Launch of national Head to Health information and referral service

In News by Jodie McHarry

On 1 July 2022, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN launched its Head to Health information and referral phone service (Head to Health). Head to Health is a national initiative funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care to improve awareness and access to mental health services.   The …

Free digital mental health service for people with complex mental health issues 

In News by Jodie McHarry

A new, free digital mental health service is now available for people aged 18+ with complex mental health needs across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region.   SANE, a leading national mental health organisation for people with complex mental health issues and for the families and friends that …

Free digital mental health service for people with complex mental health issues

In News by Jodie McHarry

A new, free digital mental health service is now available for people aged 18+ with complex mental health needs across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region.   SANE, a leading national mental health organisation for people with complex mental health issues and for the families and friends that …

Supporting advance care planning in residential aged care

In News by Jodie McHarry

Residential aged care providers play a key role in advance care planning, and support is available to assist providers to improve the quality, safety and care of older Queenslanders. The Supporting Advance Care Planning in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) project is funded by the Australian Government and is a …

Free mental health coaching program to help manage everyday challenges

In News by Jodie McHarry

Community members experiencing mild depression and/or anxiety symptoms have access to a free, confidential support service, delivered across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region.    NewAccess is an evidence-based model of care designed by Beyond Blue, funded by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN and delivered by …

Free mental health coaching program to help manage everyday challenges

In News by Jodie McHarry

Community members experiencing mild depression and/or anxiety symptoms have access to a free, confidential support service, delivered across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast areas.   NewAccess is an evidenced-based model of care designed by Beyond Blue, funded by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN and delivered by …

Supporting GPs to manage the care of mental health consumers

In News by Jodie McHarry

GPs across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast regions have access to specialist support to assist them in managing the care of mental health consumers.   The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service to GPs and is not a triage or referral service, nor an emergency service, …

Fostering healthy ageing in our community

In News by Jodie McHarry

In collaboration with our communities, partners and stakeholders, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN recently launched the “Ageing Well in our Region: A Healthy Ageing Strategy 2022 – 2027”. The strategy outlines the PHN’s strategic vision, to ensure that as people age, they have value in the community and …

Empowering health professionals to deliver palliative care

In News by Jodie McHarry

Investing in quality end-of-life care is recognised as an important component of quality patient-centred care and ensuring the individual’s wishes and values are known and adhered to. Building capacity within the generalist workforce to provide quality end-of-life care has been made possible through the Program of Experience in the Palliative …

Empowering health professionals to deliver palliative care

In News by Jodie McHarry

Investing in quality end-of-life care is recognised as an important component of quality patient-centred care and ensuring the individual’s wishes and values are known and adhered to. Building capacity within the generalist workforce to provide quality end-of-life care has been made possible through the Program of Experience in the Palliative …

SCHHS: Important changes to skin cancer referrals

In News, Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has a well-developed plastic surgery service, which includes the management of complex skin cancer excisions. Skin cancer excisions are also managed by the department of general surgery. To improve patient access to the appropriate specialty, the following referral criteria have been introduced: All …

The Way Back Support Service

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

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Cost PHN is funding Beyond Blue’s postvention initiative The Way Back Support Service across the region, to provide non-clinical care coordination for up to three months for people who have recently attempted suicide.    To be eligible for The Way Back, individuals must be 15 years and older and have presented to a hospital …

Introducing the new national data platform 

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

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN will soon migrate the de-identified practice data we’ve collected under your practice agreement into a new, gold-standard IT platform called Primary Health Insights.   Primary Health Insights is a secure storage and management platform purpose-built for primary care data and will be used by PHNs across the nation.   The platform has undergone vigorous testing and governance and has been endorsed …

EOI: Lead a mental health innovation in your general practice

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

Lead a mental health innovation in your general practice   The PHN and the Black Dog Institute have been working for the past two years with general practices across the region to offer the StepCare service – an innovative mental health service that uses digital health technology.  In that time, over 1400 patients have participated in the initiative, and data …

Communicating with your patients

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jodie McHarry

Our PHN works closely with Healthily to look at new ways general practice can deliver information to their patients. The fortnightly Take Time Out Interactive Packages general practices across our region have been sent for staff, is a good example of the Healthily/GoShare platform. Find out more here.

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#NursesWhereYouNeedThem: Rae Fialla

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

The Australian College of Nursing’s 2020 ‘Nursing in the Community Week’ shines a light on the importance of #NursesWhereYouNeedThem, and Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is also celebrating these vital healthcare professionals by profiling some of the nurses within our own organisation. Our PHN recently welcomed Rae Fialla …

Use of My Health Record climbs

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

Uptake and use of My Health Record has continued to climb in recent months. There are now more than 22.81 million records, with over 86% of those containing data. The Australian Digital Health Agency’s Statistics and Insights document from July 2020 shows the number of records with data increased by …