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National response: New COVID-19 vaccine rollout update and multicultural pack

The Australian Government recently issued:

Tasmanian response: New COVID-19 Update to general practices

The Tasmanian Director of Public Health issued a COVID-19 Update to general practices on Monday 12 July.

Tasmanian response: Check in TAS app requirements for medical-related venues

From 31 July, the number of businesses and venues requiring people to use Check in TAS will be expanding.

Anyone aged 16 years or older entering medical and health-related venues (including doctors’ surgeries, aged care facilities, and specialist clinics) will be required to use the Check in TAS app, including all staff, volunteers, contractors, and patients.

Tasmanian response: New Keep on Top of COVID resources available

The Tasmanian Government has developed a new ‘friendly-style’ poster, available for download and display, that encourages patients, visitors, family members and staff in hospitals, out-patient clinics, and community health settings to protect themselves and their community by covering their coughs and sneezes.

New ‘Everyday essentials for your COVID Safety Kit’ posters are also available in the new style, and are listed on the Tasmanian Government's coronavirus website under 'Posters'.

Primary Health Tasmania's updated Tasmanian Health Directory

Primary Health Tasmania's Tasmanian Health Directory has recently been enhanced to improve usability with added features.

Enhancements include:

  • the ability to view via either list view or grid view
  • an improved advanced search option
  • a cleaner looking home page
  • Google map integration for all organisations.
Tender open for Launceston Head to Health

Primary Health Tasmania has commenced an open tender process to identify a lead agency for an adult mental health centre in Launceston, to be known as Launceston Head to Health.

Grace period for Closing The Gap PBS co-payment scheme

Initial problems associated with the newly enacted change to the Closing The Gap (CTG) program for the co-payment of Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) prescriptions, in which pharmacists could not process CTG prescriptions for people who are not on the register, have been temporarily resolved.

The Australian Department of Health has agreed to a period of grace until 30 September 2021 in which pharmacists can dispense CTG prescriptions even if the person is not registered. Patients will need to be registered by their practitioner to continue access to the scheme after September.

New ultrasound practice uploads in Tasmania's north west

Patients in Tasmania’s north west can now access ultrasound reports in My Health Record following the connection of Imaging Plus, a new practice in Burnie.

New cleaning instructions for reliever puffers

Asthma Australia has prepared new cleaning instructions that may be of use as a consumer resource, given asthma reliever puffers now come with a dose counter.

With a new dose counter, people with asthma need to clean asthma reliever puffers weekly to keep them working effectively. That includes Ventolin/Asmol/Zempreon – which are all brands available over the counter.

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Pathways
The Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination and COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure Pathway have been updated and now include: Tasmanian health professionals can log into Tasmanian HealthPathways with the username connectingcare and the password health.
Updated managing type 2 diabetes handbook
In time for National Diabetes Awareness Week, a reminder the Management of type 2 diabetes: a handbook for general practice was updated in July 2020.

The updated handbook contains new sections on topics such as:
  • early-onset type 2 diabetes
  • mental health and type 2 diabetes
  • management of type 2 diabetes in older people and residential aged care facilities.
Simplified referral templates for The ISLAND Clinic
Simplified referral templates for The ISLAND Clinic are now available on the Primary Health Tasmania website so GPs can refer eligible patients.

Further information about The ISLAND Clinic can also be found via Tasmanian Health Pathways, in the dementia support services information section.
Diabetes education opportunities
In time for National Diabetes Awareness Week, the following eLearning opportunities are available for health professionals wishing to expand their diabetes knowledge:
Chronic kidney disease webinar
Kidney Health Australia is hosting a free webinar about the impact of chronic kidney disease in older people on Tuesday 20 July at 7.30pm.
Wound care in general practice two-part webinar series
PHN Western NSW and health solutions company Hartmann are hosting a free two-part wound management webinar series aimed at increasing knowledge and skills for managing patients with acute and chronic wounds, to take place on Tuesday 20 and 27 Tuesday July from 6.55pm to 8.35pm.
Sydney Addiction Seminars on medicinal cannabis in 2021 
The University of Sydney will host its next online Sydney Addiction Seminar on the topic of medicinal cannabis in 2021 on Wednesday 21 July at 7.00pm.
Reminder: Immunisation Update webinar to cover COVID-19 vaccines
GPs, practice nurses, authorised immunisers and practice managers are invited to register for Primary Health Tasmania’s Immunisation Update, to be held via Zoom webinar on Wednesday 28 July from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
The event will focus on navigating changes, including COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, and is an RACGP CPD activity attracting three points. By registering, participants will receive access to a recording at a later date.
The Cardiac Community Network's Education Interface Program webinar series
The Cardiac Community Network has presented the Education Interface Program, supported by Primary Health Tasmania in partnership with the General Practice Liaison Officers, since November.

If you have missed any of these sessions, or would like to re-watch, please fill out this form to receive access to the recordings of the webinars along with a PDF of the PowerPoint presentations.

The sessions available to date include:
  • Top four quality improvement initiatives in cardiology
  • ECG workshop ECHO workshop
  • Heart failure management
  • Hypertension management
  • Complications in cardiothoracic surgery.
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