Updated pneumoccoccal table

In Central Queensland, News by Jasmin Midgley

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service notes recent updates to the Adult Pneumococcal Recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook are slightly different to the information shared in recent issues of CQ & CW Public Health Bulletin, which have now been updated and reissued here.

Sinemet supply shortage position statement

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

The Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association Movement Disorder Chapter & The Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand have released a joint position statement advising of a Sinemet shortage. Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. From 23 …

New resources: pregnancy and alcohol

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

General Practitioners (GPs) are often the first health professional a woman goes to when she is either planning a pregnancy or thinks she may be pregnant. Because of this GPs have an important role in providing the best possible information for women to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. …

Advancing kidney care plan

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

In response to a statewide review of kidney care services, Queensland Health developed a plan setting out the priority actions to improve kidney health and kidney health services in Queensland’s public health system. A a June meeting, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services released the Advancing Kidney …

To scope, or not to scope

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

Have you heard of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care? Well, it’s a thing. The Commission has been developing national clinical standards for several high-impact conditions and interventions. These standards aim to improve the appropriate use of evidence-based clinical interventions. The Commission has published a Colonoscopy …

Professional development for nurses

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

The Nursing CPD Institute (NCI) provides continuing professional development online and on demand. Nurses: register for NCI online education through Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN and gain access to: A series of custom designed wound management related webinars delivered as live webinars. These webinars will attract CPD points. …

Lung Foundation launch COPD campaign

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

This Winter, Come Prepared That’s the message from the Lung Foundation, who have launched their winter campaign encouraging health professionals and people living with COPD to Come Prepared and prevent a COPD flare-up by developing a COPD Action Plan. During the winter months there are lots of people around who may …

Nurse practitioner awareness campaign

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

The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, the peak body for nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in Australia, is running a national campaign to raise the profile of nurse practitioners in Australia. The Transforming Health Care initiative aims to provide valuable information to the public about the benefits of having …

Health alert – dengue fever

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

Locally acquired case of Dengue in Central Queensland As of 24 May 2019 Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has confirmed Dengue in a Rockhampton resident who has not travelled overseas, nor to Far North Queensland. Central Queensland Public Health Unit (CQPHU) is investigating this case and the place of …

World Asthma Day

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

7 May 2019 is World Asthma Day. To mark the day, the National Asthma Council has released and answered Australians’ top 6 questions about asthma – from using spacers to asthma diagnosis in older Australians; how to manage asthma when pregnant and the effect of fragrances on asthma and allergies. …

Public health alert: syphilis outbreak in Central Queensland

In Central Queensland, News by Jasmin Midgley

Outbreak of infectious syphilis in Central Queensland Attn: All clinicians in Central Queensland There has been an increase in cases of infectious syphilis in Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service area where it’s considered to be an outbreak. The recent syphilis cases in the region appears to be mainly in …

Product recall: Weleda Baby Teething Powder 60g

In News by Jasmin Midgley

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Weleda Australia Pty Ltd, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling batches of Weleda Baby Teething Powder 60g. The recall is being conducted because small, threadlike (up to approximately 1 cm long and less than 1 mm wide), soft, slivers of white plastic …

13 HEALTH webtest update

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

The 13 HEALTH webtest was set up as a pilot and research project to offer additional chlamydia and gonorrhoea urine test request options for young people unlikely or unable to attend a health service for sexually transmissible infections (STI) testing. The webtest project built on the success of the Townsville …

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment

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

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment – What and Why? Driving is an important part of our lives and identity – facilitating freedom and independence. Driving, however is a complex task and requires the following skills: Physical ability Vision Regulation Thinking skills Any deficit in any of those abilities as a result …