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Heart Foundation looking for new community speakers

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Heart Foundation is calling for community members to register to attend training and induction workshops to deliver community health education. The community speakers will be able to deliver the ‘Speaking from the heart’ program, the main means by which the Heart Foundation shares its important health messages with the public. …

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Evidence-based smoking cessation care for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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

The SISTAQUIT research trial aims to improve provision of timely, evidence-based smoking cessation care (SCC) for pregnant Indigenous women attending Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), General Practices and other health services. The multi-component, culturally appropriate SISTAQUIT intervention is based on RACGP guidelines, and trains multidisciplinary teams (e.g. GPs, Aboriginal Health Workers …

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EOIs open to deliver new mental health screening pilot program

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The PHN is working in partnership with Black Dog Institute to offer 10 practices in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie area an innovative mental health pilot program. The program will use digital health technology to screen patients in the waiting room and offer treatment options and make recommendations to the …

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Nurses and GPs role in e-mental heath interventions

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Evidence strongly suggests that Electronic mental health services are effective in managing mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Primary care providers are in a privileged position to embed these technologies into their practice and offer new services to their patients. The benefits of e-mental health services are diverse for both, …

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Have your say on your health service

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Article submitted by Peta Jamieson, Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) is planning for the future – and it needs your input. WBHHS has just developed a draft strategic plan – called Care Comes First … Through Patients’ Eyes – …

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Stepping towards headspace Gympie

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

United Synergies and Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN welcome the announcement of the location of Gympie’s upcoming headspace centre. The new centre is set to open in early July, providing youth-specific mental health and early intervention services out of premises at 2-4 Horseshoe Bend. United Synergies General Manager, …

Emergency Department clinical notes disabled in The Viewer

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

An Issue has been identified with Clinical Notes received from the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). This problem could potentially result in inaccurate information being displayed in The Viewer through the Health Provider Portal (HPP). For now, all emergency department clinical notes (historical, present and future) have been disabled in …

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Queensland offers free flu vaccine to children aged 6 months to less than 5 years

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

After 2017 being the worst flu season in recent years, the Queensland Department of Health is implementing the Childhood Influenza Program this year. Expected to commence in mid-April 2018, the program will provide free influenza vaccines to all Queensland children aged between six months and less than five years through …

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New national guide to the preventative health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have jointly produced the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (National Guide). The National Guide is a practical resource intended for …

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Project ECHO® the integrated care enabler for Queensland

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

Article submitted by Dr Dana Newcomb, Medical Director – Integrated Care at Children’s Health Queensland Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ) has cemented itself as a leader in health service innovation by establishing a Project ECHO® Hub site at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Through the …

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Get the right care for your symptoms

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Both residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region are being urged to make use of free online tools to help them find the right medical attention over these school holidays. Sunshine Coast GP, Dr Jon Harper said that many people were unsure of where to go for …

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New Handbook to reduce the impact of gynaecological cancers in Indigenous women

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

A new publication from Cancer Australia will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals reduce the impact of gynaecological cancers in their communities by providing women with information and support. Gynaecological Cancers: a Handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners promotes risk reduction, cervical …