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

29 November 2021

Wednesday 1 December

COVID is coming to Queensland. Are you "storm-ready"?

Health Consumers Queensland

11:00am - 11:45am

As Queenslanders, we know how to prepare for summer storms – clean the gutters, move projectiles from the garden, and have emergency numbers handy.

Current modelling shows that the COVID-19 Delta variant will spread from when the border opens next month and is predicted to peak in Queensland in March. Some communities will be hit harder than others.

  • What does Qld have in place to cope with an outbreak?

  • What should you be doing to prepare?

  • How will you access healthcare and community services during an outbreak?

  • Do you know what to expect if you contract COVID-19?

  • What does Qld have in place to cope with an outbreak?

Join  HCQ for a panel discussion between CEO Melissa Fox and Dr Alex Markwell as they outline what we might expect from COVID in 2022 and what consumers and communities need to do now to prepare themselves for the Delta variant.

Submitting questions encouraged as you register

Register here

Tuesday 30 November

Webinar: The link between the Mediterranean diet and diabetes 

Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)
7:00 - 8:00pm

Nutritionist and Dietitian Eleni Georgiou will discuss how to help clients implement aspects of the Mediterranean diet to manage diabetes and improve overall health. 

Where: online 

CPD points: ADEA endorsed, 1 CPD point for attending 

Research and Sanofi Indigenous Scholarship: applications now open 

ADEA is proud to announce that applications for the ADEA Research and Sanofi Indigenous Scholarship are now open. The scholarship enables an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management at the UTS Faculty of Health. It is valued at AU$12,000 and will allow the recipient to advance their diabetes education and management career.

The ADEA Research and Sanofi Indigenous Scholarship recognises the acute need for more diabetes health professionals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples and genuinely understand the unique challenges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are living with diabetes face. The recipient will obtain skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes in First Peoples communities.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.

Applications close on 25 February 2022. 

Diabetes health professionals applaud the release of the National Diabetes Strategy 

ADEA and the Australian Diabetes Society applaud the release of the long-awaited 2021-2030 Australian National Diabetes Strategy. 

'We are grateful to the Department of Health for releasing this much needed Strategy. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy and its subsequent implementation will have a drastic impact on improving the health of people living with diabetes,' said ADEA President Tracey Tellam. 'Improving diabetes care in Australia requires focus on prevention of diabetes, early intervention and the strengthening of the workforce.'

This is an essential first step in improving diabetes care in Australia. Until MBS adequately covers prediabetes and gestational diabetes, as well as the referral of every person diagnosed and living with diabetes or prediabetes to a CDE, there is more work to be done. The implementation plan which will follow will be critical for ensuring that the National Diabetes Strategy achieves its purposes. Both ADEA and ADS look forward to working closely with the Department of Health to ensure it does.

ADEA CEO Susan Davidson was interviewed by Win News about the National Diabetes Strategy this week. You can watch the video here.  

Wednesday 1 December

Queensland NDIS Monthly Community Update virtual session


11:00am - 12:00pm
The QLD Community Engagement Team is committed to keeping you informed about the changes in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In this month’s update, we have updates about the latest COVID-19 advice, Participant Service Charter and Service Improvement Plan, Data and Insights and more.
Who should attend: Anyone who would like to know about the recent NDIS changes.

Agenda and MS Teams link here

Monday 6 December

Webinar: Building Capacity of Primary Health Providers to Recognise, Respond and Refer Domestic and Family Violence

Brisbane South PHN

6:00 - 7:30pm (AEST)

Responding effectively to domestic and family violence in a medical setting requires nonjudgmental, supportive attitudes; a knowledge of the physical and emotional sequence of the violence; an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate responses; and having good networks with local family violence services.

This virtual webinar aims to improve the primary health response to people affected by domestic and family violence living in regional, rural and remote Queensland by identifying resources and programs that are available to build capability and capacity in primary health providers.

Hear from expert speakers including Dr Kelsey Hegarty (Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence), Betty Taylor (Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention) and Stacey Ross (The Centre for Women & Co).

Register Here

Monday 6 December

Introduction to Project Management for Allied Health Professionals


Allied Health Professionals are expert at many things, but quite often very limited opportunities available to develop their knowledge and skills in project management. If you’d like to cross that bridge, then this course is for you! 

About the course
The course has been developed by Rhiannon Memery, Gemma Tuxworth and Caitlin Houghton, three of SARRAH’s expert secretariat staff.
The course is designed to be taken over 6-8 hours at your own pace.

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of management language and project management cycles

  2. populate objective tree/ problem tree to clearly define their project objectives and outcomes

  3. develop a project plan using a structured project approach

  4. develop project risk, stakeholder and governance plan

Course pricing
Full price: $500 (GST +GST)
Discounted price: $300 (+GST)

Discounts are available for SARRAH members and invited participants. Group discounts are also available.

To take advantage of the SARRAH membership discount, or to negotiate a group discount, email for the code.

Not a member? Visit Membership - SARRAH for more info on our membership options. 
How to Enrol:
The course is available through our online learning store:

Tuesday 7 December

Joint ASHM and Sexual health Society of Queensland (SHSQ) Clinical meeting and HIV s100 Prescriber Update

6:30pm - 8:00pm (AEST)

ASHM has partnered with SHSQ to deliver a joint online HIV Clinical Meeting and s100 Prescriber Update to discuss the impact of HIV on COVID-19 clinical outcomes and the impact of COVID-19 on PLHIV in Australia. Presented by Professor Anna Maria Geretti, Editor in Chief, BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections journal, and Adam Ehm, previous President of Living Positive Victoria, member of the Delaney Community Advisory Board (DARE-CAB), Melbourne HIV Cure Consortium, and ASHM'S Taskforce on BBVs, Sexual Health and COVID-19. 

This course is for: Members of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland and their guests, HIV s100 Prescribers, and other interested healthcare workers in QLD. 


This activity is equivalent to 2 ASHM HIV CPD Points. 




Download the flyer here


This activity is funded by QLD Health 

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)

Do you see patients with hepatitis B or hepatitis C?
Did you know the guidelines for monitoring hepatitis B now recommend fibrosis assessment every 12 months?

The Ethnic Communities of Queensland (ECCQ) can help with the following:

  • FREE Fibroscan for people from multicultural backgrounds who have been diagnosed with HBV or HCV including non-Medicare Card holders

  • FREE GP resource packs with the latest hepatitis, HIV and STI guidelines, decision making tools, information and referral forms

  • FREE short lunch or morning /afternoon tea information session (light lunch or morning/afternoon teas will be provided)

  • FREE translated resources to assist in the education of your patients

  • FREE support and education for patients, their family and community by highly trained bi-lingual community health workers in multiple languages

If you would like more information or would like to refer a patient please the webpage at or contact Marrianne Black RN at ECCQ on 32911214 or 0466 042799 or email

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