From Tuesday June 8, State-run clinic bookings opened to Western Australians aged over 30 and over.
Western Australia is fast tracking the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program, offering the vaccine to all eligible Western Australians who are 30 years of age and over.
Those aged between 30 and 49 will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at State-run clinics, and people aged 50 and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Read more here.
A new version of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout through General Practice onboarding pack is now available. This version replaces the previous version released on 14 March. All sections contain new or updated information.
Individuals who have received all required doses of their COVID-19 vaccination can now access the recently launched COVID-19 digital certificate.
The digital certificates will only show a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status and no other information.
Read the full media release here, or visit the Services Australia interactive tool which has more information about how to access proof of COVID-19 vaccines here.
In-line with Australian Government Federal eligibility guidelines two West Australian GP Respiratory Clinics are offering vaccines to people:
Arrangements by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) permit health professionals, businesses and media outlets to develop their own materials about TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. They also permit the offer of a range of rewards to people who have been fully vaccinated under the Government's COVID-19 vaccination program.
The new arrangements, which will be in place until the end of 2022, will give health professionals and Australian businesses more flexibility to contribute to the national conversation about vaccination. Health professionals can enhance vaccine uptake by publicly supporting vaccination and counter misinformation. Logistical information about when and where to be vaccinated can continue to be communicated.
This is provided the content is consistent with Government messaging and does not contain:
Read the full TGA statement here.
Updates have occurred to the COVID-19 vaccination training program on Friday 28th 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.
The following content updates have now been published on the HealthPathways site:
COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
COVID-19 Assessment and Management:
Updated Clinical Editor’s note to include information for recent arrivals from Victoria about the change in entry conditions, testing and isolation requirements and exposure sites.
Recently Reviewed Pathways
To access HealthPathways please email the HealthPathways team at email@example.com
From 1 July 2021 there will be changes made to the MBS. While most of these changes apply to surgical items, the following may impact general practice.
Heart Health Assessment
Items 699 and 177 will be amended from 1 July 2021, with these services only applying to a patient who is 30 years old or older. This will align the items with the current evidence-based age cohorts for the Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk calculator.
Indexation is to be applied to most of the general medical services items, all diagnostic imaging services, except nuclear medicine imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and two pathology items. The MBS indexation factor for 1 July 2021 is 0.9 per cent.
Further information on the indexation schedule for the MBS is available on the here.
MBS XML files
The July 2021 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) files, including an updated XML file, are available here.
Updated Factsheets and MBS Quick guide will be available soon.
Date: Friday 11 June 2021 | Venue: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges
Facilitated by Rural Health West
Health professionals and providers are invited to join us for this one-day event to:
View the flyer here, or to view the program or for more information, please visit the website.
Immunisation Coalition Adult Immunisation Forum
The 5th Adult Immunisation Forum will take place on Monday 28 June 2021, over 4 virtual sessions. The meeting will be of particular interest to health professionals, immunisation specialists, policy makers and anyone else working on the front line of public health.
Date: Monday 28 June - Time: 8am
Learn more and register here.
17th National Immunisation Conference 2021
The 17th National Immunisation Conference will be hosted as a virtual conference. In 2021 the conference theme has been updated to ‘Immunisation in the COVID pandemic era’. Registration continues to be available.
Date: Tuesday 29 June to Thursday 1 July 2021 - Time: Various