Practice Connect #154

29 September 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 

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.


Feature Topic - Chronic Disease Management



Chronic Disease Management, a whole practice patient-centred approach

Chronic disease is one of the leading causes of illness, disability, and death in Australia.  Chronic medical conditions are those that have been, or are likely to be,
present for at least 6 months. This includes asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, musculoskeletal conditions, and stroke.

Chronic Disease Management is essential to both improving health outcomes of individuals and containing costs in the health care system.  The introduction of a Chronic Disease Management Plan by the practice, can provide an organised approach of care that can assist patients with chronic medical conditions.
Chronic Disease Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements are the process of developing a structured approach to a care plan for a patient with complex health needs that require ongoing care. This is achieved by setting patient-centred goals agreed upon by the Health Care Provider and their patient.
The aim and focus of a Chronic Disease Management Plan is: 

  • Multidisciplinary team care approach
  • The patient’s healthcare needs, health problems and relevant conditions
  • Active participation by the patient
  • Proactive approach by managing the goals and actions for the patient
  • Treatment and services the patient will need
  • Arrangements for providing the treatment and services
  • Arrangements to review the plan
HealthPathways WA has many pathways and request pages (service information) on Chronic Disease. These pages can assist GPs in consultation with patients and act as a reference for other health care professionals, if needed. See below pathways: The RACGP has a vast range of clinical guidelines and resources that provide Gps up-to-date, evidence-based information on chronic diseases commonly seen in general practice, including:  In addition, please find below key Medicare resources that are available to GPs:

Sample forms for GPMP and TCA

Our practice Primary Care Navigators and Quality Improvement Coaches can assist practices to use their practice data to identify patients in these target groups as well as assistance with developing strategies.

For further information and resources to support Chronic Disease Management, please contact us via Practice Assist.



Chronic Disease Management – Quality Improvement Opportunities

“International primary care responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic have seen the prioritisation of acute and urgent services for people with COVID‐19 as well as seeing many practitioners involved in COVID‐19 vaccination counselling and delivery. This prioritisation has often resulted in partial or complete disruption to chronic disease management (CDM)”  
(Cited in Medical Journey Australia)

General practice is now challenged with re-establishing the coordinated care of patients with chronic conditions and complex care needs. This is a great opportunity to undertake QI activities within your practice.

Quality data within the clinical software is paramount to data driven improvement.

Active vs Inactive Patients

If there is a high number of non-active patients it could mean that archiving is not occurring on a regular basis.  Archiving non-active patients, allows for the understanding of the practice population including chronic disease “groups”.    Resources and information to support archiving activities are available in the Practice Assist Quality Improvement (QI) Toolkit.

Coded vs Uncoded Diagnoses

Coded diagnoses can maximise visibility of the chronic disease sub-groups within the practice population.  Patients with uncoded/free text diagnoses will not be identified in practice data or data searches, as clinical software and 3rd party data analytic tools are unable to “read” free text.  
Practice software also supports the bulk clean-up of uncoded diagnoses

Once your data is clean, you can identify

  • patients diagnosed with a chronic disease.​
Best Practice – search under conditions tab
Medical Director - search under conditions tab  

Additional searches

  • Pen CS CAT 4 PIP QI Measures pertaining to chronic disease management
  • Pen CS CAT 4 recipes, full list of available searches, can be found here

Demonstrating Quality Improvement in general practice

Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSAs)
is a tool to assist with documenting Quality Improvement activities. The Practice Assist Quality Improvement (QI) Toolkit can assist you in understanding and developing QI activities within your practice.

For 1:1 support with Quality Improvement (QI) activities or the development of your practice Quality Improvement Strategy, please contact Practice Assist and one of our QI coaches will be in touch with you.



Supporting general practice to start the Conversation About Weight

A new suite of online training modules, Conversations About Weight, is empowering health professionals to play a more central role in supporting their patients to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, including guiding sensitive conversations around weight.

Conversations about weight can be challenging for both health professionals and patients alike. Hesitancy among health professionals to discuss weight, along with stigma, shame and other psychological factors often act as barriers to people seeking or getting the support they need.

This training focuses on the various aspects of weight management, including causes and support strategies taking the perspective of both patient and health professional. Each module provides insight into the complexity of this topic, to empower health professionals to support patients and guide these sensitive, yet important conversations.

Conversations About Weight will support you to:

  • Understand the multitude of factors to be considered when discussing weight, which can help you tailor conversations, education and treatments to the patient’s individual circumstances.
  • Understand how the language used in conversations about weight can impact on an individual, help or hinder their approach, and learn to recognise and adopt language that minimises weight-stigma.
  • Explore strategies that can been used for weight loss, together with strategies that can be used to support an individual to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.
  • Understand how to support a patient to adopt and maintain health behaviour change that incorporates person-centred action planning.
  • Explore counselling techniques that can help to activate a person to make the health behaviour changes necessary for weight loss/maintenance.

Developed by Diabetes WA and CPD accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Conversations About Weight includes six modules, approximately one hour per module, with two RACGP CPD points allocated per module.

Visit SHAPE get started.



HealthPathways WA – Chronic Disease Management items

HealthPathways WA has a Telehealth, Guide to MBS Items and a Chronic Disease Management Items pathway, which cover Medicare items for GPs to manage chronic or terminal medical conditions. These pathways can assist GPs in consultation with patients and act as a reference for other health care professionals, if needed. A GP or health professional seeking to refer a patient should see the Chronic Disease Support Services request page for relevant service information. 

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 use 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.



Healthcare To Community

In collaboration with, Armadale Kalamunda Group and WA Primary Health Alliance, East Metropolitan Health Service is developing and piloting a Multimorbidity Management Framework which aims to improve the management of patients with complex chronic medical conditions when transitioning from hospital to primary care.
To truly develop patient centred care, the Healthcare To Community team will be facilitating case conferencing from an outpatient setting. This aims to improve the communication between Armadale Health Service and local General practice by providing a multidisciplinary clinical handover of the patient when transitioning from hospital to primary care
“Our vision is to provide excellent care by promoting self-management and linkage to the community”
This service will be provided through The Healthcare To Community (HC2C) team that provides inpatient and outpatient care coordination.

The service is focused on delivering Patient centred, personalised & individualised care to support patients to manage their complex conditions.
The benefits to general practice include:

  • Increased knowledge and skills to conduct case conferencing which includes MBS claimable items.
  • Strategies to more efficiently manage patients with chronic conditions between hospital and primary care by leveraging community-based disease-specific services. E.g. Silver Chain COPD Program.
  • Clearer streamlined communication channels between Armadale Health Service, the patient and General Practice.

For more information on how your practice can be involved please contact: EMHS, Planning Innovation & Commissioning


COVID-19 Updates



Moderna Bivalent 18+ Blue/Green Vaccine Onboarding 

All sites currently participating in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program will be onboarded for Moderna bivalent 18+ blue/green in three tranches.

WA Primary Health Alliance have now advised you which tranche you will be onboarded in. Please contact Practice Assist if you have not been notified which tranche you are in.



COVID-19 Vaccine Program Participating Sites- Excess Ordering of Consumables

Under the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care Taskforce monitors the ordering and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and consumables across the country. It has come to their attention that some sites consumable orders are disproportionately high compared to the number of vaccine doses ordered.

The Taskforce understands that there are many reasons why this may have happened, and no immediate action is required by your practice. However, to ensure your practice isn’t flagged as part of this monitoring program in future, the Taskforce suggests that you:

  • Review your current consumables holding and only re-order stock you reasonably
  • expect to use
  • Ensure that any consumables ordered via CVAS are only used for the COVID-19
  • Vaccination Program
  • Only dispose COVID-19 Vaccination Program waste in the provided sharps bins.

You are also able to review your ordering history in CVAS under the Orders Tab and review by Order Number for further details. If you have any questions or need assistance in this regard, please contact Practice Assist or the Vaccine Operations Centre on 1800 318 208 or



Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program Funding

Did you know that WA Primary Health Alliance has access to funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to support COVID-19 vaccination of Vulnerable Populations? This funding is available until 31 December 2022.

Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program

We are looking to support organisations by providing funding to vaccinate:
  • Homeless / street present
  • Those who do not have a Medicare card or who are ineligible for Medicare
  • Culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse populations
  • Asylum seekers & refugees
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
For example, an activity we can fund may include staffing support including administration, clinical staff and other staff involved in engagement activities focused on vaccination (noting that we are unable to fund activities not related to vaccination and there must be no duplication of activities already provided or funded in line with WA DoH and DoH guidelines)

For more information, please  view the Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Program flyer.


Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination GP Reimbursement Information

We can provide general practices reimbursement to the value of the relevant MBS item number to support non-Medicare patients being vaccinated against COVID-19.  Historical vaccination claims will be accepted post 1 September 2021, however initially we would welcome a discussion with any general practice looking to submit a historical reimbursement claim to ensure the remaining applicable doses are administered.

The invoicing process and requirements for reports from practices will be minimal (reports would include: numbers vaccinated, dose interval and any good news stories).

Please contact the Practice Assist team for further information.



COVID booster videos

General practices can access two COVID booster videos to share on in practice screens and social media channels.
Topics covered are who should have a COVID booster, what happens if you don’t get a booster and other commonly asked questions. Produced by WA Primary Health Alliance in collaboration with Tonic Media Network, the videos are narrated by Dr Norman Swan.
Download the videos here.



Extension of PPE supply and PCR testing to 31 December 2022

The Australian Government has extended the supply of PPE, treatments, rapid antigen tests and other supplies from the National Medical Stockpile to 31 December 2022.

The PPE ordering process will remain the same, PPE order form available here for all requests for: 

COVID-19 PCR testing through the MBS for tests requested by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner for the clinical management of patients has also been extended through to 31 December 2022.



GP referral for private PCR testing

GPs and Practice Managers are reminded that from 1 October, patients will need a referral from a GP or other medical practitioner to access PCR testing by private pathology providers.

Public COVID clinics will continue to offer PCR testing without a referral for people who have COVID-like symptoms or are close contacts. COVID clinics are at Joondalup Hospital, PathWest Murdoch drive-through, Rockingham Hospital drive-through and Royal Perth Hospital. 

Learn more at



Guidance on myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccines

The Australian Government Department of Health and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have released guidance on myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more.



Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates


National Cervical Screening Program Self-collection key messages

Nationally we have seen a promising level of self-collection uptake amongst eligible patients since it was made available to all women and people with a cervix eligible for cervical screening. To help maintain the continued uptake, please see below some key messages to support you in offering self-collection, including through telehealth consultations in your practices.


Anyone eligible for a Cervical Screening Test under the National Cervical Screening Program (i.e., women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 years who have ever had any sexual contact) can choose 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.

The NCSP Clinical Guidelines recommend that all women due for cervical screening in pregnancy may be offered the option to self-collect a vaginal sample for HPV testing. A Cervical Screening Test using a self-collected vaginal sample is as accurate as a clinician-collected sample taken from the cervix during a speculum examination.

Key messages

  • Before ordering self-collection through a telehealth consultation, talk to your local pathology provider to confirm appropriate arrangements for patient access to, and return of, the appropriate self-collection swabs.
  • Self-collection is not appropriate where a patient requires a co-test (e.g., for symptom investigation or as part of Test of Cure surveillance).
  • Before offering self-collection, check your patient’s screening history to confirm they are due for cervical screening.
    • Self-collection is not a ‘new’ test for cervical screening – it provides an additional choice for patients in how their Cervical Screening Test sample is collected. Patients must be due for cervical screening to receive a Medicare subsidised Cervical Screening Test, including through self-collection.
  • Clearly label Cervical Screening Test samples as self-collected or clinician-collected to ensure the correct pathology test is undertaken, the correct MBS item is claimed, and appropriate patient management recommendations are made.
  • When ordering a follow-up LBC test after an HPV (not 16/18) positive result on a self-collected sample, order ‘LBC only’ on the pathology request form (i.e., do not order a co-test).

Self-collection through telehealth 

  • Self-collection should be offered in-clinic wherever possible, as sample collection is considered more likely in this context.
  • However, with the aim to maximise participation in cervical screening, self-collection can occur in any setting that the healthcare provider ordering the test believes is appropriate, including through a telehealth consultation.
  • Healthcare providers are responsible for giving clear information on the self-collection option and instructions on how to take the test.
  • It is also your responsibility as the requesting healthcare provider, to arrange for patient access to, and return of, the appropriate self-collection swab, to order the appropriate test from the laboratory and to communicate results and any follow-up requirements to the patient.
  • You/your clinic may consider specific arrangements for facilitating patient access to and return of self-collected swabs, that best meet the needs of your patients and your community.
This will likely mean requesting patient collection and return of self-collection swabs directly from the clinic.

Do not send patients directly to a pathology collection centre to pick up and return a self-collection swab unless that specific arrangement has been discussed and confirmed with your pathology provider.
  • Talk to your local pathology provider in the first instance to confirm appropriate arrangements for patient access to and return of self-collection swabs.

Want to know more?

Find more information and resources about the National Cervical Screening Program and self-collection at



PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool

The PneumoSmart Vaccination Tool has been created using the pneumococcal disease vaccination recommendations in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook, and has been developed to assist GPs, medical specialists and other immunisation providers to comply with them. As pneumococcal disease vaccination recommendations change, the tool will be updated by clinical experts at the Immunisation Coalition.
Catch-up pneumococcal immunisations for children less than 5 years of age are complex. Appropriate catch-up vaccines should be offered as recommended:

The tool and further information can be accessed via here



Adult Overdue National Immunisation Program Vaccine Reminder Letters

The Commonwealth Department of Health have shared information regarding a backlog of Adult Overdue reminder letters that will begin distribution next week.
The volumes include 50+ Indigenous and 70+ Non-Indigenous individuals eligible to receive a letter.

NSW 318,797
VIC 232,340
QLD 164,652
WA 97,885
SA 65,300
TAS 22,259
ACT 12,465
NT 9,723
TOTAL 923,421

It is expected that these letters will commence being sent on Monday, 19 September 2022. 

There will be a limit of 75,000 letters sent each weeknight. Therefore, it is anticipated the backlog to be cleared by the week ending Friday October 7th.
The Adult Overdue Reminder letters will be sent from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to individuals who are overdue for vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). This includes:
  • people 70 years and 1 month of age who have not received pneumococcal and/or shingles vaccinations
  • people aged 50 years and 1 month displaying an Indigenous status in the AIR who have not received their pneumococcal vaccination.


Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) is a rare complication of suspected incorrect vaccine administration into the shoulder and not into the correct site of the deltoid muscle. Damage to local structures within the shoulder joint can occur, including to ligaments and tendons, as well as a local inflammatory response to the vaccine components. This results in shoulder pain and limited range of movement of the affected limb. Diagnoses include bursitis, tendinitis and rotator cuff tears. Bursitis is the most commonly reported diagnosis on ultrasound. Symptoms are usually immediate and can last for days, months or as long as years.
More information on SIVA can be found in the Immunisation Handbook  and on the MVEC website



Supporting patient participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Returning by popular demand, the Department of Health and Aged Care, GPEx and the Jodi Lee Foundation invite GPs, Practice Nurses and their clinics to attend a free 30-minute webinar focusing on the skills and knowledge needed to support patient participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
Topics covered in the webinar include:

  • The roles of the GP and Practice Nurse
  • Patient eligibility and relevant clinical information
  • How to complete the bowel cancer screening home test
  • Understanding test results
  • Further tools and resources
These webinars will not be repeated, so register now to avoid missing out now!

Final Webinar Dates:

Monday 17 October – 6pm to 6.30pm ACST
Wednesday 19 October – 12pm to 12:30pm ACST
Monday 24 October – 7.30pm to 8pm ACST
Click here to register now
Did you know? 
  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia. 
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. 
  • All Australians aged 50-74 receive a free bowel cancer screening test as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), but only 43.5% of Australians who receive the test complete it. 
Many people do not experience bowel cancer symptoms until the cancer has become more advanced, but if detected early over 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. 
Early detection saves lives.



Exploring Pertussis: Whooping Cough in Australia Webinar

If you missed last week’s webinar on Pertussis, presented by Angela Newbound for the Immunisation Coalition, it is now available to watch on YouTube.

Click this link to watch.
This webinar provided viewers with an update regarding pertussis epidemiology and current trends in vaccination rates. Low pertussis booster rates in Australian adults impact the epidemiology of the disease. This webinar explores what current literature indicates are the barriers and potential enablers to improving pertussis vaccination rates in Australia, and therefore reducing disease burden and complications.


Important Practice Updates



This is Palliative Care

In preparation for the launch of the WA Department of Health ‘This is Palliative Care’ campaign, health professionals and those involved in end of life and palliative care are encouraged to refresh their skills and knowledge in anticipation of increased discussions with patients. The End of Life and Palliative Care Education and Training Framework has a range of training resources to support health professionals across care settings.
Patients can also be referred to or the Palliative Care Helpline 1800 573 299 for more information.

Upcoming Events

Registrations are open for the 5 October 2022 free webinar “Think Rare, Think Care, Think Together”, a rare disease webinar increasing awareness of health care linked to rare disease in paediatric palliative care. Register to further your understanding about the resources to support patients and their families living with rare disease. This event is run by Palliative Care Australia in collaboration with the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project.



Dementia support for healthcare professionals

A dementia diagnosis can be a complex and challenging time, but Dementia Australia can support GPs and healthcare professionals to support their patients.
Just like with other chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes, there is information and support that can be provided to people living with dementia, their families and carers, to help them live as well as possible and to navigate challenges and changes.
Dementia Australia can help GPs and healthcare professionals support patients by providing access to dementia-specific and evidence-based information and resources. Dementia Australia is a core part of the pathway to services that empower people living with dementia, their families and carers, and can connect patients with life-changing information, support and services. This includes the popular Post Diagnostic Support Program which is for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia or mild cognitive impairment.
To learn more about Dementia Australia, please call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. Dementia Australia bridges the gap between diagnosis and early supports, ensuring no one falls between the cracks. The National Dementia Helpline is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


Free Pride in Health and Wellbeing Program (PIHW) 

Pride in Health + Wellbeing is excited to offer general practices the opportunity to apply for one of 12 memberships in Pride in Health + Wellbeing, intended to help smaller organisations and general practices provide more LGBTQ inclusive care. These memberships will allow organisations to not only review and upskill on their care for gender and sexuality diverse patients/service users, but also to measure this change through the free annual Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) benchmark and surveys.
For further information and application form please click here. Closing date for applications is 1 October 2022.



Key partnership with Diabetes WA on ARMED event at FSH

Diabetes WA is partnering with WA Primary Health Alliance, HealthPathways WA and South Metro Health Service to offer their multidisciplinary team of credentialled diabetes educators (CDEs) to support the upcoming ARMED (Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes) education event at Fiona Stanley Hospital on 15 October, 2022.

The ARMED event aims to provide GPs with current, evidence-based information and interactive, practical demonstrations on clinical topics related to diabetes and endocrine disorders. The opportunity for forum discussion will be held on topical aspects of endocrine care with a panel of expert speakers from medical, allied health and scientific fields. This event is pending approval of 40 CPD Accredited Activity points through RACGP, applicable for in-person attendance.  

Diabetes WA’s CDEs will assist to facilitate practical, multi-format face-to face educational sessions with general practitioners on the use of continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and flash glucose monitor (FGM) technology to demonstrate the interpretation of CGM metrics, including ambulatory glucose profile and time-in-range analysis.
‘In order for a clinician to make high quality and safe clinical decisions, they must have access to relevant and comprehensive clinical information. Familiarisation of these devices and interpretation of these metrics will aid attendees in assessing and managing their patients with diabetes,’ explains Dr Greg Ong, Consultant Endocrinologist from the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Fiona Stanley Hospital.  

Diabetes WA’s contribution to the ARMED event will also encompass enhanced awareness and education on how the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) in WA provides allied health professionals and patients living with diabetes with free or subsidised access to a multitude of evidence-based, self-management education programs and support services.

Phone 1300 001 880 (Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm) to speak to a Diabetes WA credential diabetes educator CDEs or email

Government of Western Australia; South Metropolitan Health Services. (2022). ARMED 2022 Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes. Dr Greg Ong, Fiona Stanley Hospital. 



Understanding the causes of Psychological Disorders 

Researchers from Macquarie University are interested in understanding what people believe causes psychological disorders. 
They are asking practices to help them with this research by completing their online survey. In this survey, you will be asked some simple questions about yourself and invited to share your opinions about the causes of psychological disorders. 
If you would like to participate, please click this link
If you would like to know more at any point during the study, you are welcome to contact Dr Amelia Scott (, 02 9850 8602). 


The South Metropolitan Health Service invite you to be a part of our online community engagement platform

Do you want to have a voice in how South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) delivers healthcare?

In October, they will launch an online platform that will make it easier to capture the views and thoughts of the community, and you are invited to join.

View the flyer here for more information.



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 fact 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 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



Rare Diseases in General Practice

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance and the Rare Care Centre
Wendesday October 12, 2022 (6.00pm to 7.00pm AWST)
Online Webinar

An estimated 2 million Australians live with a rare or undiagnosed disease. In WA, it is estimated that 63, 000 children are affected by a rare disease and every full time GP has at least 70 patients with a rare disease on their books. Rare diseases, like many other chronic diseases, are often serious and progressive. However, due to the individual rarity of their disease, people living with rare disease worldwide face distinct challenges related to diagnostic delay, lack of care coordination, stigmatisation.

Topics covered include:

  • The commonality of rare diseases
  • The Rare Diseases Diagnostic Odyssey
  • Available referral pathways
  • Resources for health professionals
View the flyer here
Register here


A Trauma-Informed Care webinars

Open to all WA General Practice Staff
Presented by TRACS WA in collaboration with WA Primary Health Alliance

Thursday October 13, 2022


A Trauma-Informed Approach in Relation to Self-Care - October 13
This interactive training session explores the role of self-care for health clinicians experiencing stressful situations and will equip you with the tools and strategies to manage your individual response to patients/colleagues who are experiencing stress/trauma (including COVID related) or who have been affected by past traumas.

View the flyer here
Register here


Annual Review of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (ARMED) 2022 

Presented by South Metro Health Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Diabetes WA in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance 
Saturday, 15 Oct 2022 (8.00 am – 1.00 pm, registration at 7.30am) 
Fiona Stanley Education Building, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch 6150

The ARMED series is a multi-format educational event held annually providing general practice with updates and reviews in clinical topics related to endocrine disorders, including diabetes. Join us for an interactive day featuring practical demonstrations and a forum for discussion and debate on topical aspects of endocrine care. For the 2022 event, we will focus on Assessment and Interpretation: Order from Chaos in Endocrine and Diabetes Care.

Topics include:

  • An empathetic approach to clinical assessment of a patient with obesity
  • Assessing the foot in patients with diabetes, knowledge of neuropathy, vascular disease, and assessing foot ulceration
  • Requesting pathology tests to investigate thyroid, calcium and other endocrine/hormonal conditions
  • Common endocrine tests and imaging for endocrine diseases
  • Practical use and interpretation of continuous and flash glucose monitoring
  • HealthPathways and primary care resources

View the flyer here
Register here

Registrations are essential as participant numbers will be capped. This activity is pending approval of 40 CPD Accredited Activity (formerly Category 1 QI&CPD) points through RACGP.


Webinar: WA Advance Health Directive update and the role of GPs in advance care planning

Presented by RACGP in partnership with WA Department of Health
Thursday October 13, 2022 (7.00pm to 8.00pm AWST)

The WA Department of Health has released a new and improved Advance Health Directive (AHD) for use in WA.

General practice plays an important role in supporting patients through advance care planning.
Join this webinar as GPs, Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith and Dr Cory Lei provide an update on the changes to the WA AHD and the role of GPs in advance care planning, including supporting patients to prepare AHDs.
We’ll also cover the updated Advance Care Planning WA HealthPathway and practical tips for GPs.

Register now


Webinars: Improving the sustainability of your practice

Presented by Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Multiple dates September & October 2022

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is hosting a number of free webinars throughout September and October 2022. These webinars are part of the Improving the sustainability of your practice series, which is proudly supported by CommBank Health.

The following webinars are being held as part of the series: 

Registrations for all webinars are now open and CPD points are available.


Alliance Against Depression GP Dinner Workshop #2

Presented by Imagined Futures Alliance Against Depression
1 December 2022 (6pm to 9pm AWST)

Tompkins on Swan, 632 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove (buffet dinner will be provided)

Imagined Futures Alliance Against Depression (IFAAD) is preparing to host their second GP Dinner Workshop for 2022. Building upon the success of the first event, this one will be held in a larger venue, to accommodate the increased number of GP’s anticipated to attend. 

Guest speaker Dr Mat Coleman (Psychiatrist) will aim to improve GP’s knowledge of recommended approaches to treating depression in young people. The event will also provide an opportunity for GPs to connect with local mental health service providers and learn about referral options.

The event is limited to GPs and mental health professionals servicing the Local Government areas of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville. This event is just one of IFAAD’s community-based activities that align to the Alliance Against Depression framework, informed by the evidence-based European Alliance Against Depression.

To reserve a place at this workshop, please contact Imagined Futures Alliance Against Depression by email at



Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

Access for all Disability awareness training for mainstream health providers
Presented by National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Multiple dates
Asthma Australia - Asthma Education Courses
Presented by Asthma Australia
Multiple dates

Complexities in working with co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug presentations 
Presented by Mental Health Professionals Netowrk (MHPN)
4 October

BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Gnowangerup
Presented by BreastScreen WA
5 to 10 October
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Lake Grace
Presented by BreastScreen WA
11 to 18 October
GP in Training series: ADHD
Presented by RACGP
11 October
AAPM National Conference
Presented by AAPM
11 to 14 October
Sexual Health Update – Clinical and Public Management of Syphilis in Western Australia
Presented by ASHM
12 October
Hope Springs Therapeutic Community OPEN DAY (Geraldton Midwest)
Presented by Hope Community Services (Residential AOD Rehabilitation)
13 October
2022 ACNP National Conference: Inspiring Future Growth for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice
Presented by ANCP
13-15 October
Chronic Conditions and Nutrition (Busselton)
Presented by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
14 October
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Kalgoorlie
Presented by BreastScreen WA
17 October to 10 November
Pivoting to the perpetrator: How to engage with patients who use domestic violence
Presented by SaferFamilies
19 October
BreastScreen WA mobile visit to Dumbleyung
Presented by BreastScreen WA
19  to 21 October
Hepatitis C Case Finding for Practice Nurses
Presented by ASHM
20 October
Talking about Suicide in General Practice - Online Interactive Webinar
Presented by Black Dog Institute
20 October
Alcohol & Other Drug Network - A Project ECHO Initiative (Session 9)
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
27 October
Wound Closure Course - Perth
Presented by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
18 November
Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course
Presented by ASHM
18 November
Aboriginal Health Conference 2022 
Presented bu RHW
19 & 20 November

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

Hepatitis B in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
24 November

GP22 Registrations open
Presented by RACGP
25 to 27 November

Ear Wax Removal (Irrigation)
Presented by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
29 November

Course in Ear Wax Removal (Microsuction)
Presented by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
30 November

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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