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2018 Influenza Vaccines

2018 Influenza Vaccines

This year, two higher-immunogenicity trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) formulations are available for those 65 years and older, and are National Immunisation Program-funded.  

Review fact sheets about this year's influenza vaccines by clicking here.

Immunisation Module for GPs

Immunisation

A new immunisation module has been added under GP Resources.

This module provides practical immunisation information for GPs including:

1. Where to access the latest National and State/Territory immunisation schedules

2. Risk classification of the immunisation schedule

3. Eligible criteria for common funded and private vaccines

4. Pre-vaccination procedures

5. Procedures for administering intramuscular and subcutaneous vaccines. 

To access this module, please go to http://primaryhealthcare.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=7#section-3

New National Cervical Screening Program from 1st Dec 2017

 Cervical Screening Pathway

From 1st December 2017, the Pap smear process will be known as the Cervical Screening Test. The cervical cells will be collected in the same way as previously collected for Pap smears, with the only difference being that the sample is to be placed in a ThinPrep® vial with liquid media rather than smeared onto glass slides. Testing the sample for oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) will replace cytology as the primary screening process. Liquid-based cytology (LBC) will be performed on the sample by the laboratory if the HPV test is positive (i.e. reflex cytology) or in specific clinical circumstances (i.e. HPV and cytology co-test).

The cervical screening program will be available to women between the ages of 25 and 74 years. Women over the age of 25 will be invited by the National Cancer Screening Register to participate in the new National Cervical Screening Program. The recommended interval between cervical screening tests will change from 2 to 5 years.

Women who have had the HPV vaccination must still participate in the screening program.

This four-minute video discusses sample collection:

 

   

NPS has excellent modules on the National cervical screening program which can be found here:

https://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7804

More detailed information is available from each of the pathology companies below:

Abbott:

http://www.abbottpathology.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/CervicalCancerScreening.aspx

Dorevitch:

http://www.dorevitch.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/NewTestingInnovations/CervicalCancerScreening.aspx

Laverty:

http://www.laverty.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/CervicalScreening.aspx

QML:

http://www.qml.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/CervicalScreening.aspx

TML:

http://www.tmlpath.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/CervicalScreening.aspx

Western Diagnostic Pathology:

http://www.wdp.com.au/IamaDoctor/TestingGuide/CervicalScreening.aspx


Clinician and patient information from the individual pathology groups can be easily downloaded from this link: 
http://primaryhealthcare.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=7#section-6


Further resources can be found here:

Cancer Institute NSW, Cervical Screening NSW:

https://www.cancerinstitute.org.au/cervical-screening-nsw/information-and-resources-for-health-professionals/resources-and-publications

(Edited by Andrea Vlores - original submission Monday, 20 November 2017, 10:24 AM)

Updated: MBS Resources

Medicare

This module has been updated to reflect changes to the MBS as of November 2017: MBS Resources. 

To access this module enter your username and password.

(Edited by Shirley Fung - original submission Monday, 6 March 2017, 4:26 PM)

Mental Health Skills Training


There are 2 pathways in which GPs can obtain completion of MHST
  1. Completing a minimum 6 hour online course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee, or
  2. Completing a face to face course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee

If you would like to complete Mental Health Skills Training, there is an online option available via gplearning.

94398 - Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health (gplearning)

The Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health active learning module (ALM) provides general practitioners (GPs) with the skills to recognise and assess mental illnesses and to prepare evidence-based GP mental health treatment plans.
In recognition of these increased skills, GPs who have completed mental health skills training (MHST) gain access to additional MBS items 2715 and 2717.
The MHST modular pathway and this ALM consist of two modules:

A Mental Health Core Module, which provides an overview of the Australian mental healthcare system, aetiology of the common mental illnesses seen in general practice and how to complete mental health treatment plans.

A Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module which provides participants with the opportunity increase their skills in detecting and managing mental illness in young people.

Please click on the below link to access the course on the RACGP website: 

http://www.racgp.org.au/education/courses/activitylist/activity/?id=60122&q=triennium%3d17-19%26category%3d1%26specificRequirement%3dMH_ST

Every fortnight the RACGP's GPMHSC send a report to Medicare of GPs who have completed their Mental Health Skills Training and have a Medicare provider number in their system.

Medicare usually takes 4-6 weeks to process this and then they will send you a letter confirming that you are able to begin using the new MBS item numbers.


Another additional Mental Health Training with specific item number: 4001: for non-directive pregnancy support counselling services provided to women who are concerned about a current pregnancy, or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months.  Rebates for up to three non-directive pregnancy support counselling services per patient, per pregnancy, may be claimed.

GPs who complete the Pregnancy advice and support (including assessment) activity on gplearning can use Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number 4001 when consultations meet the necessary requirements.

Please contact the gplearning Helpdesk if you have questions about these courses:

gplearning Helpdesk
T: 1800 284 789
E: gplearning@racgp.org.au

(Edited by Shirley Fung - original submission Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:12 AM)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health


Check out one of the latest topics added on Learn 360: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. To access the module enter your login and password.