What is HealthPathways?
HealthPathways is an online local health information portal. It is a resource for General Practice, but is also used by hospital and primary care clinicians in the community. Information in the portal is peer reviewed and region specific.
- Service navigation
- Condition management
- Referral to specialists, facilities, public and private services
- Access to reference materials
- Access to patient educational resources
HealthPathways are developed and agreed by general practitioners, hospital clinicians, and a wide range of other health professionals involved in local patient care. HealthPathways is a collaboration between the Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) and the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).
HealthPathways is dynamic, with new HealthPathways constantly under development and existing HealthPathways regularly reviewed in light of changing evidence, technology, and local circumstances.
Download the HealthPathways fact sheet here
HealthPathways is not designed to be used by the public or by patients.
Why use HealthPathways?
The long term goal of HealthPathways programs are to improve patient access to the right care, in the right place at the right time and to better integrate primary and specialist systems of care.
The objectives of HealthPathways include:
- Supporting general practitioners to better manage patients in the community
- Improving care between general practice and hospitals
- Providing locally relevant information for general practitioners and other clinical registered health service providers
- Designing HealthPathways that are quick and simple to use
HealthPathways benefits for General Practice
HealthPathways role in the patient journey
HealthPathways Monthly Progress Update
∼ 400 Pathways LIVE ∼
What is the process for deciding on HealthPathways priorities?
A number of broad topic areas (workstreams), informed by the SNHN needs assessment, have been identified for initial pathway development. Through consultation, these have been endorsed via joint SNHN/NSLHD governance processes. Further work streams will be identified for development in future. Selection criteria for work streams includes relevance to local general practitioners, significance for hospital supply and demand, and impact on the community. Further consideration is given to prioritising areas with existing work, readiness and available expertise.
Current Work streams include:
- Aboriginal Health
- Aged Care
- Child and Youth Health / Paediatrics
- Dementia / Cognitive Impairment
- Hospital in the Home
- Mental Health / Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Palliative Care
- Maternal, Neonatal and Women’s Health
- Sexual Health
- Wound Care
Within each stream, there may be many potential HealthPathways. Opportunities exist for clinicians to propose pathway priorities within current workstreams via the HealthPathways portal.
Who develops HealthPathways?
The HealthPathways are written by local GPs with support from a local GP Clinical Lead and GP Clinical Editors. The research and writing undertaken for HealthPathways is supported by contemporary and locally agreed clinical guidelines. Consultation with hospital specialists and allied health practitioners is facilitated where appropriate to inform alignment of condition management, referral from primary care into hospital health services, and discharge back to primary care.
HealthPathways in Northern Sydney
HealthPathways is available in 30 out of 31 PHN regions in Australia, it is used regularly and consistently with over 20 million page views occurring in the past 6 months.
Sydney North HealthPathways was launched 30 May 2017. It now has over 400 pathways live and over 5,000 people have visited the site.
If you are a GP or Health Professional you can access our HealthPathways portal at the following address: https://sydneynorth.healthpathways.org.au/ or https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org. Please contact us on HealthPathways@snhn.org.au to request a username and password.
Who can get involved and what opportunities exist?
Any local clinician can get involved. There are a number of ways to get involved in development of HealthPathways, including:
- Workgroup participation
Workgroups involve a selection of local primary and hospital based clinicians. They come together to discuss issues that impact on delivering optimum patient care within clinical topic areas. Participating in a workgroup discussion helps to inform content for pathway development. Workgroups are two hour events. Work groups do not write HealthPathways.
- Reviewing HealthPathways
Clinicians can get involved by reviewing draft HealthPathways, and providing feedback. Draft HealthPathways are posted electronically on the HealthPathways portal. The HealthPathways Team can provide you with a username and password to access the site. You can decide on which draft HealthPathways you want to review, and provide feedback online at anytime.
- Proposing HealthPathways
Clinicians can propose need for HealthPathways on topics which sit within the workstreams in progress. Proposals for HealthPathways may be submitted via the HealthPathways portal.
Potential Impact of using HealthPathways
HealthPathways in conjunction with other service delivery initiatives can result in:
- More appropriate utilisation of hospital services.
- Increased usage of undersubscribed and unknown local services.
- Reduction in inappropriate referrals to services as GP management is enhanced and referral criteria is clarified.
- Unified local response to new treatments and health issues. E.g. – COVID-19
- A decrease in emergency attendances.
New Mobile Friendly HealthPathways Platform now available
Sydney North HealthPathways moved to a new mobile friendly platform in September 2019.
For more information about the change Click here or watch the video below for a quick tour of the changes
New RNSH Outpatient Clinic Information & Criteria is Now Available on HealthPathways
Alison Zecchin, the General Manager of Royal North Shore Hospital and Lynelle Hales, the Chief Executive Officer of Sydney North Health Network proudly announce the launch of new clinic Information and referral criteria for 13 specialty outpatient services (71 clinics in total) at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC).
This information has been developed as part of a collaboration with RNSH consultants and GP representatives to help make the referral process faster and easier, allowing referrals to be triaged accurately and efficiently, reduce waiting times and improve overall experience for their patients and staff.
The criteria are designed to improve the referral process to RNSH by providing primary care clinicians with information including:
- What clinics are provided by each speciality
- What information must be included on the referral for it to be processed quickly, including diagnostic tests
- What conditions are accepted for management at RNSH and what should be managed elsewhere.s and opening hours
- Opening Hours
- List of RNSH doctors and their private referral options
- The hospital’s out of area policy
The criteria are now available on the HealthPathways website which came into effect on 1st May 2019. To view the information please visit https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org if you are not familiar with Sydney North HealthPathways and would like more information, or require access please contact the Sydney North HealthPathways team, via email: email@example.com
To read the full letter from the RNHS GM and SNHN CEO please Click here
Presentation on HealthPathways by Dr Fiona Robinson March 2020
HelthPathways presentation by Dr Darshika Christie-David 2017
HealthPathways Symposium and Launch May 2016 (4 parts)
Part 1: Welcome and Introduction
Part 2: Technical writing and development of HealthPathways
Part 3: The Canterbury Initiative – A way of working at the primary/secondary interface
Part 4: The local team
For further information, contact the Sydney North HealthPathways team (SNHP) below via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chanelle Stowers – Manager, Service Integration and Design SNHN
Amanda McLoughlin– HealthPathways Coordinator SNHN
Dr Fiona Robinson – HealthPathways Clinical Lead SNHN
Dr Rebecca Roach
Dr Justine Morris
Dr Helen Wainright
Dr Ushma Narsai
Dr Zohra Alimie