Practices currently claiming the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) and medical practitioners claiming the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) will soon be transitioning to the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP). From 1 January 2020, the GPRIP will transition to the WIP – Doctor Stream and from 1 February 2020 the PNIP will transition to the WIP- Practice Stream. Practices and medical practitioners currently participating in the PNIP or GPRIP will automatically transition to the WIP.
An important change under the new WIP is the transition from the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) to the Modified Monash Model (MMM). Only practices in MMM3-7 will be eligible for rural loading under the WIP. Practices can check their MMM location using the search tool on DoctorConnect.
The WIP guidelines are available on the Department of Health website.
If you have any questions or concerns about your practice’s eligibility or participation in the WIP, please contact Practice Assist (1800 22 77 478) or your Primary Health Liaison (PHL) or CPC Facilitator.
Further information about the WIP can be found on the Practice Assist website: Workforce Incentive Program Toolkit
A quick reminder that the period in which a practice can submit an Eligible Data Set ends, for this quarter, on 15 January 2020. If your practice is participating in PIP QI and has not yet successfully submitted a data to set to WAPHA for this quarter, you must ensure this occurs prior to 15 January, otherwise you may be ineligible for a PIP QI payment for this quarter.
More information on data submission periods and PIP quarters can be found on the FAQs page of the Practice Assist website.
Practices that have been granted an exemption must commit to meeting the requirements of the exemption, as well as the ongoing requirements for eligibility for PIP QI. While these practices are required to develop, within the exemption period, a data sharing solution that complies with the PIP QI Guidelines and PIP Eligible Data Set Governance Framework. WAPHA is not yet positioned to receive these data sets as we have not yet received, from the Department of Health the technical specifications for the data sets.
For practices, this means that we cannot yet provide you with appropriate guidance around the extraction and submission of the PIP Eligible Data Set by means other than our preferred data extraction tool (PEN CS). Therefore, we ask that you do not send us patient or practice data until we are able to provide you with the guidelines and mechanisms to do so in a manner that meets your PIP QI eligibility requirements and, most importantly, ensures secure transmission of the data.
This reminder is not limited to practices sharing data for the purpose of PIP QI: we have, in the past, received a range of data from practices that has been submitted to us erroneously, or via methods that cannot be verified as secure. We ask that you do not send any patient or practice data to us other than via methods (such as PEN CS) that have been verified as fit for purpose and secure.
WAPHA will communicate with practices regarding the technical specifications as soon as these are made available to us.
The Rural Health West Annual Nursing, Midwifery, Dental and Allied Health Professional Survey is now open.
This survey enables Rural Health West to enhance their recruitment and short-term placement service, shape their professional development offerings and ensure that they are providing relevant information regarding grant, sponsorship and networking opportunities.
The survey is hosted securely online and is open to nursing, midwifery, dental and allied health professionals working in rural and regional Western Australia.
Please click here to take the Rural Health West Survey.
The recent changes to the 2016 National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding (the Guidelines) have been communicated by the Department of Health.
A summary of these changes are as follows:
Chapter 18: Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer – identification and investigation of abnormal bleeding
The title for Chapter 18 has been changed to reflect the addition of a new subpage, Investigations of other symptoms - vaginal discharge and deep dyspareunia which provides detailed guidance for healthcare professionals on the identification of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.
Three new recommendations in relation to deep dyspareunia and unexplained persistent unusual vaginal discharge have also been added to the Guidelines. The new recommendations are:
Self-collection for HPV testing may be considered during pregnancy in never-screened or under-screened women, following counselling by a health care professional regarding the risk of bleeding.
Please be advised that the “Vaccine Updates” via the Department of Health will soon be shifting over to a new email system. To continue to receive essential information relating to immunisation and disease control in Western Australia, it is important you sign up to the new email system. The old email list will soon be removed and only those signed up to the new list will continue to receive information.
The Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) recommends all health care providers involved in immunisation and disease control sign up to ensure they are kept up to date with all matter’s vaccine related. This could include important information such as current disease outbreaks and changes to the immunisation schedule.
To Support the Better Health Initiative, the Department of Human Services has a NEW eLearning module Access to mental health services for eligible medical practitioners supporting patients with mental health services under the Medicare Benefits Scheduled (MBS).
The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community by providing access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care. Under this initiative, Medicare benefits are payable to patients for selected mental health services provided by:
The new module is part of the Primary care items eLearning program, which contains other modules on; attendance basics, MBS Primary care items, Telehealth and Access to mental health services for allied health professions.
The eLearning module is supported by a quick reference education guide Better Access to mental health care for eligible practitioners and allied health professionals.
The Australian Digital Health Agency publishes a range of statistics about how My Health Record is being used by healthcare provider organisations and patients. The statistics include information about registrations, document uploads and prescription/dispense documents.
Please click here to review a copy of the My Health Record statistics.
BloodSafe eLearning Australia would like to introduce their program and hopefully increase exposure to their resources within the primary health care area.
BloodSafe provides free online learning and resources on patient blood management and clinical transfusion practice to Australian health care professionals. BloodSafe receives joint national funding provided by the National Blood Authority, on behalf of all Australian Governments, to enable free access by all users.
Of particular focus for primary health care is that there were 57,518 potentially preventable hospitalisations for Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) in Australia in 2017-18.
BloodSafe eLearning Australia provides free resources to help you understand the cause/s, diagnosis and management of IDA:
To access HealthPathways please contact your WAPHA Primary Health Liaison or email the HealthPathways team at email@example.com
WAPHA has partnered with NPS MedicineWise to offer a free workshop for practice nurses and General Practitioners to learn more about diagnosis and management of patients with iron deficiency and cellulitis in a primary care setting.
Management of both these conditions may require IV administration of iron or antibiotics. The full-day workshop discusses when this option should be considered, and which patients may be safely treated in primary care without being admitted to hospital.
Interactive sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of participants, with a practical, hands-on approach that enables participants to apply learnings, including how to safely undertake cannula insertion to reduce adverse events.
Discussion will include consideration of how to effectively set up systems in your practice to safely and sustainably offer IV services.
Priority will be given to nurses and GPs attending from the same practice (no previous cannulation experience is necessary). The workshop is endorsed by the Australian College of Nurses for 6 CPD hours.
Two dates are available:
To register visit the NPS MedicineWise website: https://www.nps.org.au/iron-deficiency-cellulitis
Advance care planning is an important step in ensuring a person’s preferences and values are known at the end of their life. General practice has an opportunity to start these discussions with patients because trust has already been established.
WA Primary Health Alliance is working with Hammond Care to support Western Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. The Advance Project is a practical, evidence-based toolkit and training package, specifically designed to support general practices to deliver team-based care.
The Advance Care Project would like to invite you to hold an information session for all practice staff. The event will be held at your location and convenience, where possible. The session will take 1 hour depending on questions you may have. If this is something you would be interested in, please speak to your WA Primary Health Alliance Liaison or Coordinator, or alternatively please contact The Advance Project Lead directly: Roseanne.Adamson@wapha.org.au
Please click here to view The Advance Project flyer on these information sessions.
WA Primary Health is currently seeking a forward thinking, innovative General Practitioner for the Hospital Liaison GP position located at Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital (SCGH). The ideal candidate will be currently practicing within the SCGH catchment area and have a keen interest in facilitating cross sector integration and coordination of care between the hospital, community and general practice.
Further information about the HLGP position is available by visiting: www.wapha.org.au/about-us/careers/
A new national website has been launched offering a central coordination point to link doctors and medical students to a range of supports for their own health and wellbeing. The www.drs4drs.com.au website is supported by a network of doctors' health advisory and referral services operating across Australia; each offering independent, safe, supportive and confidential programs. The creation of DR4DRS has been led by the Doctors' Health Services Board (DrHS), incorporating input from all State and Territory doctors' health services. AMA President and DrHS Board member, Dr Tony Bartone, described the site as an important and practical step in ensuring the medical profession can easily find help for their own health when needed.
For more information on this service please visit: www.drs4drs.com.au
My Health Record storybooks have been created in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW. The storybooks give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people an overview of My Health Record including how to log in, who can see their records and other important information. Practices can access a copy of these resources through the My Health Record stakeholder materials website or can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HealthPathways WA provides information on; practice essentials, training and support for healthcare providers and advising patients about their My Health Record.
Rural Health West and WA Country Health Service will host the Annual Rural Health Weekend on 21 and 22 March 2020 at the Pan Pacific Perth. The conference theme of Beyond 2020 | health innovations will focus on the future of health and how technology will affect the treatment of patients.
Technology Futurist Shara Evans is globally acknowledged and widely regarded as one of the world’s top futurists. Shara provides the latest insights and thought-provoking ideas on a broad spectrum of issues. To read more about Shara, please click here.
Dr Keith Suter
Dr Keith Suter is the Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank. He is an economic and social commentator, strategic planner, author and broadcaster. Channel 7's Sunrise Foreign Affairs Editor and a foreign policy analyst for Sky TV Australia. Read more about Keith here.
Travel support is available for currently-practising medical practitioners, nurses and midwives and their partners who work and live in rural and remote WA. Register and book your flights now to maximise your regional travel allowance. For full details, please visit the travel page of the conference website.
For further conference information and to register, please visit the conference website.
Festive wishes from the team at Practice Assist, may we take this time to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday over this period.
Please be advised of our Christmas closure over the festive period for 2019/2020.
All events are listed on our Webinars and Workshops page.