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If you are looking for referral options for patients requiring mental health support, the HealthyGC Mental Health webpage for GPs and health professionals has been restructured to make it easier to find services and referral options for patients. The changes include new program pages about Gold Coast mental health services, detailed program information, eligibility and referral options. For any questions email mentalhealthAOD@gcphn.com.au.
For individuals, families or carers, helpful information is available on the consumer focused mental health pages.
Referral templates for Sexual Health and Oncology are now available on HealthyGC. In addition, there have been updates to the existing templates of Persistent Pain and Urology.
Patient data entered at Gold Coast Health is accessible to authorised clinicians across all Queensland ieMR sites, now that Gold Coast Health have joined the state-wide rollout of the Integrated Electronic Medical Record (ieMR) platform.
Gold Coast Health has provided some information on diagnosing and referring children with Type 1 diabetes.
By ensuring your practice has the latest version of medical software installed Electronic Discharge Summaries (EDS) can be received in a complete, legible format using Clinical Document Architecture (CDA).
Associate Professor Dr Carl de Wet provides an update on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and how helpful tips on how you can help manage GDM in your practice.
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.
Many clinical providers already use the My Health Record system to support them in caring for their patients. More than 80% of general practices and community pharmacies are now registered. Find out more about who is using digital health. Training and other resource materials are available here to support you in using the My Health Record system.
Immunisation is the best possible protection against influenza, and the best way to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths. The influenza vaccination is funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for many groups, including those with medical conditions such as COPD and severe asthma. For more information on the influenza vaccination, and to see the full list of NIP funded groups, visit the Immunisation Handbook or National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance website.
We have recently created a COPD 12 Month Cycle of Care graphic, to help guide best practice in caring for your patients with COPD. The aim of the Cycle of Care is to close gaps in care and create a proactive approach to coordinated patient care. The graphic optimises a seasonal approach to care and focusses on elements of best practice COPD management including vaccination, pulmonary rehab, smoking cessation and spirometry to maximise health outcomes for your COPD patients. You can view and download the COPD 12 Month Cycle of Care here.
You should recently have received your practice Benchmark report from us, which includes information on recorded smoking status of your patient population. Now is a good time to review your practice rates and see how your recording of smoking status compares to the same time last year.
The COPD X Concise Guide for Primary Care recommends ensuring the smoking status of each COPD patient is recorded and up to date. Identifying smokers and recording this in the patient’s medical record not only helps you meet accreditation targets, but these patients can then be flagged for brief smoking cessation advice or referral to local programs. The Smoking Cessation Guidelines for Australian General Practice has information for clinicians to support their patients in quitting.
Does your practice have a process in place to proactively plan for reviews for patients who have received GP management plans and Team Care Arrangements? MBS data from 2016 – 2017 shows that of the 72,157 GP management plans (item number 721) and 63, 630 Team Care Arrangements (item number 723) that were prepared, only 92, 975 (item number 732) reviews were completed. With flu season fast approaching, it is a good idea to review your GPMP review reminder system process to support the effective management of patients with chronic disease. You can use CATPlus to compare your practice data to see how many patients are eligible for GPMP or reviews using the recipes found here. For more information on CATPlus, visit our HealthyGC data management page or contact our Practice Support team on 5612 5408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Amanda Clark, Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian
Dietitians are your on-hand qualified nutrition experts ready to help patients dispel myths and find the most practical approach to dietary change.
When choosing who to refer to, it is worth considering that one dietitian won’t suit all of your patients.
Despite the prevailing model of care encouraging co-location of allied health GP practices, it’s appropriate to find the right fit for your patient. One dietitian is unlikely to be both skilled and interested in renal, eating disorders, food intolerance and weight related issues. The current model creates some difficulties for primary health-based dietitians in developing specialised interests and skills, but freedom to refer outside of the practice would assist with this.
For example, many people in the community assume that all dietitians are skilled in weight control due to the interpretation of the word ‘diet’, however this too, is a specialty area often requiring specialised equipment, strategies, tools and attitudes to get the most from the consulting relationship.
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The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has released advice to GPs and practice nurses around the measles mumps rubella vaccine.
GPs are advised that from Wednesday 1 May 2019 the way that Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) accepts referrals to the Queensland Children’s Hospital has changed. Paediatric Statewide Referral Criteria (SRC) is now being used to standardise referrals, triage and categorisation.
The International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP) would like to develop information and support for dementia risk reduction in primary healthcare settings. The survey is still open for GPs and practice nurses to have their say about dementia risk reduction and whether you feel further knowledge is required.
The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) had advised of the availability of new resources for your patients, designed to assist those within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations in QLD.
The one-day Masterclass offers informative and interactive sessions on a range of child health topics delivered by QCH paediatricians and subspecialists.
From 22-23 June, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is hosting a course in Brisbane. This two-day emergency medicine course covers many of the common emergencies in rural practice that are relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne are seeking GPs, practice nurses and practice managers to participate in a telephone interview about chlamydia management in general practice.
Join GP Dr Sam Manger and special guests from around the world discussing the latest in evidence-based medicine and more. This podcast is designed-with-love for medical doctors, scientists, researchers, allied health, nurses, students and anybody else interested in health, science and medicine.
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