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General practitioners (GPs) who are taking, or are interested in taking, medical students or registrars are invited to this GP Trainer Workshop, which aims to upskill and support GPs involved in teaching students on placement. The aim is to share the updated curriculum for students, discuss its implementation, and exchange teaching tips and tricks to support quality teaching in General Practice.
4 RACGP QI&CPD Category 2 Points have been approved for this workshop, activity: 149652 in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017– 2019 triennium.
We have recently added some helpful information on endometriosis from Dr Donald Angstetra, who has a special interest in endometriosis. The PDF is useful for GPs and can be given to patients.
Some Gold Coast practices have recently reported difficulties entering Health Identifier (HPI-I) details into their clinical software.
On further investigation the Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Digital Health team identified that healthcare professionals must use their full Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered name within practice clinical software, before their HPI-I can be validated for My Health Record.
In December of 2018, Queensland Health announced the establishment of a comprehensive state-wide specialised service for women with pelvic mesh complications.
Gold Coast Health (GCH) will no longer perform routine surveillance of colon polyps for patients older than 78 years. This decision is based on guidelines from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the Department of Health.
Gold Coast Health (GCH) has introduced a new hotline for general practitioners (GPs) to have access to information about their patients. The new service is available for GPs who require assistance to find results or information about appointments and recent admissions and who need support navigating the Health Service.
The vast majority of children referred for assessment of plagiocephaly have positional plagiocephaly (deformational plagiocephaly). Whilst the physical appearance can be alarming for parents it does not affect brain development and treatment is generally not required.
From 1 November 2018, a number of changes were made to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for respiratory function tests. These changes include spirometry and a new MBS item for spirometry has been introduced.
The Gold Coast Health Paediatric Nurse Navigators support children and families by coordinating their care, increasing their health literacy and working in partnership with all the clinicians involved to improve patient outcomes.
The Australian Government will provide a record $1.45 billion for community mental health services and change the funding model to ensure security for both jobs and services. The funding will be provided through Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and the 30 other Primary Health Networks (PHNs) around Australia.
General practices and allied health providers on the Gold Coast have been reaping the benefits of My health for life for their patients. Check out some of the local stories below and learn more about how your practice could benefit.
Hope Island Medical Centre has been looking after Gold Coast residents since 2006 and are now using the My health for life (MH4L) program as an opportunity for patients to focus on their health and wellbeing.
Griffith Health Clinics on the Gold Coast offer a range of services for local Gold Coast residents and are reaping the benefits of referring patients to the My health for life (MH4L) program.
Julie Albrecht and Associates is a team of fully qualified dietitians servicing the Gold Coast community and are engaging and supporting individuals on a journey of lifestyle changes by way of the My health for life (MH4L) program.
My Nutrition Clinic offer Gold Coast residents a range of services and programs, delivered by dietitians with many years of specialty experience. They also provide additional support to clients through the My health for life program.
In continued response to these escalating statistics and recommendations by the National Pain Strategy, Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has continued to collaborate with PainWISE to deliver the Turning Pain into Gain Persistent Pain (TPIG) program and has assisted in access of 600 patients since 2013.
Are you using the most up to date order forms for your prescription stationary? From 1 January 2019, the Department Human Services no longer processes orders for prescription stationary if they are made using an outdated form. For more information and to find the most up to date order forms, visit the Department of Human Services website.
The Queensland Health Immunisation Program, in collaboration with the Cunningham Centre has launched a suite of comprehensive online courses for immunisation service providers in Queensland. These high-quality online courses are free and easy to access and they complement existing face-to-face training and education sessions already provided by public health units across Queensland. The courses are suitable for clinicians and non-clinical staff involved in supporting roles such as practice mangers or receptionists. Access the free modules on the Clinical Skills Development Services webpage.
Are you submitting data to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)?
Recording information to the AIR is important because it can be used to determine a person's immunisation status and eligibility. The AIR can provide an Immunisation History Statement, monitor immunisation coverage levels and service delivery, measure vaccination coverage and prevent unneccessary and potentially unsafe vaccinations. Find out more.
Want to learn how to register for, and submit data to the Australian Immunisation Register? (AIR)
The Department of Human Services has eLearning modules available to help you become familiar with registering and requesting access to the AIR site, submitting information to the AIR, overseas immunisations and immunisation medical exemptions.
Access the modules here.
The National Shingles Vaccination Program provides free shingles vaccination to all people aged 70-years-old, with a five-year catch up program for people aged 71-79-years-old until 31 October 2021.
You can use CAT to identify patients eligible for the Shingles vaccination using the recipe that can be found here.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has recently released a number of resources to support General Practice.
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has released it's Queensland courses they will be running in 2019. These short face-to-face CPD courses have been developed to assist nurses in achieving the hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for annual renewal and authority to practice.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are seeking suggestions for resources that will help improve quality 715 health checks and culturally responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The survey will remain open until Friday 15 February 2019.
A research team at the University of Queensland are developing an electronic tool (i-PATHWAY) to predict childhood obesity.
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.
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