Practice Connect #178


7 September 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.



Feature - Mental Health Awareness


RU OK? Day 2023

R U OK? Day 2023 is Thursday 14 September and is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

How to ask R U OK?

As part of this years campaign information is available on how to start a conversation, and deciding if individuals are ready to start meaningful conversations.

What can your practice do to support R U OK? Day?

Ideas on how to support R U OK Day, how to get involved, host an event, merchandise or for resources to display in your practice visit the website.

R U OK? has a wide variety of tailored resources to help you share and champion our message and encourage your school, workplace and community to stay connected and have regular meaningful conversations. These include resources in many languages and resources for Aboriginal communities.


Practice Staff Mental Health Support  

General practice is a rewarding and fulfilling career contributing to improving the lives of all Australians. However, by its very nature, this work can be challenging and stressful.  

Healthcare professionals, including doctors, are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems compared to the general population. The high levels of stress, long working hours, and emotional strain associated with their work, can take a toll on their mental wellbeing. 

There are various resources available to support the mental health of healthcare professionals in Australia.  Some of these include: 

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) – Many healthcare organisations offer EAPs to support the mental wellbeing of their employees. EAPs provide access to confidential counselling, support, and advice. 
  • Mental Health Professionals Network works with practitioners to establish and support interdisciplinary mental health networks across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia. 
  • Support Groups – Support groups can provide a safe and confidential space for healthcare professionals to discuss their experiences and connect with others who may be going through similar challenges. See below support groups: 
     o Doctors’ Health Advisory Service 

     o Beyond Blue 

     o SRSA – Support for Rural Specialists 

     o Lifeline Australia 

     o Drs4Drs 

     o Health and wellbeing support for rural generalists

     o TEN: The Essential Network for Health Professionals

     o RACGP GP Support Program

Quality Improvement tips: 

  • Develop a practice process to ensure all your staff are aware of how to access your Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider if you have one
  • Develop a practice process for debriefing with colleagues regularly 
  • Offer Mindfulness training for all staff either face-to-face or online. Many courses are free 

For further information about Practice Staff Mental Health Support, to contact your local Quality Improvement Coach or Primary Care Navigator,  contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email



GP Psychiatry Support Line

Australians are finding it harder to receive expert mental health care. Access to a psychiatrist can take many months and some find private care prohibitively expensive. This has placed a high burden on our primary care providers to manage a growing number of cases.

The GP Psychiatry Support Line enables GPs to pick up a phone and speak directly with a qualified psychiatrist. Access to expert advice is making a dramatic difference in the quality and efficiency of care being provided to patients. 

Learn more here



Resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal patients

To help support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal patients, health professionals can access culturally relevant online resources on the WellMob website that was developed by eMHPrac (e-mental health in practice) in collaboration with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
In addition to mental health and wellbeing resources, the website also provides a range of training and workforce resources to enhance the skills and understanding of people who work with Aboriginal patients.
For further information, visit
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.



Head to Health

Head to Health is an Australian Government service that helps people to access the mental health and wellbeing services that are right for them. It comprises the Head to Health digital platform, the Head to Health Phone Service and a network of Head to Health centres. 
The services make it easier to navigate and choose the most suitable care options, whether that’s face-to-face, via phone or online. 
Head to Health also makes it easier for GPs and other health professionals to support the mental health of the people they look after, and those who support them, through improving access to, and coordination of, mental health services in their local community.  

Head to Health Digital Platform -  

The Head to Health website includes over 750 evidence based digital mental health resources, apps and online programs.  This includes dedicated online forums, peer support services, chat and email services.  

Head to Health Assessment and Referral Phone Service - 1800 595 212 

This state-wide phone service offers free confidential assessment and referral for anyone seeking help for their mental and emotional wellbeing and/or wanting to support a patient, or someone they care about. The Head to Health Phone Service uses the  Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST). All Head to Health mental health clinicians are trained in, and use the IAR-DST to determine the most appropriate level of care for individuals seeking mental health support.  This is helping to create a common language across the mental health sector about patients’ treatment needs.   If consumers call the phone service number directly, a qualified clinician will use the IAR-DST to guide them to suitable treatment options to support their level of need.
Training is also available for GPs in the use of this tool. Designed to complement the GP or clinician’s clinical judgement, IAR-DST is best used as part of a comprehensive mental health assessment.  
One referral is all the GP needs to make as, once the patient is accepted into the Head to Health system, they are connected to the most appropriate services and supports.  
GPs can find out more here

Head to Health Centres - 1800 595 212 or  

Head to Health Centres offer a walk-in service providing advice, support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people 18 years and over experiencing emotional and psychological distress. Services include support for family, carers and friends. They aim to improve access to mental health services for people whose condition is too complex for primary care but doesn’t meet the criteria for an emergency department visit. There are currently sites in Midland, Gosnells and Mirrabooka.



Invitation to participate in Initial Assessment and Referral interviews

The Department of Health and Aged Care has commissioned Nous Group to review the use and uptake of the Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for mental health care across Australia. This includes the IAR Guidance and Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST).

Nous Group are seeking the views and experiences of clinicians in relation to the IAR. This includes general practitioners, nurses, social workers and other clinicians that conduct mental health assessments. Nous Group are looking to speak to clinicians who are trained in and currently use the IAR and those with less knowledge and/or practical experience of the tool.

This email is an initial EOI for clinicians interested in participating in a 30-minute online interview.  All interviewees will be gifted a $50 online Visa card in appreciation for your time and contribution.

If you would be interested in participating in an interview, please complete the EOI by following this link.

The IAR tools were introduced in 2019 and include the IAR Mental Healthcare Guidance (IAR Guidance) and IAR Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST). Together, these tools establish a national, standardised approach to conducting an initial assessment and support clinicians and other users to determine the most suitable level of care for people presenting seeking mental health support.   


Doctors Caring for Colleagues Workshop - Program

Presented by Doctors' Health Alliance
Saturday 23 Sept (10am to 2pm AEST)

Participate on-line or join a local doctors' health service 'workshop hub' hosted nationally.

Program topics include:

  • Self-care - the sustainable doctor
  • Being the doctor’s doctor
  • Mandatory reporting & medico legal matters
  • Understanding moral injury / burnout / PTSD
  • Rural doctors' health - barriers & impact of workplaces
  • Caring for the suicidal doctor

View the flyer here to register




QI activities coming soon to support the implementation of MyMedicare

WAPHA’s Primary Care Quality Improvement (QI) Team is currently working behind the scenes to develop a range of targeted QI activities (including PDSAs) that may support your practice with the implementation of MyMedicare.
The key areas that the team are focusing on include patient registration, telehealth and chronic disease management. As more information becomes available, we will continue to expand our list of QI activities.
In the meantime, you may also want to start thinking about:

  • what is your pitch about MyMedicare to your practice?
  • what is your pitch about MyMedicare to your patients?

Keep an eye out for more details in future editions of Practice Connect. For further information, contact  Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email to be connected with a Practice QI Coach in your area.


MyMedicare - webinars on demand

The MyMedicare voluntary patient registration model aims to strengthen the relationship between patients, their general practice, GP and primary care teams. Practices are encouraged to register before patient registration commences 1 October 2023.

Webinars on demand

If you would like to catch up on current information regarding MyMedicare, the following recorded webinars are available:

WA Primary Health Alliance webinar on 11 August with Dr Wally Jammal.  Dr Jammal shared his insights into the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care’s primary care reform agenda and MyMedicare and what it means for you, your practice and your patients. 
RACGP - MyMedicare: First steps: What is it, What do I need to know? Includes a broad overview of MyMedicare, goals of MyMedicare and Q&A.
Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care webinar for more policy context surrounding the MyMedicare program.

Access the MyMedicare Toolkit on the Practice Assist website for more information and support.


Immunisation & Cancer Screening


New – Immunisation Catch Up Plan Request Form

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 for any questions.


Frequently asked questions – DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis and Infanrix hexa)   

NCIRS has developed a new resource to answer common questions about DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis and Infanrix hexa).
Vaxelis is a combination vaccine that was added to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) on 1 July 2023 as an alternative vaccine for use in children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.

It is available as an NIP-funded alternative to Infanrix hexa and is not a replacement for Infanrix hexa.
A non-live vaccine, it provides protection against six vaccine-preventable diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). 
Access the resource here


Australian Immunisation Handbook tip - Should a repeat dose be considered when an infant spits out or vomits the oral rotavirus vaccine?  

Rotavirus is the most common cause of acute severe gastroenteritis in children aged <5 years. Rotavirus vaccines are recommended under the NIP, and the Rotarix vaccine is funded at 2 months and 4 months of age.
Rotavirus vaccines are administered orally; the dose should be squeezed onto the inside of the infant’s cheek, preferably prior to a feed and before other vaccinations are administered at the same visit.

If an infant spits out or vomits most of a vaccine dose within minutes of receiving it, give 1 repeat dose during the same visit. If an infant spits out or vomits only a small part of a vaccine dose, the dose is still considered valid and does not need to be repeated. It is safe for the infant to have the entire volume of a repeat dose even if some of the first dose had been swallowed.
Upper recommended age limits apply to rotavirus vaccines.
For Rotarix vaccine, dose 1 needs to be administered before 15 weeks of age and dose 2 before 25 weeks of age. If the RotaTeq vaccine is being administered, refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for upper age limit advice.

If the upper recommended age limit is missed, or if the dose has been given after the upper recommended age limit, refer to the Handbook for further advice.
Rotavirus vaccines can be co-administered with other vaccines on the NIP, including other live vaccines. Evidence from clinical trials indicates that co-administration of oral rotavirus vaccine is safe and does not interfere with the immune response to the other vaccine antigens on the NIP.
Further information is given in the Australian Immunisation Handbook and in the NCIRS Rotavirus vaccines for Australian children fact sheet. 



Immunisation for Health and Life – Inaugural Primary Care Infectious Disease Meeting

Presented by Immunisation Coalition
Saturday 7 October (9am to 4:30pm AEST online event for those in WA)

Immunisation Coalition invite you to attend this event for GPs and nurses that immunise/vaccinate against specific infectious diseases.

Topics include:

  • Travel vaccines in general practice.
  • Vaccine catch up - a practical approach to migrant families and the partially vaccinated patient.
  • Global trends in vaccine preventable disease epidemiology.
  • COVID-19 and influenza update.
  • Primary care planning during outbreaks and pandemics.
  • All hands on deck to increase community immunisation.
  • NIP Schedule update and useful online tools for GPs.
  • How to manage the unfunded vaccine topic in general practice.
  • New vaccines update/ 2024 pipeline outlook.
View the flyer here for more information and to register.


NCIRS webinar: Vaccination for people with disability 

Presented by NCIRS
Friday 22 September (10:00am to 11:15am  AWST)

In this webinar, leading researchers and clinicians will present on: 

  • vaccine coverage and gaps for people with disability
  • strategies to support vaccination of patients with complex needs, including patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with fear of needles 
  • new NCIRS resources to support healthcare providers in vaccination of patients with complex needs.  

Register here


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.



COVID Updates


ATAGI Update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program

ATAGI have released a new statement in relation to additional COVID-19 vaccination doses.

The advice provides guidance on who should consider receiving an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in 2023, recognising that older age remains the strongest risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease.

ATAGI recommends that all adults aged ≥ 75 years should receive an additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccine dose if 6 months have passed since their last dose.

ATAGI advises the following groups should consider an additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccine dose if 6 months have passed since their last dose, after discussion with their healthcare provider:

Within the above groups, an additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be of most benefit for people who:
  • Have no known history of SARS-CoV-2 infection (and therefore are unlikely to have protection from hybrid immunity),
  • Have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs, or
  • Reside in a residential aged care facility.

For more information and view the full statement here.


COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program ending 1 October 2023

From 1 October 2023, the Department of Health and Aged Care will no longer be producing new COVID-19 Vaccine Training Modules and the COVID-19 learning platform will close.
COVID-19 reference resources, including the COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia and ATAGI Recommended COVID-19 Vaccines Doses posters, will continue to be updated and available. For continued access to learning resources for COVID-19 vaccines, please visit COVID-19 vaccination training program | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.
All primary care sites participating in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program must continue to either:

  • hold a valid accreditation (or be undergoing accreditation) through the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, or
  • administer vaccines as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) or
  • be approved to dispense pharmaceutical benefits as part of the PBS defined in Section 90 of the National Health Act 1953 (Cwlth) (Section 90 Pharmacy).

 FAQ’s are available here
If you have any clinical questions regarding COVID-19 Vaccine administrations, please contact the Vaccine Operations Centre (VOC) on 1800 318 208 or


Practice Updates


New General Practice Data Summary Reports coming soon

The recent transition to Primary Sense as WA Primary Health Alliance's data extraction and population health tool of choice, gives us the ability to improve your general practice data summary reports and how we deliver these to your practice.   
We are developing a new secure online portal, the Primary Care Reporting Portal (the Portal), to house your general practice data summary reports. These will be available to all practices sharing data for PIP QI via the Primary Sense tool.
We anticipate that the Portal and your data summary reports will be available in October 2023.  
The Portal will have a staged release. 

  • Stage 1: Access is given to a nominated administration person from each general practice. This person will have initial access to the Portal and enclosed data summary reports. Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in October 2023. 
  • Stage 2: Additional users from each general practice may be added via a self-service registration page. The person nominated as the administer in stage 1 will have responsibility for approving additional registrations and maintaining ongoing registrations for your practice/s.   

If you are a practice sharing data with WAPHA via Primary Sense we recently asked you to respond to our survey to ensure we have the correct information for your practice for Stage 1 of the Portal release.

Please ensure your practice has completed the survey here as soon as possible.

For any further information on the coming Primary Care Reporting Portal or Primary Sense tool, please  contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email



Supporting an effective primary care response to family, domestic and sexual violence

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-32, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has been awarded two grants to support an effective primary health care response to family, domestic and sexual violence.
Two pilot programs will be conducted over three years in locations selected by the Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care. Working with local stakeholders, WAPHA will adapt a national model for integrating general practice care with the broader service response.
In Perth South PHN, the program will focus on supporting the primary care sector response, and in Country WA PHN, the pilot will focus on supporting recovery using a new model of trauma informed care. Work in the Country WA PHN will focus on implementing a new model of trauma-informed, recovery care for victim-survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence.
Interested practices are encouraged to stay up to date via FDSV project page or contact project lead Rosanne Logie. Email or phone 08 6272 4927.



HealthPathways WA Obstetrics Working Group EOI

HealthPathways WA is planning two working groups (Metro and Country) to inform the development of two obstetric pathways. Focus of the working groups are the First Antenatal Consult pathway (for consultations <10 weeks gestation) and the Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis of Fetal Anomalies pathway. The aims of the working groups is to explore gaps, existing knowledge, and current practice, and will provide an opportunity to give feedback on the drafted pathways. The working groups will consist of GPs, midwives, and hospital specialists (obstetrics, genetics, and maternal fetal medicine).

HealthPathways WA is seeking expressions of interest from GPs and community midwives for this event.

Event details:


  • Date: Tuesday, 7 November 2023
  • Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (registration and light refreshments available from 5:30)
  • Location: The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat


  • Date: Thursday, 26 October 2023
  • Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm 
  • Location: Online
Remuneration: Remuneration available for a 1-hour pre-activity and the 2-hour working group (3 hours total) for GPs ($120 per hour) and midwives ($90 per hour).

CPD: RACGP approved and ACRRM accreditation is pending approval.

To express interest in attending complete the EOI form. For more information or queries around this event contact the HealthPathways WA team via email,


Notification of infectious diseases and related conditions

The Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD reminds GPs, nurse practitioners or other medical practitioners of their legal obligation to report diagnosis of a suspected notifiable infectious disease or a related condition. Notifiable infectious diseases and related conditions are notifiable under the Public Health Act 2016 and the Public Health Regulations 2017.
Visit the WA Department of Health website for more information including a list of notifiable infections diseases and how to notify.
Interested practitioners can also access the WA Health Notifiable infectious disease report here


Community Patient Transport Services

Funded by the Department of Health Western Australia, the provision of Non-Emergency Planned Patient Transport Services (NEPPTS) contract is for the transport of low to medium acuity patients within the Perth Metropolitan boundary.
The three NEPPTS transport categories are:

  • Inter-Hospital Patient Transport (IHPT)
  • Jandakot Patient Transport Services (JPTS)
  • Planned Community Patient Transport Services (CPTS)

The following communication materials have been developed to raise awareness of the Planned Community Patient Transport Service and to ensure those who interact with the service are aware of the panel of five approved NEPPTS transport providers.
The below documents are available for your information and distribution:  

Patients can find more info in relation to transport options through the following links:



Find Your Next GP or Practice Nurse with Rural Health West's Recruitment Service!

Are you looking for qualified and dedicated General Practitioners (GPs) or practice nurses to join your healthcare team? Look no further than Rural Health West's (RHW) exceptional recruitment service! RHW specialise in connecting health professionals with rural and remote communities, ensuring that you find the perfect fit for your practice.  And all at no cost to you!
Our dedicated recruitment team is here to support every step of the way. Here's some of the ways we can assist:
1. Supervision Support for IMGs:
If your practice is considering hiring an International Medical Graduate (IMG), the RHW team are ready to provide expert advice on the supervision requirements. They understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with hiring IMGs and can guide your practice in creating a supportive environment for them to thrive.
2. Access to the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP):
In some cases, your doctor may need access to the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) to practise in certain locations. Rural Health West is responsible for administering this program and our recruitment team is across the program's requirements.  They can provide the necessary support to ensure a smooth application process.
3. Sponsorship Assistance:
For off-shore health professionals who require sponsorship to work in Australia, the RHW recruitment team can facilitate an introduction to their experienced migration agent. They have a proven track record of successfully supporting healthcare professionals through the sponsorship process, making it a hassle-free experience.
4. Vacancy Writing Support:
Writing an enticing job vacancy that attracts the right candidates is crucial for successful recruitment. If you find yourself struggling with writing an effective job posting, let RHW take away the stress! The team can provide expert guidance and support to help you create a compelling and informative vacancy that showcases the unique opportunities your practice has to offer.
5. GP Locum Placement Program:
Is your practice facing a temporary gap in GP coverage due to leave or other short-term absences? Look no further than our GP Locum Placement Program. The locum placement program is designed to provide flexible and reliable solutions tailored to your practice's specific needs.  Whether you require a GP for a few days, weeks, or even months, we have a network of locum professionals ready to step in and provide exceptional care.
Rural Health West is passionate about bridging the gap between rural communities and health professionals. The recruitment services go beyond just matching candidates with positions; they strive to build lasting relationships that lead to better health outcomes for everyone involved.
Get in touch with the recruitment team today, and let RHW help you find your ideal GP or practice nurse!
Visit the RHW website:  Email RHW at or call them on 08 6389 4500 to learn more about our comprehensive recruitment services.


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.


Curtin Student-Led Physiotherapy Clinic

Looking for cost-effective musculoskeletal physiotherapy for your patients?

The Curtin Health and Wellness Centre provides affordable physiotherapy assessment and care for musculoskeletal conditions and is for everyone. Care is provided by physiotherapy students in their final years of study, and intermittently, post-graduate physiotherapy students. All consultations are closely supervised by experienced physiotherapists in our professional treatment areas.

The treatments offered are patient centred and evidence-guided.
The Clinic offers treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • back pain
  • neck pain and headaches
  • sports injuries, such as sprains and strains
  • rehabilitation following surgery or injury
  • arthritis and joint pain

Patients can self-refer by calling 9266 1717. Medical practitioners or health professionals can also refer to the clinic using the referral form.
To find out more about the Curtin Physiotherapy Clinic, including opening hours, visit the Physiotherapy Clinic website.



Research & Surveys


Vaping amongst Adolescents: Preventive and clinical support by General Practitioners and Paediatricians in Australia

Are you a GP/GP registrar or Paediatricians/Paediatric registrar working with children at your practice?

This is an opportunity for you to participate in an online survey investigating Australian GPs’ and Paediatricians’ views and support for helping adolescents to quit vaping.

This study is being conducted by Federation University Australia

  • Survey Duration: 10-15 minutes
  • Approved by Human Research Ethics Committee at Federation University Australia (2023/048)
  • View the flyer here and access the survey here


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.  
Heathcare worker 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. More information about what is involved in the project and the interviews is attached in the Plain Language Statement.
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 



Education & Events


General practice in a rapidly changing world - New treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are almost upon us

Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance
Tuesday 26 September (5.30-6.30pm AWST)

Join this upcoming webinar hosted by Dr Norman Swan, with Prof Leon Flicker, Prof Amy Brodtmann and Dr Simon Torvaldsen, as they discuss the latest advances in Alzheimer’s treatment. This webinar will explore what else is on the horizon, what other interventions should still be used, and how the focus on intervention has shifted to early dementia. 

Register now

View the flyer here


Heart Foundation and WAPHA Roadshow

Presented by Heart Foundation in collaboration with WAPHA
11 October (6.00pm to 7.30pm AWST)

An interactive Virtual Roadshow bringing a tailored approach of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction from the Heart Foundation in collaboration with WAPHA.
This interactive, live Virtual Workshop will bring together a specialist presentation followed by breakout groups and completed with live audience Panel Q & A with the following objectives:

  • Update primary care health professionals on the latest clinical risk assessment recommendations incorporating new evidence on risk factors, imaging and biomarkers 
  • Provide practical advice for the application of Heart Health Checks, including available resources for the general practice team
  • Participants will be encouraged to systematically embed Heart Health Checks as part of routine care
  • Guidance on the management of high blood pressure and cholesterol, nutrition and other lifestyle support strategies 
  • Increase knowledge on local referral pathways for risk factor management and review
  • Support the design and delivery of quality improvement activities to leverage national and local incentives for ease of implementation
 This activity has been accredited by the RACGP for 1.5 Educational Activity CPD hours (activity no. 416743). Education provider: Scius Healthcare Solutions.

Register here


Looking Beyond: People, Resilience, and Innovation

Presented by Rural Health West
31 October (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges)

In a world of ever-evolving challenges, it's crucial to embrace innovative solutions and prioritise the well-being of individuals and communities. Our conference theme, "Looking Beyond," will delve into the realms of People, Resilience, and Innovation, exploring new pathways to enhance mental health services and support in rural and remote areas.
Registration details:

  • Early Bird Registration: Secure the discounted registration rate by 1 September 2023
  • Standard Registration: Register by 1 October 2023
  • Late Registration: Register by 16 October 2023
  • Conference registrations close 5.00pm 16 October 2023

To register and secure your spot, visit our conference website
For any inquiries or assistance, please contact us at or 08 6389 4500.


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


Other Webinars, Events & Workshops

The Active8 Program (children aged 2-5 years)
Presented by the Department of Health
Multiple times
The Better Health Program (children aged 6-12 years)
Presented by the Department of Health
Multiple times
Course in Wound Closure (Bentley)
Presented by Benchmarque Group Pty Limited
8 September 
WA Hepatitis B in Primary Care
Presented by ASHM
12 September
Unintended Pregnancy Counselling Training
Presented by SHQ
12 September to 13 September
Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (Online Workshop)
Presented by Black Dog Institute
15 September & 5 December
Medications for Chronic Kidney Disease
Presented by Kidney Health Australia
21 September
Diabetes related anxiety
Presented by Perth Diabetes and Mental Health Network
28 September
Abortion in Context: The Path to Decriminalisation
Presented by SHQ
28 September
Contraceptive Implant Training Webinar
Presented by SHQ
4 October
Short Mental Health Interventions: Tips for talking to health practitioner patients
Presented by Black Dog Institute
10 October
STARS (Start Talking About Relationships and Sexual health with young Aboriginal people)
Presented by SHQ
16 October to 17 October
Diabetes Education - Carbohydrates: The Basics
Presented by National Diabetes Services Scheme
17 October
National Contraception Essentials in Primary Care  
Presented by ASHM
14 November & 15 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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