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 …

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.   …

Queensland PHNs sign historic memorandum

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

Queensland PHNs sign historic Australian agreement to improve Indigenous health in Queensland. On Wednesday 11 September, the Queensland PHNs joined with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) to sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Canberra at the National PHN Conference. This MOU signing saw leaders from …

Applications to join the Clinical Council in Wide Bay – NOW CLOSED

In News, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

N.B. Applications have now closed Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (the PHN) is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners to join an existing GP-led, multidisciplinary Clinical Council in Wide Bay. The PHN is seeking GP members who can act in a strategic advisory capacity to the CEO and …

Updated pneumoccoccal table

In Central Queensland, News by Jasmin Midgley

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service notes recent updates to the Adult Pneumococcal Recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook are slightly different to the information shared in recent issues of CQ & CW Public Health Bulletin, which have now been updated and reissued here.

Sinemet supply shortage position statement

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

The Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association Movement Disorder Chapter & The Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand have released a joint position statement advising of a Sinemet shortage. Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. From 23 …

New resources: pregnancy and alcohol

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

General Practitioners (GPs) are often the first health professional a woman goes to when she is either planning a pregnancy or thinks she may be pregnant. Because of this GPs have an important role in providing the best possible information for women to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. …

Top tips to help your patients access the NDIS

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

The clinical experience of general practitioners is crucial in helping people with disability access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), to confirm a person’s disability is permanent and significant. The NDIS was never intended to replace health responsibilities for diagnosing and treating medical conditions, so the most important way GPs …

Advancing kidney care plan

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

In response to a statewide review of kidney care services, Queensland Health developed a plan setting out the priority actions to improve kidney health and kidney health services in Queensland’s public health system. A a June meeting, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services released the Advancing Kidney …