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Stop the rise of STIs

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

A new sexual health campaign is rolling out across Queensland to challenge the high and rising rates of STIs. Consumer research found that young people aged 15 to 29 have the highest rates of STIs. This also corresponded with significant knowledge gaps when it comes to sexual health. The research …

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New clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis

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

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has updated its Guidelines for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. The latest recommendations indicate that people with osteoarthritis should adopt a combination of lifestyle changes and regular exercise. The guidelines also indicate that cognitive behavioural therapy may be appropriate to …

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New tool points the way to better mental health

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

Black Dog Institute has released a new version of a free online self-help program for people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. myCompass offers individuals fourteen interactive learning Activities and a lifestyle Tracking feature. This helps users better understand themselves and learn strategies to improve their mental health. …

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Clinical advice for the 2018 Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

In June 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. The Government of Papua New Guinea is working with partners, including WHO and UNICEF, to take appropriate outbreak response measures including contact tracing, testing and vaccination. Polio is …

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HealthPathways localises over 400 referral pathways across the Sunshine Coast

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The HealthPathways program launched in November 2016 and has since become a go-to resource for many GPs by providing localised referral pathways. These localised pathways provides valuable information for managing patients and reviewing required information for public and private specialist referrals. If you haven’t used HealthPathways yet, it is a …

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New suicide prevention training for GPs to be held in Gympie

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN have been announced as one of the twelve National Suicide Prevention Trial sites, bringing significant resources, activity and funding to areas of need in the region. The trial will utilise the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan model which is a systems-based approach to the …

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It’s now peak season for invasive meningococcal disease

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

The peak season for meningococcal disease is winter and spring. General practitioners and other immunisation providers need to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease, the need for immediate treatment and where possible ensure patients at risk of meningococcal disease are offered protection through immunisation. Meningococcal vaccine factsheets and …