The VaccinateWA COVID-19 vaccination booking system is open for appointments and can be accessed at Roll up for WA.
Bookings are open for people eligible under Phase 1b. This includes general practice staff and younger adults with specified underlying medical conditions and people with disabilities, as part of the Phase 1B cohort. Please refer to the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to confirm eligibility.
When booking online, search results will display relevant clinics and dates based on the information entered by the user, along with the recommended vaccine and timing between doses.
Selected clinics - starting with Claremont Showgrounds in early June - will soon start providing the Pfizer vaccine to eligible people aged under 50 on Thursdays to Sundays each week, strictly by bookings only via 13 COVID (13 26843) or via the online booking system at Roll up for WA.
FAQ’s for VaccinateWA can be found here.
A yarning session and some kangaroo stew provided the perfect relaxed surroundings to discuss concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine with clients at Nidjalla Waangan Mia on May 12.
WA Primary Health Alliance joined forces with practice staff, two service providers and well-known
local Dr William Walker at Nidjalla Waanga Mia to host the yarning session.
Thirty Aboriginal community members from Kwinana and from around the Peel region gathered to
ask questions and voice their concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
“How many people in the room have had a blood clot?” Dr Walker asked at the beginning of the session.
Seven attendees raised their hands. Dr Walker then asked how many had developed a clot following
their COVID-19 vaccination – none had.
Dr Walker used this example to explain to the group how statistically unlikely it is to get a blood clot
from the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination.
Among the group were several clients who had real concerns about the risk of getting a blood clot from the vaccine.
Following the session four clients - fears allayed - immediately booked to have the vaccine that day.
Previously, three of them had refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
The session was followed by lunch – including warm kangaroo stew and damper.
The attendees from Kwinana also asked for a follow up yarning session for elders who couldn’t attend.
Following the successful onboarding of more than 4,600 primary care vaccination sites between March and April 2021 (including 4,400 general practices), the Commonwealth is further expanding participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program through general practices to up to 900 additional sites. The focus of this targeted EOI is for general practices to indicate their interest in joining the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Practices already participating in the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out do not need to apply through this EOI.
WAPHA will be sending a special communication today to all general practices.
For more information for general practices click here.
Practices can now transport AstraZeneca vaccine stock between participating sites, as outlined in the attached policy. Transfers are the responsibility of the sites to manage (e.g. maintain cold- chain, etc.) and must be captured within the weekly Stock Management Report in CVAS (due 9pm Fridays).
The Stock Management Report is currently being updated to allow this and is expected to be updated this week. An email will be sent from CVAS to all participating sites informing them when the update to the report goes live.
For information about this, please refer general practices to The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines (Strive for 5) for information and advice on vaccine storage, including transportation. Sites should ensure all appropriate requirements for transport are met.
For more information read the Australian Government Department of Health Transfer of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines between participating primary care vaccination sites fact sheet.
Updates have occurred to the COVID-19 vaccination training program on Friday 14 May.
Module progress and completion have not been affected. You are expected to login and view the new information. A summary of the updates can be found in the announcement forum. All changes within the modules are identified by 'NEW' in red. You can log-in to the training modules here.
Australian Government Department of Health has provided a downloadable Talking to Patients about AstraZeneca Vaccine fact-sheet for GPs to address vaccine hesitancy. These talking points include:
The Department has also worked in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science to prepare The science of immunisation: questions and answers booklet. The website also features a series of short videos and in-depth articles countering vaccine hesitancy.
The following content updates have now been published on the HealthPathways site:
To access HealthPathways please email the HealthPathways team at firstname.lastname@example.org
BreastScreen WA does not recommend that women delay or reschedule their breast cancer screening mammogram appointments.
The organisation said there is no evidence that COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccinations have any adverse effect on the breast tissue. Some recently published medical studies have reported a small incidence of mild lymph gland swelling in the axilla on the side of the inoculation for up to 6 weeks after the vaccination.
BreastScreen WA is asking patients questions about the date, what arm they received the vaccination in and the brand of COVID-19 inoculation, so the consultant radiologist has this information when they interpret the patient’s mammogram images.
If you have any queries about this matter, please contact BreastScreen WA’s Liaison GP here.
In one of the most remote communities in the world, the Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia, telehealth and the use of My Health Record have transformed health care delivery.
Tjuntjuntjara is 650km north east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia. There are about 160 people living at Tjuntjuntjara - they speak a southern variety of the Pitjantjatjara language and identify as belonging to a group of people known as Pilanguṟu, meaning ‘from the spinifex plains.
With the advent of COVID-19 and the closure of the Western Australian border to the Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance (KWHA) planes and health professionals from South Australia, there were no doctors or allied health outreach professionals able to go to Tjuntjuntjara for more than ten months from March 2020 to January 2021.
This is when the digital health provided the answer. With telehealth the clinic is able to continue to have a high level of health care for chronic conditions, preventive activities and mental health issues.
Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Amanda Cattermole said: “For National Reconciliation Week 2021 we celebrate the success of Aboriginal community-controlled health care delivery in Australia.”
In line with this year’s theme More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, the Agency is promoting the benefits of digital technology to connect even the most isolated Aboriginal communities with first class health care.
Read the full story here.
For further support with setting up telehealth in your practice, see the Practice Assist page or contact email@example.com.
Additionally, the AMA have released the 10 Minimum Standards for Telemedicine, a set of standards that can be used by practices to help ensure that practices are providing telehealth consultations safely and securely.
The Culturally Diverse Psychological Service (CDPS) provides structured psychological treatment services for individuals (and their families) from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with, or at risk of, mental disorders.
The Primary focus of this service is the provision of psychological treatment for mild to moderate mental health conditions, with a secondary focus on the provision of short-term psychological interventions for people with severe mental illness to access appropriate services.
Clients can receive short-term (up to 10 sessions) culturally appropriate and evidence-based psychological intervention. Interpreters can be requested as needed.
The service is accessible throughout the Perth metro area and does not incur a fee.
Clients need a general practitioner (GP) referral (preferably with a mental health treatment plan) to access the service.
Psychiatrists and Pediatricians can also refer.
For further information on this service please visit the Life Without Barriers website or view the Service Details for Medical and Allied Professionals brochure.
Alternatively the service can be contacted on 0418 724 549 or by using the:
Enquiry Email: CaldPsychService@lwb.org.au or;
Referral Email: CaldPsychReferrals@lwb.org.au
Australian healthcare providers now have an improved and consolidated view of their patients’ immunisation details through My Health Record.
This is important as the world continues to face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and shows how the national digital health system can support the response to both this and future pandemics.
Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Clinical Adviser, Dr Steve Hambleton, said the latest update to the system makes it much easier to see patient immunisation information.
Read the full media release here.
Heart failure is a serious condition. Early diagnosis of heart failure and effective management keeps people out of hospital and helps them live better, longer lives.
The NPS MedicineWise Educational Visiting topic for GPs delivers content that supports GPs in the early diagnosis and classification of heart failure and provides clinical guidance on initiation and ongoing management of medicines.
The NPS MedicineWise website also provides a suite of materials that can help engage consumers in conversation and empower patients with self-management strategies.
Visit the NPS MedicineWise website Focus on heart failure page for more information.
Data from the Department of Health shows a marked drop in influenza vaccination rates when compared with the same time last year. In 2020 there were 7,453,154 vaccines administered Australia-wide between 1 March – 16 May, compared to 4,732,303 in 2021.
In a Media Statement released by Health Minister Roger Cook, it is stated that Western Australians are being urged to get vaccinated again this year. Amid the focus on COVID-19, people are reminded influenza can also cause serious respiratory illness and that immunisation provides the best protection for all ages. While people should get their seasonal flu vaccine as early as possible to optimise protection over the peak period for influenza infection in WA - typically from July to October - they should avoid getting it within 14 days of a COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Influenza vaccination coverage update for Western Australia as at 23 May 2021:
Read the Media Statement from Minister for Health Roger Cook here
Read the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates here
The Australian Academy of Science has launched a new guide about the science of immunisation to help counter misinformation and uncertainty surrounding vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases.
NCIRS Director Professor Kristine Macartney and Associate Director Dr Frank Beard contributed to this guide, which answers common questions, including:
The guide is available online as web content, as a downloadable PDF and in print, and there are short easy-to-understand videos to watch and share.
Read more and access the guide here
The 5th Adult Immunisation Forum will take place on Monday 28 June 2021 and will be a virtual event due to the ongoing uncertainties with COVID restrictions.
This one-day event run by the Immunisation Coalition is free and will continue to build on the success of their previous forums, aiming:
Presenters and the draft program for this event will be announced soon.
Wednesday 2 June 2021 - 5:30pm – 7:00pm (WST)
Register at www.whatsnewflu.com.au with access code: FLUN02
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released a statement on immunisation in Australia. The statement covers key successes, trends and challenges in the use of vaccines and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in 2020. It also signals ATAGI’s priority actions for addressing key issues for 2021 and beyond.
The Statement can be read here.
WA Primary Health Alliance GP Innovation Grants have now come to a close.
GP Innovation Grants were available for the purchase of information technology (IT) equipment to participate in virtual programs such as telehealth video consultations, webinars, online meetings and training. Practices were able to purchase IT equipment such as computers, webcam’s, video conferencing set ups, tablets and more.
We would love to know how participating practices utilised the grant to enable improvement in the use of virtual programs.
Please email Practice Assist or call 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478) if you would like to share your practices story!
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Bowel Cancer Australia's signature event to raise awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) - but it's one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn't discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.
296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).
Support Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - register your interest, fundraise and/or order an awareness pack.
A simple way to help show your support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day is to purchase a Virtual Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon.
There is also the option to make the frame 'temporary', which means you can set an end date for when the frame will display on your profile (e.g. 1-30 June).
As part of our support for general practices, Practice Assist maintains a library of useful resources in our Practice Assist Resource Library. These resources range across different topics from GP Accreditation, Practice Incentives Program, to the latest in resources around COVID-19.
Here are some of our new and updated resources:
If you have an idea for a new resource or feedback on our current resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and comments.
Visit our Webinars & Workshops page at www.practiceassist.com.au for the events calendar.