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Advance Care Planning is not an easy subject to bring up with patients. Starting the conversation can be the most difficult part of the process, but will add tremendous value to your patients at a time in which they may be too unwell to communicate for themselves. Around four in ten people will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions, yet less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences. Being prepared eliminates the usage of aggressive treatments that the person might not have wanted - and families may feel burdened by the worry that they will make a wrong choice.
On 23 October, the members of the Gold Coast Hospital Service Specialist Palliative Care team and Gold Coast Primary Health Network will be conducting a free face-to-face workshop, that will provide an opportunity for questions and answers to relevant topics related to individual patient care. The face-to-face workshop has been allocated 4 Category 2 points Activity: 157438 in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium. Find out more
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Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) have recently added a new Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) resource to our Respiratory page on HealthyGC. The COPD Cycle of Care for Patients is designed to support your patients COPD management and treatment and help them keep track of appointments. It can be used in conjunction with the COPD 12 Month Cycle of Care for Health Professionals, which is also found on the Respiratory page, under Clinician Resources.
The 29th annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony was held recently at Harvard University. The awards honour achievements that ‘make people laugh and then think’ by celebrating unusual research, honouring imagination and creating interest in Medicine, Science and Technology. Read more
An opportunity has become available for a Senior Medical Officer (General Practice Liaison Officer) to join the Centre for Health Innovation at Gold Coast Health. The position is being advertised on both SmartJobs and Seek, with applications closing Wednesday 23 October 2019.
A Complex Care hotline, launched by Gold Coast Health earlier in the year, is providing assistance to general practitioners (GPs), patients with complex care issues and their families and carers. The hotline can help GPs who require assistance to find results or information about appointments and recent admission, or who might need support navigating the Health Service. Find out more
GPs can refer into the Lavender Mother and Baby Unit at Gold Coast University Hospital, the state’s only publicly-funded mother-baby inpatient facility. A sensory garden and enclosed courtyard costing $250,000 and is the latest addition to the unit, which provides state-wide specialised mental health services for difficulties in the first year following childbirth. Find out more
With bushfires affecting residents across the Gold Coast and surrounding regions, many in our community may find themselves in challenging and stressful situations. Those struggling have been advised to visit their GP as a first step, so they can discuss their needs in more detail and put patients in touch with the most appropriate service to help.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) fund a range of psychological services for the Gold Coast community, including:
Additional information about these and other programs is available on the HealthyGC website.
The Agency’s Education Delivery team have updated the My Health Record Organisation Readiness Checklist to guide provider organisation managers and digital health officers to support individuals proceed from awareness to a thorough implementation of My Health Record. Find out more
My Health Record enables Advance Care Plan (ACP) information to be contained in the one place. An article by Dr Matthew Grant, a Melbourne-based palliative medicine physician talks about the benefits of uploading an ACP to the My Health Record.
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From October 2019, new medical practices must use PRODA to access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) site, as the Department of Human Services (DHS) will not issue any new authentication files. To register your medical practice as a vaccination provider on the AIR:
New CQI resources are now available on Primary Sense™. Click ‘CQI’ on your Primary Sense™ Desktop and you’ll find templates, examples and guides to support your CQI projects in your practice.
We have added worked examples of our CQI template to HealthyGC for practices undertaking CQI using CAT4. The current examples on our PIP QI page are for Smoking Status and Diagnosis of Diabetes, and they can be downloaded and modified for your practice.
We have recently uploaded notes and resources from our CQI Workshop held in September to PIP QI webpage. This quarterly training event will help equip you with tools and strategies you require to undertake CQI for the PIP QI Incentive using either Primary Sense ™ or CAT4. To register your interest for the next training session in November, please email email@example.com.
For any questions related to these resources, or CQI in general, contact our Practice Support Helpdesk on 5612 5408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QDHP is the service arm of the Doctors' Health Advisory Service Queesland (DHASQ) and aim to promote the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Queensland. QDHP is a confidential, independent, not-for-profit organisation developed by doctors, for doctors and this new infographic has all the latest information and details for you to keep and pass onto your colleagues.
You are encouraged to share your best practice initiative (which has been implemented in your facility within the last 12 months) that has led to the prevention of improvement in the management of wounds. The author of the winning entry will receive $1000 worth of educational support organised by Wounds Australia and get a chance to share the best practice initiative. Entries are due 1 November 2019. Find out more
UNE Partnerships is offering access to a free tender and submission writing course for general practice developed in partnership with Coordinare. This course is targeted to practice managers and others within a practice who end up writing tenders, but don’t necessarily have the skills/knowledge to write one well.
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This networking evening is to provide an introduction to the Gold Coast Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) and ways forward for a GP practice research network. It is aimed at clinicians, researchers and key practice staff who want to understand how to get involved. Find out more
In Vivo Academy, a not-for-profit provider of independent continuing medical education in Australia, is offering local general practices access to a free one-hour online module on psoriatic arthritis and other comorbidities in psoriasis. Find out more
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s (ACRRM) provide a four-week online Mental Health course, with a specialised focus on rural and remote Australia by addressing issues such as isolation and drought. To enrol in this course or for more information, register on the ACRRM website. Prefer to talk to someone? Contact the ACRRM courses team on 1800 223 226 or email email@example.com
If you would like to get in touch with the QLD Rheumatic Heart Disease Register about assistance with diagnosis, developing localised protocols for your facilities, arranging some education or if you have queries in regards to patient data or information please contact 1300 135 854 or ArfRhdRegister@health.qld.gov.au
FEATURED: The Advance Project: Initiating Advance Care Planning, Palliative and Supportive Care in General Practice (for GPs only)
Wednesday 23 October | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
The Advance ProjectTM is a free evidence-based training package and suite of resources specifically designed to support GPs, nurses and practice managers to work as a team to initiate conversations about advance care planning and to assess patients’ and their carers’ palliative care needs.
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