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Deliver care coordination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN announces an opportunity for health and/or social service providers to bid to operate the Integrated Team Care Program in Bundaberg. The PHN invites all existing organisations who provide health and/or social services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Bundaberg Local …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

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Clinical advice for the 2018 Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

In June 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. The Government of Papua New Guinea is working with partners, including WHO and UNICEF, to take appropriate outbreak response measures including contact tracing, testing and vaccination. Polio is …

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HealthPathways localises over 400 referral pathways across the Sunshine Coast

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The HealthPathways program launched in November 2016 and has since become a go-to resource for many GPs by providing localised referral pathways. These localised pathways provides valuable information for managing patients and reviewing required information for public and private specialist referrals. If you haven’t used HealthPathways yet, it is a …

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New suicide prevention training for GPs to be held in Gympie

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN have been announced as one of the twelve National Suicide Prevention Trial sites, bringing significant resources, activity and funding to areas of need in the region. The trial will utilise the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan model which is a systems-based approach to the …

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It’s now peak season for invasive meningococcal disease

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

The peak season for meningococcal disease is winter and spring. General practitioners and other immunisation providers need to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease, the need for immediate treatment and where possible ensure patients at risk of meningococcal disease are offered protection through immunisation. Meningococcal vaccine factsheets and …

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New private emergency department opens on the Sunshine coast

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The new $4 million Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Centre is the first private emergency centre to open on the Sunshine Coast and is now providing specialist emergency care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wallis Westbrook, General Manager of the Buderim Private Hospital, said the launch …

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headspace Gympie delivers new services for young people

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Today, the Gympie community gathered to celebrate the official opening of the newest service tackling youth-specific mental health and early intervention services. Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said Gympie’s headspace service will be a valued community resource and a critical first step in getting the right support at …

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Are hearing checks part of an annual check up for your patients?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Hearing loss due to normal ageing (presbycusis) is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. One in six Australians have hearing loss with 60 percent of people over 60 and 70 percent of people over 70 experiencing hearing difficulties. People living with diabetes or those with cardiovascular issues …

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Do you have the appropriate skills to respond to the needs of veterans?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is holding a review of online professional development programs on veteran healthcare. Evidence provided at the Senate Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel showed that many health professionals felt under-skilled or unable to work with veterans and ex-service personnel. The aim of the …