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GCPHN Publication Generally Speaking for Gold Coast general practices

In the November edition

International review puts Australia ahead in personal control of electronic health records

An international comparison review of digital health record systems shows My Health Record consumers in Australia have more ability to personally control their digital health information than in similar countries worldwide.

The Digital Health Evidence Review, released by the Australian Digital Health Agency, brings together studies comparing My Health Record with similar systems across the world, including those in France, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.

“We know through the important national conversation that is currently occurring that Australians expect and deserve strong safeguards, choice and control when it comes to their personal information,” says Agency Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Meredith Makeham.

“As the Agency responsible for My Health Record, we need to continue to improve the system in consultation with the Australian community and their healthcare providers.”

From an international perspective the My Health Record gives Australians amongst the most choice in how their medical information, such as their tests and scans are stored and accessed. 

“Although many countries have laws that allow users to view their health information, only Australia and a handful of other countries have laws that allow citizens to control who sees their information and request corrections to their own health data,” says Makeham.

Dr David Rowlands

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair

Ineffective clinical handover is widely recognised as an important safety threat to patients. 

In an effort to support the change in this ineffectiveness and better manage clinical handover, health professionals/clinicians/GPs are encouraged to report any instances of adverse outcomes for patients to the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services (HHS).

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Dr Kate Shapland

General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year took a new direction. Once the formalities were completed (30 minutes), we had over seventy people (GPs and their guests ) enjoying a great evening of food, conversation and dance. We are hoping to do more fun networking events next year and look forward to seeing you then. Please encourage your registrars and younger GPs to also attend so that we have a wide diversity of GP ideas to move forward with into the future.

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General Practice Liaison Unit

Pulmonary rehabilitation service for patients in the Gold Coast
Gold Coast Health provides a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation service for eligible patients with chronic respiratory disease. The service is based at Helensvale Community Health Centre and in the Robina Health Precinct. 

Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs

Education evening for GPs and nurses: Youth Early Psychosis

General practitioners (GPs) and nurses are invited to an education evening covering early psychosis in young people. Presenters and panelists will cover topics such as positive and negative symptoms, identifying those at ultra high risk, managing severe or complex cases and referral pathways.

Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards recognises local program

The Expanded Horizons Program, supported by Gold Coast Primary Health Network, were successful in winning at the recent Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

Cancer Screening

National Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines identify key changes for GPs

An analysis of last year's updated national colorectal cancer screening guidelines has identified a few key changes for GPs.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Lung Foundation Australia have a range of evidence-based services and resources available that will enable your patients to better understand and manage their conditions.

Digital Health

My Health Record Senate Inquiry

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee have released their report on the My Health Record system.

Tip: A Shared Health Summary can be created at any consultation; however, a patient can have only one nominated healthcare provider at a time, who should be delivering continuing, coordinated and comprehensive care to the individual.

My Health Record - online NASH certificates

Important information about online request and download of National Authentication Service for Health Public Key Infrastructure (NASH PKI) certificates. 


Transition of HPV vaccination records to Australian Immunisation Register

As of 10 September 2018, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine doses are now able to be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records all vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia, including through school programs.

Aged Care

Gold Coast Health: Transition home for End of Life Care

As part of the Queensland Health End of Life Care Strategy, Gold Coast Health is developing a process to support discharge for people near end of life who would like to die at home.

You are invited to join researchers and clinicians from Gold Coast Health and Griffith University to identify the possible threats and opportunities associated with the transition from hospital to community care for people who prefer to die at home.

Advanced Care Planning Australia Brisbane Seminar 

Presented by Advance Care Planning Australia, QUT and Queensland Health, this Brisbane-based seminar will be run by recognised leaders in the field of advance care planning in Australia.

Held on 30 November 2018 topics covered will include advance care planning across sectors, legal considerations and implementation. 


Nominations open for 2019 Nurse Awards

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Nurse Awards recognise and celebrate the efforts put in by nurses in primary health care, and acknowledge exceptional achievements. You can nominate nurses you know until the end of today (Monday 12 November), so fill out your nomination form now!

Nurses, APNA needs your ideas!

We are asking nurses what you have, what you need and what you want from your continuing professional development - in relation to chronic disease management and healthy ageing.

The feedback you provide will be an important tool in assisting the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA )to fulfil the education and training needs and expectations of the primary health care nursing workforce and you will also go in the draw to win one of two $120 Coles Myer gift cards!

Practice News

New Clinical Genetic Service

Genes Australia are offering a new service across Australia that provides expert genetic advice to assist you and your patients in navigating this constantly evolving field.   

Recall or reminder? What's the difference?

Recall or reminder? What's the difference? We often receive enquiries regarding how many attempted contacts are required for a recall/reminder.

New Osteoporosis Pages on HealthyGC

We have recently added two new webpages to HealthyGC. The Nursing in General Practice and Osteoporosis pages have been designed to provide evidence-based guidelines and information on services to support clinicians.

Standards for after-hours and medical deputising services

(5th edition) (the Standards)

The RACGP 5th edition Standards for after-hours and medical deputising services (5th edition) has now been released and is available for download by visiting the RACGP website or on our General Practice Accreditation page.

In Brief News

New webpage on HealthyGC

A new webpage has just been created on HealthyGC  - Children and Young People Health. The page has been created to assist health professionals with accessing information about Children and Young People’s health, including child protection, developmental milestones and specialist and advice services. There are also patient resources available, including where to go to access free parenting programs. 

Mental Health Checklist for new and expecting parents

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week is here (11-17 November) and PANDA have launched a mental health Checklist for expecting and new parents. This online mental health Checklist is an easy way for expecting and new parents who are struggling with their new role to find out whether their feelings are normal or something more serious.

My Nutrition Support Program for those working within Indigenous Health

The Nutrition Support Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Indigenous Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to nutrition and dietary management.

Pregnancy Care Guidelines released for public consultation

The Pregnancy Care Guidelines Review Public Consultation Draft (October 2018) has been released for public consultation. This consultation is seeking feedback as part of a review of selected topics under the Pregnancy Care Guidelines. Topics in the review include risk of preterm birth, syphilis, chlamydia, cytomegalovirus and prolonged pregnancy. The consultation period closes at 5pm on 15 November 2018.

caring@home resources released

The team at caring@home are proud to announce the imminent release of the caring@home resources.
The resources for community service providers, health care professionals and carers. All resources can be ordered (in limited numbers) or downloaded from the project website

Have your say and win big with CheckUP's annual survey

CheckUP’s annual Health in Focus survey is now open! This survey will help capture a snapshot of the Queensland community in relation to their health and the health care they receive.

Online learning module to facilitate early identification of paediatric NMDs

To facilitate early identification of paediatric neuromuscular disorders (NMDs), an online learning module has been created especially for GPs and the primary healthcare team.

What's on

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LARC: Separating Fact from Fiction

Monday 12 November, 6.30pm (QLD time)
Marie Stopes Australia invites you to attend an evening of education and discussion around reproductive health. 

Marie Stopes' Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Catriona Melville, will be presenting Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives: Separating Fact from Fiction - Examining the medical myths surrounding long-acting reversible contraception. 

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-2019 triennium.

GP Education Evening: Youth Early Psychosis

Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm (QLD time)
A free GP education evening covering early psychosis in young people. Presenters and panelists on the evening will be covering topics like:
  • positive and negative symptoms
  • identifying those at ultra high risk
  • managing severe or complex cases
  • referral pathways 
This education evening is hosted in partnership by Headspace Youth Early Psychosic Program, Gold Coast Primary Health Network and Plus Social.

GCPHN Professional Events

Tuesday 13 November
My Health Record - Allied Health & Aged Care
6.30pm - 8.30pm, Robina

Stigma, Discrimination and Injecting Drug Use
9am - 1.30pm, Robina

Wednesday 21 November
Nutrition Support Program
8.45am - 4.30pm, Robina

Thursday 29 November
Cultural Safety Training (Session 1)
5.30pm - 9pm, Robina

Wednesday 5 December
Cultural Safety Training (Session 2)
5.30pm - 9pm, Robina

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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