New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye screening resources
To assist in understanding the eye care journey, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, in collaboration with The Fred Hollows Foundation, has launched a series of knowledge exchange tools about eye screening and care for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes:
- Fact sheet – comprehensive eye screening and caresummary
- In brief fact sheet – easy-to-digest information bites
- short animated video
A free Eye screening and care: treatment pathways and professional roles along that pathway’, webinar will also be broadcast at 12pm on Wednesday 25 September. Email Tamara Swann firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Tips on health care quality improvement
Stanford University has recently published an interesting article on the ‘pitfalls and promising practices drawn from experimentation with quality-improvement methods and performance management in health care. Read 10 Lessons From Health Care on Quality Improvement in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
4 September 2019
GP consultation on cervical screening recall and reminders
WA Health would like to invite GPs to provide feedback on a suite of recall and reminder letter templates for cervical screening. Once finalised, these templates will be made available to assist in guiding clear and accurate communication to patients.
The closing date for feedback is 30 September 2019.
Click here to take part in the consultation.
Contact Stacey-Mae Prokopyszyn on (08) 6458 1740 or email email@example.com for further information.
GPs may also wish to review the “Cervical Screening” HealthPathway.
Overdue vaccination reminders
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has begun sending additional reminder letters to individuals overdue for vaccination.
Currently, parents of children overdue for vaccination are sent reminder letters when their children are 10, 21 and 54 months. However, additional letters have been sent to families with children aged seven, 13, 15, 19 and 49 months who are not in receipt of family assistance payments.
Adolescents who are overdue for their childhood and adolescent vaccinations will be sent letters when they are 14.5, 17 and 18 years of age.
Increased access to cancer screening information
Cervical screening healthcare providers without a Medicare provider number are now able to access participant information for the National Cervical Screening Program through the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR).
LiveLighter calls for urgent obesity action with new ’13 Cancers’ campaign
Cancer Council Western Australia is urging Western Australians to reduce their cancer risk by reducing sugary drink consumption. The new LiveLighter® advertisement focuses on the contribution of sugary drinks to dangerous toxic fat around the organs which can trigger certain cancers.
The campaign has been developed alongside new Cancer Council Australia-funded research indicating over 200,000 cancer cases could be avoided in Australia over the next 25 years if all Australian adults maintained a healthy weight and met the physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention.
As the primary care partner for this campaign, WA Primary Health Alliance will be supporting GPs and front-line practice staff to ensure they can talk to patients about their weight, reflecting the importance of early intervention and management of overweight and obesity in general practice.
Click here for further information and patient resources.
PRODA account now required to access the Australian Immunisation Register
From 31 August 2019, GPs nurse practitioners and other health providers will need a PRODA account to access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and the current authentication file log in method will cease.
Practices are can apply for a practice login to get a practice authentication file that can be used to login to the AIR site by completing the IM004 form from the Department of Human Services.
August 2019: TGA product defect correction – Endone 5 mg tablets
WARNING: Potential for incorrect medicine in the pack.
Aspen Pharma, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA), is undertaking a product defect correction for one batch of Endone 5 mg tablets (batch number CW612, expiry November 2020).
A single pack of Endone 5 mg tablets in South Australia has been found to contain a blister sheet of Anamorph 30 mg tablets. While the product names were correctly printed on the back of the blister sheet, the tablets and the blisters are a similar size, shape and colour, which increases the risk of inadvertently taking the wrong medicine.
Visit the TGA website for more information.
19 to 25 August 2019 is NPS MedicineWise Week
The focus of this year’s campaign is ‘getting to know the language of medicines’ with a special focus on plain English communication about modification, as well as accessible information for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. NPS MedicineWise and Choose Wisely Australia offer a range of patient friendly resources and support that can help your patients access information, ask the right questions and get the most out of their medication, safely. This includes:
- 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) consumer information line
- Free MedicineWise app
- Medicine Finder – online tool to search for medicines by brand or active ingredient
- 5 most important questions to ask your doctor – available in English, Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Croatian, Farsi
Support your patients to screen for bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is our second biggest cancer killer but only 4 in 10 eligible Australians complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit when it is sent to them in the mail.
The Cancer Council has launched a new online toolkit to make it easier for GPs and other health professionals to support their patients to screen. The toolkit includes links to order resources, helpful audit documents, and templates for sending reminder letters. Access the toolkit at www.bowelcancer.org.au/health-professionals.
Further information can be found at www.bowelcancer.org.au or by contacting the Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.
Talking to patients about alcohol during pregnancy
GPs are usually the first health professional to see a woman who thinks or knows she is pregnant. The Telethon Kids Institute’s GPaskthequestion project provides videos and resources to highlight the importance of asking all pregnant women irrespective of age, socio-economic status or ethnicity about their alcohol use.
The project also highlights the importance of assessing and recording patient responses using a validated tool (such as AUDIT-C) to provide the right advice and support to assist women to stop or reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
For more information and to watch the videos, visit the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAS-D) information hub at https://www.fasdhub.org.au/fasd-information/understanding-fasd/alcohol-use-in-pregancy/gpaskthequestion/
Clinical trial for patients with viral conjunctivitis
Lions Eye Institute is conducting an ongoing clinical study for people with viral conjunctivitis. Eligible patients will receive medical care at no cost, as well as reimbursed travel expenses. Patients can express interest in participating in the trial by phoning 08 6382 0582 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Subsidised kids’ healthy lifestyle program
The Department of Health is offering Perth families access to a fun and interactive program to improve their health at no cost. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills.
For families with children who are above a healthy weight, the Better Health program supports them to:
- Develop healthy habits and practical skills
- Increase physical activity
- Improve eating habits and overall health.
Sessions are led by qualified health professionals and take place in various locations after school, running parallel with school terms. GPs can refer families with two to four-year olds and seven to 13-year olds. Visit the Better Health Program website to download a copy of the referral form. GP referral is only mandatory for patients with medical conditions.
Has your Poisons Permit expired?
Many WA Health Service Permits (Poisons Permits) linked to funded vaccine ordering that expired 30 June 2019. Until permits are renewed and advised to Toll, Government funded vaccines cannot be released from the WA Health/Toll warehouse for distribution.
Please scan and email a copy of your renewed permit via TCSWAHealthcareCS@tollgroup.com.
For further details regarding the Poisons Permit, please visit the WA Health website
Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunisation moving online
As of 1 July, reporting an Adverse Event Following Immunisation for vaccines administered in WA is only take place on the AEIFI-CAN website. Report Forms will no longer be accepted by fax or email, and the fax line is now disconnected. Support is available to GPs at email@example.com or at 08 6456 0208 during business hours.
Before reporting adverse events, GPs are encouraged to read about common and expected side effects of vaccines on the WA Health website.
Helping patients with psychological conditions return to work
The Australian Government’s Comcare scheme has developed a new resource for GPs to assess work capacity in patients with a psychological condition and help them to recover and participate in work. Presented by consultant psychiatrist Dr Dielle Felman, this five-minute video provides better practice information and recommendations for treating health practitioners on how to practically assess capacity for work. The video and other related resources are available here
Updated national guidelines available for pregnancy care
The Department of Health has released updated National Pregnancy Care Guidelines that include new content on the following chapters:
- Preterm birth;
- Prolonged pregnancy; and
Free training to assist GPS with difficult conversations about weight in children
A FREE, online professional development resource is available for health professionals to encourage sensitive and effective conversations with parents about their children’s weight. Click here for more information or to register.