Practice Connect #179


21 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.





MyMedicare - time to take action!

In today's newsletter we are reminding you of the timeline for the MyMedicare Reform, how you can register your practice and health professional providers.  And how you can prepare to register your patients.



MyMedicare - session for GPs and Practice Managers

The Department of Health and Aged Care held a webinar on Thursday 21 September (12.30pm to 1.30pm AEST)  where they provided information on the MyMedicare practice and patient registration processes in preparation for patient registration from 1 October 2023.

If you were unable to attend this webinar, you can watch the recording whenever it suits you best at this link. The recording will be available within the week following the live webinar.

View the MyMedicare webpage to learn more about patient registration.



MyMedicare practice registration

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.

Visit the Services Australia eLearning webpage which has further information inclusive of an eLearning module, infographics on practice registration, and a simulation on setting up the Organisation Register for program use.

eLearning (new)

Infographics (new)

Simulation (new)



Be ready to register patients for MyMedicare from 1 October 2023


From 1 October 2023, patients will be able to register for MyMedicare to formalise and strengthen their relationship with their regular general practice and GP.

Patient registration will be able to be completed in one of the following ways:
  • Patients will be able to commence the registration process in their Medicare online services (Medicare Online Account or the Express Plus Medicare mobile application) and the practice staff will then be able to accept or decline the registration in the MyMedicare system. Practices will be able to set a default to accept all patient requests or can accept/decline requests individually as they come into the system.
  • Practice staff will be able to commence the patient registration process in MyMedicare and patients will then be able to complete the registration and provide consent in their Medicare online services.
  • Patients will be able to fill out a registration form at the practice and practice staff will then be able to complete the registration in the MyMedicare system with the patient's consent captured on the form.

New MyMedicare tile on the Organisation Register from 1 October 2023

A new MyMedicare tile will appear on the Organisation Register from 1 October 2023. Practices will need to add the MyMedicare program to their Organisation Site Record (practice) as this will not happen automatically.
Practices should also ensure their participating providers are linked to their practice so patients can select their preferred GP. Once completed, the MyMedicare program tile will appear under 'My programs' on the organisation's HPOS home screen, to be able to register and manage patients.
For a checklist and steps to register for MyMedicare on the Organisation Register, refer to the cheat sheet developed by Services Australia.



MyMedicare QI practice readiness activities and PDSAs

WAPHA’s Primary Care Quality Improvement (QI) Team is currently working behind the scenes to develop a range of practice readiness activities and PDSAs to support your practice with the implementation of MyMedicare.

We have developed a MyMedicare QI Practice Readiness fact sheet which outlines the different ways that WAPHA’s Practice QI Coaches can support your team with practice readiness activities.

WAPHA’s Practice QI Coaches can work with your practice team to tailor the following MyMedicare PDSAs to your specific circumstances: 
  • Practice Team Communication - are your practice staff aware of MyMedicare?
  • Patient Communication - what is your communication strategy to patients?
  • Patient Eligibility - do you know which of your patients will be eligible to register for MyMedicare?

We have also developed a range of updated and improved PDSAs to assist with the maintenance of an accurate patient database.
To find out more and connect with a WAPHA Practice QI Coach in your area, call Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or email



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.


Feature - Dementia & Advance Care Planning


Dementia Action Week 2023

Dementia Action Week is a national awareness-raising initiative and this year it runs from Monday 18 September to Sunday 24 September 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Act Now for a Dementia-Friendly Future’. Discrimination has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers, a little support from the community and health care professionals can make a big difference.

More information can be found on Dementia Action Week here.



My Community Directory: Dementia Community Services
and Support Finder

The Dementia Community Services and Support Finder resource supports the community to understand local dementia care and support options available that take a quality-of-life, plan for the future approach, to reduce the emotional impacts of living with dementia. This resource may be useful for GPs, practice nurses, practice staff, patients, their carers and family.
The resource provides specific information relating to living with dementia and a directory to assist in locating services.

Access the resource here



Supporting the Needs of People with Advanced Chronic Conditions in general practice

There were 161,300 deaths registered in Australia in 2020 and 14,993 (9.3%) of these were registered in Western Australia (ABS, 2020). The main causes of death are influenced by age and gender. Chronic disease (or predictable deaths) featuring more prominently in people aged 65 years and above. The most common causes of death in people over 65 years of age are:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Stroke

Historically, palliative care has had its roots in the care of people with advanced cancer, however, contemporary palliative care is not limited to a diagnosis but to the nature of care required to support anyone with a progressive, life limiting illness.

The following information has been collated to support the care that your practice provides to people with advanced chronic/life limiting illness and their family/carers.



Advance Care Planning in General Practice

General Practice is where patients have ongoing and trusted relationships with their GP and where Advance Care Planning is best initiated and promoted.

GPs are well placed to raise the topic of ACP when dementia is suspected. A conversation about ACP fits well with a GP’s responsibility to ensure that the patient receives, and understands, advice on various healthcare options relevant to any current diagnosis and realistic assessment of prognosis.

ACP is a process that all patients, and especially those who are at risk of deterioration in health, can benefit from.

It can be particularly important to individuals such as:

  • people with an advanced chronic/life-limiting illness.
  • people aged 75+ years.
  • Aboriginal people aged 55 years.
  • People diagnosed with dementia or others at risk of losing competence.
Research shows that people who have completed some form of advance care planning are more likely to receive end of life care aligned to their wishes than those who have not.

Advance care planning is a way to improve the quality of care delivered to people with dementia. It has been linked to lower rates of hospitalisation and increased use of hospice services among people with dementia. It can also reduce stress, anxiety and depression in relatives.

Triggers for implementing an Advance Care Plan:

  • Advance chronic illness (for example: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart failure)
  • Limiting illness (for example: dementia or advance cancer)
  • Aged 75 years or older, or 55 years of older if they are ATSI
  • Resident of, or is about to enter, an aged care facility or is at risk of losing competence (for example: has early dementia)
  • New significant diagnosis (for example: metastatic disease or transient ischemic attack)
  • Key point in their illness trajectory, for example: recent or repeated hospitalisations, or commences on home oxygen
  • Does not have anyone who could act as substitute decision-maker
  • May anticipate decision-making conflict about their future health care
The RACGP believes that advance care planning should be incorporated into routine general practice. GPs develop ongoing and trusted relationships with their patients and are well positioned to initiate and promote Advance Care Planning (ACP).

HealthPathways WA Dementia and Advance Care Planning pathways

The HealthPathways WA Dementia and Advance Care Planning pathways provide useful information and resources to support health professionals providing care to their patients. These pathways include:

My Health Record and Advance Care Planning

Uploading advance care plans to My Health Record will ensure that your patients will receive care that reflects their values and wishes if they are unable to speak for themselves. There have been recent developments to support uploading ACP documentation to My Health Record.

A new My Health Record app may be of interest to your patients or their substitute decision-maker.

New Resources released by WA Health to Support Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning and other resources

For any further information on any of these resources or other topics, please contact your Primary Care Navigator or Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email


Advance Care Planning QI Tips

ACP QI Tips:

  • Incorporating ACP into GP Management Plan and reviews
  • Ensure ACP is included in all health assessment 45-49 years
  • Ensure ACP is included in 75+ health assessment
  • Ensure ACP is included in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people health assessment over 55 years
  • Ensure your practice website has a link to up-to-date ACP forms
  • Promote ACP learning resources for your team such as though available through The Advance Project which offers online modules for GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses. These modules are accredited and attract 4 CPD points for GPs and Practice Nurses as well as 10 AAPM points for Practice Managers.

For support with these activities, 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.



Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care Update

The Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC) program is funded by the Commonwealth to improve workforce awareness of palliative care at home and end-of-life care systems and services in primary care and the community setting and to ensure that every Australian in need has access to the best possible palliative care. GCfAHPC aims to support timely and appropriate care, whilst minimizing hospital admissions (Bowman, 2018). 

Based on this guidance and the outcomes of broad consultation, the following initiatives are underway:  

  1. Two new booklets addressing the informational needs of people approaching the end of their life (“My Palliative Care”) and of family/carers (Palliative Caring) have been developed in collaboration with Palliative Care WA (PCWA) and will be available in the coming months.
  2. WAPHA has developed a new webpage which supports access to a variety of palliative and end of life care resources
  3. WAPHA is undertaking a small pilot to explore the impact of a dedicated (part time) role known as a Palliative Care Champion within general practice. This role will support initiatives aimed at quality improvement focusing on the care provided to people with advanced chronic illness.
This pilot is time limited and will end on 30/06/2024 and is seen as Phase 1. It is our intention to offer a second phase based on our initial learnings.

Immunisation & Cancer Screening


Immunisation: AIR Encounters and Reporting webinar recording

On August 31, WA Primary Health Alliance hosted the second Immunisation webinar – AIR Encounters and Reporting.

Michele Cusack from Services Australia, returned to present real time simulations on recording encounters in AIR and then how to access, download and utilise the 10A (overdue vaccination) report, and the 42A (Overdue Covid Vaccination) report.

Access the recording for the second webinar in the series here.

The next webinar in the series will focus on overseas and catch up vaccinations – how to work out the catch up schedule and enter the details on AIR.

If you would like support with immunisation information and quality improvement in your practice, contact Practice Assist on 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478 or 08 6278 7900) or via email to be connected with a Primary Care Navigator or Practice QI Coach in your area.   Alternatively email for our Immunisation team. 




Why is vaccination with a pertussis-containing vaccine important during pregnancy? 

Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination during each pregnancy protects both mother and baby.  

The antibodies made by the mother in response to the pertussis-containing vaccine are passed to her baby across the placenta soon after vaccination and until delivery.

This passive transfer of antibodies can help to protect the newborn during the first months of life, when they are most vulnerable.  
Vaccination is recommended with each pregnancy, because pertussis antibody levels in the mother wane over time and to ensure the maximal amount of antibodies is passed on to each baby.  

The optimal time for pertussis vaccination in pregnancy is between 20 and 32 weeks gestation.

If pregnant women are not vaccinated during this time, they should receive pertussis-containing vaccine as soon as possible and at any time up to delivery. 
The vaccine is funded for pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy. It can be given at the same time as the seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.  

Adult household contacts and carers of infants aged <6 months, healthcare workers, and early childhood educators caring for infants and children aged <4 years are also recommended to receive a pertussis-containing vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago.  
The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides detailed information and recommendations about pertussis, including infographics to assist providers when discussing vaccination recommendations pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.  
NCIRS also has a pertussis vaccines for Australians factsheet



Cold Chain Audits

Each year, Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control (MCDC), the public health unit for Perth, conducts an electronic vaccine storage self-audit for immunisation providers. The audit assists providers to fulfill the requirement for annual self-audit as per the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines 'Strive for 5' and may also be useful for other quality and risk assurance processes. Through completing the audit, immunisation providers will have direct access to a clinical nurse specialist who can provide advice and support as required. From 2023, this annual audit will be mandatory in order to receive government-funded vaccines.
This year the audit will be rolled out in a phased approach. Providers with a vaccine ordering account for government-funded vaccines (e.g. National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines including influenza vaccines) and who are located in East Metropolitan Perth will receive an audit link commencing the week of 18 September. Providers in North Metropolitan and South Metropolitan Perth will receive their link  later this year.

This approach will allow the team to provide more focussed attention to those providers who need it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact MCDC on 9222 8547 or via



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.



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


Updated ATAGI 2023 COVID-19 booster advice

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released updated recommendations for an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose for highest risk people in 2023. These recommendations are in addition to the previous ATAGI COVID-19 vaccine booster advice published in February 2023.
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.
Providers should consult with the below groups to consider an additional dose if 6 months has passed since their last dose.

  • Adults aged 65 to 74 years
  • Those aged 18 to 64 years who are severely immunocompromised

ATAGI continues to encourage all adults who were recommended to have a COVID-19 vaccine dose in February 2023, and who have not yet had one, to receive a vaccine dose as soon as possible.


Image: Disability provider alert 6 September 2023

For more information, refer to the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care ATAGI Update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.


COVID-19 vaccines in Australia – A3 poster 

This poster shows the key differences between each COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia as per ATAGI guidelines. 
Access the resource 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


WA endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics now accepting referrals

Endometriosis affects around 1 in 9 Australian women with those suffering waiting an average of seven years before diagnosis.

To build the capacity of primary care to manage this condition and improve access to expert, multidisciplinary services, the Australian Government is funding 20 endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics across Australia.

In WA, The Garden Family Medical Clinic in Murdoch and Pioneer Health Albany have been funded by WAPHA to participate. Women do not need to be an existing patient to access services.

The Garden Pelvic Pain Clinic in Murdoch can provide patients with a personalised, evidence-based treatment plan through education, support and connection to a qualified multi-disciplinary team. They are also offering services to all parts of WA through GP, nurse and pelvic physio appointments via telehealth (video or phone). Existing and new patients can find out more and register for an initial appointment at The Garden Family Medical Pelvic Pain Clinic or by phoning (08) 6186 7992.

Download a copy of the flyer for your patients here

Women in and around the Albany area can access the Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic for a multidisciplinary approach that provides comprehensive care. The dedicated patient support coordinator will work closely with patients, their treating GP and allied health providers to tailor a management plan that is specific to their needs and priorities.

New and existing patients can find out more and self-refer by emailing, calling 08 9842 2822 or visiting Pioneer Health Albany Pelvic Pain Clinic.

Download a copy of the flyer for your patients here



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,


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.   

We would like to thank all practices who are sharing data with WAPHA via Primary Sense that recently responded and completed the Primary Care Reporting Portal Survey 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



Primary Sense - Resources and Information

The following resources and information may help you to understand the Primary Sense tool and how you can best use it in your practice. 

Desktop Installation

To get the most out of Primary Sense, ensure that the desktop application is installed and configured within your practice. Please see the instructions below:


Primary Sense support/training resources

A range of resources are available on the Practice Assist website.       o Medication Alert (video - 1:34 minutes)
      o Focusing on Primary Sense: medication safety alerts for beginners (video – 10:56 minutes)
      o Introduction to General Practitioner Prompts in Primary Sense (video – 9:00 mins)  

Primary Sense Reports – How to videos

Additional specific topic Primary Sense reports user guides are available.

Primary Sense - Quality Improvement PDSA template topics

The Quality Improvement team has developed a range of PDSA templates that have a focus on the initial onboarding process for Primary Sense. 
To access these PDSA templates please reach out to your local QI Coach via Practice Assist.
For all other support and information on Primary Sense please contact Practice Assist.



Provider Connect Australia

Please refer to the Provider Connect link to find out more about the Provider Connect platform that has replaced the old Vaccine Clinic Finder platform.
Watch the Reducing red-tape for healthcare organisations with Provider Connect Australia short informational video [0.45] for more information.

This is open Nationally to ALL healthcare provider organisations and their affiliates. If your practice wishes to get registered, then you can follow the instructions here.  Alternatively, if you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the WA Primary Health Alliance Digital Health Team for assistance.



Alert for Clinicians - Measles in returned traveller from Bali

A case of measles was confirmed in a WA returned traveller from Bali, Indonesia. The case spent time in the Perth and Midwest regions while infectious between 1 and 11 September 2023.

Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for measles in patients presenting with fever and rash who have recently returned from overseas or attended one of the listed exposure locations at the same time as the case.

Read the full Clinician Alert here for more information.



Hep B Care. It's primary care, too

Are you a clinician looking for ways to provide the best care to your hepatitis B patients?

New ASHM resources are now available to support you with the next steps upon diagnosis, and to guide you through the process of referring Hepatitis B patients to an accredited HBV s100 community prescriber.

Learn more via the ASHM Hep B care. It's primary care, too webpage.



Education event helps improve paediatric assessments and referrals in the Great Southern

To address the increasing waitlist for paediatric services in the Great Southern, WAPHA’s Regional Integration Manager Lesley Pearson and Practice QI Coach Jo Crooks have been working with clinicians in the region to improve the management of children waiting for developmental paediatric assessments.
As part of an integrated series of planned initiatives, the Great Southern Paediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment education event was held in early August for more than 30 health professionals from general practice, psychology, pharmacy, service providers and the WA Country Health Service (WACHS).
During the education event, Dr Rebecca Cresp Consultant Paediatrician and Head of Department at Albany Health Campus presented on assessment and management of children with ADHD and ASD.
Dr Christine Oosterhuis from Pioneer Health Albany attended the event and said that Dr Cresp’s presentation was extremely informative and valuable for health professionals who treat children.
"As a medical doctor, there were many key take-home messages. A child doesn’t need a diagnosis or label, the family needs strategies and resources to manage the child’s symptoms or difficult behaviours. Many health providers can facilitate this whilst awaiting a paediatric assessment. GPs have a key role in identifying, investigating and managing co-morbidities (e.g. sleep disturbances). Providing education, community and online resources to families is essential and can make a difference. We all have a role in encouraging and assisting parents to advocate for their children,” Ms Oosterhuis said.
For further information about the Great Southern education event or ways that your practice can improve paediatric assessments and referrals, contact Practice Assist to be linked in with a Practice QI Coach in your area.

Research & Surveys


Take the 2023 National Workforce Survey for Child, Parent and Family Mental Health and help shape child mental health planning and policy

Emerging Minds is conducting the National Workforce Survey for Family, Parent and Child Mental Health again following the success of the inaugural survey in 2020-21. The survey will inform strategies and policy to meet the needs of health, social and community services workers across Australia, and support improved outcomes for infants, children and families.

Complete the survey for your chance to win an iPad. There are 5 iPads to be won over two draws. The first two prizes are drawn in September 2023 and the last three prizes are drawn in November 2023. Be sure to complete the survey early for a chance in both draws.

The survey closes on Wednesday, 15th November 2023. Check out the Emerging Minds website for the latest resources or to read, download, watch or listen to the results of the previous survey in 2020-21.



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


60-day Prescriptions - session for primary care

Presented by Department of Health and Aged Care
26 September (1.00pm-2.00pm AEDT)

The Department of Health and Aged Care invite you to their webinar on 60-day prescriptions for selected PBS medicines. This webinar is for primary care and will discuss the policy change. There will also be time for Q & A’s.

When you're ready to join, please use this link here
Password: sjKyqrNP274 (75597767 from phones and video systems)

If you can't attend the webinar live, you can watch the recording whenever it suits you best using the same link. The recording will be available within the week following the live webinar. 


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
NCIRS webinar: Vaccination for people with disability 
Presented by NCIRS
Friday 22 September
Doctors Caring for Colleagues Workshop - Program
Presented by Doctors' Health Alliance
Saturday 23 Sept
Medications for Chronic Kidney Disease
Presented by Kidney Health Australia
21 September
BreastScreen WA visit to Bridgetown
Presented by BreastScreen WA
26 September to 9 November
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
BreastScreen WA visit to Roeburne
Presented by BreastScreen WA
19 October to 23 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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