Welcome to Brisbane South PHN's weekly newsletter for primary health care providers.
We understand primary care is a busy environment so we have streamlined our communication and activities to focus on identified priorities that reflect the needs of our region each quarter. From September to November 2021, we are focusing our activities and communication with you on:
• Alcohol and Other Drugs
• Older People
• Children and Youth.
We welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!
Serving the region - Brisbane South PHN update
This week at Brisbane South PHN, we are:
- Working with general practices to support the State-wide “Super Saturday” High School vaccination event on 23 October 2021.
- Working with primary care vaccination providers to support and coordinate activities that enhance uptake of vaccination for vulnerable population groups in our region such as people experiencing homelessness, people who are home-bound, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
- Collaborating with Metro South Health on health system preparations for living with COVID outbreaks.
- Assisting practices with vaccine dose management.
Access to a limited special order of vaccine consumables to support COVID-19 vaccination
Brisbane South PHN is able to provide general practices and pharmacies with a special order of vaccine consumables to support COVID-19 vaccine efforts, particularly with recent vaccine super weekends. To order, please complete the below form. We thank you for supporting our local community to stay safe.
Preparations for integrated health system approach to living with COVID-19
With the announcement to open Queensland’s borders and the “end of zero COVID-19 for Queensland”, preparations at state and national levels are continuing to progress and we are contributing your inputs. Brisbane South PHN is also convening a panel of General Practitioners to advise on the design of integrated service models for managing people diagnosed with COVID-19 in both primary care and acute care settings. We value the recommendations and questions we have received from primary care providers to date, and encourage you to continue to reach out to us with any further input for this planning.
Reminders about the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) when administering COVID-19 vaccines
It is important that you check, record and report each patient’s record in the Australian Immunisation Register when administering any COVID-19 vaccines to prevent administration errors.
- Your practice should take reasonable steps to confirm that a person is eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes checking the AIR for any previous COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Your practice should report each patient’s COVID-19 vaccination to the AIR within 24 hours if possible. Real-time or end-of-day reporting is appropriate, as determined by your practice procedures.
- Medical contraindications can be reported to the AIR for COVID-19 vaccines. Medical contraindications can be assessed and reported to the AIR by eligible health professionals, including GPs. To report a medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccines, providers need to select all COVID-19 vaccines listed and approved for use in Australia. Permanent and temporary contraindications should only be reported for individuals where there is no suitable alternative COVID-19 vaccine available
- Recognised vaccination providers in Australia can record overseas vaccinations on the AIR, if the vaccines are approved.
Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families
Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families - A Plan For Queensland's Borders was released on 18 October 2021. The plan details changes to domestic and international travel to Queensland when Queensland reaches 70%, 80% and then 90% of the eligible population fully vaccinated. The requirements for travellers coming from interstate (including declared COVID-19 hotspots) and from overseas at each stage are outlined in the plan.
The opening of Queensland’s borders will only be possible if Queenslanders protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated.
Provisional determination granted to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine - proposed for use in children 5-11 years of age
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted a provisional determination to Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd in relation to its COVID-19 Vaccine, COMIRNATY. The granting of this determination means that Pfizer is now eligible to apply to vary the provisional approval for the vaccine to include children aged 5 to 11 years.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the use of the Roche Products Pty Ltd combination therapy, casirivimab + imdevimab (RONAPREVE), for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in specific target populations.
PRIORITY REMINDER. Please register for QScript now
From 28 October 2021, all relevant health practitioners are required to check QScript for patient records before:
- prescribing a monitored medicine for a patient
- dispensing a monitored medicine for a patient
- giving a treatment dose of a monitored medicine for a patient.
The recently passed Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 legislation specifies penalties that can be imposed if health practitioners do not take reasonable steps to check QScript when required. There will be exceptions in some circumstances, including when treating patients in an emergency.
Health practitioners will be supported as they integrate QScript into their practice and become familiar with their legislative responsibilities.
Registration is required for the following health practitioners:
- medical practitioners
- nurse practitioners
- endorsed midwives
- podiatric surgeons and endorsed podiatrists.
QScript is Queensland’s real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts and notifies health practitioners to review a patient’s monitored medicine prescription history at the point of care. Health practitioners can register for QScript by clicking the QScript registration below.
Supporting patients to access aged care services
Following feedback and consultation with providers, the Aged Care System resource for general practitioners has been developed in conjunction with Brisbane North PHN.
It is designed to be an easy-to-follow referral guide that helps health care professionals better navigate the aged care system and support their older patients to make informed decisions about their care.
Updated Diabetes and Endocrine referral guidelines on MSH Refer Your Patient
The Diabetes and Endocrine referral guidelines on the Metro South Health Refer Your Patient website have been updated to align with the Statewide Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC).
The updated guidelines have now been published on the Metro South Health Refer Your Patient website and can be found on the Endocrinology and Diabetes pages.
For assistance with these guidelines, or feedback on the updated pages, please contact the GP Liaison team on 1300 364 155 – Option 2 or email below
Specialist Aged Care Support
Brisbane South PHN is partnering with Aged and Disability Care Australia (ADA) from 1 September 2021, to provide free specialist aged care support and navigation.
ADA Australia’s Aged Care Navigator services are available to people residing in the Brisbane south regions, who need information about aged care options, or help to access aged care supports. This includes older people, their families, friends and others who want to link with aged care supports.
To refer your patients to this service, send referrals via fax or secure email to the below address. Once a referral is received, contact will usually be made within 24 - 48 business hours.
ADA Australia Intake Team, fax: 07 3637 6001, email to: email@example.com.
Supporting Transgender & Non-binary Youth: Community information evening
This community information evening on Wednesday 10 November will provide an overview of the Queensland Children’s Gender Service, what they do, and what supports are available to young people questioning their gender identity.
Learn how parents, families and communities can support trans, non-binary and two-spirit children and young people to grow into happy and healthy adults.
The event will be delivered by Queensland Children’s Gender Service, in partnership with Metro South and Brisbane South PHN. It will include presentations from people with lived experience and medical professionals.
Understanding older person’s health - Online learning modules
Australia's aging population continues to grow. By 2026, 16% of people in the Brisbane south region will be over 65 years old.
The Older Person online learning module supports the health workforce to understand aspects of an older person's health and wellbeing within general practice.
It provides information on conducting an older person's health assessments, and how to play an active role in collaborative health management. Also included are details of supporting structures and services for older people such as My Aged Care.
This online learning module is accessible through Discover PHN, Brisbane South PHN’s learning and collaboration portal.
Workforce development and training
Improve care in your practice: cardiovascular risk for older patients
Absolute CVD risk assessment estimates the cumulative risk of multiple, and sometimes synergistic risk factors, to predict a heart attack or stroke event in the next 5 years.
44.6% of active patients in general practices across the Brisbane south region aged 45-74 years have a record of the necessary risk factors in their patient file to enable a CVD risk assessment. Review your practice data in your benchmark report to see how you compare and set a goal to increase the proportion of patients recorded.
This is a PIP QI measure and ensures your practice is maintaining ongoing accreditation requirements. To request practice support to access or interpret your benchmark report, contact the Quality Improvement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SpotOnHealth HealthPathways – Bone and Joint Infections in Children
Did you know that osteomyelitis and septic arthritis are bacterial infections usually arising hematogenously and can often follow trauma? Distinguishing between the osteomyelitis and septic arthritis is not essential as both require emergency orthopaedic intervention. Find out more about Bone and Joint Infections in Children on SpotOnHealth HealthPathways.
If you are a clinician working in the Brisbane south, Redlands, Logan or Scenic Rim catchments, request the SpotOnHealth HealthPathways username and password by calling 07 3156 4346 (Monday to Friday), or request online below.
Virtual care options for patients in Residential Aged Care Facilities
Patients in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) can be very vulnerable during lockdowns or changes to visiting arrangements, which can make delivering quality health care difficult.
To minimise adverse outcomes, the Department of Health is funding Healthdirect Video Call as a free platform for health care providers to use for virtual care until 31 December 2021.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work, and of the many different nations across the wider Brisbane south region. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging, as the holders of the memories, the traditions, the culture and the spiritual wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. We acknowledge any Sorry Business that may be affecting the communities as a whole. In the spirit of reconciliation, partnership and mutual respect, we will continue to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to shape a health system which responds to the needs and aspirations of the community.
While the Australian Government has contributed funding for this material, it has not reviewed the content and is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage however arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided herein.