Top tips to help your patients access the NDIS

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

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 …

Advancing kidney care plan

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

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 PHN Communications

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 …

Lung Foundation launch COPD campaign

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

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 …

Professional development for nurses

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

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. …

Nurse practitioner awareness campaign

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

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 …

Public health notice – listeria

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

Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria which causes Listeriosis, has been detected in a batch of commercial sliced ham served to patients and families in the Queensland Children’s Hospital between 10 and 20 May 2019. Listeria is a common bacteria found widely in the environment (soil, water, vegetation) and rarely causes serious …

Health alert – dengue fever

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

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 PHN Communications

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. …

13 HEALTH webtest update

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

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 PHN Communications

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 …

New resources from Ethnic Communities Council

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

New resources available from ECCQ.      The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) is continuing its work within the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations in Queensland and the Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Program is pleased to advise the availability of new resources for patients. The B Healthy booklet is …