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PRACTICE NURSES NEWSLETTER (7) 20 July 2009 GENERAL NEWS ...
PRACTICE NURSES NEWSLETTER (7) 20 July 2009 GENERAL NEWS Queensland Wound Care Association The Queensland Wound Care Association’s Aim is to promote and increase awareness, knowledge and application of effective wound care by: 1. establishing a network of persons with knowledge and experience in wound care 2. providing current information resources to health care professionals 3. developing education strategies for health professionals 4. facilitating and encouraging research in wound care. If you wish to increase your knowledge visit www.elephantintheroom.com.au or the Qld Wound Care Association website at www.qwca.org.au. The Wide Bay contact person is Deborah Mahony Practice Nurse, Torquay Family Practice Hervey Bay ph:4125 2422 Immigration Medicals for Visa Dr Kerry Mckeon of the Torquay Family Practice, Hervey Bay ph:4125 2422 does the immigration visas medicals. To my understanding he is the only one in the Wide bay region. There will probably be a 2 month waiting time. Violence in general practice – share your experience The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) is researching violence against general practice staff and its impact. AGPN is represented on the reference group for this project which will be completed by December 2009. A number of general practice networks have completed or have planned activities relevant to violence. These events and activities might include the development of policy or procedure; surveys to scope the need for the development of policy or procedure; or training for practice staff or GPs in recognition of potentially escalating situations. If your general practice network has been active in a project-related way, APHCRI is interested in learning more about it. Information can be sent to: Dagmar.Ceramidas@anu.edu.au National Continence Week – National Continence Helpline National Continence Week is from 2 to 8 August. The National Continence Foundation manages the National Continence Helpline which is staffed by expert continence nurse advisors. The National Continence Helpline freecall number is 1800 33 00 66. For fact sheets and other informative free resources go to the Continence Foundation of Australia website at www.continence.com.au 1 ThinkGP ThinkGP is a free online education service for GPs and other health care professionals. Highly interactive case based modules allow you to consolidate your knowledge of a wide range of topics in the ever changing world of general practice. CPD points are awarded upon completion. Go to www.thinkgp.com.au Child Health Line Child Health Line has a new number 13HEALTH (13432584). For the cost of a local call, parents can access child health information and parent support services 24hours a day 7 days a week. Registered nurses provide information and support on issues concerning parents and their children. GP Links have pamphlets available for parents. If you would like to receive the pamphlets, contact Carolyn at email@example.com. IMMUNISATION Swine flu Human Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza 09) is a totally new and different strain of flu. Most people don’t have any pre-existing immunity to human swine flu and current flu vaccinations cannot protect against it. Symptoms are similar to normal flu and could include fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and runny nose and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea. GP Links has conducted education session on preparing your practice for the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Those practices who were unable to attend were sent the material resources based on the RACGP training program. If you would like further information or access to any of the resources, visit the GP Links Website homepage at www.gplinks.org.au Data Logger Remember that GP Links has 2 Data Loggers available for you to use to monitor the effectiveness of your vaccine fridge. Just contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org . Di Krenske Public Health Nurse Immunisation on leave Di is on leave for 8 weeks. She will return mid August. Joanne Shearer, Helen Thomas and Kathryn Barnes will cover for Di at various times over this period of leave. Please contact reception on 49206989 to be directed to the Public Health Nurse acting in her position. One Day Immunisation Information Workshop For Practice Nurses and Receptionists, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Administrative and Council staff. This one day workshop is directed towards anyone working in the field of immunisation who is not required to have QNC endorsement. It is not suitable for Registered Nurses seeking endorsement with the Queensland Nursing Council. When: Wednesday 12th August, 2009 – Rockhampton To Register contact: Rose-Marie Goudie Phone: 4920 6526, Fax: 4922 8543, Email: email@example.com Immunisation KISS Flip charts now available An additional supply of KISS guide flipcharts are now available. Please contact Jane Sanders, Program Coordinator - Immunisation on 3105 8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any flipcharts for your practices. 2 Boostrix Supplies Available GSK Australia can confirm that Boostrix private market stock is now available. All existing private market backorders for Boostrix are now being filled and dispatched and further stock is available for other private market orders. Pertussis Booster Vaccine Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis group, now has ample supply of its pertussis booster vaccine, Adacel (dTpa), for both the public and private markets in Australia. CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT Chronic Disease Medicare Items Seminar Way back in June GP Links held a Chronic Disease Medicare Item Number Seminar in Hervey Bay. About 35 people attended and the evaluations indicated that the seminar was very well received. See below photos of some of the participants. Intellectual Disability Medicare health checks reveal hidden suffering GPs around Australia report positive results from using the annual health assessments of people with intellectual disability that are now covered by Medicare. Hobart GP Nick Cooling reports often finding up to three previously untreated conditions. Melbourne GP Bob Davis is Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Health. Even with his expertise, Dr Davis is finding that the new assessments are helping him to pick up important health problems. The takeup rate on the assessments appears to be growing as word spreads about the practical benefits they are bringing. GPs can claim on item 718 for an assessment in their surgery ($208.70) and item 719 ($232.15) if the assessment needs to be done at the patient’s home. For more information, see http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/pacd-intellectual-disability- assessment Better Choices for Asthma and Allergies Identified A new program designed to help patients with asthma and allergies identify products that may be better choices for their health has been gaining momentum and is now available nationally. The ‘Sensitive Choice’ program, which is an initiative of the National Asthma Council Australia, uses a prominent blue butterfly logo to identify products that have been reviewed and approved by the Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel. 3 The National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program has also been adopted by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand. The Sensitive Choice register of approved products is regularly updated and expanded and available via the website: www.sensitivechoice.com.au Resource – Heart Age Calculator The World Heart Federation and Unilever have announced a new online ‘heart age calculator’. 'Heart Age' is described as ‘a new, personally motivating way of expressing an individual’s risk of developing heart disease and stroke’ and builds on the Framingham Risk Score which uses standard risk factors for heart disease or stroke (such as age, weight, gender, cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking). The result gives individuals a personal motivation for changing their behaviour to try to bring their heart age in line with their chronological age. Leading CVD experts have pledged their support for the tool, and the concept of 'heart age', including Professor Pekka Puska (President of the World Heart Federation), who commented: ‘If Heart Age can engage individuals and motivate them to change their diet and lifestyle for the better, no matter what their level of risk, then this could be a breakthrough in the global effort towards improved CVD prevention, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and sparing many more the misery of heart disease and stroke.' To read more and access the online ‘Heart Age' calculator please visit the Oxford Health Alliance website at www.oxha.org Educational Events What’s on in the Wide Bay and surrounds in July/ August? Go to our website at www.gplinks.org.au and click on “Events” for more details! Date Topic Location 27 July Insulin & Actos Bundaberg 27 July The Future of Diabetic Footcare Brisbane 28 July Qld Wound Care Association Meeting Maryborough 30 July Motivation Challenging Thinking Towards Food & Exercise Mundubbera 3 Aug Tobacco Control Symposium Brisbane 11 Aug Practice Managers / Staff Forum Bundaberg 12 Aug Immunization Workshop 1-day Rockhampton 13-15 QWCA 2009 Biennial Wound Management Conference Brisbane Aug 14 Aug Palliative Care CPCRE Clinical Skills Brisbane 18 Aug Practice Nurses Forum Bundaberg 21-22 PNCE Conference Cairns Aug GP Links and The Benchmarque Group Clinic Courses GP Links and The Benchmarque Group are offering a suite of Nationally Accredited Clinical Courses in Bundaberg in November 2009. Courses include: • Wound Closure and Suturing • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 4 • Performing ECGs • Ear Irrigation • IV Cannulation For further information go to the GP Links Website/homepage/programs/NiGP/Education Ausmed Conferences Pty Ltd The following courses are programmed for Brisbane in 2009. For more information go to www.ausmed.com.au • Clinical Nursing Assessment Skills – 17 &18 Aug / 30 Nov & 1 Dec • Management Troubleshooting A Practical Seminar for Middle Nurse Mgrs – 26 & 27 Aug • Acute Coronary Syndrome 4 & 5 September • 12 Lead ECG Advanced Analysis & Education – 11 &12 September • Wound Management & Skin Integrity – 26 & 2 7November Queensland Wound Care Association QWCA 2009 Biennial Wound Management Conference Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 13-15 August 2009. To register www.qwca.org.au PNCE Conference – North Queensland APNA is holding another Practice Nurse Clinical Education Conference on 21&22 August 2009 in Cairns. These clinical conferences are usually interactive with smaller hands on sessions which will help you update your skills in day-to-day practice. To register, go to www.pnce.com.au or call 02 9422 2941 Chronic Illness Conference – in Bundaberg Ausmed Conferences are offering a Chronic Illness Conference on 26 &27 October 2009. This conference attracts 10.5 RCNA CNE points. To register, go to www.ausmed.com.au or call 03 9375 7311 Practice Nurse Forums The Practice Nurse Forums provide an opportunity for Wide Bay Practice Nurses to get together on a bi-monthly basis to enjoy an evening of education, information sharing and networking. The Practice Nurse Forums are held at the GP Links office in Bundaberg on Tuesdays 6pm-7.30pm. Each clinic is sent an invitation via the fax stream and via the Practice Nurse e-mail network. The next Forum will be held on Tuesday 18 August 2009 at GP Links offices Bundaberg. Practice Managers and Nurses from Maryborough are invited to attend the Maryborough Chapter Meetings. The next Chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 August 2009. GEMS – Girls/Guys Employed in Medical Service Gems is a Hervey Based group with similar networking objectives to the Practice Nurse Forums. GEMS Get Togethers are held at a variety of Hervey Bay locations. Each clinic is sent an invitation via the fax stream and via the GEMS e-mail network. Watch for the flyer advertising the next GEMS event. 5 Practice Nurse and GEMS E-mail Network Practice Nurses and GEMS participants are encouraged to join their peer email network. Information about upcoming events, useful resources, industry changes and GP Links activities can be sent directly to you via the network. In addition, the opportunity to share information, seek ideas or find new resources is provided through this network. To register your details to join the Practice Nurses or GEMS Network please email; email@example.com Practice Nurse Vacancies Remember we can list any staff vacancies in your practice on our website. Please contact Carolyn Wilson on 4151 0814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Locums Notices of GPs and other health care professionals interested in locum work in the Wide Bay area are posted on our website at www.gplinks.org.au 6
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