Network Link : February 2017
ISSUE February 2017 In this edition: New program to support chronic disease prevention in the community 1-2 GPs central to managing obesity in patients 2 Brisbane North PHN farewells Board Chair 3 Changes to cervical screening from May 2017 4 Reminder to check listing of Brisbane MIND providers 4 Spirometry training available 4 GPs invited to participate in project ECHO 5 Study child health diploma with the University of Sydney 5 New fax number for the community Child Health Service 5 A guide to family and Child Connect: Protecting children and supporting families 6 Health professionals encouraged to use free interpreting service 7 Mental Health Act commencing March 2017 7 Brisbane North PHN events 8-9 Noticeboard - February 2017 10 What’s on elsewhere 11 GP bulletin board - February 2017 12 NETWORK Link Continued page 2 New program to support chronic disease prevention in the community My health for life! is a new program funded by Queensland Health that will provide group and telephone based one on one health coaching for Queensland adults at high risk of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Commencing in Wide Bay in March 2017, before being rolled out in Cairns in April, Moreton Bay North in May and then statewide, the program will be delivered by an alliance of organisations led by Diabetes Queensland. The program is for primary prevention only and people with diagnosed heart disease, stroke and diabetes are ineligible (see below for eligibility criteria). With funding of $27million over four years, the program will assist at least 10,000 Queenslanders to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles, and includes a strong focus on continuous improvement and evaluation. Based in the community, this initiative will provide health risk assessments to identify those at high risk of developing chronic conditions and offer a structured but flexible, healthy lifestyle program. Coaching will be delivered over six months in multiple ways, including face to face, via telephone and further supported through online resources. The program will be tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. My health for life! will have its own website from February 2017, and a public information campaign will begin in early 2017 to drive enrolment to the program.