The Victorian Department of Health has launched its free, online learning package covering the basic principles of infection prevention and control – IPC eLearning.

IPC eLearning contains content for non-clinical workers across all sectors and has been designed based on our team’s IPC response, education and advice provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for vulnerable people and groups. It was developed in partnership with VICNISS, one of Australia’s leading organisations responsible for conducting infection surveillance, prevention and control in acute and aged care.

IPC eLearning includes six short modules – chain of infection, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning, waste and working in an outbreak.

If you interested in completing this training, visit https://www.vicniss.org.au/resources/ipc-elearning-modules/ to access IPC eLearning. The IPC eLearning web page is open access with no log in required and can be viewed on any device.

Modules can be used to supplement existing training, with completion certificates available for each module. Summary sheets are also available to download or print with each module.

Resources:

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The Victorian Department of Health has launched its free, online learning package covering the basic principles of infection prevention and control – IPC eLearning.

IPC eLearning contains content for non-clinical workers across all sectors and has been designed based on our team’s IPC response, education and advice provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for vulnerable people and groups. It was developed in partnership with VICNISS, one of Australia’s leading organisations responsible for conducting infection surveillance, prevention and control in acute and aged care.

IPC eLearning includes six short modules – chain of infection, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning, waste and working in an outbreak.

If you interested in completing this training, visit https://www.vicniss.org.au/resources/ipc-elearning-modules/ to access IPC eLearning. The IPC eLearning web page is open access with no log in required and can be viewed on any device.

Modules can be used to supplement existing training, with completion certificates available for each module. Summary sheets are also available to download or print with each module.

Resources:

SHDH COVID DRIVE THROUGH TESTING CLINIC & VACCINATION CLINIC TO CEASE OPERATION FROM TODAY – 30TH JUNE

The SHDH Drive Through COVID Testing Clinic and Vaccination Clinic will cease operation today, Thursday 30th June. Once our testing service has ceased we encourage the community to continue using Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT’s) for testing purposes. If a PCR is required for Pre-Surgery, the community can continue to have their PCR through Clinical Labs on McCrae Street for free. If a PCR is required for Travel purposes, community can head online to clinicallabs.com.au to book and pay for a test.

The community are reminded to report their positive RAT test through: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/report

The SHDH COVID Vaccination Clinic will close their doors at 3.30pm this afternoon. Once this operation has ceased, community are encouraged to seek their COVID vaccinations through local pharmacies and GP Clinics.

A huge thank you to all staff who have been involved in the successful running of both the Testing Clinic and Vaccination Clinic over the past couple of years!

6.05.22

The Emergency Department project has now moved into the Detailed Design phase of the project, which has seen the establishment of key user groups specific to Emergency, Community Health, Occupational Therapy and HARP, Pathology (Austin), Front of House, Security and Café. Key staff representation through all sessions to date has been solid and well represented.

The Detailed Design Phase has an allocation of four (4) workshops for each user group identified. Each workshop is followed up with an Executive group session providing a summary of each workshop and key areas for discussion and decision. Our final Detailed Design Workshop was held last week, following this final week of workshops the consultant team anticipates agreement and sign off of this phase of the project from Swan Hill District Health.

We will then commence with some early works so as to decommission the existing building (old Nurses home) in preparation for the construction phase. Our Early works package includes temporary fit out for Pathology, Café and Community Health staff and their relocation to off site locations for the duration of the project. The project team is currently working on the Construction phasing so as to ensure that while our build is in progress services on site are minimally interrupted.

10.6.21

The new $48.7 Million SHDH Emergency Department development project has officially commenced.

SHDH has held its first meeting for the new Emergency Department development with the Victorian Health Building Authority, the Department of Health and the appointed project consultancy team to officially commence this exciting $48.7 Million project.

The  new Emergency Department development  will include:

  • 15 treatment rooms plus a 4 bed Short Stay Unit
  • A small extension to Radiology
  • A new  entry into the Hospital  with a reception area
  • New  larger waiting areas
  • A new Café
  • Staff office and meeting areas

The project consultants appointed to support this development are:

  • Silver Thomas Hanley- Architects
  • Aurecon – Project Manager
  • Lehr Consultants International (Engineering Services)
  • Slattery (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Philip Chun Building Code Consultants (Relevant Building Surveyor)

The draft Project Program is summarised as follows:

  • Project feasibility & schematic design                                June 2021 to December 2021
  • Design development and contract documentation           January 2022 to July 2022
  • Early building works  to prepare site                                 January 2022 to June 2022
  • Major building works                                                        November 2022 to June 2024

Our Consultancy Team and the SHDH Project Team will be gaining both staff and community input into the project by way of specific User and Working groups through the design and development phase.

The flow chart below provides an overview of how this project will be managed.

You can view the recording from the 2021 AGM below:

We are currently seeking interest from community members to be involved in our Governance Board Sub-Committees.

By participating in a committee you can help us continually improve the way we deliver care and be involved in decisions that can have a positive impact across our region.

We are currently seeking consumer representatives for our:
• Corporate Governance Sub-Committee
• Clinical Governance Sub-Committee

The Corporate Governance Sub-Committee meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday and its role is to monitor and
oversee the Health Service’s financial performance and financial reporting processes including the annual financial
statements, financial snapshot, risk management practices and internal auditing.

The Clinical Governance Sub-Committee meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday (alternative months to the Corporate Governance) and its role is to monitor and oversee the quality of care and services and reduce clinical risk by means of specific recommendations to the Board and to review, monitor and oversee the Clinical Governance Framework and various quality and related activities.

• Out-of-pocket expenses for items such as travel and child care will be reimbursed.
• Meetings can be attended virtually through a secure video conferencing platform.
• Meeting duration is no longer than 1.5 hours.
• A comprehensive orientation and introduction into the public health care system and ongoing support will be
provided.

If you are interested in helping us achieve connected care and best experience please express your interest in joining one of these committees, along with any relevant qualifications, to the Chief Executive Officer, Peter Abraham, by email to ceo.office@shdh.org.au. For more information you can also call 5033 9317.

Local Story

What’s it like, having your children swabbed?

“There was an exposure site at the school my two attend, and the three of us had sore throats and both children had sniffles, so we were quick to come and be tested” so said mother of two, KB, as she lined up to be swabbed on Tuesday.

As a health professional and mother of an 8 and 10 year old, KB is well aware of the consequences, if any of the family contracts COVID.

“I just want everyone with the slightest symptom to be tested. It’s the only way we can protect our families, friends and the community”.

“The staff are doing a terrific job – we moved through the queue at a good pace, they explained everything, and did an excellent job making sure they kept their distance.

The swabs were good, they didn’t hurt, even for the kids. It was a good experience all round, and we all felt a lot safer”, KB said as she left the swabbing area and headed home to isolate while they waited for the results.

KB’s 10 year old chipped in saying “Some kids think it might hurt, but it doesn’t, the staff are very good and it’s easy, and quite quick. I didn’t mind it at all”.

“We are so lucky we live in Swan Hill, everyone cares for each other, everyone looks out for each other… that doesn’t always happen in bigger places,” KB said.

Anything else you want to say KB? “Yes…. if everyone keeps being careful, wearing masks, using sanitiser and keeping apart, we will all stay safe and help protect our community so we can keep enjoying life in this beautiful place where we live”.

A free community session is being hosted by Ian Braeur, President of the Lion’s Club at Nyah West

Date – Wednesday 23 June 2021

Time – 1.30-3.30pm

Venue – Nyah Community Hall

Free afternoon tea will be provided by representatives from the local CWA and neighbouring Tytynder CWA

To register call Ian on 0448151514

SMART Recovery meetings to launch locally

Whether it’s dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling, SMART Recovery Australia is set to launch free group meetings locally for individuals wanting to take control of addictive behaviours.

Meeting Time: 4th February, 5.30 pm
Meeting Location:
Counselling Services, 13 Pritchard St
Contact:
03 5033 9880 to register your interest

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a global group-based program using evidence-based tools to help people help each other manage addictive behaviours.

SMART Recovery provides people with all addictive behaviours with an evidence-based mutual aid program that offers people the tools to create a life beyond addiction at free weekly support group meetings, both either face-to-face and online.

The program was established in the US in 1994, has been operating in Australia for well over a decade. There are now over 350 meetings across Australia and New Zealand, including over 75 online meetings and imminent plans to grow these further.

About the meetings

  • Free and inclusive to people challenged by any type of addiction (e.g. substances, gambling, internet, sex).
  • 90 minutes in duration.
  • Groups usually range from 5-15 attendees.
  • Participants may attend if they are still using but cannot come intoxicated to the group.
  • Guided by a holistic approach located in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and tools, and focused on practical solutions located in the ‘here and now’.
  • Each participant has an opportunity to determine their own goals and derive ideas on how to achieve them.
  • Group members help each other to set realistic and achievable goals.
  • Groups run by professionals will identify potential peer ‘champions’ who then go on to co-facilitate, and eventually run groups themselves. 

SMART Recovery Australia

SMART Recovery Australia is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to make the SMART Recovery programme accessible to everyone across Australia.

First successfully piloted at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2004, there are currently over 300 SMART Recovery groups held weekly in Australia and New Zealand, facilitated by a combination of professionals and peers (people recovering from addictive behaviours).

SMART Recovery Australia is committed to the program adapting as scientific knowledge evolves, and has a robust research advisory committee to provide ongoing research input to the program.

Power of choice
SMART Recovery Australia embraces a harm minimisation philosophy, which views control over one’s addictive behaviour as an achievement. Abstinence is not the only way to recover from addiction.

“If someone who drinks for seven days a week is able to change to drinking five or six days, that’s success,” says Josette Freeman, SMART Recovery Australia’s National Program Coordinator.

“Some people will say, ‘I really shouldn’t be here – I only have two glasses of wine a day’, but if those two glasses are causing problems in your life, you’re in the same situation as someone who uses a gram of heroin a day,” says Freeman.

For more information:

Ryan McGlaughlin

Executive Director

SMART Recovery Australia

Phone: +61 2 9373 5111

Email: rmcglaughlin@srau.org.au

Website http://smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au/

Swan Hill District Health Board Chair, Andrew Gilchrist has officially launched the Swan Hill District Health Strategic Plan 2021-2024 on behalf of the Board of Directors.

The new plan is titled ‘Leading with Purpose’ and has four key overarching strategies:

1. Delivering services that make a positive difference

2. Building a leading culture

3. Working together for improved performance

4. Creating environments for individuals to thrive

The Board of Directors, Executive team and staff at SHDH strongly believe that  Leading With Purpose Strategic Plan 2021-2024 will produce a range of benefits to our those who seek care from us and their families, staff, partners and community.

According to Mr Gilchrist, the next three years of this plan will see SHDH stepping up its role as a community and regional health service leader to enable better health experiences and outcomes for the community.

SHDH will continue to advocate for improved infrastructure and facilities, to upgrade and redevelop our buildings and infrastructure to ensure better access to safe, quality health care now and well into the future.

The Board of Directors are excited by the possibilities that lay ahead as they embark on this ambitious plan.