The Pathways Program is a joint project between Brisbane North PHN and Metro North Hospital and Health Service that commenced in 2012.
By developing local pathways for a range of clinical conditions and services, the program aims to improve the continuity of patient care between primary, community and hospital care settings.
Brisbane North HealthPathways
HealthPathways is the web-based tool used to display our local pathways. HealthPathways provides clinicians in our region with access to patient assessment, management, as well as local referral and service information all in one place.
Queensland Health has purchased a statewide licence for HealthPathways. One of the main goals was to embed statewide Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) guidelines into local pathways to better manage referrals into specialist outpatients departments.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Dr John Bennett is a local GP and one of the clinical editors working on the localised Brisbane North HealthPathways. Joining him to discuss this initiative is New Zealand’s Dr Graham McGeoch, HealthPathways Chief Clinical Editor.
Access the Brisbane North HealthPathways
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HealthPathways at a glance
Over 380 pathways have been localised for the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region covering a wide range of specialties, including Paediatrics, and new pathways are continuously developed.
- evidence-based and easy to use
- produced independent of pharmaceutical company influence
- free text searching of pathways is possible
- structured directory to browse
- format has a natural clinical flow
- pathways cover Red Flags, Assessment, Management, Requests and Information.
Access to localised pathways is expected to improve and standardise primary care management.
Referral and communication processes between specialists and GPs are also enhanced. This can lead to a more rational demand for secondary care services.
Patients also benefit through the greater clarity clinicians can provide about the appropriateness and likelihood of obtaining further specialist services, and about alternative treatment options.
Clinicians benefit through relationship building as they localise HealthPathways, and through greater confidence in managing their patients.
The local health system benefits through reduced demand on acute and secondary care services. It also helps to free up resources to provide more elective services and greater support for primary care.