Practice Connect #78

Welcome to Practice Connect, a fortnightly update for practice managers, nurses and practice administration staff on relevant issues, upcoming events and education.



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Update on new data sharing agreements

New Data Sharing Agreements (DSA) have now been issued to all practices sharing data with WA Primary Health Alliance. These DSAs have been issued by email via the DocuSign application.

If you have not yet received your new DSA, please check your inbox for an email from digitalhealth@wapha.org.au, with the subject line WAPHA PIP QI Data Sharing Agreement.

The email will look like the image below:

The revised DSA forms part of a practice’s eligibility for the incentive payment, and therefore needs to be returned prior to this quarter’s end date (14 October 2019). If you do not return your new DSA by this date, it may affect your eligibility for a payment in this first quarter.

If you have not received an email from us with your new DSA, please contact us on digitalhealth@wapha.org.au, or speak directly with your Primary Health Liaison or Facilitator, as soon as possible.

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PIP IDs - reminder

In preparation for the confirmation of practice eligibility in this first quarter of PIP QI, WAPHA will be submitting a test file to the Department of Health to confirm we have correct Practice Incentives Program IDs for all participating practices.

As part of this process, we will be sending an email to all practices, confirming the PIP ID we currently have recorded for your practice. This email will be distributed on Monday, 23 September. Please check the email to confirm that we have the correct PIP ID for your practice (remember that your practice’s PIP ID will be recorded on all Practice Incentives Program communications from the Department of Human Services. If the record is blank, or the number we have is incorrect, please contact us via the PIP Enquiry Form (https://bit.ly/2VHdiY7), or directly to your Primary Health Liaison or Facilitator or digitalhealth@wapha.org.au, and provide us with the correct number.

If we do not have the correct PIP ID on file for your practice, this will affect the ability of the Departments of Health and Human Services to verify your practice’s eligibility, so it is imperative that you check we have the correct number recorded.

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GP Urgent Care Network Pilot launches

‘Not all urgencies are emergencies’

WA Primary Health Alliance is excited to announce the official launch of the GP Urgent Care Network Pilot on Tuesday 10 September.
 
The WA Premier, Mark McGowan, and Minister for Health, Roger Cook, attended Rockingham Medical Centre and together with Dr Richard Tobin launched GP Urgent Care in Perth and Bunbury regions.
 
More than 125 general practices will now be providing appointments under GP Urgent Care to patients with non-life-threatening injuries or conditions that need urgent medical attention. Nearly one-fifth of attendances to WA Emergency Departments in 2017-2018 could potentially have been treated in primary care. GP Urgent Care offers better integrated quality healthcare for patients close to where they live. Not only will this utilise unfilled appointments, but it will also support continuity of care for patients within a primary care setting.
 
The GP Urgent Care Network will operate seven days a week and will cover at a minimum the peak periods between 8am to 8pm. The GP Urgent Care Network Pilot will run for 18 months with a formal evaluation to be conducted by the University of Western Australia.
 
The first round of applicants for the Network have been selected with applications for a second and third round opening 1 October and 31 January respectively. Application forms are available from 1 October by clicking here.
 
Practices participating in the pilot have their practice and GP Urgent Care appointments listed in the National Health Services Directory, available at www.gpurgentcare.com.au
 
Please email any questions or feedback to urgentcare@wapha.org.au

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AIR access flowchart for general practice nurses and staff

A new flowchart is available on the Practice Assist website, providing an overview of the new AIR process for general practice nurses and staff that commenced on 31 August 2019.

The AIR flowchart can be accessed by clicking here, and other immunisation resources are available on the Practice Assist website.

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RACGP General Practice: Health of the Nation report

The 2019 General Practice: Health of the Nation report was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on September 19.

The report highlights the main reasons patients see their GPs, as well as how they interact with the primary health system. It also points to the main challenges GPs face and what must be addressed to ensure Australians can access the care they need, when they need it.

Dr Harry Nespolon, RACGP President, highlighted GP wellbeing and self-care, a special area of focus in this year’s report, as requiring significant attention. In particular, this year’s General Practice: Health of the Nation found GPs are avoiding or delaying seeking their own healthcare for a range of issues, in part due to concerns about being reported to regulatory bodies.

The report also states GPs need more support to help treat the high proportion of patients they see with mental health issues, and that Medicare rebates remain the top health policy issue for GPs.

Please click here for more information on the launch, or to click here to read the 2019 report.

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The Advance Project workshops: new dates announced

As previously promoted in the Practice Connect newsletter, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is working with Hammond Care to support WA general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. The Advance Project is an evidence-based, RACGP-accredited toolkit and training package which supports practice teams to have positive conversations about the challenging topic of end-of-life planning.

New dates have been announced for Advance Project workshops in Albany and Greenwood, and for more information on these, please view the flyer.

If you cannot attend one of the workshops, but are interested in learning more about the Advance Project, please email our Project Lead, Rose Adamson, at roseanne.adamson@wapha.org.au.

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Shortage of Tc99m affects diagnostic imaging capacity

Following a mechanical failure at Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia is currently experiencing a shortage of Technetium (Tc-99m); the main isotope used in nuclear medicine scans.

This shortage will affect the volume of scans that can be undertaken in coming weeks, with Tc-99m availability limited from Monday 16 September.

Clinicians are asked to prioritise scans based on clinical need, and defer non-urgent scans until Tc-99m supply returns to normal. Where clinically appropriate, clinicians and nuclear medicine teams should also recommend alternative scans.

To utilise existing Tc-99m resource capacity, scans may be brought forward over coming days, where appropriate.

It is unknown how long the shortage will last; however, ANSTO is undertaking measures to provide a limited Tc99m supply across Australia. Alternatives to Tc-99m based imaging are also being investigated.

Prioritisation of scans should continue until the shortage is resolved. Scans that will be most impacted are skeletal and myocardial scans. Clinicians are advised that there may be significantly reduced capacity for Tc99m scans on some days during this period.

To offset the impact, the Australian Federal Department of Health has also added six additional, temporary nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging items to the Medicare Benefits Schedule, effective from Tuesday 17 September. This means that clinicians can continue to refer patients for standard tests which will be substituted with alternative scans, where appropriate, by nuclear medicine service providers. Clinicians are asked to be aware that tests may be substituted, and to discuss with their patients at the time of referral.

For advice on capacity and alternative diagnostic options contact your nuclear medicine team or nuclear medicine service provider.
 
More information
 
Consumers can be directed to the WA health internet page for further information

Clinicians and specialists can seek information from

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New MBS items for GPs to address shortage of nuclear medicine scans

The Australian Government has responded to the shortage of nuclear medicine scans following an equipment failure at Lucas Heights, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) facility. The Health Department is aware that ANSTO has secured a limited supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) for Tc-99m Generators from international suppliers and that this supply is increasing over the next few weeks. This supply is being distributed to priority areas on the advice of the Nuclear Medicine Working Group in consultation with the states and territories.
 
To help ensure patients have continued access to common nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging services, the Department of Health has acted to add six temporary items to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). These items enable the use of alternative equipment (PET) and/or alternative radiopharmaceuticals to provide equivalent diagnostic imaging services. 
 
Importantly, these items can be requested by all medical practitioners, including GPs.
Providers have been able to transmit claims for the additional MBS items since Tuesday, 17 September 2019 and the items will be available for an initial period of three months.
 
The specifics are detailed in the Health Insurance (Section 3C Diagnostic Imaging – Nuclear Medicine Services) Determination 2019, can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Four unapproved radiopharmaceuticals are also required for use with these temporary MBS items.  As these products are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, they have been added to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Special Access Scheme Category C Medicines List, as follows and accessed by clicking here.
 

Item Active ingredient Dosage form Route of administration Indication
25 F18 Myocardial Perfusion Tracer (18F flurpiridaz) Injection Intravenous Myocardial perfusion study
26 F-18 NaF (Sodium fluoride) Injection Intravenous Bone study
30 Gallium-68 (Ga-68) Galligas Aerosol Inhalation Lung ventilation study
31 Gallium-68 (Ga-68) - MAA Injection Intravenous Lung ventilation study

 
SAS Category C is a notification pathway which allows health practitioners to supply specified unapproved therapeutic goods that are deemed to have an established history of use without first seeking prior approval. The preferred route for submitting notifications is through the SAS Online System.
 
The Department of Health will continue to monitor this issue closely and work with all state and territory jurisdictions, ANSTO and the Nuclear Medicine Working Group to minimise the effects of this shortage. Medical professionals seeking further information about the temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule items can email mri@health.gov.au.
 
Questions about the Special Access Scheme can be directed to SAS@health.gov.au. ANSTO is providing regular updates on their website .

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Accreditation tip - practice equipment

RACGP Standards for general practices 5th ed (Indicators GP5.2A and GP5.2C)

General practices undergoing accreditation are required to have the necessary equipment to enable them to provide comprehensive care and emergency resuscitation. Practice equipment is one area of the Standards in which the requirements are clearly outlined, making it simple for practices to self-assess their compliance against the criterion.

The equipment every practice must have is listed under the Indicator GP5.2A. With the introduction of the 5th edition of the Standards, the pulse oximeter became a mandatory item, as well as personal protective equipment (or PPE), which previously appeared in the requirements for the spills kit. Another change is the reference to the “ability to view X-rays”, which allows practices to select their preferred method for clinicians to view X-rays (rather than specifying a particular method). It is also noted that your practice should have all the equipment necessary to meet locals needs and procedures commonly performed in the practice. This may mean that you have specialised equipment additional to the mandatory list, but at a minimum you must have the equipment listed under the Indicator.

The required equipment listed under GP5.2A must be readily available within the practice, and must be maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements, and / or be within expiry dates. It is worth noting that equipment for maintaining airways is often found to be past its expiry date during survey visits: this is a non-compliance that is relatively easily rectified, but it is also one that is easily avoided by ensuring practice equipment is subject to the same expiry date checks as medicines and other medical consumables. When considering a method for ensuring equipment is maintained, a clinical equipment maintenance register is recommended. Using a register, you can list all the pieces of equipment within your practice, and document last and next service dates, as well as who will take responsibility for this. Remember that you need to list all clinical equipment on the register, so if your practice has specialised equipment (including a defibrillator), these need to be included on the equipment maintenance register.

Another piece of mandatory equipment is the height-adjustable bed. This is within its own indicator, GP5.2C. The Standards state that the practice should have “one or more height-adjustable beds” and provides guidelines for purchasing height-adjustable beds. The number of beds you have in your practice will be governed by practical considerations such as need and available space, but you must have at least one, and may consider additional beds if you have several consultation spaces. Some practices choose to have their height-adjustable bed(s) in the treatment room, where all clinicians can access them when needed.

While a defibrillator is not mandatory within the Standards, many practices now keep one onsite, particularly those practices that do not have rapid access to care for cardiac arrests.

Useful links:
RACGP Standards for general practices 5th ed Criterion GP5.2

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Rural Health West Annual GP Survey 2019 - now open

This survey gives Rural Health West (RHW) an understanding of general practice in rural and remote communities across Western Australia.

RHW wants to present the true picture of the rural general practitioner workforce and their families to the Australian Government to ensure it is able to continue providing support services through the funding it receives. Your response will enable RHW to identify the current issues and concerns facing you and help it to provide services and programs that will benefit you and the health of your community.

Surveys have been posted to all rural general practitioners. The survey is also available online by clicking here,  or please email the database team at database@ruralhw.com.au for your login credentials.

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HealthPathways update

The HealthPathways team have now localised 522 pathways. The most recently localised pathway is:

 
To access HealthPathways please contact your WAPHA Primary Health Liaison or email the HealthPathways team at healthpathways@wapha.org.au

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NPS MedicineWise update

NPS Medicine Wise invites your practice to participate in an educational visit for their latest program.
 
Opioids and the bigger picture when treating chronic pain – starting October 2019
Their current program provides clarity on the role of opioids when supporting patients with chronic non-cancer pain. It covers the latest evidence and offers advice on engaging patients to take an active role in managing pain.
 
Information and resources covered as part of this educational visit

  • Discussion includes the implications of emerging evidence on the management of chronic pain
  • Advice on how to engage patients in difficult conversations about opioids and tapering
  • Patient resources to improve outcomes for patients using opioids
Educational visits are available as:
  • One-on one tailored discussion for GPs (30 minutes)
  • Virtual visits via video call, so GPs who find it difficult to schedule an in-practice visit can still benefit from our visiting program
  • Small group meeting for up to 10 health professionals – GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists (1 hour)

For further information regarding the opioids education visit please click here.

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My Health Record update

As reported last edition, the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has recently released a series of webinars targeting a wide range of healthcare providers, including webinars for providers coordinating care for patients with mental health conditions, for specialists, and for hospital pharmacists. Some webinars of particular interest to our subscribers are listed below, and we encourage you to register for those relevant to your practice and / or healthcare providers.
 

My Health Record – a tool to support clinicians coordinating care for those with mental health conditions

Date:               Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Time:              10.00am – 11.00am (AWST)
Venue:            Online
Register:        For more information, and to register please click here
 

Leveraging My Health Record to improve practice workflow – a session for Practice Managers

Date:               Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Time:              10.00am – 11.00am (AWST)
Venue:            Online
Register:        For more information, and to register please click here
 

My Health Record – providing care in the community

Date:               Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Time:              11.00am – 12.00pm (AWST)
Venue:            Online
Register:        For more information, and to register please click here
 
Information for all upcoming webinars can be accessed by clicking here. All ADHA webinars are provided at no cost to participants.
 
You can also download the slide presentations for a number of previous webinars by clicking on the links below:
 

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Australian Association of Practice Management courses

Fundamentals of Practice Management course

The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) is offering a two-month course designed to introduce new Practice Managers to the roles and responsibilities of the position, as well as assist to form the basis for understanding the daily operations of a practice. 

For further information on this course please click here.
 

Tender and submissions writing course

The AAPM Management has released a free Tender and Submission Writing Course for General Practice developed in partnership with Coordinare (South Eastern NSW PHN).

For further information on this course please click here.

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GPaskthequestion - FASD Hub

The 'GPaskthequestion' project provides videos and resources to highlight the importance of asking all pregnant women irrespective of age, socio-economic status or ethnicity about their alcohol use.

Don’t assume that women are aware of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. As you will hear in the video’s women say "just ask us about alcohol".
 
As important as 'asking' is the need to 'assess and record' this information using a validated tool such as the AUDIT-C. It is critical to know about alcohol consumption before and after confirmation of pregnancy.
 
GPs can help address the issue of alcohol use for women planning a pregnancy and during pregnancy.
 
For more information on this project, and to access the resources, please click here.

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Type1Screen - New diabetes screening initiative

Type1Screen offers free screening for the early stages of type 1 diabetes. This is available to all Australian and New Zealand residents aged 2-30 years who have a relative with the condition.

People who are found to test positive are monitored closely and, if they develop type 1 diabetes, will be offered education and started on insulin early to avoid serious illness.

Type1Screen offers opportunities to participate in clinical trials and other research that aims to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Further information can be viewed here on the Type1Screen initiative.

 

Education and training

All events are listed on our Webinars and Workshops page.

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Immunisation and Cancer Screening education sessions – October

Join WA Primary Health Alliance and its partners for the bi-annual Immunisation and Cancer Screening update for general practice staff.

The sessions are designed to be interactive, and presenters from Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control, WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, and BreastScreen WA will be available to answer questions from attendees. There is no cost for attendance, and participants will receive a certificate of attendance via email after the event. 


To register for any one of the events, please visit click here, or view the flyer here.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 9 October 9.00am – 12.00pm Fiona Stanley Hospital
FSH Education Centre, G7 Ground Floor
14 Barry Marshall Place, Murdoch
Thursday 10 October 9.00am – 12.00pm Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre
11 Limosa Close, Stirling
Friday 11 October 9.00am – 12.00pm The Rise
41a Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan
Tuesday 15 October 9.00am – 12.00pm Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club
Secret Harbour Boulevard, Secret Harbour
Wednesday 16 October 9.00am – 12.00pm Frye Park Pavilion
Clifton St, Kelmscott

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Pharmacology Updates Part 2: Special considerations in psychopharmacological prescribing – 1 October

Topics include
  • the conundrum of paediatric psychopharmacology
  • psychopharmacology in neurodevelopmental disorders
  • an introduction to addiction pharmacology
For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:               Tuesday 1 October 2019
Time:              8.30am – 1.00pm
Venue:            Perth Children’s Hospital, Level 5 Training Rooms 1 (East) and 2 (West)
Register:        To register, please visit click here

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AAPM National Conference - 1 to 4 October

The 2019 AAPM National Conference will once again be filled with a range of dynamic and inspirational speakers, workshops and its social events, as well as a celebration of AAPM’s 40th Anniversary! Join AAPM for another exciting conference and celebrate as they acknowledge 40 years of the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Date:             Tuesday 1 October to Friday 4 October 2019
Time:            Please click here for the conference program
Venue:          Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale St and Glenelg St, South Brisbane
Cost:             Please see registrations page for delegate costs - early bird registrations available
Register:     To register, please click here

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Autism Training WA: Medical Sector - 2 October

The Autism Association of Western Australia is partnering with the WA Health Sector and has developed training packages and resources to increase Autism awareness within the health sector.

The ultimate aim of this initiative is to improve access to health care and the health outcomes for individuals with Autism, in line with the WA Disability Health Framework 2015-2025, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Date:               Wednesday 2 October 2019
Time:               6.00pm - 8.30pm (registrations and refreshments from 5.30pm)
Venue:            Autism Association of WA, 215 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park 
Cost:                Free
Register:       For more information, please click here

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GP Education CPR & Addressing Eating Disorders in Primary Care - 3 October (Albany)

Have you completed your CPR requirements for the 2017-19 triennium?

The RACGP CPR course for GPs and practice staff provides participants with topical emergency presentations and recent changes in emergency practice.
The course is delivered by St John Ambulance in accordance with the current guidelines of the Australian Resuscitation Council and covers all aspects of resuscitation and basic life support.
After the CPR course, join us for a free education session on eating disorders in primary care presented by Dr Lisa Miller, Uli O’Sullivan and Dr Irene Dolan.

Topics include

  • Screening and assessment
  • Management and treatment
  • Recover and essential elements of care
  • Supporting patient and carers
  • Referral pathways and support services
For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:               Thursday 3 October 2019
Time:              4.00pm – 8.30pm (registrations and refreshments from 5.30pm)
Venue:            Albany Public Library Upstairs Meeting Rooms, 221 York Street, Albany 6330
Cost:               CPR is $59, education is free
Register:       To register, please click here

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Otitis Media Management Program – 4 October

The Otitis Media Management Program is designed to develop knowledge and skills required for a range of health professionals and others working within Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Health to safely assess the aural health of individuals and implement best practice management guidelines.

The one-day workshop includes lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, as well as a range of basic, point-of-care hearing assessments.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:               Friday 4 October 2019
Time:              8.45am – 4.30pm
Venue:           Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley WA 6102
Cost:               Free
Register:       To register, please click here

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The Advance Project GP & Practice Team education event – 9 October (Albany)

WA Primary Health Alliance is working with Hammond Care to support WA general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice.

For more information, please click here.
 
Date:               Wednesday 9 October 2019
Time:              12.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue:           Amity Health, 136 Lockyer Avenue, Albany WA 6330
Cost:               Free (light meal provided)
Register:       For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2kQEJxg

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Diabetes Update for Health Professionals – 10 October

Diabetes WA is offering a diabetes update for health professionals working within a hospital, medical practice, community health or aged care setting. The training will provide participants with an increased understanding of diabetes and the services available to their patients. Training is suitable for GPs, enrolled nurses, registered nurses, allied health professionals, and pharmacists.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:               Thursday 10 October 2019
Time:              9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue:           The Boulevard, Floreat
Cost:               Free
Register:       To register, please click here

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Otitis Media Management Program – 11 October (Bunbury)

The Otitis Media Management Program is designed to develop knowledge and skills required for a range of health professionals and others working within Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Health to safely assess the aural health of individuals and implement best practice management guidelines.

The one-day workshop includes lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, as well as a range of basic, point-of-care hearing assessments.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:               Friday 11 October 2019
Time:              8.45am – 4.30pm
Venue:           Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort, Lot 100 Old Coast Rd, Bunbury WA 6230
Cost:               Free
Register:       To register, please click here

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Rural Health West Neonatal Emergency Care (NEC) – 17 & 18 October (Esperance)

This Rural Health West CPD workshop provides obstetric teams with the necessary skills to effectively manage problems which may occur during neonatal delivery and postnatal care. Covering neonatal resuscitation, ventilation, chest compression, endotracheal intubation and medications, the workshop also considers ethical questions and how lessons learned can be implemented to improve care in a local setting. Information and teaching is delivered via seminars, case studies, practical hands-on sessions and also mega code scenarios involving the entire resuscitation team.

Date:               Thursday 17 October and Friday 18 October 2019
Time:               8.00am – 5.00pm
Venue:            TBC
Cost:                $440 (midwives), $660 (GPs, GPOs)
Register:        For more information, please click here

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Rotto Ramble – 18 to 20 October

Rotto Ramble is a unique two-day event where participants test their medical skills and knowledge responding to simulated emergency scenarios in an ‘Amazing Race’ style’ on the beaches and tourist hot spots of Rottnest Island. Participants work as a team to diagnose, stabilise and save the lives of the ‘casualties’ under the guidance of specialist emergency physicians from WA’s hospital emergency departments.

Date:               Friday 18 October and Sunday 20 October 2019
Time:               Rottnest Ferry departs 4.30pm Friday
Venue:            Rottnest Island
Cost:                $220 per person
Register:        For more information, please click here

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TADPole: the “heartsink” consultation – 19 October

Patients with multiple physical, mental, alcohol and other drug issues often face many challenges. Health practitioners may experience “heartsink” in trying to respond to these difficult problems.

This interactive session will include a conversation about the patient and health practitioner experience and expectations, resources and an approach to managing complex issues within time and resource constraints.

Date:               Saturday 19 October 2019
Time:              Registration 8.30am, 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue:            Tompkins on Swan, Cnr Dunkley Ave & Canning Hwy, Alfred Cove WA 6154
Cost:                Free
Register:        For more information, please click here

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TADPole: chronic pain management webinar – 21 October

The chronic pain management webinar aims to effectively explain the concepts underlying the experience of chronic pain to patients, describe a safe approach to chronic pain management which involves non-pharmacological and pharmacological means, and identify on-line resources which are available to assist patients in managing chronic pain.

Date:               Saturday 21 October 2019
Time:              7.30pm – 8.30pm (presentation and interactive case discussion)
                           8.30pm – 9.00pm (Q&A)
Venue:            Online
Cost:                Free
Register:       To register, and for more informationm, please click here

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Course in Tympanometry – 22 October

The Course in Tympanometry is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Aboriginal and / or Torre Strait Islander health to undertake tympanometric screening and tympanometry.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:              Tuesday 22 October 2019
Time:             8.45am – 4.30pm
Venue:          Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley WA 6102
Cost:              Free
Register:      To register, please click here

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RMA19 – 23 to 26 October

Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) is the peak national event for rural and remote doctors of Australia. Hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), RMA attracts a diverse and collaborative community of junior doctors, students, educators, academics, and medical practitioners who are passionate about generalist medicine in rural and remote communities.
 
Date:              Wednesday 23 October to Saturday 26 October 2019
Time:             Please click here for the conference program
Venue:           The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach QLD 4218
Cost:               Please click here for delegate costs (early bird available until 31 May)
Register:       To register, please click here

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Course in Tympanometry – 24 October (Bunbury)

The Course in Tympanometry is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Aboriginal and / or Torre Strait Islander health to undertake tympanometric screening and tympanometry.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.

Date:             Thursday 24 October 2019
Time:             8.45am – 4.30pm
Venue:          Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort, Lot 100 Old Coast Rd, Bunbury WA 6230
Cost:              Free
Register:     To register, please click here

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TADPole: chronic pain management webinar – 24 October

The chronic pain management webinar aims to effectively explain the concepts underlying the experience of chronic pain to patients, describe a safe approach to chronic pain management which involves non-pharmacological and pharmacological means, and identify on-line resources which are available to assist patients in managing chronic pain.

Date:              Thursday 24 October 2019
Time:             7.30am – 8.30am (presentation and interactive case discussion)
                          8.30am – 9.00am (Q&A)
Venue:           Online
Cost:               Free
Register:       To register, and for more informationm, please click here

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GP19 - 24 to 26 October

GP19: Your patients Your community Your solutions will see a transition into a full clinical update conference. With an exciting new format delivering dynamic education with a focus on topics that affect GPs in their clinical settings. You will also experience an extensive array of hands-on, interactive and highly engaging sessions with take away skills to implement in your everyday practice.

Date:             Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2019
Time:            Please click here for the conference program
Venue:          Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost:             Click here for information on delegate costs - early bird registrations available until 1 August
Register:     To register, please click here

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The Advance Project GP & Practice Team education event – 26 October

WA Primary Health Alliance is working with Hammond Care to support WA general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.
 
Date:               Saturday 26 October 2019
Time:              8.30am – 12.00pm
Venue:           Greenwood Hotel Function Room, 349 Warwick Rd, Greenwood WA 6024
Cost:               Free (light meal provided)
Register:       To register, please click here

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Wound Care – 1 November (Kalgoorlie)

This Rural Health West CPD workshop is designed to assist health professionals to gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of clinical governance in wound management inclusive of scope of practice, policy, evidence-based practice, inter-professional practice and consumer engagement.

The workshop content includes:

  • Clinical Governance in Wound Management
  • Dressing Product Workshop
  • Conservative Sharp Wound Debridement
  • Wound Assessment
  • Overview of Common Wound Types; including Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Skin Tears and Skin Ulcers

Date:              Friday 1 November 2019
Time:              8.00am – 5.00pm
Venue:           TBC
Cost:               $350.00
Register:       For more information and to register, please click here

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TADPole: Parents / family concerned about a young person's alcohol and other drug use – 2 November (Ascot)

At the completion of this event, to assist concerned parents and/or family members, practice nurses will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use.
  • Discuss reasons why young people might use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Explain the characteristics of problematic alcohol and other drug use.
  • Support parents to understand what they can and can’t do to help their child who may be experiencing alcohol or other drug-use problems.
  • Identify State and local alcohol and other drug support services and resources available.

This event is for practice nurses.
 
Date:               Saturday 2 November 2019
Time:              Registration 8.30am, 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue:            International on the Water Hotel, 1 Epsom Ave, Ascot WA 6104
Cost:                Free
Register:       For more information, please click here

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ARMED Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes - 2 November

Presented by Fiona Stanley Hospital and Diabetes WA in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance and HealthPathways WA. 

Workshops and presentations include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Management in the modern era‚Äč
  • Workshop: Evaluation and practical measures for patients "at risk" of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Workshop: Managing the patient with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes
  • Workshop: Goals and therapies for the patient with multiple complications and risks
  • Workshop: Foot disease in Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular risk and Type 2 Diabetes

Date:            Saturday 2 November 2019
Time:            8.30am - 4.00pm (registrations from 8.00am)
Venue:         Education Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch
Cost:             Free (morning tea and lunch provided)
Register:     To register, please click here
RSVP:            By Friday 25 October

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Rural Health West Emergency Airways Skills Management (EAM) – 15 November (Port Hedland)

This Rural Health West CPD workshop is designed to assist health professionals to develop and practice skills essential in unexpected crises, particularly with problem airways. Delivered in WA Country Health Service facilities, this workshop has a heavy emphasis on teamwork and the organisation of medical emergency teams incorporating presentations, skill stations and scenario-based crises with simulation manikins (SimMan and baby).

Date:                Friday 15 November 2019
Time:               8.00am – 4.00pm
Venue:            TBC
Cost:                Free
Register:        For more information, please click here

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Rural Health West Obstetric Emergencies (OBS) – 15 November (Albany)

This workshop teaches participants how to effectively manage obstetric cases and emergencies and how to make appropriate decisions.

Date:                Friday 15 November 2019
Time:               8.00am – 4.00pm
Venue:            TBC
Cost:                Free
Register:        For more information, please click here

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TADPole: RACGP Cat 1 event - 16 November

This workshop will cover off three activities in one day:

  • Challenging attitudes and common issues encountered in general practice
  • Enhanced understanding of specific drugs and comorbid conditions with a special focus on pain
  • Motivational interviewing and brief intervention

This event is for GPs and practice nurses.

Date:               Saturday 16 November 2019
Time:              9.00am – 5.00pm (registrations from 8.30am)
Venue:            Mandoon Estate, 10 Harris Rd, Caversham WA 6055
Cost:                Free
Register:       For more information, please click here

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Rural Emergency Assessment Clinical Training (REACT) - 20 & 21 November

The Rural Health West CPD REACT workshop is designed to assist Western Australian Visiting Medical Practitioners to maintain their emergency knowledge and skills, and gain formal assessment toward their emergency credentialing, as required by the WA Country Health Service. Covering cardiac arrest, major trauma in both adults and children, and associated lifesaving procedural skills, REACT is a highly interactive workshop, with participants predominantly involved in practical skill stations and simulated scenarios.

Date:                Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21 November 2019
Time:               8.30am – 5.00pm
Venue:             TBC
Cost:                $2,200 (inc GST)
Register:        For more information, please click here

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Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference – 22 & 23 November

The Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS) of Western Australia (WA) has great pleasure in inviting you to join them at the 2019 Australasian Doctors Health Conference (ADHC) in Perth on 22 and 23 November 2019.

These conferences have been held biennially in Australia and New Zealand for nearly 20 years, with 2019 being the first time the event will take place in WA.

The theme is the important topic of “Creating a Healthy Workplace”. This will be relevant to doctors at all stages of their career, from medical students, to doctors in training, to doctors established in their chosen career. A particular focus will be looking at the impact of the work environment on a doctor’s health, be they a solo private practitioner or working in a large tertiary hospital. Issues will include the effect of medical culture on work life balance, bullying and harassment, and physical and mental health problems. The conference will be relevant to all doctors and medical students, and anyone involved in the training or management of doctors.

Date:                Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November 2019
Time:               9.00am – 5.00pm Friday and 9.00am – 1.00pm Saturday
Venue:            Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, 46-54 Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle
Cost:                Please click here for registration costs
Register:        For more information, please click here

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Health promotion events

Mental Health Week is October 6 to 12

Mental Health Week is a national week celebrated each year in October around World Mental Health Day on October 10.

In 2019, the theme of WA Mental Health Week will be about community and the various settings we go to every day where we can support the wellbeing of others.
Mental Health Week / Day / Month is celebrated all around Australia, with each state and territory adopting its own theme and holding their own events each year. Mental Health Week in WA has been coordinated by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) for more than 50 years.

A wide range of events are planned for Mental Health Week. You can also register to host your own event.

Practices may wish to provide or display additional resources during Mental Health Week to raise the profile of this important event. 
 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Week

October, Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.
 

 
Coming up soon  
World Dyslexia Day 4 October
World Cerebral Palsy Day 6 October
World Mental Health Day 10 October
World Arthritis Day 12 October
International Infection Prevention Week 21 to 27 October


 
Practice Assist acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders of this country
and recognises the significant importance of their cultural heritage, values and beliefs and how these
contribute to the positive health and wellbeing of the whole community.