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Meet our new GPLO in Bundaberg

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

My name is Fionna Hadden and I am really excited to have joined the Bundaberg Office of the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN as a GP Liaison Officer. I am looking forward to meeting you all over the coming months but wanted to take the opportunity to briefly …

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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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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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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New opportunities to promote research

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

Good quality research that translates into improved health outcomes in the community is the cornerstone of modern healthcare. Within the PHN boundaries, there are an increasing number of research facilities with a health focus. Our PHN has developed a research opportunities page on our website to help bring researchers and …

Direct action needed to cure hepatitis C

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

In March 2016 a number of direct acting antiviral medications for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection were made available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. These medications are highly effective, curing over 95 percent of those treated, have little or no adverse side effects and are easily self-administered. General …

Are you confident in providing end of life care for older Australians?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

How do you know if your older patient is nearing death? How can you better manage their symptoms and help them die well? End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a free, government-funded resource designed to connect you with evidence-based tools and resources in palliative care and advance …

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Grants to aid further study in Parkinson’s care

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is now offering a Postgraduate Unit of Study Parkinson’s Care. This is a national initiative that highlights the importance of the role of Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists across communities, especially in regional areas where access to  neurology services is limited. Parkinson’s Queensland Inc (PQI), has …

Public Health Advisory to GPs in Wide Bay Food recall – potential Listeria contamination

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

There is a current trade recall of frozen vegetables due to concerns about possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The recall is a precautionary measure following an investigation in Europe of an outbreak of a specific strain of L. monocytogenes with 47 cases across 5 EU countries.  The outbreak, dating back …

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Can your experience improve outcomes in delivering paediatric services?

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

Children’s Health Queensland is currently developing its health services plan, the Children’s Health and Wellbeing Services Plan 2018-2028 (CHWSP). The CHWSP will identify the key health service directions and strategies for the efficient and effective alignment of Children’s Health Queensland’s services to the needs of our community over the next …

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Nambour General Hospital redevelopment confirmed

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

In a letter to stakeholders, the Board Chair and Chief Executive have confirmed a multimillion dollar redevelopment of the Nambour General Hospital. Construction on the $86 million project is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and will be completed in December 2022. The redevelopment will deliver: expansion …

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GP media training coming to Wide Bay

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Communicating with Clarity – GP Media and Communications Training Presented by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN with Rowland Communications Health professionals are regularly approached by the media to comment on public health issues – from healthy lifestyle recommendations to outbreaks of infectious disease. In order to communicate effectively …