Latest newsOctober 2019
Preparing pharmacists to work in general practice
In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced changes to streamline the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP). The changes will be rolled into a single Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.
Medicare items for eating disorders
Commencing 1st November 2019, 64 new Medicare items will be introduced to support evidence-based care for eligible patients living with an eating disorder. The Australian Government Department of Health has released the details of each of the new items on the MBS Online website.
Beyond Blue's 'There are ways to manage anxiety' campaign
Beyond Blue has recently launched a campaign called 'There are ways to manage anxiety', encouraging people to share their experiences with managing anxiety and to help others seek support.
PA2health: residents in drought-affected areas to receive FREE 4-week wellbeing challenges
COORDINARE has provided grant funding to run PA2health, a 4-week digital mental and physical wellbeing health challenge for residents in drought-affected areas in South Eastern NSW. The challenge is delivered through Facebook Messenger and incorporates psychology, mindfulness, stress and sleep management, exercise routines, and recipes with shopping lists.
APNA’s Cancer and its Care webinar
In a recent APNA survey, 85% out of 756 nurses said they felt they were lacking knowledge about cancer and its care. In response, APNA has developed a comprehensive one-hour webinar with a range of diverse panellists.
Graduate nurse recruitment from UOW
Are you recruiting nurses for your practice? Have you considered employing a graduate registered nurse from the University of Wollongong (UOW)?
UOW's next cohort of nurses are eligible to register with AHPRA (Registered Nurse Division 1) in late 2019 and they are eager to transition to professional practice.
New Home Care toolkit to support people at end of life
Does your service have systems in place to meet the aged care standards relating to end of life care and advance care planning? Do you have quality improvement processes for end of life care?
The End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website contains a Home Care toolkit developed by...
Information on the Abortion Law Reform Act
On 2 October 2019 the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 commenced. A copy of the Act can be accessed here.
New My Health Record resources for practice managers
Since February 2019, My Health Record has expanded to every 9 out of 10 Australians having access to their own online health records. My Health Record can contain information such as Share Health Summaries, Hospital Discharge Summaries, Prescription and Dispense information, as well as Pathology and Diagnostic Reports.
New Healthy Kids resources available
New resources are now available on the Healthy Kids for Professionals website.
Update on disability-related health supports and the NDIS
As of 1 October 2019, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is including disability-related health supports in participant National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans as evidence indicates the need for their inclusion. Consumers who meet criteria for the NDIS, who have a health need related to their disability (e.
Cold Chain Management webinar and immunisation updates
As part of the Practice Nurse Community of Practice, COORDINARE partnered with Natasa Veselinovic Immunisation Coordinator from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Public Health Unit to conduct a webinar on Cold Chain Management. The webinar took place in August 2019 and is available to watch here.
Increase in syphilis among women and infants
From January 2018 to August 2019, there were two confirmed cases of congenital syphilis in non-Indigenous infants in NSW. In both cases, the first antenatal visit occurred late in pregnancy and treatment was delayed.
GPs encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles
GPs are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles, which continues to be imported by travellers from many countries, including New Zealand. There have been 52 measles cases notified so far this year compared to just 19 cases last year.
HealtheNet and My Health Record update
Nine in 10 Australians had a My Health Record created for them in February 2019.
GPs can help people understand and access the NDIS
Helping people to understand the NDIS can be really important, particularly for those who have limited community connections and support.
Book a date with a friend that could save both your lives
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BreastScreen NSW will be encouraging women to get together with a friend to book a mammogram, with the message, ‘Book a date with a friend that could save both your lives.
Perinatal depression and/or anxiety – telehealth service
Gidget Foundation Australia offers counselling for new and expecting parents who are experiencing perinatal depression and/or anxiety and are unable to have a face-to-face consultation. Patients need a referral and a mental health care plan from their GP to use the service.
12 Clinical Tools Recommended by ELDAC
Clinical tools assist in reliable assessment and interpretation of clinical information and are important when providing care for older people at the end of life.
Have you seen the Collaborative's new Evaluation video?
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) has recently released an Evaluation video featuring some of their members, who reflect on what's going well, and what could be improved in the future.