PHN supports Medical Practice Assistants

Thursday 7 Nov 2019

The PHN is supporting the continued development of the health workforce with the introduction of Medical Practice Assistants (MPA). They are valued members of the Medical Practice team who are formally trained to provide administrative and clinical assistance to health practitioners. Medical Practice Assistants undergo formal training to obtain the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting (HLT47715), and the PHN has supported more than 100 st...

New MBS Item Numbers for Eating Disorders - Eating Disorder Plan (EDP)

Friday 1 Nov 2019

From 1 November 2019, some Australians experiencing eating disorders will be able to access more support through Medicare. Known as an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP), it's an evidence-based, best practice model of treatment. The plan can include up to 20 Medicare-subsidised sessions with a dietitian and 40 sessions with a mental health clinician over a 12-month period. If you're a clinician, or have specific questions click here for more information...

New National Pain Services Directory

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

The Federal Government last week launched Painaustralia’s National Pain Services Directory at Parliament House. Over 200 specialist pain services are mapped across Australia in the Directory, enabling better access to best practice pain management for millions of Australians fighting what it often an invisible condition – pain. Pain is closely associated with other health conditions, mental health and disability. Nearly 1.45 million (44%) people ...

Wellbeing grants available to empower drought affected communities

Friday 25 Oct 2019

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) is offering grants of up to $50,000 for community-led activities that build resilience during the big dry. The Empowering our Communities grants will fund: Community events or workshops that promote resilience and reduce stigma associated with mental illness and accessing mental health and suicide prevention services Complementary and lifestyle activities known to improv...

headspace toolkits help Central Coast HSC students stay calm

Wednesday 23 Oct 2019

Staff at headspace Gosford have handed out ‘self-care kits’ in a bid to help school leavers stay cool, calm and collected during the exam period. Nearly 3,000 students are sitting their HSC exams on the Central Coast – a testing time in more ways than one. Referrals to headspace services have increased with more young people seeking help and support to deal with additional stress and to manage their mental health. Click here to view the NBN news ...

Childhood Overweight & Obesity ECHO Series
Tue, 05 Nov, 2019 9:00 AM -
Tue, 26 Nov, 2019 10:00 AM
Join the Childhood Overweight & Obesity ECHO series for weekly support and guidance from your co-participants and medical and allied health professionals. Relevant for medical (including GPs and Paediatricians), nursing, and allied health professionals and all experience levels. “Zoom” in from you...
Mental Health Disorders Training for Rural Practitioners (MHST) o...
Thu, 07 Nov, 2019 7:00 PM -
Thu, 28 Nov, 2019 7:00 PM
There are six modules in the course: - Session 1 - Introduction - Session 2 - Depression and Risk - Session 3 - Planning: Organising Chronic Care and Comorbidity - Session 4 - Anxiety and Somatisation - Session 5 - Patient Education and Support - Session 6 - Using Medication and Ch...
Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) Sydney
Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 9:00 AM -
Sun, 17 Nov, 2019 5:00 PM
100 Murray Street, Sydney
This two-day emergency medicine course covers many of the common emergencies in rural practice that are relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment. The Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) program is conducted by trained emergency medicine instruct...
Newcastle NDIS Forum - Psychosocial Disability Support
Mon, 18 Nov, 2019 6:30 PM - 9 PM
1 Tauranga Rd New Lambton, 2305
Registration from 6:30pm. Dinner & session to start at 7pm-9pm. The HNECC Primary Health Network in collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) invites you to an information forum on how to support patients with a psychosocial disability to access the NDIS.  WHO SHOULD ATTEND:...
NDIS Forum - Psychosocial Disability Support - Newcastle
Mon, 18 Nov, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1 Tauranga Rd New Lambton, NSW
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:The forum is intended to assist General Practitioners, health and medical professionals, mental health specialists and support staff who are helping people in the community. The session will be facilitated by NDIA, with an update from NDIS Partners, St Vincent de Paul (Local Area C...
The RACGP recognises that GPs and general practice staff have embraced social media at a rapid rate, and guidance around safe and professional usage within general practice is necessary. Similarly, there are many health apps that have the potential to encourage better health but there are concerns a...