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GCPHN Publication Generally Speaking for Gold Coast general practices

In the September edition

GPs encouraged to consider hosting a medical student in 2019

Next year, local GPs will again have the opportunity to mentor students from Bond and Griffith Universities, as part of Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s (GCPHN) clinical placements program.
Dr Farhad Azad Zamany from MyHealth Ashmore Plaza has been hosting medical students for the past four years and says what he enjoys most about taking students into his practice, is their ability to bring in a fresh perspective.
“During the process of having medical students, I often need to do research for my responses and it helps me improve my knowledge constantly.”

Dr Azad Zamany encourages other GPs who might be considering this opportunity for next year to consider how it not only benefits the student, but your practice as well. 

New service and after-hours community space for people with severe mental illness

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has officially launched a new federally-funded service and after-hours drop-in clinic to assist those living with severe mental illness in the Gold Coast region. Plus Social will help increase capacity of the primary care sector to effectively manage people living with severe mental illness and will ensure that GPs referring to the service remain included in the care that their patients receive.

Mental health services for people with mild needs

The Gold Coast has a variety of low intensity mental health services available to support patients with, or at risk of, mild mental illness. Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) funds two types of support in this area including individual coaching through the NewAccess program and
group-based wellness therapy through Health and Wellbeing groups.

Dr David Rowlands

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair

We are back to that time of year where we ask local GPs to consider mentoring students as part of the clinical placements program run by GCPHN. Students from both Bond and Griffith Universities will need placing for 2019, and having that hands-on experience is a critical part of their development in becoming a GP. The training can be rewarding for both the GP, practice and student and I strongly encourage you to consider this opportunity.

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Dr Lisa Beecham

General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair

GPGC in collaboration with GCPHN held a really successful Education Day on 18 August. What was really good about this event was that it was GPs delivering sessions to fellow GPs and therefore the topics were relevant and directly applicable to General Practice. If you missed this education session PowerPoints will be uploaded to the GPGC website and GPGC Facebook page soon

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In Brief News

Invitation to GPs: Medication reconciliation research participation

GPs are invited to participate in a 5-10 minute survey about medication reconciliation. The study, which has ethics approval from Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and Griffith University, aims to identify feasible strategies to address any identified clinical practice gaps in the area of medication reconciliation. 

Pocketbook of Palliative Medicine app

The Pocketbook of Palliative Medicine app contains dot-point suggestions of symptom relief for patients, including details about useful medications, opioids and treating pain, using continuous subcutaneous infusions, information on prognostication and contact details of the Gold Coast Specialist Palliative Care team. There has been a total of approximately 8500 installations of the app worldwide.

Connecting Hearing making hearing care more accessible

With clinics in both Benowa and Helensvale, GPs can refer patients to Connect Hearing for hearing services, tinnitus assistance, pre-employment and audiometry testing and custom ear plugs.

Queensland Doctors Health Programme seeking GPs

The Queensland Doctors Health Programme (QDHP) is an organisation which receives dedicated support from doctors who, on a voluntary basis, answer a helpline and provide assistance to colleagues who have concerns and may be in difficulty.

General Practice Liaison Unit

Gold Coast Health welcomes new pain specialist
The Gold Coast Health (GCH) persistent pain service recently appointed a new specialist, Dr Ian Thong, to lead the interdisciplinary team based in the Persistent Pain Clinic in the Robina Outpatient service.

Paediatric Pearls - tips from Gold Coast Health paediatricians
In this edition you will find helpful tips on functional constipation. Constipation is a common paediatric presentation, with functional constipation being the most common cause.

Mental Health / Alcohol & Other Drugs

Stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases more likely for those with poor mental health

A recent report has shown that the four million Australians living with mental health conditions are at much greater risk of chronic physical disease and have a greater risk of early death.

Transition Support Program available on the Gold Coast

The Transition Support Program, operating out of Burleigh Heads, has been established to support people entering or leaving residential rehabilitation.

Mental health services for people with mild needs

The Gold Coast has a variety of low intensity mental health services available to support patients with, or at risk of, mild mental illness (primarily anxiety and/or depressive disorders).

Strengthening health assessments for children in care

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has collated a summary of the education and support available to GPs and practice nurses when providing care for children in out of home care.

Cancer Screening

Reminder: receiving your patients' BreastScreen results electronically

Practices and GPs can register with Queensland Health’s Secure Transfer Services (STS) to receive the majority of BreastScreen Queensland client “well woman” (no signs of breast cancer) screening results electronically.


Digital Health

My Health Record opt-out date extended

The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has officially extended the opt-out period for My Health Record by an extra month to 15 November 2018. The Minister says this was in response to a key request from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and gives Australians more time to consider their options, as privacy legislation is strengthened.

Policies and procedures for your team and the My Health Record

As part of meeting the legislative requirements to participate in the My Health Record system, organisations need to confirm they have a My Health Record system policy which addresses a number of areas.

Healthcare Identifiers Act and My Health Record

The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided a media statement in relation to incorrect claims regarding employment checks and the My Health Record.


National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance factsheets

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has released a new fact sheet, Pneumococcal vaccines – frequently asked questions, which answers some frequently asked questions about pneumococcal vaccines and vaccination schedules. The Meningococcal vaccines for Australians fact sheet has also been updated.

Practice News

My Health for Life supporting GPs and their patients

My Health for Life (MH4L) continues to support GPs and their patients with a free behaviour change program available to eligible patients who want to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease. 

With National Stroke Week happening 3-9 September, it is a great opportunity to encourage patients to make small lifestyle changes that can have major health benefits by referring to this program. GPs can access referral templates on the HealthyGC Referral Template webpage and more information on the program, including upcoming dates and local providers can be accessed here

PBS schedule for Panadol Osteo/Osteomol

It has recently been brought to the attention of Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) staff that the criteria around the PBS schedule for Panadol Osteo/Osteomol is somewhat confusing. This could be due to certain clinical software not flagging a restriction when these medications are being prescribed.

CPC templates

We have just updated our Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) Template Installation Guides with step-by-step instructions and screenshots to make it as easy as possible to install the new referral templates.

You can find instructions for Best Practice, Medical Director and ZedMed on the Referral Templates page on our website.

Immunisation catch-ups

Did you know you can now find an updated Immunisation History Catchup Worksheet on our Immunisation resources page?

When working out a catchup schedule for a patient, please remember to: 

Are you receiving your patients' BreastScreen results electronically?

Practices and GPs can register with Queensland Health’s Secure Transfer Services (STS) to receive the majority of BreastScreen Queensland client “well woman” (no signs of breast cancer) screening results electronically.

To automatically receive electronic screening outcomes for patients who nominate you as their doctor, register your details with STS. Where your practice is already listed with STS, you can email to be added.

Secure Web Transfer is also used locally to send clinical outcome letters to GPs electronically for most clients with a well woman outcome after assessment.  

What's on

View all upcoming events 

Featured: My Health Record Software Training

Wednesday 12 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm
GPs, registered nurses and practice managers are invited to an interactive workshop to gain an understanding on how to upload a Share Health Summary and view documents in the My Health Record. 

Attendees will be able to utilise the training environment allowing them to create Shared Health Summaries using simulated clinical data for a fictitious patient, using Medical Director and Best Practice softwares.

GCPHN Professional Events

Saturday 7 September
Screening for Problem Gambling
10am - 11.30am, Robina

Wednesday 12 September
My Health Record Software Training
6.30pm - 8.30pm, Robina

Thursday 13 September
Older People with a Focus on After Hours and Residential Aged Care facility Services Co-design Workshop
9am - 1pm, 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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