GPs and practice staff are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated challenges. To support GPs and practice staff, WAPHA has partnered with Access EAP to provide two webinars to assist with stress and burnout.
The first is called Self-Care to Prevent Burnout (30 minutes) and covers:
Both webinars can be accessed on-demand for a one-month period from 21 June to 22 July.
For further support please visit the HealthPathways General Practitioners’ Pathway (username: connected, password: healthcare) which provides further information on services GPs can access for support, crisis, wellbeing and personal health issues.
General practices are an integral partner in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program and on Friday 4 June, National Cabinet agreed to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer (Comirnaty).
Some general practices already participating in the Vaccination Program will begin offering the vaccine from early July in areas of need, based on vaccine supply and distribution.
These practices will also continue to administer the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca to eligible individuals and ensure that individuals can access their second dose.
It is anticipated that all general practices participating in the program and who meet the Pfizer (Comirnaty) site requirements will be provided with the opportunity to administer Pfizer (Comirnaty) by October.
WAPHA will advise practices of when they will be invited to start as further information becomes available from the Australian Government Department of Health.
ATAGI has updated its advice about the interval between COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines (including the flu vaccine). The minimum interval between COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines including the influenza vaccine is now seven days but can be shortened in special circumstances.
Health experts recommend that pregnant women be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at any stage in their pregnancy.
Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could also pass immunity on to their babies through antibodies and breast milk.
A joint statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) also advises that women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay receiving a vaccination.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19 than women who are not pregnant and are encouraged to discuss any questions about vaccination with their GP or health professional.
Pregnant women must meet the eligibility criteria to book a Pfizer vaccination.
Updates have occurred to the COVID-19 vaccination training program on Monday 21 June.
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 Procedure
Added new key links to Australian Department of Health:
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Added new Clinical editor’s note under Australian national guidance section for:
Recently Reviewed Pathways:
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With June being Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, now is a great opportunity to remind your patients that Australia’s second deadliest cancer is also the most treatable, if found early.
WA recorded a 44% participation rate in the National Bowel Screening Program in 2019 and general practice endorsement still remains one the strongest motivational factors for people to participate in screening.
The Australian Government Department of Health acknowledges that practice nurses have an important role to play in encouraging and supporting patients to participate in the program through:
The Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association has worked with the Cancer Council WA to develop resources and training on the program for nurses.
GPs can find more information on the Australian Government Department of Health website or in the ‘Screening and Surveillance Colonoscopy’ HealthPathway.
The 2021Aboriginal Health Conference will celebrate culture, strengths and successes in indigenous health – a time to reflect on achievements so far and how we can address the challenges. The conference will provide a space to rejoice and reconnect with colleagues after a challenging year in terms of environmental impacts and the COVID-19 pandemic.
All innovative projects, programs, research and initiatives will be considered, with the Conference Committee seeking:
Closing date for abstract submission is Monday 19 July.
For more information visit the conference website or contact the Rural Health West Events Team on 08 6389 4500.
The 5th Adult Immunisation Forum will take place on Monday 28th June 2021 and will be a virtual event due to the ongoing uncertainties with COVID restrictions.
This one-day event is free and will continue to build on the success of our previous forums, aiming:
The meeting will be of interest to health professionals, immunisation specialists, policy makers and anyone else working on the front line of public health.
Please note the times in your local area!! Western Australia (Perth): 6:15am - 3:00pm (4 sessions - 1.5 - 2 hour per session) Register here.