Dementia Australia expands services

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

Dementia Australia’s services are available for individuals, couples, families, groups, and anyone impacted by any form of dementia. Services are available to all Australians, regardless of where they live, and can be accessed in a variety of ways including face-to-face, telephone or online. For the most appropriate service for specific …

Help reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospitalisation

In News, Sunshine Coast by Jasmin Midgley

The aim of the Preventable Hospitalisation Program (PHP) is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with existing chronic health conditions who may be at risk of admission, or have been admitted, to hospital. The PHP provides person-centred care in the community, and empowers clients to self-manage their …

Information for GPs administering flu vaccines to RACF residents and staff 

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

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee recommended that visitors and staff (including visiting workers) who have not been vaccinated against influenza should not be permitted to enter residential aged care facilities (RACFs) after 1 May 2020. To assist in completing RACF influenza immunisations as soon as possible, Queensland Health has …

Nurse Navigator – assistance for GPs

In News, Sunshine Coast by Jasmin Midgley

The nurse navigator and the co-ordination of care – how it works The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service model of care depicts the general practitioner as the central case manager.   The nurse navigator’s role is to assist with the provision of services for patients who have complex health …

Temporary changes to locum tenens

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

In order to provide greater flexibility to health professionals responding to the COVID-19 situation, the Department of Health will extend the locum tenens period from two weeks to twelve weeks. This extension is a temporary change to support the COVID-19 response, reducing the number of Medicare provider number applications and …

Public health alert – COVID-19

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

Summary Iran, Italy and South Korea have been added to the list of countries for which clinicians should consider testing of people with a clinically compatible illness and history of travel. On 26 February 2020 the Commonwealth updated advice on testing of persons under investigation for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It …

Novel coronavirus – latest PHN updates

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

Last updated: 4 February 2020 Novel coronavirus There has been an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China. Queensland Health asks you consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China, and investigate patients using standard …

Public health alert – novel coronavirus

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

Summary Consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China. There is not enough information yet to determine the incubation period, the rate of infection or the source of the virus. For severe respiratory illness, transfer patients to Emergency Departments …

Information for general practitioners – textured breast implants

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

Queensland Health has started notifying all women identified as having received textured breast implants or tissue expanders associated with increased risk of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL.) Please note GPs will be contacted if they have patients who are affected. Read the Queensland Health notice here.   …

New Diabetes Directory for the Sunshine Coast and Gympie

In News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has worked with the local Diabetes Prevention Partnership (DiPP) to create a Diabetes Directory, linking residents with diabetes to local services and support networks. Robyn Tindal, co-author and diabetes consumer said: “The directory is designed to take the hard work out of finding …

HITH – referrals welcome

In News, Sunshine Coast by Jasmin Midgley

Have you considered which of your patients might be suitable for Hospital in the Home (HITH) services? HITH provides eligible patients acute hospital level care in their homes (including nursing homes), and importantly, enables patients to bypass admission to the emergency department. Patients with the following conditions are particularly suited …