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23 June 2022 - Edition 147

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  • Aboriginal people have the greatest health needs in WA
  • QI activities to improve patient participation in Aboriginal Health Assessments
  • The role of Aboriginal Health Assessments in Closing the Gap
  • HealthPathways WA - Increase your awareness of Aboriginal Health
  • New resources to support Aboriginal patients before, during, and after their stay in hospital
  • Free Influenza Vaccination Program June 2022  
  • Have a chat to parents of under-fives about influenza
  • GP Respiratory Clinics available to see respiratory and COVID patients
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax) – Vaccine shelf-life extension
  • Updated advice contacts for GPs caring for COVID-positive patients living in the East Metropolitan Health Service metropolitan catchment
  • Expansion of cervical screening self-collection from 1 July 2022
  • Don’t delay – do a bowel test today
  • Japanese encephalitis virus: Health professionals information kit
  • Department of Health releases new Paediatric ENT Referral Access Criteria
  • National Research Program - Telehealth
  • WA Primary Health Alliance is committed to supporting general practice to continue to deliver the highest quality patient care
  • Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice going above and beyond?    
  • Black Dog Institute - GP Research Project
  • Applications for GPPTSP 2022 now open
  • The No Jab No Play legislation in Western Australia - Curtin University Research Study
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

09 June 2022 - Edition 146

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  • Free Influenza vaccination program June 2022
  • The importance of driving influenza vaccination in general practice
  • GP Respiratory Clinics available to see respiratory and COVID patients
  • New patient resource answering common questions about influenza vaccination & pregnancy
  • Medicare Ineligible Patient Funding: Good News Story
  • Vaccine Fridge Management
  • Excess COVID-19 Vaccines
  • COVID-19 in Australia - Disease & Vaccination Webinar
  • Empowering general practice to manage alcohol and other drug issues
  • The Alcohol & Other Drug Network – providing evidence-based information collaboratively 
  • The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia. 
  • Go Dry this July and raise money with the Dry Docs team
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Pathways Update
  • Updated WA Immunisation Schedule
  • Timely and accurate reporting of vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook website update
  • Update on the School-based immunisation program
  • ePrescribing and the Active Script List
  • National Research Program - Telehealth
  • Digital health: NASH SHA-1 to SHA-2 transition support
  • Digital Health – Check out our 'How To Series'
  • Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
  • Alert for clinicians: monkeypox virus infection now an urgently notifiable disease in Western Australia
  • Free local mental health training and support for general practices
  • Why should you cleanse your practice data?
  • Did you order your CrazySocks4Docs? 
  • Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

26 May 2022 - Edition 145

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  • Get prepared with the Winter Strategy Practice Essentials Checklist
  • See your GP – Keep your health on track campaign: communication tools for practices
  • Help stop the Flu in 2022
  • What’s triggering you this winter?
  • Expanded ATAGI recommendations on winter COVID-19 booster doses
  • No Medicare- No Worries!
  • State run COVID-19 vaccination clinics: Influenza vaccines available for co-administration
  • Cancer Screening update for Practice Staff
  • Improving Cancer Screening in Primary Care
  • Important Update from the National Cervical Screening Program - Self-collection eligibility expansion
  • WA Immunisation Schedule updated
  • State-Funded Influenza Immunisation Program for Vulnerable Cohorts
  • Hepatitis A & B vaccine ordering update
  • "Don't Forget Influenza" campaign
  • Webinar recording now available – Preventing Shingles and its complications using Zoster Vaccines
  • Manage My Care – now available state-wide
  • National Research Program - Telehealth
  • Digital Health – Check out our 'How To Series'
  • National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2022
  • Alert for clinicians regarding increase in cases of Monkeypox
  • Go Dry this July and raise money with the Dry Docs team
  • Medical Student Supervision
  • Royal Perth Hospital now welcomes electronic GP requests for health records
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

12 May 2022 - Edition 144

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  • See your GP – Keep your health on track campaign: communication tools for practices
  • Winter Strategy
  • Winter preparedness webinar: Update on COVID and influenza antiviral prescribing
  • Winter Preparedness Webinar for GPs – Recording now available
  • COVID-19 Links to Useful Resources
  • Medicare ineligible patient funding
  • COVID-19 and Long COVID – the emerging picture presentation
  • Which dose and when?
  • Stock Management for COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • COVID Vaccination: Advice on dose intervals
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training - Update
  • Dr Lucas de Toca video for patients answering important questions on the influenza season
  • What is a Heart Health Check?
  • New Heart Health Check toolkit resources in the spotlight
  • Heart Failure: Supporting patients in the community
  • HealthPathways - Heart Week
  • National Cervical Screening Program - expansion of self-collection
  • Recent ProQuad orders with short expiry
  • Important information for metro practices - Cold chain monitoring
  • Hepatitis A vaccine Vaqta update
  • WA Health Hepatitis A & B vaccine update
  • Campaign launch: Routine childhood immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • AusVaxSafety 2022 seasonal influenza vaccine safety data now available
  • Update on Japanese Encephalitis Virus
  • Digital Health – Check out our 'How To Series'
  • International Nurses Day 2022
  • National Palliative Care Week 2022
  • Changes to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award
  • Childhood Obesity Healthcare Provider Survey
  • Soundfair and the Deafness Foundation have launched a new suite of hearing health information resources
  • General Practitioners play a key role in facilitating work participation for their patients
  • Royal Perth Bentley Group Geriatric Assessment Team (GAT) Ambulatory Unit
  • Updated GP Factsheet: Who can GPs contact for clinical advice about COVID-positive patients living in the East Metropolitan Health Service metropolitan catchment?
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

28 April 2022 - Edition 143

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  • World Immunisation Week 2022
  • 2022 Influenza Immunisation Season
  • 2022 Influenza Prevention Campaign
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  • Improving the uptake of childhood immunisations
  • The PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool
  • Immunisation Myths Campaign
  • HealthPathways WA Immunisation Update
  • 2022 Immunisation – Education Available for Immunisation Providers
  • Nuvaxovid (Novovax) expiry date changes
  • Funding for non-Medicare patient COVID-19 vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccination stock redistribution request issues
  • Check your vaccine storage space before influenza season
  • Fact Sheet: Winter COVID-19 vaccine boosters
  • Digital Health – Check out our 'How To Series'
  • Healthdirect Video Call platform
  • Diagnostics Imaging Accreditation Scheme Standards and accreditation model
  • ​Changes to MBS rules: diagnostic imaging
  • Need assistance with quality improvement (QI) activities?
  • NPS MedicineWise Virtual Visits - Heart failure: an active role for GPs and patients
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit (Resource Library)
  • Education & Events

14 April 2022 - Edition 142

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  • The 2022 Influenza Immunisation Season has now commenced
  • Help stop the Flu in 2022 - This year, it’s even more important to get the flu vaccine
  • HealthPathways WA Influenza Immunisation Update
  • Influenza Immunisation – available clinical resources for practices
  • Influenza Immunisation – available promotional resources for practices
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 and influenza vaccines MBS billing advice
  • COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations at residential aged care facilities
  • AusVaxSafety commences routine monitoring of 2022 seasonal influenza vaccines
  • ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2022
  • 2022 Influenza immunisation – education available for immunisation providers
  • Good News Story – HJ Lochner General Practice
  • Paediatric COVID Care @ Home - SPARC COVID
  • Funding for non-Medicare patient COVID-19 vaccinations
  • VIDEO how to guide: Providing patients with antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19
  • Public holiday PPE ordering arrangements
  • Register RATs via the WA Department of Health 13 COVID helpline
  • Digital Health - 'How To Series' - Secure Messaging (new)
  • Healthdirect Video Call platform
  • World Immunisation Week 24 to 30 April
  • Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV): information for health professionals and consumers
  • The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and transition to web services
  • Lung Cancer Screening Education and Training Survey
  • Governance of primary health care data on Primary Health Insights
  • HealthPathways Update: Non-acute Mental Health Assessment request page restructure
  • Head to Health Assessment and Referral Phone Service tender now open
  • NPS MedicineWise update - Anticholinergic burden: the unintended consequences for older people 
  • Happy Easter from the Practice Assist team & holiday period trading hours
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit (Resource Library)
  • Education & Events

31 March 2022 - Edition 141

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  • Winter booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines
  • New ATAGI poster on all COVID-19 recommended doses and vaccines, including the winter season  
  • Post COVID-19 testing information – updated resource
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines
  • GP Respiratory Clinics available to see your symptomatic patients face-to-face
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Reminder: COVID-19 vaccines can only be transferred between participating sites
  • Children aged 5 to 11 now due for second doses of COVID vaccine
  • COVID Resources for your practice
  • Accreditation assessments for general practices in 2022
  • AusVaxSafety data show children experience fewer side effects from COVID-19 vaccine
  • Transition to national PPE distribution system
  • Digital Health - 'How To Series' - My Health Record (new)
  • End of image-based Prescribing
  • Healthdirect Video Call platform
  • Government-funded influenza vaccine ordering update
  • 2022 NIP Influenza Vaccination program     
  • 2022 Influenza Online Education Module – now LIVE
  • Japanese encephalitis resources
  • Digital Transformation of Cancer Screening – a message from the NCSR
  • Introducing The WELL Collaborative!
  • 13YARN - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support line
  • Launch of For When - National Helpline for Expectant and New Parents
  • Text to Detect: National Heart Health Check Recall Program 2022
  • ASHM Resources: Hepatitis C & Sexual Health
  • East Metropolitan Health Services: Review of Outpatient Referrals Not Meeting Referral Access Criteria
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit (Resource Library)
  • Education & Events​

17 March 2022 - Edition 140

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  • Transition to national PPE distribution system
  • New COVID-19 resources to assist general practice staff and administration teams
  • Providing COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound patients
  • GP Respiratory Clinics available to see your symptomatic patients face-to-face
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • New decision aid: Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Temporary telehealth arrangements for allied health providers treating Veteran card holders
  • Vaccination stickers for your practice
  • Additional free RATs for Western Australians
  • Digital Health - 'How To Series' - Telehealth (new)
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • 2022 Government-funded Influenza Immunisation Program - Vaccine Pre-allocation & Ordering Information
  • New Fact sheet: Influenza Vaccines for Australians
  • Register for the online WA Department of Health 2022 Influenza Update
  • Expressions of Interest sought for General Practice Advisory Committee
  • Coeliac Awareness Week
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit (Resource Library)
  • Education & Events ​

3 March 2022 - Edition 139

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  • PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Do you need resources to assist with managing COVID positive patients in your practice?
  • Our COVID-19 resources have been updated and we have additional NEW resources available
  • CALD Resources 
  • COVID Vaccine exemption handout
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder (VCF) and VCF Connect FAQs  
  • Vaccination stickers for your practice
  • Updated ATAGI recommendations on the use of a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • HealthyWA managing COVID-19 at home and in the community resources updated
  • Telethon Kids Institute COVID-19 resource hub 
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Your NASH certificate is the key to all things digital in General Practice. Have you renewed it?
  • New Digital Health How to Series
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • Upcoming 2022 Influenza Vaccination Program
  • 2022 Influenza Program – Fluad®Quad  Pre-allocation for providers
  • New process for Online Immunisation Education Updates
  • Domestic and Family Violence training now available for GPs in Western Australia
  • Help us shape multi-disciplinary care for chronic heart failure
  • Practice Made Easy with Injury Matters 
  • WA Health’s first patient facing app, Manage My Care, is coming soon
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch Infant formula recall:  22 February 2022
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit (Resource Library)
  • Education & Events

17 February 2022 - Edition 138

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  • WA Primary Health Alliance’s role in PPE
  • Update on PPE deliveries
  • New COVID-19 resources for at-risk cohorts
  • What can we do if we have a COVID-19 positive case in our practice?
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock: Metropolitan adult Comirnaty (Pfizer) surplus
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax) expression of interest (EOI)
  • REMINDER - Reporting adverse events following immunisation
  • Additional COVID-19 vaccines now approved for use in Australia and recognised in Australia can now be recorded on the AIR
  • Notification of eligibility of COVID-19 booster vaccinations from Services Australia
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • 2022 Influenza Immunisation Program
  • Your NASH certificate is the key to all things digital in General Practice. Have you renewed it?
  • New patient resources developed by Diabetes Australia
  • Drs4Drs Health Services
  • Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) expanded escort eligibility criteria
  • NPS MedicineWise – don’t forget non-covid patients
  • New My Aged Care face-to-face service offer launched by Department of Health and Services Australia
  • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education & Events

3 February 2022 - Edition 137

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  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) National Medical Stockpile (NMS) update
  • Release of WA Health Transition policies and resources for healthcare workers
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax) expression of interest (EOI)
  • Good News Story: First Virtual Goldfields Practice Managers' Meeting
  • TGA provisionally approves Pfizer as a booster in individuals aged 16 to 17 years old
  • WA Department of Health COVID Care at Home launched
  • Reuse of face masks and gowns during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • An update on fit testing for respirator fit testing
  • ATAGI Advice: Booster timing
  • COVID-19 vaccine well tolerated by children, AusVaxSafety data show
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program Update – New Novavax module added
  • Booster doses are now listed on COVID-19 digital certificates
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • WA Primary Health Alliance stock redistribution
  • Your NASH certificate is the key to all things digital in General Practice. Have you upgraded it?
  • Zostavax, Varivax, and ProQuad temporarily unavailable for regional providers due to issues with new data loggers
  • Grace period for Closing the Gap PBS Co‑payment Program extended
  • Changes to Rural Bulk Billing Incentives from 1 January 2022
  • Palliative Care Helpline-
  • Help us shape multidisciplinary care for chronic heart failure - EOI
  • Mental Health & AOD Comorbidity Project Training Resources
  • COPD Action Plan and Checklist for General Practitioners 
  • Seeking GPs to tell of their experiences in managing mental illness in the perinatal period
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education & Events

20 January 2022 - Living with COVID-19 - Special Edition 136

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  • An update on the management of COVID-19 positive patients in WA for general practice
  • Advice on booster interval
  • Have you prepared your Living with COVID-19 practice plan?  
  • General Practice has made a significant contribution to the vaccine roll out in WA
  • MBS Telehealth Services from 16 January 2022
  • PPE for General Practice and Pharmacy
  • Resources to assist with your patients Frequently Asked Questions
  • Wellbeing support for primary health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment
  • Why should I have a Fit Test?
  • VIDEO – Donning and Doffing in Primary Care Settings
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines
  • Zostavax, Varivax, and ProQuad now available to order for regional providers
  • Renew your NASH to maintain access to Electronic Prescribing and My Health Record
  • NPS MedicineWise COVID-19 Hub
  • COVID- 19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Additional orders for COVID-19 vaccines 
  • WA Primary Health Alliance stock redistribution
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training

6 January 2022 - Edition 135

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  • Living with COVID-19 checklist and toolkit
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Stock Governance guide
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Stock Redistribution - Increase in Demand
  • Living with COVID-19 Webinars by Katrina Otto
  • Digital Health Toolkit
  • National Medical Stockpile PPE
  • Changes to COVID-19 vaccine booster timing
  • COVID-19 vaccine bookings for five- to 11-year-olds available via the Vaccine Clinic Finder
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training

23 December 2021 - Edition 134

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  • Merry Christmas from the Practice Assist team & Festive period trading hours
  • Good News Story: COVID-19 Vaccination Collaboration
  • Living with COVID-19 Webinars by Katrina Otto
  • New MBS COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Incentive payment available now
  • Ongoing MBS Telehealth Services from 1 January 2022
  • Approval for the use of a ‘digital image’ of a paper-based prescription extended until 31 March 2022
  • Healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program Extension
  • RACGP Accredited Training
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder changes: Paediatric Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine
  • Important Update on COVID-19 Boosters 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Module Update– New Paediatric Pfizer Module Added
  • COVID-19 and Pregnancy by Dr Michael Gannon
  • HealthPathways Updates
  • Paediatric Comirnaty (Pfizer) invitation letters
  • WA State Government safe transition plan published
  • Resources: Childhood and youth COVID-19 vaccination resources
  • How to start a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines
  • Reminder: Report all expired government-funded vaccines (Non-COVID) online
  • MMRV vaccine supply constraint
  • Adacel® (whooping cough) vaccine transitioning from vials to pre-filled syringes
  • Registrations Open: Alcohol & Other Drug Network - A Project ECHO initiative
  • RACGP Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Skills Training – Spaces Available 
  • Communicare platform integrates with the National Cervical Screening Register
  • Rural Bulk Billing incentives set to increase in 2022
  • NPS MedicineWise update 
  • My Aged Care face-to-face services now available
  • More support for primary healthcare nurses
  • Advice for GPs following release of ANU PFAS Study
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training

9 December 2021 - Edition 133

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  • Living with COVID – support for the primary health care sector
  • Living with COVID in General Practice
  • Good News Story: Helping practices undertake quality improvement (QI) activities with an online QI Tool Kit
  • Handling consent refusal by people presenting for vaccination
  • TGA provisionally approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds
  • Updated ATAGI clinical advice on the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021 as international borders open
  • Letter of appreciation to administrative staff in COVID-19 vaccination clinics
  • New COVID-19 Decision Tool
  • New COVID-19 vaccination videos targeting youth and Aboriginal people
  • Easy read COVID-19 booster dose resources
  • Help improve vaccine safety surveillance in Australia - a short survey for immunisation providers
  • HealthPathways Updates
  • Carramar COVID-19 vaccination enhanced access and sensory community clinics
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process
  • EOI for general practices wanting to join the COVID-19 Vaccination Program 
  • Joint Statement Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and the ACSQHC - Hand Hygiene Compliance and Medical Practitioners
  • NCIRS Annual Immunisation Coverage Report
  • Cancer screening rates down during COVID 19 Lock down
  • Western Diagnostics Pathology Results in My Health Record
  • NPS MedicineWise update – evidence-based, accessible consumer materials
  • Last Chance to apply for our CALD Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Year in Review Highlights – Impact, Innovation & Integration
  • New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items available now
  • Every Moment Matters - national awareness campaign on FASD and alcohol use in pregnancy
  • New guidelines to help GPs care for patients impacted by violence and abuse 
  • Healthcare practitioner use of real time prescription monitoring tools in clinical practice
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training

25 November 2021 - Edition 132

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  • Helping practices redistribute COVID-19 vaccine stock to manage changing demand
  • Caring for COVID-positive patients in the community
  • Get a better understanding of the dynamic and evolving character of COVID-19 as a systemic disease
  • GP COVID-19 Preparedness Survey – November 2021
  • Let’s Look the Enemy in the Eye webinar
  • WA State government launches: Keeping Culture Safe and Strong Vaccination Focus campaign
  • COVID-19 vaccines mythbusters fact sheet for Aboriginal people
  • Aboriginal COVID-19 vaccination rates by statistical area
  • COVID-19 Resources: How the Delta strain of COVID-19 can spread in Aboriginal communities
  • Access COVID-19 resources via WAPHA’s Trello boards
  • Fact sheet: Transfer of COVID-19 vaccines between participating primary care vaccination sites
  • COVID-19 infection in pregnancy poses a significant risk for mothers and their babies
  • WA Department of Health pregnancy resources
  • Online forum on Pregnancy, Fertility and COVID Vaccination
  • How to boost Facebook posts to promote COVID-19 vaccine clinics
  • COVID-19 vaccination dashboard added to My Health Record
  • Connecting with communities via a Digital Health Roadshow across the Goldfields
  • HealthPathways updates
  • ATAGI 2021 Annual Statement on Immunisation
  • Free course: Promoting participation in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Commonwealth-funded places for Nurse Immuniser course available
  • NPS MedicineWise Regional Visits
  • Request for GP engagement as part of the National headspace Evaluation
  • Project ECHO AOD Network WA – Registrations Now Open
  • Expressions of interest for CALD Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Patient information sheets to help combat antimicrobial resistance
  • Optimise self-management for patients with rare lung conditions
  • Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • The Guides to Best Cancer Care are now available
  • Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) Youth Sexual Health Clinic
  • My Health in My Hands animation for young people
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and Training
  • Other Webinars, Events and Workshops

11 November 2021 - Edition 131

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  • Commonwealth Government support for General Practice Care for COVID-Positive Patients in the Community
  • MBS Update - COVID-19 Management
  • COVID-19 Managed Pandemic Preparedness Survey Invitation - closing date extended to Friday 19 November
  • COVID-19 Boosters
  • Reporting Adverse events following COVID-19 vaccine
  • OAIC COVID-19 guidance and advice
  • Spikevax (Moderna) expression of interest
  • HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination training modules updated
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process
  • Updated COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal people
  • National Cervical Screening Program update- expansion of self-collection from 1 July 2022
  • Updated ATAGI advise on herpes zoster vaccination in older adults
  • MBS update - Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • New Raising Healthy Minds app for parents and carers
  • New interactive diagnostic tool for investigating symptoms of lung cancer
  • NPS MedicineWise podcast - Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine
  • Optimal care pathways: I-PACED cards for breast cancer and head and neck cancer
  • NEW: HEART ATTACK animation or Aboriginal & Torres St Islander Peoples 
  • 'Vaccination for our Mob' survey
  • Supporting young people at risk of suicide: free training
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
  • Webinars, Events & Workshops

28 October 2021 - Edition 130

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  • Good News Story: Lockridge Medical COVID-19 Vaccine walk-in clinic
  • Special Update: Primary Health Care Worker Directions and FairWork resources for workplaces affected by vaccine mandates
  • Why now is the time for ePrescribing
  • MBS reimbursement for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Clinician alert #68: 11 October
  • General practices new to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program can be provided Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process
  • Changes to the way government-funded vaccine orders are packed and delivered in the Perth metropolitan area
  • Extension to the shingles catch-up program under the National Immunisation Program
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) enhancement - removal of maximum dose number for Bexsero®
  • National Cervical Screening Program – important advice about recent changes to the clinical management of women at intermediate risk of high-grade abnormalities
  • AusVax Safety – Summary Report 2020
  • Nurse immuniser course recognition across states and territories
  • BreastScreen WA is returning to – QEII
  • The new National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards – What they mean for those operating in Primary Care
  • NPS MedicineWise webinars
  • Open Expressions of Interest – Project ECHO Steering Committee
  • Invitation to participate in research project: Caregiving relationships in health settings
  • Assistance with Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment registrations
  • Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre – Facilitative Mediation for Older People
  • WA general practices applying for a DPA classification can request a letter of support from WA Primary Health Alliance
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
  • Webinars, Events & Workshops

14 October 2021 - Edition 129

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  • Good News Story: Successful Kununurra Vaxathon delivers hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • WA government announcement: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for primary and community health workers
  • MBS reimbursement for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Updated Australian Department of Health COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal people and pregnancy
  • New refugee arrivals from Afghanistan are eligible for Medicare
  • FAQs about COVID-19 in children and vaccines
  • New resources: Auslan videos and West Coast Eagles Aboriginal Health Council of WA posters
  • CALD resources for children aged 12 and over who can get the COVID-19 vaccine (languages other than English)
  • HealthPathways Updates
  • AusVaxSafety Data in 12 to 19 year olds
  • Clinician alert #68: 11 October
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • WA Department of Health vaccine distribution update for regional providers
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process
  • Public consultation - tuberculosis vaccination recommendations
  • RACGP Resource: Preventing and managing patient aggression and violence
  • NASH certificates are changing. Is your software SHA-2 ready?
  • WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is seeking expressions of interest for GP participation in the PATS escort eligibility expansion
  • Health & Wellbeing Equality Index
  • NPS MedicineWise Educational Visits in the South West and Great Southern
  • First Annual Report on Quality Improvement Measures in General Practice
  • 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards
  • Applications now open for the Practice Experience Program (PEP)
  • Applications now open for the RACGP Future Leaders Program 2022
  • Central Referral Service - WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
  • Royal Perth Hospital – GP Notify system out of action
  • WA general practices applying for a DPA classification can request a letter of support from WA Primary Health Alliance
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
  • Webinars, Events & Workshops

30 September 2021 - Edition 128

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  • IT STARTS WITH ME campaign resources
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process
  • Patients with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms can be referred to GP Respiratory Clinics
  • Spikevax (Moderna) fact sheet
  • Assisting vulnerable patients with proof of vaccination
  • Register now for Primary Care management of Myocarditis and Pericarditis following mRNA vaccines and latest updates on Spikevax (Moderna) webinar
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • How to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination - flyers and posters available
  • Reminder to record batch numbers for COVID-19 vaccines
  • AusVaxSafety launches new-look COVID-19 vaccine safety data web pages
  • Amendments to National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator
  • Closure of AIR authentication files - 30 September 2021
  • WA general practices applying for a DPA classification can request a letter of support from WA Primary Health Alliance
  • Commonwealth-funded places for Nurse Immuniser course available
  • Upcoming regulatory changes to nicotine vaping products
  • NPS MedicineWise new topic - Anticholinergic burden: the unintended consequences for older people
  • GP podcast series from Dementia Training Australia
  • Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program Registration Grace Period
  • NSQHS Standards User guide for health service organisations providing care for patients from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards
  • Help patients experiencing hardship to eliminate court fines through addressing underlying issues
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile

16 September 2021 - Edition 127

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  • Good News Story: 360 Street Doctor
  • One million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by WA general practices
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine available from Monday 20 September for people aged 60 and over in WA
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Update Aboriginal Health 
  • Reminder to check AIR before administering a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Contact WAPHA if your practice has expiring COVID-19 vaccines
  • How to get your COVID-19 digital certificate
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Transition of immunisation providers to the Onelink vaccine ordering system from Monday 20 September
  • Reconnecting Together - Socially Isolated program for older adults
  • Supporting young people at risk of suicide: free training
  • Commonwealth-funded places for Nurse Immuniser course available
  • A Systematic Approach to Investigating Symptoms of Lung Cancer training
  • Extension to Digital Image Prescriptions
  • Have your say on the future of digital health
  • WA Department of Health concerns about S8 prescribing
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • WA GP Advisory Panel Expression of Interest now open
  • Monash University KAP survey – LARCs and MTOP
  • Have your say: Guiding principles for medication management
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile

2 September 2021 - Edition 126

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  • End of image based Prescribing
  • No fault COVID-19 indemnity scheme
  • WA Department of Health moving to Onelink as vaccine distribution and warehouse provider
  • Updating practice hours on CVAS
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout eligibility updates
  • Eligibility for individuals aged 12 to 15 years
  • Reminder: Pregnant women prioritised and eligible for Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Spikevax (Moderna) mandatory e-learning module now available
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
  • 2021 second quarter childhood immunisation rates released 
  • National Cancer Screening Programs - Communications Toolkit
  • Register an activity for National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • WA general practice to benefit from new patient data storage and analytics platform
  • Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement Measures: National report on the first year of data 2020-21
  • Dementia and changed behaviour: a person-centred approach
  • Breakthrough PBS listings to benefit thousands of Australians
  • Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs - nationally recognised and available now
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training

19 August 2021 - Edition 125

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  • WA GP Advisory Panel Expression of Interest now open
  • Connect patients with free mental health care via the MH Connext program
  • RANZCOG and RACGP urging practitioners to follow ATAGI guidelines related to COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy
  • Western Australians aged 16 plus eligible for COVID vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccine resources for health professionals working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna Spikevax (elasomeran) approved for use in Australia
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout expansion: How to get involved
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Maintaining routine immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Updated factsheet on zoster vaccines for Australian adults
  • NCSR integration with MedicalDirector now live
  • Supporting patients who have experienced trauma
  • Medical Services Advisory Committee support expanding self-collection as a cervical screening option for all women aged 25 to 74 years
  • Provide your feedback on the proposed changes to self-collection
  • eLearning Module: Changes to cervical screening intermediate risk pathway
  • Changes to chronic disease incentive program
  • Consumers urged to see their GP ahead of changes to nicotine vaping laws (FED)
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • ​Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
5 August 2021 - Edition 124

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  •  Practice Connect Good News Story – GP Innovation Grants
  • Help celebrate the contribution of general practices in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout 
  • COVID digital certificates on digital wallets, Google Cloud's data engine
  • General Practice staff eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccination (with proof of employment template)
  • Anaphylaxis training for COVID-19 vaccination providers
  • Pregnant women prioritised and eligible for Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • Non-participating practices can still apply to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Blitz as bookings open for 30 to 39s to 'Roll Up'
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Post-vaccination safety in your facility
  • -Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
  • New NCIRS web page now live: COVID-19 Vaccination – summary for immunisation providers
  • Closure of Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) authentication files
  • Hepatitis B vaccine brand and dose clarification 
  • National Cancer Screening Register: Order a replacement home test-kit online
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  • WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network: Optimal Care Pathways
  • Participate in the Pilot Study - Conversations about Weight
  • National Syphilis campaign materials
  • NPS MedicineWise Educational visits available in a format that suits your practice
  • Grace period implemented for CTG PBS Co-payment Program until 30 September 2021
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
23 July 2021 - Edition 123

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Ways your practice can assist
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer (Comirnaty) for pregnant women
  • MBS support for people affected by COVID-19
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are eligible for the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine from 16 years of age
  • Electronic prescriptions making telehealth easier
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Upcoming Webinar: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Department of Veterans and their families during COVID-19
  • Reminder: National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded zoster vaccination catch-up ends soon
  • New ATAGI advice on zoster vaccines in older adults
  • Upcoming Shingrix (zoster vaccine) Webinar
  • Supporting general practice with the implementation of voluntary assisted dying in WA
  • New Guides to support people to manage their diabetes in hospital
  • Aboriginal patients must be registered with Services Australia database to receive CTG PBS Co-payment
  • RACGP supports easier access to medicines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Online survey from UWA SAGE Lab and Department of Communities
  • Ageism Online Learning Module 
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training

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