Temporary changes to locum tenens

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

In order to provide greater flexibility to health professionals responding to the COVID-19 situation, the Department of Health will extend the locum tenens period from two weeks to twelve weeks. This extension is a temporary change to support the COVID-19 response, reducing the number of Medicare provider number applications and …

Top tips to help your patients access the NDIS

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

The clinical experience of general practitioners is crucial in helping people with disability access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), to confirm a person’s disability is permanent and significant. The NDIS was never intended to replace health responsibilities for diagnosing and treating medical conditions, so the most important way GPs …

Public health alert – COVID-19

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Summary Iran, Italy and South Korea have been added to the list of countries for which clinicians should consider testing of people with a clinically compatible illness and history of travel. On 26 February 2020 the Commonwealth updated advice on testing of persons under investigation for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It …

Information for general practitioners – textured breast implants

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Queensland Health has started notifying all women identified as having received textured breast implants or tissue expanders associated with increased risk of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL.) Please note GPs will be contacted if they have patients who are affected. Read the Queensland Health notice here.   …

Public health alert – measles in Sunshine Coast area

In News, Sunshine Coast by PHN Editor

Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a Sunshine Coast resident. The infection was acquired in New Zealand where there is a current measles outbreak. It is likely that further cases of measles will occur on the Sunshine Coast during the next …

Public health alert – novel coronavirus

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Summary Consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China. There is not enough information yet to determine the incubation period, the rate of infection or the source of the virus. For severe respiratory illness, transfer patients to Emergency Departments …

New Diabetes Directory for the Sunshine Coast and Gympie

In News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has worked with the local Diabetes Prevention Partnership (DiPP) to create a Diabetes Directory, linking residents with diabetes to local services and support networks. Robyn Tindal, co-author and diabetes consumer said: “The directory is designed to take the hard work out of finding …

HITH – referrals welcome

In News, Sunshine Coast by Jasmin Midgley

Have you considered which of your patients might be suitable for Hospital in the Home (HITH) services? HITH provides eligible patients acute hospital level care in their homes (including nursing homes), and importantly, enables patients to bypass admission to the emergency department. Patients with the following conditions are particularly suited …

Strengthening health outcomes for children in out-of-home care

In News, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is working with GPs, child safety officers, foster and kinship care services, health & wellbeing services, carers and parents in Maryborough and Hervey Bay to improve the health outcomes of children in out-of-home care. Funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and …

Queensland PHNs sign historic memorandum

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Queensland PHNs sign historic Australian agreement to improve Indigenous health in Queensland. On Wednesday 11 September, the Queensland PHNs joined with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) to sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Canberra at the National PHN Conference. This MOU signing saw leaders from …

Applications to join the Clinical Council in Wide Bay – NOW CLOSED

In News, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

N.B. Applications have now closed Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (the PHN) is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners to join an existing GP-led, multidisciplinary Clinical Council in Wide Bay. The PHN is seeking GP members who can act in a strategic advisory capacity to the CEO and …