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31 October 2019
In this issue
Mobile-friendly Tasmanian HealthPathways platform coming soon
New and updated Tasmanian HealthPathways
New National Pain Services Directory
New Primary Health Tasmania tenders
Changes to MBS items for colonoscopy services
Congratulations to Prospect Medical Centre
Dementia risk factor study seeks GP input
Save the date: Musculoskeletal clinical update
In the north
Educational opportunities
Useful resources
Upcoming events
The Check Up with Dr Astrid Baker
Birthday countdown: Mobile-friendly Tasmanian HealthPathways coming soon
Even though Tasmanian HealthPathways is the one turning five years old, the Primary Health Tasmania team members behind it are the ones giving out a present! 

The Tasmanian HealthPathways portal is adopting a new mobile-friendly HealthPathways platform to ensure users can continue to access valuable Pathway information no matter what device they are using.

The clinical content is exactly the same, but the new design is more contemporary and has improved functionality for desktop, tablet, and mobile users.

There will be a soft and full launch. The soft launch, from today, will be a one-month period when users can try out the new platform and send feedback.

We would love to hear your thoughts during this phase – just click on the 'send feedback' button on the site.

At full launch on 26 November, the mobile-friendly site will become the default user experience and all users will be directed there.

Please contact the Tasmanian HealthPathways team if you would like to know more.

You can log into Tasmanian HealthPathways using username: connectingcare and password: health. 
Go to Tasmanian HealthPathways
New and updated Tasmanian HealthPathways
New and updated Tasmanian HealthPathways include:
  • Depression in children and young people
  • Sexual health in young people
  • Mental health assessment of young people
  • Non-acute asthma in adults.
You can log into Tasmanian HealthPathways using username: connectingcare and password: health. 
Go to Tasmanian HealthPathways
New National Pain Services Directory launched
A new online directory has been launched to provide a comprehensive list of available services to help people living with chronic pain, as well as their health practitioners, manage their conditions.

The National Pain Services Directory was developed by Painaustralia and supported by the Australian Government.
Go to the National Pain Services Directory
Changes to MBS items for colonoscopy services
From 1 November, the Australian Department of Health advises there will be changes to MBS items for colonoscopy services to ensure alignment with contemporary evidence and practice, and to improve health outcomes for patients.
More information
New Primary Health Tasmania tenders open
Primary Health Tasmania has opened two new tenders, including one inviting suitably qualified organisations to submit a proposal to deliver the Strength2Strength exercise treatment program in north west Tasmania.
More information
Prospect Medical Centre's mental health nurse program wins Launceston award
Congratulations to Prospect Medical Centre's Mental Health Nurse Program North team, which took out the Excellence in Health award at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce ceremony last weekend.

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned three providers to deliver the Australian Government-funded program across the state: Prospect Medical Centre in the north, Rural Health Tasmania in the north west, and Richmond Fellowship Tasmania in the south.

Health professionals can find out more about the programs, including eligibility requirements, through Our Services Portal.
Go to Our Services Portal
Tasmanian researchers seek GP input for dementia risk factor study
Researchers from The University of Tasmania's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre are interested in finding out more about GPs' knowledge of the risk factors for dementia.

Interested GPs are encouraged to complete their short, voluntary survey.
Take the survey
Save the date: Musculoskeletal clinical update in February
Primary Health Tasmania will be conducting a musculoskeletal clinical update for GPs and nurse practitioners on Saturday 22 February 2020 in Hobart.

The event is an update in clinical practice for the assessment and management of musculoskeletal problems. 
The clinical update will take place at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, and will cover:
  • interdisciplinary assessment and management of hip, knee, shoulder and spinal pain
  • a musculoskeletal clinic with Interactive case studies
  • hands on sessions: clinical assessment and management of problems with the hip, knee, shoulder and spine.
GPs will be able to register soon via Primary Health Tasmania’s online registration system. 
For more information contact Angela Baker via 6213 8200 or email
More information
Reminder: EOIs welcome for GPs with interest in preventing elder abuse
A reminder the Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee is seeking expressions of interest from local GPs with a special interest in preventing and reducing elder abuse.
Express your interest
In the north
Updated GP pregnancy care record book: copies available, launch coming up
The GP pregnancy care book (September 2019) is now available, and includes significant changes compared to the previous edition (January 2018).

Please email Primary Health Tasmania's provider support team via the button below to arrange copies of the recognisable pink booklet for your practice.

Primary Health Tasmania would like to acknowledge Dr Anne Wilson for her contribution to the update of the book.

A GP Network meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 December in Launceston, to officially launch the updated book.

Dr Mathew Wallis (Consultant Clinical Geneticist) and Julia Mansour (Senior Genetics Counsellor) from the Tasmanian Clinical Genetics Service will present on Genetic Carrier Screening, and Dr Ben Dhanaraj (Consultant Obstetrician) will present on early pregnancy/fetal screening.

For more information about the launch, and to register, click the button below.
Order copies for your practice
Register for the launch
Free stillbirth eLearning modules
The National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth eLearning portal provides evidence-based and collaboratively designed learning resources for healthcare professionals working with pregnant women.
Access the eLearning portal
Free mental health eLearning platform recently upgraded
The Mental Health Professional Online Development platform, a free national eLearning portal aimed at building knowledge of mental health and service delivery, was recently upgraded. It contains 68 individual topics and 100 hours of learning, with more to come. 
Access the eLearning portal
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation eLearning module for healthcare workers
The Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) eLearning module is designed to help healthcare workers adapt their clinical communication skills to meet the needs of all parents with regards to vaccination.

SKAI has also launched a new website for parents and carers of babies and young children which answers common questions about childhood immunisations.
Access the module
Access the new website
New dedicated nurses page on the My Health Record website
The Australian Digital Health Agency has created a dedicated webpage with tailored resources for nurses, including a CPD-accredited eLearning module, fact sheets and guides, information on understanding privacy, security and consent, and other help and support.
More information
Taking the Mystery Out of Medical Termination of Pregnancy
Date: Wednesday 20 November
Time: 6:00pm (light refreshments included)
Location: Launceston
Cost: $22 for members, $33 for non-members
Host: RACGP Tasmania and Family Planning Tasmania

Date: Thursday 21 November
Time: 6:00pm (light refreshments included)
Location: Burnie
Cost: $22 for members, $33 for non-members
Host: RACGP Tasmania and Family Planning Tasmania
RACGP Tasmania, in collaboration with Family Planning Tasmania, will provide GPs with an update on Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MToP) in Tasmania.

The session content is suitable for GPs who are caring for women who enquire about, or request access to, MToP. The workshop is accredited for four RACGP Category 2 QI&CPD points.

Click here to find out more.
Immunisation seminars
Date: Saturday 23 November
Time: 9:00am to 3:15pm
Location: Launceston
Cost: Free
Host: Primary Health Tasmania

Date: Saturday 30 November
Time: 9:00am to 3:15pm
Location: Hobart
Cost: Free
Host: Primary Health Tasmania
These two immunisation events will cover topics such as:
  • the National Immunisation Program
  • state-funded immunisation programs
  • meningococcal disease
  • vaccine ordering.
Click here to find out more about the Launceston event, and register.

Click here to find out more about the Hobart event, and register.
The Check Up
We chat to Dr Astrid Baker about finding her way to a medical career, and Tasmania

Dr Astrid Baker grew up on mainland Australia, but with a sixth-generation Tasmanian mother, always hoped she'd be able to settle on the island state.

Now, she's done just that - and even lives in the house that her grandparents built!

The GP registrar, based at the Sorell Family Practice, started a science degree before it became clear medicine was her real passion, and says in retrospect, she'd always had an interest in the field.

"It should have been a clue that when I was six I used to read paragraphs of the family medicine book out loud to my parents," she says.

Here’s what else Astrid told Primary Health Tasmania:

  • On one of her favourite things about her job: "I love seeing whole families and whole lives. It’s great when a patient comes in and fills you in on what four or five of your other patients are up to."
  • On one of her biggest professional challenges: "One of the biggest challenges I have at work is to assertively charge for my time. I’m sure many readers will be familiar with the temptation to spend more time with patients and charge them less out of pocket. But that’s definitely not sustainable!"
  • On what she does when she's not working: "When I’m not working, I would love to be climbing mountains, cooking feasts and gardening but in reality I’m usually scooping mashed banana off the floor and crawling around playgrounds. Wouldn’t have it any other way."
Nominate someone for The Check Up
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