Practice Connect Newsletter

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13 June 2024 - Edition 197

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  • Enhancing multidisciplinary care for chronic heart failure patients in the Midwest with non-dispensing pharmacists
  • Program update - General Practice in Aged Care Incentive is coming
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Harnessing data linkage within Primary Sense to better understand the needs of GPs and patients
  • 2024 tax time - Let's talk record keeping
  • New support to quit vaping and smoking
  • Recognise a Medicare Champion - nominations for the Stronger Medicare Awards close 30 June
  • New CareSearch app to support GPs
  • NEW Toolkits for primary care clinicians providing early medical abortion
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) catch up program continues until September 2024
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) posters available for order
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus update
  • 2024 Influenza Campaign Launch
  • Provide your input on Australia's next National Immunisation Strategy
  • 8th Annual Immunisation Forum - Your last chance to register for the online event
  • Influenza/COVID-19/RSV webinar - Webinar 3
  • Clinical management and screening for bowel cancer - A new e-learning module
  • PDSA's to increase participation in population-based cancer screening programs
  • Optimising cervical screening for people with disability - supporting the enquiry in your practice
  • Cancer Screening Webinar - WA Primary Health Alliance 
  • WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Resources
  • COVID-19 cases continue to rise
  • Youth Pride Network - State of Play - Healthcare survey now LIVE!
  • Men's Health Week - 13 to 19 June
  • Education & Events

30 May 2024 - Edition 196

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  • Health professionals come together to improve weight management care in the Goldfields
  • New fact sheet: Assisting patients in general practice with mental health concerns
  • Armadale location of WA's eighth Medicare Urgent Care Clinic
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Better Health, Together - The Big 5
  • Extension of HealthDirect Video Call COVID-19 GP Program and PHN Exemplar Program to 31 December 2024
  • Head to Health sites are evolving to become Medicare Mental Health Centres
  • New Emerging Minds Families resources to boost parents' mental health literacy
  • Nominate now for the Stronger Medicare Awards
  • Referral Updates: Now Mandatory - Referral Access Criteria (RAC)
  • Immunisation Foundation of Australia's Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Awareness Week
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Co-administration
  • Free Flu for all program continues
  • Vaccinology and immunisation science - online course
  • Immunisation Coalition 8th Annual Immunisation Forum
  • Immunisation Coalition Webinars on Influenza/COVID-19 and RSV -
  • now available
  • Is your practice ready to support cervical screening self collection
  • National Bowel Screening Program age change
  • National Cancer Screening register
  • COVID-19 rising; prepare for influenza and RSV
  • COVID-19 booster flyers for consumers and disability providers
  • It's National Reconciliation Week
  • National Reconciliation Week Street Banners flying high
  • New resource for providing effective GP services to Stolen Generations survivors
  • Dedicated online portal for Aboriginal health
  • Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
  • Education & Events

16 May 2024 - Edition 195

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  • WA Syphilis Outbreak: Managing syphilis in your practice
  • Empowering Conversations About Weight in General Practice
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Historic Medicare changes for women battling Endometriosis
  • Update for the RACGP Standard - High-risk results identified outside normal opening hours
  • Dementia Australia - order your free GP referrer resource pack
  • Compassionate and person-centred end-of-life support in residential aged care
  • Dengue fever risk for travellers
  • SAFETY PEN - Safe, feasible and effective transitioning of allergy assessment for penicillins to community care
  • RSV reminder letters to new mothers
  • It's still important to recall eligible infants before Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season
  • AIR data shows need to offer more WA infants RSV immunisation to protect from hospitalisation
  • Practice Assist - Immunisation Toolkit
  • New cold chain breach reporting for Perth metropolitan immunisation providers
  • New Mpox cases emerge
  • Typographical error on Beyfortus carton
  • Supply of Shingrix
  • Influenza/COVID-19/RSV Webinar Series
  • 8th Annual Immunisation Forum
  • Expressions of Interest Development of Program Guidelines for the National Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • How to do a Bowel Screening Test at home
  • BreastScreen WA heading to Armadale
  • Optimising Cervical Screening for People with Disability
  • COVID-19 Provider Bulletin - 6 May 2024
  • WHO advisory group recommends future COVID-19 vaccine formulations target JN.1 strain
  • Have your say about the future of primary care
  • Genetic Health WA - service plan consultation link
  • Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot: Seeking Primary Care insights for future type 1 diabetes screening in Australia
  • National Palliative Care Week: 19-25 May
  • National Sorry Day
  • Education & Events

2 May 2024 - Edition 194

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  • Leveraging the Primary Sense data tool for improved patient care
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Let's talk about STIs
  • Telehealth for families experiencing stillbirth and miscarriage
  • Free Influenza Vaccine Program 2024
  • Actively recall eligible infants before the RSV season begins
  • Shingrix supply update
  • Entering historical Q fever doses into the AIR
  • Webinar on winter respiratory illness
  • 8th Annual Immunisation Forum
  • Bulk Bowel testing kits now available in Practices
  • Did you know you can access patients cancer screening history via your clinical software?
  • Approach to enhancing Cancer Screening and Prevention in Primary Care
  • Breast cancer update for general practice
  • Assisting our Aged Care with COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination Reimbursement
  • COVID-19 Provider Bulletin - 17 April 2024
  • Influenza, COVID-19 and RSV webinar series - webinar 2
  • COVID-19 Update Webinar
  • Power up for this year's Privacy Awareness Week
  • Education & Event

18 April 2024 - Edition 193

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  • MyMedicare patient registration update
  • RACGP redefines general practice to improve equity and access
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Free suicide prevention training workshops for general practice staff
  • Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care - Update
  • Syphilis Point-of-Care Testing Information
  • The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) wants general practice and other primary health care workplaces around Australia to join its growing nurse placement program
  • 1800 4 Choice
  • Verifying outpatient appointments for SCGH and OPH
  • Grove Medical boosting infant RSV immunisation in their community
  • WA Influenza Immunisation Program 2024
  • Cold Chain Auditing
  • RSV Immunisation Program Quick Reference Guide
  • RSV Resources
  • Q fever vaccines added to Australian Immunisation Register
  • World Immunisation Week 2024 - 'Humanly Possible: Saving lives through immunisation'
  • 8th Annual Immunisation Forum
  • NCIRS webinar video now available
  • Cancer Screening Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) activities
  • GP Clinical Placement at Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Cancer Screening webinar
  • Breast cancer update for general practice
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Recall and Reminder Grant results in almost 10,000 vaccinations
  • Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation ATAGI statement on the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in 2024
  • Influenza immunisation season and Co-Administration of the COVID-19 vaccination
  • REMINDER: Reporting COVID-19 Vaccinations to AIR
  • Telehealth Trending Upwards
  • Get ready for Heart Week 6-12 May 2024
  • Education & Events

4 April 2024 - Edition 192

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  • Launch breakfast for pilot project to enhance the primary care response to family, domestic and sexual violence
  • Have your GPs registered for the free depression management and suicide prevention online training sessions?
  • MyMedicare patient registration update
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • The new abortion legislation - what do GPs need to know?
  • EMHS Direct Access Endoscopy Referrals - Allocation to Hospital with shortest wait time
  • The Medical Costs Finder awareness campaign has launched
  • Referral Updates: New Mandatory Referral Access Criteria (RAC)
  • Free Influenza Vaccination Program
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immunisation Program
  • Influenza, COVID-19 and RSV webinar series
  • Aboriginal Health Practitioner immunisers
  • Cancer Council Promoting HPV Vaccination in General Practice
  • Podcast: Australia's National Bowel Screening Program
  • Breast cancer update for general practice
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook COVID-19 chapter update
  • GP Sentiment Index survey
  • Education & Events

21 March 2024 - Edition 191

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  • Collaboration key to supporting patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain
  • Strengthening Medicare GP Grants Closure Activities
  • Discover the Future of Healthcare Delivery for Residential Aged Care Homes
  • Nominate a Medicare Champion Today
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - State portal
  • Improving Healthcare Equity: Strategies for Multicultural and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Patients
  • Embracing Diversity: Advance Care Planning in Multicultural and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities
  • Tackling barriers to health care for multicultural communities
  • Support to undertake Refugee Health Assessments
  • Free national multilingual telephone hotline for people affected by overseas conflicts
  • Translated MyMedicare patient resources
    Influenza immunisation – 2024 influenza immunisation program health provider promotional kit available now
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Immunisation Program eligibility and Recall Templates
  • WA Health and Immunisation Foundation of Australia (IFA) respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) resources
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) webinar – recording available
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Tip - What is the difference between an immunisation provider and an information provider?
  • Updated Shingrix® vaccine safety data now available
  • National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) 2024 webinar series
  • Immunisation Coalition Influenza Update 2024
  • Provider Bulletin - 15 March 2024
  • COVID-19 Factsheets
  • National Centre for Immunisation and Research Surveillance (NCIRS) COVID-19 vaccines FAQs
  • GP Sentiment Index survey
  • National Advance Care Planning Week
  • Education & Events

7 March 2024 - Edition 190

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  • Most practices in WA now registered for MyMedicare
  • Make the call on your mental health today
  • New palliative care resources to support planning, grief and loss
  • WA Voluntary Assisted Dying podcast - Lisa's story
  • 2024 National Immunisation Program influenza vaccination and ATAGI statement - early advice for health professionals
  • Pre-Allocation survey for Fluad Quad
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infant Immunisation program announcement and webinar
  • RSV program information session
  • Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV) - ATAGI issues advice
  • NCIRS webinar: RSV vaccines for the protection of older adults
  • Video available - NCIRS webinar: New RSV vaccine and antibody to prevent disease in infants
  • Mandatory reporting changes are being introduced to the Australian Immunisation Register
  • Primary Care Vaccine Rollout - Provider Bulletin
  • COVID-19 and influenza update
  • 'One injection is better than three':  clinical evaluation of a single, high dose subcutaneous infusion benzathine penicillin G for treatment of syphilis
  • Inform ECU research to support people bereaved by suicide in the South West Region
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: NEW recommendations and
  • Education & Events

22 February 2024 - Edition 189

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  • Nurse-led model is helping to improve immunisation rates for Aboriginal children
  • Have you spent your Strengthening Medicare GP Grant?
  • WA residents now able to access interstate stimulant prescriptions
  • Medical Cost Finder Resources released
  • Diabetes management during Ramadan
  • Identifying and supporting patients experiencing food insecurity
  • Medicare's 40th Anniversary
  • Have you heard about the free services PANDA offer families?
  •  "Play Catch Up" with overdue immunisations
  • AIR Field changes become mandatory from 1 March
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip
  • Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) parent website contact card
  • Six things you should know about HPV
  • How to spot a skin cancer
  • NCIRS webinar series - preventing respiratory disease in 2024
  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia - A3 poster
  • Digital Health Tools to support your practice
  • Best Practice Update allows Uploading Advanced Care Plans Directly to My Health Record
  • General Practice Nurses and Community Pharmacists Needed for Women's Health Survey
  • RACGP International Women's Day Event
  • Education & Events

8 February 2024 - Edition 188

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  • General practices collaborate and educate vulnerable and CALD patients
  • New-look Medicare cards
  • Hepatitis C Quality Improvement Program - Incentive payment to practices increase
  • Oncology inpatients return to Royal Perth Hospital
  • "Play Catch Up" with overdue immunisations
  • New Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Update
  • Cancer screening Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) activities
  • Australia continues push to eliminate cervical cancer
  • NCIRS webinar on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Chemotherapy: Supporting patients in their cancer treatment
  • SCGH Post-COVID-19 Clinic closing 15 February 2024
  • Discover the Game-Changing Benefits of Telehealth
  • My Health Record: An opportunity for sustainable continuity of care across health settings
  • Provider Connect Australia (PCA) - Keeping your practice connected
  • Share your insights on the impact of Strengthening Medicare reforms
  • Nominations now open for our Aboriginal Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Updating the National Guidelines for On-Screen Presentation of Discharge Summaries
  • WA Sexual Health Week
  • Education & Events

25 January 2024 - Edition 187

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  • MyMedicare patient registration
  • Summer Preparedness for Primary Care Providers
  • Clear the Air campaign unmasks the rotten truth behind vaping
  • Feed Safe app re-launches
  • Cold Chain Audits
  • Starting School - Immunisations
  • Look out for your immunisation data postcard!
  • Meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccines Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) due/overdue rule for Aboriginal children
  • 25th Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Shield yourself from Shingles
  • Is it time for a bowel cancer screening test?
  • Have your say about breast cancer screening
  • Where to find COVID-19 information
  • Telehealth carts reach 100 aged care homes across WA
  • ACRRM's Telehealth Clinical Skills Program 2024
  • Health Professional user research: Understanding the experience for GPs navigating and referring mental health services
  • Invitation to participate in consultation on informing primary care participation in weight management of Aboriginal patients
  • Sector consultation now open - Hepatitis B medication s85 advocacy
  • Ovarian Cancer Month
  • Education & Events

11 January 2024 - Edition 186

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  • 2024 Practice Assist Yearly Planner
  • Our Business Management Toolkit has a new look
  • MBS Changes January 2024
  • Practice Assist MBS Toolkit Update
  • Are you looking for a free to access clinical, referral (including GPbook Specialist Directory) and health system information resource?
  • GP Psychiatry Support Line
  • New DVA quick tip for health providers on billing for compensation claims
  • Mandatory reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • Pharmacy immunisation expansion program
  • Cancer Screening
  • CaLD Ambassador Program Pilot for Bowel Screening
  • New vaccine targeting current COVID-19 strains now available
  • Extension of healthdirect COVID-19 GP Video Call to 30 June 2024
  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia - A3 poster
  • Share your insights on the impact of Strengthening Medicare reforms
  • Consultation Open: Have your say on the new Aged Care Act
  • Education & Events

14 December 2023 - Edition 185

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  • Merry Christmas from the Practice Assist team
  • Cold Chain Management
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Update - 4 December 2023
  • Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer 
  • The National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer has now been launched
  • Did you know you can access patients' cancer screening history and immunisations via your clinical software? 
  • Protect high-risk patients against COVID-19 this festive season
  • COVID-19 VOC end of year arrangements
  • Decommissioning the COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia - A3 poster
  • MyMedicare – Patient Registration Campaign 2024 
  • MyMedicare patient resources translated into multiple languages
  • Midland location of WA’s sixth Medicare Urgent Care Clinic
  • Beware of fraudulent calls impersonating ADHA staff
  • Free multilingual telephone hotline for people affected by overseas conflicts
  • Refer an older person to receive friendship and companionship from a volunteer visitor
  • Changes to Palliative care entry process to residential aged care homes
  • North Metro Health Youth Mental Health Support
  • Central Referral Service - Failed Faxes Notice
  • Telehealth rollout to residential aged care homes in WA
  • Future ready health care in residential aged care homes – linking to the MBS
  • Finish off the year strong by registering for Provider Connect Australia 
  • Education & Events

30 November 2023 - Edition 184

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  • Heatwaves
  • Bushfires
  • Cyclones and Thunderstorms
  • Updated RACGP resource: Summer Planning Toolkit
  • Encourage your patients to get vaccinated before travelling these holidays
  • Principles of safe vaccine storage management
  • Resources to support the NIP shingles vaccination schedule change
  • Reduced Shingrix ordering limits
  • National strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia released
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Recall and Reminder Grant for General Practice
  • ATAGI recommendations on use of Moderna and Pfizer monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccine ordering and delivery
  • Mask wearing in WA public hospitals
  • Our year in review
  • Head to Health adult mental health centre opens in Armadale
  • 4 Ways to Make your Practice More Inclusive
  • Culturally adapted resources to help reduce the risk of stillbirth
  • New guide launched for interviewing older people at risk of harm
  • New gplearning course: Reducing your risk of Medicare non-compliance
  • SJGHC - new north / south model of private maternity care 
  • International Day of Disability
  • Building Nursing Capacity to Care for People with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism is Every Nurse’s Business
  • 16 Days in WA
  • Education & Events

16 November 2023 - Edition 183

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  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week 18-24 November
  • Preventing antimicrobial resistance together (WA event)
  • What to do if you find a Cold Chain Breach
  • Promote self-collection during National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • Improving Immunisation for Aboriginal Children in General Practice
  • NCIRS resource: Zoster vaccines – frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Shingles vaccination program resources
  • Beyond Prostate Cancer: Management and Monitoring
  • Webinar: Overseas Vaccinations and Catch ups
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Recall and Reminder Grant for General Practice
  • Downloading a 42a report
  • Patient registration for MyMedicare is now open
  • Better Health, Together - Urgent Care Clinics complementing general practice and supporting integration with local health services
  • GPs benefit from Silverchain’s education event – ‘When Chronic Disease and Mental Illness Coexist’
  • Building Nurse Capacity - improving patient outcomes
  • Veterans to receive better access to a GP 
  • The Wandjoo Gateway (‘no wrong door’) program
  • "Grow a Mo” for Men's Health
  • Education & Events

2 November 2023 - Edition 182

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  • Access to better care with MyMedicare
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Changes from 1 November-
  • My Medicare- Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • MyMedicare patient registration - General Practice in Aged Care Incentive
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • Whooping Cough Day
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) tip - How to correctly record batch numbers when reporting vaccination encounters to the AIR
  • New AIR due and overdue rules for meningococcal B vaccine
  • A Refresher on Cold Chain
  • Webinar: Overseas Vaccinations and Catch ups
  • Immunisation Coalition Shingles Update webinar
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Recall and Reminder Grant for General Practice
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program FAQs
  • Are you aware of the changes to the Workforce Incentive Program – Practice Stream (WIP-PS)?  
  • Bunbury location of WA’s fifth Medicare Urgent Care Clinic
  • It is time to prepare your practice and patients for the coming high risk natural hazard season
  • Primary Sense - New data security video 
  • GP Psychiatry Support Line
  • Did you know you can access GPBook for no cost through HealthPathways WA
  • Redirection of NMHS Gastroenterology Elective Procedure Waitlist cases to Joondalup Health Campus
  • Education & Events

19 October 2023 - Edition 181

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  • Mental Health Month - We All Have a Role to Play
  • Mental Health in General Practice
  • Head to Health
  • Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool
  • MindSpot GP
  • Resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal patients
  • MyMedicare
  • Voluntary Patient Registration report now available in Primary Sense
  • Webinar: Overseas Vaccinations and Catch ups
  • Is your vaccine cold chain maintained?   
  • National Immunisation Program – Shingles Vaccination
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip: How can shoulder injury related to vaccine administration be avoided? 
  • New WA Health resources: Aboriginal 0-4 Koorlongka Kids immunisation
  • Offering bowel cancer screening to your patients just got easier
  • Bulk order kits to issue to eligible patients
  • Immunisation Coalition Shingles Update webinar
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • COVID-19 Immunisation Recall and Reminder Grant for General Practice
  • New COVID-19 Handbook chapter 
  • Inaugural Goldfields Multicultural Community Markets
  • Beeliar location of WA’s fourth Medicare Urgent Care Clinic
  • WAPHA committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people across WA
  • New HealthPathway - Urgent Care Services
  • Rainbow Ticked again
  • Byford Health Hub 
  • 2023 APNA Workforce Survey - Make your Voice heard
  • Curtin University chat2 study
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital GP clinic letter survey
  • AusCAPPS KAP survey
  • Education & Event

5 October 2023 - Edition 180

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  • Getting Started with MyMedicare
  • MyMedicare QI practice readiness activities and
  • RACGP - MyMedicare webinar #3
  • Breast Awareness
  • Breast Screening
  • Health Promotion opportunities at your Practice
  • Would your practice like to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month in October? Here’s how...
  • How your practice can help improve cancer screening through quality improvement
  • Webinar: Overseas Vaccinations and Catch ups
  • Routine childhood immunisation – get your health provider resource kit
  • New NCIRS resource: Multiple vaccinations for children 
  • The new SKAI website 
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program ending 1 October 2023
  • The Garden Family Medical Clinic hosts a Teddy Bear Hospital
  • First stage under way for 60-day prescriptions
  • Lung Foundation Australia: Silicosis Support Services
  • Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot
  • Breaking down pain in Rockingham
  • South and East Metropolitan Health Service Rheumatology Changes:
  • Continuation of diversion of NMHS Gastroenterology Elective Procedure Waitlist cases to EMHS until 31st December 2023
  • Contribute to Research on Obesity Control with Meal Timing Strategy
  • Emerging Minds 2023 National Workforce Survey for Child, Parent and Family Mental Health is open
  • Education & Events

21 September 2023 - Edition 179

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  • MyMedicare patient registration 
  • MyMedicare - session for GPs and Practice Managers
  • MyMedicare QI practice readiness activities and PDSAs
  • MyMedicare practice registration
  • MyMedicare - webinars on demand
  • Dementia Action Week 2023
  • My Community Directory: Dementia Community Services
  • and Support Finder
  • Supporting the Needs of People with Advanced Chronic Conditions in general practice
  • Advance Care Planning in General Practice
  • Advanced Care Planning QI Tips
  • Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care Update
  • Immunisation: AIR Encounters and Reporting webinar recording
  • Why is vaccination with a pertussis-containing vaccine important during pregnancy? 
  • Cold Chain Audits
  • Immunisation for Health and Life – Inaugural Primary Care Infectious Disease Meeting
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Updated ATAGI 2023 COVID-19 booster advice
  • COVID-19 vaccines in Australia – A3 poster 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program ending 1 October 2023
  • WA endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics now accepting referrals
  • HealthPathways WA Obstetrics Working Group EOI
  • New General Practice Data Summary Reports coming soon
  • Primary Sense - Resources and Information
  • Provider Connect Australia
  • Alert for Clinicians - Measles in returned traveller from Bali
  • Hep B Care. It's primary care, too
  • Education event helps improve paediatric assessments and referrals in the Great Southern
  • Take the 2023 National Workforce Survey for Child, Parent and Family Mental Health and help shape child mental health planning and policy
  • Education & Events

7 September 2023 - Edition 178

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  • RU OK? Day 2023
  • Practice Staff Mental Health Support  
  • GP Psychiatry Support Line
  • Resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal patients
  • Head to Health
  • Invitation to participate in Initial Assessment and Referral interviews
  • Doctors Caring for Colleagues Workshop - Program
  • QI activities coming soon to support the implementation of MyMedicare
  • MyMedicare - webinars on demand
  • New – Immunisation Catch Plan request form
  • Frequently asked questions – DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis and Infanrix hexa)   
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip - Should a repeat dose be considered when an infant spits out or vomits the oral rotavirus vaccine?  
  • Immunisation for Health and Life – Inaugural Primary Care Infectious Disease Meeting
  • NCIRS webinar: Vaccination for people with disability 
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • ATAGI Update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program ending 1 October 2023
  • New General Practice Data Summary Reports coming soon
  • Supporting an effective primary care response to family, domestic and sexual violence
  • HealthPathways WA Obstetrics Working Group EOI
  • Notification of infectious diseases and related conditions
  • Community Patient Transport Services
  • Find Your Next GP or Practice Nurse with Rural Health West's Recruitment Service!
  • WA Rural Health Excellence Awards | Nominations now open  
  • Curtin Student-Led Physiotherapy Clinic
  • Vaping amongst Adolescents: Preventive and clinical support by General Practitioners and Paediatricians in Australia
  • Interview invitation for cervical screening research - Supporting Choice for Cervical Screening
  • Education & Events

24 August 2023 - Edition 177

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  • What GPs are saying about MyMedicare
  • MyMedicare First steps: What is it, What do I need to know?
  • Primary Health Care Reform and MyMedicare - WATCH ON DEMAND
  • Chronic disease Team Care Arrangements (TCA’s) and Case Conferences
  • Developing a chronic disease management strategy using
  • targeted quality improvement activities
  • Multidisciplinary Care in General Practice
  • Supporting Chronic Conditions Care in General Practice
  • What matters to people with chronic conditions when accessing general practice
  • PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool
  • Bulk Bowel testing kits now available
  • Promotion of self-collection for cervical screening webinar
  • National Cervical Screening Program Education Course Update
  • Pertussis Update
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Reminder: Weekly Stock Management Reporting
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program Funding
  • Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination Reimbursement 
  • Grant funding roll out benefits practices and patients 
  • Goldfields NAIDOC Week “For Our Elders” – Inaugural Aged Care Expo
  • Primary Sense – Training resources
  • The Practice Assist Quality Improvement (QI) Tool Kit is currently under review
  • RACGP welcomes WA government payroll tax confirmation as ‘a relief’ for GPs across the state
  • Funded medically necessary transport for aged pensioners
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program now available for veterans and their families
  • Grow and Go Toolbox
  • WA Rural Health Excellence Awards | Nominations now open  
  • Antidepressant treatment based on person’s genetic makeup – ALIGNED Study
  • Take the 2023 National Workforce Survey for Child, Parent and Family Mental Health and help shape
  • Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program participant survey – what you need to know
  • Education & Events

10 August 2023 - Edition 176

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  • My Medicare
  • Register Now: Primary health care reform and MyMedicare - Set your practice up for success
  • How Digital Health can benefit your Practice
  • Embracing Digital Health for Quality Improvement in your Practice
  • Medical Board of Australia - Telehealth consultations with patients
  • my health App
  • MHR then and now – aka “who actually uses My Health Record?” 
  • GPs using Best Practice can now upload Advanced Care Planning directly onto My Health Record
  • Telehealth in Residential Aged Care Homes
  • Narambeen RACH case study 
  • Extension of the healthdirect Video Call COVID-19 GP Program to 31 December 2023
  • Urgent Update: Electronic Prescribing Service
  • Axe the fax
  • Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination Reimbursement 
  • Immunisation: AIR Encounters and Reports Webinar
  • Do you know your Immunisation Schedule?
  • "Australian Immunisation Register TIP" for Newborns not yet enrolled in Medicare
  • Cancer information for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse patients and carers
  • Interview invitation for cervical screening research - Supporting Choice for Cervical Screening
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Candlewood Medical Centre introduces case conferences with non-dispensing pharmacist
  • Mental Health Case Conferencing
  • Primary Sense: New SMS List Functionality
  • Three Year Old Development Video
  • ForWhen: Guiding new and expecting parents to mental health care
  • Launch of the new Guideline for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk
  • Online syphilis decision making support
  • WA Rural Health Excellence Awards | Nominations now open  
  • Australian General Practice Training Program
  • Alcohol. Think Again 'Australian Alcohol Guidelines' campaign
  • Exploration of health professionals’ perception on factors affecting optimisation of medicines regimens in older adults: A qualitative study
  • Education & Events

28 July 2023 - Edition 175

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  • Hepatitis
  • Decision Making in Hepatitis C
  • Beyond the C
  • Australia can’t wait! World Hepatitis Day Updates from WA Health
  • Hepatitis C Case Finding - WA upcoming event
  • Primary Sense Education Sessions a success
  • Withdrawing from the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
  • Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination Reimbursement 
  • Immunisation: Back to Basics webinar recording
  • Vaccinating Young Children Against Influenza
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Immunisation resources
  • Focus on improving the timeliness of vaccination in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 
  • The Future of Cancer Screening: Conversations and Conundrums
  • Maternal influenza Vaccination 2023 – Webinar
  • MatterofVax podcast – Immunisation Foundation of Australia 
  • Allan Cripps Memorial Webinar –
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • WAPHA staff visit general practices across the Goldfields
  • MyMedicare
  • New service to help people to better manage long term conditions – for GPs in the Wanneroo region
  • Chronic Cough Awareness Campaign 
  • New DVA quick guide for GPs and specialists
  • WA Rural Health Excellence Awards | Nominations now open  
  • Getting started with Provider Connect Australia
  • Genetics in primary care Western Australia
  • Research Study: Evaluating barriers and enablers to implementing an automated text message support program for cancer survivors
    into primary care
  • Education & Events 

13 July 2023 - Edition 174

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  • MyMedicare
  • MyMedicare - PRODA Practice Registration
  • Getting your practice ready for MyMedicare
  • Primary Sense Education
  • GP Grants on track for 1 August receipt
  • Diabetes in Focus – National Diabetes Week
  • Diabetes and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health - Quality Improvement
  • Diabetes WA - Aboriginal Health
  • Moderna Bivalent BA.1 vaccine expiry 
  • Immunisation “Back to Basics” Webinar a huge success
  • Reimbursements for END of the Free Influenza Program for 2023
  • National Immunisation Program changes from 1 July 2023
  • New Immunisation Catch Up Request forms
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Immunisation for individuals with additional needs: practical guide
  • Alternate Access Model for Bowel Testing Kits
  • Lockridge Medical Centre celebrates NAIDOC Week
  • Wanting to find visiting specialists in your region? Visit HealthPathways WA
  • Urgent Update: Electronic Prescribing Service
  • Improving veteran access to clinically necessary diabetes products
  • GP Experience - Medication Titration Survey
  • Continuation of diversion of NMHS Gastroenterology Elective Procedure Waitlist cases to EMHS until 30 September 2023
  • GSWA Clinical Service Plan surveys now live
  • Education & Events ​​

29 June 2023 - Edition 173

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  • Grants payments in full swing
  • PIP QI submissions via Primary Sense or JSON file
  • Enhancing the management of primary care with Primary Sense
  • Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2-9 July 2023
  • Lockridge Medical Centre is helping to improve health services for Aboriginal patients
  • Increase to Medicare support for COVID-19 vaccinations from 1 July 2023
  • Pfizer 12 years+ (Purple) expiry and offboarding
  • VOC moving to standard business hours from July 1, 2023
  • Don’t forget to report all COVID-19 and other vaccinations administered to the AIR
  • Updated COVID-19 oral treatments fact sheet 
  • COVID-19 booster advice for target groups
  • Indigenous-specific health checks during the COVID-19 Pandemic (FED)
  • New Immunisation Catch Up Request forms
  • Vaccination for Our Mob report website
  • Immunisation "Back to Basics" Webinar
  • MERS-CoV and Hajj pilgrimage
  • Hepatitis C Quality Improvement Program
  • Urgent Update: Electronic Prescribing Service
  • Live Up - Healthy ageing initiative
  • Decommissioning the My Aged Care fax
  • Education & Events​

15 June 2023 - Edition 172

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  • Special consideration – Strengthening Medicare GP Grants
  • Need assistance completing your GP Grant application?
  • Steps to using Primary Sense successfully in your practice 
  • Bowel cancer and screening for early detection
  • Alternative access model for bowel screening kits – EOI for GPs
  • Bowel screening quality improvement (QI) opportunities
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program – 2023
  • Influenza poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Immunisation "Back to Basics" Webinar
  • Get your flu immunisation video
  • Study of GP follow-up processes following a positive iFOBT
  • National Cervical Screening Program self-collection expansion – one year on
  • Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) eLearning module
  • Additional vaccinations for people with an occupational risk
  • Adult Immunisation Forum
  • GP consultation vital to inform workforce needs in your region
  • Improved HealthPathways WA search function
  • Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC) Service refinements
  • 2023 ATO resources for nurses and midwives
  • ‘Sounds Like’ it’s time to help patients quit smoking
  • Uploading advance care planning documents to My Health Record using Best Practice
  • Only one week until MEDCON23 – 30% discount for GPs
  • Free healthy lifestyle programs for children and families – term 3
  • Beyond the Wound – first two episodes released
  • Review of Auslan service use in primary care
  • Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) events and survey
  • Peel GP Education and Training Support Project
  • Education & Event

1 June 2023 - Edition 171

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  • Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program closing 15 June 2023
  • Guidelines help practice to submit grant application
  • Primary Sense Reports – Maximising Use  
  • Men's Health Week is celebrated every year around the world
  • Men's Health - Quality Improvement opportunities for your practice
  • ATAGI advice on the preferential use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccination for primary vaccination of people aged 12 years or older 
  • Value of CVAS reporting to ongoing health system response to COVID-19  
  • Free influenza vaccine in May and June 2023 program
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest - Extension
  • Immunisation – Back to Basics Webinar
  • Alternate Access Model for Bowel Testing Kits
  • Study of GP follow-up processes following a positive iFOBT
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook updates – May 2023
  • Annual Pneumococcal disease webinar
  • Adult Immunisation Forum
  • Expression of Interest open for three more Medicare Urgent Care Clinics
  • Nurse Practitioner Pilot Expression of Interest now open
  • Supporting non-dispensing pharmacists within general practices
  • St John of God Health Care to run new Head to Health centres
  • Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care
  • Calling all GPs and specialists using My Health Record
  • Supporting patients with hearing loss
  • New opportunity: Free training to become a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician
  • Review of Auslan service use in primary care
  • Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees - EOI
  • SURVEY: Evaluating discharge communication practices between Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and General Practitioners  
  • Education & Events 

18 May 2023 - Edition 170

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  • Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program: important update for practices at Step 2 & 3
  • Getting Started - Primary Sense Training -
  • How practices can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia
  • Supporting effective, culturally safe primary healthcare
  • More Aboriginal Western Australians are Identifying in the Census
  • How WA Primary Health Alliance is prioritising the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people
  • Aboriginal Griefology, a presentation by Rosemary Wanganeen
  • Moderna Bivalent BA.1 
  • COVID-19 vaccination reimbursement for non-Medicare patients 
  • The Department of Health updated advice on Flu Vaccination
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Breastscreen Van in Broome
  • HPV in 2023 - Video now available
  • Adult Immunisation Forum
  • WA’s first Medicare Urgent Care Clinic confirmed for Morley
  • National Palliative Care Week and Greater Choices
  • New RACGP webpage with a summary of useful links about the MBS and Medicare compliance
  • HealthPathways Google “Change your password” notification: what this means and what to do
  • Changes to DVA’s website for providers
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2023
  • Release of the Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan
  • Direct referral to MindSpot GP available in regional WA
  • Peel GP Education and Training Support Project
  • Education & Events

4 May 2023 - Edition 169

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  • Act now to secure your Grant
  • 70% milestone for Primary Sense installations
  • Collaborating across Australia to improve heart health in the Kimberley
  • Heart Health – An opportunity for Quality Improvement
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program - 2023
  • Free influenza vaccine in May 2023 program
  • Influenza Vaccination Coverage
  • Karen Orr Nurse Education Scholarship
  • HPV in 2023 – Last chance to register
  • Japanese Encephalitis - Webinar
  • Adult Immunisation Forum 
  • Immunisation Course Expression of Interest
  • Celebrate International Nurses Day next Friday 12 May
  • GP Urgent Care Network Breakfast
  • My Aged Care Fax Decommission
  • Medicare cards are now available in the myGov app
  • Parenting Education and Support Program: Triple P - Positive Parenting Program
  • Raising Healthy Minds App
  • Education & Events 

20 April 2023 - Edition 168

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  • Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program: important update for eligible practices
  • Take advantage of the Primary Sense desktop
  • Reducing vaccine hesitancy in vulnerable populations with 360 Street Doctor’s outreach workers
  • World Immunisation Week 2023
  • HealthPathways WA –   Immunisation
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program Information 2023
  • COVID-19 resources for people with disability – Winter Planning 2023 Stakeholder kit
  • Increase in travel associated vaccine-preventable disease
  • Measles Alert for Perth
  • Immunisation Myths Campaign
  • Patient Vaccination Resources
  • 2023 WA Influenza Update – Recording available now
  • HPV in 2023 – Latest vaccine recommendations and research
  • Adult Immunisation Forum
  • Heart Week (1-7 May)
  • Injury Matters - Resources
  • Alcohol and other drug services for veterans
  • New Ophthalmology Referral Access Criteria mandatory from 24 April 2023
  • Education & Events

6 April 2023 - Edition 167

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  • Has your practice installed Primary Sense?
  • Primary Sense - Notifying patients
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • The value of health assessments for Aboriginal people in primary care
  • Osteoporosis
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Operations Centre Easter and ANZAC Day arrangements
  • Healthdirect Australia’s Service Finder to help with COVID-19 vaccine bookings and finding health services
  • The updated Service Finder though healthdirect will replace Vaccine Clinic Finder as the
  • CoRiCal: Covid 19 Risk Calculator
  • Travel-related illnesses
  • Free Influenza Vaccine Program
  • Supporting conversations about influenza vaccination with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care resources
  • RACGP Influenza season resources
  • Cervical Screening: Self Collection
  • ​​Adult Immunisation Forum
  • Practice Assist Easter and ANZAC Day arrangements
  • Access real time prescription monitoring with ScriptCheck WA
  • Priority access to Provider Connect Australia
  • Family and Carer Participation under the Better Access Initiative
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Summary of inclusion into the MBS for GPs
  • New smoking cessation resources available for Primary Health Care nurses
  • Have your say on a new training program for primary healthcare professionals
  • Royal Perth Hospital to cease mailed discharge summaries if sent by secure messaging or fax
  • New Ophthalmology Referral Access Criteria mandatory from 24 April 2023
  • Education & Events 

23 March 2023 - Edition 166

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  • Primary Sense Milestones
  • Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care
  • Did you know you can lose 90% of kidney function with no symptoms? Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease is Vital!
  • HealthPathways WA – Kidney Health Week  
  • AstraZeneca vaccine expiry and offboarding
  • Moderna Bivalent (BA.4-5) Pre-filled Syringe (PFS) booster for individuals 12 years and older:
  • Non Medicare reimbursement continuation
  • Grass roots approach supports culturally and linguistically diverse communities to get
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook tip
  • New resources to support conversations about influenza vaccination with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage in Aboriginal adolescents
  • BreastScreen Mobile Van
  • 2023 Influenza Webinar
  • Immunisation Program 2023 – Influenza Update Registrations
  • Adult Immunisation Forum
  • Using interpreters for your patients that do not have English as their first language can be immensely helpful for them
  • WA endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics confirmed
  • Changes to the Standards for general practices (5th edition)
  • Japanese encephalitis virus now detected in the Kimberley
  • My Health App
  • Migraine Australia releases patient factsheets
  • New hepatitis C program
  • Better health care for people with intellectual disability
  • Solar retinopathy clinical guidance
  • New Ophthalmology Referral Access Criteria mandatory from 24 April 2023
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

9 March 2023 - Edition 165

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  • Local GP champions Primary Sense 
  • General practice accreditation delivers better outcomes for your patients and your practice
  • Starting your practice’s accreditation QI journey
  • Supporting respiratory patients in General Practice 
  • Reminding patients to book their new COVID-19 booster
  • The 2023 seasonal influenza vaccination advice is now available
  • Expanded influenza immunisation program from WA Health
  • CMO Letter to Vaccination Providers
  • Opportunistic Vaccination – an important strategy in improving immunisation rates
  • Herpes zoster vaccine recommendations for immunocompromised people
  • Shingles Awareness
  • Meningococcal Disease in Western Australia
  • COVID-19 and influenza vaccination update 2023
  • 2023 Influenza Webinar
  • Immunisation Program 2023 – Influenza Update Registrations
  • Update on Medicare Urgent Care Clinics Registration of Interest
  • ACRRM Telehealth Clinical Skills Program
  • First steps toward integrated diabetes care
  • South Metropolitan Health Service - Virtual Immunology Clinic recognised for enabling treatment of remote patients
  • Political Alert - Strengthening GP care for Indigenous Australians (FED)
  • Suicide prevention for seniors
  • Peel GP Education and training support  
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

23 February 2023 - Edition 164

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  • Get prepared for voluntary patient registration with Primary Sense
  • Final closure of remaining GP-led Respiratory Clinics
  • COVID-19 vaccine allocation
  • Skin Cancer- Resources & Quality Improvement for your Practice
  • Detecting skin cancer
  • Preliminary information: 2023 influenza vaccine ordering (and pre-allocation of Fluad® Quad)
  • AIR Update: Addition of New Influenza Vaccine Names
  • COVID-19 and influenza vaccination update 2023
  • Immunisation Program 2023 – Influenza Update Registrations
  • NCIRS Updated resources
  • National Immunisation Program schedule card
  • Using continuous quality improvement to administer up to 500 COVID-19 vaccines a day
  • HealthPathways WA – Oncology
  • ‘Sounds Like’ it’s time to quit smoking
  • Enhancing Team Based Primary Care with Nurse Practitioners in WA
  • DVA’s Non-Liability Health Care (mental health) arrangements for eligible veterans
  • Peel GP Education and training support  
  • What is NurseTalk?
  • GP recruitment for the Pathways to Safety program
  • Request for GP to participate in a focus group looking at antenatal psychosocial screening tools
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

10 February 2023 - Edition 163

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  • Registration of Interest now open for Medicare Urgent Care Clinics
  • Make the switch to Primary Sense
  • Wally Jammal - Better Health Together Video
  • Strengthening Medicare General Practice Grants
  • What are Childhood Asthma Action Plans and why are they so important?
  • Childhood Immunisations and Back to School
  • HealthPathways WA – Childhood immunisation and Asthma
  • Registering a positive RAT
  • COVID 5th booster
  • February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Survey participants wanted! We want to know about your views and experiences of offering self-collection for cervical screening
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook: updated chapters now live 
  • Free translating service for overseas immunisation records
  • Changes to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program
  • Japanese Encephalitis (JEV)
  • Non-dispensing pharmacists help provide collaborative patient care at Serpentine Medical Centre
  • MindSpot GP introduces teletherapy treatment
  • Consumer Medication Services 1300MEDICINE and Adverse Events Service
  • Staying safe after a flood
  • Diversion of NMHS Gastroenterology Elective Surgery Wait List cases to EMHS
  • New review: Cultural approaches and best evidence can optimise drug and alcohol treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

27 January 2023 - Edition 162

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  • Over 360 practices have submitted an EOI to switch to Primary Sense – submit yours today
  • Empower your patients to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions
  • HealthPathways WA – Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • GP-led Respiratory Clinic Panel (GPRCP) tender closes next week
  • VOC Operating Hours
  • General practices support vulnerable populations with COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Rotarix Dosing and Administration Wheel – DO NOT USE
  • SAFEVAC: Integrated Vaccine Safety and WAVSS
  • Important Practice Updates
  • WAPHA staff visit newly opened The Garden Family Medical Clinic
  • ASHM funding and quality improvement opportunity
  • New subsection 19(2) exemption for GPs practicing at regional and remote headspace services
  • Simplified process for DVA funding of medicinal cannabis
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

12 January 2023 - Edition 161

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  • Happy New Year and welcome back!
  • Almost 300 practices have submitted an EOI to use Primary Sense – has your practice?
  • Supporting general practice to start the Conversation About Weight
  • HealthPathways WA – Healthy Weight and Eating
  • Request for tender for new GP-led Respiratory Clinic Panel
  • COVID Care at Home program closure
  • Recent updates to the Australian Immunisation Handbook    
  • Translating Overseas Immunisation Records
  • Cervical Screening Flipchart
  • Japanese encephalitis virus health professionals kit
  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program - Support Payments
  • New general practice medical centre opens in Southern River
  • Non-Dispensing Pharmacist in General Practice – its more than just tablets
  • MH Connext
  • Multicultural Health Connect Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Helpline Pilot
  • First Steps Toward an Integrated Diabetes Care Service for Type 2 diabetes
  • New Dementia Community Services and Support Finder
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events​

22 December 2022 - Edition 160

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  • A special thank you to our primary care heroes
  • Primary Sense installations continue to increase in metro and country practices
  • VOC Xmas Closure and Opening Hours
  • FREE RATs from WA Government
  • COVID-19 Bulletin #3: 16 December  
  • PPE program has ceased
  • ​​GP Respiratory Clinics
  • New National Cancer Screening Register Website
  • ATAGI clinical guidance on vaccination against mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) 
  • ​​Leukaemia Foundation – Regional, Rural and Remote outreach
  • ​​NCIRS Immunisation Education
  • Adopt a Non-Judgemental Approach to Alcohol & Other Dugs Over the Festive Season
  • New proposed laws for a fairer workplace relations system: a guide for employers
  • Release of updated RACGP Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines
  • New RACGP resource: Summer Planning Toolkit
  • Sepsis Digital Pocket Book - Pre-Launch Weekly Lecture
  • My Aged Care
  • Medication issue in some WA Health Discharge Summaries: 28 September 2022 – 23 October 2022
  • ​​Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument for oral amoxicillin
  • Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

8 December 2022 - Edition 159

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  • The number and speed of Primary Sense installations continue to increase
  • Funding for non-Medicare patient COVID-19 vaccinations ending 31 December 2022
  • VOC Closure and Opening Hours
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) update - December 2022
  • Cancer Screening and Data collected
  • World Health Organisation recommends using 'mpox' as the new term for monkeypox
  • NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation and Surveillance) resources
  • Survey participants wanted! We want to know about your views and experiences of offering self-collection for cervical screening
  • Strengthening Medicare GP grants
  • Expression of Interest: Non-Dispensing Pharmacists in General Practice Program
  • Health Workforce and General Practice and Digital Health Report Cards
  • Year in Review 2021-22
  • CareSearch: Palliative Care Resources for GPs and Nurses
  • Healthy lifestyle programs for children and families free throughout WA until 2027!
  • GP Trauma Training Survey
  • Community CAMHS Update for Referrers 
  • Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

24 November 2022 - Edition 158

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  • ​Primary Sense goes live in WA with the first installation at Lagoon Medical Centre
  • Primary Sense Practice Managers’ Breakfast a huge success – don’t miss the upcoming webinars
  • Creating welcoming and inclusive clinical environments for trans, gender diverse and non-binary people
  • LGBTIQ+ support in Primary Care: Quality Improvement Activity Opportunities
  • Sexual Health and LGBTIQ+ support in primary care
  • Support for people at greater risk
  • Infection prevention and control guidelines
  • Immunisation history tables
  • Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care resources
  • Vaccination before international travel
  • Calling Australian GPs and practice staff– join our focus group discussion!
  • Self Collection CST
  • Monkeypox webinar — Video now available
  • Year in Review 2012-22
  • Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
  • Transition of the Australian General Practice Training Program
  • PIP Indigenous Health Incentive guidelines updated
  • Launch of the Parenting Education and Support Initiative
  • New Comcare resource for GPs - Facilitating good work for your patient
  • DVA Provider News
  • Changes to Group Therapy under the Better Access Initiative
  • Direct Access Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: don’t get caught out using old referral templates!
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

10 November 2022 - Edition 157

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  • Congratulations Lagoon Medical Centre – the first practice to start using Primary Sense in WA
  • Primary Sense Practice Managers Breakfast
  • Feature Topic - Antibiotic Awareness, Disability Awareness and NDIS
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • International Day of People with Disability
  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18 to 24 November 2022
  • COVID-19 Updates Infection prevention and control guidelines
  • COVID-19 clinic closures 
  • Expanded access to COVID-19 oral antivirals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • ATAGI recommended COVID-19 vaccines and doses
  • Translated COVID-19 vaccine decision aids — Digital communications kit
  • National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • Be a “powel” to bowel cancer screening
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Immunisation coverage data sources and AIR
  • Help shape the future of vaccine safety surveillance in Australia – GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists needed
  • Transition of the Australian General Practice Training Program
  • Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
  • Introducing Emerging Minds Families: free infant and child mental health resources for parents, families and practitioners
  • What does it take to provide culturally competent and safe health care services? We want to hear from you! 
  • Recording available: Improving Aboriginal Cultural Security during virtual appointments virtual forum
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

27 October 2022 - Edition 156

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  • Exciting times ahead as Lagoon Medical Centre signs the first Data Sharing Agreement for Primary Sense
  • Hundreds of general practices are making the switch to Primary Sense
  • Cancer Screening Programs in Australia
  • Improving Cancer Screening – Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • Promoting self-collection during National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
  • HealthPathways WA – Cancer Screening Pathways
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Yarn for Life
  • COVID testing clinic closures – RPH, Broome, Bunbury
  • Positive RAT registration still recommended
  • Public Health Management of COVID-19 on Vessels
  • Increasing HPV vaccination coverage in Aboriginal adolescents
  • Shingles Vaccination Update - For Frontline Healthcare Professionals
  • Monkeypox Vaccines Webinar
  • Non-Dispensing Pharmacists are invaluable to GPs!
  • Make Smoking History is ‘Worried About You’
  • Paid student placements for Enrolled Nursing students
  • New online learning suite: Working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot
  • New Day Hospice in Kalamunda Hospital
  • Have you treated a patient for osteoporosis or fragility fracture in the past 12 months? 
  • Curtin Medical School - Medical Student Supervision Information Event
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

13 October 2022 - Edition 155

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  • Don’t miss the first round of Primary Sense onboarding
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month from 1 October until 31 October
  • Breast Cancer Screening Participation - Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • New campaign to boost cervical screening participation
  • Breast Cancer and BreastScreen WA
  • HealthPathways WA – Cancer Screening Pathways
  • Pink Ribbon Breakfast
  • GP and Practice Nurse webinar on mammographic breast density
  • Changes to COVID-19 requirements Clinician Alert #88
  • Two WA GP respiratory clinics close
  • New temporary MBS pathology items for SARS-CoV-2
  • COVID videos with Dr Norman Swan
  • Moderna (SPIKEVAX BIVALENT) booster for individual 18 years and older
  • Monkeypox vaccine for people most at risk
  • Immunisation Coalition parent survey results
  • Access and guidelines for rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in WA
  • Primary Health Networks welcome new partner to Primary Health Insights Platform
  • Rural Health West - Partner Education Grants
  • Supporting general practice to start the Conversation About Weight
  • New report: Youth depression in Australia
  • Health Literacy Guide
  • Updated COPD guidelines
  • Updated Abortion Booklets for Doctors and their Patients
  • DVA’s new Compensation Quick Tips for health providers
  • National Health Professional Survey – October 2022
  • Curtin Medical School - Medical Student Supervision Information Event
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events 

29 September 2022 - Edition 154

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  • Chronic Disease Management, a whole practice patient-centred approach
  • Chronic Disease Management – Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • Supporting general practice to start the Conversation About Weight
  • HealthPathways WA – Chronic Disease Management items
  • Healthcare To Community
  • Moderna Bivalent 18+ Blue/Green Vaccine Onboarding 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Program Participating Sites- Excess Ordering of Consumables
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program Funding
  • COVID booster videos
  • Extension of PPE supply and PCR testing to 31 December 2022
  • GP referral for private PCR testing
  • National Cervical Screening Program Self-collection key messages
  • PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool
  • Adult Overdue Reminder Letters
  • Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
  • Supporting patient participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  • This is Palliative Care
  • Dementia support for healthcare professionals
  • Free Pride in Health and Wellbeing Program (PIHW) 
  • Key partnership with Diabetes WA on ARMED event at FSH
  • Understanding the Causes of Psychological Disorders 
  • The South Metropolitan Health Service invite you to be a part of our online community engagement platform
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events 

15 September 2022 - Edition 153

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  • Make the switch to Primary Sense
  • MindSpot GP: a free digital mental health clinic
  • How does WAPHA support General Practice to Improve Mental Health Outcomes
  • Mental Health: Services available for your patients
  • HealthPathways WA – Mental Health Pathways and Service Information
  • Practice Staff Mental Health Support
  • Peel Mental Health Service Directory Release 
  • Feedback sought regarding metropolitan Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • ATAGI statement on the use of the Moderna bivalent Original/Omicron vaccine is now available
  • Extension of PPE supply and PCR testing to 31 December 2022
  • COVID testing clinic changes
  • Changes for Perth COVID testing clinics:
  • Emerging vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination for travel
  • Safety surveillance of 2022 seasonal flu vaccines concludes with no safety issues identified
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook – updated Tuberculosis chapter now available
  • Look out for your immunisation data postcard!
  • Focus on WA's future GP workforce
  • Commencement Of Non-Emergency Planned Patient Transport Services (NEPPTS)
  • Health Care Guide: For People Who Need Extra Support
  • Free Pride in Health and Wellbeing Program (PIHW) 
  • Specialist Referral Access Criteria Update for Referrers
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

1 September 2022 - Edition 152

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  • Is your practice interested in using the Primary Sense data tool?
  • Mental Health and Eating Disorders Management plans in General Practice
  • Quality Improvement activities relating to Eating Disorder patients
  • Monkeypox quick guide for primary healthcare staff
  • Look out for signs of monkeypox awareness campaign
  • RACGP WA and WA Health webinar: Monkeypox update
  • Extension of PPE supply and PCR testing to 31 December 2022
  • COVID testing clinic changes
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax) vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years  
  • Spikevax (Moderna) six months to under five years vaccine training module  
  • Updated: PIP COVID-19 in-reach vaccination payment
  • Self-collection swabs for cervical screening
  • WA childhood vaccination record card - updated
  • Health Care Professionals Education Webinars – Getting to the bottom of bowel cancer screening
  • NCIRS 25th Anniversary Showcase live stream
  • Immunisation Coalition Webinar - Exploring Pertussis: Whooping Cough in Australia
  • Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
  • Paid student placements for Enrolled Nursing students
  • Bulk billing and additional charges
  • Performing spirometry safely
  • HealthPathways WA – IT Alert
  • Narrogin and Northam New Subacute Rehabilitation Inpatient Units
  • Help save lives through increasing early detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • RevenueWA to launch a new online medical authorisation form for energy subsidies
  • Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG): Referrals to named consultants
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

18 August 2022 - Edition 151

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  • Primary Sense - An easy to use data extraction tool, clinical decision support and population health management for general practices
  • The 75 years and over Health Assessment – helping practices support older Australians
  • Over 75 Health Assessments – A Quality Improvement opportunity!
  • Advance Care Planning and routine assessments for the Older Adult
  • HealthPathways WA – Health Assessment and Advance Care Planning Pathways
  • Withdrawing from the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Guidance for Sites
  • WA Health’s COVID video series
  • Changes to hospital visiting guidelines
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Training
  • Influenza reminder letters to parents with children under five years old
  • Australian Immunisation Register update: details on new features and the new look education pages now available
  • New resource - Co-administration of vaccines for adults: a guide for immunisation providers
  • Pneumococcal Disease Webinar 2022 - recording now available
  • Upcoming webinar: Emerging vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination for travel
  • Self Collection of Cervical Screening Tests Webinar
  • Wednesday 28 September 2022 (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AWST)
  • Monkeypox (MPX) update for primary care – recording available
  • Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day Appeal
  • Paid student placements for Enrolled Nursing students
  • Broaden your horizons with the AGPT Program with the RACGP
  • Improving Obesity Management through Better GP Education and Remuneration   
  • Medical cannabis prescribing interview
  • Bentley Health Service (BHS) Antenatal Clinics phased reopening
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

4 August 2022 - Edition 150

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  • ATAGI recommends Spikevax (Moderna) vaccine for use in children aged six months to under five years
  • Government Funded influenza vaccines still free for all West Australians
  • Variation to Comirnaty (Pfizer) 12+ vials
  • CVAS Spikevax (Moderna) product name change
  • Don’t Rush to Crush resource
  • COVID-19 and influenza (flu) video series for healthcare providers
  • State and Federal government working to secure monkeypox vaccine supplies
  • Chief Medical Officer declares monkeypox a communicable disease incident of national significance
  • Monkeypox Resources
  • Get on track with Health Assessments
  • Improving health assessment participation in general practice
  • HealthPathways WA – Health Assessments
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Campaign
  • National Cervical Screening Program self-collection eligibility expansion
  • Study finds GP knowledge gaps regarding Zostavax use in immunocompromised people remain concerning
  • Webinar recording available: 'Preventing Paediatric Influenza & Improving Vaccination Rates'
  • Shaping weight management support in primary care 
  • DVA Quick Guides for GPs
  • Redesigned Health Professional Education website
  • Applications for Avant and AAPM's Scholarship Program are now open
  • Help WA Health to communicate the impact of climate change on health 
  • Introducing Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot and the Role of Primary Care Providers
  • Childhood Obesity Healthcare Provider Survey
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

21 July 2022 - Edition 149

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  • Temporary MBS items for longer telephone consultations
  • Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program Funding
  • Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination GP Reimbursement Information
  • New campaign materials released for winter vaccinations
  • Reimbursement and grant payments for Free Influenza Vaccination Program during month of June 2022 only
  • Access to free influenza vaccines ending on 31 July
  • UPDATED – Printable poster on ATAGI recommended COVID-19 vaccines and doses
  • Updates to COVID-19 reinfection guidelines
  • Reminder to update your Onelink account details
  • COVID Clinic updates
  • TGA grants provisional approval for Spikevax (Moderna) use in children aged six months to five years
  • COVID-19 winter booster eligibility expanded
  • Diabetes based Quality Improvement
  • Diabetes mellitus currently represents one of the most challenging public health problems of the 21st century
  • Diabetes WA welcomes the expansion of the NDSS CGM FGM subsidy, lowering the cost of vital technology for thousands of West Australians living with type 1 diabetes
  • Unpacking Diabetes and the heart: Latest on risk and management strategies
  • Introducing Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot and the Role of Primary Care Providers
  • HealthPathways WA – Diabetes Pathways
  • Diphtheria reappears in Australia
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Campaign toolkit
  • HCP Education Webinars – Supporting patient participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  • HealthDirect VideoCall extension
  • Electronic Specialist Referrals
  • World Hepatitis Day - 28 July 2022
  • The Heart of It – Chronic Heart Failure Webinar
  • HealthPathways WA – Care of Patients with a Disability
  • Indexation of DVA fees for allied health items
  • Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice going above and beyond?    
  •  Practice Assist Tool Kit
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7 July 2022 - Edition 148

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  • Celebrating NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022
  • Cultural safety at the heart of healthcare for Lockridge Medical Centre
  • How our RAP is guiding WA Primary Health Alliance’s approach to Aboriginal health
  • Cultural Determinants of Health: A snapshot from the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030
  • HealthPathways WA - Increase your awareness of Aboriginal Health
  • Connecting exercise prescription in primary care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • ATAGI updated recommendations includes over 30s in winter dose rollout
  • Free Influenza Vaccination Program Extension 
  • Co-Administering COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccinations
  • Updated ATAGI advice regarding Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
  • NCIRS report: Communicating with people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19
  • Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 and influenza resources for Aboriginal people
  • WA Department of Health COVID-19 resources
  • Routine childhood immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Launch of National Cervical Screening Program self-collection eligibility expansion
  • Australian Government Department of Health monkeypox resources
  • Department of Health releases new Paediatric ENT Referral Access Criteria
  • PORTS is expanding to become MindSpot GP
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying: Essential information for health professionals' eLearning now available
  • New HPOS education resource
  • Make Smoking History ‘Worried About You’ Campaign Launch
  • The Government Payments Program and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Veterans' Access Payment (VAP)
  • Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice going above and beyond?    
  • Introducing Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot and the Role of Primary Care Providers
  • Ahpra office relocation and Revised shared Code of conduct
  • Practice Assist Tool Kit
  • Education & Events

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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