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  1. PHN appoints Libby Dunstan as Deputy CEO

    Brisbane North PHN has appointed Libby Dunstan to the position of Deputy CEO. Libby has over 20 years' experience and expertise in senior health leadership roles, most recently as the State Manager for Queensland and...

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  2. On-call medical support for aged care facilities

    A new medical outreach service will help elderly aged care residents in Chermside and surrounding suburbs avoid unnecessary trips to the Emergency Department. Under the trial, General Practitioners (GPs) and residential...

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  3. Metro North Health Forum: Talking 'bout a revolution, or evolution

    Brisbane's premier healthcare event challenges conventional thinking. Boasting an impressive line-up of presenters and arguably its most diverse program to date, the annual Metro North Health Forum was the place to...

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  4. Inaugural GP breakfast – great success

    ‚ÄčAs a prelude to this year’s Metro North Health Forum, more than 80 GPs and practice managers were treated to presentations on New Zealand’s medical home model and joint initiatives that support local GPs...

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  5. GPs can access a Statement of Choices from the Health Provider Portal

    As part of advance care planning, patients can choose to complete a Statement of Choices, which can be accessed across health sectors in Queensland after the launch of the Health Provider Portal on Wednesday, 28 June...

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  6. New Health Provider Portal gives GPs access to patient records

    From Wednesday 28 June 2017, Queensland’s GPs have secure online access to their patients’ Queensland Health records through the Health Provider Portal. This read-only online access allows Queensland GPs to...

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  7. Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship 2018

    About the scholarship The Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), together with Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) and North...

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  8. Brisbane North PHN Board of Directors - positions available

    Partners 4 Health Ltd is seeking three experienced directors to fill one elected and two appointed non-executive director positions. Knowledge of the primary health care sector in Brisbane north will be highly regarded....

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  9. After hours campaign provides emergency alternatives

    Brisbane North PHN will this week re-launch the Emergency Alternatives emergency department (ED) avoidance advertising campaign, building on the success of the campaign during winter last year. A survey of 300 people...

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  10. Primary health budget measures welcomed

    ­­­Brisbane North PHN welcomes health announcements from the 2017-18 Federal Budget that will contribute to ensuring people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region receive the right care, in the right...

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  11. Brisbane River contamination event

    On 10 April 2017, around 22,000 litres of aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) containing and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was accidentally released in a Brisbane airport hangar. QANTAS reported that some of the AFFF...

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  12. Doctor Dad joins Medical Mums immunisation campaign

    Trust is essential when persuading vaccine-hesitant parents and, recognising that fathers also make decisions about immunising their children, Brisbane North PHN’s annual childhood immunisation campaign now...

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  13. Vale Jeff Cheverton

    The world lost a unique character in early March this year. Jeff Cheverton was a driving force in Australian healthcare, working tirelessly to shape systems around the needs of consumers and communities. I first met Jeff...

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  14. Palliative care resources launched for GPs in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay

    New online resources launched by Brisbane North PHN in collaboration with the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) are now available to support local GPs to access palliative care support for their...

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  15. PHN offices to close from midday due to severe weather event

    Brisbane North PHN's Lutwyche and North Lakes offices will close at midday on Thursday 30 March 2017 due to the adverse weather event affecting areas of Queensland. Thank you for your understanding.

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  16. $23.5m to continue vital mental health reform

    The next step in Brisbane North PHN’s plan to reform mental health in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region has begun. Funding worth $23.5 million over two years will be given to local agencies to extend their...

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  17. Applications close this Monday for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Medical Program

    Brisbane North PHN is sharing this information on behalf of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Medical Program. On 4 April 2018, over 6600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold...

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  18. Community control remains key to closing the gap

    National Close the Gap Day 2017 As the Close the Gap campaign enters its second decade, Brisbane North PHN Chief Executive Abbe Anderson has praised the work of local Aboriginal community controlled health services....

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  19. Vale Jeff Cheverton

    With deep sorrow, the staff and board of Brisbane North PHN acknowledge the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jeff Cheverton last week. As Deputy CEO of our PHN and previously Medicare Local between 2012...

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  20. Health Alliance to bridge primary care and hospital gap

    South East Queenslanders will have better access to healthcare thanks to a new Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN Health Alliance. The Alliance, a partnership between Brisbane North PHN and...

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  21. Funding boost for local drug treatment services

    More drug and alcohol treatment services are available in North Brisbane for people who need support to overcome methamphetamine (ice) and other forms of substance dependence. An additional $5 million in Federal funding...

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  22. Brisbane North PHN farewells Board Chair

    Former President of the RACGP, Professor Claire Jackson, has stepped down today as a Director and Chair of Brisbane North PHN to focus on the establishment of the new UQ MRI Centre for Health System Reform and...

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  23. Screening tests for patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice, Carina

    Patients of Gap Free Smile dental practice at 2/787 Old Cleveland Road, Carina, have been advised by Queensland Health to seek testing for blood-borne viruses. Assessments by Queensland Health and the Office of the...

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  24. Measles Case in Camp Mountain, Brisbane North

    Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after measles has been reported in a person residing in the suburb of Camp Mountain. Please be on the lookout for...

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  25. Measles case in Kenmore

    A case of measles has been diagnosed in a resident of Kenmore. The person had limited community contact while contagious between Sunday 27/11/2016 to Monday 12/12/2016. Specifically, the person attended the following...

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  26. Strong results see directors re-elected at AGM

    Company members voted for stability and continuity at the Partners 4 Health (trading as Brisbane North PHN) Annual General Meeting on November 16 at the PHN office in Lutwyche, Queensland. Brisbane North PHN chief...

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  27. Health Care Home EOI Open

    The Department of Health has opened applications for eligible general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Brisbane North who want to become a Health Care Home. This is part of a two...

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  28. In-home pilot program improving wellness of older people

    A new in-home wellness program for elderly people is being piloted in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region through the PHN-led healthy@home consortium. Active@Home is a personal care worker-led, aged care in-home...

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  29. Medical Assisting goes from strength to strength

    The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting continues to expand, with 24 students graduating from the course in October 2016 and workshops being held in Rockhampton in November 2016. Brisbane North PHN offers the...

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  30. Phone Issues At Aspley - Central Patient Intake, Central Referral Unit, Oral Health

    UPDATE: Services restored as of 2:18 pm Thursday 13 October 2016. As of Thursday 13 October 2016, Metro North Hospital and Health Service advises they are currently experiencing issues with phones and faxes at Aspley...

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  31. Events inspire new thinking in mental health

    Queensland Mental Health Week | 9 - 15 October 2016 Participants at this year’s North Brisbane Partners in Recovery (PiR) Forum will get the tools they need to continue co-creating solutions to the systemic issues...

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  32. ePIP deadline extended

    Practices now have until 31 January 2017 to meet the ePIP upload requirements. Rather than having to meet the target for each of the three quarters between 1 May 2016 and 31 January 2017, they simply have to meet the...

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  33. Phone issues at Aspley - Central Patient Intake, Central Referral Unit, Oral Health

    UPDATE: Monday 26 September 2016 - 2:00 pm - the issues have now been resolved. As of Monday 26 September 2016, Metro North Hospital and Health Service advises there is a phone services outage in the Aspley area,...

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  34. Latest report will help PHN improve mental health and suicide prevention services

    Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013–14 report Today’s release by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) of a report into...

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  35. Mycobacterium chimaera in heater cooler units

    The Queensland Department of Health will contact public patients who have undergone certain types of open-heart surgery, particularly heart valve replacement, and may have been exposed to a bacteria present in some...

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  36. National chronic care program finds home in Brisbane North

    A new healthcare initiative in the Brisbane North PHN region will provide greater access to coordinated medical, allied health and out-of-hospital services to support people with complex chronic health conditions. The...

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  37. Brisbane North To Lead National Mental Health Reforms

    Integrated healthcare packages for people with severe and complex mental illness will be trialled in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region, the Federal Government recently announced. Revealed as part of the 2016-17...

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  38. Confirmed Measles case in Brisbane

    Brisbane North PHN has included this material on its website on behalf of Metro North Pubic Health Unit. Queensland Health has been notified of a diagnosed case of measles involving a traveller spending time in Brisbane...

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  39. The Emergency Department isn’t always your best option

    Latest research shows one in three after-hours visits to the Emergency Department (ED) is for illness or injury that could be treated by a General Practitioner (GP). A survey commissioned by Brisbane North PHN also found...

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  40. Take charge of your health, men urged

    Men’s Health Week (13-19 June) Kallangur-based men’s health advocate Laurie Brock says it is up to men take control of their own health and he thinks many of the problems afflicting men these days relate to...

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  41. Working together to set the health agenda

    Bringing the nation’s healthcare system together will require a greater focus on regional systems of management and only PHNs can achieve this in primary care, according to the Grattan Institute’s Dr Stephen...

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  42. Community-based palliative care education for GPs and paramedics

    Brisbane North PHN has engaged the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) to develop, deliver and evaluate palliative care education and support pathways for after-hours GPs and ambulance paramedics....

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  43. Medical mums urge child immunisation

    World Immunisation Week (24—30 April) 2016 Mothers who are also local health professionals will feature prominently in a regional media campaign backing childhood immunisation. During World Immunisation Week...

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  44. Health Needs Assessment now available

    Following extensive stakeholder consultation, Brisbane North PHN has released a comprehensive assessment examining the health needs of its local communities and the services available. The Australian Government...

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  45. Health Care Home key to a sustainable health system

    ­­­Brisbane North PHN welcomes the Federal Government's response to the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) review. Professor Claire Jackson, PHN Chair and a PHCAG member, said the announcement of...

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  46. Closing the gap by filling the gaps in Indigenous healthcare

    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous health equality, Brisbane North PHN has produced a short film about an innovative outreach health service based in suburban Morayfield. According...

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  47. Legionella bacteria found at Redcliffe Hospital

    Routine water quality testing at Redcliffe Hospital has confirmed a positive test for Legionella pneumophila bacteria in some areas of the hospital water supply. Most importantly, there has been no known case of...

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  48. National report updates child vaccine coverage in Brisbane North

    Brisbane North is on track to meet the revised childhood immunisation target of 95 per cent, according to a new national report. National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) figures released today show the immunisation...

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  49. Obesity management in general practice

    Obesity is a risk factor for many chronic conditions. With around 61 per cent of adults in the Brisbane North region either overweight or obese, GP-led interventions are critical to reducing preventable hospitalisation...

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  50. State funding for integrated care applauded

    Brisbane North PHN welcomes today's announcement from the Queensland Government that it will establish a $35 million fund to support integrated patient care. Timely access to primary health care – for example,...

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  51. PHNs take centre stage in Government’s ice response

    The Australian Government will invest $241.5 million through the 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs), to boost the alcohol and other drug treatment sector and reduce demand for ice. According to Prime Minister Malcolm...

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  52. Report reveals hotspots for potentially preventable hospitalisation

    The release today of a national report into potentially preventable hospitalisations will help Brisbane North PHN to plan healthcare services that match the needs of local communities. The updated data presented in the...

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  53. Brisbane North PHN will play significant role in mental health reform

    Brisbane North PHN welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to place Primary Health Networks at the centre of mental health care, driven by the priorities of local communities and focused on individual consumer...

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  54. Queensland Health backs chronic disease initiative

    In a major development aimed at reducing potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Brisbane North, patients who present to hospital with chronic complex health conditions will receive extra community support to help them...

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  55. Collaboration puts patients and the community front and centre of healthcare delivery

    Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and Brisbane North PHN have reaffirmed their commitment to work together to improve continuity of quality patient centred care. The recently signed protocol between the two...

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  56. Real health care issues demand real solutions

    The front page story from today’s Northside Chronicle highlights a pressing issue for people on low incomes and how this impacts on their access to health services. Brisbane North PHN Chief Executive Abbe Anderson...

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  57. Recovery on track, evaluation report finds

    ­­­World Mental Health Day 2015 More than 90 per cent of surveyed respondents participating in a program for people with severe, long-term mental illness have reported a reduction in ‘unmet needs’...

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  58. PCYC launches ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’ program during Mental Health Week

    PCYC will launch its Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds pilot program at Lang Park at 7:30am on 7th October, with the help of mental health ambassador Caleb Brown. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is an innovative new program...

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  59. Members appointed to clinical council and community Advisory Committee

    Brisbane North PHN has finalised membership for the Clinical Council and Community Advisory Committee, which will engage local clinicians and the community in the planning processes of the PHN. Members of the Clinical...

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  60. Service providers meet to discuss aged care reforms

    Annual Brisbane North Community Aged Care Forum 2015 As part of its strategy to build capacity and encourage collaboration and innovation within the community aged care sector, Brisbane North PHN will host a free forum...

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  61. Additional measles cases

    Two additional cases of measles have been identified in Brisbane, bringing to 10 the total number of cases reported since mid-July. Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) Physician Dr James Smith said that unlike...

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  62. Making the case for primary care reform

    In a week when the Federal Government’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) kicked off a nationwide tour to canvass views about care for patients with chronic and complex conditions, new data emerged giving...

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  63. Pain week highlights clinical tools

    This year’s National Pain Week (20-26 July) campaign encourages people who experience pain to talk about it with their health professional. To aid in these discussions, GPs and allied health professionals in the...

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  64. Be involved in health planning in our region

    Brisbane North PHN is establishing a Clinical Council and Community Advisory Committee to engage local clinicians and the community in the planning processes of the PHN. Both of these bodies will bring together key local...

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  65. Funding boost for mental health

    North Brisbane Partners in Recovery Innovation Fund 2015 More than $500K will be given to four system reform projects to better support the recovery of people with long-term, severe mental illness and complex needs. The...

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  66. Welcome to Brisbane North PHN

    Brisbane North PHN started on 1 July 2015. Brisbane North PHN supports clinicians and communities in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council. It covers...

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  67. PHN launch heralds new era

    The Brisbane North PHN is ready to introduce real healthcare reforms that will keep people well and out of hospital, says the organisation’s CEO Abbe Anderson. The Brisbane North PHN is ready to introduce real...

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