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Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is seeking feedback to help us build a new and improved online platform to best meet the needs of our users. We want to increase our understanding of how the GCPHN website, HealthyGC, is currently perceived and experienced.
If you are a user of our website, you are in an ideal position to give us first-hand information. It would be greatly appreciated, if you could take the time to participate in a brief survey. Your valuable feedback will help us to develop the features that are important for your continued use. This survey will be open until Friday 3 May 2019.
Referrals to the Plus Social program can only be from a GP or private psychiatrist using the Mental Health Stepped Care Services referral template (scroll down to Mental Health). There is capacity to take new patients.
The Plus Social program also provides an intake and triage service, available on 07 3186 4000.
The Federal Department of Health has funded Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to commission psychological treatment services over four years (FY2018-22) targeting the mental health needs of people living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
The PHNs are seeking input from key personnel of RACFs through a survey to ensure the stepped care service delivery model is co-designed to meet the needs of the individuals with mental illness and ensure success through early engagement with all key stakeholders.
The Gold Coast Forensic Medicine Specialist Service is currently looking for GPs who are interested in part-time, temporary positions in Forensic Medicine. The Service is located in the Emergency Department of Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) and is one of only four services nationally.
Dr Ingrid Francis, a GP with Special Interest at Gold Coast University Hospital, gives an update on treating patients with Hepatitis C and how GPs on the Gold Coast can help in eradicating the disease.
Blue Knot Foundation deliver trauma-informed, vicarious trauma and complex trauma training across sectors around Australia and foster the knowledge, skills and tools you need to empower recovery with your trauma clients, with a focus on complex trauma clients.
The Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation (SKAI) parent website has recently been launched, which provides a suite of resources and advice for parents and carers of infants and young children, designed to support and improve clinical conversations about childhood vaccinations. The SKAI parent website contains information about the vaccines included on the National Immunisation Program and answers the questions parents ask in accessible and easily interpreted format. We have added a link to the SKAI page on the HealthyGC Immunisation page.
To assist practices with accreditation and the maintenance of high quality health records, the RACGP has developed a guide - Improving health record quality in general practice. This guide is designed to help general practices put systems in place to ensure they produce and maintain high-quality health records. Good quality patient health records ensure appropriate clinical decision making and continuity of care, especially with the increasing use of shared care models and the introduction of My Health Record. The guide can also assist you in meeting accreditation against the 5th Edition standards, by aligning information to the relevant accreditation Indicator.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards 5th edition and The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines 'Strive for 5' underpins Accreditation Criterion GP6.1 – Maintaining vaccine potency.
Nurses and other practice staff should familiarise themselves with these guidelines, and nominate a member of the clinical team to take responsibility for cold chain management, to ensure clients receive effective immunisations.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards 5th edition indicator C6.4>G - our practice has a policy about the use of social media is a mandatory activity within the Information Security Criterion C6.4. While social media can be a useful tool for promoting your practice and keeping in contact with patients and your local community, there can be potential risks associated. The RACGP has developed a Guide for the use of social media, which provides recommendations regarding the use of the more popular social media platforms. It also includes a social media policy template practices can use to assist in meeting the above indicator.
The Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service (QPMS) is now accepting referrals from GPs. GPs are required to send the QPMS referral form to the fax number on the identified form, which specifies the minimum clinical information that is required to safely triage each referral.
Cancer Council is asking general practitioners (GPs) to throw their support behind a new national campaign, following new research that shows they are a key source of information for patients eligible for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
The Australian Department of Health have released an updated version of the National Palliative Care Strategy, which has been produced following the 2016 evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 and has been developed through extensive consultation.
The government-funded parenting website raisingchildren.net.au hosts a range of resources available for Australian general practitioners (GPs) who are looking for ways to help parents navigate the journey of raising a family.
Help your patients to both live and die well by providing high-quality, appropriate palliative care and advance care planning. With free information and tools on quality improvement, MBS reimbursement for delivery of palliative care services, PIP payments, My Health Record and more.
Moving Pictures is a project which aims to raise awareness about dementia for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 15 short films with people from Hindi-, Tamil-, Mandarin-, Cantonese and Arabic-speaking communities have been produced to help address some of the linguistic and cultural barriers people from CALD communities face.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney, are currently running a survey for doctors and their patients on their experiences with medicinal cannabis.
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