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  1. My Health Record opt-out period extended until January 2019

    Following a Senate vote to extend the My Health Record opt-out period, the Minister for Health has announced the opt-out period will be extended until 31 January 2019. The opt-out website and the help line will now be...

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  2. Caring at home website launched

    The new website caring@home aims to improve the quality of palliative care by developing resources that will support people to be cared for and to die at home.

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  3. My Health Record at Pride Festival

    In late September we joined thousands of others at New Farm Park, fielding My Health Record questions at the annual Brisbane Pride Fair Day.

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  4. Stop the rise of STIs

    Queensland Health's sexual health campaign, Stop the Rise of STIs, aims to encourage young people to see their GP or health professional to get tested for STIs.

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  5. Access a greater range of mental health services with Brisbane MIND Plus

    GPs can now support their patients with an expanded range of services via the Brisbane MIND Plus referral tool.

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  6. My health for life being put into practice

    The Queensland Government-funded lifestyle change initiative, My health for life, is currently being delivered internally at Brisbane North PHN as part of the organisation’s workplace wellness strategy.

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  7. Mental health expo connects community

    The Mental Health Expo, held annually in early October in the Brisbane CBD, brings together government, non-government and private sector services to share mental health information and resources with the community.

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  8. Planning for Wellbeing launched at Mental Health Expo

    Consumers have played a key role in shaping a plan to improve mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug treatment services in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

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  9. Spotlight on alcohol and other drug services

    A comprehensive range of alcohol and other drug (AOD) services are available for people seeking support and treatment for their substance use concerns.

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  10. Dementia Project Steering Committee EOI now open

    Brisbane North PHN are seeking a consumer representative who is living in Redcliffe to join our Dementia Project Steering Committee (PSC).

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  11. Get familiar with HealthPathways during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer)

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  12. Congratulations new Medical Assisting graduates

    The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting course recently graduated 16 new Medical Assistants.

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  13. COPD - in conversation with Dr Kerry Hancock

    To mark the end of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) project, GPLO Dr Srishti Dutta spoke with Dr Kerry Hancock from Lung Foundation Australia.

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  14. GPs at the centre of Health Alliance process

    A Health Alliance between MNHHS and Brisbane North PHN has undertaken consultation with GPs on their experience supporting three key population groups.

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  15. Diversity and wellness at the Brisbane North Annual Aged Care Forum

    In September over 200 attendees gathered at the Kedron Wavell Services Club in Chermside as part of the Brisbane North aged care forum.

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  16. Alliance to co-design new model of care for older people

    A new initiative spearheaded by the Health Alliance during 2018/19 will unite all parts of the health and community care sector. 

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  17. Implementing the healthcare plan for older people

    Safer, person-centred healthcare for older people is the main goal of a five-year plan to integrate and coordinate the health services system in Brisbane North.

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  18. Karen refugees get a healthy start

    Newly arrived Karen refugees from Myanmar have received a healthy start, thanks to a workshop in Zillmere in June 2018 supported by Brisbane North PHN.

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  19. Local campaign promotes screening for chronic disease risk

    During September 2018, general practices that have Tonic TV in their waiting room will be targeted in a local My health for life advertising campaign.

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  20. “Education on my terms”: Warner GP shares experience with Project ECHO®

    Dr Srishti Dutta is calling on her peers to consider an innovative model of telementoring and casebased learning.

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  21. Better healthcare for acutely unwell aged care residents

    Geriatrician-led medical outreach to residential aged care facilities improves quality of patient care, a local trial has found.

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  22. Supporting residents of aged care

    Brisbane North PHN has funded Change Futures to deliver their Caring for Residents of Aged Care program in a range of residential aged care facilities.

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  23. Over 50 GPs receive maternity shared care training at latest workshop

    Over 50 GPs attended the Metro North GP Alignment Program maternity workshop at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on 28 July 2018.

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  24. Metro North Hospital and Health Service 2018 LINK innovation funding now open

    The LINK grant fosters innovation, providing staff and community partners to partner together to explore their ideas to improve the delivery of care and services to deliver more integrated patient care.

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  25. Achieving better aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    Brisbane North PHN was recently invited to participate in a policy roundtable in Canberra on the use of data to drive better aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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  26. Older Australians put their health in their hands with My Health Record

    Carseldine retirees Peter Button and Cathy Zappala join a legion of grey nomads ready to take their health on the road with My Health Record. 

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  27. Review and evolve: what’s next for PHN-commissioned services?

    Eighteen months on from commissioning services to meet the needs of our region, Brisbane North PHN is conducting a review of our mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services.

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  28. Have your say on naming Queensland's children's hospital

    Queenslanders are invited to have their say on renaming Queensland’s specialist children’s public hospital to 'the Queensland Children’s Hospital'. 

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  29. Postnatal wellbeing program recognises that life isn’t always peachy

    The Sunshine Parenting Program is a six-week postnatal wellbeing program for mothers who are struggling with their mental health, facilitated by Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness Inc and funded by Brisbane North PHN.

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  30. Murrumba Downs practice shares data success

    Brisbane North PHN recently caught up with the team at Medical Matters Murrumba Downs to congratulate them on achieving and maintaining 100 per cent of data recorded for a range of data quality measures.

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  31. My Health Record opt out period commences

    The My Health Record opt out period commenced last month and has been met with significant media coverage – much of it focusing on privacy and security concerns, rather than the potential health benefits.

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  32. Report reveals high quality of GP care in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay

    Residents in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region are living longer and those who have a usual GP are enjoying positive health care experiences, according to two new reports from the Australian Institute of Health...

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  33. PHN funds Wesley LifeForce suicide prevention training workshops

    As part of Brisbane North PHN’s National Suicide Prevention Trial activity, we have provided funding to Wesley Mission Queensland to deliver suicide prevention training to GPs and general practice staff to increase...

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  34. Achieving wellbeing through the Optimal Health Program

    Neami National’s Optimal Health Program (OHP) is an eight-session group and individual program that helps people improve their wellbeing.

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  35. My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

    From today all Australians will be able to decide if they want a My Health Record – an online summary of their key health information where they can safely store, access and share their important health information.

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  36. Measles alert for Brisbane - 12 July 2018

    A case of measles in a child with contacts in Brisbane was confirmed this week.

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  37. PHN hosts National Stepped Care Workshop

    Brisbane North PHN, in partnership with the Commonwealth Department of Health, coordinated and hosted the third National PHN Stepped Care Workshop in Brisbane on 6 and 7 June 2018. 

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  38. My Health Record on show at Caboolture NAIDOC event

    Over 100 consumers, carers and health and community care professionals engaged with PHN staff about the benefits of My Health Record at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Caboolture.

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  39. After hours medical help made easier

    Getting sick or injured late at night when most GP clinics are closed for some people can mean going straight to the Emergency Department, but there are alternatives.

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  40. GP input sought for National Suicide Prevention Trial

    To understand care pathways within the region, Brisbane North PHN is seeking input from GPs who have supported people who are suicidal, who have attempted suicide or who are bereaved by suicide.

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  41. The Viewer helps local GPs access hospital data for their patients

    As of early June 2018, over 370 GPs within the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region were using the Health Provider Portal to access their patients’ hospital data via The Viewer.

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  42. Metro North RADAR service now available

    A single point of contact for GPs and staff of residential aged care facilities (RACF) is now available to streamline access to Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) residential outreach services.

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  43. People vs machines and the future of healthcare

    Automation will impact around half of all jobs in the economy and is coming to general practice, whether we are ready or not. This was the view of Dr Stefan Hajkowicz from the CSIRO, who was keynote speaker at the Metro...

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  44. Record crowd expected for Metro North Health Forum

    Exhibition space has sold out and a record number of attendees is expected for this year’s Metro North Health Forum on 19 June 2018 at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills. Now in its fifth year,...

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  45. Workshop helps build capacity of consumers 

    In April, Brisbane North PHN and Metro North Hospital and Health Service facilitated a joint consumer-led training workshop.

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  46. Non-executive director opportunities available with the PHN

    Brisbane North PHN is seeking two experienced directors to fill one elected and one appointed nonexecutive director positions. Knowledge of the primary health care sector in Brisbane north will be highly regarded.

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  47. Have your say on planning for wellbeing

    Brisbane North PHN and Metro North Hospital and Health Service have sponsored the development of a plan to improve mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug treatment services in North Brisbane and...

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  48. COPD project in focus for Lung Health Awareness

    May was Lung Health Awareness Month, presenting an opportunity to reflect on some of the work undertaken to improve lung health across the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

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  49. Measles alert for Brisbane - 28 May 2018

    A case of measles in a child with possible contacts around Brisbane was diagnosed over the weekend.

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  50. My Health Record improving outcomes for people in palliative care

    Australians are being encouraged to include My Health Record in the discussion of ‘What Matters Most?’ during National Palliative Care Week for 20 -26 May.

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  51. Board Chair backs Minister on flu vax

    GP and Brisbane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green joined with State Health Minister Steven Miles and other senior health figures for an influenza media briefing in late April at the RBWH.

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  52. Local resident and former GP reflects on healthy ageing at 100

    After retiring from medical practice at 80, former GP and long term resident of North Brisbane George Corones couldn’t imagine slowing down, instead diving head first into competitive swimming.

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  53. Metro North Health Forum exhibitors announced

    It is now less than a month until we welcome attendees to the Metro North Health Forum. This is your opportunity to learn how the PHN and Metro North Hospital and Health Service are working together to connect and...

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  54. NDIS events popular with local GPs

    Over 140 GPs have now attended information evenings hosted by the PHN in readiness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout commencing in our region from 1 July 2018. 

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  55. My Health Record opt out period announced

    Every Australian will be offered a My Health record, unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.

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  56. EOI for My Health for Life providers now open

    Brisbane North PHN is currently promoting expressions of interest for providers to deliver the My Health for life evidence-based lifestyle modification program in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

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  57. PHN responds to anti-vax misinformation

    In response to the recent circulation of dangerous anti-vaccination misinformation to households in Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs, Brisbane North PHN has re-launched its Medical Mums media campaign.

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  58. Emergency Department Clinical Notes in The Viewer from Health Provider Portal

    An issue has been identified with Clinical Notes received from the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). This problem could potentially result in inaccurate information being displayed in The Viewer through the...

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  59. GPs with Special Interest – positions available

    In 2018, Metro North HHS is expanding new models of care. Under the guidance of a Specialist, a range of innovative service delivery models can be delivered to patients in a safe, more timely and cost-effective manner in...

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  60. Surveys reveal high praise for GOAS project

    Feedback from consumers and service providers who have used the Geriatric Outreach Assessment Service (GOAS) has been overwhelmingly positive, according to the six-month project review. The GOAS provides a specialised...

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  61. GPs flock to the PHN's first NDIS event

    Almost 80 GPs and practice nurses attended Brisbane North PHN’s first information evening about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on Tuesday 6 February 2018. From July 2018, the NDIS will become...

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  62. Expression of interest - Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinical Governance Reference Group

    Brisbane North PHN (the PHN) is seeking expressions of interest for to join the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinical Governance Reference Group. The reference group provides advice to various PHN managers and...

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  63. COPD project continues to roll out in 2018

    Following on from successful events held in 2017, Brisbane North PHN is again organising a series of educational workshops in 2018 for GPs and practice nurses as part of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)...

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  64. GPs and pharmacists invited to complete My Health Record awareness survey

    The Australian Digital Health Agency is seeking GPs and pharmacists to complete a baseline survey to understand current health provider awareness of the My Health Record System. The results of this survey will support...

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  65. Dr Anita Green re-elected for another term as Board Chair

    Highly regarded general practitioner Dr Anita Green will continue in her role as Brisbane North PHN’s Board Chair, following the company’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and subsequent Board meeting...

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  66. New five year healthcare plan for older people

    Brisbane North is home to a diverse and growing community aged 65 and over, many of whom are living longer and enjoying a healthier and more independent old age than ever before. Equally, a growing number of older people...

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  67. Parenting program aims to outshine postnatal depression and anxiety

    Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (12-18 Nov 2017) A free mental health program currently being trialled in North Brisbane aims to reveal if a peer-led group model could deliver improved health outcomes for...

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  68. Home exercise cuts healthcare need among elderly

    ­­­A simple home exercise program for older people could dramatically lower their reliance on healthcare services, according to the results of an Australian-first trial. In the 18-week trial, trained personal...

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  69. Measles alert for Brisbane and Gold Coast areas

    Metro North Public Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in traveller from Victoria. The person with measles was infectious while in Brisbane between 22 and 30 September, including Brisbane...

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  70. New Chief Executive for Metro North HHS

    The appointment of Mr Shaun Drummond as Metro North Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Chief Executive will provide the experience needed to maintain momentum on key healthcare reform projects, says Brisbane North PHN...

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  71. Peaks take a stand on marriage equality

    Health and medical peak organisations have come out in favour of a yes vote in the Marriage Law Postal Survey. The AMA and the Australian Health and Hospitals Association (AHHA) joined a growing number of healthcare...

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  72. Review of health priorities

    Brisbane North PHN is seeking feedback to help us continue to understand the health needs of our region. The PHN identified a number of health priorities in 2015. These health priorities are: potentially preventable...

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  73. Public Consultation: Infant Pneumococcal Vaccination Schedule Recommendations

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to the infant pneumococcal vaccination schedule recommendations in The Australian Immunisation Handbook...

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  74. NewAccess launched by beyondblue

    Breakthrough mental health support for Brisbane North communities A BREAKTHROUGH mental health coaching program is now available in Brisbane’s north for people experiencing early signs of anxiety and depression....

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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. Inaugural GP breakfast – great success

    ​As 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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