Practice Connect #129

14 October 2021

Welcome to Practice Connect, a fortnightly update for practice managers, nurses and practice administration staff on relevant issues, upcoming events and education.



Good News Story: Successful Kununurra Vaxathon delivers hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses

Over two days from 30 September to 1 October, more than 360 residents from in and around the town of Kununurra walked into the local leisure centre to receive their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
The successful mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the East Kimberley, known as the Kununurra Vaxathon, was a collaborative effort between the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service WA Country Health Service, Wunan Health, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, Royal Flying Doctor Service and St John Ambulance.
Derek Donohue, Practice Nurse Manager at the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, said that numerous factors contributed to the success of the Kununurra Vaxathon, including the provision of entertainment and catering which was funded by WA Primary Health Alliance.

“Food and refreshments played a huge role in garnering interest in the event. A sausage sizzle, boxes of fruit, slushy machine and bottled water were available. As always, food is a major drawcard to any community event,” he said.

Jane Angliss with local Kununurra residents

The entertainment featured something for the whole family including a bouncy castle, face painting, live music, drag queen show, prize giveaways plus the opportunity to have a photo with West Coast Eagles football players and the team mascot.
“Enabling access to the event was paramount. OVAHS supplied a bus which ferried clients back and forth from the reserve areas. On the bus at times were one of the AFL players and the mascot, which helped to draw clients in,” Mr Donohue said.
Lorrie Morris, Clinical Coordinator at Wunan Health, the local general practice, said the Kununurra Vaxathon had a great atmosphere on both days and she was very pleased with the success of the event.
“We had quite a few people come through who don’t have Medicare and thought that they wouldn’t be able to get vaccinated. They were very happy when we told them of course you can! It was also great to see the different agencies come together and work alongside each other. Derek did a great job getting this off the ground so quickly,” she said.
The next Kununurra Vaxathon will be held at the end of October as a twilight event to avoid the heat of the day and allow people to come in after they finish work.

  Kununurra Vaxathon signage at the local leisure centre



WA government announcement: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for primary and community health workers  

On 10 October, State Minister for Health Roger Cook announced that Western Australian primary and community health staff would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend their workplace.

The new public health directions will mandate that staff must have a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by 1 November 2021 and have a second dose vaccine by 1 December 2021. The directions will include:  

  • general practice
  • ​private nurse and consulting offices
  • pharmacies
  • dental centres
  • allied health facilities
  • private pathology centres.  

The directions will provide exemptions for certain categories of employees, which include medical exemptions and other temporary exemptions. WA Primary Health Alliance will provide links to the directions as soon as they become available.   

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be booked via the Vaccine Clinic Finder and Vaccinate WA.



MBS reimbursement for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines

From 11 October 2021, the Australian Government announced that individuals who are severely immunocompromised should receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  

Assessment of suitability for third doses are eligible for MBS reimbursement with the same rules as suitability assessments for second doses. The same second dose MBS items are used, including when a medical practitioner performs a suitability assessment for a patient and determines they are not suitable for a third vaccination dose.

Just a reminder that no fee can be charged to a patient (Medicare eligible or Medicare ineligible) for any reason under this program to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

For further information, you can learn more here.



Updated Australian Department of Health COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal people and pregnancy 

The Australian Government has released a National Framework to inform decision making after a COVID-19 exposure in a health care setting in the context of an outbreak and community transmission of COVID-19. Any actions taken should be in line with public health policy and directives of the Chief Health Officer of WA.
In Western Australia, positive COVID-19 cases are notified to the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) which will then provide guidance regarding isolation, quarantine and testing requirements, including for workers exposed to COVID-19 within a health care setting.
Clinician alert #68



New refugee arrivals from Afghanistan are eligible for Medicare

General practices joining the COVID-19 Vaccination Program from late October can be provided with both a Pfizer and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) allocation.
If your practice would like to join the Program please complete the expression of interest form for Comirnaty (Pfizer) here and email Practice Assist regarding an EOI for Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca).



FAQs about COVID-19 in children and vaccines

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has answered some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 in children, vaccines available in Australia, vaccine safety and schooling.

For further information, the FAQs are available on the NCIRS website.



New resources: Auslan videos and West Coast Eagles Aboriginal Health Council of WA posters

The Australian Department of Health has produced a number of Auslan videos explaining the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination. The videos can be downloaded here to be played on practice televisions.

There are also West Coast Eagles posters available for download here, which feature popular football player Nic Naitanui promoting the COVID-19 vaccine for Aboriginal people.




CALD resources for children aged 12 and over who can get the COVID-19 vaccine (languages other than English)


The Australian Government has created a series of posters in a variety of languages other than English, explaining that children aged 12 years and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The posters are available for download here.




HealthPathways Updates

The following content updates have now been published on the HealthPathways site: Recently Reviewed Pathways To access HealthPathways, email the HealthPathways team at



AusVaxSafety Data in 12 to 19 year olds


COVID-19 vaccine safety data for 12 to 19 year olds is consistent with that seen in older Australians

New COVID-19 vaccine safety data from AusVaxSafety has shown adolescents aged 12 to 19 years are reporting similar short-term vaccine side effects to those reported by older Australians. Commonly reported adverse events among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years following COVID-19 vaccination include pain at injection site, headache and fatigue. These common adverse events are linked to the immune response following vaccination and are generally mild and short-lived, with the overwhelming majority of recipients recovering within 3 days.

AusVaxSafety has received more than 150,000 completed day-3 safety surveys from adolescents aged 12 to 19 years who received their COVID-19 vaccine and, to date, data analysis has not detected any safety signals for this age group. On the whole, data reported by this age group has been largely consistent with those seen in AusVaxSafety analysis of COVID-19 vaccine safety at a population-wide level.

For further information, the data can be accessed here.



Clinician alert #68: 11 October 

A framework has been released by the Australian Government to inform decision making after a COVID-19 exposure in a healthcare setting.  

The framework contains a process and tools to support exposure assessment, work restriction and return to work decision making for workers in healthcare settings.  

For further information, you can read more here. 



COVID-19 Vaccination Training Modules Updated

Significant updates have occurred in the COVID-19 vaccination training program on Friday 1 October and Friday 8 October. Module progress and completion have not been affected. Please note that certificates will display the date that the module was originally completed and will not be updated if the module is repeated.

You are expected to login and view the new information. A summary of the updates can be found in the COVID-19 Training Announcement Board. All new changes and updates within the modules for this week are identified by 'NEW' and 'UPDATED' in blue with white, all information relating to the Moderna (SPIKEVAX) vaccine are identified by ‘NEW’ in purple and white. All changes from previous updates will be identified as 'NEW' and 'UPDATED' in red and white.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Training Announcement Board for more details.


WA Department of Health vaccine distribution update for regional providers

WA Department of Health would like to remind regional providers that Zostavax (Shingles), Varivax (Varicella), and ProQuad (MMRV) are temporarily unavailable. It is anticipated that distribution will recommence in 5-6 weeks. In the meantime:

  • all regional providers will notice changes to the ordering template name in Onelink: it will have the word ‘interim’ at the end of the template name
  • for the 18-month MMRV vaccine, Priorix Tetra is still available, requests for ProQuad will not be approved
  • WA Department of Health supports delayed vaccination of individuals eligible for Zostavax
  • Varivax for outbreaks must be ordered by emailing

WA Department of Health appreciates the patience of regional providers during this time and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing commitment to the immunisation of Western Australians.



COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution process

WA Primary Health Alliance has a new process to support practices to organise COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution between vaccine providers.

We appreciate that despite best efforts in stock management, practices occasionally have a need for additional stock, or may have excess stock on hand that is at risk of expiring.

If your practice requires assistance to redistribute stock, please complete the new stock redistribution form to help WA Primary Health Alliance allocate the appropriate support required for your practice.



Public consultation - tuberculosis vaccination recommendations

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to recommended use of BCG vaccines to prevent tuberculosis for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, with an intention to submit the recommendation to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for its approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

The draft recommendations and the rationale for the changes are outlined in the public consultation document.

Submission instructions
This public consultation will be open for a period of 31 days and you are invited to make a submission on the draft recommendation by 11.59pm on Saturday 6 November 2021.

If you have any questions in relation to the consultation process, email the ATAGI Secretariat via

How do I make a submission?
To make a submission, click on the ‘Online Survey’ link below and follow the instructions. Please ensure you provide the page and section to which each of your comments refer. ATAGI will not accept:
  • comments received after the consultation deadline (11.59pm on 6 November 2021)
  • confidential information that you do not wish to make public
  • comments which, in the opinion of ATAGI, are incorrect or inappropriate.

For further information, you can access the survey here.



RACGP Resource: Preventing and managing patient aggression and violence


The RACGP has developed a brief guide to help practice teams identify and manage incidents of patient aggression and violence. The guide addresses common questions about dealing with aggressive or violent patients, including:

  • how your practice team should respond to an act, or threat, of aggression or violence
  • if your practice can discontinue care when safety concerns exist
  • if your practice can disclose an act, or threat, of violence by a patient
  • how you can create a safe practice environment and team.

The guide also includes editable templates for you to use when issuing warning letters, placing patients on acceptable behaviour agreements or discontinuing care for patients at your practice.

The RACGP has also developed posters you can display in your practice to inform everyone that aggression and violence will not be tolerated.




NASH certificates are changing. Is your software SHA-2 ready?  

NASH (National Authentication Service for Health) PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) certificate allows your organisation to access digital health services such as My Health Record, ePrescribing and Secure Message Delivery.

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has been working with Services Australia and the medical software industry to upgrade the NASH system. These changes will provide enhanced security protection for healthcare information and reduce the need for organisations to manage multiple certificates.

Most general practices currently work with a NASH SHA-1 certificate and will need to transition to a NASH SHA-2 certificate prior to 13 March 2022. These certificates became available on 20 September to request and download. Please ensure that you review any notices from your software provider regarding NASH SHA-2 readiness.

The first step in this process is to ensure that your software is SHA-2 ready. The ADHA has developed a register so that healthcare organisations can check whether their current software product and version are SHA-2 ready. Before logging into HPOS to request a new NASH certificate, check the register to see if your software product is SHA-2 ready. 

When you renew your existing NASH certificate, you will receive either a SHA-1 or SHA-2 certificate based on whether your software version is SHA-2 ready. SHA-1 certificates will not be available after the 13th of March 2022. To access the functionality that a NASH certificate provides, your software must be upgraded to a SHA-2 ready version prior to March 2022.

Please contact the WAPHA Digital Health Team via or via Practice Assist for further information.



WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is seeking expressions of interest for GP participation in the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) escort eligibility expansion

PATS supports WACHS to achieve the mission to improve access to health services for people living in country WA. PATS provides a subsidy to assist with a patient's travel and accommodation costs associated with needing to travel to access specialist medical services that are not available locally.

The WA State Government recently advised of a funding commitment to further support PATS with:

  • an increase in accommodation subsidy for eligible patients (commercial accommodation rate for eligible patients up to $100/night and commercial accommodation rate for eligible patients travelling with an approved escort up to $115/night)
  • expanded escort eligibility for women travelling to give birth
  • expanded escort eligibility for patients from vulnerable and disadvantaged client groups.

WACHS is seeking GP participation to assist in the defining of “vulnerable and disadvantaged” client groups who will be eligible for an escort in the updated PATS Guidelines. This may include cultural differences, language barriers, and physical and cognitive disabilities or barriers. It should be noted that the existing Exceptional Ruling process will remain.

We are anticipating that consultation will occur from early October to late November 2021, with the updated PATS Guidelines due to be completed at the end of the year.

If you would like to be involved or receive regular email updates or have a quick chat about the expanded escort eligibility, email the PATS Area Office team at



Health & Wellbeing Equality Index

The annual Health & Wellbeing Equality Index has been designed to assess and benchmark LGBTQ-inclusive service provision amongst health, wellbeing and human service providers.

The benefits include:

  • Free submission for your organisation
  • Baseline your LGBTQ-inclusive service delivery and grow year-on-year
  • Each year results are anonymously compared within in your sector
  • Free report on your results

View the flyer here or visit the HWEI website for further information.




NPS MedicineWise Educational Visits in the South West and Great Southern regions

kov_bruk_av_legemidler_med_antikollenerg_virkning.jpgNPS MedicineWise is now delivering its new educational visiting topic - Anticholinergic burden: the unintended consequences for older people.

This topic discusses improving the safe use of medicines with anticholinergic effects for older people which can have a positive impact on quality of life and reduce the risk of side effects such as falls.
NPS will have educational visitors in Albany, Busselton and surrounds to deliver this topic to local GPs, week commencing 6th December.  The topic is also available to be delivered virtually, by video call to GPs throughout WA, at any time.
NPS MedicineWise Educational topics are free and accredited by RACGP and ACRRM. For bookings, visit the NPS website.  
Please be aware, as a not-for-profit organisation, NPS cannot provide food with their practice visits.



First Annual Report on Quality Improvement Measures in General Practice

General practitioners are the first point of contact for most Australians seeking healthcare, with 83.2% of the population seeing a GP in the previous 12 months. In 2018-19, nationally there were 158 million GP attendances, or 6.3 per person, up from 5.3 per person (113 million) in 2008-09 claimed through Medicare.

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive is a payment to general practices for activities that support continuous data driven quality improvement in patient outcomes and the delivery of best practice care.

The first annual report has been released by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AHIW). The report on the 10 PIPQI measures shows data (2020-2021), shared at the community level, and collected through the PIPQI Incentive, has the potential to inform primary health providers how to improve care and services to clients and within a population.

For further information, refer to a summary of the findings of the report for Western Australia or view the full report and data.



2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards


Nominations for the 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards are now open

The 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards recognise and acknowledge health professionals who have dedicated their careers to caring for rural communities, and celebrate the achievements of health professionals who have enhanced the range and quality of medical care available in Western Australian rural locations.

Having access to quality healthcare is extremely important for rural communities and these awards are an opportunity to shine the spotlight on health professionals who have contributed to rural health in Western Australia.

The categories for the 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards include:

  • General Practitioner (GP) of the Year
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Rural Researcher or Educator
  • Specialist of the Year (Non-GP)
  • Metropolitan-based Bush Champion
  • Rural Nurse/Midwife of the Year
  • Rural Allied Health Professional of the Year
  • Rising Star
  • Building Healthy Country Communities
  • People's Choice
  • Chairman's Award

Additional information about each of the award categories and the criteria can be viewed on the 2022 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards website.

Nominations close Monday 8 November 2021

You can nominate now. If you have any enquiries, email the WA Rural Health Excellence Awards Coordinator via or call 08 6389 4500.



Applications now open for the Practice Experience Program (PEP)

Start your journey to Fellowship now with the Practice Experience Program (PEP), an RACGP-approved program that can put you on the path to Fellowship. With access to online education, experienced GP mentors and an optional structured exam preparation course, you can draw from and expand on your ongoing experience. Most importantly, you’ll remain eligible to sit exams while accessing full A1 Medicare rebates.
Applications are now open and close on 25 October 2021. Visit for more information.

Non-VR doctors, don’t delay your application - the rules are changing in January 2022

From January 2022, in order to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams it will be compulsory for all doctors to be enrolled in an RACGP-approved program such as the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT), Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) or have completed the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream or Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream.
There are only two more PEP application periods remaining for the current government funding scheme which are:

  • 4 - 25 October 2021
  • 10 January - 1 February 2022


Applications now open for the RACGP Future Leaders Program 2022

The Future Leaders program is designed to give RACGP Fellows the confidence to lead change in their community.
The program prepares both current and future generations of GP leaders by critically evaluating and implementing evidence-based methodologies in leadership, connecting an ever-broadening network of GP leaders, and allowing new and relevant ideas to come to the fore and be put into action.
The program supports participants to network with people from different parts of the community and to develop a network of support within the RACGP.
Many alumni progress into key RACGP roles, work on local, national and global projects, and propose recommendations for the future of general practice – from peer group mentoring to recommendations for how primary care can address climate change.
Running from March to October each year, Future Leaders incorporates a blended, action learning approach and covers organisational dynamics, change management, influencing, strategic thinking, advocacy and representation. Each participant undertakes a project, engages in facilitated peer group discussions, and a monthly webinar.
Applications are now open and close on 24 October 2021. Visit for more information.



Central Referral Service - WA Country Health Service (WACHS)

WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is pleased to announce that from Monday 11 October 2021, public referrals for a first specialist outpatient appointment for Neurology, Haematology and Paediatrics (medical and developmental) will now be processed by the Central Referral Service and allocated straight to the South West, based on service availability and patient postcode. More information is available here.

For further information and to read the full article, click here.



Royal Perth Hospital – GP Notify system out of action

The RPH GP Notify system was turned off on 15 September 2021 due to technical problems causing multiple duplicate notifications to be sent. A solution is still under investigation.

GP Notify is the system RPH uses to send GPs automated notifications by fax or email about their patients' admission, discharge or death. Other communications such as discharge summaries or outpatient letters are not affected by GP Notify being out of action and will continue as usual. RPH apologises for any inconvenience if you received duplicate notifications and/or a lack of notifications.



WA general practices applying for a DPA classification can request a letter of support from WA Primary Health Alliance

The Australian Government has announced a new review process to allow general practices to challenge the Distribution Priority Area (DPA) classification for their area.
Federal Regional Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, announced the new exceptional circumstance review with the intent that the review process will help regional and rural areas respond to unforeseen workforce and population changes affecting local GP services.
The review process has been welcomed by the RACGP and the AMA. Similarly, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), Rural Health West and WAGPET support the opportunity this affords practices to bring critical GP workforce shortages in specific regions to the attention of the Australian Government when considering DPA status.
WA general practices applying for a DPA classification review can request a letter of support from WAPHA, which will support applicants who can demonstrate the following:

  • The applicant practice has a data sharing agreement with WAPHA.
  • The applicant practice is accredited through an independent accreditation agency.
  • Evidence of Rural Health West support/endorsement of the application.
  • Evidence of working with WAGPET for recruitment of GP Registrars if the practice is a teaching practice.
  • Evidence of effort in recruitment/retention of GPs and working with Rural Health West on this effort.
  • Evidence of data collection to demonstrate:
►  GP numbers (example: a net loss of 5 full-time equivalent GPs from the catchment area in the last 3 months)
►  patient waiting times for appointments at the practice
►  population demographics (particularly evidence of at-risk populations)
►  patient numbers (how many patients you are turning away each day due to a lack of GPs)
►  other practices in the catchment area (how many practices have recently closed or lost GPs).

To request a letter of support from WAPHA, general practices are required to email their request with the above information to and it will be escalated to the Strategy and Engagement team.
For further information about the DPA exceptional circumstance review, refer to the media release and assessment criteria from the Australian Government Department of Health­.
To find out more about the review application process, visit the Rural Health West website or email



Practice Assist Resource Library

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.
Below are some of our new and updated resources:

COVID-19 Resources

Digital Health

Programs & National Schemes

If you have an idea for a new resource or feedback on our current resources, please email with ideas and comments.



Health Promotion Events

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Help raise funds for research by hosting a Pink Ribbon event

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to shine a light on the devastating impact breast cancer has on thousands of Australians each day.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in our country. In fact, over 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, which equates to 55 people every day. Sadly, over 3000 Australians will lose their lives to breast cancer this year, which equates to 9 people every day.

Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) started funding research in 1994, the five-year survival rates have improved from 76% to 91%. However, there is still progress to be made and the NBCF is aiming to reach zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

You can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and help raise funds for research by hosting a Pink Ribbon breakfast, morning tea, brunch or virtual event with friends, family or colleagues. To register your event or find out more, visit the NBCF fundraising webpage.

Book a free screening mammogram with BreastScreen WA

According to BreastScreen WA, a screening mammogram can detect 70% to 90% of breast cancers and it’s the only proven means of detecting breast cancer at an early stage before it can be felt or noticed.

BreastScreen WA recommends that screening mammograms should be performed on women 40 years or over with no breast symptoms every two years. To book a free screening mammogram or for further information, visit BreastScreen WA.


Education and training

Visit our Webinars & Workshops page at for the events calendar.


Commonwealth-funded places for Nurse Immuniser course available

A limited number of fully funded places are available for the University of Melbourne and the Benchmarque Group online authorised immunisation courses. Registered nurses are encouraged to access the websites below for selection criteria and to register their interest by completing the Expression of Interest form. Please note that some allocations may have been exhausted.


Featured Upcoming Events

GP Consultation – Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care Forum

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2021
Time: 7am-9am
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia, Seminar Room 4, Hackett Drive Crawley

WA Primary Health Alliance, in partnership with the WA Department of Health, invite metropolitan-based GPs with an involvement or interest in the delivery of care within Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to participate in a Forum on end-of-life and palliative care in WA RACFs.

Who should attend? GPs in metropolitan areas of WA who are providing care to people living in RACFs.

The Forum will bring together metropolitan-based GPs to consider primary care in the RACF setting and how future service improvement projects can best support them to meet the end-of-life and palliative care needs of RACF residents and their families.

 View the agenda here or find out further information about the forum here.

GP NDIS Information Sessions

Northam 26 October, Bunbury 27 October, Perth 28 October, Broome 30 November and Kununurra 2 December

NDIS-logo.pngThe NDIA Community Engagement and Communications team together with the Transition Support Project will be hosting NDIS information sessions for GPs and Health Professionals from October through to December. Associate Professor Tania Shelby-James from Flinders University will be travelling to share her expertise within Western Australia. 
Topics covered:
  • Health and access to the NDIS
  • Supporting people with psychosocial disability (arising from a mental health condition) to access the NDIS
  • Best practice tips
  • Co-occurring conditions, multiple disabilities, alcohol and other drugs
General practitioners and health professionals including practice nurses and other practice staff involved in NDIS access requests are encouraged to attend. Registration is available for face-to-face or virtual attendance. View the flyer for more information.

Heart Failure Masterclass Workshop

Multiple dates October to November

Don’t miss out on the next heart failure management workshop. This is your chance to hear from cardiologists on the latest updates, connect with primary health professionals and learn ways to change your patient’s approach to their heart failure management.

This masterclass has been designed for primary healthcare professionals, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists and Aboriginal community health workers. The masterclass builds on understanding of current evidence and guidelines for optimising outcomes in heart failure patients within the primary care setting. Attendees will also learn and utilise principles of change management to establish a vision and strategies for ensuring optimised patient care for people with heart failure. Attendees will be challenged by a diverse array of case study scenarios.

For more information, view the flyer here or register here.

Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (ARMED) 2021 

Saturday 30 October 

The Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (ARMED) 2021 is presented by South Metro Health Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Diabetes WA in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance and HealthPathways WA. 

During this free event for general practitioners (GPs) the following topics will be covered: 

  • Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Workshop: Tailoring Type 2 Diabetes Treatments
  • ​Workshop: Diabetes Remission
  • Workshop: Issues for Diabetes in Pregnancy, pre and post
  • Diabetes Foot Disease
  • HealthPathways and Primary Care Resources

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. For more information, refer to the event invitation

To register, submit the online registration form by Monday 4 October. 

WA Ear and Hearing Digital Health Forum

WA-Ear-Health-Digital-Health-Forum.JPGFriday 19 November

This forum has been developed in collaboration with the WA Child Ear Health Strategy partners following the June 2021 WA Ear and Hearing Telehealth Forum.

Health professionals are invited to join this one-day event, with topics including:
  • The role of telehealth and digital health across a patient's ear health journey and lifespan
  • Practical applications of digital health; and culturally-inclusive practices
  • Hearing from leading WA researchers, and participation in hands-on upskilling
View the preliminary program here or view the event flyer here to register.

Rural Health West Aboriginal Health Conference 2021


Registrations are now open!

The Aboriginal Health Conference hosted by Rural Health West will celebrate culture, strengths and successes in Aboriginal health – a time to reflect on past achievements 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.
The Aboriginal Health Conference is open to:

  • Aboriginal health workers
  • Medical practitioners and medical officers
  • Medical registrars
  • Aboriginal health practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Allied health workers
  • Health and medical students
  • Health organisations and stakeholders

Visit the Rural Health West website for further information.

TADPole education module: Enhanced understanding of specific drugs and comorbid conditions

Green-tadpole.pngEdith Cowan University (ECU) is offering Perth metropolitan general practices the opportunity to have a free education session
in their own practice to provide 'Enhanced understanding of specific drugs and comorbid conditions'. 

ECU will organise an addiction medicine specialist to visit your practice during your lunch hour to provide education on alcohol addiction, including information on the prevention of FASD and parent child attachment from an Aboriginal culturally appropriate framework. They will also provide lunch and submit RACGP points for the GPs.

Please email to register your interest.

Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

Heart Failure Masterclass
Presented by PSA and WA Primary Health Alliance
Multiple Dates
BreastScreen WA - Coming to Bridgetown
Presented by BreastScreen WA
Monday 1 November to Wednesday 10 December
Chronic Conditions of the Foot
Presented by Benchmarque Group
Friday 15 October
Talking Together: Simulation communication training in a
shared decision-making approach to Goals of Patient Care (GOPC)

Presented by Cancer Council & PaSCE
Wednesday 10 November (Albany)
Sustainable Health Review - SHR4 Forum
Presented by Department of Health
Friday 22 October
Aboriginal Health Conference 2021
Presented by Rural Health West
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 November

Workshop: Ophthalmology
Presented by RACGP
Thursday 28 October

A night at the WA Museum: 2021 Awards and End of Year Cocktail Evening
Presented by RACGP
Saturday 27 November
AAPM State Conference
Presented by AAPM
Friday 29 October
Workshop: Skin cancer diagnosis
Presented by RACGP in partnership with Sonic Healthcare
Saturday 4 December
Chronic Disease Care Planning
Presented by Benchmarque Group
Friday 29 October
Sexual Health in Primary Care 
Presented by ASHM
Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 December
Curing Hepatitis C in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
Saturday 30 October
APNA Conference Roadshow (WA)
Presented by APNA
Friday 25 to Saturday 26 February 2022 
Annual review of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (ARMED) 2021
Presented by Health Pathways
Saturday 30 October


Practice Assist acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders of this country and recognises the significant importance of their cultural heritage, values and beliefs and how these contribute to the positive health and wellbeing of the whole community.

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