NQ Primary Health Update

Healthcare workers recognised at prestigious awards ceremony

An historic health conference and prestigious awards ceremony which injected more than $500,000 into the Cairns economy has been labelled ‘a huge success’.

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) hosted the myPHN 2016: Connecting General Practice Conference at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino last weekend.

An awards ceremony also took place on Saturday night recognising leading health providers for their outstanding contributions to healthcare in Northern Queensland.

More than 300 health professionals and expert health speakers from across north Queensland and the rest of Australia descended on Cairns for the conference and awards ceremony.

The award winners were:

  • NQPHN GP of the Year (joint winners) – Dr Cheryl Harnischfeger (Amaroo Medical, Mareeba) and Dr Steven Rudolphy (Mt Sheridan Medical)
  • NQPHN Pharmacist of the Year – Chris Braithwaite (Cape York Guardian Pharmacy)
  • NQPHN Allied Health Professional of the Year – Kris Tregenza (Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
  • NQPHN Dentist of the Year – Dr Jackie Stuart
  • NQPHN Practice Nurse of the Year – Julie Bulst (Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service, Mareeba)
  • NQPHN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker of the Year – Deslie Dempsey (Balance! Edmonton Family Practice)
  • NQPHN Medical Administration Team of the Year – South Side Medical, Mackay

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Moore said the conference was a perfect opportunity for people from various healthcare backgrounds and professions to join forces to discuss how to make health better for the local community.

“Anyone who had the privilege of participating in any of the workshops or other activities could not help but be struck by the open mindedness, depth of knowledge, and seriousness of purpose of all our delegates,” said Mr Moore.

“We have true gems embedded in our community who are working tirelessly every day to both reduce health inequities and promote healthier lifestyles.

“Every single person who came to the conference is a pioneer, and that was clearly demonstrated at our awards ceremony.

“Most importantly, this conference has encouraged and fostered listening about how we can all connect together to foster a one-health system.

“It was a huge success, and NQPHN is committed to holding this conference annually.

“I really feel this conference has provided our healthcare workers with a new commitment and resolve to work with and help each other achieve a more connected healthcare system.”

The inaugural conference focused on connecting health providers to deliver better health outcomes through general practice, pharmacy, dental, nursing, allied health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services, and hospital and health services.

It was officially opened by the Queensland Minister for Health, the Honourable Cameron Dick MP.

Conference Chair, Professor George Rubin, led an interactive two-day program including pre-conference workshops, the awards ceremony, and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health breakfast.

“We were proud to host this inaugural conference, the first time Cairns has welcomed such an array of health experts to focus on how we can all connect together,” said Mr Moore.

“The conference was a sell out, and next year’s event will be even bigger and better.”

Some of the world-class speakers who presented at the conference included:

  • Assoc Prof Nicole Lee (an Australian leader in methamphetamine treatment and clinical policy)
  • Assoc Prof James Ward (Indigenous infectious diseases and illicit drug use expert)
  • Angela Mason Lynch (leading healthcare business manager)
  • Jacinta Hawgood (Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention)
  • Paul Madden (Deputy Secretary and Special Adviser, Strategic Health Systems and Information Management, Department of Health).
  • David Butt (CEO, National Mental Health Commission)
  • Gerald Griffin (Assistant Secretary, Aged Care Delivery Queensland).

Healthcare providers now have access to over 580,000 new My Health Records in North Queensland

From Friday 15 July, registered healthcare providers in north Queensland, from Mackay to the Torres Strait, can access their patients’ digital health records created as part of the current My Health Record opt-out trial implemented by Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).

More than 580,000 new My Health Records have been created for people living in these areas as a result of the trial.

This represents a seven times increase in the number of My Health Records that existed prior to the start of the trial in March this year.

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Moore said that they are pleased with the level of interest and support by the community and local healthcare providers during the trial.

“Nine out of 10 people now have a My Health Record in north Queensland” said Mr Moore.

“Initially the records will only contain some personal information added by the individual and up to two years of Medicare history.

“I want to actively encourage our local GPs, specialists, hospitals, pharmacies and allied healthcare professionals to start uploading shared health and event summaries to an individual’s record.

“So over time, the information on a patient will grow and healthcare providers and their patients will benefit from having this additional health information.”

My Health Record does not replace existing medical records held by healthcare providers.

It is an additional source of information that can contain an individual’s important summary health information, such as allergies, current medications, and medical history including hospital discharge summaries.

It can especially benefit those patients who see other healthcare providers, travel for health advice or treatments, or who have chronic or complex medical conditions.

“We know that in any one week, one in three Australian GPs will see a patient for whom they have little or no information at all. More than one in five GPs face this situation everyday” said Mr Moore.

“With My Health Record, a healthcare provider finding themselves in this situation will have access to at least some information about their patient.

“This may include the patient’s Medicare claim or pharmacy prescription information, and clinical information uploaded by other treating healthcare providers, such as hospitals and pharmacies – information that they may not have otherwise had.

“We expect to see immediate benefits with improved care coordination for patients and less adverse drug events.”

Once connected, healthcare providers can view the My Health Record system via their practice’s clinical information system.

Authorised providers can access and upload health information to their patient’s My Health Record, if and when required, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Alternate access to the system is available via the National Provider Portal, which is read-only.

NQPHN has a local My Health Record team who are there to support healthcare providers, and can be contacted at myhealthrecord@nqphn.com.au

“The My Health Record system will work most effectively and the full benefits realised when the majority of patients have a record, and doctors and other healthcare providers routinely use and contribute information to their patient’s My Health Record,” said Mr Moore.

Over 3.8 million Australians now have a My Health Record and nearly 8,500 healthcare providers including general practices, hospitals, aged care services and pharmacies are connected to the My Health Record system nationally.

More information can be found at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.


In November last year, Northern Queensland PHN was selected as one of only two PHNs in Australia to trial the Federal Government’s new “opt-out” My Health Record for around 1 million Australians, as part of the planned future of health.

The new system – changed from opt-in to opt-out – will see Australians get easier access to their medical records and be at less risk under a revamped e-health system.

In March 2016, 700,000 residents received letters from the Department of Health regarding My Health Record and if they did not have a record, they had until 27 May to opt-out from one being automatically issued for them.

In June this year, more than 580,000 My Health Records were newly created as many had a previous record and a small number were due to opt-outs, return mail and Medicare expiration dates.

NQPHN – now on Facebook!

Northern Queensland PHN is now on Facebook!

‘LIKE’ us to get updates and other important information regarding primary health, from Sarina up to the tip of the Torres Strait >> www.facebook.com/nqphn

Find out about commissioning opportunities, job vacancies, health news and much more.

We’ll also be joining other social media channels over the coming months, so stay tuned.

NQPHN on Facebook – Making Health Better!

NQPHN releases report into health status of North Queensland

North Queenslanders are more disadvantaged, more overweight or obese, eat less fruit, and smoke more than all Queenslanders, according to a landmark health report released today.

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) has published its first ever report into the health status and needs of the region.

The NQPHN Health Needs Assessment (June 2016) follows the Australian Government Department of Health’s request for all 31 PHNs across Australia to undertake a needs assessment process to identify and analyse health and service needs within their regions.

Northern Queensland PHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Moore said the Health Needs Assessment would inform how the PHN prioritised its activity to address identified needs.

“Development of this document has been a major undertaking, and I want to acknowledge the contributions of the local service providers, consumers and health professionals we consulted as part of this process,” said Mr Moore.

“It describes our population demography, lifestyle behaviours, health service use, and health service provision across the primary and tertiary health sectors.

“The process of assessing health needs has identified 15 key priority areas specific to our PHN region, to which we will now tailor resource allocation.”

In particular the top six local health priorities are:

  • Improving access to health services in rural and remote areas
  • Improving access to mental health services
  • Promoting health workforce expansion and sustainability
  • Transitioning chronic disease management to community care level
  • Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Improving childhood and maternal health.

Mr Moore said the Health Needs Assessment highlights the diversity of the population across the Northern Queensland PHN region.

“We support a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of the land we now live on; rural and remote persons, often living in situations of social isolation; mining communities with large numbers of fly-in fly-out workers; and a high proportion of young families who often have complex maternal and early childhood needs,” he said.

“To address the needs of our communities across such a diverse region, Northern Queensland PHN is committed to providing equity in health service delivery.

“We recognise and are committed to fulfilling our role in partnering with organisations and governments to improve the underlying social determinants of health, to enable long-term, sustainable health advancements across our footprint.”

Some of the key findings from the NQPHN Health Needs Assessment include:

  • The Northern Queensland PHN region is home to 730,000 people, 83,000 of whom are Indigenous Australians
  • Fifty-five (55) per cent of people in NQPHN’s region eat the recommended daily fruit intake (compared to 58 per cent in Queensland overall)
  • Almost two in three people in the NQPHN region are overweight or obese (five per cent higher than Queensland overall)
  • One in two women in the Torres Strait and Cape York region smoke during pregnancy (compared to one in six in Queensland overall).
  • The life expectancy in the Torres Strait and Cape York region is on average 12 years less than the state average for Queensland
  • The diabetes rate in Torres and Cape is four times higher than that of Queensland
  • The NQPHN region’s suicide rate for 2011-2013 was 1.5 times the national suicide rate at 17 compared with 10.9 per 100,000 people
  • Overall, the leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer, with suicide the leading cause of death for 15-45 year olds.

NQPHN will continue engaging with stakeholders including GPs, pharmacists, dentists, allied health workers and the community to better coordinate and reduce the fragmentation of health services, and better inform the community on how to better navigate the health system.

The Health Needs Assessment also contains infographic health statistics for all 31 Local Government Areas in the NQPHN region.

To read the NQPHN Health Needs Assessment (June 2016), go to: http://professionals.nqphn.com.au/local-health-data

Have you booked your place at Brisbane GPCE? Register now for an exclusive 25% off!

Brisbane GPCE is taking place next month from 26-28 August at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Don’t miss your opportunity to earn your QI&CPD points across one weekend, network with peers and enjoy a rich educational program to support your continued education as a GP, Nurse, Registrar or other primary healthcare professional.

Make sure you register today with your exclusive 25% discount – just enter the promotion code ‘SAVE25’ at registration!


  • Benefit from an extensive choice of over 90 seminars & workshops
  • Upskill with a diverse range of practical skills-based sessions
  • FREE accredited CPR training
  • Exclusive GPMHSC accredited Mental Health Skills Training
  • Earn your QI&CPD points across one weekend
  • FREE entry to the GPCE exhibition
  • Four NEW Active Learning Modules on offer
  • NEW and inspiring daily keynote sessions.


This year we are offering four Active Learning Modules (ALMs) worth 40 Category 1 points each. Our ALMs include:

 We also have over 55 practical skills sessions on offer, perfect for GPs, Nurses and Registrars; worth 2 Category 2 points per session and the perfect way to upskill across treatment areas including:

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Provider in Profile – Marissa Patchell

Provider in profile“I am a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist and Mental Health Social Worker with 20 years’ experience in working with children, families and adults.

“For the last 10 years I have operated a small private practice located at 29 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park in Townsville.

“I offer individualised therapeutic treatment with children and their families as well as adults.

“I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders, relating difficulties and adjustment issues.

“I am the only registered psychoanalytical psychotherapist in Townsville, and I am a member of the Queensland Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Association.

“To become a member of QPPA requires eight to 10 years post-graduate training. There are only 22 members registered in the State of Queensland.

“This unique training enables exploration of the underlying issues that support anxiety, depression and a range of adjustment disorders.

“It offers a gentle therapy that enables children to work through their worries and concerns through play-based activities.

“This treatment offers children with autistic traits an individualised approach to treatment offering experiential social relating opportunities through play.”

Marissa’s therapeutic work with adults offers a containing environment to explore underlying issues that are supporting difficulties the person is experiencing such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, or unhelpful patterns of behaviour.

“My initial training in Social Work has provided a solid base to offer family therapy which can be very helpful in working with issues impacting on family functioning.

“I also provide supervision to clinical therapists interested in expanding their therapeutic work to include psychoanalytical psychotherapy.

“I am a registered Medicare Provider and can accept Medicare GP Mental Health Care Plans or EPC Plans. I am happy to discuss your patient for advice regarding your referral.”

If you would like to be featured in Provider In Profile, please email your story in less than 500 words to newsletter@nqphn.com.au.

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week: ‘Nurses Where You Need Them’ national campaign will extend from 19-25 September 2016.

This campaign aims to raise awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing, and its impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The initiative will target the following audiences:

  1. The general public, in order to increase their awareness of community based health care options
  2. The nursing profession, to attract nurses to primary health care nursing
  3. State and territory governments, as funders of many primary health care services and drivers of state health reform
  4. The federal government, as a funder of primary health care services and general practice based services, and a driver of national health reform
  5. Other health professions active in primary health care, to raise their awareness of community and primary health care nursing services.

We invite you to participate in this initiative again this year and promote it among your members, networks and stakeholders.

Please see below a range of activities that ACN is encouraging nurses and the broader community to become involved in over the week:

  • Contribute to the Community and Primary Health Care: Nurses where you need them 2016 eBook, a collection of short stories from community and primary health care nurses across the country. Submit your story to ACN along with a photo of yourself or one that best represents what you do.
  • Hold an event during the week or share readings from the eBook. You could hold a social gathering, lecture, informal networking function or any other type of event. Register your event with ACN to get your town or city on the map of community and primary health care nurses across Australia.
  • Wear an orange scarf or t-shirt during the week to show your support of community and primary health care nurses.
  • Nursing organisations and services can also join ACN as a supporter of the week. Supporters will be acknowledged on the ACN website and in the eBook.
  • Spread the word! Join the conversation on social media to help us raise the profile of community and primary health care nurses using #nurseswhereyouneedthem

For more information please visit: www.acn.edu.au/community-and-primary-health-care-nursing-week

World-first digital initiative for stroke community

enableme is a world-first digital initiative that has been created specifically for the Australian stroke community to give survivors and families choice and control over their recovery.

Many stroke survivors and their families tell of a void in support after they finish formal rehabilitation – a Stroke Foundation audit revealed around half (43 per cent) of all stroke survivors aren’t given a plan for their ongoing recovery when they leave the hospital.

enableme will help people navigate the often confusing and frightening journey of life after stroke.

The Stroke Foundation along with founding partner Bupa Health Foundation is delivering a community of support to empower stroke survivors to drive their own rehabilitation after stroke.

What is it?

enableme takes long term rehabilitation away from the traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ model of recovery to deliver personalised support anywhere and anytime.

enableme brings together thousands of stroke resources, an innovative goal-setting platform, as well as connection with others who have ‘been there.’

The site features cutting edge accessibility features that can be customised to meet stroke survivors’ individual needs.

Who will it help?

enableme will make a big difference to the lives of stroke survivors as they take control of their recovery with the assistance and support of the enableme community.

By joining enableme, stroke survivors, families and carers all around Australia will have access to the personalised support they need to make their best recovery.

enableme will bring together the country’s largest stroke community to cheer each other on to reach their goals and to be there for each other when things get tough.

enableme was created by the Stroke Foundation to help stroke survivors navigate the often confusing and frightening journey of life after stroke.

This innovative digital tool, created with stroke survivors specifically for the Australian stroke community, gives survivors and their family choice and information to drive their own recovery.

At enableme.org.au, you will find:

  • Resources, fact sheets and videos on a wide range of practical topics impacting daily life after stroke
  • A community forum to ask questions and share experiences with other stroke survivors, their families and carers
  • A tool to track personal goals to recovery
  • Contacts for local support groups around Australia
  • Strokesaurus – an A to Z guide to language used around stroke explained in simple words

The site has extensive accessibility features to support various viewing needs such as larger text size, high contrast, text-to-voice technology or aligning text to suit your vision.

enableme brings together the country’s largest stroke community to cheer each other on to reach their goals and to be there for each other when things get tough.

Visit: https://enableme.org.au

Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health

In collaboration with RACGP, headspace is pleased to announce the launch of five hours of online training in youth mental health.

This project involves a comprehensive review of the evidence for engaging with, assessing and managing young people with mental health concerns.

Robust GP guidance and input included headspace GPs Dr Chris Sasse (headspace Bendigo), Dr Jennifer Presser (headspace Hobart), Dr Kristy Lane (headspace Coffs Harbour), Dr Mary Emeleus (headspace Cairns) and Dr Claudio Villella (GP Advisor at headspace National Office).

There is a significant contribution from family, friends, HyNRG and other young people which greatly enriches the training.

The training:

  • is accredited for GP Mental Health Skills Training (GPMHST), when completed together with the RACGP online core mental health module
  • is also accredited for CPD  points for those GPs that have already competed MHST
  • is case based with young people presenting with a broad range of  disorders including anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder or psychosis,
  • includes other topics such as assisting family and friends, and assessing and managing young people with eating disorders or alcohol and other drug issues (which are all areas that many GPs find challenging in the context of working with young people).
  • highlights  the evidence applicable to all young people but also includes a focus on at risk groups including:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people,
    • Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexuality or gender, and
    • Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The training is available on the RACGP website and is free to all GP members of the RACGP. More information is available at: gplearning/youth mental health GPMHST which also links to the training and a comprehensive clinical toolkit including resources for GPs, young people as well as family and friends.

AICD to provide stronger support for Queensland businesses and their boards with expanded whole-of-board offering

Queensland companies are set to benefit from the expanded range of governance services offered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Well-known for its prestigious director training programs, the AICD decided to introduce this new, tailor-made approach to enable sector-specific and organisation-specific issues to be covered in depth.

By extending the range of services offered, the AICD is able to provide stronger support for local businesses and their boards.

The AICD works across all sectors: listed, private, public and not-for-profit with the main focus in Queensland being not-for-profit and public.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Queensland businesses. Our local team has a strong presence in the state and is well placed to provide assistance to companies and organisations based here,” said Richard Moore, Manager, Queensland and International (Pacific), Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Numerous Queensland organisations have already benefited from the comprehensive training provided by the AICD in various areas.

These include Gold Coast Health where the AICD has run several in-house tailored versions of the Reporting to the Board course.

The course aims to equip managers with an understanding of the role, responsibilities and expectations of boards with guidance being provided on the structure and characteristics of good board reports.

“The feedback each time was outstanding,” said Rebecca Freath, Executive Director, Governance, Risk and Commercial Services, Gold Coast Health.

“The improved quality of reports now prepared for the board means that the board is better informed on key matters. One of the positive outcomes of the course is that managers have a better appreciation of what is required of them and why.”

Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations are also collaborating with the AICD to train management and directors on governance.

One such organisation is Communify which plays a vital role in north Brisbane through the provision of a wide range of community support services.

When another organisation amalgamated with Communify nearly two years ago, Board Chair Carolyn Mason arranged for in-house governance training with the AICD so that the two organisations could move forward on the basis of a shared understanding of the key components of good governance.

“The high calibre of presenters was a key feature of the training,” said Mason. “They enabled us to identify risks and appreciate the different perspectives and skill sets of the participants.”

One of the key challenges of organisations based in remote locations is access to training programs and up to date information on issues affecting board and management.

For this reason, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council arranged for fifteen of its member organisations to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors courses at its Brisbane office.

QAIHC CEO Matthew Cooke expressed a desire for the participating members to undertake the standard AICD course, rather than the more focussed Indigenous program.

“Our directors must be able to sit at the table alongside any director of any board in this country,” he said.

“It is important that they have undergone the same training and have the same competencies to legitimately take their place as directors and leaders of boards and corporations.”

Private businesses are also benefitting from the AICD’s services including Australia’s largest, independent property advisory group, Herron Todd White (HTW).

Directors and executives from the Central Queensland HTW group came together for governance training as the company moves into the next phase of its expansion.

Australian companies are not the only ones making the most of the AICD courses.

The Queensland University of Technology chose to include training modules provided in-house by the AICD as part of the course undertaken by 25 visiting Indonesian recipients of the Australia Awards Indonesian Leadership Course for Emerging Leaders of State-owned Enterprises.

Queensland businesses wishing to enquire about the AICD governance programs can contact Laura Vascon on (07) 3222 5514.

CareSearch develop ‘Primary Health costs of care’ search tool

caresearchA perennial issue in primary health care is the cost of care, whether from a system and funding viewpoint or as costs experienced by patients, families and carers.

The new CareSearch Primary Health costs of care searches will help connect you to reliable sources of evidence about costs for all these groups and give you tested searching tools and solutions to find the best evidence.

Within the cost of care pages you will find:

Primary Health Care – General Costs and Economics:

These searches retrieve literature from PubMed on costs and economics of primary health care on a broad basis, including costs for health systems and providers. They use the Primary Heath Care Search Filter (PubMed version) combined with the CADTH Narrow Economic Search Filter (PubMed version).

Costs of Primary Health Care for Individuals and Families:

These searches retrieve literature from PubMed about costs of care borne by individual patients, families and carers. They are created using the Primary Health Care Search Filter together with an expert topic search to target relevant information.

Other Costs of Primary Health Care Searching Resources:

This section shows searches within key databases for scholarly published literature relevant to costs of primary health care. Where possible, links are provided containing pre-created searches to take you directly to database results.

For more information, visit www.caresearch.com.au

Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis Awareness

The Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) has commenced an awareness campaign to encourage current and former coal mine workers to get regular health checks and consult their General Practitioner if they have concerns about their respiratory health.

The aim of this initiative is to increase awareness of coal mine dust lung disease, for both mine workers and medical professionals.

The DNRM is sharing this information material, so medical practitioners are aware of it and alert to patients seeking general advice or who may have concerns about their work history in coal mining or the results of previous medical assessments.

Mackay Radiology have two Radiologists who have been approved by the College of Radiologists to read Coal Board and Pneumoconiosis films – Dr Fritz Wielbach and Dr Anand Gaikwad.

For more information, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/mining/safety-health/mining-safety-health/medicals/coal-board-medical/pneumoconiosis-screening.

Sport and Recreation Services ‘Get Started Vouchers’ Program Now Open

Under the Get Started Vouchers program, vouchers of up to $150 are available to eligible children and young people, which can help pay for the cost of sport or recreation club membership, and/or participation fees through registered Get Started Vouchers clubs.

If the child/young person or their parent/carer/guardian holds a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, they can apply straight away online. In this case, there is no need to worry about having a recommendation from referral agents.

Alternatively, children who do not fall into the above category can still apply by being nominated by two eligible referral agents. The full details of referral agent information and eligibility requirements are outlined online or in the Fact Sheets.

Please note:

  • The vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis. Once they have been allocated for the round, then the round closes. It is recommended to submit referral applications as quickly as possible to avoid missing out.
  • Applications close 28 September 2016 (or earlier if fully allocated).

Any queries can be directed to the Program Development Unit: PDU@npsr.qld.gov.au.

If assisting parents/carers/guardians with their applications, it is recommend to create an account prior to the round opening so applications can start as soon as possible.

The department has a number of DL, A4 and A3 flyers used to promote the program. If you would like to receive some hardcopy flyers to distribute through your networks please contact the team at PDU@npsr.qld.gov.au indicating how many would be useful.

View the Fact Sheet – Get Started Vouchers – Parents-Carers-Guardians

View the Fact Sheet – Get Started Vouchers – Referal Agents

Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Directory

Lung Foundation Australia has recently developed the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Directory which is a first for clinicians, patients and consumers.

MDTs use a collaborative team approach to care, providing access to multiple health professionals (e.g. lung cancer support nurse, medical oncologist and surgeon) throughout the disease trajectory of a lung cancer patient.

Australian guidelines highlight the need for rapid referral of patients with suspected or proven lung cancer to a specialist associated with an MDT, and that MDT care is the standard for all lung cancer patients.

MDTs address all aspects of a lung cancer patient’s care, including their psychological and physical needs, and best practice standards in treatment plans.

The MDT Directory facilitates referrals to hospitals delivering MDT-based lung cancer management, improving access and treatment for patients who present to their GP or clinician with symptoms of lung cancer.

The MDT directory is an online tool that allows users to search by location or state; lists the available MDTs, and provides details about each MDT’s diagnostic and treatment modalities, team composition and referral pathway.

Visit http://lungfoundation.com.au/mdt to view the directory.

For more information email Claire Mulvihill, Lung Cancer Support Nurse, at lungmdt@lungfoundation.com.au or free call 1800 654 301.

Your Pathway Through Lung Cancer Care

Lung Foundation Australia has developed Your Pathway Through Lung Cancer Care (LCCP), a resource for patients that shows them what to expect following a diagnosis of lung cancer.

It helps them understand more about lung cancer and the evidence-based pathways throughout their lung cancer journey, represented as ‘stepping stones’.

In the ‘Your lung cancer profile’ section clinical staff (or the patient) can record information about their individual situation.

The LCPP aims to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients by empowering them and their families with clear information about their diagnosis and what to expect as a result of their diagnosis so that they can be active participants in their treatment. It will facilitate dialogue with health professionals.

View the LCCP online at http://lungfoundation.com.au/lungcare-full, where further information is provided for each ‘stepping stone’ and then links to the Lung Foundation’s ‘Better Living with Lung Cancer’ resource.

For more information, or for a printed copy contact Lung Foundation Australia on free call 1800 654 301 or email enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.

Alzheimer’s Australia (QLD) launches Dementia Awareness Campaign – Detect Early

Dementia is the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia.

There are 353,800 Australian’s living with dementia and without a significant medical breakthrough, this is expected to rise to 900,000 by 2050.

Increasing evidence has shown that a focus on early detection and early intervention is the key for better outcomes.

Early, accurate diagnosis of dementia has many benefits, including:

  • Better quality of life for people with dementia and their family or carers
  • Allows the person living with dementia and their carer to plan for the future before judgement is impaired
  • May alleviate anxiety and empower individuals to get support and improve self-efficacy
  • Recommending support services and networks earlier can reduce carer burden and in some cases delay institutionalisation.

However, there are many factors that contribute to the delay in detection, including:

  • Perceived stigma and misconceptions associated with dementia (e.g. normal part of aging, no effective therapies, considered a low priority, time-limited consultations)
  • Difficulty distinguishing early signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Under-recognition or uncertainty about the path to diagnosis and available support services.

Alzheimer’s Australia (QLD) is therefore actively working to raise awareness on the importance of early detection of dementia amongst primary health care providers (GPs, Pharmacists, aged care workers, allied health etc.) and community members (general health consumers, ATSI, CALD) across Queensland.

Alzheimer’s Australia have developed several educational resources (CPD points available) to assist GPs and other health professionals with early detection, early intervention and best practice management, along with resources for their patients or clients.

Free online best practice tools:

Alzheimer’s Australia also provides a range of information, practical advice and support services to meet the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Most of these services are provided at no cost. For more information, visit https://fightdementia.org.au



Bereavement Support Group

Where: North Cairns

When: Third Tuesday afternoon of each month (starting in March)

Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm

Carers Queensland is planning a six-session bereavement support group to run from March through to August 2016.

The group is free and open to people who are grieving the death of a loved one who passed away after illness or a chronic condition.

The group will be run by a counsellor and a social worker who have experience working with grief, loss and bereavement.

The group will be a mix of sharing stories and experiences, some education around grief and loss, and some practical strategies to get through the difficult times.

Participation will be limited to 10 people per group.

To find out more, ring John at the Carers Queensland Cairns office on 4031 0163.

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Diabetes “What Now” group sessions

When & Where: Atherton Hospital (first Friday of every month, 9am – 2pm) 42 Grafton Street, Cairns, (1st & 2nd Monday of every month, 10am – 12pm) and 181 Mulgrave Road, Cairns (last 2 Saturdays of every month, 10am – 12pm)

Diabetes – What Now? education sessions are for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or those who have had no previous diabetes education. The sessions, held over two weeks, present practical tips and advice about ongoing management of diabetes. The sessions are presented by a Diabetes Educator and a Dietitian.

Topics include:

  • What is diabetes
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Diabetes medications and insulin
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Setting your own health goals
  • Your diabetes health care team.

Monthly sessions for people living with Diabetes. No referral required. Free of charge

For further information and to register, please contact Ingrid or Carley on 0478 742 689 or go to www.dahs.com.au or www.holistichealthservices.com.au

Get to know My Health Record – Professional Training

When: 26 July

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: 11 Sheridan Street, Cairns

Community Training Australia

This 1.5 hour training will support Medical receptionists and practice support staff to:

  • Answer key questions your patients may have about My Health Record
  • Efficiently access the My Health Record system
  • Understand user permissions for Healthcare providers
  • Offer Assisted Registration

Register online by 22 July on www.is.gd/CNS26Jul

Any questions please call 1300 PRIMARY or myhealthrecord@nqphn.com.au

View or download event flyer here.

The Better Start Early Days workshop

When: Monday 27 July

Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Where: Benevolent Society Bentley Park College, Borrowdale Close via McLaughlin Road, Bentley Park

A free one-day workshop especially designed for parents who have a child with a disability in the early years before school or school aged. These workshops are for people who receive, or might be eligible for, Better Start or NDIS funding.

View or download event flyer here.

‘Health Promotion – Strategies and Methods’ Master Class

When: 1 – 5 August
Where: James Cook University, Cairns Campus

This five-day Master Class offers participants an opportunity to learn about key evidence-based health promotion strategies that can be used in a range of different settings including community, workplaces and schools.

The Master Class will be run by Public Health Lecturer Tammy Allen and Associate Professor Dr. Sue Devine from the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University.

To enrol and for more information, contact Tammy Allen at tammy.allen1@jcu.edu.au.

Places are limited, and enrolments close Friday 15 July.

View or download event flyer here.

Annual Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Research and Quality Symposium

When: Wednesday 3 August

Where: Cairns Hospital Auditorium

The annual Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Research and Quality Symposium will be held at the Cairns Hospital Auditorium on 3 August 2016.

This is an inter-professional event for medicine, nursing and allied health. Awards for best podium and poster presenter, and best first time symposium presenter.

Email ResearchandQualityCHHHS@health.qld.gov.au for more information.

View or download flyer here.

Early Years Conference

When: 4-5 August 2016

Where: Pullman Cairns International, 17 Abbott St, Cairns

The Early Years Conference promotes the wellbeing of children and families by advancing collaboration and evidence-based practice, and provides a platform to reflect multiple perspectives to improve early childhood development.

For more information, visit www.earlyyearsconference.com.au

Update in Obstetrics and Gynecology for GP’s

When: Thursday 18 August

Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Where: NQPHN Training Room, Level 2, 36 Shields Street, Cairns

Please join us for a 2 hour session to meet with Cairns Hospital’s Obstetricians and Gynecologists. We would like to present some up to date information for GP’s on issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This informative evening will update GP’s for:

  • Changes that will be occurring 2017 with renewal of NHMRC guidelines for cervical dysplasia
  • Early pregnancy testing for aneuploidy – NIPT
  • Current recommendations and controversies for Vaginal Mesh Surgery

For more information please contact Northern Queensland Primary Health Network on 1300 PRIMARY (7746279).

To register visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68KYCDP

View or download event flyer here.

World Federation for Mental Health International Conference 2016

When: 17-19 October 2016
Where: Cairns Convention Centre

The World Federation for Mental Health has promoted mental health worldwide since 1948 and it continues to have impact through its international conferences and congresses. This Conference will continue its work of promoting the concept of dignity and respect for people suffering from mental illness in today’s world.

This conference is about bringing together the key players within the mental health sector, those within the community and anyone affected by mental illness. We trust it will provide a valuable opportunity for reflection on current practice and research in areas related to Conference themes, enabling an exchange of ideas, experience and resources.

For more information to register, visit www.wfmh2016.com

View or download event flyer here.

5th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and the 2016 World Indigenous Allied Health Conference (simultaneous)

When: 1-3 December
Where: Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns

Tropical Cairns invites First Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and allied health workers as well as First Nations peoples from all corners of the globe to attend this year’s two deadly conferences with more than thirty deadly First Nations guest speakers from North America, New Zealand & Australia!

Simultaneously running two large conferences in one location was only made possible by Indigenous Conference Services’ versatility to offer ground-breaking dual opportunity for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration!

For further information, visit the event website www.indigenousconferences.com

14th Annual Cardiac Symposium

When: Friday 2 December

Time: 8am-4.30pm

Where: Cairns Convention Centre

More details – visit www.fnqhf.org.au/events


In a Nutshell – Nutrition Talks Mini Workshops

When: 30 June – 10 November
Where: Unit 1, 55 Fulham Road, Pimlico

Short and sweet, these 30 minute lunchtime sessions cut through the nutrition misinformation. As an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Vivienne has post graduate university qualifications in human nutrition and food science. Her role is to interpret complex science into easy to understand facts. Each week she will cover a new topic.

The workshop is repeated on each of the dates that week. The cost is $15 per session. Maximum 8 people per session so payment in advance is essential to book your place.

  • Diabetes in a nutshell – 1pm 28th, 30th June 2016
  • Food label reading in a nutshell-1pm 6th, 7th July
  • Food label reading in a nutshell 1pm 12th, 13th, July
  • Bone Health in a nutshell – 1pm 20th, 21st July
  • Breastfeeding in a nutshell – 1pm 26th, 27th, 28th July
  • Diet and Dental Health in a nutshell – 1pm 2nd, 3rd, 4th August
  • Haemachromatosis in a nutshell – 1pm 9th, 10th, 11th August
  • Dementia prevention in nutshell – 1pm 16th, 17th, 18th August
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome -1pm 23rd, 24th, 25th August
  • Food label reading in a nutshell – 1pm 30th, 31st Aug, 1st Sept
  • Stroke prevention in a nutshell- 1pm 6th, 7th, 8th Sept
  • Mind Food 1pm 13th, 14th, 15th Sept
  • Heart health in a nutshell – 1pm 20th, 21st, 22nd Sept
  • Food label reading in a nutshell – 1pm 27th, 28th, 29th Sept
  • Irritable Bowel in a nutshell 1pm 5th, 6th October
  • Food allergy or food intolerance? 1pm 11th, 12th, 13th October
  • Breast cancer prevention 1pm 18th, 19th, 20th October
  • Food label reading in a nutshell -1pm 25th, 26th, 27th October
  • Diabetes in a nutshell 8th, 9th 10th November

For bookings phone Active Nutrition on 4725 3044.

Get to know My Health Record – Professional Training

When: 26 July

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: 266 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale, Community Training Australia Building

This 1.5 hour training will support Medical receptionists and practice support staff to:

  • Answer key questions your patients may have about My Health Record
  • Efficiently access the My Health Record system
  • Understand user permissions for Healthcare providers
  • Offer Assisted Registration

Register online by 22nd July on www.is.gd/TSV26Jul

Any questions please call 1300 PRIMARY or myhealthrecord@nqphn.com.au

View or download event flyer here.

National Pain Week 25 – 31 July 2016

When: 27 July 2016
Time: 5pm
Where: Riverside Gardens Community Care, 55 Riverside Boulevard, Douglas

Each year, The Townsville Hospital’s North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service (NQPPMS) holds a forum during National Pain Week for health professionals and members of the public who are currently dealing with, or care for someone who suffers from persistent/chronic pain.

The aim of forum is to connect people together to learn more about persistent pain, create networks and raise awareness of the condition.

It is believed that less than 10 per cent of people suffering from non-cancer induced persistent pain actually seek treatment for their condition, which is why our team are passionate about spreading awareness.

Often people with chronic pain, particularly those who aren’t managing it, suffer from depression, have trouble sleeping and can feel isolated by their experience.

We hope that by bringing on professional Townsville athletes, we can showcase how they have managed to manage their pain, and continue to live their lives and continue their careers.

For more information please contact NQPPMS@health.qld.gov.au

View or download event flyer here.

Spinal Seminar

When: Tuesday 26 July

Time: 6.30pm-9pm

Where: Wayne and Adele’s Garden of Eating, 11 Allen Street, South Townsville

Sharpening your clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of spinal conditions.

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Chronic Pain in General Practice workshop

When: Saturday 30 July

Time: 9.00 am until 4.30 pm

Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 320-334 Flinders Street, Townsville

Interactive whole day workshop for GPs in Townsville. Examples of complex pain management scenarios will be discussed, with practical advice regarding medical and non-medical strategies.

Interactive expert sessions with both Specialist Pain Physicians and relevant Allied Health disciplines. Small group discussions and patient examples will also feature.

View or download event flyer here.

Emergency Medicine Workshop

When: 13 – 14 August

Time: 8am – 5pm

Where: JCU Building Mater Hospital, 21-37 Fulham Road, Pimlico

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) and Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) are working together to provide an Emergency Medicine Workshop in Townsville.

The course is primarily for the upskilling of GPs who already work or would like to work in the field of managing acute presentations and medical emergencies.

This workshop meets Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) training requirements and is available to all doctors working within the NQPHN footprint, with no registration fees and includes CPR certification. RACGP will deliver two full-day session featuring the Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP).

Each session is capped at 20 participants per day for maximum learning benefit. Please register before Wednesday 23 July to ensure a place for this important educational event.

For more information contact the After Hours Program via email: val.bienlenberg@nqphn.com.au or phone: 0477 010 900

View or download event flyer here.

Cervical Screening Roadshow

When: 6-7 October

Time: 8:30am – 5pm

Where: GMT – JC University Townsville

The two-day, two-course Health Professional Cervical Screening Course is for GPs, GP registrars, International Medical Graduates, nurses, midwives and health workers.

Course overview:

  • Describe the current cervical screening program
  • Manage cervical screening results and follow up
  • Discuss the changes coming for the Cervical Screening Renewal Program in 2017
  • Explain to women about HPV and the cervical screening program.

View or download event flyer here.

The Team Approach to Low Back Pain education day

When: Saturday 15 October 2016

Time: 9am – 4pm

Where: Mercure Hotel, 166 Woolcock Street, Townsville

Join the SpinePlus team for a day of discussion about the leading cause of disability in Australia.

This interactive education day will provide you with new ways of thinking about back pain and strategies to deal with your patients.

The day will include some short, practical presentations followed by small group sessions where you will have the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of low back pain management with the SpinePlus specialists.

View or download event flyer here.


Get to know My Health Record – Professional Training

Where: 26 July

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Suite 1, Level 3, Post Office Building, 67 – 69 Sydney Street, Mackay

This 1.5 hour training will support Medical receptionists and practice support staff to:

  • Answer key questions your patients may have about My Health Record
  • Efficiently access the My Health Record system
  • Understand user permissions for Healthcare providers
  • Offer Assisted Registration

Register online by 22nd July on www.is.gd/MKY26Jul

Any questions please call 1300 PRIMARY or myhealthrecord@nqphn.com.au

View or download event flyer here.

Spinal Seminar

When: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm
Where: Burp Eat Drink, The Residence Room, 86 Wood Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Sharpening your clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of spinal conditions.

View or download event flyer here.

Pressure Injury Prevention and Management education session

When: Wednesday 10 August 2016

Time: 8.30am-4pm

Where: Education & Research Centre, K Block, Mackay Base Hospital

Come and join Tracy Nowicki and Céline Melican as they empower you to change lives:

  • Pressure Injuries: what’s new, what’s not
  • Say no to pressure injuries, say yes to person centred care
  • Finding the evidence & tips on using it to promote safety
  • The new international guidelines – what’s changed and what does it mean to us?
  • We never want to see a pressure injury, but if we do…

Who should attend?

  • Frontline health staff from acute, aged care and community primary health – doctors, nurses, care workers, indigenous health workers
  • Specialised staff – Wound CNCs, Continence Advisors, Nurse Practitioners etc
  • Allied Health staff – Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists
  • Leaders and innovators to take their staff forward in the latest evidenced base practice.

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NQPHN Aged & Community Care Interagency Forum

When: Thursday 18 August

Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Where: Blue Care Mackay, 99-101 Evan Street

RSVP: Friday 12 August

Morning tea & lunch provided
For more information, contact Lauriann Trevy 07 4963 4403 or 0477 006 155

Communicating Across Cultures Workshop (Whitsunday/Proserpine)

When: Friday 19 August

Time: 8.30am – 12noon

Where: Whitsunday Community Health, 12 Altmann Avenue, Cannonvale

RSVP: Monday 15 August

Morning tea & lunch provided
For more information, contact Lauriann Trevy 07 4963 4403 or 0477 006 155

NQPHN Aged & Community Care Interagency Forum (Bowen)

When: Thursday 25 August

Time: 10.0am – 2.30pm

Venue to be decided

RSVP: Friday 19 August

Morning tea & lunch provided
For more information, contact Lauriann Trevy 07 4963 4403 or 0477 006 155

Cervical Screening Roadshow

When: 8 – 9 September

Time: 8:30am – 5pm

Where: Mackay Base Hospital Medical Education Centre

The two-day, two-course Health Professional Cervical Screening Course is for GPs, GP registrars, International Medical Graduates, nurses, midwives and health workers.

Course overview:

  • Describe the current cervical screening program
  • Manage cervical screening results and follow up
  • Discuss the changes coming for the Cervical Screening Renewal Program in 2017
  • Explain to women about HPV and the cervical screening program.

View or download event flyer here.


Queensland HIV Treatment as Prevention Roadshow

When: 1 August – Cairns | 2 August – Townsville

Time: 5.45pm – 9.30pm

A series of accredited and catered dinner meetings in 8 locations across Queensland.

The meetings will provide a unique opportunity for updates on state, national and international policy, program and clinical developments in the rapidly evolving landscape of HIV TasP: early treatment; post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

The aim of these consultation meetings is to improve engagement with a broader range of health professionals and HHS executive teams to improve timely access to HIV TasP in Queensland.

This includes: increasing the percentage of people diagnosed with HIV receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy as soon as possible; improving out-of-hours access to PEP; and improving knowledge on the expansion of the current Queensland PrEP Demonstration Project to a large scale implementation trial.

View or download invitation here.

View or download program guide here.

‘Let’s Beat Counting Sheep!” Conquering Sleep Post Trauma Workshop

When: 2 – 3 August

Where: Perth

Let’s Beat Counting Sheep – conquering sleep post trauma.  Like sufferers, practitioners often avoid the issue of sleep in trauma treatment.

A CBT-based approach has emerged as the ‘treatment of choice’ for managing sleep difficulties in trauma presentations. Sleep disruption is both a strategy and an effect of violence, abuse and trauma which profoundly effects the lives of people who have suffered.

This workshop traces the interconnections between the patterns of sleeping (not sleeping), the insomnia’s and the parasomnias for adults, young people and children. Many survivors experience nightmares, bed-wetting, night panic and disrupted sleep patterns following trauma.

Recovery of the ability to sleep is often slow and uneven with interactive effects. Sleep difficulties impair night functioning, reduce quality of life and can cause secondary health problems.

The workshop will explore proven evidence based therapeutic strategies to improve night time happenings and help to make new positive dreams come true!. Issues relating to treatment implementation and factors that mediate sufferers’ responses are examined, including clinical outcomes utilising a range of case studies.

View or download event flyer here.

Treating the Trauma of Domestic and Family Violence Workshop

When: 17 – 18 August (Melbourne CBD) / 14 – 15 September (Gold Coast)

Time: 9:30am–4:30pm

This workshop is targeted at advanced practitioners either working in a specific counselling role within the family violence field or endeavouring to move into this work.

This workshop aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated treatment framework for work with victims and survivors of domestic and family violence trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Violence in the home is like living in a war zone with no escape and the enemy both beside you and within. This experiential two day skills based workshop will combine feminist and strengths based practice and principles with the Cognitive Trauma Treatment (CTT).

Learning modules include: trauma history exploration;, negative self-talk monitoring; stress management; PTSD education; exposure to trauma triggers; overcoming learned helplessness; challenging “supposed to” beliefs; building assertiveness; managing distrust; identifying potential abusers and avoiding revictimisation; managing contact with former partners; managing anger; decision making; self advocacy and; trauma related guilt. This highly structured intervention is deliverable to survivors like no other form of treatment with its procedures being explored in great step by step detail over the two days.

Enrol now: www.donnazanderandassociates.com.au

View or download event flyer here for MELBOURNE.

View or download event flyer here for GOLD COAST.

General Practice Conference & Exhibition (Brisbane)

When: 26 – 28 August 2016.

Brisbane GPCE is taking place next month from 26-28 August at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Don’t miss your opportunity to earn your QI&CPD points across one weekend, network with peers and enjoy a rich educational program to support your continued education as a GP, Nurse, Registrar or other primary healthcare professional.

Make sure you register today with your exclusive 25% discount – just enter the promotion code ‘SAVE25’ at registration!


  • Benefit from an extensive choice of over 90 seminars & workshops
  • Upskill with a diverse range of practical skills-based sessions
  • FREE accredited CPR training
  • Exclusive GPMHSC accredited Mental Health Skills Training
  • Earn your QI&CPD points across one weekend
  • FREE entry to the GPCE exhibition
  • Four NEW Active Learning Modules on offer
  • NEW and inspiring daily keynote sessions


This year we are offering four Active Learning Modules (ALMs) worth 40 Category 1 points each. Our ALMs include:

We also have over 55 practical skills sessions on offer, perfect for GPs, Nurses and Registrars; worth 2 Category 2 points per session and the perfect way to upskill across treatment areas including:

Wound Care | Suturing | IV Cannulation |ECG Reading |Taping |CPR  and more!

Don’t miss Queensland’s leading medical and primary healthcare event – REGISTER NOW using promotion code ‘SAVE25’.

Visit www.gpce.com.au/brisbane, call 1800 814 611 or email gpce@ozaccom.com.au.

The CheckUP Forum

When: 2 September

Where: Rydges Southbank, Brisbane

The health system is on notice – transform or be transformed. The forces for change are driving innovation from within and disruption from outside the system.

#health2020 represents a new health economy in which value and outcomes, not volumes, matter and where an engaged, informed health consumer is the major driver of value and activity.

Session 1 – The Art of the Possible

Session 2 – Here and Now (Commissioning for Value and How Service Providers are Re-Inventing Themselves)

Session 3 – Postcards from the Future (Panel discussion: Collaborating for Person-Centered Care)

Register at www.checkup.org.au/forum

Early bird closes 5 August 2016

View or download event flyer here.

5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

When: 6-7 September

Where: Old Parliament House, Canberra

The Symposium is a must-attend event for those interested in rural health research, data, policy and programs. It will bring together leading researchers, policy makers and rural and remote health experts to deliberate and discuss rural and remote health issues confronting Australia.

The Symposium will provide an excellent chance to meet rural health experts, to share insights and learn from innovative research and service developments that may transform how services are delivered in your area in years to come. National agencies such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the National Hospital Performance Authority will also be attending.

For more information about the Symposium and to register please visit the Symposium website. – a program will be available in the next few weeks. If you would like more information please feel free to give us a call on 02 6285 4660 or email conference@ruralhealth.org.au

Mater GP Education Conference 2016 (Gold Coast)

When: 10 – 11 September
Where: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

Join your colleagues for Mater’s GP Education Conference 2016 and hear from Queensland’s leading Mater specialists delivering relevant, up-to-the-minute education to improve everyday clinical outcomes.

The Mater Group is committed to improving healthcare through the consistent integration of health, education and research. We are delighted to showcase these areas with our GP partners and display how evidence-based healthcare can meet identified community need.

Mater’s GP Education Conference typically attracts GPs that are serious about staying informed of the latest health information and using that knowledge to improve patient outcomes. The conference program has been structured to provide opportunities to network, meet and talk with colleagues and presenters. Take advantage of this melting pot of talent to discuss your own cases.

To register visit www.materonline.org.au/2016conference.

For more information, contact Sara McDonald at sara.mcdonald@mater.org.au or phone (07) 3163 6638.

View or download event flyer here.

APAC Forum – Exploring New Frontiers (Sydney)

When: 12–14 September

Where: Sydney 

The APAC Forum is one of the world’s largest health improvement conferences and has fast become synonymous with the ideals of quality, innovation and high performance, ideals that the Improvement Foundation emulates.

In 2016 it will convene in Sydney and is set to attract the biggest delegation of change-makers APAC Forum and Australia has ever seen.

Providing a unique platform to improve the health and wellbeing of our population, APAC Forum unites global thought leaders, frontline teams, colleagues and contemporaries to:
– inspire every person working in health
– stimulate cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary dialogue
– nurture knowledge transfer
– design and share best practice
– enable each and every delegate to become a catalyst for change

Register now using the Improvement Foundation discount to access dozens of world-class speakers covering keynote presentations, interactive workshops, ready-made sessions, panel discussions, intensive sessions and more.

For more information, visit http://koawatea.co.nz/apac-forum/

2016 AMA Queensland Annual Conference (India)

When: 17-24 September

Where: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

In ancient India, early scholars made countless contributions to our knowledge of medicine with complex surgeries being performed as early as 800 BC. Though our medical knowledge has expanded exponentially since then, it is undoubtedly shaped by early researchers and medical practitioners.

These contributions, as well as India’s rich cultural history, make it a fitting location for AMA Queensland’s 2016 Annual Conference. With the theme Research – turning it into reality, this conference will focus on navigating the challenges and complexities of the medical research process.

AMA Queensland’s 2016 Annual Conference program is tailored for the medical profession, making it a fantastic event for medical practitioners, practice managers, registered nurses, and allied health professionals.

Morning conference sessions will ensure delegates have plenty of time to explore India’s vibrant culture. With a range of optional activities, you can either take advantage of our travel expert-planned itinerary or make the trip your own.

The conference begins on Saturday 17 September in New Delhi and concludes in Jaipur on Saturday 24 September. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience world-renowned sites such as the Taj Mahal, Fatehpuri Mosque, and the City Palace. There will also be ample opportunities for leisure activities and networking.

For more info and to register, visit the website.

A Voice for Queenslanders with Intellectual Disabilities (Brisbane)

When: 4 October
Where: Brisbane

This one-day forum will explore a wide range of topics including:

  • What are Queenslanders with Intellectual Disabilities saying about policies & decisions that affect their lives?
  • What options exist for Queenslanders with Intellectual Disabilities to have a Voice in policy-making?
  • What are some inter-state solutions for ensuring people with intellectual disabilities have a Voice in policy making in Queensland?

Proposed attendees: Self Advocates, Family members/Carers, Advocates, Support Workers, Professionals, Government Policy and Decision-makers.

More details to come.

Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education (Melbourne)

When: 10-12 October 2016

Where: Nurses Memorial Centre, Suite 11 – 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Poor fertility knowledge is strongly associated with infertility and unplanned pregnancy. In this course you will learn how to structure fertility counselling to assist women to achieve and avoid pregnancy.

Midwives and women’s health nurses will find this course helpful in all aspects of their daily work.

For more information or to register for this course, please contact Dr Kerry Hampton on 0419 830 530 or go to www.wisewomanbusiness.com

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Advanced Practice in Natural Fertility Education©

When: 13-14 October 2016

Where: Nurses Memorial Centre, Suite 11 – 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Poor lifestyles are strongly associated with infertility and poorer overall health outcomes for parents and their children.

In this workshop you will learn how to structure lifestyle consultations and to assists spontaneous conception and the health of parents and their children.

Midwives and women’s health nurses will find this course helpful in all aspects of their daily work.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Dr Kerry Hampton on 0419 830 530 or go to www.wisewomanbusiness.com

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Paediatric Masterclass for General Practice (Brisbane)

When: Saturday 22 October

Time: 8.30am – 5pm

Where: Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane

First session 9am – 10.30am:

Allergic Rhinitis and the impact of asthma, a baby with a bruise and common sleep problems.

Second session 11am – 12.30pm:

Undifferentiated gut symptoms, paediatric prescribing pitfalls and bow legs, knock knees and other normal variants.

Third session: emergency presentations 1.15pm – 2.45pm:

Plagiocephaly and other common physical findings in infants, tips and snips (paediatric surgeons) and assessing and managing anxiety in kids and teens.

Final session: practical skills rotations 3.10pm – 5.00pm:

ENT examination tips, case discussions and paediatric eye examination.

To register visit: http://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/health-professionals/

View or download event flyer here.


Current and upcoming opportunities

Active Healthy NQ Grants: Round 2 Funding

The Active Healthy NQ grants program aims to improve health outcomes and minimise risk of chronic disease in the Northern Queensland community.

The grants program provides funding for health promotion and prevention initiatives which aim to change community attitudes and behaviour, and create environments that support people to make healthier choices.

Grants are offered to incorporated organisations and community groups to run or trial innovative health promotion programs, with grants available up to $20,000 for health promotion projects and activities.

Grant Opens: 1 July 2016
Grant Closes: 30 September 2016

View the Grant Guidelines and access the Application form here: www.nqphn.com.au/commissioning

Please ensure you read the grant guidelines, as some changes have been made to the eligibility criteria following Round One.

If you have any queries please send them to commissioning@nqphn.com.au


NQPHN currently has no vacancies across its North Queensland offices.

For information about the above vacancies and how to apply, please visit:



 General Practitioners (Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre)

The Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre is looking for GPs – Full time, part time or after hours to join the team in this extremely busy practice.

Immediate start – plenty of patients – appointed and walk-ins – standard GP work offering a broad range of services including emergency treatment, general, tropical & family medicine, Indigenous health, medicals, and skin checks.

Modern fully computerised and accredited practice supported by a great team of practice nurses, reception and administration personnel. Solid earning capacity.

Confidential enquiries – Phone Mark Dellow on 0468 957 212 or enquire by emailing recruitment@iig.com.au.


Enrolled Nurse (Northtown Medical Centre)

Northtown Medical Centre has a position available for an EN – 38 hours per week casual.

This role will include all aspects of general practice nursing and supported by a Registered Nurse.

Please send cover letter and CV in confidence to riverwaymedical@hotmail.com

General Practitioners (Townsville GP Superclinic)

Immediate start! General Practitioners – full time, part time or after hours, or extra sessions for current Townsville doctors wanting some additional hours.

The Townsville GP Superclinic is a modern purpose built facility with generous consult and treatment rooms, bright attractive furnishings, up to date equipment, great reception and practice management support staff and the Doctors are supported by a large Nurse Led Clinic with caring RN’s.

Extremely busy practice open 7 days a week with plenty of patients. On-site pharmacy, pathology, psychologists and mental health nurse with more allied health coming soon.

For further information and confidential enquiries contact the Practice Manager 0409 848 424, enquire by email recuitment@iig.com.au or apply online at www.thedoctorsrecuitment.com.au

Vocationally Registered GP (Mooney Street Medical)

(FT or PT) required to replace retired GP.

Mooney Street Medical is a GP owned, fully accredited general practice which encourages a team approach to patient care and provides excellent nursing and administrative support.

Hours and remuneration are negotiable.

Please Contact  Pam Leong (Practice Manager) on 0428454266  (After hours calls welcome).


Locum Required

A busy Local Mackay Practice is seeking an experienced LOCUM to commence.

We currently have three full time GP’s two practice nurses one of which is dedicated to Chronic Disease Management.

Working hours and Salary negotiable.

All practice facilities and support will be available.

Must have full AHPRA Registration and be an Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Citizen

Please contact Meaghan on 0427395530 or email your CV to practicemanager2017@gmail.com


DWS Position (The Doctors Airlie Beach)

The Doctors Airlie Beach has the best consult room views in Australia!

DWS positon available in this busy well established rural practice with long standing GPs and nursing team – suitable for overseas trained doctors, Permanent Residents or 457 sponsorship.

Up to date equipment, helpful, friendly support staff and large existing patient base.   Practice is open 6 days a week, with Pathology onsite and Pharmacy across the road.

For further information and confidential enquiries enquire by email recuitment@iig.com.au, call Cherie or Wendy on 07 4035 8004, or apply online at www.thedoctorsrecuitment.com.au

General Practitioner (Proserpine Medical Centre)

The General Practitioner will report to:

  • Paul Joice (Principal GP)
  • Leni Joice (Practice Manager/Nurse)

Qualifications and requirements:

  • The general practitioner is required to be appropriately trained and experienced in the discipline of general practice, and assessed as competent for the position.
  • ESSENTIAL: Vocational Recognition through Fellowship with either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), or a recognised equivalent.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality, primary health care services to the community, in keeping with best practice standards.
  • Provide appropriate care and services to patients of all age ranges and level of health care needs.
  • Respond to medical/ health problems presented by patients including history taking, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and referral as appropriate.
  • Provide after hours, on call and hospital services as rostered.
  • Provide management of long-term conditions in line with national guidelines and pathways.
  • Prescribe for patients as appropriate to need.
  • Provide appropriate health promotion and preventative health care advice to all patients attending the practice.
  • Ordering diagnostic tests as required.
  • Referring patients to other providers as appropriate


Record and maintain accurate, adequate and relevant patient records using the established practice protocols and computerised medical records system, including but not excluding details of:

  • Specialist referrals
  • Previous health and family history
  • Prescriptions
  • Investigations
  • Treatment
  • Diagnostic results
  • Registers and recalls
  • Actively communicate and coordinate with colleagues, specialist services and allied health professionals when sharing the care of a patient

Safety and quality:

  • Record incidents and near-misses in line with practice policy
  • Practice duty of care including meeting practice standards and accountability
  • Maintain patient and practice confidentiality at all times

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Undertake a clinical screening interview
  • Provide appropriate clinical references for contact as requested by the practice
  • Participate in a performance appraisal process as required
  • Complete the requirements of the Medical Board Of Australia, Medicare Australia in order to maintain Medical Board registration, Medicare provider numbers and admitting rights (if applicable)
  • Actively contribute to the development of a culture consistent with the values of Proserpine Medical Centre

Hours of work:

The successful applicant will be required to participate in the general practice roster including weekends and public holidays as rostered in accordance with the practice policy.

Weekdays, weekends, Saturday rotating roster. On call and after hours rotating roster. Lunch break of one hour taken between 1200hrs and 1400hrs.

Selection criteria

All applicants:

The general practitioner will be required to provide evidence of:

  • Relevant and Australian recognised medical degree
  • Current and appropriate registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or be eligible for such;
  • Applied knowledge, skills and experience in general practice as appropriate for the position
  • Satisfactory participation in quality improvement and continuing professional development to at least the same standards as the Royal Australian College of General Practice’s (RACGP) Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development (QA & CPD) Program;
  • Training in CPR, undertaken within the past three years;
  • Training in medical emergencies, undertaken within the past six months
  • Current Medical Indemnity Cover or be eligible for such;
  • A current Criminal Record Screening; and
  • A current Driver’s License