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Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) are seeking applications from locally based general practitioners wishing to be considered for appointment as a non-executive director (Board of Directors) of the organisation. Board meetings are held monthly (6.30pm - 9.30pm), with additional strategic and/or sub-committee meetings held during the year. The position is a remunerated one, including the ability to salary package.
Applications close Monday, 9 September 2019 at 9am, AEST. Enquiries should be directed to Mandy Karlin, Board Secretariat at email@example.com.
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Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is currently seeking nominations to fill the following vacant position for the GCPHN Primary Health Care Improvement Committee (PHCIC).
The deadline for application submission is: COB Friday, 20 September 2019.
The PHCIC meets bi-monthly, in the evening for two hours dependant on Agenda. Members of GCPHN PHCIC will be remunerated for attendance in line with GCPHN’s Sitting Fees. Find out more
Last month I had the privilege of attending the National Medicines Leadership Forum hosted by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists for Australia (SHPA) in Canberra. The main finding of the 2019 ‘Medicine Safety: Take Report’ was shared with us: an estimated quarter of a million Australians are admitted to hospital each year because of medication-related issues.
The reasons are well-known and summarized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in ‘Medication without harm’ as: polypharmacy, high-risk situations and transitions of care. We now have more than twenty years of literature and recommendations that unequivocally and strongly support improvements in transitions of care. Primary care, general practice clinicians and staff and many hospital colleagues understand this truth intimately.
How much longer then will we have to wait until meaningful improvements are made to ensure all transitions of care and clinical handover are safe and reliable?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration removed the Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders from the Australian market after a review found the devices have a small risk of causing Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). All women with Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants are advised to be aware of BIAALCL symptoms and to perform regular breast self-examinations. Women are advised to consult their doctor if symptoms develop, if any changes are noticed on self-examination, or if they have any concerns. Find out more
The Gold Coast Health Speech Pathology Department at Robina Hospital offers fluency assessment and treatment for adults who stutter. This includes stuttering of both an acquired and developmental nature. Individual sessions and monthly group treatment sessions are available. There is no financial cost for the service if patients are Medicare eligible. Find out more
Gold Coast Health is boosting its commitment to clinical trials across the health service, with a growing team and dedicated clinical space. The dedicated space for clinical trials is purpose-built to accommodate a range of outpatient clinical trial.
Experts will lead a new series of clinically-focused forums on the challenges facing our clinicians. 'Care at the End of Life' Clinical Challenge: How do we develop best care? The event will be held on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at Gold Coast University Hospital. Find out more
GPs are encouraged to stop-by and/or refer their patients to this free community event at Albert Waterways Community Centre, Broadbeach Waters. Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and Gold Coast Health have recently formed a Suicide Prevention Leadership Group for the Gold Coast to develop a suicide prevention plan for the region and will be in attendance on the day.
We have adopted the LifeSpan framework, an evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide which aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing interventions and programs, and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.
Evidence suggests that capacity building and education for GPs is one of the most promising interventions for reducing suicide. Suicidal people often visit primary care providers in the weeks or days before suicide yet many do not mention their suicidal thoughts to their doctor, or if they do, they often don't receive the care and support they need. One of the LifeSpan strategies is equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress.
If you would like further information about the LifeSpan framework please contact Sara Dixon from GCPHN on firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more
The Australian Digital Health Agency has identified a potential issue and released a cyber security alert relating to a Remote Desktop vulnerability which could potentially lead to a infection on a computer and cause significant damage. Find out more
Introduced on 1 July, Health professionals are now required to confirm patient details through HPOS, the new process is part of their ongoing commitment to patient privacy. These changes now give you real time results to confirm:
You can save time, as you don’t need to call to confirm your patient’s details. Find out more
This checklist can be used as a guide to implementing security practices and policies in your healthcare organisation. It covers the requirements that must be incorporated in a My Health Record system security policy, as outlined in the My Health Records Rule 2016, together with a number of sound privacy and security practices. Find out more
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have released a new suite of videos on My Health Record. These videos are designed to assist GPs and practice teams to better understand My Health Record, including the roles and obligations for anybody participating in the system. These videos discuss topics, such as consent, security, medico-legal concerns, practice responsibilities and benefits.
On August 8, the Australian Digital Health Agency launched a new My Health Record Mental Health Toolkit. The toolkit was developed to ensure healthcare providers are equipped to assist their patients with clear and specific information to make an informed decision about the benefits of using My Health Record. The toolkit addresses how to reap the benefits of the system, and how to manage patient information securely, sensitively and privately. Find out more
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is changing the way your staff access the AIR secure website. If your staff are not accessing the AIR site or not accessing AIR site using a Q provider number, you should register as a vaccination provider on the AIR now. This will ensure continuous access to the AIR secure website for your staff during the transition to PRODA. Complete the “Application to register as a vaccination provider with the AIR (IM004)” form.
If your medical practice registers as a vaccination provider by 30 September 2019, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will issue your practice an authentication file. Your staff can use this to access the AIR site until DHS transitions practices to PRODA in early 2020. You need to complete the IM004 form and mail it to DHS by mid- September 2019 for the registration to be completed by 30 September 2019.
Gold Coast Public Health Unit, Data Officers are phoning all medical practices to assist with this process. Please feel free to contact the Data Officers on 07 5667 3200 for any enquiries or more information.
We have recently added some resources to our PIP QI Incentive webpage to support you in completing CQI projects in your practice. The resources include a generic CQI template and guide, as well as worked examples of CQI projects for smoking status and diabetes.
Primary Sense™ users – Have you seen the new PIP QI Incentive resources added to Primary Sense™ Desktop? These can be found under ‘Templates’ and include CQI templates and some worked examples using Primary Sense™ reports.
Pen CS has just released the CAT4 step by step guides (recipes) for the '10 Improvement Measures' specified in the PIP QI Incentive. Find them here, or on our PIP QI Incentive webpage. This will enable practices using CAT4 to check their patient data in regards to the national improvement measures and to use the reports to inform their quality improvement activities.
Join us for dinner and to hear Dr Sam Hazledine speak on Medicine's Four Minute Mile. This event is free for General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) and Gold Coast Medical Association (GCMA) members and junior doctors. For other interested attendees, a subsidised fee of $30 is payable on the night. Find out more
The Skin Cancer College are offering two foundation courses for GPs: Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Certificate of Dermsocopy during the month of September. Places are limited so book now. Find out more
Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme (QDHP) is hosting an art exhibition titled “Connectedness: Bringing Together Art and Medicine.” This exhibition seeks to celebrate the creativity of Queensland’s doctors and medical students, to promote the benefits to wellbeing of engagement in activities beyond the work environment, and to create a space to develop a community around art in medicine. Find out more
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) run a full day accredited Advanced Life Support (ALS) course to meet the needs of general practitioners in the management of common emergencies in rural practice, and it’s coming to Brisbane on 5 October 2019. Find out more
FEATURED: Bowel Cancer Screening and Cancer Council Queensland Information Night
Thursday 19 September | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
General practice staff are invited to an information session on bowel cancer screening and local cancer support services. A variety of topics will be covered under both bowel cancer and Cancer Council Queensland categories, including local trends, information and support for health professionals and patients and the latest updates from both areas.
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