Practice Connect #148

7 July 2022

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

Acknowledgement of Country (AoC)

WA Primary Health Alliance acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders of this country and recognise the significant importance of their cultural heritage, values and beliefs and how these contribute to the positive health and well being of the whole community.

Throughout this newsletter, the term "Aboriginal' is used to refer to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, unless stated otherwise.


    Aboriginal Health & Cultural Safety


Celebrating NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

This week is National NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The National NAIDOC Theme for 2022 is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

For further details including resources, please visit

Information can be found here for local NAIDOC Week events

2022 National NAIDOC Week Poster

Ryhia Dank, a young Gudanji/Wakaja artist from the Northern Territory is the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2022 with her entry, Stronger. Learn more here.


Cultural awareness and safety training

Cultural awareness and safety training aims to improve the experience and quality of service delivered by health care providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ultimately cultural safety training leads to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Cultural safety involves actions that recognise, respect, and nurture the unique cultural identity of a person and safely meet their needs, expectations, and rights. It means working from the cultural perspective of the other person, not from your own perspective.

It is recommended that health professionals undertake cultural awareness and safety training by a local provider on a regular basis, and prior to commencing work in Western Australia.

The resources provided below are designed to develop further understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and how to deliver culturally appropriate healthcare.

Training for health professionals

Registered cultural awareness and safety training providers

Other resources

To learn more on WA Primary Health Alliance’s commitment to Aboriginal Health, please refer to our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.



Cultural safety at the heart of healthcare for Lockridge Medical Centre

With over 850 patients identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Lockridge Medical Centre employs a strong focus on providing a culturally safe primary health care setting. In addition to their newly installed Welcome to Country installation, they are developing their very own Reconciliation Action Plan and working with Marr Mooditj Training for placement of Aboriginal Health Worker students.

They are also taking the opportunity to celebrate NAIDOC week by offering free and easy access to the  MBS 715 Indigenous Health Check. Throughout this week, Indigenous Australians are able to walk into Lockridge Medical Centre any time between 10:00am – 4:00pm (Monday-Friday) to receive a free health assessment without the need for an appointment.

Lockridge Medical Centre Practice Manager Matthew Westerside says this is great opportunity for Aboriginal people to get their yearly health check, because early detection is the best way to treat preventable diseases’.

It is hoped this will support their Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander patients to receive primary health care matched to their needs and encourage early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions that cause morbidity and early mortality.


The team at Lockridge Medical: Breige, Sarah, Holly, Nurse Germaine, Dr Matthew Hanson and Nurse Isabelle



How our RAP is guiding WA Primary Health Alliance’s approach to Aboriginal health

As we celebrate and recognise the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during NAIDOC week, it is a good time to take another look at WAPHA’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and how it will guide us in our approach to Aboriginal health.

While there have been significant improvements in health outcomes over the last decade, life expectancy rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still below the Australian average. Due to this, WAPHA recognises our role in systematically improving the quality and standard of primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

WAPHA also acknowledges the important role Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and General Practices have in providing a culturally appropriate and safe, State-wide primary health care network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Through the guiding principles of self-determination and empowerment, WAPHA aims to listen to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and build connections and capacity within general practice to deliver culturally appropriate and safe care. We will do this by:

  • Providing information and resources to local health care providers on creating a welcome environment and providing culturally appropriate care.
  • Improving uptake of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessment (MBS 715) by informing and promoting its value to primary health care providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Improving access and uptake of digital health services (i.e. telehealth and My Health Record) by promoting their use via HealthPathways WA and practice meetings.
  • Enabling improved care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients through the provision of training and information to support data driven quality improvement processes.
  • Providing information on endorsed cultural awareness training.
  • Fostering and developing relationships between primary health care providers and Aboriginal health services to identify areas of need, gaps in service, and culturally appropriate solutions.

Through WAPHA’s commitment to this RAP, we hope to make a lasting and meaningful difference to the health experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Australia.



Cultural Determinants of Health: A snapshot from the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030

As primary health care providers we all have a role in working together to build a healthier future. The gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians remains far too wide. Life expectancy for Aboriginal men and women is 15.1 and 13.5 years lower than non-Indigenous Western Australians. 1

To improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities the cultural determinants of health should be considered when providing primary health care across health services and general practice.

The cultural determinants of health encompass a strength-based approach and stronger connection to culture and country, which increases sense of identity, self-esteem, and resilience, and improves outcomes across all social determinants of health. Cultural determinants include (but are not limited to):

  • self-determination
  • freedom from discrimination
  • individual and collective rights
  • importance and value of Aboriginal culture
  • protection from removal/relocation
  • connection to, custodianship, and utilisation of country and traditional lands
  • reclamation, revitalisation, preservation and promotion of language and cultural practices
  • protection and promotion of traditional knowledge and Aboriginal intellectual property
  • understanding of lore, law and traditional roles and responsibilities 2

More information on the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030 can be accessed here.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). (2013). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 Report: Western Australia. Cat. no. IHW 89. Canberra: AIHW.

Cultural Determinants image. Artist: Jonelle (Nellie) Green



HealthPathways WA - Increase your awareness of Aboriginal Health

HealthPathways WA has a suite of Aboriginal health related pathways designed to be utilised during GP consultations and as a point of reference for other health professionals and practice staff.

These pathways can assist practices in increasing their awareness of the importance of Aboriginal health, by providing information on: 

  • Closing the Gap (CTG) strategy
  • Health Assessment for Aboriginal people
  • Practice Incentive Program
  • Integrated Team Care (ITC) program
  • Indigenous Health Project Officers
For service information see the following request pages which provide referral information for health professionals to refer patients into:  
To gain access, you can request a login via the HealthPathways WA Project Site and complete the ‘Request a login’ form, or email the team at

You can utilize the search bar, located at the top of the webpage, or the left-hand navigation panel to search for information. To provide feedback email the HealthPathways team at or use the “Send Feedback” button at the bottom of each page on the site.



Connecting exercise prescription in primary care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

With NAIDOC week upon us celebrations are occurring across Australia to recognise the history, culture, and achievements of First Nation people, which makes it a good time to talk about Closing the Gap and connection to culture in primary care.

With physical inactivity accounting for about 8% of the health burden among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (compared to 6.6% in other Australians), encouraging Indigenous communities to remain active as they age is crucial. 1

Exercise prescription, while not traditionally part of the medical curriculum is quickly becoming an essential skill in primary care. Its importance relates to exercise being an effective evidence-based intervention for osteoarthritis, back pain, tendinopathy, some cancers, depression, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. 2

Exercise in many forms has been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years. Traditional Indigenous Games were played by both children and adults to ward off disease and enhance physical fitness and wellbeing. Today, through consultation with Elders the Australian Sports Commission has developed Traditional Indigenous Games resources that can support and inform exercise prescription.

Whilst referral to exercise based practitioners is an option, the benefits of embedding exercise prescription informed by Traditional Indigenous Games can strengthen connection to culture, family and community and this is central to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

Traditional Indigenous Games resources can be accessed here.




Winter-Strategy.jpgWinter Strategy & COVID-19 Updates



ATAGI updated recommendations includes over 30s in winter dose rollout

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its recommendations for who can receive a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine as Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant infections surge in Australia.
The updated recommendations are: 

  • Adults aged 50 to 64 years are recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
  • The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.

Practices can begin vaccinating those newly eligible from Monday, 11 July.
ATAGI emphasises that people previously eligible for a winter booster dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible.
Read more



Free Influenza Vaccination Program Extension 


The WA Governments "Free Jab June" program has now been extended until.31 July 2022.

The registration for reimbursement for vaccinations administered by general practice has also been extended until 31 July, 2022.

Payments to practices will be provided in two rounds:

  1. Practices that registered before 30 June should have received an email from the  Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA Department of Health with instructions on how to claim reimbursement for vaccinations provided during June. If your practice did not receive this email please contact
  2. Practices that registered for the program after 30 June will be sent an email in August with instructions on how to claim reimbursements for vaccinations provided during July.
  3. Practices that have already registered for the program do not have to reregister for the month of July.

The WA Department of Health website has been updated to reflect these changes and provides more details on the grant criteria. 

Practices should email to register. 



Co-administering COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccinations

Winter is here,  and with that we are seeing a sharp rise in the number of reported cases of influenza. Coupled with the risk of contracting COVID-19, it is expected that some people, especially older people and those with chronic health conditions, may be at risk of becoming seriously unwell if they are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination and have not had an influenza vaccination.


The Government of Western Australia has extended its initiative for offering a reimbursement for influenza vaccinations administered by general practices and community pharmacies to 31 July 2022. Further information for practices wishing to register or information regarding grant payment processes, can be found at the Department of Health website.

General practices are strongly encouraged to contact any patients eligible for:

  • their booster
  • those recommended for a winter dose of COVID-19, or
  • the influenza vaccination.

Remember, COVID-19 and influenza vaccines can be co-administered at the same attendance

General practitioners who attend residential aged care facilities are also encouraged to work with facility staff to ensure residents are able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination and influenza vaccinations as soon as possible.

Who should get the COVID-19 Winter Dose?

Who should get an influenza vaccination?

An additional winter booster is recommended for people at increased risk of severe illness, to be given 4 months after their first booster dose.
Winter doses are recommended for people who are:
  • 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older.
  • aged 16-64 and with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness (see the table Additional groups recommended for winter booster dose’)
  • aged 16 to 64 with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase risk of poor outcome.
People aged 16 to 64 years who are not at risk of severe disease from COVID-19 are not recommended to receive a winter booster dose at this time. 
Influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over. Under the National Immunisation Program, free influenza vaccines are provided to the following groups who are at higher risk of complications from influenza:
  • children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications
  • pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and over.




Updated ATAGI advice regarding Nuvaxovid (Novavax)

Following the TGA’s provisional approval on 9 June 2022 of Nuvaxovid (Novavax) COVID-19 vaccine for use as a booster dose in people aged 18 years and older, ATAGI has updated its clinical guidance.
While mRNA vaccines remain the preferred COVID-19 vaccines for use as a booster dose in people aged 18 years and older, Nuvaxovid (Novavax) can be used as a booster dose in the following circumstances:

  • People who have a contraindication to mRNA vaccines (including those who have had a serious adverse event following mRNA vaccines, e.g., a history of anaphylaxis or myocarditis attributed to an mRNA vaccine)
  • People who do not prefer an mRNA vaccine.



NCIRS report: Communicating with people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19

The report prepared by National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) summarised perspectives on COVID-19 vaccines of unvaccinated adults living in Australia who were interviewed in late 2021.

Informed by these findings, the recommendations aim to improve communication between health authorities, providers, and unvaccinated individuals and their friends and families.
The report is available on the NCIRS website.



Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 and influenza resources for Aboriginal people

The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared resources that can be used in practice for Aboriginal people promoting winter health, COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.



WA Department of Health COVID-19 resources

The WA Department of Health has updated the following resources:

  • After COVID-19 – what to expect webpage has been updated with new information about long COVID-19 and reinfection within 12 weeks of previous infection
  • COVID-19 testing clinics page  have been updated with information about closure of four public PCR clinics, effective 15 July, and testing facilities still available in the area.



PA-Icon-10-(4).JPG  Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates


Routine childhood immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander routine childhood immunisation campaign was launched on 26 April 2022 to encourage routine childhood immunisations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have higher rates of some vaccine preventable diseases so extra vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program.

Vaccination rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have decreased over recent periods, particularly at 1 and 2 years of age.

Skipping or delaying vaccinations puts children and those around them at risk of catching serious diseases. It’s important that children receive their routine vaccines in line with the Childhood Immunisation schedule on time, every time, for the best protection.  The campaign encourages parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated on time for the best protection.
Visit the Department of Health website for more information and access to resources.




Launch of National Cervical Screening Program self-collection eligibility expansion

National Cervical Screening Policy

As of 1 July 2022, anyone eligible for a Cervical Screening Test under the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), i.e. women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 years who have ever had any sexual contact, will have the choice to screen either through:

  • self-collection of a vaginal sample using a simple swab (unless a co-test is indicated) or
  • clinician-collection of a sample from the cervix using a speculum.
Healthcare providers are encouraged to read through the new NCSP National Cervical Screening Policy.


Updated NCSP Clinical Guidelines are live

The National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding have been updated to support the expansion of self-collection. The updated guidelines bring together the best available evidence to prevent, diagnose and manage cervical cancer.


NCSP update video

To coincide with the launch of the updated NCSP Clinical Guidelines, Prof Marion Saville AM and Prof Alison McMillan PSM discuss the key changes in this video.


FAQs for Providers

To support the expansion of self-collection eligibility, Cancer Council Australia and the NCSP have developed FAQs for Providers. This quick reference guide provides answers to key questions such as:

  • Are there cases when women should not be offered self-collection of a vaginal sample?
  • Will self-collection kits be mailed out to everyone?

What occurs if the self-collected sample comes back positive for HPV?



Healthcare provider toolkit

This toolkit helps healthcare providers engage under-screened and never-screened women in cervical screening, and support them if they choose to participate.


Look out for your GP info pack

The Australian Government Department of Health is seeking help from healthcare providers to increase participation in the national cancer screening programs (bowel, breast and cervical)

From mid-June 2022, the department will begin distributing cancer screening packs to more than 8000 general practices across Australia. The packs will include:

  •  Three A3 posters, one for each national cancer screening program, with reminder messaging. We ask practices to place these in waiting rooms and other places visible to patients to prompt a conversation with their health care provider about cancer screening.
  • Demonstration samples of the bowel cancer screening home test kit and the cervical screening self-collection swab – these can be used to show patients how to do the tests.
  • Information on how to use the cancer screening tests and where to find educational resources on cancer screening.

More information on cancer screening and resources for healthcare providers can be found on the Department of Health website.



Australian Government Department of Health monkeypox resources

The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared resources to assist with the identification and management of monkeypox.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has also released guidance on the use of smallpox vaccine for protection against monkeypox (MPX) viral infection.

Read more.


PA-Icon-14-(3).JPG  Digital Health Updates



Department of Health releases new Paediatric ENT Referral Access Criteria


The WA Department of Health released the new Paediatric ENT Referral Access Criteria (RAC) on 20 June. The Paediatric ENT RAC will provide guidance on when a referral for a child to see a public ENT Specialist is appropriate. The RAC provides standardised referral criteria and guidance for referrers outlining:  

  • Conditions that will be seen in a public outpatient specialty (and what is excluded) 
  • Investigations that are required to be included with referrals to ensure effective and appropriate triage 
  • Indicative triage categories to assist you in discussing potential wait times with your patient 

The RAC can be accessed via the WA Department of Health Referral Access Criteria webpage, including a series of FAQs.  


Webinar-1-pink-(1).jpg  Other News


PORTS is expanding to become MindSpot GP

MindSpot is excited to announce that its PORTS service has expanded to become MindSpot GP. MindSpot GP builds on and enhances the world-class mental health care that PORTS provides to the people of Western Australia. Under MindSpot GP, patients will have all the benefits of the PORTS treatment pathway but gain access to an increased range of services and treatment options.

No mental health treatment plan is required for patients to access our services. Our team comprises psychologists, mental-health workers and researchers. We provide a fast and efficient referral and assessment process to ensure patients can access care as soon as possible – and to date, our service has supported more than 10,000 Western Australians.

To help facilitate ongoing referrals, can we encourage practices to:

  1. Replace any copies of the PORTS referral form that their team may currently access. The MindSpot GP referral form is available on our website at or can be found in a clinic’s Best Practice/Medical Director software (MindSpot GP referral form).
  2. Update any relevant address books or contacts lists to reflect our:
  • new name — MindSpot GP
  • new phone number for enquiries — 1800 614 434
  • new email address for enquiries —
  • new HealthLink EDI — mindspot
  • new referral channel — we also now accept referrals via our secure online form at

For practices seeking further information about MindSpot GP, our services, or the referral process, please contact us:
P: 1800 61 44 34



Voluntary Assisted Dying: Essential information for health professionals' eLearning now available

The WA Department of Health End of Life Care Program team have recently published the eLearning program Voluntary Assisted Dying: Essential information for health professionals.

The program will assist health professionals to understand their obligations with respect to patient conversations on voluntary assisted dying (VAD) and where to direct patients to further resources about VAD options. Providing appropriate information on VAD is essential for staff to respectfully engage on the topic in a legally compliant and informed way. WA Primary Health Alliance encourages all health professionals to complete the available eLearning (duration 45-minutes).



New HPOS education resource

The Health Professional Education Resources Gateway contains an extensive range of tailored education resources to assist with setting up PRODA and HPOS. A simulation HPOS Fundamentals is now available that gives an insight on setting up HPOS and overview of the key HPOS features. More details here.

HPOS is an internet-based portal providing a simple and secure way for health professionals and organisations to do business with government online. HPOS enables online self-service access to government programs, payments and services. GPs need a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access HPOS.



‘Worried About You’ Campaign Launch

Even though tobacco smoking rates are declining, tobacco use is still the largest cause of preventable death and disease in Australia. In a bid to prompt people who smoke to quit, Cancer Council WA’s Make Smoking History Program launched a new emotive campaign across Western Australia on Sunday 26 June 2022. 

Worried About You is a narrative campaign, produced by Gatecrasher, focusing on a daughter who is worried that her father will become ill from smoking. The television advertisement uses an emotive and powerful story to remind people who smoke to think about how their smoking affects their loved ones. Research commissioned by Make Smoking History found that a key motivator to help people quit smoking is to remind them how smoking impacts their relationships with the people who matter most.

To complement this campaign, Make Smoking History have launched a new interactive quit planner to further support people on their quitting journey. For more information on the campaign or to try out the quit planner, visit

Tips to help support your patients kick the habit:

For more information about the Make Smoking History Campaign or resources to help people quit smoking, email
The Make Smoking History Campaign is an initiative of Cancer Council WA and is funded by the Department of Health WA, Healthway and Cancer Council WA.



The Government Payments Program and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is working with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure that all service providers who receive payments from them are meeting their tax and superannuation obligations. They are doing this through their cross-agency Government Payments Program (GPP), which delivers greater integrity and fairness across a range of Commonwealth programs providing services to the community. Read more here.



Veterans' Access Payment (VAP)

From 1 July 2022, the Veterans’ Access Payment (VAP), payable based on Modified Monash Model classifications (MM1–MM7), can be claimed with the Annual Veterans’ Health Check items MT701, MT703, MT705 and MT707.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has introduced telehealth specific VAP incentives in addition to the existing face‑to‑face item numbers. Read more here.


Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice going above and beyond?    

Nominate them for the 2022 RACGP Awards! The RACGP Awards honour the outstanding contributions of GPs and staff at practices across Australia. Help us formally celebrate this work and dedication to holistic patient care.  

For more information or to nominate, visit the RACGP Awards website.    



Introducing Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot and the Role of Primary Care Providers

Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot and the Role of Primary Care Providers

A new pilot program to screen children for type 1 diabetes is being rolled out in South Perth (Melville & Canning) from mid-August and they need your invaluable support as local GPs and GP Practices. The pilot aims to understand how a national screening program for type 1 diabetes should be offered to all Australian children in the future. We invite you to register here to join an introductory information session via zoom | Wednesday 3 August 2022 | 5:30pm–6:15pm (AWST)



Ahpra office relocation and revised shared Code of Conduct

On Wednesday 29 June 2022, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) revised shared Code of Conduct (Code) for 12 National Boards (except Medical, Nursing and Midwifery and Psychology) took effect.

An advance copy of the revised Code was published in April. To support the Code taking effect, on 29 June updated web content and new resources to help practitioners and the public understand and apply the Code was published on the shared Code of conduct page on Ahpra’s website. 

Ahpra office relocation

Ahpra’s office in Subiaco (Level 1, 541 Hay Street) has now been decommissioned.  Ahpra’s new office can now be located in the Perth CBD at:

Level 2, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia

(All Ahpra phone numbers and the GPO Box 9958, Perth WA 6001 remains the same)



Toolkit-(1).jpg  Practice Assist Tool Kit

Our Practice Assist website is home to a large range of resources developed and reviewed regularly to support general practice.

These resources are a compilation of face sheets, user guides, checklists, business plans and posters. They can be found in the Tool Kit pages on our website. In addition to this there are a small number of resources available in our Resource Library.

Should you find that the resources are currently not meeting your needs, please contact Practice Assist for further support.

Please see below links for quick reference with assisting you to view our Tool Kit pages where you will find our most current and available resources.

Recently published resources:

Digital Health Tool Kit

Fact Sheets - How To Series

Quality Improvement (QI) Tool Kit

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


Webinar-1.jpg  Education & Events


Healthy Ageing in the Community – SAVE THE DATE

21 July 2022 (5.45pm to 8.00pm AWST)

Presented by South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance and HealthPathways WA.
SAVE THE DATE! More details to follow.
For more information, contact the Training & Communities of Practice team at WAPHA on or 08 6272 4912.


PEN CS WEBINARS: We are looking for your input to tailor the final sessions to meet your needs?

Multiple dates (July 2022)

Practice Assist in conjunction with Pen CS has been running a series of webinars developed to provide you with a refresher on how to use Pen CS. These webinars have been designed to support you to evaluate your data, identify areas of improvement that you can work on to improve patient outcomes and meet Quality Improvement requirements in line with PIP QI.  
The past sessions form part of valuable resource and are available for download and can be requested by contacting Practice Assist 1800 2 ASSIST (277 478).

Empowering your Quality Improvement (QI) team to regularly review your data will enable your team to see opportunities for QI which will improve patient outcomes. The QI team at WAPHA are available to support and implement this process with you.

Our final sessions have been designed to be open for your requests. We would like your input on the topics or queries you would like to focus on.

  • Do you need assistance with clinical coding and how to identify errors?
  • Are you wanting to look at data specific to COVID-19 vaccinations and ensuring your data is clean?
  • Do you want to improve your diabetic patient outcomes by improving HbA1c recordings?
  • Are you looking for assistance specific to the PIP QI measures?
  • Do you want to improve your lifestyle factors to meet Accreditation standards?

Please provide your input via your Primary Care Navigator or Practice Assist 1800 2 ASSIST (277 478) or email

Upcoming webinars


The Alcohol & Other Drug Network – all teach, and all learn

Project ECHO is a robust evidence-based platform, that provides GPs clinical treatment and diagnosis recommendations in a peer-learning format. The Alcohol & Other Drug Network – A Project ECHO Initiative, invites GPs and allied health professionals across WA, to join and hear the latest AOD evidence, in context of WA’s primary care landscape.


Upcoming Session

Session 5: Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use

Working effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • Cultural context of AOD use for Aboriginal people.
  • Meeting the needs of the Aboriginal community in remote and rural WA.
  • Approaches and interventions that work for Aboriginal people.
Speaker: Hope Community Services
Leah Ashwin– Counsellor/Educator, Calvin Ashwin – Peer Support Worker, Sam Doran – Goldfields Community Alcohol and Drug Service Manager.
Thursday 28 July, 6 – 7:30pm - Register now


Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

Early Diagnosis of Dementia...Why Bother?
Presented by Dementia Australia in association with WA Primary Health Alliance
Webinar Soundbite

Foundations of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Presented by Sexual Health Quarters
11 to 12 July 
Viral Hepatitis for Nurses
Presented by ASHM
This webinar is funded by the Western Australian Department of Health
12 July
AAPM GP Practice Managers Networking Meeting
Presented by AAPM
13 July
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Jurien Bay
Presented by BreastScreen WA
15 July to 8 August
Reproductive options for mitochondrial disease – Mitochondrial Donation and beyond
Presented by Mito Foundation
19 July
2022 Pneumococcal Disease Webinar
Presented by Immunisation Coalition
20 July
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Collie
Presented by BreastScreen WA
20 July to 8 September
HIV Nursing Webinar - Co-infections
Presented by ASHM
25 July
Hepatitis C Case Finding for Practice Nurses
Presented by ASHM
This activity is funded by the Western Australian Department of Health
25 July
Hepatitis C in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
This activity is funded by the Western Australian Department of Health
26 July
Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings
Presented by ASHM
This activity is funded by the Western Australian Department of Health
27 July
Curing Hepatitis C in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
This activity is funded by the Western Australian Department of Health
27 July
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Moora
Presented by BreastScreen WA
9 to 29 August

The Immunisation Coalition’s 2022 Adult Immunisation Forum
Presented by AIF
22 August

HIV Nursing Webinar - Anal Cancer
Presented by ASHM
23 August
Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (Regional WA) 
Presented by Black Dog Institute 
Aug to Sept 
Joint Australasian HIV & AIDS + Sexual Health Conferences 
Presented by ASHM 
29 August - 1 September
AAPM 2022 Practice Manager Education Days
Presented by AAPM
9 September
HIV Nursing Webinar - Risk Management: Substance Use - Drug and Alcohol Issues
Presented by ASHM 
15 September
Self collection of CST Webinars
Presented by Sexual Health Quarters
28 September
2022 ACNP National Conference: Inspiring Future Growth for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice
Presented by ANCP
13-15 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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