Commonwealth and State supplies of surgical masks are critically low and WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has, to date, distributed almost 110,000 masks to General Practice and Pharmacy in response to the pandemic.
The WA Department of Health have released Conservation of Personal Protective Equipment advice. Please refer to this in your use of PPE.
WAPHA is doing everything it can to secure masks, both from the Australian Government Department of Health and other sources.
To assist busy practices and to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, WAPHA is currently having these masks dispatched to your practice.
WAPHA recognises that due to a high volume of requests, some practices have experienced delays with delivery but, we can assure you we are working hard to fulfil your orders. Please note, re-orders will not be accepted within a week of the previous request, except in exceptional circumstances.
For mask requests, visit the mask order form.
Practices can contact their WA Primary Health Liaison Officer or contact Practice Assist on 1800 227 747 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
For practices that have access to the CAT Plus suite of data extraction tools, there are new recipes now available to help you to identify patients at risk of COVID-19. This can help your practice to understand how many of your patients are at greater risk of COVID-19 and can help you to provide more targeted support to these patients.
This fortnight, we are featuring the recipe to identify patients over 70 years of age. Patients over 70 years are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and are also eligible for a free influenza vaccination (anyone over 65 years can get a free influenza vaccination). Using this recipe will enable you to create a list of all patients aged over 70 years. This will give you a practice level overview of how many patients are over 70 years, and you can refine this further by looking at the patients over 70 years for each provider at the practice. An optional step is to then use the list you have generated to send out SMS recalls to these patients. The recall could be to book in for the influenza vaccination or to advise that telehealth appointments are available.
In the next edition of Practice Connect, we will look at how to identify patients with specific chronic diseases. If you are keen to get started before then, all of the COVID-19 recipes can be found on the ‘PenCS COVID-19 Cat Recipes’ website page.
If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Practice Assist helpdesk on 1800 227 747 or email@example.com, or your WA Primary Health Liaison Officer or CPC Facilitator.
Best Practice and Medical Director have released the April 2020 data updates which includes all 2020 influenza vaccines, including Fluad Quad®, which is the adjuvanted quadrivalent vaccine recommended for adults aged 65 years and over. It is important that practices update their software as soon as possible to ensure the accurate recording of the vaccine in the patients notes as well as on the Australian Immunisation Register.
Best Practice: Practices do need to download this release by visiting the downloads section of the Best Practice website (scroll down to data updates) or following the link on the ‘elevate’ notice which was sent to all users via email on Monday 30 March 2020. Best Practice advised that it is a simple update and external IT support is not generally required to do the update. Further information: Best Practice or call 1300 401 111
Medical Director: Unless automatic updates have been set, practices need to download the data update by visiting the clinical update download page on the Medical Director website. Further information: Medical Director or call 1300 300 161.
Further information is available by visiting our Practice Assist ‘COVID-19 MBS Telehealth Services’ page, or you can read the latest MBSonline fact sheets here.
The Australian Government has announced NBN Co is supporting the delivery of enhanced telehealth services by upgrading all Australian GP clinics to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload connections at no extra cost for a period of six months.
This will enable clinics to deliver multiple telehealth consultations simultaneously.
Read the full media release here.
WA Primary Health Alliance has now published the following content on the HealthPathways website:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for login details if you do not already have access to HealthPathways.
In the current environment, NPS MedicineWise are offering telehealth / virtual visits via video call for our current therapeutic topic Paediatric asthma: breathing new life into diagnosis and management.
Just like practice visits, virtual visits via video call are approved activities under the RACGP & ACRRM CPD programs. The visiting material is sent to you in advance as electronic and/or hard copy depending on your preference and we can carry out virtual visits via a range of different video conferencing platforms, e.g. Skype, FaceTime, ZOOM, Health Direct, Scopia.
Topics can be delivered in just 30 minutes and can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time – including before or after standard work hours.
We appreciate that you have many competing demands, particularly right now, but wanted to ensure you were aware of the educational opportunities still available to you and your colleagues during this time. To schedule a virtual visit appointment, you can book through the NPS MedicineWise website or email BookAVisit@nps.org.au.
You might also like to look at the online information and resources on this topic on our website:
The NPS MedicineWise home page has been updated with useful information for health professionals about diagnosis and treatment of patients with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here to visit our page.
The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has developed a free online learning activity for nurses interested in learning more about providing telehealth consults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This interactive module will provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to facilitate telehealth consults, within a primary health care setting. After completing this module, you should be able to:
A certificate will be available after completing the training.
Please click here to register.
BreastScreen WA (BSWA), the state’s breast screening program, temporarily closed from Monday 30 March to protect clients and staff from the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
All breast screening appointments at BSWA’s 15 clinics statewide including the mobile screening service have been cancelled, and no new bookings can be taken at this time.
The closure will also allow BSWA to release clinicians to support any surge demand in response to COVID-19; reduce the demand on Personal Protective Equipment which would otherwise be required if we continue to operate, and to reduce the demand on the acute sector from referrals for treatment.
Find further information here.
All events are listed on our Webinars and Workshops page.