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QScript - Providers must register now
To comply with mandatory changes to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 (MP Act) taking effect from early September 2021, health practitioners in Queensland must register for, and complete, training in QScript.
There are significant financial penalties under the Act for not using the QScript System to check for appropriate medications use. Under the Act ‘failure by a prescriber or dispenser to check the database before prescribing or dispensing a monitored medicine is an offence with a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units (currently $2,669).’ This may also have significant impacts for the most vulnerable patients if it is not completed by early September.
QScript is the Queensland government’s real-time prescription monitoring system, and the following health practitioners are strongly encouraged to register now for QScript:
- Medical practitioners
- Nurse practitioners
- Endorsed midwives
- Podiatric surgeons and endorsed podiatrists.
Register for QScript now through the Queensland Health website.
Snapshot of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the Brisbane South PHN region
- Currently, we have 275 clinics (inclusive of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Commonwealth State Clinics) and 110 pharmacies vaccinating our community against COVID-19.
- 193 general practices and 115 Community pharmacies are vaccinating with AstraZeneca only
- 115 Community pharmacies are vaccinating with AstraZeneca.
- 70 general practices are vaccinating with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- 7 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are vaccinating with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- 5 Commonwealth Vaccination Sites are vaccinating with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- 4 State-led Community Hubs are vaccinating with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- Whilst the Moderna vaccine has been approved by the TGA, we have not yet received any information about its rollout.
Serving the region – Brisbane South PHN update
This week at Brisbane South PHN, we are:
- Improving COVID-19 vaccination accessibility for aged care workers, in partnership with Metro South Health.
- Assisting the Department of Health with onboarding practices for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
- Coordinating emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies from the national stockpile.
- Escalating feedback from general practices to the Department for clarification or response.
- Triaging COVID-19 information and keeping the primary health sector up to date..
More general practices in Brisbane south to receive the Pfizer vaccine
We anticipate that all practices that are currently vaccinating with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and submitted an Expression of Interest for vaccinating with Pfizer, will start onboarding for Pfizer vaccinations over a 4-week period from the week commencing 13 September 2021. Letters confirming start dates will be provided by the Department of Health to Brisbane South PHN for distribution to practices. We anticipate this will happen within the next week. At this stage, we do not have any further information to provide but will continue to update practices as soon as we do. .
Queensland Health and Commonwealth COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
The recent announcement of the expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility criteria by Queensland Health has caused some confusion, in the absence of updates to the eligibility checker and guidance from the Commonwealth. This is because, at this point, the Commonwealth eligibility, which covers general practice, pharmacy and Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics, has not changed.
This decision by the Queensland Government was made independent of National Cabinet decisions and we are working with the Department to determine what this means for general practices in our region. We will immediately provide further advice if we receive any clarification, or if changes to the eligibility are announced.
Unfortunately, confusion about this will likely continue until the eligibility criteria are aligned. However, General Practitioners are still able to assess individual circumstances and decide on a case-by-case basis whether it is clinically appropriate to provide a patient with a COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, school staff, logistics and freight workers, and other people aged 39 and under who are not eligible under any other criteria, can access their vaccine by registering through Queensland Health.
Queensland Health announcement on essential border workers
Chief Health Officer, Jeanette Young has announced that from Friday 20 August 2021, essential workers crossing the New South Wales - Queensland border must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It is anticipated most of these workers will have either already completed or commenced their vaccination course. These workers will be prioritised for vaccination at Queensland Health community vaccination hubs and can access their vaccine by registering through Queensland Health.
Residential Aged Care Facility workforce vaccinations
All residential aged care workers, including medical practitioners who attend and provide care to residents, students on placement, volunteers, social care and ancillary staff are required to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September 2021. To ensure this vaccination requirement is met in time, dedicated additional vaccination options have been made available. Contact the COVID Support team for more information.
Queensland restrictions update
From 4.00 pm on Friday 20 August 2021, restrictions will ease in the Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.
Latest updates - Contact tracing and Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions
Current exposure sites for South East Queensland, and their date and time of concern, are listed on the Queensland Health website. Queensland Health public health directions can be viewed below.
Are you a clinician interested in working with multicultural communities and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?
The COVID-19 CALD Health Engagement Project, managed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland, is a partnership-driven initiative guided by a reference group of members from various multicultural communities across Queensland.
The project is looking to build a casual pool of health professionals to provide support with the delivery of information to multicultural communities on an as-needed basis. The role may be to co-present information about the COVID-19 vaccine with a community leader, or to field any clinical questions. Some of these sessions may be in the evenings or on the weekends. This is a voluntary position.
Email referrals cannot be processed by Metro South Health
Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security is essential to the referrals process. Confidential patient referrals are still being sent to the Metro South Health GP Liaison Team (GPLO email account), although this method is not encrypted or secure. This risks patient privacy and confidentiality being compromised; referrals will need to be resent by the practice.
The preferred method to send referrals to Metro South Health is by GP Smart Referrals. Fax can no longer effectively and securely communicate important patient clinical information.
If you have any questions, please contact the MSH GP Liaison (GPLO) Team on 1300 364 155 – Option 2 or contact the team by email.
Migraine: Essential Information required for Metro South Health referrals to Neurology
When referring to Metro South Health (MSH) Neurology Specialist Outpatient Department for Migraine, it is essential that the patient has trialled at least 3 migraine prophylactic medications. Please document each medication in your referral, maximum dosage tried and reasons for failure, as per the MSH Refer Your Patient website.
For referral information, including minimum criteria and essential referral information, please visit the MSH Refer Your Patient website below.
Review of general practice accreditation arrangements
The Department of Health has released the consultation paper and online survey for the review of general practice accreditation arrangements.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek stakeholder feedback on the strengths and limitations of general practice accreditation and its intersection with educational accreditation. The diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge of all stakeholders are valued and respected. The online survey is open until Wednesday 8 September 2021.
Webinar: General Practice Accreditation Support
Brisbane South PHN has partnered with AGPAL to host an online webinar: Preparing for Accreditation under the RACGP General Practice Standards 5th Edition. Subject matter experts will provide interpretation and support to general practices on the RACGP 5th standards edition. The webinar is being held on Wednesday 22 September from 12.30 pm -1.30 pm.
Domestic and Family Violence training for general practices
Brisbane South PHN’s Recognise, Respond, Refer program supports general practices to respond to domestic and family violence (DFV) during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
A 2-hour online interactive DFV training session will be offered on the evening of Thursday 16 September 2021. This case study- based training explores practical measures to support patients affected by DFV and is delivered by expert trainers from The Centre for Women and Co. and the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service. The session has been accredited by the RACGP, registered clinicians will be eligible for CPD points.
For more information, or to discuss other support available for your practice, contact Joanna (for Brisbane south LGA practices) or Linda (for Logan, Redlands and Beaudesert practices).
GP research study on referral pathways for patients with low back pain
Are you a General Practitioner (GP) providing care to patients with low back pain? Brisbane South PHN and Metro South Health need your input into a research study on referral pathways and practices on low back pain in primary care. GPs who take part in 2 short research interviews will be reimbursed for their time.
Cervical screening in clinic self-collection pathways
The Commonwealth Department of Health has commissioned The University of Melbourne to consult with General Practitioners (GPs) on the implementation of cervical screening self-collection.
All primary care and cervical screening providers are invited to complete a short online survey, whether they have previously provided self-collection or not.
Workforce development and training
Introduction to Quality Improvement toolkit
Our ‘Introduction to Quality Improvement’ toolkit is designed to help your practice start your QI journey. The toolkit includes activities to identify your QI team, plan your activity and identify the area of improvement your practice wants to make, based on your practice data. These activities support better patient outcomes, professional development and practice performance.
The QI toolkit is now available in an easy-to-complete, fillable PDF workbook. To request access to the workbook, complete the Expression of Interest form below.
SpotOnHealth HealthPathways - Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
Did you know that following a miscarriage, if a patient is stable with only small amounts of Products of Conception (POC) (< 15 mm in diameter) and is asymptomatic for endometritis, you can reassure the patient and advise expectant management? For more information, see Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
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 it online below.
The person-centred approach to care treats each person respectfully as an individual and not as a condition to be treated. It extends beyond the individual to include families, carers and supporters.
We know that many general practices in our region are moving toward embedding person-centred care approaches that consider the whole patient at all stages of their health care journey, and focus on their unique needs, in order to achieve better outcomes.
Brisbane South PHN's Person-centred care team is here to guide you on your journey to a more consumer-focused way of working through training and in-practice support.
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.
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