On 5 July, Health Minister Greg Hunt referenced that GPs would begin administering the Pfizer vaccine. This followed an EOI process last month.
In WA, 137 general practices selected by the Commonwealth will begin administering Pfizer (Comirnaty) throughout July.
The Australian Government has sent updated guidance on the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout. All practices participating in the Vaccine Rollout should read this Bulletin as it contains important information.
Download the Provider Bulletin here.
The latest vaccine provider update contains the following information from the Australian Government Department of Health.
More than 1 million, day-3, post-vaccination safety surveillance surveys have now been completed by COVID-19 vaccine recipients across Australia as part of the AusVaxSafety COVID-19 safety surveillance program.
This milestone has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, collaboration with state and territory health departments, AusVaxSafety surveillance tools Smartvax and Vaxtracker, and COVID-19 vaccine recipients who completed the survey.
Led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), AusVaxSafety is conducting comprehensive active safety monitoring of all COVID-19 vaccines used in Australia to ensure that they are safe and to provide transparent data to healthcare providers and the public.
The surveys are designed by vaccine experts and give participants the opportunity to report any adverse events they may have after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, via SMS or email. Once a survey is completed, de-identified data is provided to AusVaxSafety to be analysed and monitored for safety signals in near-real time. The data is analysed by brand, time since vaccination, dose and other key demographics, which provides a complete picture of how the vaccines are performing in real-world conditions.
AusVaxSafety releases updated COVID-19 vaccine safety data, including data specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to the public every week. To date, the data reported is consistent with those seen in clinical trials and surveillance in other countries, reaffirming the safety of the vaccines currently in use in Australia.
View the latest AusVaxSafety COVID-19 safety data.
Temporary COVID-19 MBS telehealth items that commenced on 13 March 2020 have now been extended to 31 December 2021. From 1 July 2021, the previous broad range of temporary telephone services have been replaced with a smaller number of MBS items. Video items are unchanged.
New GP services include:
For more information and the full range of fact sheets, visit MBS online.
WA Primary Health Alliance has been advised by the Australian Department of Health that the National Medical Stockpile is a strategic reserve and not a general supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Stockpile is only intended to provide PPE where commercial supply is unavailable and there is a demonstrated need or clinical advice for its use.
We appreciate that some providers have been accessing the Stockpile regularly until now.
Due to the widespread commercial availability of PPE supply, as per Government advice, WA Primary Health Alliance will request a declaration from your organisation as proof it has been unable to source a commercial supply.
WA Primary Health Alliance can only provide PPE where commercial supply is unavailable and requests meet the following criteria:
If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining PPE from a commercial supplier, please email WA Primary Health Alliance via email@example.com addressing the above points.
Immunisation providers are reminded to check the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for each booked patient to ensure they are booked for:
From 1 July 2021, under the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Act, it is now mandatory to report all National Immunisation Program (NIP), COVID-19 and influenza vaccines administered to the AIR.'
If your practice software does not automatically report vaccinations to the AIR, you will need to report these vaccinations directly using the AIR website. Information on how to set up access to AIR can be found here
Detailed information on how to check and upload to the AIR is found on the HealthPathways COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure pathway webpage.
To mark NAIDOC Week 2021, the Australian Digital Health Agency has released a new video showing the importance of bush medicine in Indigenous culture and health and how My Health Record can be used to manage that information for the holistic care of patients.
Director of Clinical Services and Senior Medical Officer at Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service in Yarrabah Queensland, Yued Noongar man from Dandaragan WA, Dr Jason King, said “I ask my patients what bush medicines they are using and include that information in the medical records in our clinic and this feeds into
My Health Record.”
Visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website to read the full story and view the new video.
Thursday 8 July 2021, 6.30–7.45pm (AWST)
Join Professor Paul Effler for an update on COVID-19 variants, including the Delta strain and their responses to different vaccines. Prof Effler is the Senior Medical Coordinator, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, WA Department of Health. This webinar will be facilitated by GP Dr Ramya Raman.
Registration/join link for RACGP members. Non-RACGP members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Thursday 29 July 2021, 8pm (AEST)
In partnership with the World Heart Federation, the Heart Foundation will be hosting an interactive clinical webinar on Thursday 29 July to explore the latest evidence around screening and management of high cholesterol for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction.
High cholesterol contributes to over a third of coronary heart disease burden. Despite well-established evidence supporting the benefits of cholesterol lowering for the prevention of CVD, many patients fail to meet their lipid targets.
During the webinar, the global expert panel will explore the practical implementation of emerging evidence as well as tools and resources that can help improve the delivery of preventative CVD assessments in primary care. To register for the webinar, click here and complete the online form.
Mondays, 7pm-8.30pm, from August 2 to October 25 2021
The Diabesity Masterclass 2021 is for general practitioners, practice and community nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists, podiatrists and diabetes educators.
The series is facilitated by Western Sydney Diabetes, Blacktown Metabolic and Weightloss Clinic, Western Sydney LHD/PHN, Hunter New England LHD/PHN, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD/PHN and South West Sydney LHD/PHN.
Register for this free event here and be kept informed with program updates. For enquiries, email email@example.com
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, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has partnered with Access EAP to provide two on-demand webinars to assist with stress and burnout. Both webinars can be accessed on-demand for a one-month period from 21 June to 22 July.