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Natural disaster recovery resources for families with infants and young children

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

It’s Queensland, where summer doesn’t always mean ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next’. For many Queensland families, this summer is likely to bring continued drought and bush fire risk. Other families may endure storms, cyclones or flooding. While extreme weather events can be stressful for adults, children aged 0 to …

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Queensland Health awards eReferral contract

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Queensland Health has awarded a contract to BPAC Informatics Pty to provide their eReferrals solution capability SeNT to be integrated as part of the Queensland Health Smart Referrals solution. The Smart Referrals solution is a key initiative of The Queensland Health Specialist Outpatient Strategy launched in 2016. The BPAC eReferral …

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners can supply and administer scheduled medicines

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners working in isolated practice areas in Queensland now have the authority to supply and administer scheduled medicines in accordance with amendments to the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996. These authorities apply to staff of both Hospital and Health Services and Aboriginal and …

Quick guide to cervical screening

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

According to Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF), almost 45% of Australian women aren’t up to date with their cervical screening. From 12-18 November 2018, ACCF will be running a campaign for National Cervical Cancer Awareness week. This presents a great time to focus on the importance of cervical cancer screening …

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New tool improves mental health screening

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

Federal Government funding has enabled ten general practices across the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast to roll out StepCare, an innovative digital screening and treatment service for common mental health conditions. Federal Member for Fairfax, Mr Ted O’Brien said the service, funded by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, …

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Palliative care survey for GPs and practices

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

The Australian Government has engaged PHNs to improve coordination and integration of palliative care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community health services to support at home palliative care for people who choose it. A key activity of the program is to conduct a service mapping exercise to identify the availability of services within the …

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New portal supports end of life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet have launched the new Palliative Care and End-of-Life Resource portal for the workforce who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The palliative care and end-of-life portal is designed to assist health professionals who provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander …

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Recommendations for preconception carrier screening

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

New position statements from the RACGP and RANZCOG recognise the importance of preconception carrier screening. Patients may present to general practice looking for information regarding rare genetic conditions and the role of genetic testing. What is preconception carrier screening? Preconception carrier screening is genetic testing performed ideally prior to pregnancy, …

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey is coming to your community

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be visiting selected communities to carry out the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey. Selected members of your community will be asked questions relating to their health, so that government and healthcare services can make informed decisions about ensuring community members …

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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 …

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. …