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GCPHN Publication Generally Speaking for Gold Coast general practices

In the December edition

Practices invited to offer clinical placements for nurses

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is working with Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery to coordinate clinical placements in general practice for student nurses.

GCPHN would like to invite practices to become involved with the education of the future nursing workforce by offering clinical placements to nursing students. RSVPs close Tuesday 11 December 2018.

Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018

The Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 became law in Queensland on 3 December 2018, allowing all Queensland women to seek a termination of pregnancy without fear of committing a criminal offence. The Act ensures termination of pregnancy is treated as a health issue, rather than a criminal issue.

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and Gold Coast Health (GCH) have developed resources for clinicians and community members on the Termination of Pregnancy Act in Queensland which can be found on the new Women's Health page.

Dr David Rowlands

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair

As this is the final edition of Generally Speaking for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all general practitioners (GPs) and general practice staff for your continued support in improving patient care on the Gold Coast.

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Dr Kate Shapland

General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair

GPGC has also had a rewarding and exciting year.
We were able to collaborate with Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and also run our own events that were specifiic to supporting general practitioners (GPs) and their practices.

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General Practice Liaison Unit

GPs with Special Interest at Gold Coast Health
The General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) is seeking expressions of interest to join the growing team of GPs with Special Interest (GPwSIs) at Gold Coast Health. GPLU are currently seeking GPs who would like to work on a flexible part-time basis within geriatric medicine, palliative care, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), endocrinology and breast services.

Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs

Mental health support and service information

Wherever your patients are on their mental health journeys, Head to Health (H2H) has a range of information, resources, and services that most suit their needs. You can also find a downloadable file for Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drugs Support and Service Information on HealthyGC.

Cancer Screening

Seeking GP experiences of revised National Cervical Screening Program

Are you a GP, obstetrician-gynaecologist, or trainee (GP or OG) working in Australia?
Researchers at the University of Sydney are interested in hearing from clinicians about their views and experiences of the revised Australian National Cervical Screening Program.

Digital Health

Privacy provisions around My Health Record strengthened in parliament

On 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.

The measures allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life. Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After then, consumers can permanently delete their record at any time.

Briefly, the changes will:
  • Allow Australians to permanently delete their records, and any backups, at any time.
  • Explicitly prohibit access to My Health Records by insurers and employers.
  • Provide greater privacy for teenagers 14 years and over.
  • Strengthen existing protections for people at risk of family and domestic violence.
  • Clarify that only the Agency, the Department of Health and the Chief Executive of Medicare (and no other government agency) can access the My Health Record system.
  • Explicitly require law enforcement and other agencies to produce a court order to access information in My Health Records.
  • Make clear that the system cannot be privatised or used for commercial purposes.
This is backed up by harsher penalties and fines for inappropriate or unauthorised use of My Health Records.


New individual training requirement for yellow fever vaccination providers

On Monday 26 November a new training requirement for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine was introduced along with new National Guidelines for yellow fever vaccination centres and providers.

Free online courses for immunisation service providers in Queensland

The Queensland Health Immunisation Program, in collaboration with the Cunningham Centre has launched the first two of a suite of comprehensive online courses for immunisation service providers in Queensland. 

New immunisation campaign to improve vaccination rates on the Gold Coast

A new vaccination program announced in July 2018 by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles, is targeting children between the ages of three months and five years of age residing in the Gold and Sunshine Coasts who are not up-to-date with their immunisations.


Referral templates updated on HealthyGC website

Queensland Children's Hospital referral templates
As of Friday 9 November 2018, the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital officially changed to the Queensland Children’s Hospital. 

The newly re-branded referral templates are now available on HealthyGC (under Paediatrics).
HYEPP referral templates now on HealthyGC
Referral templates for the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (HYEPP) are now available on HealthyGC (under Mental Health > Public Community Services). Young people who are referred to this program are assessed by a multidisciplinary team and feedback on the outcome of the assessment is provided to the referrer. 
NDSS referral templates
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) program referral templates are now available on HealthyGC (under Endocrinology). You can register your patients with the NDSS online. 

My Health for Life

How the My Health for Life program can help your patients

The release of the Health of Queenslanders 2018 report has highlighted that the leading causes of preventable risk-attributable hospitalisations for 45-64 year-olds were chronic disease risks factors, including high BMI, tobacco, high blood pressure, poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol.

The My health for life program is a no-cost program that works in partnership with general practitioners (GPs) to help patients at high risk of developing chronic disease make health behaviour changes to reduce preventable health risk factors.

Practice News

National Asthma Council Australia Health Professionals Network

The National Asthma Council Australia has recently launched its Health Professionals Network. This network aims to engage a broad range of health professionals who provide care to people who have asthma or allergies, and who want to help us improve our resources and services.

Have you seen our quarterly mental health report?

The report contains data and information regarding mental health and its treatment, including MBS item numbers, training modules and GCPHN-funded treatment programs. The report can be found on our Data Management webpage.

Accreditation tips

From 1 November 2018, all general practices undertaking accreditation or re-accreditation will be accredited against the RACGP 5th edition standards. The Practice Support team at Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) have put together a few tips to help you get started or assist you in continuing your accreditation journey.

Tip 1

Please visit HealthyGC to access our up-to-date Accreditation in General Practice webpage. Here you will find links to current and relevant accreditation resources and more information on how Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) can support you through the accreditation process. 

Tip 2

In the explanatory notes in the 5th edition standards the words ‘could’ and ‘must’ are used as follows:

  • ‘Could’ is used to indicate that something is optional.
  • ‘Must’ is used to indicate that something is mandatory.

Focus on the ‘musts’ first when preparing for accreditation.

Tip 3

Consider utilising existing resources as documentation to support 5th edition standards accreditation.

Examples include documenting business risks in your existing risk register and including items for practice consideration on your regular practice meeting agenda. 

In Brief News

Advance Care Planning and The Viewer

To help clinician access to Advance Care Planning (ACP) documents, individuals and service providers can send a copy of completed documentation to the Office of ACP. Documents received are reviewed, and if complete, are uploaded to the person’s Queensland Health electronic hospital record (The Viewer). 

Doctor's Health Advisory Service seeking GPs

The Queensland Doctor’s Health Programme (QDHP) are seeking general practitioners (GPs) to join their team as phone counsellors.

Clinicians and parents wanted in childhood obesity research project

A research team at the University of Queensland are developing an electronic tool (i-PATHWAY) to predict childhood obesity.

Project ECHO® 2019 education series for health professionals

Project ECHO® is a free, interactive, virtual learning model that provides access to specialist advice, and aims to support and empower general practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals to practice at the top of their scope. The dates for the 2019 education series have been released.

GP feedback wanted regarding cardiac arrhythmias

The University of Sydney (TUS) are conducting an online survey to explore the views, knowledge and practices of general practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars with respect to cardiac arrhythmias.

13 HEALTH webtest update

13 HEALTH have released a brief update on the 13 HEALTH webtest project activities for the past six months.

What's on

View all upcoming events 

Nurse Practitioner Week (10-16 December 2018)

Nurse Practitioner Week celebrates an important milestone for the nursing profession and the important work of nurse practitioners (NPs) in regional, rural, remote and metropolitan locations.
There are many amazing stories of NPs around Australia and their valuable work in the community. 

GCPHN Professional Events

Tuesday 11 December
Screening for Problem Gambling
10am - 11.30am, Robina

Thursday 13 December
Cultural Safety Training (Session 3)
5.30pm - 9pm, Robina

Click here to see all GCPHN Professional Events


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