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My Health Record for Aged Care

Wednesday 14 February 2024

This webinar provides an overview of the My Health Record system and the key information it contains, including the benefits of use for aged care health providers and how residents and their representatives can use and manage their records. It will also explain how aged care services and their authorised staff can access the My Health Record system.

Intended audience is primary care clinicians, managers and nursing staff working in residential aged care homes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the My Health Record system, its benefits to aged care patients/residents and what it contains
  • Outline how healthcare providers and consumers can access the My Health Record
  • Describe the security and privacy measures of the My Health Record system
  • Outline how an organisation can register to use the My Health Record
  • Describe My Health Record authorised and nominated representatives
  • Outline an example journey of an aged care resident and their healthcare providers using the My Health Record


Low Back Pain – Latest Evidence and Sharing the Burden through Team Based Care

Wednesday 7 February 2024

This webinar discusses the management of patients who present with low back pain.

This session is presented by GP academic Professor Simon Willcock, along with Profs Simon French and Mark Hancock from Macquarie University.

Speakers discuss the latest evidence related to low back pain and how this can be applied in general practice to optimise patient outcomes.

The presentation will use the recently released Australian Clinical Standard for low back pain, and the WHO guideline for the management of chronic LBP as guides for applying high quality care.

Overview of the recording:
– Brief summary of the most important and recent evidence about low back pain
– Practical guidance on applying this evidence and the new Australian Clinical Care Standards in general practice
– Discussion about a research opportunity looking at a new model of team-based care to manage patients with low back pain in a primary care setting.

Learning Outcomes:

– Distinguish the latest evidence regarding assessment and treatment of low back pain
– Implement recommendations from the Australian Clinical Care Standard for the management of patients with Low Back Pain, to patients presenting to general practice
– Describe how a team-based approach to care can assist GPs in applying clinical standards into practice and optimise patient outcomes.

Speakers:

Professor Simon Willcock – Clinical Director of Primary Care and Wellbeing, MQ Health

Prof. Willcock is a General Practitioner and Clinical Program Head of Primary and Generalist Care, Wellbeing and Diagnostics at MQ Health. His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in the medical workforce, men’s health and musculoskeletal medicine. Simon trained as a rural procedural GP and practised in Inverell, NSW. He has had a number of educational and clinical leadership roles and is currently a board member of the Sydney North Health Network and Estia Health.

Professor Mark Hancock – BAppSc (Phty), MAppSc (research), PhD, is Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University.

Prof. Hancock is one of the world’s leading back pain researchers (e.g. ranked 3rd internationally according to Expertscape on 1/1/23). Mark has 20 years of clinical experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working in primary care, but now works full-time as an academic/researcher. Prof. Hancock’s research focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments and prevention strategies for low back pain. He has over >200 peer reviews publication on low back pain assessment and management.

Professor Simon French – Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders at the Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University, where he is Director of Research.

Prof. French undertakes implementation research in primary care with a focus on the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Simon is an implementation scientist and clinical researcher in the area of low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. He has completed 13 randomised trials published in major journals, e.g. Annals Int Med, Implementation Science, Pain, and completed 16 systematic reviews. He is a Chief Investigator on 2 current NHMRC-funded trials.


Geriatrician Outreach for GPs with Complex Elderly Patients

Tuesday 6 February 2024

This session discusses common issues in the management of complex older patients and education on services available to support GPs and their older patients.

Topics:
– Dementia and Driving – case study and education – Dr Alexandra Annesley
– Deprescribing – case study and education – Dr Praveenan Sivabalan
– Frailty – case study and education – Dr Linda Xu
– Keeping Well and Independent Program – Dr Charbel Badr
– Question and Answer with Geriatrician Outreach to GP Geriatricians panel

The Geriatrician Outreach to GP Service has been developed to help identify older people 75 years and over who are at risk of hospitalisation, provide more proactive care and enhance service access for these patients.

The service works closely with the Keeping Well and Independent Program which is a Quality Improvement Program that assists GPs in early identification of their older patients who are at risk of deterioration and frailty and provides support for their management through care coordination.

Both services form part of the Collaborative Commissioning program, jointly funded by Northern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney North Health Network.

Aims of the Geriatrician Outreach to GP Service include:
1. Support GPs to better manage their complex elderly patients
2. Providing proactive care to elderly patients at risk of hospitalisation

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the principles of Geriatrician Outreach and Keeping Independent and Well Programs
  • Examine Reviewing Program performance through case studies
  • Distinguish common issues encountered with Elderly patients including Deprescribing, Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia and Frailty.

Speakers:

– Dr Alexandra Annesley
– Dr Praveenan Sivabalan
– Dr Linda Xu, Geriatrician and general physician
– Dr Charbel Badr, General Practitioner

More Information:

Keeping well and Independent Services

Resources:

Geriatrician Outreach for GPs with Complex Elderly Patients Presentation


Head & Neck cancer update

Monday 18 December 2023

This webinar will provide information and updates regarding Head and Neck Cancer, including up to date research on preventative strategies, diagnosis, investigations and management. This session will raise awareness among GPs to appropriately examine patients with suspected cancer, order relevant investigations and forward urgent referrals. Information will also be provided regarding the processes for patients with Head and Neck cancer from diagnosis to cure, as well as potential long term side effects of treatment that may present in the GP setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise current opinions and updates regarding the diagnosis, investigations and management of Head and Neck Cancer.
  • Risk stratify and clinically examine patients with suspected Head and Neck cancer, order appropriate investigations and arrange urgent referrals
  • Implement preventative strategies and early detection/screening programs to potentially improve survival outcomes
  • Recognise the potential long term side effects of Head and Neck cancer treatment

Speakers:

Dr Leo Pang, Bsc (Med) MB BS FRACS, Consultant Adult and Paediatric ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, VMO and Head & Neck Surgeon, RNS Hospital Head & Neck Cancer MDT


Triage for general practice

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Learning Outcomes:

  • Principles and importance of Triage
  • Principles and importance of triage in infection prevention and control in the small office settings
  • Risk management- Protect yourself and patients
  • Better understanding of Clinical Governance and practice policy
  • Triage is everybody’s business

Speakers:

Karen Booth, RN, Primary Care Nurse Consultant


PATHWAYS TO SAFETY: When mental health concerns conceal Domestic Violence in General Practice

Tuesday 28 November 2023

This webinar will assist viewers in recognising and safely responding to patients potentially suffering from Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

Through case studies, presenters discuss complex trauma, specifically around mental health concerns, and describe responses that will make a difference.

Speakers and panelists will identify resources and referral pathways ensuring that patients and supporting family are offered structure and safety when dealing with DFV.

Speakers:

Keynote Speakers

  • Glenys Griffiths, Medical Director – Prevention and Response to Violence Abuse and Neglect (PARVAN) NSLHD
  • Tamar Karkour, Child Youth Mental Health Service, NSLHD // Clinical Psychologist, Coral Tree Family Service
  • Brooke Du Ross, Educator – Prevention and Response to Violence Abuse and Neglect (PARVAN) NSLHD

Panellists

  • Dr Esther Han, General Practitioner
  • Giselle Bygraves, Older Persons Mental Health service, NSLHD
  • Wil Gray, Uniting Family and Carers program
  • Rachael Natoli, Domestic & Family Abuse Support Service /lived experience rep
  • Gesse Le-Serve, Catholic Care
  • Mark Allan, Police, Ambulance, Clinical, Early, Response (PACER) Clinician
  • Sarah Lee, GP social worker
  • Jessica Lee, GP social worker
  • Yee Yan Wong, Head to Health
  • Kim Du Ross, DV line


My Health Record for Pharmacists

Wednesday 22 November 2023

This session will explain which views and documents available in My Health Record can be accessed to obtain more information about the patient’s regular medicines or medical history. You will learn how best to interpret the information available and navigate My Health Record to help you find medicines information quickly and easily when you need it.

Access to health information contained in the My Health Record can help reduce the instance of adverse medication events (including hospital re-admissions), decrease duplicate diagnostic testing and improve continuity of care for patients across the primary and secondary care sectors.

This session is suitable for both hospital and community pharmacy staff wishing to learn more about how My Health Record can help support their clinical workflow.

Learning Outcomes:

  • determine the key health information you can access in My Health Record to support clinical decision-making and improve patient safety
  • integrate the use of My Health Record into pharmacy practice
  • explain how the patient information in My Health Record increases efficiencies for pharmacists
  • outline the importance of uploading quality data to the My Health Record system.


SNHN New Graduate Nurse Transition program – information for practices

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) is proud to be running its New Graduate Nurse Transition program again in 2024.

This information session, for Practices in the SNHN area, will outline the program objectives, what staff and practices can do to make their new nurse feel valued and set them up for success, and how to sign up for the 2024 program.


Electronic Prescriptions – Tips for Managing Tokens and the Active Script List

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Most pharmacies across NSW are now operating with hybrid workflows between paper and electronic prescriptions (EP) and the Active Script List (ASL). As a result, pharmacists can find themselves addressing patient queries or trouble-shooting issues when using EP as part of their clinical workflow. Learn more about best practice approaches to dispensing electronic prescriptions, the benefits of electronic prescriptions and ASL for patients and healthcare professionals, and the different ways that electronic prescriptions can be accessed in the pharmacy setting and by patients.

Speakers:

Alicia Graham, Australian Digital Health Agency


Updates in Osteoporosis Management

Tuesday 10 October 2023

This webinar provides an update on current therapies for osteoporosis highlighting current trends in sequential approaches to osteoporosis management.

It describes the role of the Ryde Hospital osteoporosis refracture prevention service and fracture liaison service in supporting primary care.

The webinar also addresses and describes the  treatment gaps pertaining to osteoporosis including misinformation about osteoporosis.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Screening and management of osteoporosis in General Practice
  • Implement the use of antiresorptive and anabolic therapies in osteoporosis
  • Identify areas in general practice for collaboration with fracture liaison services

Speakers:

Dr Yoges Venugopal, Endocrinologist, MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRCP(Lon), FRACP
Dr Venugopal qualifications include subspecialty certification in Endocrinology and Diabetes from the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.  Dr Venugopal has been a consultant endocrinologist with Queensland Health, working as the clinical lead and coordinator for diabetes and endocrine services in the Mackay region before moving to NSW. At present, she is appointed as a staff specialist at Ryde Hospital in the Osteoporosis refracture prevention services.

Karen Thomas, Senior Physiotherapist.
Karen is a senior Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience in adult rehabilitation including orthopaedic geriatric, aquatic physiotherapy, and musculoskeletal caseloads. She is committed to health coaching and incorporating exercise prescribing as an ongoing lifestyle intervention. Karen is currently employed within the Northern Sydney Local Health District as the fracture liaison coordinator, part of the  Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention Service (ACI).


Diagnosis and treatment guidelines for Asthma and COPD Management

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Asthma and COPD are common conditions identified and managed in primary care.

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of respiratory inhalers which can be confusion. This education webinar will provide an overview of case definition and spirometric diagnosis as well as asthma and COPD guidelines to assist in the appropriate prescription of respiratory inhalers.

Viewers will learn more about respiratory inhalers and their impact on climate change, as well as low carbon footprint respiratory care, including safe disposal of inhalers

Speakers:

Dr Sophie Timmins, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician, MB BS PhD FRACGP

Dr Timmins is a Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and is in private practice at the Sleep and Breathing Specialist Centre.

Dr Katrina Tonga, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician, MBChB PhD FRACP

Dr Tonga is a Staff Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital and is in private practice at the Sleep and Breathing Specialist Centre.

Melissa Batger, Pharmacist

Melissa is a Senior Pharmacist at Royal North Shore Hospital and is the Cancer Care Leader Clinical Pharmacist.

Speakers are NetZero Respiratory Leads with the Northern Sydney Local Health District, working to reduce the carbon impact of the health sector


Annual Immunisation Update 2023

Wednesday 23 August 2023

Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate knowledge of the National and NSW schedules and changes for 2023
Demonstrate knowledge of the key features of current vaccine preventable diseases
Improve vaccination coverage in child, adolescent and adult vaccination
Demonstrate knowledge of other immunisation changes for 2023

Speakers:

Suraj  ASWANI, CNC Immunisation Coordinator PHU
Suraj has worked at the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit for the past 4 years as the Immunisation Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an extensive experience as an RN in General Practice and Public/Population Health


RACGP myCPD Home

Wednesday 23 August 2023

A short video on how to manage your CPD on RACGP website.


Developing a high performance practice culture workshop

Monday 21 August 2023

Cultural shifts are needed across the professions to effectively deliver multidisciplinary team-based care and an integrated care system, and to enable each element of the workforce to work to full scope and maintain high quality standards. This workshop will focus on defining what culture is in the practice context, the difference between culture and values and why both are important as well as the tangible benefits of focussing on practice culture.

Learning Outcomes:

• Identify the benefits of a focus on practice culture
• Recognise how practice culture impacts on upcoming Medicare changes
• Evaluate current practice culture and areas of opportunity
• Identify the role of leaders in shaping culture

Speakers:

Ian Corless, Reflect-It Consulting


Dementia in Primary Care – Detection, Management and Latest Advances

Wednesday 9 August 2023

This webinar focuses on the Detection, Management and the Latest Advances in Dementia, presented by Professor Henry Brodaty, an internationally recognised authority on ageing and dementia.

Prof Brodaty discusses the diagnosis and management pathway, including the challenges faced in primary care, and provides an update on the latest advances in treatment options.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the importance of a timely diagnosis and the barriers to diagnosis
  • Identify cognitive concerns in general practice
  • Establish and implement effective management plans
  • Examine latest advances in dementia treatments
  • Demonstrate enhanced local dementia support health pathways

Speakers:

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty | Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, University of NSW; Consultant Psychogeriatrician, Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital.

Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, UNSW.

As well as being a prolific researcher, Henry is a senior psychogeriatrician within Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital.

He is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Care and has served on several New South Wales and Commonwealth committees related to ageing and dementia.


Implementing Cancer Prevention and Screening In General Practice

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Focuses on ways and methods to enhance participation of the eligible practice cohort in the national cancer screening programs (bowel, breast & cervical). For people who are never or under-screened, a brief conversation initiated by the health care provider may assuage uncertainty or fears about screening.

Topics covered:

– How to connect and use the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) in the practice management software
– Ordering bowel cancer screening test kits using the NCSR
– Examples of quality improvement activities and using Primary Sense reports for the same

Learning Outcomes:

Resources for website

Speakers:

Lev Orosz, Digital Engagement & Operations Project Manager, Telstra Health, National Cancer Screening Register

Kim Kindler, Primary Care Advancement Coordinator, Sydney North Health Network

Resources:

Resources for website


What does MyMedicare mean to my Practice and how to prepare

Thursday 13 July 2023

This webinar will help you to better understand and prepare for the introduction of voluntary patient registration which was recently announced as MyMedicare. Please join Dr Walid Jammal to hear more about the introduction of MyMedicare and what it will mean for you, your practice and your patients

Topics:
• Learn about the current reforms and what they mean to you
• What is VPR (MyMedicare)?
• Why do we need MyMedicare?
• What will it mean for me, my practice and patients?
• What can providers do now to prepare?

Speakers:

Dr Walid Jammal (MB BS (Syd), Dip Child Health, FRACGP, MHL) is the principal GP in a well established general practice in suburban Sydney, where he supervisors GP registrars and medical students. His special interests include paediatrics, men’s health, medico-legal matters and quality and safety control in general practice.


SNHN Nurse Transition Program

Tuesday 4 July 2023


Let’s Get to the Bottom of IAD and PI’s in Aged Care

Thursday 8 June 2023

This webinar is designed to help you understand the implications of pressure injuries(PI’s) and incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) and how these apply to the new Department of Health and Aged Care quality indicators introduced on the 1st April 2023.

In this webinar, participants will:
• Find out more about the scope of the problem in aged care
• Identify the difference between IAD and PIs
• Learn about prevention and management strategies for IAD

Speakers:

Dr Michelle Gibb | Founder and Director of Wound Specialist Services

Michelle is a nationally and internationally recognised wound expert and nurse leader with a passion for improving patient outcomes. Michelle has a Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner), Masters of Wound Care, Bachelor of Nursing and almost 20 years’ career experience in the specialty of wounds in a range of health service contexts. Michelle is a key opinion leader in the specialty of wounds and is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through her caring and compassionate approach combined with advanced skills gained through extensive experience and education.


Managing Pain: A Comprehensive Collaborative Approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Wednesday 7 June 2023

This webinar focuses on the issue of pain in the frail RACF resident. Topics include assessing and recognising pain in the cognitively impaired (including the use of non-verbal pain scales), safe and appropriate prescribing in the frail and elderly, managing pain at the very end of life and opioid conversion principals. Home visiting physiotherapist, Seyed Majlessi, discusses the new model of addressing persistent pain and the collaboration needed for successful outcomes. We also touch on what to look out for to reduce medication misadventures and miscommunication during patient transfers, particularly between hospital and the RACF.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess, recognise and respond to pain in the cognitively impaired patient (including the use of non-verbal pain scales)
  • Formulate safe and appropriate prescribing in the frail and elderly patients
  • Implement pain management at the very end of life
  • Examing opioid conversion principals including different formulations, strength and routes of administration
  • Discuss new strategies to manage chronic pain

Speakers:

Professor Katherine Clark | Clinical Director of Palliative Care, NSLHD
Professor Clark is the current Clinical Director for Northern Sydney Local Health District. Katy is a Palliative Care physician who has worked as a clinician, manager, teacher and researcher in palliative care.

Dr Sara Qayyum | Palliative Care Physician

Seyed Faraz Majlessi | Physiotherapist

Faraz Majlessi is an APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and clinical educator. He founded MoveImprove Performance, providing specialized physiotherapy, exercise physiology, and acupuncture to seniors in their own homes. Faraz’s expertise lies in persistent pain management for the elderly. He has a passion for improving seniors’ quality of life and employs a holistic model of care that is less commonly practiced in Australia.

Palliative Aged Care Supportive Service (PACSS)

  • Kelly Arthurs, Transitional Nurse Practitioner
  • Alyssa Kim, Transitional Nurse Practitioner
  • Sushila Khadka, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care


Accreditation Update – RACGP Standards for general practices 5th edition

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Gary Smith, a Practice Manager and AGPAL surveyor with over 36 years of industry experience, helps you get up to speed with the latest changes to the RACGP Standards for general practices 5th edition.
Gary also shares industry updates which include his insights into current impacts relevant to those working in general practice.

Resources:

Recording Link


Aging Successfully – HEALTHY, ACTIVE AND CONNECTED EXPO 2023

Thursday 11 May 2023

Speakers:

Prof Sue Kurrle | Geriatrician

More Information:

Powerpoint Presentation: Aging Successfully

Resources:

Powerpoint Presentation: Aging Successfully, by Prof Sue Kurrle


My Health Record and ePrescribing for Specialists

Wednesday 3 May 2023

Suitable for specialist practitioners and practice managers.

Key topics:
• Overview of My Health Record and Electronic Prescriptions
• Private Specialist landscape in Sydney North region
• Experiences of using My Health Record and ePrescribing in daily activities by specialists, with demonstrations in Audit4 and Genie software.

Speakers:

• Dr Kathy Rainbird – Manager, Education and Adoption, Australian Digital Health Agency
• Dr Anna Finniss – Rheumatologist, Chatswood private practice and HMO at Royal North Shore Hospital
• Dr Patrick Coleman – Nephrologist and General Physician on the Northern Beaches


Annual Influenza and influenza Immunisation Training for GPs and Nurses

Tuesday 28 March 2023

Viewers will be presented with an outline of influenza strain coverage and vaccines used for the 2023 program, brief review of the epidemiology of influenza infection, rationale for promoting vaccination amongst high-risk groups, and an outline of vulnerable cohorts for whom antiviral use may be appropriate in the community.

In keeping with the Medical Board’s new CPD requirements for 2023, flu season provides an opportunity for GPs to document CPD under “Reviewing Performance” and “Measuring Outcomes” categories through internal practice audit of influenza vaccination rates.

Suitable for Authorised Nurse Immuniser education

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify influenza strain coverage and vaccines used for the 2023 program
  • Summarise the epidemiology of influenza infection
  • Classify “high-risk” patient groups and outline the rationale for promoting flu vaccination, including children aged 6mths to <5years
  • Implement evidence-based guidelines for influenza antiviral use in vulnerable cohorts in the community

Speakers:

Dr Indira Datta – MBBS DipCH MPH FRACGP | PHU Registrar
Currently practising GP, and trainee in Public Health Medicine.

SURAJ ASWANI – Acting CNC Immunisation Coordinator PHU
Suraj has worked at the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit for the past 4 years as the Immunisation Clinical Nurse Specialist. Prior to working at the Public Health Unit Suraj spent several years working as an RN in general practice.

Resources:

Presentation: Flu Update 2023

Resource – Lancet 2009 prophylactic paracetamol


Advance Care Planning: an essential component of healthcare in the 21st century

Thursday 23 March 2023

This recording would be of interest to General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Residential Aged Care Facility staff interested in or wanting to know more about Advance Care Planning, presented by Associate Professor Will Cairns.

The presentation explores the role of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in healthcare. Modern medicine can extend life and enhance quality, at times it may prolong life with little or no ‘quality’ of life as defined by the person living it. ACP helps patients, families (and healthcare workers) navigate the maze of choices they are faced with by exploring values, goals, hopes and preferences, and matching them with the medical interventions available.

While ACP may seem time consuming, complex treatment for serious illnesses requires patient understanding of the nature of their illness, likely benefits and potential burdens of treatment. Many people approaching end of life have clear ideas about how they wish to be cared for, and their clinicians need to know.

ACP is a dialogue between the clinician and their patient (or their substitute decision-maker). The implementation of ACP requires that patient choices are discussed, documented then communicated to those who are providing their care.

No doctor is better equipped for supporting the patient through the lifelong process of ACP than their GP who has known them for a long time.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the important role of Advance Care Planning (ACP) across the age spectrum
  • Explain how ACP supports patients to receive the care they prefer, and doctors to deliver it
  • Engage and communicate with patients, and their families, in order to achieve best and/or preferred healthcare outcomes from the options that are available.
  • Recognise the various ACP documents in use in your community, and how they are used

Speakers:

Associate Professor Will Carins | Palliative Medicine Specialist

Associate Professor Will Cairns OAM is an Associate Professor at James Cook University in Brisbane and Consultant at Emeritus Palliative Medicine at Townville University Hospital, where he has he has lived and worked in since 1978.

Among other things, he has been a member of the board of PCQ (PCAQ at the time), President of the ANZSPM, President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, coordinated the Application to the Australian Medical Council for the recognition the specialty of Palliative Medicine, and was a member of the AMC writing group for Good Medical Practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia.

In recent years he has written broadly on issues of care at the end of life and the role of palliative care in disaster management, including the challenges of triage when that becomes necessary in disasters such as pandemics. Will is a founding member of the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group.

Dr Stephen Ginsborg | General Practitioner

Dr Stephen Ginsborg is a general practitioner working on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for over 40 years. He is a Board Member of Sydney North Primary Health Network (PHN). He also sits on the Boards of Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB), Manly Warringah Division of General Practice, and Kamaroi School.

His interests include mental health, and elder, palliative and intergenerational care. He cares for all ages, but the challenges of ageing have great resonance for him in his work. He is committed to developing strategies that assist community, GPs and other health care professionals to offer options for people, based on compassionate care in a manner and place of their choice.

Stephen liaises with and learns from his local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. For many years he has been working with Groundswell to bring the Compassionate Communities model of care to Australia.

More Information:

Conversation Starter_Advance Care Planning Australia

Dr Stephen Ginsborg_Advance Planning Webinar_23 March 2023

Dr Will Cairns_Advance Care Planning Webinar_ 23 March 2023

Resources:

Suggested Reading by Dr Will Cairns

Suggested Reading by Dr Stephen Ginsborg

Additional suggested reading can be found on the Advance Care Planning Australia website, along with a ‘Conversation Starter’ tool attached https://www.advancecareplanning.org.au/understand-advance-care-planning/resources

 


ADHD: Emotional Regulation in the Early Years and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention

Wednesday 22 February 2023

This webinar aims to empower GPs to confidently address family concerns that a child may have ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

Viewers will also be provided with an update on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention in our region, as well as ideas around starting the conversation with women who drinking before/during pregnancy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate Blue Book ‘Learn the Signs. Act Early’ checks for all 0-4yo’s patients in general practice using a systematic approach
  • Assess challenges with emotion and behaviour regulation in the early years, including family concern about possible attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Determine ‘red flags’ and refer early for improved childhood outcomes
  • Recognise the variety of conditions that fall under Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Identify therapeutic engagement strategies for women who are drinking alcohol in the peripartum period

Speakers:

  • Dr Yvette Vella | NSLHD Staff Specialist Developmental Paediatrician
  • Dr Esther Han | NSLHD Drug & Alcohol Staff Specialist & GP
  • Vicki Laing | NSLHD Child and Family Health: General Practice-Community Liaison Nurse
  • Megan Leckie | Community Engagement Officer, Early Childhood Program
  • Diane Russell | CNS 2 NSLHD Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service


2023 RACGP Changes to CPD requirements

Wednesday 1 February 2023

From 2023, the annual minimum CPD requirement will be 50 hours, inclusive of the mandatory and strongly encouraged activities. Professor Martin Veysey,  The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Chair of the College CPD Committee, explains the CPD activities you’ll need to complete from 1 January 2023.


National IAR Program: about the Program

Thursday 5 January 2023

The Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental Healthcare Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. The IAR Guidance provides support to clinicians regarding how to respond to people when they first ask for mental health support in primary care settings. It guides clinicians in considering what information should be collected during a mental health assessment.

The decision support tool often referred to as the IAR-DST, is an aid that is designed to provide clinicians with an estimate of the intensity of the mental health response that the person may need. This could confirm your clinical judgement or bring further deliberation to the decision-making process. The aim of using the tool is to connect the person seeking support with the right care as early as possible in their journey.


National IAR Program: how will the IAR DST help my Practice?

Wednesday 4 January 2023


National IAR Program: how is the IAR DST used?

Tuesday 3 January 2023


National IAR Program: How will the IAR DST help the people I work with?

Monday 2 January 2023


National IAR Program: A lived experience perspective the IAR DST

Sunday 1 January 2023


Polypharmacy and the impact on older people

Tuesday 22 November 2022

This webinar addresses Polypharmacy and the impact on older people.

Through discussion and case studies, participants will gain understanding of practical tools/steps that GPs/nurses can take in identifying when patients require a medication review and practical steps in making that happen

Also reflect on the impact that social isolation has on older people.

* G-Meds tool (about)

* What triggers medication review? Hospital Discharge / health incident

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise and respond to the impacts of polypharmacy on frailty/older people
  • Develop a comprehensive management plan around deprescribing and medication management/reviews
  • Assess and manage Polypharmacy/medication reviews with dementia patients to ensure continunity of patient care

Speakers:

Prof Sarah Hilmer | Geriatrician

Sarah is a Clinical Pharmacologist and Geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital. She is also a Conjoint Professor of Geriatric Pharmacology, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney.

Honorary Prof Dimity Pond | General Practitioner

Dimity is passionately interested in Aged Care and Dementia. She provides comprehensive general medical care to babies, children, young adults and the elderly. She is a specialised general practitioner and is an Honorary Professor at Western Sydney, University of Tasmania and University of New England.


2022 Primary Health Care Symposium: Primary Healthcare – Better Together!

Thursday 10 November 2022

Through an expert panel discussion facilitated by Dr Norman Swan, viewers will explore where primary care is currently, where we are heading and the importance of an integrated, multidisciplinary system.

A series of video vignettes shares examples of how Sydney North Health Network is working together in Integration, Primary Care and Community

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the importance of an integrated system for enhanced primary care
  • Explore what the future of primary health care could look like
  • Recognise the role of innovation, multidisciplinary care, and prevention within primary care

Speakers:

  • Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan – Health Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator
  • Ros Knight – Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Luke Morphett – General Practitioner
  • Matthew Burton – Pharmacist
  • Kerry McBride – Practice Nurse


Social Isolation and the Impact on Older People

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Through discussion and case studies, viewers will be equipped with tools and tips for GPs and Practice Nurses to connect older people to local community hubs and support networks.

Discussion includes the Social/Medical aspects and the interaction between the two and how they impact social isolation for older people.

Learn practical tools/steps that GPs can take to link patients up to services/support.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise and proactively respond to the impact of social isolation on older people
  • Differentiate the need for medical or social prescription when working with patients experiencing social isolation
  • Compare available services that promote social interaction and evaluate these against the lifestyle and needs of patients

Speakers:

Dr Stephen Ginsborg | General Practitioner
Dr Stephen Ginsborg is a GP with interests include mental health, and elder, palliative and intergenerational care. He cares for all ages, but the challenges of ageing have great resonance for him in his work. He is committed to developing strategies that assist community, GPs and other health care professionals to offer options for people, based on compassionate care in a manner and place of their choice.

Dr James Ibraham | General Practitioner
Dr James Ibrahim is a GP and Director of Terrey Hills Medical Centre. He is the current Chair of the RACGP Social Prescribing Specific Interest Group and Sydney North Health Network AOD clinical lead. On a mission to personalise primary care.

Resources:

Social Isolation Services List

Useful Weblinks

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2394670/

https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/the-facts-on-loneliness/

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/methodologies/measuringlonelinessguidanceforuseofthenationalindicatorsonsurveys

https://endingloneliness.com.au/resources/


MBS item numbers for Older Persons in the community including Case Conferencing

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Aimed at providing an overview of the Benefits to patient outcomes of using case conferencing and the MBS items available to support and provide care to the elderly population (living in the community, not those in residential aged care).

The MBS items discussed include:

  • 75+ Health assessments- full comprehensive review of patient’s health, social, mental and physical health
  • Care plans and team care arrangements- plans to provide appropriate referrals to allied health workers
  • Home medication reviews- full review of medications to prevent any hospital risks due to medication mismanagement
  • Case conferencing- service provision of multidisciplinary team meetings to work collaboratively to ensure best outcomes for patients
  • DVA specific programs such as Coordinated Veterans Care Program and Allied health cycles of care- both of which are aimed at reducing hospital admission and support provision
  • Mental Health Plans- the provision of a mental health plan to access psychological services in the elderly who may be suffering from any type of mental health condition (depression most common)

All of these programs focus on identifying health concerns within the elderly and providing support through referrals to allied health services appropriate to the person’s needs.

GPs and Practice Nurses/Support staff will learn how to make time to ‘book in case conferencing’ to utilise item numbers and improve patient outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and manage a patient or group of patents that is making recurrent presentations to hospital (ED) through available support services
  • Utilise appropriate MBS item number/s to ensure provision of support through referrals to allied health services appropriate to the patients’ needs
  • identifying health concerns within the elderly through better understanding of MBS item numbers
  • Outline effective referral pathways and options to ensure continuity of patient care

Speakers:

Wendy O’Meara | Primary Health Education Consultant

Resources:

Elderly Australians MBS Presentation

Desktop Guide to Chronic Disease Management and MBS Item Numbers

75+ HASS TEMPLATE

CVC Providers


Considerations for End of Life Planning for People with Intellectual Disability – PART 2

Tuesday 11 October 2022

This webinar forms part two of a two-part webinar series: Considerations for End of Life Planning for People with Intellectual Disability

Our speakers will address how to apply an Ethical Decision Making Framework that includes conversations, consent and supported decision making to end of life planning in this population. Appropriate and timely referrals to palliative care will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how to ensure appropriate consent and/or supported decision making about end of life planning in people with intellectual disability
  • Outline how to apply an Ethical Decision Making Framework to end of life planning in people with intellectual disability
  • Identify the role of appropriate, timely and effective referrals for palliative care in people with intellectual disability

Speakers:

Dr Seeta Durvasula | Clinical Director, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Catherine O’Hea | Clinical Nurse Consultant, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Sam Rodgers | Social Worker, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service


Electronic Referrals for Medical Specialists

Wednesday 21 September 2022

The session will be helpful for practices using Genie software and also for practices not using Genie software. Practice Managers welcome.

You will learn:
• How to use a safe and secure method to communicate patient information directly with other healthcare providers.
• Using Genie software to demonstrate generic functionality.

Learning Outcomes:

• Learn where to find electronic referrals that have been sent to you in Genie software and the HealthLink Portal.
• Learn how to make a patient record from the electronic referral.
• Learn how to send an electronic referral to another specialist using the SR HealthLink SmartForm.
• Learn how to include attachments in electronic referrals.
• Learn how to check the delivery status of referrals you have sent.

Speakers:

Eric Dunn, SR Specialists & Referrals
Dr Carmel Cervin, SR Specialists & Referrals


Webinar: Domestic Violence training for GPs and health professionals

Monday 29 August 2022

This webinar through case scenarios, will give information on what Domestic Violence really looks like, including its prevalence in our society. It will cover identifying and responding to domestic violence, safety planning and documentation, the legal framework and working within a multidisciplinary approach. It will also outline domestic violence services available.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the prevalence of domestic violence
  • Identify the barriers to disclosing domestic violence
  • Recognise the signs of domestic violence and how to respond appropriately
  • Describe referral options available

Speakers:

  • Dr Ellie Freedman | Medical Director, Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service & Medical forensic staff specialist at the NSW Education Centre against Violence (ECAV)
  • Jenny Huxley | Intake & Assessment, Women & Children First
  • Maha Abdo OAM | CEO Muslim Women Australia
  • Rachael Natoli | Lived Experience and CEO & Founder Domestic & Family Abuse Support Service
  • Brooke Du Ross |PARVAN Educator and NSLHD DV Services
  • Kelsey Priestly | Sergeant – Domestic & Family Violence Team, North Shore Police Area Command


Co-design workshop – Increase availability & use of telehealth care in RACFs for aged care residents

Wednesday 24 August 2022

Discussion on the successes, challenges and potential areas for improvement for telehealth and digital system enablers within Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).


Introducing SR Specialists & Referrals in Best Practice

Tuesday 26 July 2022

The session will include a comprehensive demonstration using Best Practice and will be interactive where participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise any issues.

Learning Outcomes:

• Send an electronic referral to a private specialist using the SR HealthLink SmartForm
• Learn how to easily include attachments in electronic referrals
• Recognise how to check the delivery status of referrals you have sent
• Search for specialists by category and location
• Identify and refer to specialists not yet setup for electronic referrals
• Provide the Specialists profile and contact details to your patient via email, making it easy for them to contact the specialist
• Learn how to park referrals when interrupted or waiting for results and then return to update and send it later.

Speakers:

Eric Dunn, SR Specialists & Referrals


Considerations for End of Life Planning for People with Intellectual Disability – PART 1

Thursday 21 July 2022

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) and the Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Service (NSIDHS) presents the first of a two-part webinar series: Considerations for  End of Life Planning for People with Intellectual Disability

This first webinar (Part 1) examines the mortality, complex morbidity in people with intellectual disability and how the notion of Quality of Life can influence end of life planning for this population.

A subsequent webinar to be held on the 23 August 2022 (Part 2) will address how to apply an Ethical  Decision Making Framework that includes conversations, consent and supported decision making to end of life planning in this population. Appropriate and timely referrals to palliative care will be discussed

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how mortality, avoidable deaths and co-morbidities differ in people with intellectual disability, compared to others in the population
  • Identify the main health and psychosocial factors to consider in end of life planning for people with intellectual disability
  • Recognise the role that the concept and perceptions of Quality of Life influence end of life planning people with intellectual disability

Speakers:

Dr Seeta Durvasula | Clinical Director, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Seeta Durvasula is a medical practitioner who has been consulting in intellectual disability medicine for more than 25 years.  She is the Clinical Director of two specialised multidisciplinary health clinics in Sydney for children and adults with intellectual disability.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Disability Health, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.  Seeta’s research interests are in mortality, ageing and frailty, and health outcomes in people with intellectual disability.

Ms Nicola Guy | Senior Social Worker, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Nicola has experience providing social work services across a range of health care and community settings including disability services, aged care, oncology and palliative care.

Ms Catherine O’Hea | Clinical Nurse Consultant, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Catherine has over 30 years’ experience in the disability sector and is passionate about supporting people with Intellectual Disability to be involved in their health management and decision making throughout their life including at the end of life stage. She is also enjoys assisting mainstream health/allied health staff to further develop the skills, confidence and experience in meeting the health needs of people with intellectual disability.

Resources:

PRESENTATION PDF – End of Life Planning with people with intellectual disabilities


Introducing SR Specialists & Referrals in Medical Director

Wednesday 20 July 2022

The session will include a comprehensive demonstration using Medical Director and will be interactive where participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise any issues. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

Learning Outcomes:

• Send an electronic referral to a private specialist using the SR HealthLink SmartForm
• Learn how to easily include attachments in electronic referrals
• Recognise how to check the delivery status of referrals you have sent
• Search for specialists by category and location
• Identify and refer to specialists not yet setup for electronic referrals
• Provide the Specialists profile and contact details to your patient via email, making it easy for them to contact the specialist
• Learn how to park referrals when interrupted or waiting for results and then return to update and send it later.

Speakers:

Eric Dunn, SR Specialists & Referrals


Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia and dealing with challenging behaviours

Tuesday 19 July 2022

This webinar assists GPs and other practitioners with the Detection of Dementia and the management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

Through a series of case studies, viewers will be provided with skills to assistin the early detection of dementia in patients, alongside aid in determining appropriate referrals for health and support services in at risk patients.

In discussing SNHN Programs, LHD initiatives and the use of HealthPathways, viewers will modernise skills in assessing and treating the most common behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, including the impact on family or carers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilise course information to determine, access, and designate appropriate health and support service referrals
  • Recognise the early signs of dementia in patients and understand what servies are available for referral
  • Recognise the most common behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD)
  • Identify how symptoms present and how to manage
  • Critique recommended pharmacological options available, including their indications, to treat some of the behaviors

Speakers:

Prof Sue Kurrle | Geriatrician

Prof Kurrle is with the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and Director at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. She is also Geriatrician and Clinical Director at the division of Rehabilitation And Aged Care at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital and Community Services.

Marie Alford | Head of Dementia Professional Services, Dementia Support Australia (DSA)

Marie is the Head of Dementia Centre Services, HammondCare at The Dementia Centre. In this role Marie leads the delivery and operations of programs including Dementia Support Australia. She is responsible for projects across The Dementia Centre with a focus on improving the quality of life for people in need.

More Information:

For more information, please visit the SNHN dementia webpage

Resources:

SNHN Support Information Access Slides

Prof Sue Kurrle Presentation – Management of behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia

Prof Marie Alford Presentation – Dementia Support Australia: Supporting when behaviour impacts care

Dementia webpage


Shared Antenatal Care – Fundal height measurement demonstration

Friday 1 July 2022

Speakers:

Dr Talat Uppal, Gynaecologist & Obstetrician


Shared Antenatal Care – Neonatal checks and abnormal antenatal investigation results

Friday 1 July 2022

Speakers:

Dr Eveline Staub | MD, FRACP (Neonatal Perinatal Medicine), MMed (Clin Epi) University of Sydney
Neonatologist, Northern Specialist Centre, St Leonards

Dr Talat Uppal | MBBS, FRANZCOG, DDU.FAAQHC
Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and Director of Women’s Health Road

Dr Bambi Ranasinghe-Markus, FRACGP, MBBS
General Practitioner


GP Information Session: Connecting GP’s to NSLHD Virtual Care Services

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Sydney North Health Network in partnership with Northern Sydney LHD, presented for GPs and their staff an information update on the Virtural Care Services available in the Northern Sydney LHD region, including winter preparedness.

The recording includes:

  • COVID and Influenza – What to expect this winter
  • Antiviral Therapy Q&A
  • Overview of the Virtual Hospital and Referral Pathway for Influenza
  • Overview of PHN initiatives:
    • Dedicated Advice line for GPs
    • Mobile GP Service WiSE Medical
    • PHN Community Support Services
  • NSW Ambulance direct referral pathway to the Virtual Hospital

Plus an open discussion on strengthening communication between Primary Health and Hospital services.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilise course reference material to assist in preparation of the predicted impact of Acute Respiratory illness this winter
  • Monitor and manage variable presentations of Influenza
  • Identify vulnerable patients / community groups at risk
  • Outline PHN and NSLHD community support strategies and how these can support general practice
  • NSLHD Virtual Care Service – identify effective referral pathways and monitoring strategies to ensure continuity of patient care

Speakers:

Dr Fiona Robinson – General Practitioner and Virtual Care Service | NSLHD
Ms Ellie McCann – A/General Manager, Virtual Care Service | NSLHD
Dr Virginia Dolot – Infectious Diseases Physician | NSLHD
Karl Davies – Hospital Liaison Officer | NSW Ambulance
Nicola Holloway – A/DON Virtual Hospital and CECC | NSLHD


Digital Health for Specialists

Tuesday 31 May 2022

This webinar will discuss how digital health tools can transform health service delivery and improve clinical handovers. Hear from two local specialists (in nephrology and rheumatology) who are using the My Health Record and other digital health tools in their everyday clinical workflow.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the digital health tools available for specialists that can improve service delivery and clinical handovers, such as My Health Record, electronic prescribing, telehealth & secure messaging
  • Outline how digital health tools can be used in everyday clinical workflow to help increase efficiency, lower cost & improve patient outcomes
  • Recognise the ease of sharing letters and viewing your patient’s information in the My Health Record using clinical software
  • Identify the support available for specialists to adopt digital health tools

Speakers:

Kathy Rainbird (Australian Digital Health Agency)

Dr Patrick Coleman, Nephrologist

Dr Anna Finniss, Rheumatologist


My Health Record for Specialist Practice Managers

Friday 27 May 2022

This webinar will discuss various elements in the setup and use of My Health Record within practices. This will include access channels, legislative framework, roles and responsibilities, Security and Access policy, practice staff responsibilities, Health Identifiers and system configuration.


Basic Infection Prevention & Control Education

Tuesday 10 May 2022

This webinar will discuss:

  • Standard and Transmission based Precautions
  • Hand Hygiene (alcohol/soap, hand care, gloves, nails/jewellery
  • Modes of transmission and suitable PPE / how to use correctly according to mode of transmission
  • Staff Immunisation
  • Cleaning performed by staff
  • Body Fluid spills management
  • Clinical waste and sharps management
  • Immediate response to a body fluid exposure

Speakers:

Margaret Jennings | Microbiologist, Infection Prevention Control Educator & Consultant to General Practice


NDIS: Participant/Patient and Carer Journey

Thursday 5 May 2022

This webinar is a collaboration with Your Side Australia and covers the NDIS eligibility requirements, what GP’s can do to assist in the application process, patient and carer resources, referral pathways, and Your Side NDIS and Carer Gateway services.

Your Side support people over the age of 18, living in the Greater Sydney region who have a range of disabilities. They assist with a number of services including personal care, community access, allied health and other activities of daily living.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe NDIS eligibility requirements
  • Identify support available for patients and carers with applying for the NDIS
  • Describe referral pathways and support available to patients and their carers
  • Assess overlap between NDIS Participants and their carers and how GPs can support them on their journey

Speakers:

Brittany Jack | Director, Business Growth – Your Side Australia

Tori Jewkes | Disability Team Leader – Your Side Australia

Meg Raedler | Community Engagement Consultant – Your Side Australia

Resources:

NDIS and Carer Gateway Presentation for Health Professionals_Your Side Australia


Perinatal Mental Health

Tuesday 19 April 2022

This training was aimed at increasing health practitioners’ knowledge of the management of perinatal mental health. As many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience perinatal anxiety or depression.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence and impact of perinatal anxiety and depression in the Australian context
  • Recognise the incidence and manifestations of perinatal anxiety and depression in fathers
  • Recognise and respond to common mental health presentations in the perinatal period
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the area of prescribing medications to treat depression and anxiety in the perinatal period
  • Develop skills to provide psychosocial care to women in the perinatal period

Speakers:

Dr Vijay Roach | MBBS MRCOG FRANZCOG | Obstetrician and Gynaecologist | Immediate Past President RANZCOG

Genevieve Curran | Psychiatrist | Consultation Liaison Psychiatry | Royal North Shore Hospital

Joanne Gammo | Social Work Team Leader | RNSH Women, Family & Emergency Care Team, Royal North Shore/Ryde Hospitals Social Work Department


Chronic Disease Management: MBS item numbers in aged care

Thursday 31 March 2022

This webinar covers MBS allied health services for residential aged care facilities and MBS mental health services in residential aged care facilities. It includes the crucial role of general practice in facilitating access to allied health services for residents with dementia and other complex medical needs and concludes with a Q&A session.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the important contributions of general practice in facilitating access to allied health services for residents with dementia and other complex medical needs
  • Recall key elements of the new Allied Health Services in RACFs – COVID Allied Health Package
  • Describe the new temporary GP and OMP MBS items for multidisciplinary care planning and health assessments, and locate the face sheet for more information
  • Outline how to refer a resident to extended allied health treatment through the new MBS Initiative
  • Discuss with colleagues how to deliver these collaborative services efficiently, to minimise the chance of disruption of usual clinical prac

Speakers:

WENDY O’MEARA | ASSOCIATE EDUCATION CONSULTANT
Wendy is a registered nurse by profession and a practice manager. She has a long and diverse history in general practice, spanning 20 years. Wendy has worked in all aspects of general practice including reception, primary care nursing and practice management, and has a strong, comprehensive understanding of al these areas. She currently manages 15 reception and administration support as well as five chronic disease nurses.

NATHAN COLLYER | PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Nathan has been working as a physiotherapist in aged care for over ten years. He provides physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to residents in aged care. Nathan finds this a rewarding and essential area of practice which has a simple goal of improving quality of life of residents.


SafeScript NSW (Real Time Prescription Monitoring System)

Thursday 24 March 2022

SafeScript NSW provides prescribers and pharmacists with real-time information about a patient’s prescribing and dispensing history for certain high-risk medicines, known as monitored medicines which include opioids (e.g. codeine, morphine or oxycodone) and benzodiazepines (e.g. diazepam, nitrazepam or alprazolam).

This information helps to improve clinical decision making and help keep patients safe.

SafeScript NSW will be available to prescribers and pharmacists in Northern Sydney PHN region from late March 2022. Learn about the benefits of SafeScript NSW and how the system is intended to be used.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate SafeScript NSW system clinical workflow processes to improve management of patients with drug dependence;
  • Use SafeScript NSW to analyse and interpret patient history to inform best practice patient outcomes;
  • Use current best practice clinical guidance including best practice communication techniques to manage patients prescribed monitored medicines and their wellbeing; and
  • Identify and access critical information and resources to support clinical decision making and reduce potential harm for patients prescribed monitored medicines.

Speakers:

  • Stephen Ling – Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Analyst on the Real Time Prescription Monitoring program
  • Assoc Prof Paul Wrigley, Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Northern Clinical School Pain Management Research Institute, Kolling Institute
  • Dr Milana Votrubec, General Practitioner and Pain Specialist – MB BS MA MM ME USyd FRACGP FFPMANZCA
  • Scott Walters, Pharmacist


Early Infant Feeding

Thursday 17 March 2022

In this webinar, our experienced facilitators provide you with an update on supports available for lactating women and information on the  variety of formulas on the market. This engaging webinar conculdes with an engaging and informative Q&A session.

Learning Outcomes:

The purpose of this webinar is to:

  • Provide an update on the supports available for lactating women
  • Increase participants’ understanding of the variety of formulas on the market

Speakers:

Jean Paterson – Jean Is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. She has a Graduate Diploma of Medical/Surgical   Nursing and a Master of Child and Family Health Nursing.

Caroline Hill – Paediatric Dietitian, NSLHD

Vicki Laing – CNS2 – NSLHD Child and Family Health: General Practice-Community Liaison Nurse

Resources:

Early Infant Feeding Slides


Transition to adult care for adolescents with intellectual disability

Tuesday 15 March 2022

This webinar discusses the process of transition for people with Intellectial Disability from child/young adult to adult care. The webinar considers the completity of this transition process for the individual and their family, as well as models of collaborative care and ensuring participant awareness of the existing transition services

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the complexity of the transition process for an individual with intellectual disability and their family
  • Consider models of collaborative care for transition to adult services
  • Identify the role of key practitioners and services for a supported transition experience
  • Increase awareness of existing transition services for young adults with intellectual disability in NSW

Speakers:

DR YVETTE VELLA | BAPPSC (OCC THERAPY) MBBS FRACP DCH MPH Developmental and General Paediatrician at the NSIDHS and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Child and Family Health within the Northern Sydney Local Health District. She has expertise in managing complex behaviours of concern in children and adolescents with ID and autism and works in collaboration with schools for specific purposes in the Local Health District. Dr Vella also has a special interest in working with children in out of home care.

LEAH BALLIN | BA (Psych & Ed), GradDipSci (Psych) MPsych (Ed & Dev), MAPS, FCEDP Educational and developmental psychologist at NSIDHS. Leah has experience providing psychology services across a range of settings having previously worked as a school psychologist, in private practice, as well as with NGOs as part of a multidisciplinary team. Leah also has particular experience in working with children who present with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.

ANGIE MYLES | Registered Nurse & Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (UK) Angie has worked in Adolescent Health Services for 20years at Royal North Shore Hospital,  John Hunter Children’s Hospital and as ACI Transition Care Coordinator since 2011.

 

Resources:

Transition to adult services for for adolescents with Intellectual Disability Slides


COVID-19 Antiviral Medications

Monday 7 March 2022

This webinar will cover Covid-19 antiviral medications including their indications and contraindications and will include a Q&A session.

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • What do GPs and health professionals need to know about the new Covid antivirals
  • Specific indications and contraindications of the Covid-19 antivirals

Speakers:

Professor Sarah Hilmer | Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist geriatrician

and

Dr Zohra Alimie | General Practitioner

Dr Alimie is a GP in the Northern Sydney area and a HealthPathways GP Clinical Editor for the Sydney North Health Network

Resources:

 

TGA Product Information sheets:

LAGEVRIO® (molnupiravir)

Nirmatrelvir plus ritonavir (Paxlovid)

 

HealthPathways Links and Access:

 

   Primary care username: healthpathways

              Primary care password: gateway


Covid Care in the Community: Managing low risk patients in General Practice

Wednesday 12 January 2022

This webinar provides resources available for the Sydney North region including escalation pathways and COVID clinics. The content of this webinar follows on at a local level the content presented at the National RACGP webinar held on 10/1/22.

Speakers:

  • Dr Liz Swinburn | Medical Co Director, Virtual Hospital NSLHD and Senior ED Physician at RNSH
  • Jess Drysdale | A/General Manager, Virtual Hospital and CECC, NSLHD
  • Dr Zohra Alimie | GP and HealthPathways Clinical Editor
  • Facilitated by Cynthia Stanton | Chief Operating Officer, Sydney North Health Network

Resources:

Head to Health https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/head-to-health-pop-up/

HealthPathways Links and Access:

Primary care username: healthpathways

Primary care password: gateway


General Practice Caring for low-risk Covid-19 patients webinar recording

Wednesday 22 December 2021

With COVID 19 cases rising daily and the recent NSW Health changes to how COVID positive patients will be managed, it is more likely that General Practice will be contacted to care for their COVID positive patients who are low-risk. Patients who meet the low-risk criteria on screening will be provided the option to call the NSW Health Support Line to seek further medical assistance or to contact their GP.

This webinar will describe this care pathway including local escalation pathways and is presented by Professor Simon Willock, GP; Jess Drysdale, A/General Manager, Virtual Hospital and CECC, NSLHD and Cynthia Stanton, SNHN Chief Operating Officer.


Ageing and Dementia in People with Intellectual Disability

Thursday 9 December 2021

This CPD Activity that aims to improve the capacity of general practitioners to provide health care to people with intellectual disability with complex health needs.

Speakers:

Dr Seeta Durvasula | Clinical Director, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service

Seeta Durvasula is a medical practitioner who has been consulting in intellectual disability medicine for more than 25 years.  She is the Clinical Director of two specialised multidisciplinary health clinics in Sydney for children and adults with intellectual disability.  She is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Disability Health, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.  Seeta’s research interests are in mortality, ageing and frailty, and health outcomes in people with intellectual disability.


Better musculoskeletal health: Identifying effective care for osteoarthritis

Wednesday 8 December 2021


Aspiring General Practices Series Webinar 5: Person-Centred Health System and Integrated Care

Thursday 2 December 2021

  • What does successful integrated care look like?
  • Why we need integrated care
  • Models of integrated care
  • Person-centred care in general practice

Speakers:

Tracey Johnson, CEO Inala Primary Care; and Deputy Chair, Primary Care Advisory Group, AIHW


Living and working in a COVID environment

Thursday 18 November 2021

This free webinar is for Community Organisations, Local Councils, and their staff. It will include strategies to engage in a changing World.

Learning Outcomes:

TOPICS

  • Strategies to engage in flexible self-care in a changing world
  • Staying protected
  • Alleviating frustration and anxiety as we transition back to work

Speakers:

PROFESSOR SIMON WILLCOCK | GP

Professor Simon Willcock is a local GP and is the Deputy Chair at Sydney North Health Network.  Simon has extensive experience in clinical practice, medication education, primary care research, organisational governance and medical workforce development.  He is the MQ Health Program Director for Primary Care and Wellbeing.

 

ROS KNIGHT | CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Ros Knight is an Endorsed Clinical and Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience supervising health care professionals.

She runs a Private Practice in Chatswood focussed on Adults and Adolescents with a broad range of mental health issues.

Ros is a Board Director at Sydney North Health Network.


Aspiring General Practices Series Webinar 4: Optimising Teamwork and Collaboration

Tuesday 16 November 2021

  • Fostering a culture for high performing team-based care
  • Enhancing capacity, capability and skills of practice team
  • Emerging roles in primary care practice
  • Adopting and applying a team coaching model

Speakers:

Tracey Johnson, CEO Inala Primary Care; and Deputy Chair, Primary Care Advisory Group, AIHW


Ageing and Dementia in People with Intellectual Disability

Wednesday 10 November 2021

This CPD Activity that aims to improve the capacity of general practitioners to provide health care to people with intellectual disability with complex health needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how ageing, frailty and dementia differ in people with intellectual disability, compared to others in the population.
  • Identify the main health considerations in people with intellectual disability as they age.
  • Explain the clinical presentation of dementia in people with intellectual disability
  • Outline the process of assessment and diagnosis of dementia in people with intellectual disability
  • Understand the principles of management of dementia in people with intellectual disability.
  • Demonstrate how the concept of “ageing in place” can be applied to people with intellectual disability.

Speakers:

  • Dr Seeta Durvasula – Clinical Director, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service. Seeta Durvasula is a medical practitioner who has been consulting in intellectual disability medicine for more than 25 years.  She is the Clinical Director of two specialised multidisciplinary health clinics in Sydney for children and adults with intellectual disability.  She is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Disability Health, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.  Seeta’s research interests are in mortality, ageing and frailty, and health outcomes in people with intellectual disability.


Supporting Palliative Care Patients in Residential Care: Deprescribing, Pain Management & Anticipatory Medications in Palliative Care

Thursday 4 November 2021

This webinar provides an update on Palliative Care in the Northern Sydney region. Topics include Deprescribing, Pain Management & Anticipatory Medications in Palliative Care. Including information on Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) tools and Palliative Care Needs Rounds

Speakers:

Professor Katy Clark | Clinical Director of Palliative Care, NSLHD

Professor Clark is the current Clinical Director of Palliative Care for Northern Sydney Local Health District. Katy is a Palliative Care physician who has worked as a clinician, manager, teacher, and researcher in palliative care

 

Prof Claire Johnson – RN, Ph

Professor Claire Johnson is the national director of the Palliative Aged Care outcomes Program (PACOP) at the Australian Health Services Research Institute. Claire will lead the development and implementation of PACOP to promote excellence in end of life care in residential aged care. In previous roles, including the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair of Palliative Care Nursing (Monash University) and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care (Eastern Health, Melbourne), Claire directed an extensive portfolio of clinical, behavioural and translational research to improve the quality and safety of care for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and of their families.

 

Carolyn Moir, Palliative Care Consultant BaptistCare

Carolyn has many years’ experience as a registered nurse; with post graduate qualifications in nursing management, adult education, business and palliative care. Her role as a Clinical Consultant Palliative Care in the BaptistCare in the Care Development Unit includes supporting and leading improvements in palliative care, clinical governance, policy development and key projects across 18 RCFs. Carolyn developed and rolled out the BaptistCare Palliative Approach called the Affirm, Balance and Comfort stages. With a strong research focus Carolyn has engaged the organisation in PCOC (PACOP), ELDAC and PACCS projects. Carolyn is in the final testing stage of developing a dementia EoLC tool as a doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

 

Peter Hakewill, CMO, Dr’s on Call

Dr Peter Hakewell has close to 40 years of clinical medical experience, in a vast majority of clinical settings, giving him unparalleled experience in leading our team of doctors to treat patients in a wide variety of settings and fields. Peter is the founder of MSF Australia (Médecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors without Borders), having also spent close 20 years with MSF and the UNHCR, he has been posted to some of the most remote, underprivileged and medically challenging locations in the world, such as Rwanda, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Since returning to Australia, he has turned his focus to providing medical care to those in need within the local community with a strong focus on the elderly and mental health.

 

Gay Lavery CNC QEOLC Project

Gay is a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant with Hammond Care.

Gay has many years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in the community; with post graduate qualifications in Midwifery, Tresillian, Cancer Nursing & Palliative care. She has worked in Community Palliative Care for Hammond Care for the past 10 years, supporting clients at home, in RACF & providing In reach services to local hospitals.

Her current role is with the Primary Health Network Palliative Care Quality End of Life Project (PCQEOL Project). This includes supporting RACF with identifying Residents who would benefit from Palliative approach to their care using Palliative Care Needs Rounds & PCOC’s assessment tools.

 

Transitional Nurse Practitioners: Palliative Aged Care:

Alyssa Kim is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within Northern Sydney Local Health District, based at Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospital, covering the lower North Shore region. Alyssa worked in the Drug & Alcohol service, community palliative care, Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) outreach service in the Sydney Local Health District. Alyssa has provided care for palliative symptom management and support as well as a comprehensive assessment for residents in RACF in particular individuals with advanced dementia. She also actively participated in Advanced Care Planning review alongside family conferences in the residential aged care facility to discuss goals of care and preferred end-of-life care pathway.

 

Kelly Arthurs is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within the Northern Sydney Local Health District, based on the Northern Beaches. She has over 18 years of experience working in Palliative Care as a Clinician and Educator. Kelly has provided symptom management and end of life care in various settings including: Palliative Care Units, the Community, Aged Care, and Private and Public Hospital Consultation. Kelly has extensive experience in mentoring and delivering education for nurses, care workers, and General Practitioners in palliative care and advance care planning. More recently Kelly’s focus has been on improving quality end of life care for people living with dementia.

 

Sushila Khadka is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within Northern Sydney Local Health District, based at Hornsby Hospital, covering the upper north shore region. Sushila has over 10 years’ experience in aged care and critical care, including the last 3 years’ as Chronic Health and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant for an aged care provider.  During her time as Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, she has provided care to residents with symptom management and end of life care. She has experience supporting families and staff at the residential aged care facilities with education, advance care planning and implementing Palliative Care Needs Rounds to some facilities. Sushila is dedicated to improving end of life care experience and creating capacity within residential aged care facilities to enhance palliative care.

Resources:

https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/programs/aged-care/#palliative-care1


Mental Health Matters: Recognising a Resident with Depression or Anxiety

Thursday 4 November 2021

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Farquharson, Mental Health Practitioner.
  • Tilu Philip, Registered Nurse from the Anglicare Emotional Wellbeing for Older Persons Team.


Transgender Care in General Practice: Gender Affirming Care

Tuesday 2 November 2021

This webinar is aimed at improving care of transgender patients.

It is estimated that between 0.5% and 1% of the population is transgender or gender diverse. Studies suggest that transgender /gender diverse people have higher rates of mental health and drug and alcohol issues. It is known that gender affirming care improves mental health.

There are many barriers to accessing primary health care for transgender/ gender diverse people including limited GP experience and access to GP services, particularly around gender affirming therapy. Further, GPs themselves report lack of skills and knowledge in transgender/gender diverse care.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the health needs of transgender and gender diverse patients and the elements of gender identity
  • Utilise improved confidence and knowledge in caring for transgender and gender diverse patients, including management of gender affirming therapy
  • Identify and discuss referral options and resources providing further support for transgender patients

Speakers:

  • Teddy Cook
    Acting Director, Community Health – ACON
    Adjunct Lecturer – Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
    Vice President – Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH)
  • Dr Catriona (Treeny) Ooi
    Director, Northern Sydney Sexual Health Service
  • Dr Nicole Gouda
    GP and SNHN Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinical Lead

Resources:


Aspiring General Practices Series Webinar 3: Striving for Continuous Quality Improvement

Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Engaging the practice team in continuous quality improvement
  • Fundamentals, tools and resources for quality improvement
  • Measuring and improving patient care
  • Utilising patient experience in quality improvement initiatives

Speakers:

Gary Smith, Practice Manager; and Chair, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)


Self-care during the Pandemic & Beyond

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites GPs, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers and their staff, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals to a webinar on self-care during the pandemic & beyond.

We are frequently reminded of the things we need to do to stay safe during this pandemic.  Looking after your mental wellbeing should be part of this.

This one-hour webinar with Clinical Psychologist Ros Knight will give you practical strategies to help you improve your mental wellbeing including how to recognise burnout.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase self-awareness of self-care
  • Strategies to engage in flexible self-care in a changing world

Speakers:

Ros Knight| Clinical Psychologist

Ros Knight is an Endorsed Clinical and Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience supervising health care professionals.

She runs a Private Practice in Chatswood focussed on Adults and Adolescents with a broad range of mental health issues and lives within Northern Sydney area.

Ros is a Board Director at Sydney North Health Network.


Aspiring General Practices Series Webinar 2: Communication Essentials for Frontline Staff

Tuesday 21 September 2021

  • Strengthening communication across the practice
  • Top tips for exceptional telephone and front-desk communication
  • Managing staff and patient expectations
  • Dealing with difficult people and challenging conversations

Speakers:

Gary Smith, Practice Manager; and Chair, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)


Nicotine Vaping for Smoking Cessation and Upcoming Scheduling Changes

Wednesday 15 September 2021

This webinar will update GPs on the role of vaping nicotine to help smokers quit and outline scheduling changes to nicotine coming into effect from 1 October 2021. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and illness in Australia and accounts for 21,000 premature deaths. 14.7% of our adult population smoke. While remaining a controversial treatment for smoking harm reduction in Australia, nicotine vaping (nicotine e-cigarettes) has been approved as second-line treatment by the RACGP and RANZCP for smoking cessation. Research suggests that it is more effective than combination nicotine replacement therapy. From October 2021, Australians will be able to access nicotine liquid with a legal non-PBS prescription from Australian pharmacies and through importation under the TGA Personal Importation scheme.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the principles of tobacco harm reduction using nicotine containing e-cigarettes.
  • Explain the RACGP guidelines for use of nicotine containing e-cigarettes and the upcoming scheduling changes.
  • Explain the clinical elements of a prescription for nicotine containing e-cigarettes.
  • Counsel patients on the use of nicotine containing e-cigarettes.

Speakers:

Dr Colin Mendelsohn, GP. With a special interest in smoking cessation, Colin practised as a GP in Sydney for 27 years. He now works exclusively in tobacco treatment, helping smokers to quit. Colin is a member of the committee that develops the RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines and is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction association. He is actively involved in research, writing, and teaching about smoking cessation, tobacco harm reduction and tobacco control.

Resources:

Quit Smoking Study Synopsis and Quit Smoking Study Flyer.


Neonatal checks and abnormal antenatal investigation results

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Suitable for:

  • General Practitioners

Speakers:

Dr Eveline Staub | MD, FRACP (Neonatal Perinatal Medicine), MMed (Clin Epi) University of Sydney

Neonatologist, Northern Specialist Centre, St Leonards

Dr Talat Uppal | MBBS, FRANZCOG, DDU.FAAQHC

Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and Director of Women’s Health Road

Dr Bambi Ranasinghe-Markus, FRACGP, MBBS

General Practitioner


Adult Asthma Management: What’s New

Wednesday 8 September 2021

As part of the Asthma Best Practice for Professionals Program, The National Asthma Council of Australia and SNHN invite GPs, Practice Nurses, pharmacists, Aboriginal health practitioners, physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals to view this webinar on Adult Asthma Management. The Speaker Rhona MacDonald, Respiratory Nurse Practitioner will cover the latest information around Managing Adult Asthma patients in the primary care setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the steps involved in the diagnosis of adult asthma, referring to the Australian Asthma Handbook
  • Describe ways to improve and maintain optimal asthma control
  • Summarise the current guidelines for medication management
  • Summarise the important information to be included in a Written Asthma Action Plan
  • Describe the steps in managing acute asthma in primary care

Speakers:

Rhona MacDonald | RESPIRATORY NURSE PRACTITIONER


Healthy Ageing and Frailty Webinar: Do You Know How to Make a Difference?

Thursday 26 August 2021

This webinar covered assessment of older people in order to understand the impact of frailty on patients and how early identification and targeted intervention can reduce frailty. This will help you make a difference to avoid inappropriate hospital admissions, keep people well and at home for longer and reduce their need for RACF placement. This education session will discuss a simple frailty screening tool and how you can make a difference to address the reversible contributing factors of frailty in your day to day practice. You will learn, its “never too late to build muscle!”

Speakers:

  • Professor Sue Kurrle, GeriaTtrician, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, and Director, Staff Specialist and Geriatrician at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital and Community Services.
  • Dr Chris Bollen, is a general Practitioner in South Australia and was Director GP Training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for 12 years. He is the director of BMP Healthcare Consulting, helping organisations to deliver safe and effective care. Areas of expertise include systems for chronic disease management, doctors’ health, care of older people, the primary health care/community/hospital interfaces, quality improvement and change leadership.
  • Jane Bollen, Registered Nurse, has worked as a general practice nurse in Adelaide for the past 10 years. Jane set up a Healthy Ageing Clinic at her practice with the aim to deliver more planned and structured care, use GP and nurse time more effectively, and to give enhanced access to those patients facing barriers to care.

Resources:


Aspiring General Practices Series Webinar 1 : Reaching Business and Financial Potential

Wednesday 18 August 2021

  • Planning and tracking business goals
  • Identifying and managing business risks
  • Financial forecasting and monitoring
  • Strategies for sustaining practice revenue

Speakers:

David Osman, Practice Manager; Healthcare Trainer; and Board Director, AAPM


Donning & Doffing Demonstration by Marg Jennings

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Speakers:

Margaret Jennings, Microbiologist, Infection Prevention & Control Educator & Consultant to General Practice, Marjen Education Services.


COVID-19 Vaccination and the Medico-Legal Aspects of Administration

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Identify emerging risks from the Covid-19 Vaccine clinics and understand how to mitigate.
  • Describe the recent changes to the MBS item numbers and when to apply these.
  • Outline strategies for managing the constant changes and communicating these to the team and their patients.


Climate and Health Virtual Stakeholder Workshop

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Workshop Focus

The Sydney North Health Network is the first primary health network in Australia to develop a Climate & Health Strategy.

This workshop covered the following:

  • Learn about climate-health risks in our region, ‘carbon hotspots’ in primary care, and case studies of climate action projects.
  • Suggest priority actions and contribute to the implementation plan for our Strategy.
  • Connect with like-minded colleagues and community members.

Speakers:

DR KATE CHARLESWORTH (MBBS (Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD)

Dr Kate Charlesworth worked as a hospital doctor in Perth and Sydney before undertaking much of her public health medicine training in the UK. In England, she worked in the NHS’s National Sustainable Development Unit, which was tasked with decarbonising the NHS and is now a world-leading program. Since her return to Australia, Kate has completed a PhD in low-carbon healthcare, and for the past three years has been the Environmental Sustainability Lead at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Kate is delighted to have recently joined SNHN as the Climate Risk/Sustainability Lead.


Navigating Frailty and Aged Care – Guiding Patients and their Families through Available Services

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Topic Areas

  • A new local Specialist Geriatric Outreach service to support general practice.
  • The launch of our new Frailty screening app.
  • How to utilise the new HealthNavigators service to help you find local services.
  • General tips on the management of frail and older people and local aged care service navigation.

Speakers:

  • Dr Yog Chopra, Staff Specialist Geriatric & General Medicine, Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital.
  • Dr Praveenn (Prav) Sivabalan, Geriatrician, Royal North Shore Hospital.
  • Dr Linda Xu, Geriatrician and General Physician.
  • Omar Haidar, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Uniting Nth Sydney Home and Community Care.
  • Jane Meccelli, Social Worker and Relationships Manager, Yourside.
  • Video from Dr Gillian Meyer, Geriatrician, Mona Vale Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit.


COVID 19 Vaccine in Pharmacy

Thursday 10 June 2021

Topic Areas

  • Change Management.
  • Managing Customer Expectations.
  • Consent Process – it’s not just a piece of paper!

Speakers:

  • Cathy Baynie – Registered Nurse & Practice Manager.
  • Matthew Burton – Pharmacist.


COVID 19 Vaccine Managing Change, Patient Expectations & The Consent Process

Thursday 27 May 2021

Topic Areas

Change Management:

Managing Customer Expectations:

Consent Process – it’s not just a piece of paper!

What Worked / What didn’t work

Speakers:

  • Cathy Baynie – Registered Nurse & Practice Manager
  • Fiona Kolokas – Practice Manager


Management of Anxiety in Children and Young People with an Intellectual Disability

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) together with the Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Service presents this webinar on management of anxiety in children and young people with an intellectual disability.

Speakers:

  • Dr Yvette Vella, BAPPSC (OCC Therapy) MBBS FRACP DCH MPH. Developmental and General Paediatrician at the NSIDHS, and also works in private practice in Sydney. She has expertise in managing complex behaviours of concern in children and adolescents with ID and autism and works in collaboration with schools for specific purposes in the Local Health District. Dr Vella also has a special interest in working with children in out of home care.
  • Leah Ballin, BA (Psych & Ed), GradDipSci (Psych) MPsych (Ed & Dev), MAPS, FCEDP. Educational and developmental psychologist at NSIDHS. Leah has experience providing psychology services across a range of settings having previously worked as a school psychologist, in private practice, as well as with NGOs as part of a multidisciplinary team. Leah also has particular experience in working with children who present with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.
  • Cathy Young, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Resources:

Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Service Presentation

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Anxiety Presentation

 


Sydney North Older Persons Network What are Compassionate Communities and Compassionate Cities?

Thursday 13 May 2021

Speakers:

Dr Stephen Ginsborg, General Practitioner.


Pathology eOrdering and My Health Record

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Pathology is in very high demand by providers looking at My Health Record. The Australian Digital Health Agency and pathology providers across the country are working together to enable a more connected system for pathology information exchange. This webinar covers:

  • Overview of My Health Record.
  • What eOrdering is.
  • Live demonstration on eOrdering in Best Practice and Medical Director software.
  • The benefits of setting up your practice.
  • Which practices can participate.
  • How to easily set up eOrdering and initiate report uploads to My Health Record.

Learning Outcomes:

  • General knowledge of My Health Record.
  • Understand what eOrdering is.
  • Understand the benefits of eOrdering and uploading reports to My Health Record.
  • Understand how to set up eOrdering for the practice.

Speakers:

  • Aya Alaouie – Digital Health Coordinator, SNHN.
  • April Burnett – Clinical Adoption Lead, ADHA.
  • Sharlene Mellor – Senior Liaison Manager, DHM.


Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and SGLT2 inhibitors

Thursday 6 May 2021

Speakers:

  • A/Prof Sarah Glastras, B Psych (Hons) MBBS (Hons) FRACP PhD. Staff Specialist in Endocrinology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Consultant Endocrinologist, Northern Sydney Endocrine Centre, St Leonards.
  • Dr Emma Scott, BSc(Adv)(Hons) MBBS(Hons) PhD FRACP, Clinical Endocrinologist, Northern Sydney Endocrine Centre, St Leonards.


Secure Messaging: Healthlink Smart Forms and Specialist Referrals in Medical Director

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Speakers:

  • Carmel Cervin, Cervin Media.
  • Nicole Mattews, Cervin Media.


Secure Messaging: Healthlink Smart Forms and Specialist Referrals in Best Practice

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Are you tired of sending and receiving faxed referrals and want to use a safe and secure method to communicate patient information directly with other healthcare providers?

This one-hour webinar demonstration using Best Practice will show you how you can easily use Healthlink to look up Specialists and electronically send referrals as well as communicate confidential patient information with other clinicians.

 

Speakers:

  • Aya Alaouie – Digital Health Coordinator, SNHN.
  • Carmel Cervin – Cervin Media.
  • Nicole Matthews – Cervin Media.


GP Shared Antenatal Care: Perinatal Mental Health Webinar

Tuesday 30 March 2021

  • Dr Talat Uppal, Director Women’s Health Road, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.
  • Arabella Gibson, CEO Gidget Foundation Australia.
  • Christine Barnes, Clinical Psychologist, Gidget Foundation Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review how the Pandemic has influenced the provision of antenatal care.
  • Recognise the value of perinatal mental health based support systems.
  • Identify how to logistically access perinatal mental health support systems in the Northern Sydney Local health District.


Comprehensive Health Assessments, Capacity and Consent in People with Intellectual Disability

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Webinar aimed at increasing health practitioners’ knowledge and skills in managing patients with an intellectual disability.

Speakers:

  • Dr Seeta Durvasula, Clinical Director, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Health Service.
  • Melissa Tizzone, Social Worker, NSLHD Intellectual Disability Specialist Team.


Home Alcohol Withdrawal and Relapse Prevention

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Speakers:

  • Dr John Smart, MBBS DRACOG RACGP FAChAM (RACP). Dr Smart is a Foundation Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine and has dual interests in both Primary Care and Addiction Medicine.
  • Dr Chester Omana MB BS FRANZCP, Acc. Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry. Dr Omana is a Psychiatrist in Addiction Medicine at RNSH and Wesley Hospital, and Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW.

Resources:


Cultural Considerations when Managing Chinese Patients

Thursday 28 January 2021

On 28th Jan 2021 Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invited local GPs, primary care nurses and Allied Health Professionals to a workshop which aims to improve the capacity of general practitioners that work with patients from Chinese backgrounds. The program includes the cultural and cross cultural/generational considerations and strategies to integrate into management of patients and their families. Also includes the introduction of community information project on bowel screening in the Chinese population.


Digital Health Guide – How to find and/or Prescribe Great Health Apps

Wednesday 25 November 2020

With more patients using mobile health apps to manage medical conditions and/or track their health, the Digital Health Guide is an evidence-based tool which can be used by you to find and/or prescribe great mobile health apps and digital health solutions.

The Digital Health Guide is available FREE to you under the license of Sydney North Health Network and enables the quick assessment of the efficacy of an app that a patient may already be using.

This webinar will provide you with the knowledge and a live demonstration on how to use the guide.

Speakers:

Tim Blake – Managing Director, Semantic Consulting.


A Framework for Developmental and Behavioural Concerns in Children 0-5 Years – the First 2000 Days

Thursday 12 November 2020

Speakers:

  • Dr Jane Son, MB BS FRACP Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician, NSLHD Child & Family Health Service.
  • Amanda Rummery-Hoy, Family Counsellor, Family Care Centre, Dalwood, NSLHD Child & Family Health Services.
  • Alison O’Toole and Renee Giacomin, The Cerebral Palsy Alliance, CPA are NDIS Administrators for the Northern Sydney Region.
  • Vicki Laing, RN & Midwife, General Practice Community Liaison Nurse, NSLHD Child and Family Health Service.

Resources:

Click here to view the presentation.


Navigating the New World: Preparedness, Response, Resilience

Thursday 5 November 2020

Speakers:

  • Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan, journalist.
  • Dr Penny Burns, GP.
  • Professor Susan Kurrle, geriatrician.
  • Dr Pankaj Arora, emergency medicine.
  • Professor Peter Sainsbury.


Assessing Behaviours of Concern in Paediatric Patients with Intellectual Disability

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Aimed at increasing health practitioners’ knowledge and skills in managing patients with an intellectual disability.

Speakers:

  • Dr Yvette Vella, BTHO, MBBS, RACP, MPH, Developmental and General Paediatrician at the NSIDHS, and also works in private practice in Sydney.
  • Michelle Gray, Senior Clinician Intellectual Disability, NNSWLHD.
  • Rebecca Stack, BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Clinical Nurse Consultant at the NSIDHS.


Youth Services: Alcohol and Other Drugs + The latest on e-cigarettes Webinar

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Speakers:

  • Kingsley Waterson, Northern Sydney LHD Drug and Alcohol Services, Service Director.
  • Michelle Comito, Drug and Alcohol Youth Support Services (DAYSS), Coordinator Family & Youth Support Services.
  • Carolyn McKay, Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre (SDECC), CEO.
  • Marlene Gilbert, Mission Australia, Program Manager, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Continuing Coordinated Care Program.
  • Jane De Matteis, Brookvale headspace, Clinical Lead.
  • Lisa Fawkner, Northern Beaches Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Senior Clinical Social Worker.
  • Christian Gienau, Odyssey House, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Counsellor.
  • Ryan Courtney, Senior Lecturer, NDARC, UNSW, Sydney Australia & National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow.
  • Hayden McRobbie, Professor, NDARC, UNSW, Sydney Australia & Consultant in Lifestyle Medicine, Lakes District Health Board, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Resources:

 Click here to review the presentation.


Antenatal Screening Including NIPT, Nuchal Translucency and Genetic Carrier Screening

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Speakers:

  • Dr Karen Mizia, MBBS, RANZCOG, BSc(Hons), MPH, DDU, COGU. Dr Mizia is an Obstetrician Gynecologist and a recognised subspecialist in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound. She is actively involved in the advancement, development of standards and, education in O&G ultrasound.
  • Dr Talat Uppal, MBBS, FRANZCOG, DDU, FAAQHC, FACHSM Director Women’s Health Road, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist VMO Northern Beaches & Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospitals Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, RANZCOG media spokesperson.


Dementia Webinar: Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms Associated with Dementia

Thursday 24 September 2020

Speakers:

Dr Allan Shell, Academic GP and Visiting Fellow (UNSW Australia).

Resources:

Click here to review the presentation.


Recognising Complexity in Intellectual Disability

Tuesday 8 September 2020


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