From 1 August 2020 MBS items for Cardiac Imaging services will change. These changes are aimed at providing high value, high quality care, and were recommended by the MBS Review Taskforce.
Changes will occur to both the items that general practitioners can claim for and those that general practitioners can request, with the existing 17 Cardiac Imaging items being replaced by 29 new item numbers.
For more information please visit the MBS Online website which has further resources including a Factsheet, Flowchart, Quick Guide, Webinar link and Webinar Questions & Answers.
Updated information will also be available on the Practice Assist website and distributed in Practice Connect as it becomes available.
Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective advances in global public health. Vaccines are given to many millions of people in Australia and billions worldwide to prevent disease. Vaccines prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. 1
Yet, some parents continue to refuse or delay having their child vaccinated, which is a growing concern. These reasons vary widely between parents, but are mainly for religious reasons, personal beliefs or philosophical reasons, safety concerns, and a desire for more information from healthcare providers. 2.
We all know the proliferation of views on the internet and social media makes can make these decisions even harder for parents today.
Immunisation coverage for one- and five-year old’s has increased since 2009 but we have not reached the aspirational target of 95% yet, but we are close.
At March 2020, the national coverage rates were:
To help counteract some of the myths and reassure parents, we have prepared a series of easy to watch videos called Immunisation Myths. These are based on a campaign run by a group of medical mums in Queensland, based on the most common reasons cited by parents of young children they spoke to.
As part of our ongoing review of resources in the Practice Assist Resource Library we are pleased to share the following updated and new resources:
To encourage patients to receive continuous care from their regular GP or medical practice, it is now a legislative requirement that GPs and other medical practitioners working in general practice can only use the COVID-19 MBS items for telehealth or telephone services where they are the patient’s ‘usual medical practitioner’.
Patients will be eligible for GP and OMP telehealth services if they have seen their GP or health practitioner within the same practice at least once in the preceding 12 months face to face.
The existing relationship requirement does not apply to:
New information from the Friday 24 July edition includes:
Read the full update here or subscribe here.
The Department of Health WA has commenced a public information campaign reinforcing:
Practices can download campaign materials to share via social media channels here.
The WA Department of Health End of Life Care Program invites you to have your say on the development of the revised WA Advance Health Directive (AHD) form.
An Advance Health Directive is a legal document that enables an individual to make decisions now about the treatment they would want, or not want, to receive if they became sick or injured and were incapable of communicating their wishes.
The revised AHD template is being developed following recommendations from the My Life My Choice Report and a subsequent Ministerial Expert Panel report on Advance Health Directives. The revised template is aimed at encouraging consumers to engage in advance care planning and to more easily document their health care preferences in writing.
Here is how to have your say:
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 4 September 2020.
Please visit health.wa.gov.au/AHDconsult for more information about the consultation workshops and online survey.
The University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia invites GP’s and GP registrars to participate in an interactive educational series that will be conducted by Medcast and evaluated by the University of Wollongong (UOW) on behalf of the funding body, the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).
The sessions are designed to support best practice prescribing, pathology and diagnostic imaging ordering utilising My Health Record (MHR).
To enrol in the study and for further information please click here
Using real-life case scenarios, the panel, consisting of a geriatrician, GP and nurse, will discuss the challenges of optimising transitions of care for people living with dementia.
This webinar has been developed in partnership with Dementia Training Australia.
Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm AEST
For further information and to register please click here.
By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:
Review and monitor patients who are taking psychotropic medicines to assess the risk of harm from continued psychotropic use, as well as the potential benefits of deprescribing.
To enable Dementia Australian to reach out to more people needing support and continue the work as the national peak body, they have expanded their hours on 1 July for the National Dementia Helpline which is now available nationally from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
They have also expanded their range of services designed to be accessed by and delivered to people via a range of modes, no matter where they live, which include a suite of programs and services:
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
Every minute, 12 kids globally are born with a birth defect or incurable genetic disease. Many are at an even greater risk right now from COVID-19.
Jeans for Genes day is a fundraising and awareness campaign by the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead. Their aim is to raise funds to support research into cures for children’s genetic diseases.
Check out the Jeans for Genes website for great ideas!
All events are listed on our Webinars and Workshops page.