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Gippsland PHN works with communities, general practice, allied health, hospitals and other primary and community health providers to drive, support and strengthen primary health in Gippsland to meet the needs of local communities.

We are a trusted, authoritative and credible source of information, a vehicle for collaboration and strong advocate, essential to local decision-making and capability building.

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Media Contact:

Lynne Smith

GPHN Communications Support

0437 918 234

20 August 2021

Theme chosen for the 2021 Gippsland Primary Health Awards

Gippsland health professionals are at the forefront of caring for their regional community to provide better health outcomes for everyone.

To acknowledge their incredible work, especially in the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Gippsland Primary Health Awards will embrace the theme, Better Gippsland.

16 August 2021

Pop-up clinics to check in on your health

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) is partnering with Federation University to deliver pop-up health checks to the Latrobe community.

Portable health check clinics will be ‘popping up’ in the major towns of Traralgon, Morwell and Moe offering free, 15-minute health checks by nursing students from Federation University – supervised by a registered nurse.

10 August 2021

Top issue of concern to Gippsland's young people

The top three issues of concern for Gippsland’s young people in 2020 were coping with stress, body image and mental health.

This was revealed in one of two Priority Issues Papers, released this week by Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) – ‘Young People and Mental Health’ and ‘Disability’.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said the data showed the issues important to Gippsland’s young people and what issues needed to be addressed.

6 August 2021

Milestone vaccinations for Gippsland GPs

Gippsland general practices and GP-led Respiratory Clinics have administered more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses in four months.

The milestone was reached today, 6 August 2021, when vaccination doses given since 22 March 2021 totalled 103,282.

Gippsland Primary Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, congratulated all those clinics who are taking part in the vaccination rollout, with many now giving both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

2 July 2021

Heroes of black summer brought to life in children’s picture book

Children and families in fire-affected regions will benefit from a children’s picture book telling the stories of ‘heroes’ who helped protect East Gippsland during and after the region’s terrifying 2019-20 summer of bushfire.

Heroes of Black Summer was written by Kylie Miller and Craig Sheather to help children process the trauma they experienced during the fires. It was illustrated by Karen Erasmus and published by Australian Geographic.

The book was published with support from a One Good Community Wellbeing Grant through the Gippsland Primary Health Network.

2 July 2021

Influence local health care

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) wants to hear from the community about their experience with health care.

The organisation has launched a major survey in conjunction with Monash University and would like to hear from people who live, work or study in Gippsland.

Gippsland PHN is funded by the Australian Government to help people in Gippsland become healthier.

25 June 2021

Smokers need support to quit says GP

A Gippsland doctor suggests that a decision to avoid smoking indoors can make a big difference to anyone trying to quit.

Dr Kinsella, chair of the East Gippsland and Wellington Clinical Council for Gippsland PHN, said the PHN had undertaken extensive research as part of its role and uses this data and information to inform health planning across the region.

This research shows that in Gippsland, smoking remains a significant health issue with a higher percentage of smokers at 20 per cent compared with the Victorian average 13 per cent.

15 June 2021

Real-time remote patient monitoring helps people stay at home

A new digital software platform from Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN), called Lifeguard, allows health professionals to monitor their patients in real-time while they remain in the comfort of their own homes.

CGH is one of the first users of the Remote Patient Monitoring technology in Gippsland, implementing it in February this year for patients living with chronic and complex health conditions. It was introduced as part of the CGH Values Based Health Care (VBHC) program.

7 June 2021

Mallacoota community health survey

While many Mallacoota residents recognise the limitations of living in a remote location, they have complimented local health services for their quality and range.

This was one of the findings from a community survey of local health services, conducted by Gippsland Primary Health Network. The survey attracted 218 responses, representing 20 per cent of the population.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, thanked those who responded to the survey, which will feed into the organisation’s major region-wide Health Needs Assessment, being undertaken this year.

14 May 2021

Gippsland GPs prove ‘agile and responsive’ in coronavirus pandemic

Gippsland general practices have proved agile and responsive to community and business needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was a key finding in a new paper released by the Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN).

The paper – ‘Pandemics and disasters: The value of integrated care’ – includes a snapshot of data provided by Gippsland general practices to Gippsland PHN through POLAR, a cloud-based clinical intelligence platform for GPs to use within their practice. It can also be used to look at regional trends based on de-identified data.

4 May 2021

#ScreenForMe community celebration

Two years after its inception, Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) is relaunching the #ScreenForMe campaign to raise community awareness of cancer screening.

The event marks the campaign’s second birthday, but Gippsland PHN is taking the opportunity to launch Phase 2 of the #ScreenForMe campaign, I’ve #Screened For Me.

#ScreenForMe aims to empower the community to make a difference by encouraging their friends and family to be proactive in looking after their health by screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.

??? July 2021

Report details impact of COVID-19 in the Latrobe Valley

Latrobe Health Advocate, Jane Anderson has partnered with the Gippsland Primary Health Network to produce a report which details the impact of COVID-19 in the Latrobe Valley.

The report, COVID-19 Impact and Recovery in Latrobe, is designed to identify system gaps, consider broader opportunities for health system reform, and provide advice to the Victorian Government and local service organisations about the key commitments required to steer recovery in the Valley.

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