I hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing time over the Christmas and New Year period. The GCPHN team are already hard at work for the 2019 year and have some exciting opportunities coming up targeted at Gold Coast health professionals, including a GP Trainer Workshop, a Wound Management workshop for nurses and a Spirometry Training Course.
We are also inviting general practitioners (GPs), practice nurses and practice managers to participate in the Advance Project
, a program to support general practices in implementing advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. The program will be delivered in two stages, with the first stage involving free online training for participants and the second stage, involving specialised face-to-face clinical training presented by GCPHN and Gold Coast Health Specialist Palliative Care. Visit the HealthyGC website
for more information about this opportunity.
There is a lot happening in the space of mental health and health professionals are reminded that are number of changes have been made to the Psychological Services Program, which came into effect as of 1 February 2019. These changes will ensure the program is within budget and that patients accessing the program are those with the greatest need. If you have any questions around these changes, please contact the GCPHN Mental Health team via email: mentalhealthAOD@gcphn.com.au
I would also like to remind you of our MentalHealthGC
webpage, which lists an array of mental health services for health professionals and community members, including phone and online support resources, AOD and specialised services, local mental health services and services for young people. You can also download a printable version
of mental health support and service information.
February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and highlights the need for residents to stay up-to-date with cancer screening and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce their risk factors.
Finally, I am pleased to let you know that our 2017-2018 Annual Report has been approved by the GCPHN Board and is now available on our HealthyGC website
. The Annual Report outlines GCPHN’s activities and how we are progressing with our key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services to patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time by the right person.