Information from the Western Queensland PHN

Weekly Education and Events 

New weekly information from WQPHN on upcoming Education & Events in our region for Health Professionals.

6 May 2022

Thursday 12 May

Queensland PHNs webinar series

COVID update for general practice #6 

Winter Readiness: The Coincidence of Influenza and COVID-19


Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Audience: GPs and general practice staff  
Join us as we discuss the impact of the coming flu season and continuing presence of COVID-19.

Speakers & Topics:

Dr Steven Donohue (Director, Townsville PHU)
Epidemiology of Influenza, outbreaks and what is ahead this winter.

Dr Trent Yarwood (Infectious Disease Specialist)
Double dose: COVID-19 and Influenza, Current influenza treatments, Vulnerable patients

Dr Karen Benn (GP) South West Queensland
A General Practice perspective to Winter Readiness.  Overview of Influenza/Respiratory conditions and COVID-19 in HealthPathways.

There will also be an opportunity to submit questions in advance. 

Further details will be provided including topics and email to submit questions early next week.

Register here

Various Dates

Digital Health live Q&A series



The RACGP and the Australian Digital Health Agency are running a series of 30-minute lunchtime webinars in May as part of the ‘Digital health live Q&A series’.

Strengthen your capabilities in electronic prescribing, learn how you can help your patients access digital health tools and discuss the future of digital health.

For more information and to register, click the links below.

12 May 2022

Electronic prescribing Q&A

Find out more and register

17 May 2022

Supporting patients to access digital health tools

Find out more and register

23 May 2022

The future of digital health

Find out more and register


Tuesday 17 May (Monthly dates until November 15)

Palliative Care

Project ECHO


University of Queensland Centre for Online Health in collaboration with Our PHN, Project ECHO and Queensland Health aim to provide clinical support and peer connections for primary care in rural, regional and remote communities (RRR), increasing capacity in the local health workforce through the sharing of specialist knowledge and peer experience.

Register Here

Friday 18 May dates until 15 June

Paediatric Eating Disorders webinar mini-series

Project ECHO

5:30pm - 6:30pm

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and the rapidly changing world for our teenagers are recognised triggers for the development of disordered eating. In response, the CYMHS Eating Disorders Program will offer a series of interactive webinars.

The Paediatric Eating Disorder webinar mini-series launches Wednesday, May 18th, continuing weekly until June 15th.  Dr. Michelle Boyd, Paediatrician, will facilitate sessions, alongside an inter-professional expert panel.

Sessions are relevant to GPs and their colleagues, as well as school based youth health nurses suppoorting children and young people with eating disorders.

RACGP CPD Activity Points pending.

Register once  and choose whenever suits you to attend.

For more information contact or view the flyer here

Saturday 28 May

Talking about Suicide in General Practice - Webinar

Black Dog Institute

2:00pm - 5:00pm


The Talking About Suicide in General Practice workshop aims to increase GPs skill and confidence in:

  • recognising presentations where suicide risk is high
  • undertaking a detailed risk assessment
  • management planning using a collaborative, team based approach

Audience: Suitable for GP Registrars & GPs

Topics Covered:

Topic 1 The Suicidal Crisis
Topic 2 Acute Management 
Topic 3 After the Attempt 
Topic 4 Bereaved by Suicide

Learning Objectives:
By the completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • undertake a suicide risk assessment effectively
  • develop a collaborative safety plan
  • provide effective management following a suicide attempt 


  • 6 CPD Activity Points (RACGP)
  • 3 Educational Activity PRPD (ACRRM)
Cost: $40 - Normally $180. This training has been subsidised by a generous philanthropic grant aimed at improving mental health in rural and regional areas across Australia.

Register Here

COPD in general practice: Practical application of clinical guidelines



Management of COPD in primary care is founded upon making an accurate differential diagnosis, initiating treatment in a timely manner and stepping up therapy as appropriate. This activity explores the practical application of latest Australian and international clinical guidelines to effectively manage COPD and maintain patient quality of life.

On completion of this education activity participants will be able to:

  • Define the steps for differential diagnosis between COPD and asthma and how this informs the treatment pathway.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the COPD treatment pathway from first diagnosis, and treatment with LAMA monotherapy.

  • Evaluate the appropriate circumstances to step-up a patient’s treatment to LAMA/LABA medication (stepwise approach).

  • Rationalise the appropriate use of ICS triple therapy for COPD patients according to the COPD-X guidelines, including withdrawing ICS, if recommended.

  • Describe important considerations when choosing a device for people with COPD.

Accredited:  RACGP 2 CPD, ACRRM 1.00 CME PD

Register Here

May 2022

Preventing Dementia Online Course

Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania


The Preventing Dementia MOOC (massive open online course) examines the latest evidence on dementia risk factors and ways to reduce the risk. This free online course is open to everyone and members of your network may be interested in learning about dementia risk reduction.

Recent research suggests that around 40% of dementia cases might be prevented or delayed by modifying risk factors.

Course details

  • Introduction - 17th May, 2022
  • Module 1 - 19th May, 2022 - Can Dementia be prevented?
  • Module 2 - 26th May, 2022 - Dementia risk - it's not all in your head
  • Module 3 - 2nd June, 2022 - A healthy and active mind
  • Module 4 - 9th June, 2022 - Interventions for Prevention
  • Completion - 16th June, 2022

Register Here
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