Practice Connect #151

18 August 2022

Welcome to this edition of 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 recognises 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.


  Introducing Primary Sense


Expressions of interest EOI will be sent out shortly for Primary

An easy to use population health management, clinical decision support and data extraction tool for general practices

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is providing general practices with Primary Sense, a population health management, clinical decision support and data extraction tool that helps GPs deliver the right care to patients at the right time.

As WAPHA’s data extraction tool of choice, the cost of Primary Sense will be fully subsidised for general practices in Western Australia that share their de-identified, full population health data set.

Designed by GPs, data experts and researchers, Primary Sense extracts de-identified general practice data and uses evidence-based algorithms to provide GPs with real-time medication alerts, reports and patient-care prompts. It also provides general practices and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) with on-demand reporting to help with population health management.

Developed to offer a range of benefits for general practices, Primary Sense:

  • has been tried and tested since 2018 and is already being used by more than 700 Gold Coast GPs
  • includes the Johns Hopkins ACG® System – the world’s leading population health analytics software – that identifies high risk groups and predicts future health needs to improve a patient’s care plan
  • is easy to use with most GPs and practice staff requiring little or no training to get started
  • provides real-time medication safety alerts, patient-care prompts and near real-time data extractions
  • provides on-demand reports to proactively plan care that can be used by GPs, practice managers and nurses
  • is compatible with major practice clinical software systems, such as Medical Director and Best Practice (Genie and Zedmed are in the development pipeline)
  • is hosted in Primary Health Insights (PHI) and all de-identified data extracted from Primary Sense is privacy protected, securely stored and managed in Australia.

Primary Sense will be available from October this year for general practices that use Best Practice or Medical Director as a clinical software system. Throughout September, WAPHA will be conducting a series of webinars to demonstrate the benefits of Primary Sense for general practices.

To express your interest to use Primary Sense, email the Primary Sense team via

If you would like further information about Primary Sense, refer to the FAQs below, email or call 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478).


  75+ Health Assessments, Advanced Care Planning
  and Advanced Health Directives


The 75 years and over Health Assessment –helping practices support older Australians

Practice Connect edition 150 started our focus on Health Assessments and their importance in preventative care within General Practice. In this edition we are targeting the 75 and over Health Assessment and their position of importance in later life healthcare and advance care planning.

Being 75 years and older is one of the seven criteria stipulated by Medicare to be eligible for a Health Assessment . The purpose of this health assessment is to provide an in-depth assessment of a patient’s health including their physical, psychological, and social function. It is an opportunity to talk about their welfare, their cognition and plan with them further preventive health care or medical interventions as appropriate.

Research into the benefits of over 75 Health Assessments have revealed some of the following:

  • Improvements in self-reported health status
  • Detection and treatment of chronic health diseases that were
  • overlooked during standard consultations
  • Detection of previously undiagnosed medical and health problems such as malnutrition, dental, psycho-social, incontinence and mobility
  • Improved patient outcomes – better quality of life, reduced mortality and reduced aged care facility admissions for those who had a home visit as part of the assessment

The Medicare item criteria allows for this assessment to be repeated once every 12 months enabling plans to be reviewed and refreshed. The assessment can also be performed in the patient’s home when suitable. This can potentially allow the health professional to gain a better vantage point of the patient’s overall health and wellbeing compared to what could be achieved in a consult room. For complete details on the over 75 Health Assessment visit the MBS Online site and the Department of Health and Aged Care

The over 75-year- old health assessment is also an opportune time to assess for additional services, future appointments and planning for future health care. For example:

  • Discussion about Advanced care planning (ACP).
  • Assessment for a Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR)
  • Chronic Disease Care plans, booking, eligibility and progress
  • Undertake Dementia Assessment via a mini mental state examination
  • Check on progress of specialist or allied health referrals/ appointments.

Given that the 85 year old aged group is predicted to almost double in the next 25 years, an annual health assessment will ensure that chronic conditions and other health problems are detected and treated earlier to maintain independence at home, remaining in the community for as long as possible.

The Practice Assist team can help with resources and QI activities to facilitate sustainable Health Assessments. For further information please refer to the Practice Assist Factsheet or contact us via Practice Assist.



Over 75 Health Assessments–A Quality Improvement opportunity!

In the 2020-21 financial year, 37% of Western Australians aged 80 years and over had a GP Health Assessment, slightly above the national rate of 35%. As shown in the figure below, there was an increase in the rate until 2018-19 but then dropped in 2019-20.

Data Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Health assessments (HA) for people aged 75 years and over can greatly contribute to the prevention, early identification, and appropriate management of many health conditions. By performing targeted and effective Quality Improvement activities practices will gain improved knowledge of their patient’s medical history leading to better health outcomes as well as build sustainable business models .

By adding in the planning of an Advance Health Directive as part of the 75+ Health Assessment, this will help the patient in allowing them to express their values and desires related to end-of-life care. An AHD is a living document - one that can be adjusted as the patient’s situation changes because of new information or a change in their health. It also helps other know what type of medical care the patient wants.

Advance healthcare directives are an important tool in ensuring that patients get the kind of care they wish for, eliminates the potential of conflicts, and improves a patient's end-of-life experience.

Fast Fact #1

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is the process of developing future plans for a person’s health and personal care that respects their values, beliefs and preferences. Advanced Care Planning involves discussion with health professionals, family and friends. It is usually a written document but is not legally binding in its own right.

Fast Fact #2

An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a legally binding document specifying the type of care one would like in the future – including decisions about resuscitation, mechanically assisted ventilation, assisted nutrition and hydration, antibiotics etc.

Fast Fact #3

Advanced Care Plans can, and often do, include an Advance Health Directive (AHD), or a person can have an Advance Health Directive only.

Advanced Care Plans can, and often do, include an Advance Health Directive (AHD), or a person can have an Advance Health Directive only.
Recommending Advance Care Planning (ACP) or Advance Health Directives (AHD) to older people is recommended in the following circumstances:
  • The person has one or more significant medical conditions
  • The person has a measurable change in their level of function/requires an increased level of support to perform their daily activities
  • The person has increased hospital admissions in the past 12 months due to deterioration associated with their underlying condition(s)
  • The person has been diagnosed with a new significant or terminal medical condition
  • The person has been diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition and is at risk of losing their mental capacity in the next 12 months
  • The person is likely to transition into residential aged care in the coming 12 months
  • When the answer is “No” to the “Surprise Question” – Would you be surprised if this person died within the next 12 months? – Gold standards Framework
  • The person indicates that they would like to talk about their future health care and medical treatment.
It is recommended that ACP conversations are integrated into routine health assessments for the older person which include the 75+ health assessment and the Indigenous Health Assessment.
WA Health have just released the new Advance Health Directive Form and updated ACP resources – these can be accessed here. Starting the conversation can be difficult and it might be helpful to use the four-step model for ACP developed by Palliative Care WA (PCWA) which can be accessed here.
The importance of ACP conversations cannot be understated. Research has demonstrated:
  • Having discussed advance care planning with anyone (including a clinician), made a person 3 times more likely to document an advance care(health) directive.
  • ACP resulted in a significant reduction in the rate of hospitalisations for people in their last year of life and for those admitted to hospital, their length of stay was much reduced.
  • ACP reduced the probability of an ICU admission in the last 6 months of life.
Your role in supporting the uptake of ACP for older people will support them to make important choices about their future care and will better prepare their families for bereavement.
Information on MBS billing items related to ACP activities can be found here.
For more information please contact Tish Morrison - Program Manager Palliative Care/Greater Choices for at Home Palliative Care Email:



HealthPathways WA - Health Assessment and Advance Care
Planning Pathways

HealthPathways WA has many related pathways on Health Assessments and Advance Care Planning. These are planned to assist GPs in consultation with patients and as a reference for other health care professionals, if needed. These pathways can support health professionals increase their awareness on:

The Advance Care Planning pathway has recently been reviewed. This pathway has a section on Advance Health Directives which includes updated forms and information from the WA Department of Health’s launch of the revised directive.

For service information see the following request and advice pages:

 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 utilise 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.


Winter-Strategy.jpgWinter Strategy & COVID-19 Updates


Withdrawing from the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Guidance
for Sites

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care have created the Withdrawing from COVID-19 Vaccination Program factsheet for sites participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program to outline the process to withdraw from the Program, or administering selected vaccines.

Your Primary Health Network is the primary point of contact for any requests to withdraw from the administration of selected vaccine type/s or from the Program. Please contact Practice Assist via email or phone 1800 2 ASSIST ( 1800 2 277 478) for further assistance.



WA Health’s COVID video series

Practice managers and patients are encouraged to view WA Health’s new video series, The Brief, short videos exploring a range of COVID health-related topics including:  


Changes to hospital visiting guidelines

From Monday 15 August, all WA public hospitals introduced changes to visiting guidelines. The changes aim to support visitor access and protect staff and patients while ensuring effective patient flow through hospitals.

Key changes include:

  • Visiting hours to revert to standard (pre-pandemic) arrangements. These may vary between hospitals. Essential visitors may visit outside standard hours.
  • Two visitors per patient allowed at any time during visiting hours. This may be extended in certain circumstances.
  • Hospital staff to conduct spot checks of visitor proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, replacing inspections on-entry.
  • Asymptomatic visitors no longer required to produce a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result, unless visiting vulnerable patients or cohorts.
  • Targeted testing, as required.

For more information on hospital visitor guidelines, see



COVID-19 Vaccination Training

Significant updates have occurred in the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program on Friday 5 August 2022 regarding expanded ATAGI advice on winter booster doses. It is your responsibility to ensure that you handle and administer vaccines in accordance with ATAGI advice and manufacturer instructions.

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, and all changes from the previous two updates will be identified as 'NEW' and 'UPDATED' in red and white.

All users are strongly encouraged to revisit Core Module 2 to ensure they are up to date on the latest information on storage and handling of vaccines. The COVID-19 Training Announcement Board has also been updated with a quick reference summary of cold chain storage and handling requirements for each vaccine. Please take a moment to review key information on storage, handling and management of avoid CCBs and VAEs. It is your responsibility to ensure that you handle and administer vaccines in accordance with ATAGI advice and manufacturer instructions.

Please see the COVID-19 Training Announcement Board for more details on the version 41 update and cold chain information.


  Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates


Influenza reminder letters to parents with children under five
years old

As of 31 July 2022 the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) Australia reported influenza vaccine coverage in children aged 6 months to under 5 years in WA at 24.4%, which is the lowest amongst all jurisdictions in Australia. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the same age range, WA has also among the lowest coverage.

The Western Australia (WA) Department of Health have recently sent reminder letters to parents with children under the age of five who have not yet received a 2022 influenza vaccine according to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Immunisation providers may see an increase in attendance as parents or guardians are encouraged to visit their immunisation providers to ensure their child is up to date with their routine vaccinations as well as ensuring their AIR records are correct.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting Western Australians against vaccine-preventable diseases.



Australian Immunisation Register update: details on new features
and the new look education pages now available

An update on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is now available and includes information about new features on the AIR site, reminders about previous updates and PRODA and HPOS enhancements. There is also a link to the new look AIR Health Professionals Education webpage. Visit the resource page to view the update.



New resource Co administration of vaccines for adults: a guide
for immunisation providers

Increasingly more vaccines are becoming available and are recommended for use in adults.

This guide, developed by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), aims to help immunisation providers identify vaccines that can be co-administered in people aged 18 years and older. 

View the new resource here



Pneumococcal Disease Webinar 2022 recording now available

The Immunisation Coalition’s update on pneumococcal disease for GP’s, Practice Nurses and other immunisation professionals was held on 22 June.
The 2022 Pneumococcal Disease Webinar provides the latest facts about pneumococcal disease, currently available vaccines, the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and the PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool.
Learn about:

  • The National Immunisation Program (NIP)
  • S. pneumoniae and pneumococcal disease and possible progression pathway of disease
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease in Australia
  • High risk groups
  • Vaccination recommendations and the different vaccines
  • PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool (PVT), created to assist GPs, practice nurses, and other immunisation providers to comply with the Australian Immunisation Handbook recommendations

A certificate can be issued once the recording has been viewed and the quiz completed.
View the webinar here



Upcoming webinar: Emerging vaccine preventable diseases and
vaccination for travel

Thursday 1 September 2022 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm AWST)

As we continue to navigate life with COVID-19, we are seeing a rapid return of international movements of people, products, food and pathogens.
The next National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) webinar will discuss and provide updates on the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the context of this globalisation and global travel.

Topics covered will include:

  • the latest on emerging and re-emerging disease risks, including COVID-19 variants, diphtheria, measles, monkeypox, Japanese encephalitis and more
  • current global vaccine preventable disease issues, control measures and latest vaccine recommendations
  • an update on travel vaccination recommendations and pre-travel consultations with a healthcare provider.

A recording of this webinar will be made available to registrants following the session. Register here



Self Collection of Cervical Screening Tests Webinar Wednesday 28 September 2022 (6:30 pm 8:00 pm AWST)

People with cervixes who are due for cervical screening now have the option of self collection (as of 1st July 2022). This webinar will assist clinicians to gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to discuss this option with their patients.

The webinar includes how the test is taken, the pros and cons of self collection, and what to do if the result is abnormal. There will be plenty of time for participant questions.

This event is funded by the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program of the Women and Newborn Health Service.

Presenters: Dr Alison Creagh SHQ Medical Educator, Dr Sarah Smith, Karen Bonte SHQ Nurse Educator

Wed 28th Sep 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AWST

Register here




Monkeypox (MPX) update for primary care
recording available

This webinar held on 10 August provides an update to primary care on Monkeypox (MPX).


  • Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Professor Karen Price, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • Dr Danielle McMullen, Vice President, Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Dr Vincent Cornelisse, Staff Specialist, Sexual Health Medicine & Addiction Medicine

View the webinar here


  Important Practice Updates


Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day Appeal

For all that cancer takes, give this Daffodil Day Appeal. The Daffodil Day Appeal is Cancer Council’s most iconic and much-loved fundraising campaign. It is a chance for Australians to come together and give to cancer research, creating change in the lives of people impacted by cancer.

Your workplace can get involved in any way you like, whether it be hosting a dress yellow day, a quiz night or a morning tea. With your support, Cancer Council can continue working together towards a cancer free future. Daffodil Day falls on Thursday 25 August, but you can get involved any time throughout the month.

Register your workplace today



Paid student placements for Enrolled Nursing students

Help produce the primary care nurses of tomorrow!

North Metropolitan TAFE is looking for suitable opportunities for its final stage students to complete a Primary Health Care placement.  The 40 hour (one week) placements can be completed in a range of settings within clinics or the community.  Clinical facilitation of one hour per student per day (or the equivalent by negotiation) will be provided.  As an added incentive, funding of $600 per student is currently available through a program funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  Placements anywhere within the Perth metropolitan region are suitable. 

  • If you are able to offer clinical placements, please contact:  NMTAFE Placement Team – 9427 3771 or
  • If you wish to discuss placement suitability or academic requirements, please contact: Kim Montgomery (Placement Liaison Lecturer) – 0408 528 656 or

More information on the Diploma of Nursing at NMTAFE is available here.



Broaden your horizons with the AGPT Program with the RACGP

Opportunities for GP's to start on a varied and rewarding career path in General Practice. Applications for the 2023 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program are now open until 11.59 pm AEST on Tuesday 30 August 2022. With GPs at the frontline of primary healthcare during this recent pandemic, there are more opportunities than ever for a rewarding career in general practice – particularly those who choose to train in rural and remote Australia. Applications for this opportunity can be commenced here



Improving Obesity Management through Better GP Education and

The University of Queensland is interested in understanding your experiences in managing obesity in general practice. Your participation will help inform the development of targeted GP education and proposed billing schemes.

Further information about the survey can be found in the Participation Information Sheet.

Click here to access the survey.



Medical cannabis prescribing interview

Researchers at Monash University are currently recruiting Australian medical practitioners to participate in an interview study examining factors that influence the uptake of medicinal cannabis in clinical practice.

Who can participate?

  • Any AHPRA-registered medical practitioner
  • We welcome all levels of knowledge, interest, and clinical experience with medicinal cannabis

What is involved?

  • Participating in a 30-minute one-on-one interview via telephone or videoconferencing
  • A chance to express your professional opinions regarding medicinal cannabis, the barriers and facilitators to prescribing, and your support needs in this area

View the flyer here for more information, and or please contact Olivia Dobson at or 0426 298 677 for expressions of interest.



Bentley Health Service (BHS) Antenatal Clinics phased reopening

As part of a phased approach, some antenatal care is recommencing at Bentley Health Service (BHS) under the care of the Armadale team. Please continue to send antenatal referrals for patients residing in the Bentley area to Armadale or KEMH as per existing arrangements* until further notice.

After referral to Armadale Antenatal Clinic, clinic staff will arrange for Bentley-area patients to have their antenatal care at Bentley where this is suitable.

The BHS birthing ward remains closed and BHS antenatal clinic patients will birth at Armadale Hospital. Please direct concerns arising between clinic appointments about patients receiving antenatal care at Bentley to the Armadale Maternity Service.

Please send antenatal referrals to EMHS Obstetrics directly to the relevant hospital rather than to CRS. For Bentley-area antenatal patient referrals:



Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG): Referrals to named consultants

Please AVOID addressing referrals to specific RPH and Bentley Hospital consultants by name wherever possible. Referring to the speciality without naming a consultant allows the referral to be allocated to any suitable qualified specialist within the speciality so that your patient receives the first available appointment for their clinical triage urgency (Urgent, Semi-Urgent, Routine).

Referrals to named consultants follow these same booking principles however as they are limited to only one consultant’s clinic, patients often end up waiting longer to be seen as some RPBG consultants only provide a fortnightly or monthly clinic.

However, if you have discussed a case with a particular consultant or registrar, please include the name of the doctor you spoke with on the referral.

Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith, Hospital Liaison GP, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Please send antenatal referrals to EMHS Obstetrics directly to the relevant hospital rather than to CRS.
For Bentley-area antenatal patient referrals:

Gynaecology referrals – Gynaecology referrals continue to be referred via the CRS.
Dr Sarah Wade, Director General Practice, Armadale Health Service
Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith, Hospital Liaison GP, Royal Perth Bentley Group



  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 to assist you to view our Tool Kit pages where you will find our most current and available resources.

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



  Education & Events


The Future of General Practice, Health Reforms and Improvement Frameworks

Saturday 10 September 2022  (8.40am for 9.00am start to 1.30pm AWST)
Venue: UWA Club (light brunch included)

Limited places available …book early!

Practice principals, leaders and managers, don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s foremost GP leaders, Dr Wally Jammal, and international expert on health system transformation, Dr Kirsten Meisinger.

To ensure the maximum benefit for participants, places to this event are limited to forty. We can therefore only offer two places per practice. CPD points are available.

Topics covered in this highly informative and interactive session will include:

  • The future of General Practice, health reforms, and improvement frameworks
  • Change management and harnessing your team to deliver gold standard care
  • Strengthening practice to systematically improve clinician engagement, clinical care, sustainability and patient experience          
  • Using data to make decisions around areas of focus - priorities for you and your patients – making room for health priorities
  • How to know you are making a difference – interpreting data & systems to support

RSVP: Book your place now

Dr Walid Jammal (MB BS (Syd), Dip Child Health, FRACGP, MHL)
Dr Jammal is a GP in Western Sydney, with a strong commitment to quality and safety in health care, as well as health system policy and reform. He has been involved with testing and developing integrated care models for many years. Dr Jammal continues to be actively involved in primary care innovation and reform with positions on a variety of groups and boards, most recently the Australian Government’s new Strengthening Medicare Taskforce. He is Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.


Dr Kirsten Meisinger, MD, MHCDS
Dr. Meisinger is an international expert on Patient Centered Medical Homes and healthcare system transformation, having been involved in an initiative which transformed over 140,000 US practices to value-based, patient centered medical care. She is helping design and implement a national pilot for primary care transformation in Brazil. She is a regional medical director, medical director of sexual and reproductive health, primary care lead and cares for an active family medicine panel at an award-winning Patient Centred Medical Home practice in the US. Dr Meisinger leads the system transformation team at the Harvard Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School.



Concussion management in general practice

Tuesday 6 September 2022 (6.00pm to 7.30pm AWST)

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
In primary healthcare, concussion can present in a number of different ways. Although widely considered as a sports injury, only 20% of concussion cases are sports related. The majority of concussions stem from a direct blow to the head, falls, road traffic incidents and physical assault cases including intimate partner violence. Primary care plays an important role in the initial management of concussion injuries and the prevention of adverse outcomes. This webinar will provide recent evidence-based information on concussion management to reduce complications, long term effects and inappropriate referrals. Experts in the field will also share local referral pathways available in Western Australia and the latest resources on the topic.

View the flyer here

Register here



Webinar: Monkeypox update

Tuesday 6 September 2022  (7.00pm to 8.00pm AWST)

Join the RACGP WA and the WA Department of Health for an update on Monkeypox. Our panel will provide key updates for GPs and answer any questions you may have.

This practical update covers:

  • clinical management, including symptoms and signs
  • epidemiology and vaccination update, including treatment options, vaccine efficacy/availability and post exposure prophylaxis
  • pathology update
  • Q&A session

Dr Belinda Wozencroft, General Practitioner, View St Medical
Dr Jelena Maticevic, Senior Medical Advisor, CDCD
Dr David Speers, Clinical Microbiologist, PathWest Laboratory Medicine
Facilitated by RACGP WA Chair, Dr Ramya Raman
Register now


Separating Fact from Fiction: The evolving clinical challenge of Long COVID

Tuesday 13 September 2022  (7.00pm to 8.00pm AWST)

WA Primary Health Alliance is partnering with Tonic Media Network to offer GPs an in-depth discussion on the current clinical landscape of Long COVID, what evidence informed care looks like and what it all means for general practice, including a Q&A with the panelists.
Hosted by: Dr Norman Swan, multi-award winning broadcaster and journalist, founder Tonic Media Network

  • Professor Gail Matthew, Infectious Diseases Physician and Program Head, Therapeutic Research and Vaccine Program at the Kirby Institute
  • Dr Nicole Allard, GP and Co-Chair of the National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce Primary & Chronic Care Panel
  • Dr Tim Koh, GP, Practice Principal and GP Respiratory Clinic operator, former Chair RACGP WA

Webinar Registration - Zoom

View the flyer here


Helping GPs to support the sexual and reproductive health needs of CaLD women

Saturday 17 September 2022 (8.30am to 2.30pm AWST)

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and Women’s Health Strategy and Programs (WHSP) together with Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS) King Edward Memorial Hospital are hosting a GP face-to-face education event for GPs working in suburbs with high prevalence of women affected by female circumcision or traditional cutting.

View the flyer here

Register here

For more information, contact the Training & Communities of Practice team at WAPHA on or 08 6272 4912


Only 3 sessions left of the Alcohol & Other Drug Network!

Have you ever had to tackle Alcohol and Drug issues in young people in your General Practice?  It’s not too late to join the Alcohol & Other Drug Network!

Dr James Edis, expert from Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) will answer your questions and would love to advise on any cases you would like advice on.
Upcoming next week, panellist Dr Simon Slota-Kan, General Practitioner at Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, will interview Dr James Edis, Medical Officer from the Mental Health Commission about the GPs role in Youth Substance Abuse.

As 24% of young Australians, between 14 and 24, engage in illicit drug use, Dr Edis and Dr Slota-Kan, along with our Subject Matter Experts, Dr Wendy Lawrance, Dr Richard O’Regan and Dr Rupert Backhouse, will discuss the best evidence-based approach to managing youth with substance abuse challenges in general practice. 

Unlike other learning platforms, the AOD Network is an opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field about managing real de-identified AOD cases. Next weeks’ session will replace the didactic with an Q + A style interview, in which participants will be invited to join. Participants and Panellists alike are encouraged to learn and build confidence and capability together, to support people in the community experiencing AOD issues enabling the all teach-all learn. GPs who have attended 5 or more sessions, will be eligible for 40 CPD points with RACGP and ACRRM.

Upcoming Sessions

Session 7: Thursday 25 August, 6 – 7:30pm - Register now
The GPs approach to Youth Substance Abuse - 1-1 Interview with Dr James Edis Speaker: Dr James Edis, Medical Officer, Mental Health Commission

Session 8: Thursday 22 September, 6 – 7:30pm - Register now

Session 9:  Thursday 27 October, 6 – 7:30pm - Register now

Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

The Immunisation Coalition’s 2022 Adult Immunisation Forum
Presented by AIF
22 August
GP in Training series: Contraceptive conversations beyond the pill
Presented by RACGP
23 August
Session 5: Alcohol & Other Drug Network - A Project ECHO Initiative (Topic TBA)
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
25 August
Concussion Management in General Practice
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
6 September

Webinar on DVA health arrangements for those running, or working in, a general practice
Presented by Department of Veterans Affairs
8 September

AAPM 2022 Practice Manager Education Days
Presented by AAPM
9 September
Practice Owners Masterclass
Presented by RACGP
10 September
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Kojonup
Presented by BreastScreen WA
12 to 22 September
HIV Nursing Webinar - Risk Management: Substance Use - Drug and Alcohol Issues
Presented by ASHM 
15 September
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Karratha
Presented by BreastScreen WA
16 September to 12 October
Chronic Disease Care Planning 
Presented by The Benchmarque Group
16 September
Short Mental Health Interventions: Explaining and teaching mindfulness
Presented by Black Dog Institute
27 September
Wound Management: Advanced Practice
Presented by The Benchmarque Group
28 September
Self collection of CST Webinars
Presented by Sexual Health Quarters
28 September
GP in Training series: ADHD
Presented by RACGP
11 October
2022 ACNP National Conference: Inspiring Future Growth for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice
Presented by ANCP
13-15 October
Talking about Suicide in General Practice - Online Interactive Webinar
Presented by Black Dog Institute
20 October

Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention - Online Workshop
Presented by Black Dog Institute
Multiple dates

GP22 Registrations open
Presented by RACGP
25 to 27 November
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