Clinical News – Nov ’16
NSW Health Alert – Arbovirus
Key points for general Practitioners:
- There is an increased risk of Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus infections due to the recent flooding and heavy rain in inland NSW
- Consider arbovirus infections in patients presenting with compatible symptoms
- Reinforce mosquito prevention messages to patients.
CLICK HERE for the full NSW Health Arbovirus Update.
Establishing a functional diabetic retinopathy screening service in general practice and primary health care services
Mater Group is pleased to launch an online practice implementation module which provides a comprehensive guide for clinicians and managers to establish a functional diabetic retinopathy screening service in their practice.
The online module is based on the findings of a three-year National Health and Medical Research Council trial which identified that general practices, with appropriate camera and in-practice training, achieved mean effective diabetic retinopathy screening rates of 99 per cent compared with an NHMRC estimated national rate of 50 per cent.
The online module includes perspectives of patients and practitioners regarding optimal screening and is suitable for urban, rural and Aboriginal Medical Service settings.
It can be undertaken as a practice or GP-only training. The online self-test allows GPs to be confident in the accuracy of their post training image interpretation.
Register now for the diabetic retinopathy online module at www.materonline.org.au/DiabeticRetinopathy