Practice Connect #176

10 August 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.





My Medicare

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 practices,GPs and patients.

MyMedicare Timeline

MyMedicare is being rolled out in a staged approach. Before 1 October 2023 (the date when patients can start to register), we encourage practices to register 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.


Registration support

*Created by East Melbourne Primary Health Network

For additional support, email or phone 1800 700 199 and select option 1.


Reasons to register your practice

  • Register your patients: Incentives for practices to register patients will develop over time, such as with longer telehealth appointments in November 2023,  Aged Care incentives from August 2024 and chronic care items linked to a patient’s registration in MyMedicare from November 2024. Already having your regular patients registered prepares your practice for these initiatives.
  • Better health outcomes for enrolled populations: Continuity of care improves health outcomes for individuals and populations. “The 10 Building Blocks of High-Performing Primary Care”, a paper published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, shows that enrolment is a building block for good patient outcomes and high-quality primary care, along with leadership, data-driven improvement and team-based care. Strengthening the existing doctor-patient relationships improves continuity of care and outcomes for patients.
  • Better health outcomes with team-based care for chronic disease management: A shift in funding for chronic disease can allow flexibility of models of care and lead to better outcomes for your patients.

Further 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



Register Now: Primary health care reform and MyMedicare - Set your practice up for success

The Vibe Hotel, Subiaco with Dr Wally Jammal & Dr Kirsten Meisinger
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Saturday 12 August (Registration from 8.30am event starts at 9.00am and concludes 1.00pm AWST)

As a recognised primary care leader, we invite you and your practice team to join us for a unique event that will prepare you and your practice to understand the forthcoming primary care reform.
Drs Wally Jammal and Kirsten Meisinger will join forces to share insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda, while Dr Kirstin Meisinger will add her significant expertise in the patient centred medical home model. 
They will guide you through a session on: 

  • Primary care reform and what it means for you, your practice and your patients
  • MyMedicare and Voluntary Patient Registration
  • How enrolment can lead to a practice population health approach
  • Leveraging Systems for Practice Population Analysis & Registration Management
Limited availability: secure your spot today!

register here now

Online webinar with Dr Wally Jammal 
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Friday 11 August (10.30am to 11.30am AWST)

WA Primary Health Alliance invites you and your practice team to join us online this Friday 11 August 2023, with the esteemed Dr Wally Jammal, as he shares his insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda. 

Dr Wally Jammal will share his insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda including:

  • Primary care reform and what it means for you, your practice and your patients
  • MyMedicare and voluntary patient registration
  • Question and answer session.
View the flyer here         Register here now



Feature - Digital Health


How Digital Health can benefit your Practice

Digital Health is an umbrella term that refers to secure digital care programs that enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery and to make medicine more personalised and precise in general practice.
A Digital Health initiative in general practice can open new opportunities and enable the practice to offer timely and effective care to their patients.  The practice can provide access to a safe, connected and quality health care to patients, no matter where they live.
Digital Health refers to using integrated system technology to improve the healthcare system for general practitioners and their patients alike. This includes:

HealthPathways WA have developed a suite of Digital Health pathways to assist and provide information to healthcare professionals.  These pathways include:  

Digital Health Resources and Information:

You can also visit the Practice Assist – Digital Health toolkit that has a vast range or resources and information that would be off assistance to your practice.  If you would like assistance with initiating or expanding your practice’s digital health capabilities, contact the contact the Practice Assist Team.



Embracing Digital Health for Quality Improvement in your Practice

Integrating digital health technologies into general practice is vital for driving quality improvement.

Primary Sense, WAPHA’s data extraction and clinical support tool of choice assists practices to improve quality and safety for patients in areas such as clinical care, practice structures, systems and processes.

Insights and analysis rely on accurate data. In alignment with the Strengthening Medicare General Practice Grant and preparation for My Medicare your practice may be considering an upgrade or change of clinical software. To ensure patient health records are accurate and current, it is essential to maintain your patient database with data cleansing and data quality improvement practices.

To implement a data quality improvement plan, your practice can undertake and document the activities outlined below as part of your team’s QI journey.

Data cleansing – archiving

Archiving inactive patients improves the quality of practice data by ensuring data is accurate and up to date. Up to date data is beneficial because:


Good quality data is a powerful resource for general practices but requires a consistent and coordinated approach from all the practice team. Your local QI Coach can guide and support you in undertaking and documenting your data quality improvement plan. To connect with your local QI Coach, contact Practice Assist.


Medical Board of Australia - Telehealth consultations with patients

On 1 September, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) are launching their new guidelines on telehealth consultations with patients which address the use of technology-based consultations.  The guidelines define telehealth consultations as the use of “technology as an alternative to in-person consultations between a patient and a medical practitioner” and include video, telephone, transmitting images and data and electronic prescribing.

The guidelines state that the Board recognises the important role that telehealth can play in accessing both episodic and emergency care, particularly in rural and remote settings, for patients who are unable to travel for an in-person consultation, to support inclusive care, and when patients may not be able to consult with their usual doctor.  

The use of My Health Record supports the the Board's guidelines for telehealth by providing GPs, nurses and other AHPRA registered clinicians with an electronic summary of a patient's key health information. It allows healthcare practitioners to evaluate information from various sources to make informed assessments and treatment decisions. Clinicians can access a summary of their patient’s medical history, medications, allergies, and test results, enabling a holistic understanding of the patient's health. Uploading Shared Health Summaries contributes further key information to a patient’s record, allowing for other clinicians involved in their care including hospital, specialist, pharmacy and allied health to access timely, key health information. 

The Digital Health team and WAPHA as a whole encourage and support the use of telehealth, My Health Record and tools such as ePrescribing, secure messaging and eOrdering of pathology and are able to offer support with setup and best practice use. Given the recommendations by the Board, it is clear that using a suite of digital tools together improves continuity of care, whilst reducing the risks and concerns that have been associated with using telehealth alone. 

If you would like assistance with initiating or expanding your practice’s digital health capabilities, contact the Practice Assist Team.


my health app

Earlier this year the Australian Digital Health Agency released a smart phone application, my health app, designed to encourage consumers to take a more proactive role in managing their health.     

The design and development of the app came after surveying the general public, with results of 88% of those surveyed and engaged in focus groups saying they want to access their personal health information digitally. This was paired with further research that identified almost two-thirds of Australians regularly use their mobile phones to access, share and manage their health information.     

My health app is owned and operated by the Australian Digital Health Agency and allows consumers to:   

  • View their medical history
  • Check pathology results, including COVID-19
  • Manage vaccinations & immunisations
  • Track allergies and reactions
  • View hospital discharge summaries 
  • Upload and keep track of care planning documents
  • View and access the records of their children and any other individuals who have added them as a nominated or authorised representative 
  • View medicine information

Further, the development of the app has begun steps into addressing two of the four areas health providers want digital health to achieve in Australia in the next 5 years. These being enhanced access to health information and patient self-management of ongoing conditions.   

More information can be found here


MHR then and now – “who actually uses My Health Record?” 

July saw the My Health Record system turn 11 years old, having initially launched in 2012 as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) before being renamed to My Health Record in 2015.  For a number of years uptake remained low until 2019 with the move from an opt-in to an opt-out model which led to a rapid increase in the number of organisations and documents being added – a trend which continues to this day. 

With more organisations from primary to tertiary health care,  joining and using My Health Record, the amount of clinical information available has continued to rise, with more and more clinicians accessing and using the record for their patients as a part of their standard practice.  As shown below, the number of organisations connected to My Health Record in WA alone has more than doubled with an incredible 7,800% more uploads and 30,250% more views in May 2023 when compared to the same month in 2019.







Total WA registered organisations 


















If you have ever asked the question “who actually uses My Health Record”, now is the time to take another look at the record as some of the key clinical information available to clinicians now includes: 

  • Public and private hospital discharge letters 
  • Specialist letters from public and private providers 
  • Pathology results from all major WA labs including Australian Clinical Labs, Clinipath, PathWest and Western Diagnostics 
  • Immunisation records 
  • Prescription and dispense records 
  • MBS and PBS items claimed 

New organisations continue to join and add to the record with Residential Aged Care Homes being a major focus of both WAPHA and the Australian Digital Health Agency. The Digital Health Team are able to support these and other providers to connect to the system.   

If you would like assistance with initiating or expanding your practice’s digital health capabilities, contact the Practice Assist Team.


GPs using Best Practice can now upload Advanced Care Planning directly onto My Health Record

An exciting new feature to Best Practice’s latest software update now provides GPs with the ability to upload Advanced Care Planning documents directly into an individual’s My Health Record. BP Premier version Orchid SP1 released 31 July 2023, has taken a phenomenal step to assisting GPs accessing, storing and retrieving crucial patient care planning documents and removing the requirement for an individual to manually upload their own documents.

GPs will have the option to upload care planning documents either internally, creating PDFs within Best Practice, uploading documents from Best Practice’s Patient Clinical Record main menu item and onto My Health Record. Alternatively, documents can be externally downloaded as a PDF file and then uploaded from Best Practice’s correspondence menu.  Additionally, the documents can be removed and replaced in My Health Record.

The new feature in Best Practice only supports documents saved as a PDF and not in DOCX. Or RTF format.


Telehealth in Residential Aged Care Homes

As part of the Commonwealth response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, PHNs including WA Primary Health Alliance received funding to assist Residential Aged Care Homes (RACH) to provide access to telehealth services for their residents with support to purchase and use appropriate systems.  A provider has been contracted to supply a telehealth package to all the RACHs that expressed interest in joining, with nearly 150 homes across WA due to receive this package. 

As well as supporting RACHs with the equipment, the Digital Health team are supporting the design of clear pathways and guidelines to ensure the service is safe and secure for both residents and clinicians.  As part of this, RACHs are being encouraged and supported to connect to My Health Record to both view and add relevant key clinical information.  


Narambeen RACH case study 

Bruce Rock Medical Centre and Koolberrin Lodge, a Residential Aged Care Home (RACH) in Narembeen, are in the Wheatbelt region where geography and dispersed population pose challenges to health service delivery.  

Residents at the WA Country Health Service's (WACHS) run home who require GP consultations outside of the regularly scheduled fortnightly appointments must travel the hour-long round trip to Bruce Rock or wait until the sole GP at the medical centre is able to schedule a visit. With both options causing substantial disruption and unnecessary distress, the Digital Health team offered to support the medical centre to offer the option of telehealth appointments to residents at Koolberrin Lodge. 

Alongside colleagues from WACHS, the team provided the practice with a HealthDirect video call clinic, guidance on best practice virtual consultations and ran simulated appointments to identify and resolve technical issues in advance of providing virtual appointments to residents and the wider practice population.  The team also saw this as an opportunity to explore other digital health topics that may be of benefit including secure communication with other providers, the use of My Health Record and electronic prescriptions. The team are continuing to work with the practice to refine a model that can potentially be used at other practices.

For more information or to request support for your practice, contact the Practice Assist Team.


Extension of the healthdirect Video Call COVID-19 GP Program to 31 December 2023

The Department of Health and Aged Care has extended the healthdirect Video Call COVID-19 GP Program to 31 December 2023.

GPs are encouraged to continue using this secure video consulting platform which has been purpose-built for primary care settings, in line with the changes to the telehealth MBS items.

For GPs in private practice wanting to use the service, please register your practice. For GPs in ACCHSs wanting to use the service, please register for access.

RACGP CPD accredited training in healthdirect Video Call is available for interested practices. Register here


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.



Axe the fax

On the 31st July, My Aged Care joined the growing list of providers who no longer accept faxed referrals due to concerns around the risks they present to confidential patient information and the time taken to process them when compared to smart forms or secure messages. 

Practices using Best Practice, MedicalDirector, MedTech, Genie, Shexie or Zedmed can make a referral directly from the patient record, further reducing the time required to write and send the referral as the form automatically pulls key clinical information from the record.   

This information is used to automatically create a My Aged Care record for the patient and to send a unique confirmation number to support any follow up. 

Clinicians without access to a supported clinical information system can still send referral via the My Aged Care online smart referral form which is sent via the same secure messaging system. 

By taking this step, My Aged Care joins a list of providers either requiring or preferencing secure referrals which includes the WA Health Central Referral Service.  For more information on secure messaging and smart referrals, contact the Digital Health team via, your secure messaging provider or see HealthPathways for details of secure referral options 

With the first commercial fax machine being released nearly 60 years ago in 1964 and peak use occurring in the 1980s, now’s the time to axe the fax. 


COVID-19 Updates 


Non-Medicare COVID-19 Vaccination Reimbursement 

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care is funding WA Primary Health Alliance to reimburse general practices to support non-Medicare patients being vaccinated against COVID- 19. 

Practices can be reimbursed to the rebate value of the relevant MBS item number and reimbursement can be backdated to January 2023.

To make a claim, please complete the survey.

Please note: We no longer require an invoice to support reimbursement, only completion of the survey. For further information, contact Practice Assist.


Immunisation & Cancer Screening Updates 


Immunisation: AIR Encounters and Reports Webinar

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Thursday 31 August (5pm to 6pm)

Following on from the successful Back to Basics webinar, WA Primary Health Alliance is pleased to host the second webinar in the series. Michele Cusack is returning to present a more in depth look  at the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

The webinar is aimed at Primary Healthcare Nurses and Aboriginal Health Practitioners to help navigate the Australian Immunisation register.

This webinar will highlight:

  • Recording encounters in AIR
  • Downloading and using 10A reports
  • The new 42A reports

(This webinar will be recorded)
View the flyer here

To register click link here


Do you know your Immunisation Schedule?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have higher rates of some vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) than non-Indigenous persons.
For this reason, additional vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program.
The recommendations and funding for additional vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples vary from state to state, based on local disease burden.
These extra vaccinations are in addition to the routine vaccinations offered throughout life (pregnancychildrenadolescents, adults and seniors).
Ensure that you have the latest WA Immunisation Schedule and be aware of the extra vaccinations.


"Australian Immunisation Register TIP" for Newborns not yet enrolled in Medicare

How to report newborn vaccinations for infants who are not yet enrolled in Medicare 

Infants who are not yet enrolled in Medicare can have their vaccination encounters recorded directly onto the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) following vaccination. 

Using the AIR site 

  1. Search the AIR for an existing AIR record to prevent the creation of a duplicate record. When conducting the search, enter: 
  • the baby’s first name 
  • the mother or father’s surname 
  • the baby’s date of birth. 
The AIR will display the infant’s details if they are registered on the AIR, and a new encounter can then be recorded. 

If no AIR record can be located, a new record can be created by entering the following information: 
  • First name: The registered or intended first name of the baby 
    Note: Where the baby has not been named, use the term ‘Baby of’ as the first name. For a multiple birth, use ‘Baby 1 of’, ‘Baby 2 of’, and so on
  • Surname: Mother’s surname 
  • Date of birth: Baby’s date of birth 
  • Gender: Male or female 
  • Address: Mother’s address (this should be the same as the address recorded on the mother’s Medicare records). 

Using software

Your software developer can provide advice on submitting vaccination encounters to the AIR via software for infants who are not yet enrolled in Medicare. 


An infant will automatically be registered on the AIR once they have been enrolled in Medicare. Any vaccination encounters recorded prior to Medicare enrolment will be combined under the one record to ensure the infant has a complete immunisation history statement. 

Further information 



Cancer information for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse patients and carers

The Cancer Network at the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health recently undertook the ‘Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) cancer information needs for consumers and carers’ project to better understand the cancer information needs of CaLD consumers and carers affected by cancer.
The different types of cancer information that were important to those consulted included:

  • Diagnosis and prognosis
  • Making an informed decision on treatment
  • Treatment costs and financial support
  • Support services
  • How the Australian health system works, and
  • Lifestyle changes
In addition to the above, several cultural needs were raised, including language needs, cultural beliefs about cancer, respecting religious and cultural beliefs, the role of family, and empowering CaLD people to advocate for their health needs.
The report also outlines barriers to accessing and using cancer screening services amongst CaLD communities and identifies strategies to improve participation in screening.

The report and ‘Summary of key findings’ are available on the Cancer Network website here: 

As a result of these findings, Cancer Council WA’s Cancer and Information Support Services staff are working alongside Health Consumers Council (HCC) staff to develop some cancer information resources for culturally and linguistically diverse cancer patients and families here in WA.



Interview invitation for cervical screening research - Supporting Choice for Cervical Screening

Supporting Choice for Cervical Screening is a national project which aims to generate evidence about how the choice for self-collection can be implemented in different services and settings, to ensure equitable access and increased participation for people who currently experience barriers to cervical screening. 
The project is co-led by the University of Melbourne and the Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney.  
Participants can take part in an interview as an individual (up to 60 minutes) or as part of a group with colleagues (up to 1.5 hours).  The interview will be held online via Zoom or Teams. 
To indicate your interest in an interview please click here  
For enquiries, please contact the Supporting Choice team: 
University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) reference: 2023-26114-38488-1 


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.


Practice Updates 


Candlewood Medical Centre introduces case conferences with non-dispensing pharmacist

To optimise patient care through collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork, Candlewood Medical Centre in Joondalup has introduced a process for weekly multidisciplinary case conferences (MBS items 735 to 758) with the support of the practice’s non-dispensing pharmacist, Janki Varsani.
Ms Varsani explained that having a non-dispensing pharmacist involved in the case conferences provided an opportunity for GPs, nurse practitioners and other health professionals to discuss complex patient cases that often require pharmacological interventions.
“Discussion of the patient’s barriers in treatment goals, current medical status, pathology, specialist correspondence, past medical history and current medication is crucial in the management of chronic diseases. This collaborative and coordinated approach of interdisciplinary teamwork has shown benefits for our patients at the practice,” Ms Varsani said.
According to Ms Varsani, the interventions that are made during the multidisciplinary case conferences provide a patient-centred and holistic level of care, which can also result in patients being linked to other allied health services that support chronic disease management.
For further information about how your practice team can optimise patient care contact the Practice Assist Team.

Janki Varsani, non-dispensing pharmacist at Candlewood Medical Centre


Mental Health Case Conferencing

New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items are now available to facilitate mental health case conferences for patients being treated under the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative or an eating disorder treatment and management plan (EDTMP).
On 1 July 2023, 21 new MBS items were made available for eligible providers to organise and coordinate or participate in case conferences to discuss a patient’s mental health care, where:
  • the patient has been referred for Better Access services or has an active EDTMP,
  • a GP, other medical practitioner (OMP), consultant psychiatrist or consultant paediatrician organises and coordinates the case conference,
  • at least two other members of the multidisciplinary case conference team attend the case conference, and
  • the patient agrees to the case conference taking place and to the participation of all practitioners in the conference.
The criteria to claim MBS items 723 and 732 (GPs), and 230 and 233 (OMPs), have also been expanded to allow GPs and OMPs to develop and review Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) for patients being treated under Better Access or an EDTMP.
Further information on the new and amended MBS items is available in explanatory note AN.0.47, AN.7.17, AN.15.1, AN.15.2, AN.7.32, MN.7.6 on MBS Online, as well as the factsheet titled ‘Mental Health Case Conferencing’ available on the MBS Online webpage


Primary Sense: New SMS List Functionality

Primary Sense has a new SMS list feature

The SMS list feature is available in all Primary Sense reports and allows practice staff to identify specific patients to communicate with via SMS. 
To assist with learning more about the new SMS list feature and how it can be used, the following resources are available: 

For further information or support, contact the Practice Assist Team.



Three Year Old Development Video

There is an increasing expectation from consumers to have accessible and evidence-based child health content available online. In response, the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) in collaboration with the Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS), the Department of Education and the Child and Parent Centres created a six-minute video that aims to inform parents and caregivers of the developmental milestones a three-year-old child should be meeting.

Key messaging in the video also encourages parents/caregivers who may have concerns with their child’s development, to contact their Community Health Nurse (CHN), the Child Development Service (CDS), or their General Practitioner (GP) for follow up and review. 

The video was launched by the CAHS and promoted to consumers across their website and platforms on Monday 31 July 2023. The video can be found here and the flyer here for more information.



ForWhen: Guiding new and expecting parents to mental health care

ForWhen is a new national perinatal and infant mental health care-navigation phoneline. They connect parents experiencing moderate to severe perinatal mental health concerns to critical mental health services and supports.

Their state-based perinatal mental health clinical navigators have a deep understanding of the factors impacting parents and infants and can expertly triage and screen patients, recommending specific perinatal services and supports to meet their needs.

View the flyer here for more information on how to refer patients, and or ring on their behalf.



Launch of the new Guideline for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk

The 2023 Australian Guideline for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk provides the latest evidence-based advice and tools for the primary prevention of CVD.

The new guideline:

  • Has been endorsed by the RACGP
  • Includes the new Aus CVD Risk Calculator, which has been modified and recalibrated for the Australian population
  • Provides new advice on reclassification factors like family history, ethnicity, coronary artery calcium, renal impairment and severe mental illness
  • Has a new emphasis on communicating risk, with built-in patient decision support tools

Explore the new guideline and Aus CVD Risk Calculator at



Online syphilis decision making support

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) has created a free to use decision making tool, to support clinicians in testing and treating syphilis.   

The syphilis decision making tool, is a unique tool, that ASHM Board President, Sexual Health Physician and Researcher Dr Nicholas Medland has said “takes primary care doctors through the complexities of test results, and supports decision making to identify which patients need urgent treatment.” The tool supports primary care doctors to make decisions with confidence and increase testing for Syphilis, as well as raise the awareness of infectious syphilis currently in WA.   

The introduction of the Syphilis Decision Making Tool comes as part of the response to the ongoing syphilis outbreak, which continues to spread further into WA’s Southwest, Great Southern and Metropolitan regions. Amidst the upward trend of syphilis cases, congenital syphilis has become more prevalent, with pregnant women now a priority population group of growing concern.   

For more information on the syphilis outbreak, please visit:   

Panel Discussion - Preventing Congenital Syphilis

Presented by ASHM
Tuesday 29 August (7:00pm – 8:30pm AWST)

ASHM are hosting a panel discussion on preventing congenital syphilis.

This session for GPs, GP registrars, nurse practitioners and other health professionals working in the primary care setting, will run through opportunities to consider strategies and models of care when aiding populations at extreme risk of congenital syphilis.

Click here to register now!



WA Rural Health Excellence Awards | Nominations now open  


Nominations now open  

Do you know an outstanding rural health professional who deserves recognition for their hard work and commitment to the community?

Nominate a peer, colleague or health team to help shine a spotlight on the health professionals making a difference.

The WA Rural Health Excellence Awards celebrate health professionals who have dedicated their careers to caring for rural communities, and showcase the achievements of health professionals who have enhanced healthcare across country WA.

Additional information on award categories and criteria can be found on the 2024 WA Rural Health Excellence Awards website.



Australian General Practice Training Program

If you’re looking for a challenging, diverse and highly rewarding medical career, apply now to take the first steps towards becoming a GP. Second intake applications for the 2024 Australian General Practice Training Program open 7-29 August 2023. By choosing to specialise in general practice, you’ll have the opportunity to work across a broad spectrum of medicine, with further training available to develop your knowledge in fields of your interest. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a GP, express your interest here



Alcohol. Think Again 'Australian Alcohol Guidelines' campaign

Cancer Council WA would like to draw your attention to the new Alcohol. Think Again Australian Alcohol Guidelines campaign. The campaign targets Western Australian adults to increase awareness of the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian alcohol guideline for healthy adults, and what constitutes a standard drink.
The campaign is running exclusively on digital media. It is part of the Alcohol. Think Again ‘Alcohol and Health’ stream and accompanies the What’s your poison campaign.
More information about the campaign can be found the Community Toolkit. The community toolkit contains downloadable resources including social media assets and resources to extend the campaign with your patients.
Please contact or the Mental Health Commission via the Alcohol Think Again website if you have any queries.



Exploration of health professionals’ perception on factors affecting optimisation of medicines regimens in older adults: A qualitative study

The University of Western Australia invites general practitioners (GP) to participate in a research project that aims to explore the perception of the factors affecting optimal medicines prescribing for older adults (aged 65 years and above) in Australia. You are asked to take part in this project because you are a registered specialist general practitioner in Australia with an experience in prescribing medicines for older adults.

Your personal experience and views on the different aspects of medicines prescribing for older adults will provide a unique perspective to understanding the most important factors affecting optimisation of medicines regimens in older people. This study is part of a larger project investigating the personal, interpersonal and sociocultural factors associated with optimal medicines use in older adults in Australia.

Read the Participant Information Form and Infographic to register your interest.



Education & Events 


Primary health care reform and MyMedicare - Set your practice up for success

The Vibe Hotel, Subiaco with Dr Wally Jammal & Dr Kirsten Meisinger
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Saturday 12 August (Registration from 8.30am event starts at 9.00am and concludes 1.00pm AWST)

As a recognised primary care leader, we invite you and your practice team to join us for a unique event that will prepare you and your practice to understand the forthcoming primary care reform.
Drs Wally Jammal and Kirsten Meisinger will join forces to share insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda, while Dr Kirstin Meisinger will add her significant expertise in the patient centred medical home model. 
They will guide you through a session on: 

  • Primary care reform and what it means for you, your practice and your patients
  • MyMedicare and Voluntary Patient Registration
  • How enrolment can lead to a practice population health approach
  • Leveraging Systems for Practice Population Analysis & Registration Management
Limited availability: secure your spot today!


Primary health care reform and MyMedicare - Set your practice up for success

Online webinar with Dr Wally Jammal 
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Friday 11 August (10.30am to 11.30am AWST)

WA Primary Health Alliance invites you and your practice team to join us online this Friday 11 August 2023, with the esteemed Dr Wally Jammal, as he shares his insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda. 

Dr Wally Jammal will share his insights into the Government’s primary care reform agenda including:

  • Primary care reform and what it means for you, your practice and your patients
  • MyMedicare and voluntary patient registration
  • Question and answer session.



Aboriginal Health Conference 2023

Presented by Rural Health West
18 & 19 November (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges)

We are excited to welcome health professionals from across rural WA to Walyalup, Fremantle on the 18 and 19 November for the 2023 Aboriginal Health Conference. The 2023 conference theme is Dedication: The Story of our Elders and will provide opportunity to learn from those who came before us, hear their stories, reflect on how we can move through the challenges faced by so many, and find a way forward together.

More information, including details on the travel support available for delegates and their families, can be found on the Aboriginal Health Conference website


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

BreastScreen WA visiting Wyndham
Presented by BreastScreen WA
10 August to 11 August
BreastScreen WA visiting Wiluna
Presented by BreastScreen WA
10 August to 11 August
Women's Health Event 
Presented by Western Diagnostic Pathology
12 August
Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
12 August & 19 August
Navigating Health: Pathways to support - Patients, professionals, peers, practicalities
Presented by University of Melbourne
​14 August
Hepatitis C Case Finding for Practice Nurses
Presented by ASHM
15 August
BreastScreen WA visiting Warmun
Presented by BreastScreen WA
15 August to 16 August
Advanced Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy
Presented by ASHM
15 August & 16 August
BreastScreen WA visiting Fitzroy Crossing
Presented by BreastScreen WA
25 August to 8 September
Course in Wound Closure (Bentley)
Presented by Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
8 September 
Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)
Presented by SHQ
15 August to 18 August
Contraceptive Implant Theory Workshops
Presented by SHQ
16 August
Module 2 Cervical Screening
Presented by SHQ
17 August to 18 August
Diabetes Education - Carbohydrates: The Basics
Presented by National Diabetes Services Scheme
17 October
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