Network Link : March 2017
ISSUE March 2017 In this edition: Gynaecology workshop in high demand amongst local GPs 1 Funding boost for local drug treatment services 2-3 Health Alliance to bridge primary care and hospital gap 4 Paediatric ophthalmology and community optometry update 5 Gonorrhoea notifications on the rise 6 Recording vaccine batch numbers 6 Changes affecting general practice accreditation 7 Changes to home care package services 7 Brisbane North PHN events 8-9 Noticeboard – March 2017 9-10 What’s on elsewhere 11 GP bulletin board – March 2017 12 NETWORK Link Gynaecology workshop in high demand amongst local GPs More than 80 local GPs attended the Metro North GP Alignment Gynaecology Workshop on Saturday 18 February to hear the latest in gynaecology care, guidelines, processes and services. Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service Women’s and Children’s Stream in collaboration with Brisbane North PHN, the event attracted GPs from across the region. The RACGP QI and CPD Category 1 accredited workshop provided a valuable opportunity for GPs with an interest in gynaecology to update their knowledge on a number of important topics, including gynaecology referral processes, cervical screening, pelvic organ prolapse/incontinence, vaginal pessaries, endometrial sampling and Mirena, endometriosis and pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and fertility. The workshop was facilitated by a range of gynaecology professionals, including specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology, specialists in fertility, gynaecology nurse managers, a continence clinical nurse consultant, a cytopathologist, physiotherapists and GPs with a special interest, including local GP Dr Meg Cairns. Dr Cairns said she was impressed with the enthusiasm for the workshop, and the appeal of the topics on offer. “We are so pleased to have had such a strong, dynamic interest in gynaecology from local GPs,” Dr Cairns said. “The workshop was a huge success, with highly valuable contributions from participants, and many GPs asking where to sign up for the next one.” “It was great for local GPs to meet Metro North Hospital and Health Service clinicians face-to-face to discuss primary care investigation and management of common gynaecological conditions.” The Gynaecology Workshop is closely associated with the Queensland Health award winning Metro North Maternity GP Alignment Program, the next workshop for which will be held on Saturday 25 March 2017. More information on the upcoming Maternity GP Alignment Workshop is available on page 8. To register your interest in future gynaecology workshops, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .