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Information from the Western Queensland PHN

Digital Health is a foundation of high quality care, and critical in achieving our vision: Western Queenslanders experiencing better health. 

This newsletter will let you know about key messages, industry updates, good news stories, opportunities, training and development and resources, including local information on WQ HealthPathways.

To contact the WQ HealthPathways team, email wqhealthpathways@wqphn.com.au
To contact the Digital Health Help Desk, email laura.leyden@wqphn.com.au or phone 0456 999 009

Key Messages

  • GP Smart Referrals allows GPs to send referrals to Queensland Health virtually from within GP software and is now ready to be deployed to general practices across the WQPHN region. More here.

  • We have finished beta testing our Digital Health Confidence Check, a short survey to help us map out digital literacy in the region. Keep an eye out, it will be hitting your inbox soon!

  • The Digital Health Help Desk is here for you. Contact our Digital Health Coordinator, Laura, at laura.leyden@wqphn.com.au or 0456 999 009.  Laura can help with questions, troubleshooting, ideas and planning in the Digital Health space.

New WQ HealthPathways and Progress

New Pathways and Progress

Click here to view the April report
 

All health providers are reminded that you can access HealthPathways sites for all regions of Qld:
              Website: Queensland Portal
              Username: Queensland
              Password: Pathways

News & Updates

  • The NWHHS High Risk Foot Service eConsult is available to provide advice for health professionals in the North West region.  Find details on requesting advice at the High Risk Foot page on WQ HealthPathways.

  • We spoke with Cathryn from Mount Isa Pharmacy First about the benefits of using My Health Record. Read the article, published in our Autumn edition of the Bush Telegraph here.

  • “Everyone in Australia has the right to have access to affordable digital technology and the skills and confidence to use it.” Learn about how The Good Things Foundation are closing the digital divide and the work of the ARC Linkage Project here.

  • Australia is getting its first satellite hospital in Redland Bay. The facility will be one of seven across Queensland. More here.

You Might Have Missed It

  • Coviu has partnered with Ezispeak Health to provide live access to interpreters via Telehealth. More here.

  • Every eligible UK resident will be receiving diabetes wearables to improve management of Type 1 Diabetes. The device (a small patch that sits on the arm) reads glucose levels and connects wirelessly to an app, providing data on current glucose levels and patterns over time. NHS advisor Professor Partha Kar said the wearables "support diabetes patients to live healthier lives, reduce the risk of hospitalisation while also helping to reduce pressure on NHS services and provide better value for money for taxpayers." The rollout is part of the UKs Diabetes Prevention Programme. More here.

Opportunities

  • The Australasian Institute of Digital Health Cybersecurity Community of Practice is seeking expressions of interest to join the committee to inform and engage stakeholders about cybersecurity in healthcare and help to influence the application of sound cybersecurity practices. More here.

  • Would you like to be involved with Australia’s largest digital inclusion campaign? Get involved in Get Online Week (17-23 October) here.

Events, Training and Development

  • Join us on Thursday 12th May from 6:30-8pm as we discuss the impact of the coming flu season and the continuing presence of COVID-19. This webinar is for all general practice staff and features speakers Dr Steven Donohue, Dr Trent Yarwood, and Dr Karen Benn. Register here.

  • Supporting patients to access digital health tools on 17 May 1-1:30pm.

  • The RACGP and the Australian Digital Health Agency are running a series of 30-minute lunchtime webinars for the Digital health live Q&A series.

                    - 12 May 2022 Electronic prescribing Q&A
                    - 17 May 2022 Supporting patients to access digital health tools
                    - 23 May 2022 The future of digital health

  • Coviu is hosting a special live event on Thursday 26 May, from 12:30-1pm*, where he will unpack some of Coviu’s most powerful Apps, including a live demo. *Can’t make it live? Register to attend and you will receive the recording.

  • Remember, the Australian Digital Health Agency run regular interactive sessions on digital health topics during business hours. See what’s on here.

Resources

  • This eLearning module on My Health Record Privacy, Security and Access can stay in your library of things for new starters. It is a convenient and self-paced learning option, and you can leave the module and return where you left off.

WQ HealthPathways is a collaboration of NWHHS, CWHHS, SWHHS and WQPHN and is supported by Clinical Excellence, Queensland Health.

Although funding for this website has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of, nor is endorsed by, the Australian Government.
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