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Changes to kids’ asthma management highlighted in Handbook update

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

The National Asthma Council Australia has released a major update of its online Australian Asthma Handbook, the national guidelines for diagnosis and management of asthma in primary care. Guidelines Committee Chair and general practitioner Professor Amanda Barnard says Handbook version 2.0, which was developed by an interdisciplinary team of clinical …

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Publication documents latest indicators of health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

The most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are documented in the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s latest publication, Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2018. The annual Overview contains updated information across many health conditions. It shows that despite some improvements, there …

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Unexplained breathlessness might be Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a rare condition with high rates of morbidity and mortality, characterised by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure, increased pulmonary vascular resistance, and a normal pulmonary wedge pressure (1). A concerning area of unmet medical need in PAH is the delayed time to a confirmed diagnosis, with …

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Asthma experts call for new way forward to improve asthma outcomes in Australia

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

Australia’s leading asthma experts have called for a rethink of current asthma management practices in a new discussion paper released by the National Asthma Council Australia. The paper ‘Current practice and new approaches in asthma: perspectives of asthma practitioners and patients’ is a collective response from top asthma health professionals, researchers and …

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Type 2 diabetes workshops

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Have you been diagnosed by your GP with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes? Would you like to learn more about your condition and how to manage it? A series of free sessions will cover information on type 2 diabetes, self management practice, health professional care, healthy lifestyle behaviours, and further support in the community. …

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New resource explains latest treatment options for patients with severe asthma

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

The National Asthma Council Australia has released a new evidence-based resource for primary care health professionals to help explain the latest treatment options for patients with severe asthma. The Monoclonal antibody therapy for severe asthma information paper was developed based on the latest available evidence and implications for practice in primary care. …

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AMAQ Regional Private Practice Series on this week

In Central Queensland, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The AMA Queensland Regional Private Practice Seminar Series Two: Workplace policies and risk management will be hosted, on 5 & 6 December, in Bundaberg and Rockhampton this week. Join Michelle Cowan, Senior Industrial Officer, AMA Queensland and Paul Copeland, Director, William Buck to examine the set-up of a policy framework …

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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 …

Looking back on maternal shared care in Rockhampton

In Central Queensland by PHN Communications

Dr Helen Wiltshire, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN’s GPLO for Maternity Care The inaugural GP Antenatal Shared Care workshop was held in Rockhampton on Saturday 20, October 2018. The update was presented by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN and the Rockhampton Hospital. It provided an update …