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21 March 2019
In this issue
Commissioning announcement: New psychosocial support service
Influenza vaccine 2019 update
Moving on Up digital resources available
Information about the Barmah Forest virus
Bp Premier update
AOD Tasmanian HealthPathways survey
Join our AOD Tasmanian HealhtPathways working group
Coming soon: Deprescribing event
Pharmaceuticals Services Branch new fax
Dementia prevention research and awareness campaign
General practice survey reminder
In the north
Useful resources
Educational opportunities
Upcoming events
Baptcare to provide new psychosocial support service across Tasmania
Tasmanians living with severe mental illness who sometimes need support to meet the demands of daily life will soon be able to access a new, statewide psychosocial support service.

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned Baptcare to deliver the new service, which is expected to be up and running from April.

Health professionals will be able to access eligibility criteria and referral details via Our Services Portal shortly.
More information
Influenza vaccines 2019: Subsidised shot strains, awareness resources
Local health professionals may wish to read a statement from the Chief Medical Officer about 2019 influenza vaccines.

Influenza virus strains included in the 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines are:
  • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09 like virus
  • A (H3N2): an A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) like virus
  • B: a B/Colorado/06/2017 like virus (not included in the trivalent vaccine) 
  • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus.
For the first time, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age will also be eligible for a free shot under the National Immunisation Program.

The Immunisation Coalition has also launched a newly designed campaign to raise awareness about the value of getting a flu shot, and bust common myths about influenza vaccination.

Videos, posters, banners and other digital resources developed for the campaign are free to download and share for non-commercial purposes.
Read the full statement
Download the resources
Moving on Up Framework: Digital copies and supporting resources now available
Digital copies of the Moving on Up Framework - designed to provide health professionals, parents, carers and patients with easy-to-follow guidelines for a safe transition of care from child to adult health services - are now available.

"Going through adolescence is hard enough and likely more so if living with a chronic condition," Clinical Associate Professor Robyn Wallace says.

"A considered and well-planned transition process goes a long way to alleviating some of the stress."

Tasmanian general practices should have already received hard copies of the Framework - if your practice is yet to receive one, please contact Primary Health Tasmania via this email.
Read a fact sheet about the Moving on Up Framework
Download the resources
Barmah Forest outbreak: Virus fact sheet from Tasmanian Health Department
The Tasmanian Health Department has prepared a fact sheet to help local health professionals identify people who may have contracted Barmah Forest virus, after several confirmed cases were linked to the state's east coast.
Download the fact sheet
Bp Premier users: Revised data update
Best Practice Software advises a revised data update for March 2019 is now available for download. This revision is intended to address new DVA fees and updated WorkCover Queensland Certificates.  
More information
Alcohol and Other Drug Tasmanian HealthPathways: Short survey for GPs
Primary Health Tasmania is asking for your feedback via a quick survey to help improve the Alcohol and Other Drug HealthPathways and ensure they are of use to local clinicians.  

Tasmanian HealthPathways is an online portal designed to be used by health professionals at the point of care, and aims to guide best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions.

We invite you to undertake a survey which involves a few short questions about the portal, its information content, usability and overall effectiveness for clinicians in primary care. 

We anticipate this short survey - which closes at midnight on 4 April - will take less than 10 minutes to complete. You can log in to Tasmanian HealthPathways via the button below with username: connectingcare and password: health.
Take the survey
Go to Tasmanian HealthPathways
Join the Tasmanian HealthPathways Alcohol and other Drug Clinical Working Group
Are you interested in spending 1.5 hours with a small group of your fellow clinicians from specialist and general practice, sharing a meal and giving your opinion on what can be done to improve the care for Tasmanians with Alcohol and other Drug issues?

The Alcohol and other Drug Clinical Working Group will be held on the evening of Monday 15 April from 6.30pm. If you're interested, please get in touch via the button below.
Get in touch
Go to Tasmanian HealthPathways
Save the date: Deprescribing update on 15 May
GPs and and pharmacists are invited to a deprescribing educational event in Hobart on Wednesday 15 May.

GP Amanda Lo, consultant pharmacist Peter Tenni and geriatrician David Dunbabin will lead an interactive discussion on deprescribing - the process of withdrawing medicines in an attempt to improve a person’s health.

Primary Health Tasmania’s popular and newly updated suite of 16 deprescribing resources will be showcased at the event, which will also be available via Zoom.

More event details will be featured in the next issue of General Practice Matters.
More information about our deprescribing resources
Pharmaceutical Services Branch fax number update
The Tasmanian Department of Health's Pharmaceutical Services Branch has changed its fax number to 6173 0820.
More information
Are you interested in dementia prevention?
GPs and primary care nurses are invited to answer a 15-minute online survey to help researchers understand what health professionals already know, what they need to know, and where the barriers might be for dementia risk reduction in primary health care.

Responses will help the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP) develop a tailored knowledge package for primary care. 

Practitioners with an interest in dementia awareness and prevention may also be interested in the Moving Pictures project - an innovative multimedia project aiming to reach people in culturally and linguistically diverse communities - that comprises 15 short films.
Take the survey
Reminder: General practice survey still open
A reminder Primary Health Tasmania is conducting a short survey to help inform and guide the development of our activities to support Tasmanian GPs and general practices.

Thank you to all those who have already completed the survey, and provided valuable feedback.
Take the survey
In the north
Updated Launceston General Hospital fax numbers
Tasmanian Health Service staff have prepared a list of updated Launceston General Hospital fax numbers, as of 19 March. 
Download the list
New clinical guideline for work-related mental health conditions in general practice
Researchers from Monash University have developed clinical guidelines to assist GPs with the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions.
More information
Pain Revolution: Resources to help professionals work with people in pain
The Pain Revolution's Rural Outreach Tour is underway across Tasmania this week, and health professionals interested in learning more about chronic pain are welcome to access a collection of useful resources on the organisation's website.
Access the resources
Reviewed Australian Asthma Handbook now available
The updated Australian Asthma Handbook provides best-practice, evidence-based guidance translated into practical advice for primary care health professionals. The Handbook is published by the National Asthma Council Australia.
Access the Handbook
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation website for parents
Tasmanian GPs may wish to direct parents who are curious about immunisation to the new website, Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI).

SKAI provides a communication system and suite of resources for healthcare workers and parents and carers designed to support conversations about childhood vaccination.
More information
Pulmonary arterial hypertension referral card
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology company Actelion has created a referral card for GPs to support early detection of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Download the resource
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis online course enrolments open
The Understanding Multiple Sclerosis MOOC (massive open online course), developed by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in partnership with Multiple Sclerosis Limited, is now open for enrolments.

This six-week innovative, online educational resource is designed for anyone with a connection to the condition – from people living with MS and their carers, GPs, allied healthcare professionals, support workers and anyone who wants to learn more about MS.  
More information
HeLLOTas! Toolkit introductory workshops
Date: Wednesday 3 April 
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Burnie
Host: TasCOSS

Date: Wednesday 10 April 
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Hobart
Host: TasCOSS

Date: Thursday 11 April 
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Launceston
Host: TasCOSS
TasCOSS is holding free regional interactive workshops focussing on application of the HeLLOTas! Toolkit to your organisation.

The HeLLOTas! Toolkit provides:
  • a step-by-step process for doing a self-assessment and developing a Health Literacy Action Plan; and
  • practical tools to help you with these tasks.
The workshops will be of benefit to managers and team leaders in community organisations interested in improving their service user experiences. General practice staff with an interest in health literacy are welcome to attend.

Click here for more information on the Burnie, Hobart, and Launceston events.

The HeLLOTas toolkit was developed by TasCOSS and made possible with funding from Tasmania PHN (Primary Health Tasmania) through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.
Immunisation updates
Date: Tuesday 9 April 
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm (light dinner provided)
Location: Launceston
Host: Primary Health Tasmania
RSVP: Tuesday 2 April

Date: Wednesday 10 April 
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm (light dinner provided)
Location: Burnie
Host: Primary Health Tasmania
RSVP: Wednesday 3 April

Date: Thursday 11 April 
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm (light dinner provided)
Location: Hobart
Host: Primary Health Tasmania
RSVP: Thursday 4 April
After this session, attendees will be able to:
  • describe the changes to the National Immunisation Program and Tasmanian Government-funded program
  • identify the requirements for measles notification
  • describe the most effective use of vaccine to reduce the morbidity and mortality of pertussis
  • describe the most effective use of vaccine to reduce the morbidity and mortality of meningococcal disease.
Click here to download the invite flyers for the Hobart, Burnie and Launceston events.
Educating the Nurse of the Future review workshop
Date: Tuesday 16 April
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm (lunch provided)
Location: Hobart
Host: Australian Government

Date: Wednesday 17 April
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm (lunch provided)
Location: Launceston
Host: Australian Government

An independent review of nursing preparation in Australia, Educating the Nurse of the Future, was announced as a measure within the 2018/19 Federal Budget.

Practice nurses and nurse practitioners are welcome to attend this workshop and meet with the Review team to have their say on the future of nursing education in Australia.

Click here for information about the Hobart and Launceston events.
Infection control day courses
Date: Tuesday 7 May
Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Location: Ulverstone
Host: Marjen Education Services
Cost: $330 pp, $594 for two colleagues same practice, $220 for non-working attendee

Date: Thursday 9 May
Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Location: Launceston
Host: Marjen Education Services
Cost: $330 pp, $594 for two colleagues same practice, $220 for non-working attendee

Date: Saturday 11 May
Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Location: Hobart
Host: Marjen Education Services
Cost: $330 pp, $594 for two colleagues same practice, $220 for non-working attendee
This day session has been allocated 8 CPD hours, and covers topics such as triage for suspect flu, gastro, measles, infection control for wound care, managing hand hygiene, and more.

Click here to find out more.
Advanced Suicide Prevention Training in Launceston
Date: Saturday 22 June
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Launceston
Host: Black Dog Institute, supported by Primary Health Tasmania
Cost: $50
This new workshop aims to increase health professionals’ skill and confidence in taking a detailed suicide history and developing a collaborative management plan to increase the safety of people planning suicide.

The workshop provides practical tools for health professionals managing the full spectrum of suicide risk presentations including the acute suicidal crisis, care after a suicide attempt, and assisting families experiencing suicide bereavement.

Click here to find out more.
The Check Up
We chat to Dr Columbine Mullins about practising patient-centred care

Tasmanian GP of the Year for 2018, Dr Columbine Mullins, came to the Apple Isle from the UK when she was two years old.

She studied at the University of Tasmania and spent time working in Gosford and New Zealand before returning to the state, where she finds her medical acumen called upon inside and outside her rooms at the Rosny Park Family Practice.

"General practice is such a practical and useful career choice," she says.

"I like being able to care for families and I find the work a real privilege (and) my skills are useful wherever I go, whether it be at the school soccer on a Saturday morning, a fun run, or even a long haul flight.

"If there is some sort of medical issue, I find I can be of use." 

Here’s what else she told Primary Health Tasmania:

  • Her ever-growing career in general practice: "My career is so diverse now - I can be involved in so many different areas such as teaching, policy development, and practice ownership. There is never a dull moment and always something to learn or improve."
  • Her passion for providing care for people struggling with homelessness: “I have been very involved with medicine for the homeless and vulnerable people in our Tasmanian community and feel that this is almost a specialised area in itself. It has really taught me so much about patient-centred care. We have a significant housing crisis in Tassie and the effect has been widespread within the community. I am passionate about equitable access to health care which has been my motivation for my mobile health clinic for homeless and vulnerable Tasmanians."
  • What she likes to do when she’s not working: "I like to be outside and out of the office - running, swimming in the ocean and playing tennis are the things that I really love doing. Top that off with a good book or catch-up with friends, and I'm pretty content."
Nominate someone for The Check Up
Practice visits

Did you know every Tasmanian general practice is eligible for two visits from our provider support team, per financial year? You can find out more about our practice visit program here, or click on the link below to request a visit.

Request a practice visit
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1300 653 169
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