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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

Your patients may be eligible for free services

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

The Australian Government has commenced a national program to investigate the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on, and in the vicinity of, some of its Defence bases around Australia. Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, has announced that the timeframe for blood testing under the Voluntary Blood Testing …

Practice really does make perfect

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

On Saturday March 10, 2018, PHN hosted “Practice Makes Perfect? – getting the most out of your practice”. This conference, targeted to general practice staff, covered topics including effective communication (including dealing with aggressive patients), MBS Item Numbers for chronic disease management and mental health; Use of Practice data for …

View Post

Quality Improvement Incentive delayed

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

The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) is a key driver to quality care in the general practice sector. PIP is aimed at supporting general practice activities that encourage improvements in quality care, enhance capacity and improve access and health outcomes for patients. The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive will continue to …