Practice Connect #131

11 November 2021

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



Commonwealth Government support for General Practice Care for COVID-Positive Patients in the Community

The Australian Government is taking further steps to support and strengthen the health system as we move to living with COVID-19.

The intention is that practices willing to manage COVID positive patients will receive access to a bundle of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile, pulse oximeters for their patients where clinically indicated, support from the PHN-commissioned home visits and the new $25 MBS rebate for general practitioners which can be claimed in addition to existing general consultation items to support face to face care of COVID positive patients.

See here for further information




MBS Update - COVID-19 Management

On 8 November 2021 a new MBS item number was released to support medical practitioners providing treatment to COVID-19-positive patients.

GPs and other medical practitioners can access MBS item 93715 to provide clinically relevant, in-person service, to a patient who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 following positive laboratory PCR testing.

This item can only be claimed in conjunction with another eligible MBS item, including standard in-person business and after-hours general attendance items, urgent after-hours items and residential aged care facility attendance items.

Item 93715 is not location-specific and is not restricted to services provided at consulting rooms. However, it cannot be provided in conjunction with telehealth services.  This item will be available until 30 June 2022.

Visit MBS Online for more information.



COVID-19 Managed Pandemic Preparedness Survey invitation – closing date extended to Friday 19 November

In recognition of the time General Practices are putting into completing the survey, we have extended the closing date for responses to Friday 19 November.

Western Australia is getting ready to manage COVID-19 in the community. WA Primary Health Alliance is aligning resources to help primary care be in the best position possible to be ready for this time. To do so we need to understand where practices currently stand and their intent in the event of ‘Living with COVID-19’ in the community.    

On Monday 25 October WA Primary Health Alliance sent out a survey to ask General Practices in WA where they stand currently in their readiness for Covid- 19 in the community.  We have had 215 responses to our survey to understand how COVID-19 in the community will impact on your practice and how we can support you. Whilst this is a  positive number of responses it is only 30% of General Practice in WA. For WAPHA to best support your practice in Living with COVID-19 we need your response before 19 November.
Surveys have been sent with a link specific to your practice. If you cannot locate your survey please contact Practice Assist to request your link to be resent to you at your specified email address.

For further information and assistance please contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 22 77 478) or email




COVID-19 Boosters

The National COVID Vaccine Taskforce (Taskforce) has updated a range of documents on the Department of Health’s website to support vaccination providers in administering COVID-19 booster doses to individuals aged 18 years and over:

Providing primary course doses to any eligible person who has yet to receive two vaccine doses is of key importance to ensure everyone has protection against the COVID-19 vaccine.

Approximately 326,000 individuals received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine six months or more ago, which will increase by over 250,000 next month. This means over 577,000 people will be able to receive their booster doses in the coming weeks.

Clinics should continue to accept appointments for booster doses using processes consistent with their first and second doses. You may want to consider creating specific booster appointments within your online booking system.

Please also continue to prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses. To date, nearly one in two people aged 12 and over who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander have completed their primary two-dose course of the COVID-19 vaccination.


COVID-19 Booster Dose MBS payments

Boosters can be funded through the existing dose two MBS item (items 93644, 93645, 93646, 93647, 93653, 93654, 93655 and 93656 or equivalent for Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics), which allows for ‘second or subsequent COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessments’.



Reporting adverse events following COVID-19 vaccine

Immunisation providers are reminded that suspected adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) are notifiable conditions in WA (Public Health Regulations, 2017) and must be reported to the WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS) system within 72 hours of recognition of the event.  This includes deaths and other serious outcomes that may occur up to 42 days following immunisation with a COVID-19 vaccine.

Immunisation providers are asked to be aware of the extended time-frame during which AEFI may occur following a COVID-19 vaccine and to report any suspected adverse event using the WAVSS on-line reporting system.



Additional COVID-19 vaccines given overseas and recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration can now be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register

Additional COVID-19 vaccines given overseas since 1 October 2020 which are not currently registered in Australia but have been recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can now be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). These vaccines are Covishield (AstraZeneca), Coronavac (Sinovac), Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) and BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm). A COVID-19 Digital Certificate will be available for individuals who have had two doses of these vaccines at the accepted interval. It is important that Country of Immunisation and batch number is recorded as this information is needed to produce an International COVID-19 Digital Certificate.

The overseas vaccination/s can be reported to the AIR by a recognised vaccination provider in Australia, with the patient present (to confirm/validate vaccination history and revaccinate if required). The records must be in English (original or translated). If you deem that there is insufficient or potentially fraudulent evidence, you may request additional supporting information. If you do not believe the evidence provided is sufficient, you are not required to report the vaccination to the AIR. Information about Translating Services is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

A list of all vaccines currently able to be reported to AIR is available on the AIR vaccine code page which is updated regularly. It is important that the latest version of clinical management software is being used to ensure there is the ability to record new vaccines as they become available.  If recording immunisation encounters using the AIR Site, the latest vaccines available will be presented for selection from the Vaccine/Brand field. More information about accessing the AIR site is available on the Services Australia webpage: How to set up your access to AIR.



OAIC COVID-19 guidance and advice

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has updated its guidance for employers and employees regarding the collection of proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to align with new guidance from the Fair Work Ombudsman on workplace rights and obligations.

To find out more and access these resources, visit the OAIC’s COVID-19 advice and guidance webpage.

Austin Health: COVID-19 vaccination



Spikevax (Moderna) expression of interest

General practices that are taking part in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program and administering Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and/or Comirnaty (Pfizer) can now submit an expression of interest (EOI) to provide Spikevax (Moderna).  
To register your interest in administering Spikevax (Moderna) please complete this form
Please note: 

  • The EOI is open to general practices that meet the Spikevax (Moderna) site requirements
  • This will be an ongoing process with practices being transitioned as they complete the EOI 

Read more details here



HealthPathways updates

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


Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (ARMED) Event 2021

On October 30, 2021 the HealthPathways WA team held the Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (ARMED) education event. This event was held in collaboration with Fiona Stanley Hospital, South Metropolitan Health Service and Diabetes WA. The day started with a Testosterone and Prevention of T2DM presentation, before the attendees broke into three workshop groups:
  • Personalising T2DM Therapy
  • Peri-pregnancy issues in diabetes
  • Remission of Diabetes.
A massive thank you to all the presenters:
  • Dr Gerry Fegan, Head of Service, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Dr Greg Ong, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Prof Bu Yeap, University of Western Australia and Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Dr Emma Hamilton, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Sophie McGough, Diabetes WA,
  • and to all the WA Primary Health Alliance staff involved.
Although the formal feedback is currently being collated, numerous GPs approached the team to comment on how informative the sessions were. The events was held with great success with a total of 62 attendees.

To access HealthPathways or for more information on this event please email the HealthPathways team at 


COVID-19 vaccination training modules updated

Significant updates have occurred in the COVID-19 vaccination training program on Monday 1 November. 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.



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.

Stock Redistribution Form


Updated COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal people

The Department of Health has produced a number of new resources targeting Aboriginal people. 
  • A collection of videos from the 'For all of us' campaign, encouraging Aboriginal people to get the COVID-19 vaccine link
  • Prominent Aboriginal people getting vaccinated link
  • COVID-19 vaccination: More reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine (animation) version one and version two
COVID-19 vaccination: Real people stories link



National Cervical Screening Program update - expansion of self-collection from 1 July 2022

The Australian Government has announced that all women under the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) will be able to self-collect their own screening sample from 1 July 2022. Details of this announcement can be found here

RANZCOG - National Cervical Screening Program

What you need to know

  • From 1 July 2022, current eligibility criteria for access to self-collection under the NCSP Self-collection Policy will be removed.
  • This change means that self-collection will be available to all women and people with a cervix under the NCSP and will no longer be restricted to under-screened or never-screened women.
  • This change is supported by evidence showing that HPV tests performed on self‑collected vaginal samples are as safe and accurate as HPV tests performed by a clinician.
  • Expanding the self-collection policy will offer women and people with a cervix participating in the NCSP a choice to screen using either a self-collected vaginal sample or a clinician-collected sample, accessed through a healthcare provider in both cases.
  • The change will give participants a choice in screening method – either self-collected or clinician collected.
  • Expanded self-collection is a game-changer for the NCSP, expected to increase participation in cervical screening and support better outcomes in under-screened women.
  • It has the potential to remove the cultural and personal barriers that currently discourage some women to screen, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse women, and gender and sexually diverse people.
  • Healthcare providers such as GPs will continue to play a critical role in supporting patients with cervical screening.
  • Self-collection will continue to be accessed by participants from their primary healthcare provider.
  • There will be no change in the way that health care providers order the self-collection test or consumables. They will still be available through accredited laboratories, in the same way they are today.
The changes to expand self-collection to all participants commence 1 July 2022. However, women and people with a cervix who meet the current eligibility criteria for self-collection can continue to be offered self-collection as an option for cervical screening now. This includes women who are over 30 years old and have never screened or are overdue for screening.


Next steps

  • NCSP stakeholders are critical to the success of implementation of expanded self-collection.
  • The Australian Government Department of Health will continue to engage and provide further information to key stakeholder groups. More detailed communications, education material and clinical guidance will be developed and shared as we approach 1 July 2022.
  • This engagement will build upon that undertaken to date, including recent work by the University of Melbourne on behalf of the Department to consult with impacted stakeholders to understand the potential opportunities, barriers and issues that relate to implementing the expanded self-collection policy.
  • The Department, in partnership with state and territory governments, is now working through a detailed engagement and implementation plan to prepare the NCSP sector for the change.


Self-collection was introduced in December 2017 as part of the renewed NCSP but access was restricted to:
  • women who have never participated in the NCSP and are 30 years of age or over; or
  • women who are overdue for cervical screening by two years or longer and are 30 years of age or over.

At its meeting on 30 March/1 April 2021, the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) supported the expansion of eligibility for self-collection, following a review of available evidence showing that self-collected samples are as safe, effective and accurate as clinician collected tests. The MSAC outcome was publicly released on 21 May 2021 and published here

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Updated ATAGI advice on herpes zoster vaccination in older adults

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its advice for immunisation against herpes zoster in adults aged over 50 years. The updated advice recommends Shingrix as the preferred vaccine for this age group based on its higher efficacy, and outlines a number of other important considerations regarding vaccination in this age group. See the updated advice here



MBS update – Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Recent changes to the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) as recommended by the clinician-led MBS Review Taskforce or the MBS Advisory Committee have seen the inclusion of a new item number for diagnosis of hypertension through Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for people with suspected hypertension (high blood pressure).

The purpose of the service is to monitor a patient’s blood pressure continuously over 24 hours via a wearable device to diagnose if they are hypertensive or not. The service includes the fitting of the device, analysis of the data, generation of a report and development of a treatment plan and all consultations associated with the service. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the best available test for diagnosing hypertension and is more effective than in clinic blood pressure monitoring.

Further details are available in the factsheet. Download full MBS details here




New Raising Healthy Minds app for parents and carersRaising Healthy Minds | Raising Children Network

On Wednesday 29 September, Minister Hunt formally launched the Raising Healthy Minds phone app, a copy of Minister Hunt’s media release regarding the launch is available here.

The app is a great resource for parents, providing free access to information, ideas and guidance to help them support their child’s social and emotional health and wellbeing.

About the Raising Healthy Minds app

This new app is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 0-12 years. It is free to download and filled with tips and practical ideas to help families raise confident, resilient kids. There are also resources aimed at professionals working with children and families, to ensure they have the latest evidence-based information to respond to questions raised with them by parents.
  • Raising Healthy Minds is designed to promote children’s social and emotional wellbeing, allowing parents and carers to check on emotions or behaviours that might be concerning them, or get helpful information based on their child’s age. At the same time, it will help increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma in talking about problematic or concerning behaviours or emotions that children may be experiencing.
    • The app has been developed in consultation with leading health, mental health and parenting experts as well as being codesigned with parents from across the country. It provides evidence-based advice and referral information that can help parents and carers become more confident in identifying when additional help is needed. It has been codesigned and user-tested to be as accessible as possible to parents from all backgrounds and abilities, using videos, images and infographics as much as possible.

You can download the app from the Apple or Google Play stores or access it via



New interactive diagnostic tool for investigating symptoms of lung cancer

Cancer Australia has released a new interactive diagnostic tool for investigating symptoms of lung cancer. Based on Cancer Australia’s Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals, the tool features a contemporary, user-friendly, mobile-optimised, and responsive interface. 
This tool can be used at the point of care and for educational purposes. The tool is designed to assist health professionals to:

  • Navigate a step-by-step evidence-based approach to appropriate diagnostic pathways for assessment of symptoms and signs that might be due to lung cancer; and
  • Facilitate appropriate referral and patient support.

For further information and to access the digital version of the Guide, visit:



Stream Episode 33: Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine by NPS  MedicineWise | Listen online for free on SoundCloudNPS MedicineWise podcast - Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine

NPS MedicineWise offer regular podcasts to help health professionals stay up to date with the latest evidence for medicines, tests and treatments, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In each episode they wade through the reams of information – and sometimes misinformation – to provide answers from trusted sources for all of your quality use of medicines questions.

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West interviews Professor Julie Leask to discuss the COVID 19 vaccination and it’s availability to children over the age of 12. They discuss the hesitancy some parents have toward the vaccines and how to address the questions parents have.

Access podcasts here



Optimal care pathways: I-PACED cards for breast cancer and head and neck cancer

The optimal care pathways describe a model of cancer care that puts the patient at the center of care decisions. They describe a national standard of high-quality cancer care that all Australians should expect. 

The optimal care pathways aim to improve patient outcomes through promoting quality cancer care and ensuring that all people diagnosed with cancer receive the best care, irrespective of where they live or receive cancer treatment.

These new I-PACED cards for breast cancer and head and neck cancer have been developed by Cancer Council Victoria with an aim to assist GPs about critical primary care points and the recommended care that should be offered.  
The I-PACED resources can also be viewed on the Cancer Council Victoria website.



GPs can help older people restore their independence with short-term restorative care (STRC) 

Short-term restorative care (STRC) provides a range of early intervention services for up to 8 weeks, twice within a 12-month period, to reverse or slow functional decline in older people who are having difficulty performing their day-to-day activities.
The aim of STRC is to help older people restore their independence at home by providing services that can improve their health and wellbeing, prevent or reduce problems completing daily tasks,
and delay or avoid long-term or higher levels of care.
The services provided via STRC are selected with the older person’s input to meet their individual needs. STRC services may include, but are not limited to, aids and equipment, audiology, nursing support, continence management, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, cooking assistance, nutrition, personal care and home maintenance.
STRC is delivered using a multidisciplinary care approach via a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of three or more specialist care providers, which must include a medical clinician, such as a GP or a geriatrician,  to ensure that any underlying clinical issues are identified.
To be approved to receive STRC, an older person must have an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment. GPs can refer a patient to My Aged Care and request an aged care assessment with a view to STRC by completing the online health professional referral form. It is important to state the urgency and include as much information as possible because requests will be triaged.
The current STRC providers across Western Australia’s three PHNs include:

  • Perth North – Amana Living, Catholic Homes, myHomecare, Mercy Community Services and Southern Cross Care WA.
  • Perth South – Amana Living, Catholic Homes, myHomecare and Mercy Community Services.
  • Country WA – Catholic Homes, Silver Chain Group, Life Without Barriers, WA Country Health Services and Southern Cross Care WA. 

If your patients or their representatives would like to receive face-to-face support about STRC
or other aged care services, they can book an appointment with an Aged Care Specialist Officer in Fremantle by calling Services Australia on 1800 227 475.
For further information about STRC and the eligibility requirements, refer to the Practice Assist STRC fact sheet, the STRC Programme manual or the STRC Programme webpage on the Australian Government Department of Health website.



NEW: HEART ATTACK animation for Aboriginal & Torres St Islander PeoplesWarning Signs of Heart Attack Action Plan - Magnet Indigenous | Heart  Foundation – National Heart Foundation of Australia

The Heart Foundation have developed a new video as part of the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program that is now available on their websiteKnow the signs of a heart attack
This complements their  first video: Get a heart check as well on the Heart Foundation website , these 2 animations are loaded onto video brochures for use by WA health professionals in settings such as remote clinics and where internet access is an issue.  

To order a video brochure please complete the attached form and return to
If you have already received a video brochure (with  Get a heart check loaded), please contact the Hearth Foundation for information about how to upload the second heart attack animation to the videobrochure.
You can also download the  heart attack action plan  to support the message or order as fridge magnets here
We’d love to hear feedback from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those who work with communities, email to



’Vaccination for our Mob’ survey

The ‘Vaccination for Our Mob’ report is a summary report of vaccine preventable disease and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This report is intended for use by healthcare providers who provide immunisation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families. The most recent report, with data from 2011 to 2015, was published in 2019.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)  would like to invite you to participate in a survey evaluating the 2011–2015 Vaccination for Our Mob report. They would value your time and feedback, thoughts and comments on the report. Your feedback will shape future Vaccination for Our Mob reports. 

The survey will take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete. Participation in the survey is voluntary.

Access the survey here



Supporting young people at risk of suicide: free training

rotator-how-2-refer.jpgPrimary care practitioners can now access free online training on managing youth suicide risk and self-harm.

Developed by Orygen, Australia’s centre of excellence in youth mental health, the one-hour training module aims to improve practitioners’ knowledge and skills when it comes to supporting young people at risk.

The training contains videos and interactive components and covers:

  • epidemiology of youth suicide and self-harm;
  • the role of primary care in suicide prevention;
  • identification of risk factors and warning signs in young people;
  • engagement and rapport building with young people;
  • psychosocial assessment for suicide risk;
  • safety planning with young people; and
  • useful resources for practitioners.

To complete the training, and provide valuable feedback on it, visit the website here



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

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week is November 8 to 14

It's National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

The WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) will be delivering several campaign activities including:
  • A stakeholder engagement strategy, which has seen over 30 organisations register over 50 activities across Western Australia. What a tremendous effort from everyone involved!
  • A digital and radio campaign in partnership with Cancer Council WA ‘At your Cervix’ encouraging young women and people with a cervix living in WA to prioritise cervical screening as an act of self-care. With less than half of eligible West Australians aged 25 to 34 taking part in the National Cervical Screening Program, this campaign is an urgent call for this population to prioritise their health by booking a Cervical Screening Test.

Have you registered an activity?

The WACCPP can support your organisation to plan and deliver an activity, offering a number of tools and resources (see below) on the Campaign webpage.

To register your activity please complete the registration form or contact us on (08) 6458 1740 or at

Tools and resources available to support you to get involved


Education and training

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


Featured Upcoming Events

WA Primary Health Alliance - Aged Care & MBS items and Falls Prevention webinar

Date: Tuesday 16 November 
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm (AWST)
Venue: Online

Held by WA Primary Health Allicance and HealthPathways WA this webinar will provide detailed information on new MBS items for RACFs, falls prevention in older adults, relevant Health Pathways and primary care resources.

For more information, contact the training team at or register here

A course in Vaccinology and Immunisation Science - Registrations open now

Date: Wednesday 17 November 
Time: 4.00pm to 7.00pm (AWST)
Venue: Online
Cost: Free (registration fee applies for additional modules, starting at $100)

The Vaccinology and Immunisation Science course is presented by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

This 11-module course is aimed at professionals who are relatively new to immunisation and for those wanting to expand their knowledge of vaccines, vaccine development and the principles underpinning immunisation programs. Module 1 is a free ‘Primer’ module in vaccines and immunisation, covering history, key epidemiologic and immunologic principles, an introduction to vaccine programs and safety, and lessons from COVID-19 for future vaccines.

Register here

WA Ear and Hearing Digital Health Forum

WA-Ear-Health-Digital-Health-Forum.JPGDate: Friday 19 November
Time: 7.30am-5.00pm (AWST)
Venue:  Parmelia Hilton, Perth

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.

Nursing Australia Week

Date: Monday 22 to Friday 26 November

Venue: Online

APNA and its partners bring you- Nursing Australia Week!

Join nurses from across the country in a week of entertainment, education and energy - just for you!

Each day of Nursing Australia Week, you will receive: 

  • A morning wake me up to put a spring in your step and a laugh in your belly. 
  • The latest information at lunchtime, giving you everything you need to know from COVID and nursing experts. An easy way to top up your CPD.  
  • An uplifting evening wind down, designed to inspire and share the stories of nurses doing amazing things.  

All this, FREE for every nurse, and delivered to you in audio podcast format. No sitting in front of a computer screen, join on your smartphone wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.  

This is a week for you, to help put some wind back in your sails after a tough 22 months. There'll be prizes and giveaways - it’ll be the pick me up that you need right now! 

16 Days in WA

Date: Thursday 25 November to Friday December 10

16 Days in WA runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (Human Rights Day) each year. The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

How can your practice get involved and support this initiative?

Visit the Resources page to download a range of items that you can use to share and promote the campaign message. You can also download the campaign kit with ideas of how to get involved in the 2021 campaign.

Great Southern Health Professional Network - End of Year Sundowner 

Date: Saturday 27 November
Time: 3.00pm to 6.00pm (AWST)
Venue: Boston Brewing Co


The Great Southern Health Professionals Network invites you to the end of year family friendly sundowner event.

For further information please contact Tess Air or register here for this event.

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.

A GP framework for infant and early childhood mental health assessment (0-5 years)

Venue: Online

This e-learning has been developed by Emerging Minds to equip GPs with knowledge of common child mental health conditions, strengthen their engagement skills for interacting with a child and their family, and develop practical skills for child mental health assessment and management. 
The course is accredited with the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (40 CPD points) and with ACRMM as a PDP Activity (6 PDP hours). It is also accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as stand-alone Clinical Enhancement Module. As with all their training and resources, this course is available to practitioners free of charge.
View the MHST Course Summary and the Pathway summary for general practice for further information.


Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

Hepatitis C for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners 
Presented by ASHM
Friday 12 November
HIV s100 Community Prescriber Course 
Presented by ASHM
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November
Sexual Health Nursing: Working with Young People
Presented by ASHM
Multiple Dates - November

Workshop: Podiatry essentials
Presented by RACGP
Tuesday 30 November 2021

Practical Updates in HCV Management and Treatment: HCV in Children 
Presented by ASHM
Wednesday 17 November

Co-Managing Chronic Issues in Adolescence
Presented by Academy of Child & Adolescent Health
Wednesday 1 December
Together we're stronger: Sharing Knowledge to reduce the impact of ARF & RHD
Presented by RHD Australia and WA Rheumatic HDR
Friday 19 November
Improving Antenatal Care – What the GP needs to know about family and domestic violence
Presented by SHQ 
Wednesday 1 December 2021
Vaccinations in Rheumatic Disease
Presented by  Australian Rheumatology Assocation
Monday 20 November
Sexual Health in Primary Care 
Presented by ASHM
Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 December

Aboriginal Health Conference 2021
Presented by Rural Health West
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 November

Trauma Informed Care Module
Presented by TRACS WA
Friday 3 December
Chronic Kidney Disease and Anaemia
Presented by Kidney Health Australia
Monday 22 November 
Workshop: Skin cancer diagnosis
Presented by RACGP in partnership with Sonic Healthcare
Saturday 4 December
The Real Risks of Glucocorticoids What Australia says!
Presented by Australian Rheumatology Assocation
Tuesday 23 November
GP parkrun takeovers – Whitfords
Pesented by RACGP
Saturday 11 December

Hepatitis C Case Finding for Practice Nurses 
Presented by ASHM
Wednesday 24 November

KFP exam preparation workshop
Pesented by RACGP
Thursday 9 and 16 December 2021
Managing acute anaphylaxis
Presented by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Wedenesday 24 November
Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)
 Presented by SHQ
Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 February 2022
BreastScreen WA - Coming to Tom Price
Presented by BreastScreen WA
Wednesday 24 November to Wednesday 1 December
2022 Practice Coach Virtual Summit - SAVE THE DATE
Presented by Practice Coach Australia
Friday 25 February
Dinner discussions: Diabetes and future proofing your finances
Presented by RACGP
Thursday 25 November 2021
APNA Conference Roadshow (WA)
Presented by APNA
Friday 25 to Saturday 26 February 2022 
Social Sundowner – Busselton
Presented by RACGP Rural and RACGP WA
Friday 26 November 2021
2022 Wound Management Workshops: Metro
Presented by Clinical Design Solutions
Multiple Dates
A night at the WA Museum: 2021 Awards and End of Year Cocktail Evening
Presented by RACGP
Saturday 27 November
2022 Wound Management Workshops: Regional
Presented by Clinical Design Solutions
Multiple Dates


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