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GCPHN Publication Generally Speaking for Gold Coast general practices

In the July edition

  • Expression of interest: National Evaluation Project for Advance Care Planning
  • GP Communique
  • GP Liaison Unit
  • Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Cancer Screening
  • Digital Health
  • Immunisation
  • Practice News
  • In Brief News
  • Research Opportunities
  • Professional Job Vacancies in Primary Health
  • Upcoming Events

Expression of interest: National Evaluation Project for Advance Care Planning

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is seeking general practices who would like to be involved in a national evaluation project around Advance Care Planning, between 1 July and 30 December 2019. 

GCPHN, in collaboration with Gold Coast Health, has been accepted as one of four sites nationally to take part in the evaluation by HammondCare. The Advance Project™ (part of the Commonwealth Palliative Care Strategy), aims for the early conversations around Advance Care Planning within General Practice, raising awareness and uptake of formal Advance Care documentation. 

GCPHN will recruit at least four general practices within the Gold Coast region wishing to participate in the Advance Project™ evaluation.

Participating practices will be financially reimbursed and acknowledged as part of the national evaluation. To provide additional information about the evaluation, GCPHN is hosting an information session for interested practices. Find out more

Dr David Rowlands

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair

GCPHN and Gold Coast Health are reminding local residents of the importance of completing their free bowel screening kits, in light of recent statistics, showing lower than average return rates.

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Dr Kate Shapland

General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair

Thank you to those that attended our successful GP Networking Evening in Robina on 14 June. This was a chance for GPs to network in a social setting with colleagues.

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Registrations open for GP Trainer Workshop 3

General practitioners (GPs) who are taking, or are interested in taking, medical students or registrars are invited to this GP Trainer Workshop, which will discuss how to effectively and efficiently meet student and GP Registrar learning needs in your busy general practice. The workshop will also show you how to best diagnose and manage students or registrars in distress and teach you how to use random case analysis as a learning and teaching tool. 

4 RACGP QI&CPD Category 2 Points have been approved for this workshop, activity: 162263 in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017– 2019 triennium. The workshop will be held on Thursday 18 July, from 6.30pm-9pm at Gold Coast Primary Health Network. Find out more/register

Gold Coast Health

Changes to the GP Liaison Unit

There have been important changes for the GP Liaison Unit (GPLU) including changes to staff, relocation and its scope of work. Find out more

Updated contact number for the Bookings and Referrals Centre

Gold Coast Health has recently introduced a new system to electronically manage medical records and appointment scheduling and have advised they have recruited additional staff and upskilled their workforce to support the activity required during this period of transition. If you have concerns about the status of a referral, please phone the Bookings and Referrals Centre on the updated contact number: 1300 559 083. Find out more

Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs

Daybreak program for patients dealing with alcohol dependency

Daybreak is an online program that can help your patients change their relationship with alcohol through a supportive community, habit-change experiments and one-on-one chats with health coaches. The program is funded by the Australian government and is free of charge for participants in Australia. You can download a brochure for your patients or find out more on the Hello Sunday Morning website. 

Cancer Screening

Eligible people invited to participate in National Cancer Screening Program

To support the National Cancer Screening Program (the Program) to increase participation, the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) will soon begin inviting newly eligible people aged 25 years, and people aged 25 to 30 years who have never been screened, to assist the uptake of cervical screening tests and maximise participation in the Program.
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Digital Health

Linking your PRODA account to HPOS

Healthcare providers and administrators can follow these easy steps to link their PRODA accounts to HPOS.

National webinar: Privacy obligations post opt-out for My Health Record

The Australian Digital Health Agency will be holding the 'Privacy obligations post-opt out for My Health Record - Healthcare organisations' for those who work within a GP clinic or with an organisation that is registered for My Health Record. Find out more


Measles vaccination catch-up guide for Australian Immunisation Providers

Australia has experienced an increase in reported measles cases in 2019, confirming how important protection against the disease is through vaccination. The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has developed a guide to assist immunisation providers with decisions regarding measles vaccination catch-ups. You can view the guide on our Immunisation webpage or on the NCIRS website.

Aged Care

Development of Standards for residential aged care facilities

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has commenced work on the development of Standards for residential aged care facilities. To ensure the Standards produced by the RACGP are meaningful and applicable to the profession working within the residential aged care setting, the RACGP is inviting feedback from you during the consultation period. 
GPs are invited to complete the survey and express your interest in participating in this process. This survey closes on Monday 8 July 2019. Find out more

Practice News

Immunisation tip

What services are available to translate overseas immunisation history?

The Australian Government Department of Settlement Services offer a free translating service that can be used by anyone who holds a permanent visa (except return resident visas). GPs and medical specialists can also access the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Free Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS) when providing Medicare rebate able services which could assist with explaining to families which immunisations are needed and determining which may have been received overseas. To apply for Access to TIS National Services, GPs and medical specialists need to fill out the client registration form .
Other resources that immunisation providers may find useful to support interpreting overseas records include:

Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement Incentive

PIP QI Tip 1

Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) is scheduled to commence on 1 August and aims to recognise and support those practices that commit to improving the care they provide to their patients. Accredited practices can access the PIP QI if they are undertaking continuous quality improvement activities through the collection and review of practice data or information.

In readiness for the PIP QI, our Practice Support team can assist you with the PenCS Clinical Audit Tool (CATPlus) installation and training, which allows practices to analyse data and report on quality improvement activities. Contact our helpdesk on
07 5612 5408 or for more information. 

PIP QI Tip 2

In late April, letters were sent to Practice Incentive Program (PIP) registered general practices regarding the introduction of the PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive. If you didn’t receive the first letter, the Department of Human Services may not have your correct practice details and you may not receive further communications regarding PIP QI.

If you are a PIP registered practice and have not received your letter, you will need to contact the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS will only speak to the listed authorised person from the general practice. A general practice can find their listed authorised person by looking on HPOS using their Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account which is linked to their PIP profile. Contact details for DHS can be found on our PIP QI webpage. 

PIP QI Tip 3

To prepare Gold Coast practices for Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI), Gold Coast Primary Health Network is running a series of forums across July and August.

These events will help general practice managers and staff understand the requirements of PIP QI and how the PHN can support them. More information and information on how to register will follow soon on our PIP QI page  and via our Practice Manager and Practice Nurse email networks.  

In Brief News

GPs invited to be Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) examiners

Bond and Griffith Universities are inviting GPs to be Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) examiners for October and November of 2019. Click here to access Bond MD OSCE Examination information and click here to access Griffith MD OSCE Examination information.

QLD Health prompting parents to book flu vaccinations

Queensland Health’s influenza campaign is a ‘Call to Arms’ and encourages parents to get their children aged six months to less than five years vaccinated against the flu.

How providers can be proactive this World Hepatitis Day

The Australian Society of HIV Medicine website has useful information and resources about how you can help your patients living with hepatitis.

Emotional Health Unit now open

Referrals are now being accepted for Queensland’s first dedicated private mental health service. Young adults aged 16 to 25 can now access any of the three core private components that make up the Emotional Health Unit.

QLD government funding access to Triple P

The Queensland government are funding free access to the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program for all families state-wide. Primary Care Triple P  is the most suitable form of Triple P to be delivered to parents by their GP, in short sessions of just 15 – 30 minutes. Find out more

Queensland Doctors' Health Programme bringing together art and medicine

Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme (QDHP) will be hosting an art exhibition themed “Connectedness: Bringing Together Art and Medicine” at Aspire Gallery, Paddington, from September 11 – 21, 2019.
Find out more

Asthma Australia’s COACH Program available for your patients

The COACH Program® is a confidential, free health coaching service delivered over the phone by Asthma Coaches to help people with asthma, or those who care for someone with asthma, to learn about how to take better care of their health. Find out more

Assessing capacity for patients with a psychological condition

Comcare have produced a new resource for GPs on assessing capacity for patients with a psychological condition. Find out more

Supporting safe and professional social media usage in general practice

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have released a social media guide for general practices. The Guide for the use of social media in general practice was developed in consultation with GPs, practice managers, consumer representatives and medico-legal organisation to provide the most up-to-date advice to general practice on the use of social media. Find out more

National Eating Disorders Collaboration e-learning for health professionals

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) has developed a range of resources to support GPs and health professionals in the areas of prevention, identification, medical management and referral of patients with eating disorders. There are five video modules available online and each module can be claimed as half an hour of self-directed CPD with the relevant professional body. Find out more

Research Opportunities

What's on

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FEATURED: Mental Health Matters Symposium
Saturday 20 July | 12pm - 5.30pm

It is with pleasure Belmont Private Hospital and Currumbin Clinic invite you to attend an informative and interactive mental health education event for general practitioners. Presenters include: Dr Dagmar Hilincikova, Dr Saibal Guha, Dr Vicky Satchwell and Dr James Goldstein. Find out more/registerPHN

FEATURED: Rheumatology in Primary Care
Saturday 27 July | 8am - 4pm

Attendees will enjoy presentations and interactive workshops from some of Queensland's leading rheumatologists, primary care physicians and academics, including: Dr Paul Kubler, Dr James Martin, Dr Ashleigh Hennessey, Dr Phillip Robinson, Dr Laurel Young and Dr Navid Adib. 
Find out more/registerPHN Professional Events

FEATURED: MTOP in General Practice Seminar
Wednesday 31 July| 6pm - 8pm

Join your GP colleagues for an information and networking evening. Topics includes: templates, resources and preparation, linking with counsellors, referrals for STOPs, guidelines and other support, MTOP in different settings - youth clinics, private practice, ATSICHs and other tips and tricks.
Find out more/registerPHN Prof

GCPHN Professional Events

Wednesday 17 July
The Advance Project
6pm - 8.30pm, Robina

Thursday 18 July
GP Trainer Workshop 3
6.30pm - 9pm, Robina

Saturday 20 July
Cultural Safety Training
9am - 4pm, Robina

Tuesday 23 July

Managing Diabetes Foot Complications Evidence-Based Practice
6.30pm - 8.30pm, Robina

Wednesday 24 July
National Evaluation Project for Advance Care Planning Information Night
6pm - 8.30pm, Robina

Click here to see all GCPHN Professional Events


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