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 …

Buderim practice wins AGPAL Small Practice of the Year

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

A Sunshine Coast general practice, based in Buderim has been recognised with the top award for small general practices in this year’s Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) awards. Steve Jones, a nurse practitioner with Medicrew Buderim said their model of health care had helped them stand out among a …

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GP networking coordinators needed on the Sunshine Coast

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Network coordinators are needed in the following areas: South Sunshine Coast (Caloundra & surrounds) Central Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore, Buderim, Nambour) Gympie Growing a connected community of GPs – The PHN is committed to helping GPs connect with each other through: Educational events Peer networking Advocacy for the profession The PHN …

RACGP releases new mental health support for GPs

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

The RACGP are encouraging general practitioners and other health professionals to take care of their own physical, mental, emotional and social health and to seek support when required. There are multiple barriers that may prevent health professionals accessing mental health services. However self-care and mental health resources and services specifically …

Emergency medicine research grant EOIs open

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

 The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is running a Rural and Remote Research Program grant round, offering up to $50,000 to support a collaborative research project in the field of emergency medicine for the benefit of rural and remote patients within Australia. Further funding for additional grants may be available. Why …

Emergency Department clinical notes disabled in The Viewer

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

An Issue has been identified with Clinical Notes received from the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). This problem could potentially result in inaccurate information being displayed in The Viewer through the Health Provider Portal (HPP). For now, all emergency department clinical notes (historical, present and future) have been disabled in …

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New national guide to the preventative health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have jointly produced the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (National Guide). The National Guide is a practical resource intended for …

Would perinatal counselling help your patients?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

According to the RACGP, perinatal psychiatry has expanded from the traditional focus on mental health in the post-partum period to include a greater understanding that women may become unwell during pregnancy and that the risks to the infant from exposure to illness start before birth. One of the key roles …

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Are you interested in shaping the guidelines for referrals around persistent pain?

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

Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division is currently seeking nominations from clinicians to be involved in the development of referral criteria (Clinical Prioritisation Criteria) for Persistent Pain Specialist Outpatient Services. The referral criteria aim to ensure equitable and timely access to specialist outpatient services and include the minimal information that needs …