Department of Health releases new National Cervical Screening Program information

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

Friday, 1 December 2017 marked the commencement of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) supported by the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR). IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Screening women under 25 years of age   Routine cervical screening is not recommended in the renewed program for women under 25 years. Some women under 25 …

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New data breach legislation is on the horizon

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The new Mandatory Data Breach reporting scheme requires organisations to conduct assessments of suspected data breaches and notify individuals likely to be at risk. From 22 February 2018, it will be mandatory for organisations to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Organisations will need to notify any …

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Getting kids in Gympie ready for school

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Child therapy services in Gympie have receive a $120,000 funding boost to kick off the new school year. Debbie Blumel, CEO for Children’s Therapy Centre said families in Gympie would be able to access free therapy sessions for developmentally vulnerable children. “If parents, child care providers, GPs or specialists have …

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Upgrade your skills with the heart foundation ambassador bursary

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

The Heart Foundation’s Health Professional Ambassador Program (HPAP) is open to health professionals who wish to update their knowledge, skills and develop the confidence to improve cardiovascular health outcomes in their workplace. Applicants must be a registered Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Health …

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Join the Integrated Care Alliance

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Integrated Care Alliance is currently seeking new representatives. The alliance was formed to ensure integration occurs from an organisational and system level with the patients at the centre of the health system. Members of the alliance meet bi monthly to work collaboratively on projects that consider the entire patient …

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Apply security updates and keep sensitive data safe

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

The new year has kicked off with two new IT Security vulnerabilities being identified called “Meltdown” & “Spectre”. These vulnerabilities exploit critical issues in modern computer processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read …

Peer workers to boost mental health services in Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Mental health services in the Wide bay have received a boost with the addition of 11 fully qualified peer workers providing lived experience counselling across Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Carey Thomson, who has been a mental health peer worker for the Community Care Unit in Bundaberg since 2015 said that …

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Get to know dementia this coming January

In Central Queensland by PHN Communications

Dementia Australia are holding a series of workshops in Rockhampton this January. The workshops are aimed at people living with dementia, along with their families, friends and carers. People from across Central Queensland will come away with a greater understanding of the various strategies for living with dementia. The first …

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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 …