphn.org.au
 
 

Testing numbers increase in Gippsland's Respiratory Clinics

Pictured above are staff at the Wellington Respiratory Clinic in Sale.

Gippsland’s Australian Government funded Respiratory Clinics have seen testing numbers increase considerably since opening, with the Federal Government extending their contracts until 30 September.
 
A total of more than 23,000 tests have been undertaken across Gippsland to date, with some of the clinics increasing capacity by opening additional rooms and also opening on Saturdays.
 
All six Respiratory Clinics are on a three-month contract with the federal Department of Health, with all notified their contracts have been extended until 30 September when they will be reviewed.
 
Many of the Respiratory Clinics have extended opening hours to meet the demand with Warragul now running seven rooms and Wellington four rooms. Warragul and Morwell Clinics are also opening on Saturday mornings as well as on week days.
 
Gippsland Primary Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, has praised the response from Gippslanders, experiencing even the mildest of symptoms, who have tested at the clinics.
 
Ms Proposch said with Stage 3 restrictions now in Gippsland, communities could not afford to become complacent.

“We continue to ask Gippslanders to please get tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms,” she said. “Stay at home until you can book a test and then you must stay at home until you get the results. Testing is important to identify any outbreaks; it is still very important to follow the government heath advice.”

To get booking details for all Respiratory Clinics, go to https://www.gphn.org.au/covid-19/
 

RACGP – Coronavirus information for GPs

In addition to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for GPs webpage, you can now find all RACGP COVID-19 resources in one centralised location on the college website.

These resources cover:
  • telehealth
  • infection control
  • information for patients
  • supporting ongoing health needs
  • advocacy and finance
For resources, click here.
 

Support for our Gippsland health professionals

Health professionals across Gippsland have responded to the call to help and support communities in bushfire-affected areas and during the coronavirus pandemic, who maybe experiencing mental and physical issues.

It is also important that health professionals can identify when they too might need assistance.
There are a range of organisations who assist health professionals, including general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses, with day-to-day issues. All are also willing to help with any issues emerging from the East Gippsland bushfire emergency and the coronavirus pandemic.

These include:

The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) is a free, confidential service for doctors and medical students who have health concerns such as stress, mental health problems, substance use problems, or any other health issues.  
The DRS4DRS has been developed by the medical profession for the medical professionals and medical students. Through a network of doctors’ heath advisory and referral services, it offers an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. In addition to these services, DRS4DRS has made available a confidential telehealth service, specifically for doctors and medical students who are struggling with their mental health. 
  The type of issues leading pharmacists to seek support from PSS include (but are not limited to) crime related trauma, workplace and workload concerns, employment matters, substance abuse, mental health issues, suicide, ill-health, difficulties arising from professional and financial pressures, practice matters and ethical issues. A national 24-hour support service for nurses and midwives, providing access to confidential advice and referral.

The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (formerly the Victorian Nurses Health Program) is an independent support service for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery experiencing health issues related to their mental health or substance use concerns.

headspace Sale now supporting young people in Wellington online and by telephone

Young people aged between 12 and 25 years in the Wellington community can now access specialised mental health support services online or by telephone, through a new headspace satellite centre in Sale.

headspace Sale is operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 6pm, with services currently available via telephone and online. In-person services are expected to commence in the coming months.
 
Young people and their families and friends can contact headspace Sale for information and support by calling 0458 558 225, emailing info@headspacesale.org.au or visiting headspace.org.au/Sale.

Read the media release here.
 

Expressions of interest sought for Gippsland PHN Board

The Gippsland Primary Health Network Board is seeking expressions of interest for two elected and one appoint­ed director positions to start in November 2020.

Board members are responsible for ensuring governance and oversight of the service’s legal and financial accountability and statutory requirements, as well as compliance with funding deed requirements.

Gippsland PHN is part of a national network of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia, funded to work towards the objective of meeting the health needs of the most vulnerable people in the community or those at risk of the poorest health outcomes.

The organisation works closely with the primary health system to identify opportunities to improve health outcomes in Gippsland communities, through better coor­dination and support of health services and by commissioning new services to address identified health needs.

Applications for the three positions close at 5pm on Monday, 17 August. For details and application forms, go to the Gippsland PHN website at https://www.gphn.org.au/ expression-interest-board-director/

Nominations for the Gippsland Primary Health Awards open soon

Nominations will open on Wednesday 12 August for the Gippsland Primary Health Awards, developed by Gippsland PHN to recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the region.

Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and organisations providing health and support services to people across Gippsland are encouraged to enter, with nominations closing on 30 September, the finalists announced on 8 October and the winners to be announced on 18 November.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said Gippsland’s health practitioners and health services worked incredibly hard to deliver health care to local communities.

“One of Gippsland PHN’s priorities is to improve the delivery of health services across our region through better use of technology, services working together, high quality care and enough trained health care professionals,” Ms Proposch said.

“This past year has presented new challenges for our primary health workers with many working in communities that faced drought and bushfires, and then the coronavirus pandemic. All can be very proud of how they have responded to Gippsland’s needs.

“These awards are one way we can honour and celebrate their achievements and their contribution to a healthier Gippsland.”

The award categories are:
  • Improved access to health services
  • Innovative support for diverse communities
  • Integration and partnerships
  • Indigenous health
  • Prevention
Gippsland PHN is pleased to partner with the Department of Health and Human Services (Population Health and Community Wellbeing teams) to introduce a new Prevention award. This award recognises the innovative and contemporary prevention practice that contributes to keeping the Gippsland community healthy and well.

To be part of these awards, we are asking individuals or organisations who have delivered one of the five priority areas above to tell us their story.

Nominations can be submitted in the following formats via a dedicated website which will be live from Wednesday 12 August:
  • 30 sec – 1 min video recording
  • Poster – we accept any size
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Any other document that tells your story!
Winners receive a $500 credit towards a health conference, workshop or forum of their choice. 

The awards website will go live on Wednesday 12 August where you can access information about the awards and entries at https://awards.gphn.org.au or email GPHNawards@gphn.org.au
 
 

We want to hear from you!

Gippsland PHN would like to know what publicly available resources you find useful and what you would like to have available in the future.

Gippsland PHN gathers data and information from many sources including the local community and professionals to identify priorities of our region in a Health Needs Assessment. The purpose is to make informed decisions about the best ways to achieve our vision of a measurably healthier Gippsland.

We provide access to publicly available Population Health Resources via our website.

We work with our partners and all levels of government to address our priorities and hope the resources are useful to help improve health and wellbeing in Gippsland.

Please complete a short survey to let us know what you think https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YR9DWN.

The survey is open until 31 August 2020. Questions can be directed to Population Health Planner, Maria Garrett via email at maria.garrett@gphn.org.au or phone 0447 206 817.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities are a priority in the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan.
 
If you need information or resources, please go to the following:
 

LEAHA is still operating … just in a different way

Watch the LEAHA video here.
In the climate of coronavirus, the team at the Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association wanted to let their community know the service is still operating, just in a different way.
 
So staff decided to make a video to assure “THAT THEY ARE STILL THERE ON THE END OF THE PHONE” to help their community in any way possible.
 
“We wanted our faces to be seen to let community know we are still here - just in a different way,” explained LEAHA Executive Officer, Paul Morgan.
 
“Our community are our strength and we wanted them to know that we appreciated and cared for them all.”
 

New guide for implementing the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with cancer

Cancer Australia has released a guide to implementing the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with cancer (the Guide), a companion guide to the Optimal Care Pathway.
 
The guide is designed to support health services and clinicians in the planning and delivery of culturally safe and responsive cancer care.
 
Using the OCP as the foundation for best practice, the guide contains priorities for consideration at a system level, practical strategies to help health services plan for improvement and guidance for health professionals to consider in relation to their own practice.
 
To view the guide, click here.
 
 

Aged care workers across Victoria now required to wear masks

All aged care workers across Victoria are now be required to wear face masks. This applies to both residential and home care workers.

The Australian Government will release a further one million masks from the National Medical Stockpile to support this requirement. This is in addition to the four million released for aged care workers in the areas of Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire earlier this week. An additional one million makes will also be provided for primary care workers in Victoria.

Aged care providers in Victoria can contact AgedCareCOVIDPPE@health.gov.au to request masks for in home and residential aged care workers delivering close personal care and clinical care, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and gowns to aged care services with a potential or confirmed COVID-19 outbreak.

Urgent reminder for aged care providers

All aged care service providers are reminded that they must immediately notify the Commonwealth Department of Health of any COVID-19 cases among residents and staff.

Email the Department of Health at agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au.

This notification is essential for the activation of Commonwealth support including rapid access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile, case management, surge workforce support and supplementary pathology testing.

This notification to the Department of Health is in addition to notifying your Public Health Unit.
For more information on COVID-19 outbreak preparedness and management, refer to the CDNA National Guidelines.

The Department of Health has also published a checklist for residential aged care providers in here.
 

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission letter to providers

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Janet Anderson has written to aged care providers regarding their obligations to implement all necessary steps to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

The Commission will shortly be undertaking unannounced checks of aged care services to observe infection control practices and ensure that everyone is adhering to safe personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols and infection control arrangements.

The Commission acknowledges the ongoing efforts of all aged care providers during this difficult time.
 

 

DoH support for older people to stay at home

Given their higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, many older people are choosing to stay home as much as possible to protect themselves.

There are many Australian Government-funded services to support senior Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • a telehealth appointment with their doctor rather than attend a face-to-face appointment
  • deliveries of their prescriptions through their pharmacy
  • help with food, meals and grocery shopping through My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
  • the new Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line on 1800 171 866
  • online and phone ‘visits’ by the Community Visitors Scheme
  • the FriendLine for a chat on 1800 424 287

People aged 65 years and older are also eligible for a free flu shot through their GP or pharmacy.

Find out more at https://www.gphn.org.au/supporting-senior-australians-coronavirus-pandemic/
 
 

Practical resources to assist family carers

Many Australians prefer to stay and be cared for at home when diagnosed with a terminal illness or as they approach end of life. However choosing home as a place of care needs careful consideration to support not only the person at the end of life, but also family carers.
 
CarerHelp has practical resources to assist family carers in preparing to care for a person at the end of life at home. 
 
The tool Is Caring at Home an Option can help identify what a carer needs to consider if they are finding it hard to decide whether they can provide care at home. Answers from the tool can be used for discussion with health professionals, care team, the person with life-limiting illness, and family members or friends.
 
A set of fact sheets and links to other organisations provide home care tips. These include how to set up a health care team, financial matters, caring for a dying person, assistive equipment, caring at home during COVID-19 and self-care are available.
 
In addition, CarerHelp’s Pathway 2: Caring when death is a possibility offers modules and other information that can help understand what to expect when caring for a person with a terminal condition. 
 
For more information, visit www.carerhelp.com.au  
 
 

Scholarships for nurses and midwives

Pictured above are Vivian Bullwinkel (right) and Betty Jeffrey (left).

The Australian Nurses Memorial Centre is offering scholarships for nurses and midwives as part of its mission to act as “a living memorial”, by advancing the nursing profession through education.

The ANMC provides and administers scholarships for nurses and midwives undertaking postgraduate study by course work or research at an Australian university or other accredited higher education institution.

Founded in 1950 by Vivian Bullwinkel and Betty Jeffrey, outstanding nurses and survivors of WW11 prisoner of war camps, the ANMC was established to honour Australian nurses who lost their lives in the various theatres of wars or humanitarian operations.

The scholarships available are: ANMC Vivian Bullwinkel Award $15,000; ANMC Betty Jeffery Award $10,000; ANMC Indigenous Nurses Scholarship $5000; and ANMC Mental Health Scholarship $5000.

For more details on how to apply, go to https://australiannursesmemorialcentre.org.au/index.php/scholarships/
 

Pilot placement program for student nurses

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical placement hours for nursing students are tight, which leaves our future nurses at risk of being unable to graduate.

The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association is inviting general practices to take part in its Student Nurse Placement Pilot Project and host one or many student nurses.

As an incentive, practices will receive $300 per student hosted. The student must be supervised by a registered nurse or nurse practitioner during the placement. Each placement lasts for three weeks. There are five placement periods to choose from. The first period starts on Monday 7 September 2020 and the last period starts Monday 14 December 2020.

Registration for the project closes Friday 14 August. To register for this project and host a student or three, please email APNA Ambassador and Founder, Sam Moses, via sam.moses@apna.asn.au.

Below is some further information:
Student Nurse Placement Pilot Project Overview
Student Nurse Placement Pilot Project FAQ
 

CPD accredited eLearning module: My Health Record in Nursing

This self-paced course has been developed in collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and is eligible for CPD points.

The course supports nurses working in any healthcare setting to become familiar with and confident in using the My Health Record system.

Go to training

AIDS 2020 – 23rd International AIDS Conference Report B3ack

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has opened registrations for the  AIDS 2020 – 23rd International AIDS Conference Report B3ack.
 
Taking place from 5-8pm on Wednesday 12 August, this event will be live-streamed through an online platform.
 
ASHM is the peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections.

Conference presenters are A/Prof Dr Jason Ong, Dr Ben Bavinton and Dr Nicholas Medland who will be sharing their insights. The session will also include the opportunity for live Q&A.

For more details go to the ASHM website at https://www.ashm.org.au/

Australian Digital Health Agency electronic prescriptions eLearning courses for prescribers and dispensers

The Australian Digital Health Agency electronic prescriptions eLearning courses for both prescribers and dispensers are now available.

The eLearning courses are free and have been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Practitioners completing the courses can claim CPD/PDP credits/points upon successful completion of each module. 

The eLearning courses include three modules:
  1. Introducing electronic prescriptions 
  2. Using electronic prescriptions 
  3. Preparing for electronic prescriptions 
Go to course
 

Electronic prescription resources

A number of electronic prescriptions resources covering readiness requirements and workflow aspects have been released by software providers and PHNs. These are:
  1. ADHA webinar recording – Preparing your Pharmacy for Electronic Prescriptions
  2. ADHA webinar recording – Preparing your practice for Electronic Prescriptions
  3. Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) Electronic Prescriptions webpage
  4. Best Practice Software - Electronic prescribing Q&A podcast
  5. Corum Health – Electronic prescribing FAQs and videos
  6. Eastern Melbourne PHN – Electronic prescribing checklists for General Practice and Pharmacies
  7. Fred IT – Dispensing ePrescription Webinar Questions
  8. Gippsland HealthPathways - Electronic Prescribing
  9. Hunter New England Central Coast PHN - Electronic prescriptions and Scrypt
  10. MedicalDirector – Electronic prescribing readiness checklist
  11. Minfos – How to manage ePrescriptions in Minfos
  12. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia - Electronic prescriptions
  13. Pharmacy Guild
  14. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  15. South Eastern Melbourne PHN Electronic Prescriptions resource
  16. Zedmed – Electronic prescribing FAQs
Contact the Gippsland PHN Digital Health team at Digital.Health@gphn.org.au for more information. 
 

Australian Digital Health Agency upcoming webinars and resources

Electronic prescriptions: Panel discussion with participating healthcare providers

When: Wednesday, 12 August, 6.30-7.30pm
 
Electronic prescriptions are a key priority of the National Digital Health Strategy and offer new prescription format options and convenience for both patients and healthcare providers. Implementation of electronic prescriptions is well underway, with several software providers validating the technical aspects along with workflow in a number of electronic prescribing ‘communities of interest’ (COI). Australian Digital Health Agency will host a panel discussion with clinicians (General Practitioner, Pharmacist) and Practice Manager will be sharing their experience and strategies about how their practice has incorporated electronic prescriptions in everyday practice.
 
Register here
 

RACP Digital Congress: Electronic prescriptions: What you need to know

When: Wednesday 12 August, 6pm

RACP is hosting an interactive session on electronic prescriptions in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency. Subject matter experts will present on a range of topics, providing an overview of the roadmap for electronic prescriptions and capabilities that will be available for prescribers. Topics covered will include:
  • Core electronic prescribing features
  • Workflow aspects relating to prescribers
  • How you can prepare for electronic prescriptions
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A.
 
Register here

Preparing your pharmacy for electronic prescriptions

When: Tuesday 25 August, 6.30-8pm
 
This session is designed to discuss pharmacy staff’s role in supporting the roll-out of electronic prescriptions and consumer education considerations. The Australian Digital Health Agency will provide an update on progress to date, detailed resource lists, preparation steps and communications tools to ensure both your patients and pharmacy are ready for electronic prescriptions. There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A during the session.
 
Register here
 

Electronic prescriptions for general practice

When: Thursday, 27 August, 6.30-7.30pm
 
This session is designed to discuss practice staff’s role in supporting the roll-out of electronic prescriptions and consumer education considerations. The Australian Digital Health Agency will provide an update on progress to date, detailed resource lists, preparation steps and communications tools to ensure both your patients and practice are ready for electronic prescriptions. There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A during the session.
 
Register here
 

Australian Digital Health Agency guide on using online conferencing technologies 

The Australian Digital Health Agency partnered with Cyber CX to release a new guide for healthcare professionals and organisations to securely use online conferencing technologies to provide health services, including telehealth.

Download the guide
Read more
 

Welcome to the Research Hub


Gippsland Primary Health Network’s vision is a measurably healthier Gippsland.

This section of our LINK newsletter provides articles on research being undertaken by Gippsland PHN and in collaboration with other organisations that are contributing to this vision. It will also feature research and studies from outside our region which may be of interest to our stakeholders.

For all things ‘research’ related, please email research@gphn.org.au

Health Sector Report - Impact of COVID-19 on GPs

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the workloads and incomes of general practitioners and other specialists, according to the new ANZ-Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report.

Led by Professor Anthony Scott, the latest ANZ–Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report examines the impact of COVID-19 on GPs and other specialists’ work patterns and mental health. It looks at how these doctors changed the organisation of their practices to adapt to the pandemic, and the support they received.

More than 2000 GPs and other specialists completed the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) COVID-19 Short Online Survey. This is part of the Melbourne Institute’s custom-designed longitudinal study of doctors.

The results reveal the rapid shift to Medicare-funded telehealth consultations, with 36 per cent of all consultations provided by telehealth in April 2020. This allowed GPs to continue to look after patients in a safe environment and help protect them from some loss of income. But the majority of consultations were provided by telephone rather than video, raising some concerns about quality and continuity of care if Medicare continues to fund telehealth after the pandemic.

Telehealth was more likely to be used by GPs in wealthier areas, in urban areas, and by larger GP practices.

Twenty per cent of GPs and 42 per cent of other specialists reported losses in income of 30 per cent or more. Thirty per cent of surgeons and anaesthetists reported income had fallen by 50 per cent or more.

More than half of the GPs surveyed increased the number of face-to-face consultations they bulk bill, while nearly a third of respondents reported feeling financially stressed as a result of these losses in income.

Despite the loss of income when compared to full-fee face-to-face-appointments for some, 84 per cent of all those surveyed agreed that telehealth should be permanently funded by Medicare.

Read the report here

How are you? Living with COVID-19 restrictions in Australia – survey two

Monash University is conducting a new anonymous online survey to see how people in Australia are experiencing life during the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions are eased in some states, and to ask what governments could do to help recovery. 
 
The survey is now live and the university wants to hear from you (whether or not you completed the first survey in April). The survey is open to all people 18 and over living in Australia and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. 
 
Please complete the survey now
 
 

Impact of COVID-19 on country Victorian health practices

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how country Victorian health practices have had to operate.
 
To find out the impact and details of the changes in the industry, RWAV conducted a survey of rural and remote health services in Victoria.
 
In the aftermath of the COVID19 crisis, there will be important conversations to be had about our healthcare system and how it needs to support Victorians in rural and remote areas. The health workforce and ways of providing healthcare services will be a key part of these conversations.
 
The survey was sent to rural health practices to understand how practices have responded to COVID-19, and to understand their needs. Most responses came from practice managers, GPs and Allied health professionals. There were 72 respondents in total to the survey.  
 
See the results here.
 

Trauma in Practice: what does the evidence say?

Phase 2 of an online university study about trauma referral practices is now live.

This Charles Sturt University School of Psychology study is recruiting GPs and psychologists who can access the survey via this link: https://csufobjbs.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2kBhT4UKgQQTsx
 
Responses provided in this survey will help the university evaluate the needs of clinicians who manage patients/clients with trauma related mental health problems. The survey is will take 35-45 minutes to complete and will involve a short training exercise which is likely to be of some benefit to clinicians.
 
The study is titled “Understanding current referral practices for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive skills training in improving referral practices” and is being conducted by Kelly Roche as a psychology honours project.
 
Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all responses will be kept anonymous. No personally identifiable information will be associated with your responses to any reports of these data.

The Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this study (protocol H20155).

 

Rural and remote mental health symposium online

The Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 26-28 October 2020.
 
Participants can engage and connect with professionals in the mental health sector and discover more about:
  • Digital Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Communities Driving Solution and Engagement
  • Workforce in Rural and Remote Areas
  • Child Wellbeing in Rural Communities
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health resilience
  • First Nations Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Farming and Agriculture
  • Men’s Health
  • COVID
  • Resilience in Rural Australia
 
To view the program, click here.
 

Mission Australia's Youth Survey 2019 results

Results of Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2019 have been released with around 25,000 young people aged between 15 and 19 years taking part.
 
Key findings of the Staying Home: A Youth Survey Report on Experiences of Youth Homelessness were:
  • More than one in six young people (17%) reported having an experience of some type of homelessness.
  • 7% of respondents indicated having experienced a time when they had no fixed address or lived in a refuge or transitional accommodation at least once.
  • 13% of young people reported a couch surfing experience.
Read the report here.

For more information or a full briefing please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us by email at researchandpolicy@missionaustralia.com.au

National women's health survey

The Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has launched its sixth annual national Women’s Health Survey.

The online survey is one of the country’s most revealing insights into the health concerns and needs of women in Australia, including insights into the physical and mental health effects of COVID-19 and our summer bushfires.

The organisation wants to reach as many women as possible.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to improving women's health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to providing a trusted world-class health and education service for women. 

The results of this anonymous survey will be used in many ways: to identify knowledge gaps of consumers and health professionals across Australia, to help develop policy in collaboration with state and federal government departments and to give the research community solid insights into women’s health
The survey takes around 15 minutes and closes on Friday, 28 August.

All the details of the survey can be found at jeanhailes.org.au/survey2020

Drug Use Impacts Bulletin

The Australian response to COVID-19 is unprecedented in modern times. Changes to border controls, regulations around physical distancing and prohibitions on public gatherings are anticipated to have profound impacts on drug markets and people who use drugs.
 
In partnership with Monash University School of Rural Health, the Burnet Institute runs the VMAX study, a prospective cohort study of people who use methamphetamine in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
 
This study provides a unique opportunity to compare information from participants collected before, during and after the COVID-19 restrictions to examine their impacts on people who use methamphetamine across the state.
 
This Bulletin continues a series in which findings are presented from analyses of all studies of people who use drugs that will be monitored and updated as COVID-19 restrictions involved.
 
See details here.
 

Are you impacted by childhood heart disease?  

HeartKids is creating new resources for individuals and families impacted by childhood heart disease. This includes congenital heart disease and heart disease acquired during childhood. 
 
If this is you – this includes people with a condition, as well as parents, carers, siblings and other relations – you can help by completing this survey about your experiences.  
 
Complete the survey:  
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CS_SMQVJ9P 
 
 

How to: Present a Research Based Oral Abstract

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) is holding an online webinar titled “How to: Present a Research Based Oral Abstract”.

The webinar will be presented by Clinical Nurse Consultant at RPA Sexual Health, Linda Garton,who has worked in research as a project coordinator at the Kirby Institute, and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) at ANU.

Linda has presented research she has been involved in at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference on numerous occasions. 

Find out more at https://ashm.org.au/training/ or contact conference@ashm.org.au if you have any questions.

Allied health CPD motivation survey

 Allied health professionals can have their say about CPD experiences in an online survey.
 
PhD scholar Helen McGregor, Dr Louise Horstmanshof and Dr Brad Shipway are interested in knowing the views regarding CPD experiences and motivations allied health professionals have had following professional qualification and also attitudes to professional identity.

The short survey (10 minutes) is part of PhD research into why we do CPD. To participate in the CPD survey - click here
 

 
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