Practice Connect #174

13 July 2023

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 wellbeing 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.




 

MyMedicare

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MyMedicare



MyMedicare
is a new voluntary patient registration model. It aims to strengthen the relationship between patients, their general practice, GP and primary care teams.

Registration in MyMedicare is voluntary for patients and practices.

General practices that register will benefit by having access to:

  • more information about regular patients, making it easier to tailor services to fit the patient’s needs
  • new longer telephone items linked to MyMedicare
  • the General Practice in Aged Care Incentive from 1 August 2024, which will support regular health assessments, care plans and regular GP visits for people in residential aged care homes
  • new blended funding payments to support better care in the community for people with complex, chronic disease who frequently attend hospitals, that will roll out progressively across the country over three years from FY2024–25
  • Chronic Disease Management items linked to a patient’s registration in MyMedicare from November 2024, to support continuity of care for people with chronic and complex conditions.
NB: Patients who are not registered in MyMedicare will still be able to receive Chronic Disease Management items from their usual GP.

Patients will benefit from registering by:
  • accessing greater continuity of care
  • longer MBS-funded telephone calls
  • the triple bulk billing incentive for longer MBS telehealth consultations (Levels C, D and E) for children under 16, pensioners, and concession card holders.
For more information The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care’s MyMedicare webpage includes the following information: WA Primary Health Alliance will soon be providing more information about how we can support general practices with this initiative.

For questions or support please contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email practiceassist@wapha.org.au

 

 

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MyMedicare - PRODA Practice Registration

In preparation for MyMedicare, we encourage practices to register their practice as an organisation and link their practitioners to the organisation in PRODA. This important step will prepare your practice for future steps in the MyMedicare program, as well as other programs from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

At this stage, these two steps are the only ones practices need to take to get ready.

For detailed information on how to register your organisation, go to Services Australia Organisation Register training information.

For additional support email ORGANISATION.REGISTER.SUPPORT@servicesaustralia.gov.au or Phone 1800 700 199 and select Option 1.

The Australian Association of Practice Managers WA practice manager of the year 2023 award recipient, Collean Guest, recently completed the registration of her organisation and linking of practitioners in PRODA.

Collean said that while the process of registration can take time, once completed it will only need small additions. The registration is essential for MyMedicare and also for other programs such as Closing the Gap PBS Co-payments registration of patients. 

WAPHA congratulates Collean on the award for AAPM WA State Practice Manager of the year! What a great achievement in a time of unprecedented reform in Primary Care.


Sharon Good (Primary Care Navigation Manager) pictured with Collean Guest, (Mead Medical Practice Manager) 
 

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Getting your practice ready for MyMedicare

In preparation for MyMedicare you may want to consider the following:

  • Understand your patients’ needs and demographic. Consider archiving and data cleansing to ensure you are looking at your current patient cohort.
  • MyMedicare focuses on relationships between patients and practitioners. Look at ways you can strengthen and encourage these relationships.
  • GP Management Plans (GPMP) and Chronic Disease Management (CDM) are a great way to provide continuous patient care.  MyMedicare will incentivise practices for those services, so find out which of your patients are eligible.
  • MyMedicare emphasises team-based care, so use MBS 10997 and 10987 with your eligible patients. 
  • MyMedicare focuses on proactive care. Health assessments for specific age groups, such as people aged between 40-49 years for diabetes risk or 45 – 49 health assessments, are opportunities to provide proactive health care. Find out which of your patients are eligible.
Your Primary Care Navigator or QI Coach can help you with ways to look at your patient data. To connect with your Primary Care Navigator or QI Coach contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email practiceassist@wapha.org.au
 
 
 

Primary Sense Update 

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Primary Sense Education

Recent virtual education sessions have seen more than 125 participants join us to learn more about how to make the most of Primary Sense in their practices. Participants were Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and General Practitioners. These sessions were held for practices across both country and metropolitan areas of WA, with the next virtual session for country WA practices at 1pm Friday 14 July.

Primary Sense is installed at more than 86% of eligible practices and we look forward to opportunities to educate, collaborate and network with Practice Managers and Nurses.  

A series of in person sessions in our Subiaco office are planned.

These sessions have been designed to introduce Primary Sense to Practice Managers and Nurses whilst also extending on current knowledge and experience using the tool in general practice.  
 

Metro Sessions (Subiaco WAPHA offices)

A series of Primary Sense education sessions across July and August 2023 will be run at our Subiaco office. Attendance is limited to 20 people per session so please register at your earliest convenience.  

To view the education session flyer click here  

REGISTER HERE - VARIOUS DATES AVAILABLE 

For further information on either our virtual or in person Primary Sense sessions, or to speak to your Primary Care Navigator or QI Coach, please contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900).


 

General Practice GP Grants

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GP Grants on track for 1 August receipt



More than 60 per cent of practices that applied to be part of the Strengthening Medicare General Practice Grant program have now received their grant funds. We expect the remaining practices will receive their funds by 1 August 2023. Please contact us, if this is not the case.

A reminder that practices should keep appropriate records of expenditure as a financial acquittal, as an evaluation will be required at the end of the program. Practices should retain receipts in line with Australian Taxation Office record-keeping rules for business.

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care has also indicated that a small number of random audits will occur. For more information see the reporting and compliance responsibilities information within the Quick Reference Guide.

Eligible practices that have not applied for a grant but which have extenuating circumstances for not applying during the grant period, may still be considered. Any practice that has not yet begun their application process will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please continue to send any queries to the Practice Assist team on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or GPgrants@wapha.org.au



 

Feature - Diabetes in Focus 

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Diabetes in Focus – National Diabetes Week

National Diabetes Week runs from 9 to 15 July 2023, Diabetes Australia are kick-starting Australia’s biggest conversation about the impact of diabetes in this country – a conversation to drive change, and to create hope for the future. Diabetes Australia - National Diabetes Week.



Diabetes is a long-term chronic condition in which blood glucose levels become too high because the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use insulin properly. Over many years, high blood glucose levels can damage various parts of the body, especially the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. It can result in permanent disability (such as blindness and lower limb amputations), mental health problems, reduced quality of life and premature death (AIHW 2015Burrow & Ride 2016).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes, as well as a higher rate of hospitalisation and death from diabetes than non-Indigenous Australians.

 

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Diabetes and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health - Quality Improvement



General practice is the ideal setting to address identified care gaps for the treatment of diabetes, due to the role GPs play in primary and secondary prevention.

Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduces the risk of diabetes related complications. The RACGP recommends that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have their risk of diabetes assessed every three years from 18 years of age.

To effectively manage the cohort of people living with diabetes in your practice it is firstly important to understand your diabetes patient population.

You may wish to run a bulk patient archive as a first step to ensure your patient database is accurate and up to date.
 
The Primary Sense report ‘Diabetes Mellitus – Diagnosed and Undiagnosed’ can assist by identifying patients that:

  • may need a clinical review for a diagnosis of diabetes
  • may require a HbA1C test
  • may be eligible for chronic care occasions of service
The information in this report will support your practice in undertaking various quality improvement activities that seek to provide optimal care for patients living with diabetes.

Practices can target their most vulnerable cohorts by sorting of columns in Primary Sense reports or exporting to excel for further filtering. For example:
  • By Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status
  • By Complexity scores (ACG)
  • By Age

This Diabetes reports user guide is a handy reference on using Primary Sense reports pertaining to diabetes in practice.

For support with undertaking these quality improvement activities please reach out to your local Quality Improvement Coach via Practice Assist

 

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Diabetes WA & Aboriginal Health

Diabetes WA is proud to be working directly with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOS) to understand community challenges and support their work in delivering local diabetes healthcare.

Aboriginal Australians are nearly four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-Aboriginal Australians and are far more likely to experience life-changing complications.

Diabetes WA is committed to delivering a culturally safe service and we are guided by our ACCHO stakeholders, our Aboriginal Health Practitioners and consumer feedback. We have co-designed programs and resources using the experience and insights of our Aboriginal cohort and will continue to be focused on Closing the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Diabetes WA works with ACCHOS to deliver clinical services on country around the state. Our models of care include fly in clinics and outreach services, supporting individuals in the Kimberley, Pilbara the Goldfield regions and more. These clinics are also supported by telehealth services.

Our Diabetes Telehealth Service offers specialist support and education alongside face-to-face clinics or as a stand-alone service. Demand for our telehealth service has increased, as regions face challenges with clinical workforce shortages coupled with rising numbers of Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes.

Diabetes WA’s Telehealth for Country WA Service is a free clinical support and education service for people living with diabetes in rural and remote areas of WA. To access this service, please email telehealth@diabeteswa.com.au or call (08) 9436 6241. A GP referral is not a requirement, and your patient can also self-refer via the same channels.  

The Diabetes WA Clinic is a person-centred service designed to support your patient to self-manage their diabetes. One on one appointments with a credentialled diabetes educator or dietitian are available online via telehealth and face to face at our metro location. To make a patient referral, please visit www.diabeteswa.com.au/clinic.  

                                            

 

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Improving veteran access to clinically necessary diabetes products

Health providers treating eligible veterans with diabetes can order clinically necessary diabetes products by completing a DVA Direct Order Form.

DVA funded diabetes products will be delivered to the veteran’s door, at no cost to the veteran, by an Australia-wide network of DVA providers.

Learn more here

 

COVID-19 Updates 

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Moderna Bivalent BA.1 vaccine expiry 

Please be advised that the last of the Moderna Bivalent BA.1 vaccine stock has now been delivered. All remaining Moderna Bivalent BA.1 vaccine doses will expire between 9-12 July 2023.

Please check your fridges and last labelled expiry date and dispose of any vaccines as they expire. The vaccines should then be disposed of as per existing state and territory guidelines for the disposal of clinical waste and schedule 4 medication. If there is a wastage event of 10 or more vials a Major Wastage Report will need to be completed in CVAS as soon as possible, and within 2 hours of the event occurring. If there are less than 10 vials, the reporting should be completed in the minor wastage section in the weekly Vaccine Stock Management Report.

Once sites stock on hand shows zero for Moderna Bivalent BA.1 vaccine and all reporting has been completed in CVAS for this vaccine product, it will be deactivated on your behalf, unless you have already requested deactivation.

 

 

Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates 

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Immunisation “Back to Basics” Webinar a huge success

Last Thursday 6 July, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) hosted the Immunisation "Back to Basics" Webinar with guest speaker Michele Cusack, Business Development Officer at Services Australia.

The webinar presented information about accessing Provider Digital Access (PRODA) and Health Professional Online Services (HPOS), accessing the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) as a delegate, and recording vaccinations given overseas or to individuals not enrolled in Medicare.

WAPHA’s Immunisation Team stated the webinar was a huge success with 371 registrations and 96 people attending the event. In addition, the initial feedback from the attendees has been overwhelmingly positive:

  • “It was a well presented and timely webinar.”
  • “It was very helpful to have a refresher on accessing PRODA. The presenter was very clear and easy to understand.”
  • “Well presented and succinct. Very relevant and easy to follow.”
  • “It was very clear for me, mainly a refresher as we do many childhood catch ups at our practice, but I learnt a few valuable tips.”
  • “Excellent webinar as I am new to general practice.”

Everyone who registered for the webinar will receive a copy of the recording and the online resources from Services Australia.

WAPHA’s Immunisation Team is planning additional webinars in this series to guide general practice staff through using the AIR and accessing immunisation data. Dates to be announced shortly.

For additional immunisation resources and helpful links, visit the Australian Immunisation Program section at the top of the Practice Assist ‘Programs and National Schemes’ Tool Kit webpage.

     

 

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Reimbursements for END of the Free Influenza Program for 2023

The Free influenza program in May and June 2023 program has now ended.

The WA Department of Health extends it thanks to all providers who participated.
 
Reimbursement claims MUST be submitted by 5pm on the 28 July 2023 via the unique link previously emailed to their practice.
 
Late submissions will not be accepted.
 
For any queries email influenza.reimbursement@health.wa.gov.au
 

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National Immunisation Program changes from 1 July 2023

From 1 July 2023, changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) include:

  • Addition of Vaxelis® as an alternative vaccine for use in the primary vaccination series for children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, and invasive infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTPa-hepB-IPV-Hib).
  • Continuation of the meningococcal B (Bexsero®) catch-up vaccination program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants under 2 years of age.

For more detailed information on the NIP changes, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website and the National Immunisation Program schedule.
 
The Australian Immunisation Handbook has also been updated to include changes related to the Vaxelis® vaccine as well as updates to the administration of vaccines and meningococcal disease pages.

The latest Handbook updates can be viewed here.
 

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New Immunisation Catch Up Request forms

Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control (MCDC) provides assistance to general practice staff by providing suggested immunisation catch-up plans for children and adolescents up to 20 years of age, and persons of all ages with asplenia or pre/post-splenectomy.

MCDC is implementing a new process for requesting assistance with catch-up immunisation plans.
 
From 3 July 2023 providers will be required to submit requests electronically via this online form: Immunisation Catch Up Plan Request Form
 
Using this electronic request form will enable MCDC to gather all the relevant information so that your patient’s suggested catch-up plan can be completed accurately and in the shortest possible time frame. Overseas records or practice catch-up attempts can be uploaded into the online form if required.
 
Please contact the MCDC Immunisation Team on 9222 8588 or NM.MCDCImmunisationTeam@health.wa.gov.au for any questions.

Please note that if interpreting services are required for your documents the timeframes on return of your catch up plan may be slightly delayed.
 

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Australian Immunisation Handbook tip

Can the Vaxelis® and Infanrix® hexa vaccines be used interchangeably?  

Vaxelis® and Infanrix® hexa are hexavalent vaccines that protect against the same diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B – hence the abbreviation ‘DTPa-hepB-IPV-Hib’). Vaxelis® has recently been added to the National Immunisation Program as an alternative to Infanrix® hexa but not as a replacement vaccine.

It is preferable that the same DTPa-hepB-IPV-Hib vaccine be used for all 3 doses of the primary series (given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age).  
 
Vaxelis® and Infanrix® hexa can be safely administered with most other vaccines including Prevenar 13®, Rotarix®, Bexsero® and influenza vaccines.    
 
Vaxelis® and Infanrix® hexa vaccines are prepared differently.

Vaxelis® is a single-dose pre-filled syringe, containing all components in liquid form.

Infanrix® hexa requires reconstitution by mixing the liquid syringe component with the Hib pellet in powder form supplied in a separate glass vial.  
 
Further information is detailed in the relevant disease chapters of the Australian Immunisation Handbook, on the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website and in NCIRS fact sheets. 

 

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Immunisation Course Expression of Interest

WA Primary Health Alliance are supporting practice nurses to complete the Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program (HESA Accredited). This Expression of Interest (EOI) is for Practice nurses who require training on immunisation. Please take the time to read the information below and in the link before completing the survey. 

This Program aims to equip health professionals with knowledge and skills to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service. It is self-paced but must be completed within a period of 20 weeks from the date of registration. The course requires access to the internet. The system requirements are listed and should be checked prior to purchase. Animation, interactivity and audio may not be supported on some devices such as iPads or iPhones. 

Health Professionals must be registered with AHPRA to apply and those who successfully complete and meet all Program requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The course costs $350 inclusive of GST. Payment is made online through a secure PayPal system. On completion of the program, WA Primary Health Alliance will reimburse the cost of the course. All claims must be submitted to WAPHA prior to 31st December 2023.

For further information on the course please click here

The EOI will take approximately 3 minutes to complete. Please fill out the questions and submit in one session by COB Friday 10th of November 2023.



 

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Immunisation for individuals with additional needs: practical guide

Some individuals may experience difficulties during vaccination, but with additional support and practice adjustments, these individuals can often be successfully vaccinated in the primary health care setting.
 
NCIRS has produced a practical guide to support immunisation providers to vaccinate individuals with additional needs.

The guide provides practical advice including clinical considerations, practice adjustments and what to do next if vaccination was not successful.
 
Visit the NCIRS website to view and download the Supported Vaccination Guide.
 

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Alternate Access Model for Bowel Testing Kits



Bowel cancer can develop without any signs. It usually starts as small growths called polyps, which can grow and become cancer.

Currently the National Bowel Screening Program mails out the testing kits to eligible people.
 
However, we know many patients are more likely to complete the test after discussing the process with a trusted healthcare provider.

You play an important role in helping your patients make informed decisions about bowel cancer screening.
 
The Department of Health And Aged Care has launched an alternate way for people to access the testing kits

WAPHA is seeking interest from General Practices who would like to engage in this program with assistance.

If your practice is interested please complete an expression of interest from the EOI here

 

 

Practice Updates 

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Lockridge Medical Centre celebrates NAIDOC Week

 
The team at Lockridge Medical Centre

To celebrate NAIDOC last week and support Aboriginal1 patients, Lockridge Medical Centre hosted a successful community health day at the practice and provided free walk-in Indigenous health assessments throughout the week.
 
Lockridge Medical Centre Director Natalie Watts said that a local Elder, Mr Herbert, opened the day with a Welcome to Country and more than 100 people from the local community, including the City of Swan Mayor David Lucas, came along to enjoy free food, coffee, giveaways and fun activities, including arts and crafts, face painting and garden games.
 
“The event provided a unique opportunity for the practice team to work together and actively listen to the needs of our First Nations people, celebrate our rich cultural heritage and better support the health and wellbeing of all Australians. Together, we celebrated the resilience, wisdom and contributions of our Elders during NAIDOC week,” Ms Watts said.
 
Lockridge Medical Centre received support and sponsorship from the City of Swan, West Coast Eagles, Swan Districts Football Club, Woolworths Beechboro and Coles Bassendean. In addition, local health services were on site including Audika, Meerilinga, Befriend, Cosmic Culture Art, Midvale Hub Parenting Service and diabetes educators.
 
“The City of Swan’s support was pivotal in bringing the vision to life. Throughout the day, there were new connections made and exciting plans for collaboration of services in the future, both for our practice’s RAP and patient services. We are all looking forward to next year,” Ms Watts said.
 

                
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas and Lockridge Medical Centre Director Natalie Watts (pictured left) with NAIDOC stall and craft activities for kids that were held during the NAIDOC Week celebrations.

1. WA Primary Health Alliance uses the term Aboriginal in preference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, in recognition that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of Western Australia.

 

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Wanting to find visiting specialists in your region? Visit HealthPathways WA

Ever wanted to find out which specialists are visiting your local area? Or wanting to know when they will next visit? The HealthPathways WA site has just the page for that. Our Visiting Specialists page provides metropolitan, and country based visiting specialists’ rosters which are regularly updated by the HealthPathways WA team. 
 
If you are interested in accessing this page or just want to gain access to the site, you can request a login via the HealthPathways WA Project Site and complete the ‘Request a login’ form.

To advise the team of a visiting specialist roster we have not listed, please send feedback to the team by pressing the feedback button, found in the bottom right corner of the page, or emailing health.pathways@wapha.org.au
 

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Urgent Update: Electronic Prescribing Service

The Department of Health and Aged Care has awarded Fred IT (the parent company of eRX Script Exchange) a four-year contract to supply the nation's new Prescription Delivery Service (PDS) after requests for tender closed in June 2022. Practices that are currently not using eRX Script exchange as their vendor to send electronic prescriptions will need to connect to eRX Script exchange to continue to do so before 1st October 2023.

Existing arrangements with other service providers such as Medisecure will remain in place with the cost of electronic prescribing reimbursed by the Australian Digital Health Agency until the 30 September 2023. Funding for electronic prescribing will then be covered by the National PDS replacing the existing electronic prescription fee and SMS reimbursement framework which has been in place since the introduction of electronic prescribing in 2020.

The Department of Health and Aged Care has released a fact sheet about the transition and steps practices need to take to ensure they can continue to offer electronic prescribing whilst maintaining a cost neutral service.
 

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GP Experience - Medication Titration Survey

Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park (SCGH) is undertaking a quality improvement activity to understand GP’s experience in titrating heart failure medications.

Please consider participating in an online survey regarding your experience, which will take less than two minutes to complete.

Learn more here
 

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Continuation of diversion of NMHS Gastroenterology Elective Procedure Waitlist cases to EMHS until 30 September 2023

Due to the ongoing success of the redirection of North Metropolitan Health Service referrals to East Metropolitan Health Service for specific endoscopy procedures, the agreement between the two Health Service Providers will continue until the 30 September 2023 (may be extended to 31 December).

This extended diversion will assist NMHS in managing the high demand for endoscopy procedures within its catchment and improve access times.

It will continue to include referrals for Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Diagnostic Gastroscopy, Diagnostic Colonoscopy, and both Diagnostic Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy. These cases will be redirected to either Kalamunda or Armadale Hospital.

The diversion will also continue to apply for patients residing in the NMHS postcodes 6005, 6006, 6007, 6008, 6016, 6017, 6050, 6059, 6060, 6061, 6062, 6066, and 6090.

Referrals should continue to be sent via the Central Referral Service, using the “Referring to Direct Access Endoscopy Services” referral form.
 

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GSWA Clinical Service Plan surveys now live

The Government of Western Australia Department of Health and the Genetic Services of Western Australia (GSWA) invite you to participate in a project to plan the future of genetic service delivery by GSWA.

GSWA provides genetic counselling, genetic testing, and family planning support for people impacted by certain genetic conditions. GSWA is in the process of developing a clinical service plan which will outline the future direction of the service and help to enhance the experience of those who use it.

To ensure the clinical service plan reflects the needs of all Western Australians, the Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc. and the Department of Health are consulting with a wide variety of stakeholders from June to October 2023. This will be done via surveys, interviews, focus groups and an online workshop.

We would appreciate input from:

  • Individuals who were referred to or attended an appointment at GSWA between 2014 and 2023 (including parents and carers of patients)
  • Health professionals who manage patients with genetic conditions and either refer patients to GSWA or currently do not refer to GSWA
  • Support service staff who assist patients during their appointments with GSWA
  • Community, peer support or advocacy groups that support people living with genetic conditions (some of whom are GSWA patients)

If you fall into any of these categories, please follow the links below to share your experiences with GSWA or supporting GSWA clients:

  • If you are a health professional or support service staff member, you can complete the Clinician and Support Service survey (hosted by the Department of Health)
  • If you are a consumer or represent a community organisation, you can complete the Community survey (hosted by the Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc.)

Please visit their website to find out more about the project and other ways you can participate.

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Education & Events 

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Primary Sense Education Sessions (Metro)

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Tuesday 18 July, Wednesday 19 July & Thursday 3 August
WAPHA Offices - Subiaco

Primary Sense is a data extraction and clinical support tool that uses de-identified general practice data to give patients the right care at the right time.

These sessions have been designed to introduce Primary Sense to Practice Managers and Nurse’s whilst also extending on current knowledge and experience using the tool in general practice.

View the flyer here for more information

Register here

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Primary Sense Education Sessions (Country WA)

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Friday 14 August
Virtual Sessions

A virtual Primary Sense education session will be run for WA regional practices, with this session having the same content as the metropolitan sessions, providing a demonstration of Primary Sense and giving practice staff with an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to get the most out of the tool. 

Primary Sense is a data extraction and clinical support tool that uses de-identified general practice data to give patients the right care at the right time.

These sessions have been designed to introduce Primary Sense to Practice Managers and Nurse’s whilst also extending on current knowledge and experience using the tool in general practice.

Register here - Friday 14 July

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Invitation to attend a Primary Health Care National Allergy Council Shared Care stakeholder engagement session

Presented by National Allergy Council
Wednesday 26 July (12pm - 2pm AEST)

The National Allergy Council, a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, is progressing a Shared Care for Allergy Project. The project has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and aims to improve access to care for people with allergies, especially for those living in rural and remote parts of Australia.

The presentation of Australians with allergic conditions in primary care is increasing. Supporting patients to access timely diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management will be the focus of discussions. The outcomes of these consultations will help inform a national approach to standards of care for allergic diseases, education and training of health professionals, defining scope of practice for practitioners and interdisciplinary teamwork and connectivity.

Register here

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Digital health – Did you know? eLearning at your fingertips



Available at your pace and at any time, the Australian Digital Health Agency’s online learning portal gives you access to free eLearning modules to support digital health in your practice.

Find modules to help you feel confident using electronic prescriptions, Active Script List, My Health Record, and developing a My Health Record security and access policy for your organisation.

Explore new modules including the popular Digital Health Security Awareness 2023 course.

Learn more here

 

Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

Diabetes WA - Regional Self-Management Workshops
Presented by Diabetes WA
Various Dates
Foundations of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Presented by ASHM
13 July to 14 July
Contraceptive Implant Theory Workshops
Presented by ASHM
14 July
Introduction to electronic prescriptions
Presented by ADHA
18 July
BreastScreen WA Visit to Coolgardie
Presented by BreastScreen WA
18 July to 19 July
Free webinar series -  2023 Changes to the NIP: 'A New Paediatric Solution'
Presented by Benchmarque Group
19 July, 25 July & 1 August
Travel Medicine Masterclass
Presented by Monash University
20 July & 21 July
General Practice Conference & Education
Presented by GPCE
22 July & 23 July
FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health for Doctors
Presented by ASHM
24 July to 28 July
Breaking the Barriers – Engaging and responding to patients who use DFV
Presented by Safer Families
26 July
PC4 GP Circle Webinar
Presented by Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4)
27 July
How can I access My Health Record and the my health app?
Presented by ADHA
28 July
Early Career GP Conference
Presented by RACGP
29 July (9am to 4pm AWST)
Festival of Nursing 2023
Presented by APNA
27 July to 29 July
National Allied Health Conference
Presented by Department of Health
7 August to 9 August
2023 Perth Nurse Melanoma Symposium
Presented by Melanoma Institute Australia
10 August
Course in Wound Closure (Bentley)
Presented by Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
8 September 
Diabetes Education - Carbohydrates: The Basics
Presented by National Diabetes Services Scheme
17 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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