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West Moreton Health May Update

May 25, 2021

Vaccination for GPs aged under 50

West Moreton Health invites the region’s GPs who are under 50 and do not have access to Pfizer to be vaccinated at our Pfizer hub. General practice health workers eligible under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out are also able to attend the West Moreton Health hub to receive the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. Please email WM-Vaccination.Program@health.qld.gov.au to register your interest. When registering, you will need to supply your name, date of birth, mobile number (personal) and email address (personal). To make this process easier, your general practice is welcome to send through a bulk list of eligible staff.

You will need to bring to your appointment:

  • photo identification (such a driver’s licence)
  • proof that you are working at a general practice in the West Moreton region
  • your Medicare card or number.

Grand Rounds via Teams – 28 May

The monthly interactive Grand Rounds meeting will provide an opportunity for West Moreton Health to share updates from its COVID-19 response and vaccination rollout. West Moreton Health invites all clinicians to join the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) for a Grand Round discussion about referral pathways for children and adolescents with mental health issues. The Teams meeting will focus on common mental health presentations in children and adolescents; issues around assessing risk in this population; and provide referral options for children and adolescents seeking mental health intervention. Click this link to attend the Teams meeting on Friday 28 May 12.30-1.30pm. For more information, email GP Liaison Officer Tanusha Ramaloo. For Teams technical support, please call 3447 2960 or email WM_CMO@health.qld.gov.au

COVID-19 testing milestone

The number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the West Moreton region since the pandemic began has surpassed 159,000, thanks to the willingness of the community to come forward for testing at the first sign of symptoms. It is another milestone in the region’s COVID-19 response and recovery, and it signifies the successful partnership response to combat COVID-19 in the West Moreton region. The tests were achieved through the partnership of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, GPs, private pathology labs, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, the State Emergency Service, community leaders and West Moreton Health. Thank you to all GPs who continue to recommend COVID-19 testing to any patient with COVID-19 symptoms.

Referral information for patients with Dupuytren’s contractures

Treatment options for patients with Dupuytren’s contractures have changed. Due to the inability to source prescription medicine XIAFLEX, West Moreton Health will no longer be able to provide XIAFLEX for patients with Dupuytren’s contractures. Ipswich Hospital Orthopaedics Director Dr Praveen Vijaysegaran has advised that surgical intervention is now the only treatment option available at West Moreton Health for Dupuytren’s contractures. Please take this into consideration when referring patients to the Orthopaedic team for review and management. If you have more questions, please email Dr Praveen Vijaysegaran.

HealthPathways update

There are now more than 420 HealthPathways in West Moreton for locally relevant information for GPs. It is an especially good resource for GP registrars, locum GPs and new GPs to the region to navigate local referral pathway options. For all other clinicians, it offers up-to-date local resources for new referral pathways within the public and private health sector. It is also the only place that collates all the GP-relevant COVID-19 resources and COVID-19 impacts on clinical practice. For access click here using the username wmuser and password wmpassword .

West Moreton Older Persons Services Strategy and Five-Year Action Plan

Did you know that, by 2026, the population of people aged 65 or over in West Moreton will have grown 65 per cent on 2018 figures?

To best meet the needs of this growing population, the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is developing a West Moreton Older Persons Services Strategy and Five-Year Action Plan (the Strategy) in partnership with West Moreton Health. The Strategy aims to consider a whole-of-system approach to facilitate the delivery of quality older person-centred services that are integrated and which support seamless transitions and continuity of care between primary and allied health care, hospital, and community settings.

The Strategy will strengthen the foundations that guide organisational and service development in the West Moreton region and provide a framework for collectively responding to national and state policy and health sector reform. The Strategy also aims to define the population health priorities, roles and responsibilities of West Moreton Health, the PHN, and the partnerships with other primary and community providers and entities.

We are seeking GP input into the development of the Strategy and are investigating existing channels to enable strong collaboration. If you would like to learn more about this work and/or have ideas to help as many older people as possible to remain in their home environment, connected with their communities and supported by general practice and other community services, please email WM_StrategicProjectsAndPlanning@health.qld.gov.au.

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