7 September 2022                                                                                   View this email in your browser

This Primary Care Update expands on the previous COVAX updates to include a broader range of information to support current challenges faced by primary care providers. If you have items to share across the network, please send them to

Please forward this update to any colleagues who may be interested and view previous editions here.

Changes to vaccine products administered
Primary care vaccination providers are reminded that Murray PHN is the primary point of contact for requests to change vaccine type/s you wish to administer. Follow the process outlined in this Commonwealth factsheet then email with your intention to withdraw or amend the vaccines you will be administering. Your request will be passed to the Taskforce for processing. Do not call the VOC to withdraw.
Sites are reminded to update the Vaccine Clinic Finder with any changes to the vaccine types/s administered through the VCF Connect portal. If you have any questions about how to do this, contact or call on 1800 316 375

Monkeypox (MPX)
A new Monkeypox pathway has been localised to the Murray PHN region and is now available on Murray HealthPathways. Western Victoria PHN clinical advisor Dr Kate Graham noted, “There are currently limited monkeypox vaccinations available for eligible individuals in Victoria. Information about access is included in this pathway. More vaccinations will be available in Australia soon. In the interim, practitioners are encouraged to provide advice about prevention and monitoring for symptoms”.

HealthPathways provide up-to-date information on assessment, management and referral pathways for use by health practitioners. Patient resources are also included. To request free access to Murray HealthPathways, click here

Local monkeypox webinar
Murray PHN, in conjunction with Ovens Murray, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee Public Health Units (PHUs) is presenting an update on management of MPX in general practice and the role of the PHUs. It will be held tomorrow, Thursday 8 September from 7 – 8.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Further resources

Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV)

Providers of the vaccine in the Murray PHN region can be found here and local public health units are also providing JEV vaccines. Please call ahead to ensure stock on hand.  

The Victorian Department of Health webpages include information for health professionals and the public. A social media pack for the promotion of prevention messages to community is also available.

Support for homebound individuals
If you have a homebound patient, Murray PHN can help to engage a local primary care vaccine provider or apply to the Commonwealth for a VAPP provider to be allocated.
Click here to see eligibility criteria and complete a referral form or for further information, contact Emma Healion t: 0437 616 877 or e:

Local outreach vaccination and testing clinics
Upcoming clinics in the Murray PHN catchment:  To promote vaccination outreach clinics or events, e:

Local vaccination providers
Details of local general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and pharmacies providing COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations are available on Murray PHN's website. If you wish to opt-out, e:

Note: Sites listed on our website are those classified as ACTIVE by the Commonwealth. Where specific vaccines are classified as DORMANT (no orders and <10 total administrations in the last 4 weeks) those vaccines have been removed.

Evusheld community prescribing
In response to clinician feedback, The Victorian Department of Health has simplified the process required to enable nurses in Supercare Pharmacies to administer Evusheld. Supercare nursing services can now be requested by completing an additional section on the Request to Access form. This will reduce the administrative burden for the prescriber and reduce the paperwork a patient is required to bring to the dispensing pharmacy. 
The Evusheld Community Prescriber Guide and supporting website content have both been updated and will be available here. A digital map of pharmacies stocking Evusheld is available here.

COVID-19 antivirals
The Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED) can prescribe COVID-19 antivirals to Victorians who return a positive result and can’t get a GP appointment or access a GP respiratory clinic. The VVED can assess patients, determine their eligibility for COVID-19 medications, and prescribe these medications.

Practices and pharmacies are encouraged to proactively identify at-risk patients and put plans in place to support their access to timely care, including antiviral and other early therapies if they contract COVID-19, influenza or other respiratory viruses.

For resources including a list of local dispensing pharmacies (updated 29 August), visit Murray PHN's antiviral webpage.

Practice Incentives Program COVID-19 in-reach
The Department of Health and Aged Care has updated the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) COVID-19 In-Reach Vaccination Payment Guidelines to reflect the extension of the incentive to 31 December 2022. Review the updated guidelines here

To be eligible to receive the COVID-19 In-reach vaccination payment, general practices must:

  • report the relevant details for each in-reach vaccination clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccine Administrative System (CVAS), including the date and number of workers and residents vaccinated per clinic; and
  • provide sufficient evidence of in-reach COVID-19 vaccination clinics to support the claim.
Murray PHN will assist with the verification process via Clinic Summary Reports sent to after the clinic is complete.

Supporting the disability sector

Disability providers and liaison officers have been advised to contact Murray PHN for assistance with engaging local primary care providers to offer in-reach vaccinations or to request Commonwealth in-reach. If your practice is able to assist with in-reach or homebound vaccinations, e:

Primary care vaccine providers can access support and resources from Disability Liaison Officers to enable people with disability to access COVID-19 vaccination at their site in: 

For additional vaccination information for specific groups, click here.

Mildura helpline for former Tristar patients
In response to the closure of Tristar Mildura, a helpline has been established to provide advice and support to former patients. From 4pm today, former Tristar Mildura patients can call the Mildura Helpline on 1800 191 663 between 8am and 10pm daily for assistance. For more information and links to local and other supports, click here.

Education and training

Upcoming events

Online learning

Recorded webinars

Communication and engagement

  • Murray PHN's 'It Starts With You' Campaign' supports health services, organisations and community groups to raise awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Click here to download the campaign materials.

New and updated resources

Further assistance

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Murray PHN acknowledges its catchment crosses over many unceded First Nations Countries, following the Dhelkunya Yaluk (Healing River).
We pay our respects and give thanks to the Ancestors, Elders and Young people for their nurturing, protection and caregiving of these sacred lands and waterways, acknowledging their continuing cultural, spiritual and educational practices.
We are grateful for the sharing of Country and the renewal that Country gives us. We acknowledge and express our sorrow that this sharing has come at a personal, spiritual and cultural cost to the wellbeing of First Nations peoples. We commit to addressing the injustices of colonisation across our catchment, and to listening to the wisdom of First Nations communities who hold the knowledge to enable healing.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Murray PHN (ABN 92 156 423 755) acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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