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GCPHN Publication Generally Speaking for Gold Coast general practices

In the October edition

One referral form for all GCPHN-funded mental health services

Since 1 July 2018, GCPHN-funded mental health services have had one referral form for all programs. 
This referral form is received by a clinical triage and intake team who facilitate referrals into GCPHN-funded mental health services, within a stepped care model. Note: the referral form complies with Mental Health Treatment Plan requirements for billing items 2700/2701 or 2715/2717.

To download the mental health referral templates in general practice software please visit the referral templates page. Scroll down to the mental health heading and download the required format under 'Public Community Services'.

Service providers, including GPs and psychiatrists, can call 07 3186 4000 for service information and referral pathways relating to mental health in the Gold Coast region, to effectively support and manage care planning with patients. This will support matching the appropriate level of intervention according to the client’s individual needs. launched to assist GPs and patients has been launched to make it easier for the Gold Coast community to access information and to assist mental health practitioners support people with mental health issues. Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has commissioned a range of services across the stepped care continuum to increase access and coordination of mental health support.
These services are free to eligible Gold Coast residents, and offer clinical care coordination and psycho-social support, as well as providing an after-hours drop in space. 

Dr David Rowlands

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair

GCPHN, in partnership with Primary and Community Care Services (PCCS), have officially launched the new Plus Social service at the new after-hours community space in Mermaid Beach.

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Dr Lisa Beecham

General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair

I invite all GPGC members to this year’s AGM on 2/11/18 at the Hilton Surfer’s Paradise. It is usually a short AGM followed by a Dinner and networking opportunity. Please come along and bring your partners so as to build the strong General Practice community we are lucky enough to enjoy on the Gold Coast. 

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General Practice Liaison Unit

Meet Dr Danika Fietz on the Referral Information Roadshow
The Referrral Information Roadshow is currently underway with GP Liaison Officer (GPLO) Dr Danika Fietz and her team visiting Gold Coast general practices to meet GPs and practice managers to discuss the new referral templates and referral triage guidelines.

GPs with Special Interests improving links between specialist Palliative Care Service and RACFs
The GPwSI model of care is a state-wide intitiative supported by the Clinical Excellence Division (CED) and GPwSIs are already strengthening links between Gold Coast Health and Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs

headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program available for referrals

headspace Southport will be providing GPs and referrers with referral tools for treatment of emerging mental illnesses and will be hosting upcoming youth psychosis education nights. 

Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great opportunity to talk to patients about their breast cancer risk and regular screenings. Patients can register electronically for appointments on the BreastScreen Queensland website. 

Digital Health

My Health Record Extension Notification Packs being delivered to GPs

My Health Record Extension Notification Packs are in the process of being printed and delivery to GPs is expected to begin next week.
The packs contain stickers and an A3 poster to help communicate the extended opt-out period. In addition, there is a FAQs document to help you answer your patients’ questions more broadly about My Health Record, including the benefits of the system, privacy and security.

On-Demand Training for My Health Record

Healthcare professionals can now simulate use of the digital health functionality in their software. Each software product has been made available with the kind assistance of software vendors.


Australian Immunisation Handbook now available online

The Australian Immunisation Handbook is now available online and provides the most up-to-date recommendations and clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.  

New Australian Immunisation Register education modules available

The Department of Human services (DHS) has published five new Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules, to help vaccination providers understand how to access and use AIR site and record vaccination episodes. 

Updated childhood immunisation coverage rates have been released

New childhood immunisation coverage rates have been released showing the comparison between Gold Coast Hospital and Health service immunisation rates against State and National coverage rates. 

Aged Care

How you can help carers in your practice

Each year, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. As part of a general practice, you are interacting with carers on a daily basis and have a unique opportunity to assist them to maintain their wellbeing. 

Practice News

National Immunisation Program changes - your questions answered

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is now offering an on-demand repeat recording of the webinar ‘National Immunisation Program changes – Your questions answered.’ The webinar provides an outline of the changes, the rationale behind the changes and answers to common questions. 

Your guide to Medicare for Indigenous Health Services

Your guide to Medicare for Indigenous Health Services has recently been released by  the Department of Human Services. This guide has been developed to support staff working in organisations that provide Medicare services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, by providing easy to understand advice about Medicare health services and programs. A link to the guide can be found on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health webpage

Get the record straight

Have you seen our new “Get the Record Straight” resource? It is designed to remind staff to update patient details to help your practice provide safe, quality care. 

RACGP Red Book has been updated

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Red Book Section 9.2 on Colorectal Cancer has recently been updated to reflect the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines.

This includes updating the risk table which spells out how to categorise patients and the recommended actions.    

Mental Health Essentials eLearning Program

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses has recently released ‘The Mental Health Essentials’ eLearning program.

The five Level 1 modules are currently FREE to complete until 31 December 2018, and are designed to support nurses working in general practice and primary care to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to incorporate mental health into day-to-day practice.

Each module will take around 30-60 minutes to complete, and will help practice nurses work to the Mental Health Practice Standards for Nurses in Australian General Practice. Click here for more information.

Pregnancy Health Record book

Gold Coast Primary Health Network is no longer supplied with the Pregnancy Health Record (blue book). Expectant mothers should receive one at their first antenatal appointment at the hospital.

If they are not given one, patients should contact the antenatal clinic on (07) 5687 1526. 

In Brief News

Stop the rise: Queensland sexual health campaign

The Department of Health have officially launched their Queensland Sexual Health Campaign in an effort to normalise and encourage regular STI testing and discussion about sexual health; and increase knowledge and awareness among young people about sexual and reproductive health.

Chronic wellness program referral tips from Queensland Health

In order to ensure referrals to the Chronic Disease Wellness program are processed in a timely manner, Queensland Health has provided a few helpful tips for GPs.

Seeking GP feedback on Nephrology statewide referral criteria

Queensland Health are currently seeking broader stakeholder consultation on the clinical content of the draft Nephrology CPC document.

Rheumatic Heart Disease becomes notifiable in Queensland

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) has been added to the list of notifiable conditions in Queensland. The Public Health Regulation 2018 comes into effect from 1 September 2018 and will list RHD as a clinical diagnosis notifiable condition.

Gonorrhoea study: Seeking assistance from GPs and patients

The University of Queensland (UQ) is planning to conduct anonymous in-depth interviews with women recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea to help identify if changing partner-seeking and sexual behaviour is contributing to the increase in incidences of gonorrhoea.

Griffith University seeking volunteers for Meningococcal vaccine trial

Griffith University is seeking volunteers for a new trial testing Meningococcal vaccine combinations in their Clinical Trial Unit (in conjunction with GlaxoSmithKline).

Chronic Hepatitis B Survey

World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at The Doherty Institute are seeking expert opinions on the distribution of phases of hepatitis B.

Smartphone health app prescription study seeking GPs

Bond university researcher Dr Oyuka Byambasuren is looking for GPs who work more than two days a week to take part in a novel study, researching the effectiveness of smartphone health apps, and their usability in primary care. 

What's on

View all upcoming events 

Featured: Introduction to Dermoscopy Workshop

Thursday 18 October, 6.30pm (QLD time)
This introduction to dermoscopy workshop will cover how to use a dermoscope, the difference between polarising and non-polarising dermoscopy, how to dermoscopically differentiate between benign and malignant lesions using the Three-Point Checklist, Seven-Point Checklist and Chaos and Clues algorithms and how to perform a shave biopsy.


GCPHN Professional Events

Thursday 11 October
BreastScreen Queensland Information Night
6.30pm - 8.30pm, Southport

Friday 26 October
Advance Care Planning Workshop
8am - 10am, Robina

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

Click here to see all GCPHN Professional Events


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Generally Speaking is a monthly publication produced by Gold Coast Primary Health Network. It is an important resource for general practice, with local information on GP/practice nurse training and education, quality initiatives, referral information, events, job notifications and local Gold Coast health and community programs that can benefit general practitioners and patients.
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Gold Coast Primary Health Network would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, the Yugambeh, Yuggera and Bundjalung peoples. 

Gold Coast Primary Health Network gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.

While the Australian Government Department of Health has contributed to the funding of this material, the information contained in it does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government and is not advice that is provided, or information that is endorsed, by the Australian Government. The Australian Government is not responsible in negligence or otherwise for any injury, loss or damage however arising from the use of or reliance on the information provided herein.
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