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The Pulse - Staff Newsletter

Welcome to the PHN's monthly staff newsletter.

The Pulse now comes to you at the beginning of each month. As ever, if you would like to share any news, updates, achievements, announcements or inspiration with your PHN colleagues email Staff Newsletter or the MEC team.

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April 2024

Latest PHN News

2024 Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards gather momentum

Promising to be even bigger and better than the 2023 gala event at Newcastle City Hall, the 2024 Awards evening will see around 300 guests gather at the Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre (NEX) amid displays of health and digital innovations. Coordinated by the MEC team, the Awards also relies on the contribution of many PHN staff and committee members in the management of sponsor organisations, the promotion and assessment of submissions and a myriad of other organisational tasks.

#Stronger Together 2024 Allied Health Conference

The packed conference program features a diversity of topics and high profile speakers including 15 local Allied Health clinicians presenting on how they have overcome challenges as an Allied Health provider. ABC Radio presenter, Anna Moulder, will provide MC duties for the conference which will also be livestreamed to those unable to attend face to face.

Mental Health Innovation Challenge unveiled exciting approaches to region’s mental fitness

The Challenge represented a unique collaboration between the PHN and teams from the University of Newcastle and the University of New England. More than 500 health professionals, students, researchers, and entrepreneurs attended education sessions and practice challenges over the course of the Challenge with the aim of developing innovative solutions to declining mental health across the region. The PHN is working to help develop some of the winning solutions and contribute towards interventions that enhance the mental health of our communities.

Report assesses pilot programs supporting mental health of aged care residents

The interventions were designed to prevent and mitigate mental health issues for residents as part of a stepped care framework. The PHN commissioned ARTD Consultants in 2023 to undertake an independent evaluation comprised of a process and outcomes evaluation of the package of pilot interventions to help determine the feasibility of scaling the approach to cover all RACFs in the PHN region.

The report, Older Australians Mental Health Pilot Programs compiled by Commissioning Coordinator Trinh Huynh, summarises the outcomes findings from the independent evaluation.


Workplace Update


What is an initiative the LGBTQIA+ collaborative is working on that you are excited about?
I’m excited about the collaborative working towards national benchmarking on LGBTQ workplace inclusion through the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.

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