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New data breach legislation is on the horizon

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The new Mandatory Data Breach reporting scheme requires organisations to conduct assessments of suspected data breaches and notify individuals likely to be at risk. From 22 February 2018, it will be mandatory for organisations to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Organisations will need to notify any …

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Upgrade your skills with the heart foundation ambassador bursary

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

The Heart Foundation’s Health Professional Ambassador Program (HPAP) is open to health professionals who wish to update their knowledge, skills and develop the confidence to improve cardiovascular health outcomes in their workplace. Applicants must be a registered Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Health …

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Join the Integrated Care Alliance

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Integrated Care Alliance is currently seeking new representatives. The alliance was formed to ensure integration occurs from an organisational and system level with the patients at the centre of the health system. Members of the alliance meet bi monthly to work collaboratively on projects that consider the entire patient …

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Apply security updates and keep sensitive data safe

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

The new year has kicked off with two new IT Security vulnerabilities being identified called “Meltdown” & “Spectre”. These vulnerabilities exploit critical issues in modern computer processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read …

Peer workers to boost mental health services in Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Mental health services in the Wide bay have received a boost with the addition of 11 fully qualified peer workers providing lived experience counselling across Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Carey Thomson, who has been a mental health peer worker for the Community Care Unit in Bundaberg since 2015 said that …

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Get to know dementia this coming January

In Central Queensland by PHN Communications

Dementia Australia are holding a series of workshops in Rockhampton this January. The workshops are aimed at people living with dementia, along with their families, friends and carers. People from across Central Queensland will come away with a greater understanding of the various strategies for living with dementia. The first …

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Alert | Outbreak of infectious syphilis: North Queensland

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The outbreak of syphilis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people continues in North Queensland. Since 2011 there have been seven cases of congenital syphilis associated with this outbreak, highlighting the importance of testing all pregnant women according to the guidelines. There have also been increased syphilis notifications in …

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Important new information about the Cervical Screening Program

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

REVISED: Self-collection of samples should not be offered to women with the commencement of the renewed program on 1 December 2017 until further notice. One of the components of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is the introduction of self-collected samples for HPV testing. The self-collection option has been included …

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Reconciliation workshops coming to Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast

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

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, would like to invite the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, Traditional Owners, Community Agencies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, and non-Indigenous services to participate in the development of our PHN’s (Reflect) Reconciliation Action Plan. By working with the community to …

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An update on Codeine for Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Codeine will be up-scheduled to Schedule 4 on 1st February 2018.  On 8th November 2017, the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN hosted a network evening to inform providers regarding the new changes. Over 30 attendees interacted with speakers, and took away crucial information, including: up to 35% of …