Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Risk Assessment and Opportunistic Screening

Opportunistic screening occurs when a health professional offers their patient an additional examination or test as part of a routine medical check-up. It can assist patients to detect disease early, prevent illness and improve their health and wellbeing.

Community Consultations

The Latrobe Health Innovation Zone is currently conducting community consultations to learn more about how to keep our community healthy and well.

We are interested in what we can do to prevent long-term health conditions in our community, like Type 2 Diabetes, Respiratory Conditions and Heart or Kidney Disease. Community are asked to be part of the solution and help keep our community healthy, we would like you to share your thoughts on:

  • What does prevention mean to you?
  • What you know about long-term health conditions?
  • What do you know about risk factors for long-term health conditions?
  • How you can avoid long-term health conditions and is this important to you?

Find out more about the consultation and how you can participate here.

APNA Nurse Led Chronic Disease Clinics

The LHIZ team has partnered with the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) to support the establishment of nurse-led clinics with a prevention focus. APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care and strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health nurse and partner with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to provide support and development opportunities that build capacity for nursing.

Currently APNA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from General Practices who may be interested in establishing a nurse-led clinic as a model of care. APNA will act as the project lead and provide education to support the general practice team to adapt, develop and implement models of nurse-led care. Nurse-led clinics will have a focus on early detection and prevention of chronic disease, with a focus on preventive strategies related to chronic disease.

Find out more here.