For GPs to work safely with any CIS, information needs to be collected, managed and used in a standardised way, which will also contribute to creating a positive user experience. There is now growing recognition from users and developers that a set of minimum requirements could, in the future, become standards governing the design and development of CIS.
Through the development of standards and guidelines, the RACGP ensures Australian general practice remains at the forefront of safe, high quality primary healthcare delivery. The RACGP therefore has a key role in progressing the clinical usability and safety agenda through the development of standards. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) set about developing a set of minimum software requirements for two reasons:
1. To articulate what is expected from CIS to ensure they meet the needs of users, are safe and secure, and
2. To help direct improvements in future useability and functionality.
This report identifies and details several key CIS functions and roles, and provides recommendations focused on improving usability in the collection, management, use and sharing of information. These are the core clinical value propositions for GPs.
As of January 1, kindergartens, schools and childcare centres will be required to collect and report on the immunisation status of children in their care.
The information will be made available to the Health Department so it can identify children whose vaccines are not up-to-date and order that they stay home if there is a disease outbreak at their school or childcare centre.
School principals face being fined up to $1,000 if they allow a child to come to school against the Health Department's orders, as do the owners of childcare centers. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-14/unvaccinated-children-to-be-banned-from-wa-kindies/10620266
Information on the WIP is available from the https://www.health.gov.au/ and further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, case studies and the WIP guidelines, will be made available by the Department of Health in the coming months. https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/2B5AFC2D41B4C6C3CA2583840075D4A3/$File/WIP-Factsheet.pdf
With a focus on building community, peer-led information exchange, creative health programs and social support, the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Stirling does diabetes differently.
Opened in 2015, the Family Centre facility was built by a team motivated to change diabetes care in Australia by prioritizing connection and community, supported by Telethon, Lottery west and the WA State Government. The Family Centre is a meeting place for people with type 1, offering an action-packed calendar of workshops, camps and community events, alongside two dynamic online communities for both parents and adults which have hundreds of engagements each day. It offers clinical care in a community setting: diabetes education, dietetics, clinical psychology services and HbA1c testing to people of all ages in a facility that feels more like a home than a clinic, with a large café-style kitchen, family lounge, adolescent zone, and playground.
Community is at the heart of the Family Centre’s mission and providing opportunities for people with type 1 to connect, support and inspire each other. Led by a team of people personally impacted by type 1, the Centre supports clients to balance the five pillars of diabetes management: flexible insulin therapy, self-care, exercise, peer support, and nutrition. Winners of the Outstanding Charity Award at the 2018 Australian Charity Awards, the national Credentialed Diabetes Educator of the Year Award 2018 (Amy Rush APD/CDE) and awarded one of only 100 global Facebook Fellowships for community-building, the Family Centre is the type 1 hub for Western Australia, and here to support your patients to thrive with type 1.
For more information or referrals to diabetes education, dietetics or clinical psychology services, contact the Family Centre at email@example.com or on 9446 6446. Explore more here: www.type1familycentre.org.au
The National Cancer Screening Register (the national Register) has been supporting the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (the Program) since the commencement of the new HPV-based Cervical Screening Test on 1 December 2017.
From 2 July 2018, following the migration of records of state and territory cervical screening Registers to the national Register, the national Register became responsible for all Program correspondence. Since that time, the Register has been sending correspondence in priority order for women who had not undertaken the expected follow-up of an abnormal result.
During November and in early December 2018, the national Register commenced sending reminders to women who are overdue for their next routine Cervical Screening Test. This correspondence is being sent using a staged approach, prioritising letters to women who are most overdue. From early January 2019, the volume of these letters will increase until early-February 2019 to address a backlog, after which time normal mail distribution volumes will resume.
Impact on healthcare providers
Some healthcare providers may experience an increase in patient enquiries and requests for cervical screening tests during this period. Women should be reassured by their cervical screening test providers that while it is recommended that asymptomatic women aged 25-74 years undergoing routine screening have their first HPV-based screening test two years after their last Pap test, the risk from delaying their test for a few months is extremely low.
Contact the Register 1800 627 701 (8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday) or visit the National Cancer Screening Register
Lung Foundation Australia is asking for a fair go for lung cancer with the launch of a compelling campaign. Every hour, an Australian watches a loved one die from lung cancer. Instead of support, most face stigma from a community that blames them for having their disease.
Australians have spent too long asking the wrong question about lung cancer. It doesn’t matter whether or not someone smoked. Instead, we should be asking the right questions – why aren’t people living with lung cancer getting a fair go when it comes to research, treatment and support?
It ends today. This conversation needs to change, and Lung Foundation Australia is asking for your support. Nobody deserves to have cancer, regardless of what type.
To hear the powerful stories of the faces of the campaign and share with your networks, visit FairGoForLungCancer.org.au.
Through the new website, NCIRS hope to provide an information hub for immunisation professionals and the public by hosting relevant and useful content, and links to a range of resources related to immunisation in Australia and globally. Please contact us via our website contact form or fill out our short survey.
The Commissioner for Children & Young People has released new wellbeing data, it’s an online resource which gives an overview of how WA children and young people are faring across 11 key areas.
If you’d like to look, please go to: https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/news/first-release-of-children-and-young-people-s-wellbeing-data/
This adds to the picture of the Telethon Kids Institute developed with their Child Development Atlas maps which was presented to Exec back in June. More info is attached and at: https://childatlas.telethonkids.org.au/
The Campaign aims to support parents of children aged 0-5 years and expectant parents in their decision making about childhood vaccinations.
Phase three of the Campaign builds upon the success of previous phases and focuses on addressing the importance of vaccinating on time and the protection provided by vaccination, as well as continuing to address concerns around vaccine safety.
Phase three of the campaign will also address vaccination uptake in at-risk populations through supplementary targeted public relations materials developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, which are expected to launch in March 2019.
A range of communication resources have been developed and will be hosted on the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign website resource page, including a series of new videos:
The Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) is committed to high-quality health services in Rural and Remote Australia and is pleased to announce the 2019 Rural and Remote Nursing and Midwifery Professional Development Grants, in conjunction with the National Rural Health Alliance and CRANAplus.
Application Link: Country Women Grant
Founded by a dual trained Specialist Emergency Physician and GP, ED4GP provides real-time support to GPs consulting patients with acute and sub-acute clinical presentations.
Healthdirect Australia is offering its WebRTC-based Video Call service at no charge to GPs who wish to access new telehealth MBS items to support the mental health of their patients in drought-affected communities.
The federal government introduced new items on the MBS on November 1 that allow GPs located in rural and remote regions to deliver focused psychological help to patients in drought-affected areas by video conference.
GPs in Modified Monash Model areas 3 to 7 can claim the new items 2121, 2150 and 2196 and non-VR items 894, 896 and 898, which correspond to the current Level B to D general attendances.
The Department of Health has now approved Healthdirect Australia to offer its Video Call service to eligible GPs in these regions. Pulse It Magazine Article
This maybe a useful link for those practices using PenCS. There are a variety of Webinars available about Cancer Screening, Understanding Cross Tabulation plus tip of the month. https://vimeo.com/pencs
– starting March 2019 Invitation to participate in an Educational Visit
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem reported in Australia. This program considers recommendations for assessment of anxiety disorders and evidence-based approaches to management. Both psychological and pharmacological treatment options will be discussed.
Date: Tuesday, 12th February 2019
Time: 7.15pm – 8.30pm
Register: To register, please visit Registration Link
Date: Saturday, 9th March 2019
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: UWA Club, Crawley
Register: To register, please visit St John of God Website
Date: Friday, 8th February 2019
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Perth Children’s Hospital
Register: To register, please visit Immunisation Education Web page
Date: Tuesday, 19th February 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Fraser Suites Perth
Cost: Free (dinner and refreshments provided) Flyer
Register: To register, please visit ASHM Web page
Date: Tuesday, 31st January 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Register: To register, please visit Reb Back Conferencing Web page
Date: Wednesday, 6th February 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Register: To register, please visit Reb Back Conferencing Web page Webinar 1
Register: To register, please visit Reb Back Conferencing Web page Webinar 2
Joining the dots
Date: Wednesday, 23rd March 2019
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm
Venue: Guildford Hotel
Register: To register, please see Flyer