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Immunisation Update: Including new schedule and changes

Wednesday 31 August 2022

This webinar provides local General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Pharmacists and Nurse Immunisers increased knowledge and skills in the recent changes to the NSW Immunisation Schedule and catch up schedules.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess current vaccine preventable diseases of concern and epidemiology
  • Identify current NSW and National Immunisation Program schedules and changes
  • Implement catch-up requirements for children, adolescents and adults

Speakers:

SALLY EDWARDS | CNC Immunisation Coordinator PHU

Sally has worked as the immunisation Clinical Nurse Consultant at Northern Sydney Public Health Unit for the past 9 years. In this role Sally provides immunisation education for clinicians and the general public, oversees the high school vaccination program for the Northern Sydney LHD and manages a team of nurses and support personnel

Resources:

Immunisation Update Presentation 2022


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


PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR TACKLING HEART HEALTH ACROSS YOUR PRACTICE POPULATION

Monday 6 June 2022

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for one in four of all deaths in Australia despite being largely preventable.

Whilst there is an expectation on GPs to perform more heart health checks, practices have been experiencing barriers including competing demands, variable consumer engagement and unprofitable business models.

Join clinicians and academics from the Northern Sydney region as we aim to collectively tackle CVD risk in our region.

 

This webinar will include:

  • The launch of a quality improvement guide for general practices
  • A cardiology update on investigating, calculating, and managing CVD risk
  • A discussion about access to cardiology support in a patient-centred medical home model
  • An introduction to a population health evaluation study and opportunities to participate in research
  • A discussion about tips and tools for successfully implementing a heart health check initiative in general practice, including ways to utilise Heart Foundation resources

Learning Outcomes:

  • BE CONFIDENT WITH THE LATEST ADVICE FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS ABOUT CVD RISK PREVENTION
  • UTILISE MATERIAL PROVIDED TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A HEART HEALTH CECK INITIATIVE FOR THEIR PRACTICE POPULATION
  • BE KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES AND RESOURCES INCLUDING CARDIOLOGY SUPPORT, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SUPPORT AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT SUPPORT

Speakers:

  • Prof Simon Willcock, Deputy Chair, Sydney North Health Network
  • Dr Chrishan Nalliah, Cardiologist, MQ Health
  • A/Prof Sanjyot Vagholkar, Clinic Director, MQ Health General Practice
  • A/Prof Yvonne Zurynski, Associate Professor of Health System Sustainability, Australian Institute of Health Innovation


Basic Infection Prevention & Control Education

Wednesday 1 June 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


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.


CAT 4 Clinical Audit Tool workshop

Monday 23 May 2022

This workshop will show you how to utilise the data extraction software for accreditation and to improve patient care (recorded on 11 May 2022).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise and utilise accreditation reports in CAT 4
  • Utilise CAT PLUS to better manage Cancer patients
  • Identify conditions with no diagnosis in CAT 4 to improve clinical coding
  • Utilise TOP Bar and Cat 4 to improve business potential and improve patient care

Speakers:

Pen Clinical Systems      


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


COVID-19 and 2022 influenza vaccination program update

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Update and Q&A session for COVID and influenza vaccinations with a refresher on cold chain management.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the COVID vaccination requirements for eligible populations
  • Implement 2022 influenza vaccination program
  • Describe the requirements of vaccine cold chain management and implement processes

Speakers:

SALLY EDWARDS | CNC Immunisation Coordinator PHU


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


The Nuts and Bolts of Social Prescribing

Tuesday 22 March 2022

This webinar discusses the whole of patient health benefits of social prescribing. Speakers delve into the strategies and resources available to implement social prescribing into your patient care, including a live case presentation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore how social prescribing fits into the broader health system and the potential uses of social prescribing
  • Develop an understanding of how a number of local social prescribing programs can be integrated into practice, such as, PCCS Head To Health Hub
  • Develop strategies to identify patients who might benefit and enhance patient outcomes using non-medical supports
  • Utilise available resources to support and enhance the management of social determinants of health using social prescribing approaches

Speakers:

A/Prof JR Baker PhD | CEO Primary and Community Care Services

Adjunct Associate Professor JR Baker is the CEO of PCCS and has over 20 years’ experience in executive health management, education, and research. He has consistently introduced industry leading service improvements that always keep the client at the centre of change, pushing PCCS to become an Australian leader in social prescribing, complex care coordination and link work services, including almost 10 years of experience delivering social prescribing services across NSW and Queensland. JR is driven by his ideas on providing optimal health services through innovation in the not-for-profit, health space. JR is committed to innovation, scoping out optimal health models and working with the community, government, politicians, and industry to collaborate and develop the best outcomes for people and communities.

Dr James Ibrahim – General Practitioner and Social Prescribing Specific Interest Group Chair

Dr James Ibrahim practices as a GP at Terry Hills Medical Centre and the inaugural Chair for the RACGP Specific Interest group for Social Prescribing.

The group that he chairs aims to support GPs by:

  • Influencing general practice education and providing educational support about social prescribing
  • Sharing and learning about local and international initiatives
  • Promoting successful general practice models to decision makers
  • Working as a reference group both within, and on behalf of, the RACGP in matters relating to social prescribing
  • Assisting GPs with how to implement and seek funding for social prescribing initiatives they may wish to run in their practices.

More Information:

For any GP’s interested in joining the RACGP specific interest group, please join through the following link https://racgp.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etuYoA1dc5bXaaV

Resources:

Dr JR Baker Social Prescribing Presentation

Dr James Ibrahim’s Social Prescribing Presentation


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


Antivirals for Covid-19 – Dr Michael Kidd, Deputy CMO, Department of Health

Monday 7 February 2022

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This webinar includes an update for aged care on the COVID-19 response and the vaccine rollout. The Q&A panel discussion includes key updates on the new COVID-19 oral treatments.

Speakers:

  • Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
  • Professor Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Department of Health

Resources:


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


Long COVID: Supporting patient in primary health care webinar

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Did you miss the Long COVID: Supporting patients in primary health care webinar?   Recording now available!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify medical conditions associated with long COVID symptoms
  • Define strategies to support patients with long COVID symptoms

Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Rebecca Steed, GP Clinical Lead Derbyshire Post COVID Assessment Clinic, Derbyshire,  England

 

Panellists:

  • Associate Professor Fiona Robinson, GP and Clinical Lead – HealthPathways, Education Committee and Clinical Concil member, Sydney North Health Network
  • Dr Ewa Piejko, GP and Murray PHN Medical Advisor
  • Dr Kenneth McCroary, GP and Director, South Western Sydney PHN Board

More Information:

COVID-19 education


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


Future of Primary Health Care Symposium 2021

Thursday 11 November 2021

Join us for the 2021 AGM and Health Professionals Symposium. This event includes keynote presentations and a world-leading expert panel who will discuss and explore the future of primary care, including a system that will be better integrated to prevent disease and promote health whilst meeting people’s multidisciplinary needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the focus of an integrated system within mental health, innovation and technology, prevention and wellbeing.
  • Describe what it means to have a person-centred approach in health.
  • Explore what the future of Primary Health Care could look like.

Speakers:

  • Facilitator: Prof Simon Willcock, Professor and General Practitioner

    Professor Simon Willcock is a clinician and academic with extensive experience in medical education, primary care research, workforce development and organisational governance. He has worked closely with State and Commonwealth Governments on a broad range of initiatives. He is past Chair of General Practice Education and Training (GPET), and past Independent Medical Director of Health Workforce Australia. Simon is Program Director for Primary Care and Wellbeing Services at MQ Health.

  • Julie McCrossin AM, Australian radio broadcaster and journalist

    Julie McCrossin AM has over 20 years’ experience as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten and is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster.

  • Prof Ian Hickie, Co-Director, Health and Policy at University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre

    Professor Ian Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-2017 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12). He was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-18) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder. He is now focused on the development of real-time personalised and measurementbased care systems for use in partnership with young people and their families. These systems promote early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention. In his role with the National Mental Health Commission, and his independent research, health system and advocacy roles, Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management).

  • Dr Kirsten Meisinger, MD, Director of Provider Engagement and Regional Medical Director, Cambridge Health Alliance

    Dr Kirsten Meisinger, MD is an international expert on Patient Centred Medical Homes and healthcare system transformation. She was National Faculty Co-Chair for the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative “Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative”, an initiative which transformed over 140,000 US practices to value-based, patient-centred medical care. Kirsten is a MD and cares for an active Family Medicine panel at the Union Square Family Health Centre, an award winning Patient Centred Medical Home practice that was selected as one of the top 30 Ambulatory care sites in the US by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2010. Kirsten has faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University as well as core faculty at the Institute for HealthCare Improvement.

  • Dr Patrick Coleman, Nephrologist and general physician

    Dr Patrick Coleman MB, BAO, BCh, MRCPI, FRACP Dr Patrick Coleman is a Nephrologist and General Physician working on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Patrick graduated in medicine from University College Cork, Ireland in 1991. He has also worked on the Sunshine Coast, Dublin and in Sydney. Besides his commitment to the provision of comprehensive patient care and the promotion of optimising and maintaining patients’ quality of life, he also has a keen interest in training and education having held multiple related positions in Ireland and Australia. He resides on the Northern Beaches where he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his two young children, partaking in a balanced, active, lifestyle and the multiple benefits of living in a wonderful environment.

  • A/Prof Charlotte Hespe, GP, and Head of General Practice and Primary Care Research for University of Notre Dame

    A/Prof Charlotte Mary Hespe MBBS (Hons), DCH (Lon), FRACGP, FAICD, GCUT (UNDA) works in clinical General Practice in Inner City Glebe as a Principal of a 16 Dr Group Practice. She also works as Head of General Practice and Primary Care Research for University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for her patients and the Australian Community and to this end has been actively involved with the RACGP, GP Networks, Medical Education (through undergraduate, post graduate and Registrar student teaching) and GP research for most of her GP career. Charlotte is currently Chair of the RACGP NSW/ACT Faculty Council and a Director on the National RACGP Board. She is a vocal advocate for the urgent need to invest in General Practice as the key to delivery of high quality value based care and improving health outcomes in the Australian setting. This has led to her completing a PhD on Implementation of Best Practice guidelines in the real world of General Practice – using CVD preventive care as the topic for opportunity to improve.

  • Shivaun Conn, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Health Coach and Health Presenter

    Shivaun Conn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN), Health Coach, Certified Trainer & Assessor, Director of Discovery Health Coaching, Director of Accredited Health Coaching Australia, Former Vice President of Accredited Health Coaching Australia, and Professional Member of Dietitians Australia (DA) and Health Coaches Australia & New Zealand (HCANZA). Shivaun has worked for over 18 years as a dietitian and presenter, and 10 years as an executive health coach. Shivaun co-authored Victoria University Polytechnic’s Health Coaching Diploma and is a current lecturer. She delivers online health coaching training courses to health professionals via Accredited Health Coaching Australia, and regularly presents at health and training conferences around Australia.


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:


Immunisation Update: Including New Schedule and Changes (08/2021)

Tuesday 24 August 2021

Learning Outcomes:

  • Access current vaccine preventable diseases of concern and epidemiology
  • Identify current NSW and National Immunisation Program schedules and changes
  • Implement catch-up requirements for children, adolescents and adults
  • Identify priority populations for vaccination and access useful resource

Speakers:

Sally Edwards: CNC Immunisation Coordinator, NSLHD Public Health Unit.


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.


Update on COVID-19 Vaccine rollout: Presented by the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit

Thursday 25 March 2021

This webinar provides an opportunity to hear the latest information on the vaccine implementation strategy as well as the opportunity to ask questions. Topics include: Adverse events and reporting to TGA; Consent; Importance of reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR); Timeframe between flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination and a Q&A.

Speakers:

  • Sally Edwards, CNC Immunisation Coordinator, Northern Sydney Public Health Unit.


Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening in General Practice

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Specialist presentations to help increase participation rates across the national cervical screening program. This webinar also includes a n overview of practical strategies that can be used at your practice.

Speakers:

Dr Greg Gard, Gynaecological Oncologist.


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.


Breaking News! Royal Commission into Aged Care Report to be Released – Let’s Talk About it

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Speakers:

  • De Stephen Ginsborg.
  • Marika Kontellis.


Increasing Breast Cancer Screening

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Speakers:

Dr Jennifer Noakes.

More Information:

Tips
https://youtu.be/vBBFIKw31eg


Bowel Screening

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Speakers:

Dr Cameron Bell, MD FRACP, Gastroenterologist.

More Information:

Tips
https://youtu.be/NZczf1jkN8A


Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invited all local primary care providers to an update on the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The webinar gave participants an opportunity to hear the latest information on the vaccine implementation strategy as well as the opportunity to ask questions.


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:


Webinar – COVID-19 Vaccine Preparation for your Practice

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites local General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, and Practice staff to a webinar on the Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination policy and subsequent planning requirements for General Practice to ensure both readiness and compliance.

Speakers:

  • Michelle Horswood, Practice Manager, O’Connell Street Medical Practice.
  • Katrina Otto, Managing Director & Principal, Train IT Medical Pty Ltd.


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.


The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme: Accreditation in a Pandemic World, Update for General Practice

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Speakers:

Fiona Kolokas, AAPM NSW/ACT President.

Resources:

 Click here to view the presentation.


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:

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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:

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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:

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Recognising Complexity in Intellectual Disability

Tuesday 8 September 2020


Digital Health Guide Overview

Tuesday 1 September 2020


Sydney North Older Persons Network – Suicide in Late Life: The Impact of COVID-19

Wednesday 26 August 2020


Immunisation Update: Including New Schedule and Changes (07/2020)

Thursday 30 July 2020

Speakers:

Sally Edwards, CNC Immunisation Coordinator, NSLHD.

Resources:

 Click here to review the presentation and update reading


Child developmental Surveillance: Speech and Language Development in Children 0-5 Years – the First 2000 Days

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Speakers:

  • Dr Jane Son, MB BS FRACP Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician, NSLHD Child & Family Health Service.
  • Natalie Reeves, BAppSc(ScPath) Speech Pathologist, NSLHD Child & Family Health Services.
  • Vicki Laing, RN & Midwife, General Practice Community Liaison Nurse, NSLHD Child and Family Health Service.

Resources:

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Diabetes Update: Drugs, Devices and Data

Tuesday 14 July 2020


Wound Care in General Practice: Session 4

Wednesday 1 July 2020


Wound Care in General Practice: Session 3

Wednesday 24 June 2020


Preventing stillbirth in NSW: the Safer Baby Bundle, Prof Adrienne Gordon & Prof Michael Nicholl

Tuesday 23 June 2020


End of Life Care

Tuesday 16 June 2020


Wound Care in General Practice: Session 1

Wednesday 10 June 2020


Chronic Kidney Disease Management in Primary Care: New Handbook Recommendations

Thursday 4 June 2020


Domestic Violence: the Implications of COVID-19 for Survivors and Perpetrators

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Resources:

To access the handouts that accompany this webinar, please click here.


Burning out or Breathing in: Getting Through COVID-19 as a GP or Health Professional

Wednesday 15 April 2020


Sydney North Health Network AGM 2019: The Future of Primary Care in a Digital World

Friday 15 November 2019

Speakers:

Dr Simon Willcock.


Sydney North Health Network AGM 2019: The Future of Primary Care in a Digital World – Opportunities and Challenges

Friday 15 November 2019

Speakers:

Dr Kean-Seng Lim.


Sydney North Health Network AGM 2019: Getting Ready in Primary Healthcare – Navigating a Brand-New World

Friday 15 November 2019

Speakers:

Dr Louise Shaper.


Sydney North Health Network AGM 2019: Working with Engaged and Connected Consumers – Use of Digital Health Platforms and Technologies in Management Healthcare

Friday 15 November 2019

Speakers:

Leanne Wells.


Sydney North Health Network AGM 2019: The Future of Primary Care in a Digital World – Panel Discussion

Friday 15 November 2019

Speakers:

  • Dr Simon Willcock.
  • Dr Kean-Seng Lim.
  • Dr Louise Shaper.
  • Leanne Wells.


Management of Responsive Behaviours (BPSD’s)

Wednesday 2 October 2019


Shared Antenatal Care Update Safer Baby Bundle & Every Week Counts

Sunday 1 September 2019

Speakers:

Dr Tanya Nippita.

Resources:

To access the handouts that accompany this webinar, please visit https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Safer-baby-bundle-Tanya-Nippita-002.pdf

https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pregnancy-fact-sheet_April-2019_Final.pdf 


Alcohol Use and Pregnancy

Sunday 1 September 2019

Resources:

To access the handouts that accompany this webinar, please visit sydney.edu.au/matilda-centre/resources/for-clinicians.html#uniqueId_KRP3yeWx_1_button


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