We are just over halfway through this Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) quarter.
We would like to remind practices to ensure that they have at least one successful data extraction before 15 July in order to be eligible for payment.
If you are unsure whether your practice has successfully extracted this quarter or if you are having issues with data extraction, please speak with your Primary Health Liaison Officer or Comprehensive Primary Care Facilitator.
Alternatively, please contact the Practice Assist Team on 1800 227 747 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual update of the Distribution Priority Areas will be available on DoctorConnect on 1 July 2020. The Distribution Priority Areas (DPA) for GPs and Districts of Workforce Shortage (DWS) for specialists are updated every year to ensure the latest available data is used to accurately target distribution. The DPA and DWS systems facilitate placing medical practitioners with location restrictions (International Medical Graduates and Australian Bonded Doctors) into communities of greatest need across Australia.
The updated 2020 versions will be published on DoctorConnect.gov.au on the Health Workforce Locator map on 1 July 2020.
The voluntary assisted dying website has been updated to include new information releases for both the general community and health service providers (and related care service providers).
The aim is to provide a basic overview of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 (the Act) and the implementation being undertaken by the Department of Health.
Information has been provided in a variety of ways to support accessibility and cater to different levels of interest, and includes a range of fact sheets to provide a basic overview for the ‘General Community’ and ‘Health and Other Service Providers’, and also presentations with more detailed information for the ‘General Community’ and ‘Health and Other Service Providers’ available to be watched or listened to at any time.
For further information please contact the project team at the Department of Health via email.
An ABC News story last week highlighted the immense pressure the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on GP practices and how a group of 24 Perth GPs collaborated in a show of support for GP clinic staff across the country.
Find the link to the video and read ‘Coronavirus second wave fears leave 'forgotten' GPs fighting for voice after mental health toll’ here.
Visit Practice Assist to explore some of the resources and services available to support GPs and practice staff, professionally and personally.
As a participating practice, we encourage you to upload a GP Urgent Care logo onto your website and/ or social media profile to let patients know that you are accepting GP Urgent Care appointments.
For assistance please contact the GP Urgent Care Project Officer: Cheryl Bell via 0429 126 925 or email@example.com.
The next planned awareness campaign ‘burst 3’ - Various media components will run across 6-week period Sunday 2 August through to Saturday 12 September inclusive.
Individual media platforms in the Metro and Bunbury areas will generally run for 4 - 5 weeks within this overall timeframe.
We encourage practices to suggest topics for discussion, including the experience of running a GP Urgent Care practice, impact of COVID on GP Urgent Care, feedback on what worked well, and what could be done differently for the upcoming webinar in August.
This will be facilitated by Dr Mike Civil. Please send your topic suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please visit the WA Primary Health Alliance GP Urgent Care webpage.
A new resource titled “Enhancing data quality of vaccination encounters recorded in practice software and on AIR – tips and tricks” has been developed by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) to help immunisation providers minimise and identify errors in vaccination recording to ensure the information held on patient’s records and on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is accurate.
This resource provides tips and tricks related to practice software, recording encounters, entering history, transmitting encounters to AIR, common errors or “pends”, data cleaning and other information to enhance the quality of data recorded by immunisation providers.
Click here to access the resource.
Viewing Immunisation History Statements in Medicare
The ‘Viewing Immunisation History Statements in Medicare” resource has been compiled to assist your patients with viewing there immunisation history via their myGov account, view the resource here.
WA Primary Health Alliance is seeking interested GPs to join a GP Advisory Group that will contribute to a co-design process to develop and pilot a new service for people with or at risk of mental illness, who can be appropriately managed in primary care.
This project will involve a collaboration with GPs, consumers, commissioned providers and other parties involved in the Initial mental health assessment and referral process, to co-design and pilot a viable service model and plan for its widescale implementation.
This project is anticipated to run until the mid-2022.
For further information on the key messages for this project and to review the criteria for GPs to be considered, please click here to view the flyer.
A nomination form can be found on the Primary Health Exchange for GPs who are interested to join.
The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program has worked closely with the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service to develop a video on contact tracing for health professionals working in regional and remote WA. It features a Registered Nurse and an Aboriginal Liaison Officer based in Kununurra and covers the essential components of contact tracing and potential scenarios that clinicians might face.
The video is accessible here.
Applications are now open for the Practice Experience Program (PEP), the RACGP's flexible education and support program for non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors in regional, rural and remote Australia.
With a tailored online learning package and GP mentors from a training organisation, you can draw from and expand on your ongoing experience, building valuable knowledge and skills for the journey towards Fellowship, all while accessing full A1 Medicare rebates.
You'll also be a step ahead when eligibility for Fellowship exams changes at the end of next year, and only those on an approved program - such as the PEP - will be able to sit exams to become Fellows of the RACGP.
If you’re interested to find out more about how the PEP can benefit you and your community, register for our upcoming webinar on Tuesday 7 July at www.racgp.org.au/pep.
Applications close Thursday 16 July 2020.
Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor, or general practice going above and beyond? The RACGP is proud to recognise the value of GPs in our community and celebrate these achievements through our annual awards.
GPs receive all kinds of acknowledgements from their patients, but it is important to formally celebrate this work and dedication to holistic patient care. Nominations are now open for the 2020 RACGP Awards with a number of categories established to celebrate excellence in general practice. To find out more or to nominate, please visit www.racgpawards.org.au.
Forward thinking leaders with a drive to move general practice ahead are encouraged to nominate for the RACGP elections.
Nominations for the President and Censor in Chief on the RACGP Board, as well as positions on Faculty Councils are now open and close 12 noon Thursday 30 July 2020. For more information or to nominate, please visit www.racgp.org.au/the-racgp/racgp-elections.
COVID-19 MBS Items pathway is now available on HealthPathways
The following pathways have now been published on the HealthPathways website:
Please email email@example.com for login details if you do not already have access to HealthPathways.
NPS MedicineWise have lifted their visiting restrictions on group visits at GP practices.
Free, RACGP & ACRRM accredited education sessions are available on the topics below:
These topics continue to also be offered as convenient virtual visits delivered via Zoom.
For more information visit the NPS MedicineWise website.
NPS MedicineWise, would like to notify the upcoming launch of an information portal on their website about medicinal cannabis. The portal assists health professionals and consumers navigate evidence-based information about medicinal cannabis.
The new information helps explain the regulatory framework and process required to access medicinal cannabis for both consumers and health professionals and provides summaries on the latest evidence for medicinal cannabis.
The content found in the portal supplements clinical guidance provided by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for health professionals and provides additional information for consumer and pharmacist audiences.
For pharmacists – the portal includes two important resources for pharmacists: 7 questions pharmacists are asking about medicinal cannabis and Medicinal cannabis: dispensing process for pharmacists.
For prescribers – the portal includes important resources for prescribers including full evidence summaries with links to the TGA’s clinical guidance and a flowchart for prescribers that outlines the steps to accessing medicinal cannabis.
For consumers - The consumer-friendly content includes answers to frequently asked questions in a downloadable article Medicinal cannabis: What would you like to know? an infographic resource: Is medicinal cannabis suitable for me? and an explainer article: Medicinal cannabis, explained.
For further information, please visit https://www.nps.org.au/medicinal-cannabis
WA Primary Health Alliance continues to operate a significant logistical strategy to distribute masks during the COVID-19 pandemic to general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, pharmacies and allied health practices that meet the criteria of the Department of Health Tranche 4 guidelines.
For mask requests, visit the Practice Assist website.
Please note, re-orders will not be accepted within five business days (Mon-Fri) of the previous request, except in exceptional circumstances.
Please send all general queries in relation to the National Medical Stockpile to
Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions”.
Use the official World Hepatitis Day campaign materials to raise awareness online and in your practice.
Materials are available to download in a range of languages, or you can use the customisable poster and social media graphic tools to create your own materials in your language.
For further information please visit the World Hepatitis Day website.
All events are listed on our Webinars and Workshops page.