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IMPORTANT: The official guidance underpinning the health advice in this publication is rapidly evolving; in some rare instances information may be already out of date at the time of publication. Please always check links provided for the latest information.
This week at Brisbane South PHN, we are:
- engaging with community organisations and primary care providers to identify ongoing support needs linked to flood recovery and resilience building
reworking the COVID-19 portal website to provide consistent messaging across the Queensland PHNs (Primary Health Networks), while still providing localised content
showcasing the growing role that general practice plays in responding to domestic and family violence in our Primary Health Impact publication
- implementing a $48.7 million expansion of our Recognise, Respond, Refer program trial across 5 PHNs nationally, to training and supporting general practice to address domestic and family violence.
ATAGI updates on post-infection COVID-19 vaccinations and extended mRNA intervals
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), have updated the following recommendations.
- Dose interval between primary doses should be extended to 8 weeks for both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
People should wait 3 months after confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Updated guidance on myocarditis and pericarditis following an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
This guide provides information on myocarditis and pericarditis, following an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, including Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Moderna). The latest Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice has been updated to reflect the following:
the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis associated with mRNA and non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in relation to dose schedules and age groups
- recommendations for primary dose schedules of mRNA vaccines, to potentially improve vaccine effectiveness and reduce the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.
Find out more about myocarditis and pericarditis 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.
Reminder: COVID vaccine can be co-administered with the Influenza vaccine
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that influenza vaccines can be co-administered (i.e. on the same day) with the COVID-19 vaccine. For additional information regarding co-administration with the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (Nuvaxoid) refer to ATAGI statement on the use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.
Optimising the supply of personal protective equipment guideline
The new ‘Optimsing the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) guideline’, provides recommendations on the optimal use of PPE as a way of managing disrupted supply chain.
Developed by the PPE Working Group, with consultation from the Statewide Infection Clinical Network and the Work Health and Safety Advisory Group, the working group took an evidence-based approach to rewriting the existing PPE conservation guidance.
Paediatric vaccination resource packs available
The paediatric vaccination resources packs include a bag, stickers, activity sheet, certificate and more, and are a vaccination incentive tool. The packs are available to primary care, to support vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds. View the resource packs: dose 1 and dose 2.
To order paediatric vaccination resource packs, complete the order form and email to QH.VCC@health.qld.gov.au.
COVID-19 update for general practice #6, Winter Readiness: The Coincidence of Influenza and COVID-19, Thursday 12 May 2022, 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Dr Steven Donohue, Director, Townsville Public Health Unit
- Dr Trent Yarwood, Infectious Disease Specialist, Cairns
- Dr Karen Benn, GP, St George, South West Queensland
Winter Preparedness for GPs (Department of Health)
On Monday 2 May 2022 the following experts joined Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for a panel discussion.
- Dr Karen Price, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Sarah Chalmers, President, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
- Dr Chris Moy, Vice-President, Australian Medical Association
- Chris Jeacle, Assistant Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Group, Department of Health
Dr Lucas de Toca, COVID-19 Primary Care Response First Assistant Secretary, Department of Health
- Dr Nick Simpson, Medical Adviser, Technology Assessment and Access Division, Department of Health.
The panel provided key updates and answered the questions of participants on COVID-19 and influenza preventions and treatments.
Missed a COVID-19 webinar update for GPs?
Queensland’s PHNs host regular webinars, providing updates on the current COVID-19 situation in Queensland. If you have missed a webinar, you can still watch the recording.
Have you accessed DiscoverPHN yet?
At Brisbane South PHN we know that, more than ever before, General Practitioners (GPs), practice staff and commissioned service providers are squeezed for time and resources across their businesses.
We’ve responded by developing DiscoverPHN, your online portal to access the best of Brisbane South PHN’s professional learning, practice toolkits, and support in one secure spot.
To learn more and register for a free account, visit our website.
Transitions of Care intervention for Brisbane south
The Princess Alexandra Hospital is piloting a transition of care project to improve care and reduce the risk of readmission and/or clinical harm caused by unintended medication errors. Patients will be risk assessed and managed according to risk. Moderate and high-risk patients will receive a discharge medication record, and a copy will be communicated directly to the patient’s nominated GP and community pharmacy.
Scholarships available to women in health
Women & Leadership Australia is offering a limited number of partial scholarships to women in the health sector, to support participation in leadership development programs.
Women have dominated our frontlines throughout the pandemic, while also managing a larger share of household and caring responsibilities. Recent research shows many women are feeling disconnected and burnt out at work and may be considering a career change.
Women & Leadership Australia is offering partial scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per person for women working in the health sector, to access leadership development programs. The programs are designed for junior through to executive leaders, with scholarships are available across 4 key levels:
women outside of formal leadership positions can apply for a partial $1,000 scholarship for the Impact Program
early career managers can apply for a partial scholarship of $1,000 towards the Leading Edge Program
mid-level managers can apply for a partial scholarship of $3,000 towards the Executive Ready Program
senior and executive leaders can apply for a partial scholarship of $5,000 towards the Advanced Leadership.
Applications close Friday 10 June 2022, unless allocated prior.
InterLink, Queensland’s first ever intersex psychosocial support program
Queensland Council for LGBTI Health has secured Queensland Health (via Community Enterprise Queensland & Queensland Children’s Hospital) funding to run InterLink, Queensland’s first ever intersex psychosocial support program.
InterLink brings people together to talk about living with innate variations in sex characteristics, with the support of trained counsellors and intersex peer workers.
The first session commences on Monday 9 May 2022. Email BHart@qc.org.au or call 0422 922 406 to find out more.
Join the Post Sepsis Model of Care Steering Committee
Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed
Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND), is a free 6-hour small-group education program that focuses on equipping people living with type 2 diabetes with practical skills to help manage the changes diabetes can bring to their lives. The self-management education program is for people living with type 2 diabetes who are registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
The program is delivered by specially trained DESMOND educators through Diabetes Queensland and covers topics to help participants:
- increase their understanding of diabetes
be more physically active
- take steps to lose weight
- lower their blood glucose levels
- improve overall health.
To register call 1800 637 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culturally adapted DESMOND programs are available for Pasifika, Māori and Arabic speaking communities in the Brisbane region. Resources have been adapted to the cultural practices and food norms of the respective communities, in consultation with the communities.
Free support for Queensland carers
Carer Gateway is a national support service funded by the Australian Government. It provides free services for anyone caring for a family member or friend who is living with a disability, a long-term medical condition, mental illness, alcohol or drug dependency, or someone who is frail due to age.
In Queensland these services are delivered by Wellways Australia and include:
- planning – to get the support and services that you need
- counselling – a private space to talk about the joys and challenges you experience
- support groups – a place to share stories, knowledge and experiences with other carers
coaching – to help set and achieve positive goals for your future
- practical assistance – access to tools to assist you in your caring role
- planned and emergency respite – help at short notice or a space to recharge.
Through accessing supports and services, carers can ensure they are in the best emotional space for their important caring role.
To register for Carer Gateway services call 1800 422 737 or visit their website for more information.
Workforce development and training
Plan, Do, Study, Act – Increasing the recording of alcohol consumption for patients with a mental health condition
Is your practice looking to increase the recording of alcohol consumption for patients with a mental health condition who visit the practice? This is important data to capture as it allows for optimal patient-centred care to be developed, and improves the quality of the patient records.
Brisbane South PHN have developed a series of Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) examples that step practices through questions to help them identify:
- What are we trying to accomplish?
- How will we know that change is an improvement?
What changes can we make that will result in improvement?
These questions can then be used to inform the 4-step PDSA cycle.
- Plan – plan the test or observation, including a plan for collecting data.
Do – try out the test on a small scale.
- Study – set aside time to analyse the data and study the results.
- Act – based on your analysis, adopt, adapt or abandon your idea.
Download the PDSA from DiscoverPHN. Register for DiscoverPHN.
Implementing the RRR program – a system view
Brisbane South PHN’s Recognise, Respond, Refer (RRR) model offers an integrated health response to domestic and family violence (DFV) by powerfully addressing barriers primary health care providers face in providing a systemic response to DFV.
Informed by the voices of people who have experienced violence, primary health care providers, DFV specialists, academics, key stakeholders and supported by evidence, RRR provides an integrated response to domestic and family violence by centring DVF as a health issue. It works to provide structure and guidance to primary care professionals and builds practitioners’ confidence to identify and respond.
'We want general practices to feel part of a bigger system and that GPs have support to confidently respond to people affected by DFV,’ explains Susan Conaghan, Project Manager, Family Support, Brisbane South PHN.
‘RRR has worked both ways; it’s improved outcomes for patients experiencing DFV and, at the same time, it has supported GPs by making them feel more safe, comfortable and building their skills to work in trauma-informed ways.’
RRR works in 2 important ways. First, it clarifies the roles primary health care providers play at organisational, local and systemic levels, supporting practices to see themselves as part of a broader response. Secondly, it builds upon trusted and meaningful referrals to strengthen relationships between GPs and service providers and – likewise – between service providers and other service providers. ‘As a result of RRR, the DFV sector now has a better understanding of the role and scope of GPs and vice versa. GPs now have better understanding of the DFV sector,’ said Susan.
With $48.7 million of funding secured in the 2022-23 Budget for a national trial, implementing the Recognise, Respond, Refer model by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia will further enable a consistent, evidence-based national approach to improving the primary health care system response to DFV nationally.
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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