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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
8 July 2021 - Edition 122

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  • GP Pfizer Rollout Advice and EOI Update
  • Vaccine Rollout Provider Bulletin: 5 July
  • AusVaxSafety hits 1 million mark
  • COVID-19 Temporary MBS items
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Checking patient immunisation history
  • Immunisation details in practice software now available through My Health Record 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health NAIDOC
  • Digital records support preservation of bush medicine information
  • Indigenous health checks and follow-ups
  • Good News Story: ITC Outreach Worker
  • Celebrating the achievements of the Health Care Homes (HCHs) Trial
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying in WA
  • Manage My Care app
  • GP Care Coordination Payment expanded
  • Treating veterans and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • COVID-19 Training Modules Updated
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • National Cervical Screening Program communication and impact on testing
  • Updated guidelines for anaphylaxis
  • Ending Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Provider Connect Australia
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Health Promotion Events
  • Education and training
24 June 2021 - Edition 121

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  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice teams
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty) to begin rolling out to some GP practices from July 5
  • COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Timing
  • COVID-19 vaccinations for pregnant women
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • New MBS item: In-Depth Patient Assessment for a COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Updated: Guidance on the use of PPE
  • 2021 NIP Influenza Vaccination Program message from Department of Health
  • Influenza Vaccination Coverage 2021
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease: Mandatory Reporting
  • GPs at forefront of advance care planning
  • CPD for General Practitioners
  • Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment Program Changes
  • Launch of the Manual of Resources in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
  • Veterans MATES: Tinnitus - help is available
  • Young Onset Parkinson’s Exchange (YOP-X) App and Website
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule Changes
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
10 June 2021 - Edition 120

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  • Changes to State-run vaccination clinic eligibility for West Australians
  • Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Through General Practice onboarding pack with new information
  • Two GP Respiratory Clinics offering Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines to under 50s in Phase 1a and 1b
  • New TGA advertising and inducements for COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Important update for providers accessing the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR):
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip
  • New research: Time to lift uptake of flu vaccination in children
  • Influenza Vaccination Coverage
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease: Forgotten but not gone
  • Nicotine scheduling changes
  • My Health in My Hands – Youth Animation Resource
  • Purple Book review – GP input
  • Evidence based online perinatal depression and anxiety treatment available to GPs
  • Pilot participants wanted for new Lotterywest funded health and wellness program 
  • Royal Perth and Bentley Hospitals – Outpatient Clinic Letter Secure Messaging to GPs
  • Important changes to Gastroenterology ASI at Bentley Hospital
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
27 May 2021 - Edition 119

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  • COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccine Rollout – Vaccinate WA
  • Good News Story: Yarning session and kangaroo stew calm COVID-19 vaccine anxiety at Nidjalla Waangan Mia
  • Targeted Expression of Interest (EOI) for General Practices (AstraZeneca)
  • Transfer of AstraZeneca Vaccine stock between participating general practices
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated
  • Resources for addressing vaccine hesitancy
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • BreastScreen WA advises patients not to postpone screening mammograms
  • Technology brings better health care to one of the most remote communities in the world
  • Continued funding for My Health Record
  • Culturally Diverse Psychological Service
  • Patient immunisation details now more easily available to healthcare providers
  • Resources for GPs and consumers available on the NPS MedicineWise website
  • Substantial drop in influenza vaccination rates
  • Immunisation updates & webinars
  • Update: WAPHA GP Innovation Grants
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
13 May 2021 - Edition 118

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  • COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccine Rollout – Phase 1b Bulletin 10 May
  • COVID-19 Eligibility Checker and Vaccine Clinic Finder
  • GPs to get increased supplies of COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules
  • Healthcare worker vaccination clinics – week ending 16 May
  • VOC update (10 May)
  • Scheduling influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations in 2021
  • COVID-19 Vaccines Update - Resources
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residential aged care facility employees
  • NCIRS Webinar: COVID-19 vaccine reset
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Continued funding for My Health Record
  • COVID-19 vaccination – Updated ATAGI guidance
  • Webinar: My Health Record in Aged Care
  • Budget boost to Rural Bulk Billing to benefit the bush
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Update: WAPHA GP Innovation Grants
  • Parent-friendly influenza vaccination resources
  • Scholarships 17th NIC 2021
  • PC4 General Practice Circle
  • Important changes to Gastroenterology ASI at Bentley Hospital
  • Advance Care Planning (ACP) in general practice and supporting MBS items
  • MBS items for 3GA Programs and MDRAP
  • A guide for GPs to manage work related injury
  • CAMHS ETS
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Act Update
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
29 April 2021 - Edition 117

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  • Phase 1B GP Vaccine Rollout Update
  • WA COVID-19 Vaccination program for health care workers
  • Federal Health Minister update – telehealth extended
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training - update
  • Billing of MBS COVID-19 Vaccination numbers
  • Recording immunisation encounters in AIR
  • Influenza vaccination during COVID-19
  • NCIRS Webinar: COVID-19 vaccine  reset
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • How do we move towards truly consumer-centred health care?
  • Update: WAPHA GP Innovation Grants
  • Know Your Heart campaign
  • 2021 Influenza vaccine orders
  • NCIRS Influenza Vaccines – Patient FAQ’s
  • NCIRS 2021 influenza factsheet
  • AIR Handbook updated for 2021 influenza
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook Survey
  • Workforce survey to local primary care
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot Update
  • The Health Workforce Scholarship Program
  • Wellbeing support for WA general practice  
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
15 April 2021 - Edition 116

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update
  • WA thrombosis case
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • Increase in Cold Chain Breaches reported
  • Conveniently access the AIR through My Health Record
  • 2021 Influenza Vaccine Allocations
  • 2021 seasonal influenza vaccines – eligibility through the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
  • WAPHA GP Innovation Grants
  • NPS MedicineWise Professional Education Virtual Visits
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying – Update
  • MH Connext Program
  • Accreditation: 5th Standards Resource Guide
  • Whiplash study
  • Acute exacerbations of COPD
  • Telehealth research study
  • Extension of Telehealth Services & HealthDirect Video Call System
  • Wellbeing support for WA general practice teams
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
1 April 2021 - Edition 115

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  • COVID-19 milestone: Phase 1b vaccine rollout underway
  • Update: practices participating in the Phase 1b rollout
  • Access to COVID-19 vaccines for 16-18 year olds
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • New Resource on COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Updated COVID-19 patient resources
  • New Cancer Australia information on the COVID-19 vaccines for people affected by cancer
  • Single source of truth for COVID-19 vaccine information
  • A New Direction for WA Primary Health Alliance’s General Practice Support and Development
  • WAPHA GP Innovation Grants
  • 2021 Influenza Vaccine Allocations
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance
  • Meningococcal B vaccination - a guide for healthcare providers
  • Choosing Wisely from NPS MedicineWise
  • Better Health, Together: High performing general practices
  • Wirraka Maya Health Service & My Health Record
  • New Doctor Training Scheme to boost bush GPs
  • Extension of Telehealth Services & HealthDirect Video Call System
  • Infectious Syphilis in Women Update
  • $2.1m to support Australians with diabetes
  • Multi-language radio ads to promote Indigenous health checks
  • New DVA webpages
  • Outpatient reform program
  • GP Urgent Care Updates
  • EAP for WA general practice teams
  • Practice Management Workshop Wrap Up
  • AAPM COVID-19 Webinars
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
18 March 2021 - Edition 114

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  • TGA response to AstraZeneca
  • WAPHA continuing to support general practice to respond to COVID-19
  • Extension of Telehealth Services & HealthDirect Video Call System
  • My Health Record and COVID
  • Digital Health Fact Sheet
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessment Service MBS Item Numbers Factsheet
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • 2021 Influenza Vaccination Allocations
  • Influenza Vaccination 2021
  • Immunisation Coalition’s 2021 Meningococcal Disease Webinar
  • MedicineInsight from NPS MedicineWise
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot– MEDrefer DATA UPLOADS
  • Shifting the paradigm – a holistic view of overweight and obesity
  • Go beyond with Practice to Practice
  • My Asthma Guide (updated)
  • EMHS: My Outpatient Appointment Guide
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice teams
  • Health Promotions
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Education and training
  • Practice Management Workshop
4 March 2021 - Edition 113

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Update
  • COVID-19 General Practice 1B rollout
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
  • New COVID-19 Vaccination resources
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Reminder
  • COVID-19 MBS Vaccine Suitability Assessment Service
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • URGENT UPDATE Influenza Vaccine Distribution
  • ATAGI advice on influenza vaccine 2021
  • Referral criteria for Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Digital Health Services
  • Secure messaging & the Central Referral Service
  • Using ePrescriptions for health practitioners
  • National HPV Vaccination Program
  • NPS MedicineWise Adverse Medicine Events Line
  • Metro Syphilis Outbreak
  • Understanding experiences of telehealth care delivery for hepatitis C
  • Heart Health Check Toolkit launch
  • New Heart Foundation resources
  • Veteran Health Education Program
  • Phoenix Australia  Mental Health Hub
  • Ngala’s Essential Services
  • Perinatal Mental Health Program grants
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice       teams
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
18 February 2021 - Edition 112

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  • COVID-19 EOI Vaccine Rollout Update
  • New COVID-19 Vaccination Information pathway is now available on HealthPathways
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Aust Govt Department of Health – COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • Mobile-Friendly HealthPathways Login Update
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates
  • NPS MedicineWise: Heart failure – an active role for GPs and patients
  • Make Smoking History Voice Box Campaign
  • 2020 Otitis Guidelines
  • National Asthma Council of Australia – My Asthma Guide (updated)
  • Beyond the C: Hepatitis C Elimination in your practice
  • EOI Neuropsychiatry and Developmental Disability Mental Health Sub Network Steering Committee
  • EOI Forensic Mental Health Sub Network Steering Committee
  • RPH: Are you receiving your GP Notifications of patient admission, discharge or death?
  • GP Urgent Care Updates
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice teams
  • ADHA Webinars
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
4 February 2021 - Edition 111

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  • COVID-19 Support and Resources for General Practice
  • Setting up a contact register – COVID-19
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • Out of the starting blocks: NCIRS webinars
  • WA Bush Fire Emergency
  • Disaster Mental Health Hub: Phoenix Australia
  • APS: Guidelines of psychological support to people affected by disasters
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice teams
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates
  • NPS MedicineWise
  • Changes to Antimicrobial dispensary labelling
  • National Workforce Survey for Family, Parent and Child Mental Health
  • PIPQI: A reminder to Practices
  • Digital Health Team - Reminder
  • Statewide Telehealth Service Desk changes
  • NEW resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  
  • Veteran Health Education Program
  • DVA Resources for veterans during COVID
  • GP Urgent Care updates
  • TADPole Small Group sessions
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
21 January 2021 - Edition 110

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  • Australia’s biggest ever immunisation program – what you need to know
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 Vaccine Developments
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Practice Assist Resources - MBS items for care recipients in RACF
  • Practice resources: back to school
  • Active Ingredient Prescribing
  • PIPQI: A reminder to Practices
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates
  • NCSR) – New Online Portal and Clinical Software Integration
  • Wanted: Health Professionals in Mirrabooka, Balga and surrounding North Metro area
  • Alcohol and Pregnancy ‘One Drink’ Campaign
  • NPS MedicineWise
  • GP Urgent Care updates
  • GP Urgent Care Good News Story: Ellen Health & Canning Medical Centre
  • Nominations LGBTIQ+ Stakeholder Group
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times for WA general practice teams
  • TADPole Small Group sessions
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
17 December 2020 - Edition 109

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In this edition:​
  • Good News Story:  Ensuring healthcare access in country towns
  • WA Primary Health Alliance Practice Support Year in Review 2020
  • Merry Christmas from the Practice Assist Team
  • Practice Assist Christmas Closure Hours
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • New MBS items for care recipients in RACF
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • South West syphilis outbreak alert
  • BP error: Under-dosage of Benzathine alert
  • NPS MedicineWise
  • Immunisation Updates
  • Research & Surveys
  • DVA resources to support veterans
  • EOI – Healthy Weight GP Working Group
  • NHMRC – Alcohol Guidelines
  • GP Urgent Care updates
  • Better Health, Together – Stay Connected with Telehealth
  • Nominations LGBTIQ+ Stakeholder Group
  • TADPole Small Group sessions
  • Setting up a contact register – COVID-19
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
3 December 2020 - Edition 108

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In this edition:​
  • International Day of People with Disability
  • Practice Connect Newsletter Feedback
  • PIP QI: Update for participating practices
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Good News Story:  Whooping cough vaccination uptake for Pregnant Woman
  • WA Primary Health Alliance Year in Review 2019-20
  • Supporting LGBTIQ+ patients during COVID-19
  • Regional professional networks build stronger, healthier communities
  • Immunisation & cancer screening updates
  • Best Practice Error Alert
  • NPS MedicineWise app
  • The RCH Paediatric Handbook
  • New NDIS Resources for GPs
  • General Practice Health of the Nation 2020
  • DVA new-look Veteran Cards
  • Telehealth commitment continues at RPBG
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • TADPole Small Group sessions
  • Virtual Classroom Sessions for Practice Managers
  • Virtual Clinical Information System
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
19 November 2020 - Edition 107

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In this edition:​
  • Practice Connect Newsletter Feedback
  • New fact sheet for the NGPA Scheme
  • APNA’s 2020 Workforce Survey now open
  • Preparing for voluntary assisted dying
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Good News Story: Dianella Family Medical Centre
  • GP Urgent Care Updates
  • Immunisation updates
  • Veteran Health Check Program
  • Improving patient participation in Heart Health Checks
  • Virtual Classroom Sessions for Practice Managers
  • Virtual Clinical Information System
  • NPS MedicineWise podcast
  • Updated Spirometry Infection Control Information for Primary Health Care
  • Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • Physiotherapy in mental health treatment
  • National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare Standards
  • EMHS survey response
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020
  • Health Promotions
  • Rural Health West events
  • Education and training
5 November 2020 - Edition 106

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In this edition:​
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health NAIDOC
  • Good News Story: Nidjalla Waangan Mia
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet new sexual health portal
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Updated Review of Kidney Health
  • Practice Connect Newsletter Feedback
  • PIP QI: A reminder to practices
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare Standards
  • Feedback primary health workforce materials for National Cancer Screening
  • National Digital Health Workforce and Education Roadmap
  • WA Health Professionals Nutrition and Weight Management Training 2020
  • My Body, My Health Toolkit
  • WAPHA My Health Record Quick Reference Guides
  • Beyond the C – Hepatitis C Elimination in Your Practice
  • Immunisation & Screening updates
  • NPS MedicineWise Quality Improvement Hub
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • AAPM JobKeeper templates
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 – Implementation Update
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
22 October 2020 - Edition 105

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In this edition:​
  • Additional MBS mental health supports during COVID-19
  • Good News Story: Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2020
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • MBS updates for October & November
  • New mental health support service for culturally & linguistically diverse people
  • COVID vaccine: Immunising the nation
  • No Jab No pay raises catch-up rates
  • SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development
  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
  • 2021 Influenza Season
  • Being MedicineWise
  • GP Urgent Care updates
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • Palliative Care Predictive or Prognostic Tools (PCAT) Survey
  • Have your say on eating disorder research
  • ANU General Practice survey
  • WA Rural Health Conference 2021
  • Partner Education Grants 2020/2021: Applications now open
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
8 October 2020 - Edition 104

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In this edition:​
  • Encourage patients to see their GP about Mental Health
  • WA Mental Health Week
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times
  • 2020 Pertussis Webinar
  • Useful resource: Pneumococcal Vaccination Schedule Decision Tree
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • PIP QI: A reminder to practices
  • HealthDirect Extended
  • SARS-CoV-2 Testing Criteria #14 – 2 October 2020
  • Extended: EMHS to improve communication with general practice
  • Calling GP mentors in rural practices for the John Flynn Placement Program
  • New Cancer Australia resource for optimal and timely investigation of lung cancer symptoms
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Information about HealthPathways
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
  • WA Rural Health Conference 2021 Early bird registrations are NOW OPEN
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
24 September 2020 - Edition 103

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In this edition:​
  • Extension of COVID-19 phone and telehealth MBS items
  • MBS XML update for October now available
  • Resumption of general practice accreditation assessments
  • PIP QI: A reminder to practices
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Good News Story: Bone Health Matters
  • HealthDirect Extended
  • Extended: EMHS to improve communication with general practice
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • TGA recall action
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record Policy Requirements
  • Goals of Patient Care documents in My Health Record
  • RPH outpatient letter faxing
  • PANDA Clinical Champions Call Out
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • RHW Health Workforce Scholarship Program
  • The Death of a Colleague: Resource
  • Heart Foundation – Heart Health Check Toolkit
  • Cancer Council WA: Voice Box Campaign – Make Smoking History
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
10 September 2020 - Edition 102

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In this edition:​
  • Today is R U OK? Day
  • East Metropolitan Health GP Feedback
  • PIP QI: A reminder to practices
  • ePrescribing Update
  • MBS September update
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times
  • Ahead for Business digital hub
  • Extension of Health Professional Disability Advisory Service
  • Zoom GP Support Group
  • Home-care guidelines for COVID-19
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening
  • TGA support for drug shortages
  • RPH outpatient letter faxing
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • GP Urgent Care Network update
  • HealthPathways update
  • WACHS: Improved feedback pathway
  • Nbn Australia Digital
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
27 August 2020 - Edition 101

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In this edition:​
  • WAPHA: Resumption of face to face in practice meetings
  • PIP QI: A reminder to practices
  • ePrescribing Update
  • New practice support resources: QI Register & PDSA Log
  • Practice Assist Resource Library
  • Wellbeing support at hand during stressful times
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening updates
  • Overview of Community Health nursing services available to parents
  • Hepatitis C primary care study
  • Help the EMHS to improve communication with general practice
  • Royal Perth Bentley Group – Discharge of Outpatients
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • GP Urgent Care Network update
  • HealthPathways update
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Palliative Care Information and Support Line
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
13 August 2020 - Edition 100

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In this edition:​
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  • Celebrating our 100th Edition
  • Resource Library update
  • PIP QI Reminder for Practices
  • Additional MBS mental health COVID-19
  • ePrescribing: update
  • Encouraging CALD communities to see their GP
  • Immunisation & Cancer Screening
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • GP Urgent Care update
  • HealthPathways update
  • National breast implant recall – update
  • APNA Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Education Program
  • Practice Nurses can certify NDSS Forms
  • PSR impact of COVID-19 on 80/20 rule
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • WAPHA: EAP wellness program
  • Health Promotions
30 July 2020

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In this edition:​
  • Changes to Cardiac Imaging MBS Schedule
  • Immunisation myths busted
  • Update: Practice Assist Resource Library
  • EPrescribing rollout in Western Australia
  • Changes to Telehealth: stage seven update
  • Latest Mental Health update on COVID-19 from the Deputy CMO for Mental Health
  • COVID-19 public information campaign
  • Planning for your future healthcare: Help shape the revised WA Advance Health Directive form
  • CHIME GP Study
  • Exercise is Medicine Australia (EIM)
  • COVID-19 HealthPathway updates
  • NPS MedicineWise webinar: Working together to enhance transitions of care for people with dementia
  • Dementia Australia new and expanded services
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Updated advice on use of masks
  • WAPHA: EAP wellness program
  • Health Promotions
  • Education and training
16 July 2020

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In this edition:​
  • Continuous care with telehealth stage seven
  • WAPHA: COVID-19 working arrangements update
  • ADHA: Seeking communities of interest
  • Medical profession and the community embracing technology and digital health
  • Aged Care: My Health Record & ACP
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening via My Health Record
  • BreastScreen WA resumes
  • Respiratory clinics, a vital front-line response to COVID-19
  • See Your GP campaign: results
  • CDCD update for immunisation providers
  • Updated resource for NIP changes
  • Services Australia update
  • Veterans’ MATES Program
  • New Type 2 diabetes handbook
  • CAMHS Emergency Telehealth Services
  • WA GP Invitation Survey of Weight Management Care 2020
  • NPS MedicineWise Update
  • HealthPathways update
  • COVID-19 testing criteria tool for GPs
  • GP Urgent Care: Update
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • BeyondBlue COVID Support Service
  • Disability helpline for health professionals during COVID-19
  • Update: Practice Assist Resource Library
  • WAPHA: EAP wellness program
  • Health Promotions
  • Webinars and online training
2 July 2020

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In this edition:​
  • PIP QI Reminder
  • Update: Distribution Priority Areas
  • Updated testing criteria
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Act update
  • Perth GPs launch support video
  • Update: GP Urgent Care
  • National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator now available
  • National Immunisation Program changes 1 July: what you need to know
  • Enhancing data quality of vaccination encounter records: tips and tricks
  • Initial Assessment and Referral Project
  • WA Sexual Health & Blood-borne Virus Program: New contact tracing video
  • RACGP: Unlock your practice potential with the Practice Experience Program
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise Update
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Update: Practice Assist Resource Library
  • WAPHA: EAP wellness program
  • Health Promotions
  • Webinars and online training
18 June 2020

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In this edition:​
  • Why general practices need nurses more than ever
  • Update: GP Urgent Care
  • Healthdirect Video Call update
  • COVID-19 QI Prompt
  • Update on electronic prescribing
  • NIP changes from 1 July 2020
  • National Cervical Screening update
  • Enhancing vaccine data quality
  • Respiratory Clinics update
  • TSANZ Spirometry update release
  • Release of the July 2020 MBS File
  • Update: VPE Initiative
  • NPS MedicineWise Update
  • PBS Changes to Opioid Prescribing
  • Community advice on the use of masks
  • When to wear PPE
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • HealthPathways update
  • Update: Practice Assist Resource Library
  • WAPHA: EAP wellness program
  • New healthy lifestyle program for Midwest
  • Health Promotions
  • Webinars and online training
4 June 2020

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In this edition:
  • Working remotely, but still here for you
  • The DETECT Snapshot program
  • A message for your online booking page
  • New multilingual COVID-19 mobile app: MyAusCOVID-19
  • Update: Electronic Prescribing
  • BreastScreen WA uploading mammogram results to My Health Record
  • APNA Transition to Practice Program
  • Pen CS release of Research app in Topbar
  • Record flu vaccines in 2020 to protect Australians
  • Safer Baby Bundle initiative
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • New Telehealth Items for COVID-19
  • Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap from 6 June
  • HealthPathways update
  • Annual updates on DoctorConnect
  • COVID-19 Cancer Patient Experience Survey
  • RACGP Awards now open
  • Correct use of PPE
  • Nominations: WAPHA Councils & Committees
  • Changes to Genetics Services of WA inward referral process
  • Health Promotions
  • Webinars and online training
21 May 2020

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In this edition:
  • Six WA GP Respiratory Clinics Operational
  • Encouraging your patients to attend the practice
  • Immunisation education including free yearly updates
  • Serious Shortage Medicine Substitution Notice: Metformin
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot
  • General Practice Information Pack
  • AIHW primary care nurses report
  • WAPHA: General practice EAP program
  • Guiding COVID Immunisation Principles
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • Good news story: Practices adapt models of care to keep at risk patients safe
  • NBN upgrades for telehealth providers
  • AMA Medical Products distributing PPE
  • All WA public pathology labs now connected to My Health Record
  • $48.1M National Mental Health Plan
  • New WA Health diabetes resources
  • Keep Our Mob Safe campaign
  • Adding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status to pathology request
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Baby Steps is coming
  • Health Promotions
  • Webinars and online training
7 May 2020

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In this edition:
  • See Your GP – Campaign
  • Free general practice wellness program
  • AHPRA Telehealth guidance
  • PIP QI Update
  • PenCS Cat Recipes for COVID-19
  • PIP & WIP updated Business Continuity Arrangements
  • GP Advice: Fluad Quad 2020 Update
  • Medicare changes to support the medical workforce
  • GP-led respiratory clinic Halls Head
  • Child Development Services COVID 19
  • RACGP COVIDSafe Fact Sheet
  • Latest GP Update on COVID-19 from Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Nominations: WAPHA Councils and Committees
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • What is ePrescribing?
  • Digital CRC Telehealth Hub resources
  • The Australian Immunisation Handbook mobile application
  • Vaccination recommendations for pregnant women
  • The Pilbara Health Professionals Network
  • COVID-19 Telehealth HealthPathway
  • NPS MedicineWise: Good news story
  • BreastScreen WA metro resumes
  • Diabetes management during COVID-19
  • Lung Health Awareness Month
  • Webinars and online training
23 April 2020

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In this edition:
  • Allocation of surgical masks
  • New changes to temporary COVID-19 MBS items and bulk billing incentives
  • 13COVID helpline for your patients
  • WIP Practice Stream May 2020 quarterly payment arrangements
  • Updated testing criteria for COVID-19
  • New rapid COVID-19 test for regional communities
  • Supporting practices experiencing shortages of influenza vaccine
  • New SKAI influenza resources
  • PenCS CAT Recipes for COVID-19
  • APNA’s Transition to Practice Program
  • COVID-19 HealthPathways Updates
  • COVID-19 Disability Plan
  • Asthma WA COVID-19 Fact Sheets
  • Supporting mental health during pregnancy
  • New resources for phone and video consultations
  • NPS MedicineWise: Paediatric asthma
  • Managing cervical screening during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • MyDESMOND Type 2 diabetes resources
  • Does joy in work matter during a pandemic?
  • Webinars and online training
9 April 2020

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In this edition:
  • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
  • New telehealth platform available to all WA general practices
  • Update on Practice Incentive Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) payments
  • PenCS CAT Recipes for COVID-19
  • Best Practice and Medical Director Software advice regarding the 2020 influenza vaccines
  • Changes to the requirement to bulk bill COVID-19 MBS items
  • GP clinics to get free NBN boost for telehealth
  • Drive up vaccination clinics – advice for General Practice
  • 2020 Government funded influenza vaccines now available for all eligible age groups
  • Suite of Comprehensive COVID-19 HealthPathways now available
  • NPS MedicineWise Update
  • APNA – Telehealth for COVID-19
  • BreastScreen WA temporarily closed
  • COVID-19: Useful links and resources
  • Webinars and online training
25 March 2020

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In this edition:
  • COVID-19: New orders and reorders of surgical masks now distributed by post
  • Expansion of telehealth services for COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Telehealth soon delivering whole of population model of care
  • COVID-19: Telehealth and MBS items update for rural GPs webinar
  • New COVID clinics open
  • Update: 2020 Influenza Vaccination Program
  • Supporting your patients to access influenza vaccinations
  • Supporting your patients mental health during COVID-19 through PORTS
  • The Advance Project: Better primary health care through team-based initiation of advance care planning and palliative care
  • St John of God Raphael Services: Improving access to free counselling for new parents in Perth
  • ePrescribing fast tracked to help protect at-risk patients
  • COVD-19: Useful links and resources
  • My Health Record: online training and resources
  • Webinars and online training
11 March 2020

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In this edition:
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) General Practice Update
  • Who should be tested or COVID-19?
  • What should I do if testing for COVID-19 is required?
  • What should I do if testing for COVID-19 is required?
  • Who doesn't require testing for COVID-19?
  • Communicating COVID-19 test results
  • Notification of infectious diseases and related conditions
  • COVID Clinics
  • You can still order and reorder surgical masks
  • Change in guidelines for N95 mask allocation and use
  • Is your practice prepared for COVID-19?
  • Further information
  • My Health Record and Coronavirus
  • HealthPathways: newly localised pathways
  • Clinical update: 2020 seasonal influenza vaccines - early advice for vacccintion providers
  • 'Get the Facts' - launch of the 2020 Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign
  • How to manage delegations in HPOS
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
26 February 2020

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In this edition:
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mask Distribution Update
  • Communities of Practice – Engaged Leadership
  • Public consultation sought on recommended use of pneumococcal vaccines
  • APNA 2020 National Conference Program announced
  • My Health Record: Lab Tests Online – Explaining Pathology
  • Rural Health West Conference: Practice Management Workshop
  • AAPM Practice Manager of the Year
  • Cancer Council WA: Cancer symptom campaign for regional WA
  • HealthPathways: newly localised pathways
  • NPS MedicineWise
  • New RACGP Practice Technology & Management resources
  • Telemed specialist services: Goldfields
  • Department of Human Services: change of name
  • Royal Perth Hospital – GP Notify email update
  • The Advance Project: Information sessions
  • Primary Care Reform Opportunities Dinner with Walid Jammal
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
12 February 2020

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In this edition:
  • Coronavirus update
  • PIP QI: Important information about submitting data when your practice has an exemption
  • GP Urgent Care Update
  • Workforce Incentive Program: update
  • TADPOLE: Alcohol and drug issues in general practice
  • Letter templates for cervical screening and follow-up
  • Department of Health: School Based Vaccinations - New Videos for students
  • New Digital Health Capability Framework for Nurses and Midwives
  • WA Cervical Screening Provider Scholarships April 2019-2020
  • Update regarding delegations to access the AIR
  • Changes to how new vaccination providers access the AIR site
  • Cancer Council: Optimal Care Pathways
  • HealthPathways publishes 550 pathways!
  • NPS MedicineWise update: Paediatric asthma
  • The Advance Project: Information sessions
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
29 January 2020

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In this edition:
  • Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Stay up to date with the latest information
  • Mental Health Services for Bushfire Response
  • Medicare Benefits Scvhedule: Revised 1 January updates
  • Hedland Community of Excellence
  • My Health Record: Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Overview
  • Changes to Aged Care Assessment applications
  • Health Assessment for people aged 75 years and older
  • HealthPathways: recently localised pathways
  • Vaccine Updates email system changing 
  • 2020 Immunisation Update Study Day: Northam
  • NPS MedicineWise update: why not try a Virtual Visit
  • Cancer Council WA: Find Cancer Early Information for General Practitioners and Primary Health Nurses
  • Veteran Health Checks
  • Youth Mental Health Masterclass
  • The Advance Project: Information sessions
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
14 January 2020

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI updates and reminders
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot: Third round of applications now open
  • New RACGP resource: Measles fact sheet and checklist
  • The Advance Project
  • PBAC recommendation for the listing of multicomponent meningococcal group B vaccine (4CMenB, Bexsero®
  • My Health Record: Streamlining your Assessment Webinar
  • PRODA education for health professionals
  • Accreditation tip: Updates for the new year
  • Practice resources: back to school
  • HealthPathways: recently localised pathways
  • NPS MedicineWise: Update
  • Cancer Council WA: Short courses and workshops - PaSCE semester 1 2020
  • Changes to bulk billing incentives
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
18 December 2019

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In this edition:
  • Transition to the Workforce Incentive Program
  • Workforce Incentive Program: further reading
  • PIP QI reminders
  • Rural Health West: Professionals Survey
  • National Cervical Screening Guidelines updated
  • Department of Health: Email system changes to vaccine updates
  • MBS Mental Health Services: more information for practitioners
  • My Health Record statistics
  • BloodSafe eLearning: iron deficiency anaemia resources
  • NPS MedicineWise: Practice IV cannulation skills and improve management of patients with iron deficiency or cellulitis
  • The Advance Project: Inforamtion sessions
  • Hospital Liaison General Practitioner (HLGP): Expressions of Interest
  • DRS4DRS: National Website Supports Medical Professionals Health and Wellbeing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: My Health Record resources
  • WA Rural Health Conference: Beyond 2020 - health innovations
  • Merry Christmas from the Practice Assist team
  • Education and training
3 December 2019

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI Payment Update
  • GP Urgent Care: Launch of MEDrefer Handover and Evaluation eForm
  • Department of Health: Preliminary Feedback - GP Survey
  • HealthPathways: updates on eating disorders
  • NPS MedicineWise: Virtual Visits
  • Accreditation tip: referral letters
  • My Health Record: Practice Nurse Digital Health Training Workbook
  • The Advance Project: Information sessions
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: New-look card shows veteran support
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
19 November 2019

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In this edition:
  • Workforce Incentive Program for rural and remote areas
  • Communication materials to promote pertussis vaccination for pregnant women
  • Referring my patients to My Aged Care just got easier
  • Accreditation tip: using data to improve clinical practice
  • National Cancer Screening Register to commence supporting the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in November
  • NPS MedicineWise: Virtual Visits
  • The Advance Project: Information sessions
  • Conclusion of payments for National Bowel Cancer Screening Program forms
  • Heat Health
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
5 November 2019

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In this edition:
  • Perth Measles Outbreak: Clinician Update
  • Measles Outbreak: Could this patient have measles?
  • Eating Disorders: Medicare changes and evidence-based treatments
  • New Multidisciplinary Foot Ulcer Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital
  • RACGP: New aged care guide - Silver Book
  • Immunisation Handbook Updated
  • Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation: New tools for providers and parents with questions
  • Wellbeing after Cancer
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Rural and remote health report
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner: New guidelines for privacy in practice
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Allied health treatment cycle
  • Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation: National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2019
  • Health promotion events
  • Education and training
22 October 2019

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In this edition:
  • Perth Measles Alert
  • Perth Measles Alert: Communicable Disease Control Directorate
  • Perth Measles Alert: Clinic Resources
  • APNA Workforce Survey 2019
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot: second round of applications now open
  • Rural Health West partner education grants and financial support for partners of rural doctors
  • HealthPathways: recently localised parthways
  • Rural Health West Annual Photography Competition 2019
  • National breast implant recall
  • WACCPP: Cervical Screening Provider Scholarship Program
  • Diabetes Telehealth for country WA 
  • Diabetes WA: Baby Steps Pilot Program 
  • My Health Record webinars
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
8 October 2019

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In this edition:
  • Update: PIP QI & New Data Sharing Agreements
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot: second round of applications now open
  • New Telehealth MBS items
  • NPS MedicineWise update: try a Virtual Visit
  • Headspace Joondalup: new drop-in space
  • My Health Record webinars
  • Coping with self-harm: a guide for parents and carers
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
24 September 2019

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In this edition:
  • Update on new data sharing ageements
  • PIP IDs reminder
  • GP Urgent Care Network Pilot launches
  • Air access flowchart for general practice nurses and staff
  • RACGP General Practice Health of the Nation report
  • The Advance Project workshops: new dates announced
  • Shortage of Tc99m affects diagnostic imaging capacity
  • New MBS items for GPs to address shortage of nuclear medicine scans
  • Accreditation tip: practice equipment
  • Rural Health West Annual GP Survey 2019 - now open
  • ACRRM's Rural Emergency Skills Training course comes to Perth
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • My Health Record update
  • Australian Association of Practice Management Courses
  • GPaskthe question - FASD Hub
  • Type1Screen - New diabetes screening initiative
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
10 September 2019

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In this edition:
  • New agreements for WA practices sharing data
  • PIP ID reminder
  • Information and data security resources from the RACGP
  • Latest Incentives News Update now available
  • New RACGP fact sheet: online appointment systems
  • MBS Quick Guide for September now available
  • Head to Health website
  • New immunisation laws: No Jab, No Play
  • Better Health Program Term 4 commences
  • Accreditation tip: triage
  • New RACGP report: physical activity and nutrional counselling
  • Chronic pain management project and survey
  • Benzathine penicillin now available for doctor's bag
  • RACGP webinar: syphilis in WA
  • My Health Record update
  • Indigenous HealthInfoNet eye health resources
  • Webinar: improving outcomes in atopic dermatitis
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
27 August 2019

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI update
  • Shared servers, PIP QI, and data sharing
  • Changes of practice ownership, amalgamation, and relocation
  • What information will WAPHA provide to the Department of Health for the PIP QI?
  • Reminder - new schedule for automated data extractions for WA general practices
  • Recommended schedule for manual extractions
  • WA Primary Health Alliance Immunisation and Cancer Screening education
  • The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (second edition)
  • Consultation: letter templates for cervical screening recall and reminder
  • LiveLighter calls for urgent obesity action
  • Accreditation tip: patient identification
  • Immunisation update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • My Health Record update
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
13 August 2019

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI update
  • Schedule for automated data extractions for WA general practices
  • Recommended schedule for manual extractions
  • Medical providers need PRODA to access AIR
  • New RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health clinical audits
  • Reminder for AHPRA GP registrations renewals
  • The Advance Project
  • ACRRM Mental Health Skills training
  • August MBS Quick Guide
  • Accreditation tip: ethical dilemmas
  • Looking after your practice team: patient-initiated violence
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Immunisation update
  • Headspace GP Active Learning Module
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • DHS News for health professionals survey
  • Supporting communities during drought - resources
  • WA Cancer Plan - consultation
  • RHW Workforce and Skills survey
  • Hepatitis Australia seeking collaborations for TEST CURE LIVE
  • Participants needed for online prostate cancer tool assessment
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
30 July 2019

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI update
  • Data sharing agreements with WAPHA
  • Maintaining updates for PEN CS CAT4
  • WA Palliative Care Summit 2019
  • New online bowel screening toolkit launched
  • Public consultation on diabetes products subsidised under the NDSS
  • New immunisation requirements for children
  • Accreditation tip: understanding CPR requirements
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Immunisation update
  • Overweight and obesity: an interactive insight from AIHW
  • HealthPathways update
  • John Flynn Placement Program is seeking new mentors
  • Monash University study: attitudes to older person health assessments
  • TGA's review of textured breast implants and preliminary outcomes
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
16 July 2019

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In this edition:
  • PIP QI guidance released by the Department of Health
  • National Vaccine Storage Guidelines Strive for 5 - new edition released
  • South Metropolitan Health Service Outpatient Audit
  • RACGP Green book: share your stories of preventive care in practice
  • Do you know your Primary Health Liaison?
  • New RACGP medication management guide for GPs
  • New AIHW report: coordination of health care
  • Accreditation tip: continuous and comprehensive care
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Accessing cervical screening information on the NCSR
  • WA Healthy Weight Action Plan released for consultation
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and the Hajj
  • My Health Record update
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
2 July 2019

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In this edition:
  • New Health Workforce classification system
  • GP resources for Heart Health Checks
  • Development of draft Standards for residential aged care facilities
  • Vaccine management obligations reminder
  • National Cervical Screening Register update
  • BreastScreen WA free mammogram service - Kelmscott
  • Accreditation tip: Interpreter and other communication services
  • MBS claiming for National Cervical Screening Program
  • Royal Perth Bentley Group helping to boost influenza vaccination rates
  • Measles vaccination catch-up guide for Australian Immunisation Providers
  • Immunisation update
  • RACGP awards: WA state winners
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • Best Practice error message relating to demographic details
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
10 July 2019

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18 June 2019

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In this edition:
  • Preparing for PIP QI with PEN CS
  • Shared Debt Recovery Scheme: fact sheet and FAQs
  • Type 1 Diabetes Education Event
  • Launch of the South West Health Professionals' Network
  • Co-design workshops for PIP IHI consultation
  • Government funded vaccine for individuals at increased risk of influenza 
  • Private market influenza vaccines
  • DBTeen mental wellbeing skills group
  • Updated Methamphetamine Treatment Guidelines
  • Accreditation tip: costs associated with care
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • My Health Record update
  • RACGP GP wellbeing survey
  • Updated National Pregnancy Care Guidelines
  • COPD Flare-up campaign
  • Survey: chlamydia management in general practice
  • Assessing capacity for patients with a psychological condition
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
5 June 2019

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In this edition:
  • New RACGP Telehealth video consultations guide
  • Emergency Response Planning Tool subsidised licences
  • Heart Health Check MBS item
  • CrazySocks4Docs day
  • Latest Incentives News Update
  • Reminder - collection of information in preparation for PIP QI
  • Accreditation tip: relocation or change of ownership
  • RACGP eHealth webinar series
  • Posters available to promote HIV and hepatitis C video resources
  • WA Mental Health Awards 2019
  • My Health Record updates
  • 2019 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease: a case study
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
21 May 2019

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In this edition:
  • Practitioners' responsibility to support public health programs
  • AIHW Cancer in Australia and cervical screening report and resources
  • Review of PIP IHI
  • Collection of information in preparation for PIP QI
  • New RACGP social medical guide and template
  • 1 July MBS files available
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening program
  • Accreditation tip: Information about your practice
  • Syphilis on the rise in WA
  • GPCE Perth
  • APNA Transition to Practice program
  • ACNP National Conference
  • WA Women's Health Conference
  • ACRRM Ultrasound course
  • Relocation of CAHDS
  • The ORIGINS Project
  • HealthPathways update
  • How to yarn with older Aboriginal people
  • My Health Record update
  • My Health Record webinars
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
 26 March 2019

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In this edition:

  • Incentives News Update
  • QI PIP Delayed
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Medicare Fake texts, emails
  • Medicare eLearning
  • Raising Children - Patient Resource
  • DBTeen: Mental Wellbeing Skills Group
  • Accreditation Tip
  • My Health Record
  • HealthPathways
  • Education and Training
  • Health Promotions
13 March 2019

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In this edition:

  • Shared Debt Recovery Scheme
  • The Digital Marketing Guide
  • Single Touch Payroll
  • Cyber Security Grant
  • Depression looks different for everybody
  • Free Diabetes self-management workshops
  • Heart Health Check MBS Item
  • RACGP technology survey
  • Legislation changes for health professionals
  • QI PIP
  • Patient Transport Model
  • Medical Assistants
  • DWS Map change
  • Free access to glucose monitoring
  • Accreditation Tip
  • Australian GPs end Hep C
  • Immunisation Update
  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Dementia Resources
  • My Health Record Update
  • Breathing Fresh Air into COPD
  • Education and training
26 February 2019

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In this edition:

  • AAPM Practice Manager of the year awards
  • 200,000 reasons to get active
  • Measles Alert for GPs & ED
  • Eat Brighter CAmpaign
  • International Women's Day
  • Have your say on discharge summaries
  • Accreditation Tip
  • MBS Changes
  • Heart Age Calculator
  • Advocate for Vaccination
  • Childhood Coverage Immunisation Data
  • Conversations with Vaccine Hesitant Parents
  • Vaccine Wastage Report
  • My Health Record Update
  • NPS Medicinewise Update
  • Education and training
12 February 2019

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In this edition:
  • RACGP Technology Survey
  • National CQI Framework for ATSI patients in primary health care
  • Online diabetes upskilling for health professionals
  • Do you use a PKI certificate to access HPOS?
  • Updated PBS education guides
  • Accreditation tip – triage
  • Medical devices patient implant card and device information leaflet
  • Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia data
  • National cancer screening programs participation data
  • Royal Perth Hospital update
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • TGA Advertising Reforms
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
29 January 2019

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In this edition:
  • RACGP Practice Technology & Community
  • Unvaccinated children to be banned in disease outbreaks
  • Workforce Incentive Program
  • Accreditation Tip: Seeking feedback from your team.
  • The Type 1 Family Diabetes Centre
  • Update National Cervical Screening Program
  • Stop asking the wrong questions about Lung Cancer
  • New NCIRS Website
  • West Australian Child Development Atlas
  • Get the Facts – Phase 3 Child Immunisation
  • WA Health begins to upload Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging
  • GPs' Readiness to Develop Technical Capabilities for Telehealth Medical Services
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Free Exercise Program Recovering from Breast Cancer
  • Heart Foundation Health Professional Ambassador 2019
  • How to treat Hepatitis C
  • Country Women Grant
  • ED4GP
  • Healthdirect Video Call for free to GPs in drought-affected regions
  • Education and training
18 December 2018

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In this edition:
  • Managing emergencies in your practice
  • RACGP fact sheet: Responding to online reviews
  • DoctorConnect website
  • New AIHW report on patient out-of-pocket spending
  • Better access to mental health care for your patients this Christmas
  • Accreditation tip – patient identifiers
  • Essure contraceptive device: current status
  • New 1 January MBS file
  • WA PrEP prescribers listed online
  • Palliative care resources
  • Notification of data update - Best Practice
  • NCSR holiday hours
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • Education and training
4 December 2018

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In this edition:
  • Updates to the Practice Assist website
  • Christmas schedule for Practice Connect
  • Changes to the delivery of NASH PKI certificates
  • Urgent medicine recall - DILART/DILART HCT
  • EOI Hospital Liaison GP Rockingham Peel Group
  • Accreditation tip – ethical dilemmas
  • GPs and conscientious objections to treatment
  • The Advance Project
  • Referral periods from GPs to specialists
  • New Aged Care Quality Standards
  • New training requirement - yellow fever vaccine
  • Autism Training project
  • Notification of error generation - Best Practice
  • Fiona Stanley and PCH update
  • RPH update
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
20 November 2018

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In this edition:
  • RACGP Standards transition period ends
  • Have your say on WA outpatient reform
  • Improving healh record quality in general practice - a new guide
  • RACGP Five steps towards excellent ATSI healthcare
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule changes
  • Accreditation tip – the spills kit
  • Refugee Health Assessment template
  • Notification of data updates
  • AAPM WA Practice Manager of the Year
  • Bentley and RPH updates
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Prescription stationery order forms
  • EOI for sexual health training
  • Preinatal and Infant Mental Health News
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
6 November 2018

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In this edition:
  • National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • WA End of Life Choices
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule changes
  • Accreditation tip – reminder systems
  • APNA National Conference
  • APNA Nurse Awards
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Asthma News
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraiser
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
23 October 2018

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In this edition:
  • Happy Birthday Practice Assist!
  • Practice Manager networking sessions
  • APNA National Conference
  • Accreditation tip – providing home visits
  • Immunisation update
  • Expressions of Interest
  • Medicare advice: bulk bill vouchers
  • Calling regional carers
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • Draft National Strategies for Men’s and Women’s Health
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • MBS Online
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events
9 October 2018

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In this edition: 
  • APNA programs for Nurses
  • Western Austalian Primary Health Nurses Facebook group
  • Accreditation tip - After hours care arrangements
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Changes to Legislation: Improved Medicare Compliance
  • Alternative urgent medical pathways: GP input required
  • Australian Cyber Security Centre Advisory: WannaCry
  • New resources from the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre
  • Junior Doctors survey
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events
25 September 2018

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In this edition: 
  • APNA Nurse Awards
  • PIP accreditation reminder letters
  • General Practice: Health of the Nation 2018 launched
  • Accreditation tip
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • B4BA survey
  • Royal Perth Hospital Orthopaedics changes
  • Bentley Hospital Maternity Unit news
  • Jean Hailes Presentation Library survey
  • Asthma and Rhinitis Control Trial
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events coming up
11 September 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Practice Assist survey
  • AAPM National Conference
  • August Incentives News Update
  • MBS updates
  • Accreditation tip
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Nominate for Regional Clinical Councils across the state
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses free CPD modules
  • Let's Prevent Diabetes WA program in the South West
  • Are you currently a member of WAPNA?
  • Dementia Awareness Month
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in September
28 August 2018

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In this edition: 
  • New RACGP Standards for after-hours and medical deputising services
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • Help us plan the perfect nurse network for you in WA
  • RPH GP notify now operational
  • Have your say on WA Sexual Health and Blood-borneVirus Strategies
  • Do you or your practice provide care to patients in the last 12 months of their life?
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in September
14 August 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • My Health Record update
  • Digital Health update
  • Cervical Screening Scholarships
  • RPH GP notify further problems
  • Ending of Decision Assist 
  • WAPNA membership
  • PBS changes for combination therapy 
  • Sepsis: Know the signs 
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in August 
31 July 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Practice Assist update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update 
  • Armadale Health Service ED notice 
  • National Cervical Screening Program
  • Emergency Response Planning Tool 
  • The Severe Asthma Toolkit 
  • GPs and alcohol use 
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions 
  • World First Research for MS
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in August 
17 July 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • Cancer Screening update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • New Paediatric Respiratory clinic at FSH
  • Emergency Response Planning Tool
  • General Practitioners Survey: Youth in Mental Health Care 
  • Share your views on dementia prevention
  • Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Australia 
  • Making Choices, Finding Solution guide 
  • National Indiegnous Bowel Screening Pilot 
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in July
3 July 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • RPH GP Notify update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update
  • New MBS rebate structure
  • National Cancer Screening update
  • Emergency Response Planning Tool
  • RACGP Green book - 3rd edition 
  • John Flynn Placement Program 
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in July
19 June 2018

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In this edition: 
  • National Cervical Screening Program update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • GP and Allied health professional's guide to NDIS
  • Bentley Hospital Maternity Services continuation
  • Depression and Anxiety care
  • Guide to Medicare for Indigenous health services
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in June
5 June 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Royal Perth Hospital technical issue
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update
  • Digital Health update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Orygen research study
  • Depression and Anxiety care
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in June
22 May 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Digital Health update
  • New codeine posters 
  • Doubling of spirometry rebate 
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in May 
8 May 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update    
  • Order your Prescriber bag supplies book now
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in May 
24 April 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Practice Assist update
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • ORS Psychology Service and Referral form update
  • 5 Questions to ask your doctor or health    
  • National guide to preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Education and training 
  • Health promotion events in May 
10 April 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update 
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program 
  • Education and training
  • Health promotion events in April
27 March 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update 
  • New guidelines for care during pregnancy
  • Severe euglycaemic ketoacidosis alert 
  • Evaluation of end of life care 
  • Perinatal mental health 
13 March 2018

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In this edition: 
  • New Practice Assist Resources
  • Changes to PIP Quality Improvement (QI) 
  • Immunisation update 
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise udpate
  • Community of practice for consumer engagement survey 
  • Improving GP access for vulnerable populations
  • Scholarships for WA nurses and midwives
  • RPH preference update
  • Intravenous iron infusions notice 
27 February 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • Restrictions to after-hours providers advertising
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Notifiable Data Breaches scheme 
  • Rural placements medical students
  • Find cancer early for GP
  • Cultural awareness training
  • Evaluation of end of life care in Australia
13 February 2018

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In this edition: 
  • Immunisation update
  • Cervical Screening update
  • Digital Health update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • GP shared antenatal care 
  • APNA nurse clinic resources 
  • Participate in an e-learning intervention for chronic kidney disease
  • Submitting medical exemptions for vaccination
  • New webinar available 
30 January 2018

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In this edition:
  • Immunisation update
  • Bowel Cancer Screening Program update
  • My Health Record update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
16 January 2018

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In this edition:
  • Accreditation tips
  • Medicare Professional Services Review
  • Digital Health update
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Local Primary Care Nursing Networks
  • Human resources manual
  • Recalls and Reminders
  • WA Country Doctors’ Awards
  • 2018 APNA Nurse Awards
19 December 2017

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In this edition:
  • Accreditation tips
  • Practice Incentive Program
  • Digital Health update
  • Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions project
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • 2016 Notifiable Disease Snapshot
  • Optimal Cancer Care Pathways
  • WA Nurse Ambassador program
  • Asthma Handbook update
5 December 2017

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In this edition:
  • Self-collected cervical screening samples
  • Communicare changes name
  • Implementing the renewed National Cervical Screening Program
  • HealthPathways update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • National Indigenous Bowel Screening Project update
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
  • Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Training
  • Health Workforce Scholarship Program
21 November 2017

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In this edition:
  • Update in the Medicare Benefits Schedule
  • General Practice accreditation resources
  • Accreditation tips
  • HealthPathways update
  • Digital Health update
  • NPS MedicineWise update
  • Choose Well campaign
  • Rescheduling codeine
  • National Indigenous Bowel Screening Project update
  • Information Security Guide for small healthcare businesses
7 November 2017

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In this edition:
  • RACGP Standards for General Practices
  • Immunisation Update
  • HealthPathways Update
  • Digital Health Update
  • NPS MedicineWise Update
  • Expert Health Panel for PFAS

24 October 2017

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In this edition:
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule changes
  • Enrolled nurse survey
  • Urgent medicine recall
  • HealthPathways update
  • Digital Health update
  • Free interpreting service for GPs and medical specialists
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule: Charging for consumables
  • World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day - 15 November 2017
  • New Medication Management App
  • Telehealth survey
  • Palliative Care in General Practice evaluation
  • Education and Training
  • Health Promotion Events in November

10 October 2017

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In this edition:
  • Introducing Practice Assist
  • HealthPathways update
  • Digital Health update
  • WA Child Ear Health Strategy 2017-2021
  • Help available for GPs to support drug seeking patients
  • Find cancer early - For GPs
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Health promotion events in October
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
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