Wide Bay GPLO recognised for years of dedicated service

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Dr Shaun Rudd has been working in the role of GPLO for the Fraser Coast for the past 12 years. During this time he has witnessed the ongoing changes changes from Wide Bay Division of General Practice, and every step forward, to what is now the Primary Health Network. The …

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General practice to get secure access to Queensland hospital records

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

From mid–2017, Queensland’s general practitioners (GPs) will have secure online access to their patients’ Queensland Health (QH) records. This read-only online access will allow GPs to view public hospital information including appointment records, radiology and laboratory results, treatment and discharge summaries, and demographic and medication details. This access will bridge …

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Curing Hepatitis C in the community

In Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The Hepatology (liver medicine) department at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, supported by the Clinical Excellence Division of the Department of Health, offers an innovative, rapid access service for patients across the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay wishing to receive treatment for Hepatitis C (HCV). The service runs a community …

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Young children owning smartphones is the new normal, Australian Child Health Poll finds

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

According to new research, owning your own smartphone or tablet is now the new normal for Australian children. The latest Australian Child Health Poll has found that almost all Australian teenagers, two- thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of pre-schoolers now own their own tablet or smartphone. As well …

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Connecting Queensland’s GPs and public hospitals

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

From mid-2017, Queensland’s general practitioners will have secure online access to patient healthcare information from Queensland’s public hospitals. This access will bridge the information gap between Queensland’s general practitioners and public hospitals to help ensure you receive consistent, timely and better coordinated care. What are the benefits for me? Providing …

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Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

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

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine. Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to …

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Boost your Facebook page with family tips and blogs

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

Health professionals can now populate their practice or personal Facebook page with regular, good-quality blogs, memes, tips, videos and parent stories. This social media friendly content is created by Queensland’s evidence-based Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. Every day, Triple P’s Facebook page is updated with shareable content based on …

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Alzheimer’s Australia seeking new Dementia Advisory Committee members

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

Alzheimer’s Australia are seeking expressions of interest from people living with dementia to become members of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee. The committee supports people with dementia to have a voice in advocating for the needs and priorities of people with dementia in relation to service provision, information, support …

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Ensure your patients’ future health care wishes are accessible in Queensland hospitals

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

You can ensure that your patients’ documented advance care plans can be accessed across sectors in Queensland to help inform medical treatment plans, especially, if the person cannot communicate their values, wishes and beliefs for healthcare. The Statement of Choices focuses on a person’s quality of life and records their …

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Breathlessness can be as life threatening as chest pain

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

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a chronic progressive disease characterised by an increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) leading to right ventricular overload, failure and eventually death. The increase in PVR is caused by underlying pathological changes in the pulmonary vasculature including vasoconstriction, inflammation, fibrosis, vascular remodelling and in-situ thrombosis. …

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Integrated Team Care is changing in Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The Integrated Team Care (ITC) program provides chronic disease management and care coordination for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Currently the program is delivered by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN. However after a two-stage tender process and community consultation the service will be transitioned from the …

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Become a Wide Bay provider for the My Health for Life program

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Health providers across Wide Bay are invited to complete an Expression of Interest and apply to become a provider under the My Health for Life program. My health for Life is a Queensland integrated risk assessment and behaviour modification program that aims to assist participants to reduce their risk of …

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A head start for mental health in Gympie

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to invest in mental health services for young people in Gympie. PHN General Manager for the Sunshine Coast, Kath Thompson said the decision clearly met the local need, identified through community engagement and a thorough assessment of the …

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Needle and Syringe Program goes digital

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

The Pharmacy Guild have developed a Queensland Needle and Syringe Program directory app. The app allows consumers to search for NSPs nearest to them and includes 730 registered pharmacies providing NSP and 140 public NSPs. Many people rely on needles, lancets or syringes to manage medical conditions and maintain their health. …