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GPs who service residential aged care facilities (RACFs) on the Gold Coast now have the option to refer patients into a new program to access psychological services while living in residential aged care. Change Futures has been commissioned to provide psychological support for residents with mild and moderate mental health conditions, through one-on-one and group interventions.
Recognised as a national priority by the Federal Department of Health, funding has been made available to Gold Coast Primary Health Network to implement new services to address a gap in services and complement existing services such as Older Persons Mental Health and dementia support services.
Change Futures is currently supporting 25 facilities across the region. Facilities can request to join the program and referrals are welcomed. It is planned that all RACFs on the Gold Coast will be part of the program within two years. To refer into the program phone: 07 5648 0424.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Acting Board Chair
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has developed a mental health commissioned services Christmas closure uinformation sheet. Download the information sheet here. If you have any questions please contact the GCPHN Mental Health team on 07 5635 2455.
The team at Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) have been working tirelessly on the redevelopment of the HealthyGC website. As part of the redevelopment, GCPHN have made the decision to decommission our HealthyGC service directory and instead move to the National Health Service Directory (NHSD), a government owned, not-for-profit organisation who deliver telehealth and digital health services to all Australians. Find out more
‘Collaboration’ has been promoted as an approach for improving health care so often that it risks becoming a cliché. Its proponents believe collaboration increases efficiency, enhances patient satisfaction and produces high-quality services. However, the collaboration experiences of many patients and general practices often fall short of expectation.
The reason is rarely collaboration itself, but rather ‘why’ and ‘how’ we choose to collaborate. Find out more
From 1 November 2019, Medicare provided a new Eating Disorder Plan which means more access to support for some Australians experiencing eating disorders. The plan includes sessions available over a 12-month period of up to 20 Medicare-subsidised dietitian sessions and 40 mental health clinician sessions to those approved.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network has received a number of enquiries regarding the availability of an electronic GP Management Plan template incorporating the new MBS items for eating disorders. We are currently developing this resource and will advise when it is available. In the meantime, there are a variety of resources on the HealthyGC website that may be of some assistance to you (scroll down to Related Links and Information).
Melanoma Patients Australia has an array of useful resources available on their website for health professionals and people affected by melanoma, including videos, downloadable brochures and factsheets. Find out more
If you're still using Windows 7, then it's time to plan an upgrade. Support for the Windows 7 operating system is ending on 14 January 2020. After this, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for computers or devices running Windows 7. If your hardware or software is too old it may not auto-update and leave your business susceptible to technical, software and security issues. The Australian Cyber Security Centre recommends upgrading your device or software. Find out what your options are here.
The Practice Incentive Program, eHealth Incentive (ePIP) has five eligibility requirements which includes policies your practice must have documented to be compliant for the ePIP. The RACGP have recently updated their ePIP eHealth policy templates which can be accessed here
General practices are also advised to opt-out of payment quarters if they are not satisfied targets will be achieved. Read more here or contact the Practice Incentive Program (Medicare) Phone line: 1800 222 032.
The My health for life program is offering support to general practices across the Gold Coast to improve chronic disease risk assessment and management. The My Health for life and Heart Foundation team will be visiting the area in early 2020 and would like to offer practices a lunchtime information session, including catering. This visit could support Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive activities in the practice. To express interest in a visit, please contact Rosie Porter on 07 5612 5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about the program
Since early 2019, there have been several changes to immunisation recommendations. An article written by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and published in Medicine Today aims to inform general practitioners on what is new, who to ask for help and where to find further information.
The Department of Health has released some reminder information around the pertussis-containing vaccine, which is provided at no cost to pregnant women through the National Immunisation Program.
The most important factor associated with uptake of vaccination during pregnancy is a healthcare provider recommendation. Please take all opportunities to speak to your pregnant patients and their partners about the importance of getting vaccinated against pertussis during pregnancy. Find out more
If you are a newly registered practice or are no longer participating in the PIP QI Incentive, it’s important to let GCPHN know. We require this information to advise the Department of Health that your practice data submission has been submitted to meet PIP QI requirements and ensure that you receive the correct incentive payment. You can update your information by contacting our Practice Support team on email@example.com or 5612 5408.
One of the eligibility requirements for the PIP QI incentive is that practices ‘participate in continuous quality improvement (CQI) in collaboration with their PHN.’ Your CQI activities can be around the PIP QI 10 Improvement Measures or an area that reflects the needs of your practice population. You do not need to submit evidence of your CQI to GCPHN or the Department of Health, however you will need to keep evidence of these activities for at least 6 years. Our PIP QI Incentive webpage has examples, templates and guides you can use for your CQI activities.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network offers regular Data Extraction Tool and CQI training for general practice staff. These training events will provide an overview of data extraction tools available, how to use these tools to support your CQI activities and a facilitated workshop to assist with potential CQI activities for your practice. If you are interested in attending one of these training sessions, please contact our Practice Support team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Amanda Clark, Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian
Christmas is a time of food, family and festivities. We eat drink and be merry but this can sometimes come at a price. Evidence shows that around half of the weight gained each year occurs over the Christmas period from the last week in November to the first week in January. Here’s some great ideas for healthy Christmas fare whilst skipping this year’s dose of extra weight.
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BreastScreen Queensland (BSQ) Gold Coast Service would like to thank GPs and practice staff for the timely return of Clinical Examination Outcome Forms for symptomatic clients. It greatly assists the BSQ Clinical team with follow-up care, if the completed forms include where clients are being referred to for any relevant diagnostic tests (i.e. ultrasound provider/location). Find out more
The Commonwealth Department of Health has provided information to professional organisations and pharmacies regarding the arrangements for the supply of PBS medicines in area affected by bushfires. Find out more
The National consultation process for National Obesity Strategy has commenced, with consultation opening on Monday 4 November and closing on Sunday 15 December. There are many ways stakeholders can contribute, including attending community forums as well as through completion of an online survey (short or long form). Find out more
FEATURED: Course in Immunisation Practice in Primary Healthcare (The Benchmarque Group)
Friday 7 February 2020, 8.30am-1pm
This course is designed to upskill students (clinicians) to perform a range of comprehensive immunisation services, and remain up to date with current vaccination programs, changes, and requirements to their scope of practice. The course includes online learning completed via BenchmarqueIQ, half-day face to face workshop, in-class activities and a mandatory third party observed workplace activity. The fee to attend and complete this course is $375.00 per student. Registrations close Friday 27 December.
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