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Alert | Outbreak of infectious syphilis: North Queensland

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The outbreak of syphilis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people continues in North Queensland. Since 2011 there have been seven cases of congenital syphilis associated with this outbreak, highlighting the importance of testing all pregnant women according to the guidelines. There have also been increased syphilis notifications in …

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Important new information about the Cervical Screening Program

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

REVISED: Self-collection of samples should not be offered to women with the commencement of the renewed program on 1 December 2017 until further notice. One of the components of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is the introduction of self-collected samples for HPV testing. The self-collection option has been included …

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Reconciliation workshops coming to Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, would like to invite the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, Traditional Owners, Community Agencies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, and non-Indigenous services to participate in the development of our PHN’s (Reflect) Reconciliation Action Plan. By working with the community to …

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An update on Codeine for Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Codeine will be up-scheduled to Schedule 4 on 1st February 2018.  On 8th November 2017, the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN hosted a network evening to inform providers regarding the new changes. Over 30 attendees interacted with speakers, and took away crucial information, including: up to 35% of …

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Host your asthma action plan online

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

National Asthma Council Australia today announced the launch of a new Asthma Buddy mobile web site, an easy-to-use and take-anywhere asthma management tool. Preserving all existing functionalities, the improved Asthma Buddy lives on a mobile-only website with enhanced flexibility and reliability, available at www.asthmabuddy.org.au. The mobile-only website can house complete …

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Provide psychological services under the new Stepped Care program

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

As the preferred provider for Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN’s Stepped Care model, Artius health is looking to build their network of mental health service providers. Artius health are now calling for expressions of interest from capable, reliable, well qualified and dedicated mental health professionals who are looking …

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Using our voices to help prevent suicide

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

On 23 and 24 November, Central Queensland Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast PHN are offering a training opportunity through ‘Roses in the Ocean’. We are looking for participants with a lived experience from the Gympie and Maryborough Regions. Once completed, the training will provide opportunities to be involved in Suicide …

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Can you help shape the future of dealing with PFAS?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of manufactured compounds and chemicals which are resistant to heat, oil and water. They have been used extensively since the 1950’s in multiple industrial uses such as including in firefighting foams, nonstick cookware, food packaging and insecticides as well as waterproof and …

Why is cervical screening so important?

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

In 2017, it is projected that there will be 912 new cases of cervical cancer (AIHW, Cervical screening in Australia 2014­–2015). The most effective way to reduce cervical cancer deaths is cervical screening and since the introduction of cervical screening in 1991 the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer …

Grants available for advanced training in obstetrics and anaesthetics

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Applications are now open for eligible GPs to access Commonwealth subsidies of $40,000 to obtain advanced qualifications in obstetrics or anaesthesia. The General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) is a Commonwealth funded workforce support program designed to improve access to obstetric and anaesthetic services for women living in rural …

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A update from the Caloundra Ophthalmology Unit

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Please be advised that that from 1st November 2017 until 1st May 2018 the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service will not be able to accept new Wet Macular Degeneration patient referrals. The Caloundra ophthalmology unit will continue to see patients which we have already accepted referrals for or are …