Heart Foundation Health Professional Ambassador 2020

By Learning, Network, News

Would you like to improve the cardiovascular health of your patients?  Become a 2020 Heart Foundation Health Professional Ambassador

The Heart Foundation is seeking health professionals in WA who are passionate about improving cardiovascular outcomes in primary and secondary care to join our Health Professional Ambassador Program in 2020.  Now is your chance to join this exciting program!

Together we can support prevention, earlier detection and better management of cardiovascular disease. Committed to supporting health professionals improve patient care and outcomes across the nation, the Heart Foundation is offering this professional development program free of charge. Travel to attend workshops is at your own or organisational expense however you may be eligible to apply for a WAPHA Travel grant.

Read more on the application form.

Annual Health Professional Survey is now open

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Win one of five $100 Visa gift cards

The Rural Health West Annual Nursing, Midwifery, Dental and Allied Health Professional Survey is now open.

This survey enables Rural Health West to enhance our recruitment and short-term placement service, shape our professional development offerings, and ensure that we are providing you with relevant information regarding grant, sponsorship and networking opportunities.

The survey is hosted securely online and is open to nursing, midwifery, dental and allied health professionals working in rural and regional Western Australia.

If you have dealt previously with Rural Health West, you will have already received your login details by post or email, and your survey has been pre-filled for you.

If not, you can enter your details and then do the survey.

Take the survey here

For further information, if you require your login details or if you prefer to have a paper copy of the survey sent to you, please contact the Rural Health West database team by calling 08 6389 4500 or via email.

All respondents who complete their survey by 16 December 2019 will have the chance to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards

Recent changes to the 2016 National Cervical Screening Program

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Below is a summary of recent changes to the 2016 National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding

Chapter 18: Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer – identification and investigation of abnormal bleeding

The title for Chapter 18 has been changed to reflect the addition of a new subpage, Investigations of other symptoms – vaginal discharge and deep dyspareunia which provides detailed guidance for healthcare professionals on the identification of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.

Three new recommendations in relation to deep dyspareun ia and unexplained persistent unusual vaginal discharge have also been added to the Guidelines. The new recommendations are:

REC18.8 Women with abnormal vaginal discharge and/or deep dyspareunia: Almost all women with vaginal discharge and/or deep dyspareunia have benign gynaecological disease. They should be investigated appropriately and if due for cervical screening a routine CST would be the most appropriate test.

REC18.9 Women with unexplained persistent unusual vaginal discharge: Women of any age with unexplained persistent unusual vaginal discharge, especially if offensive or blood stained) should be investigated with a co-test (HPV and LBC) and referred for gynaecological assessment.

REC18.10 Women with unexplained persistent deep dyspareunia: Women with unexplained persistent deep dyspareunia in the absence of bleeding or discharge should have a CST if due and referral for gynaecological assessment should be considered.

Chapter 14: Screening in pregnancy

The recommendations for screening in pregnancy in Chapter 14 have been modified to reflect expert opinion on the risks and benefits of self-collection of specimens for HPV testing during pregnancy. The previous recommendation stated that self-collection for HPV testing during pregnancy is not recommended. The new recommendation is:

REC14.13 Self-collection in pregnancy: Self-collection for HPV testing may be considered during pregnancy in never-screened or under-screened women, following counselling by a health care professional regarding the risk of bleeding.

Please follow the links above for more information.

South West Health Research Forum

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Are you interested in growing health research and translational health research activity in the South West?

The South West Health Research Collaborative is seeking expressions of interest from South West clinicians and researchers who would like to participate in a forum to identify current research activity and propose future potential research and translational research priorities.

To express your interest, please email your contact details and preferred area of research to admin@vlfoundation.com by the 17 December 2019. Program and registration details to follow.

WA Healthy Weight Action Plan

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The WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024 is a joint initiative of WA Health, WA Primary Health Alliance, and Health Consumers’ Council to create a roadmap for sustainable changes to support people and families who are at-risk of overweight (those at the high end of the healthy weight body mass index range) and those with overweight and obesity. It is the first step of many to create a coordinated approach across health to tackle the complex causes of overweight and obesity and work with our partners across WA to drive long-term change.

Resources include:

For more information please visit the WA Department of Health website.

Nominate a peer or colleague for the 2020 WA Rural Health Awards

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Hosted by Rural Health West and WA Country Health Service, the WA Rural Health Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contributions of health professionals working across rural Western Australia.

In 2020, we are delighted to expand the awards program to acknowledge the critical role all health professionals play in keeping country communities healthy. Clinicians from a range of health professions and workplaces will now be recognised alongside rural doctors at the awards presentation in March 2020.

  1. GP of the Year
    2.             Clinical Leadership Award**
    3.             Procedural GP/ District Medical Officer of the Year
    4.             Specialist of the Year (non-GP)
    5.             Rural Nurse/Midwife of the Year Award
    6.             Metropolitan-based Bush Champion**
    7.             Rising Star Award**
    8.             Rural Researcher or Educator Award**
    9.             Building Healthy Country Communities Award**
    10.          People’s Choice Award**

**nominations invited for all health professionals

NOMINATIONS CLOSE 25 November 2019.

Visit the website.

Changing The World Through Teaching General Practice

By News, Podcasts

The latest episode of The Good GP podcast is Changing The World Through Teaching General Practice.

In this episode, Dr Tim Koh interviews Professor Donna Mak on ‘changing the world through teaching general practice’.

Professor Mak explores the importance of GPs teaching, the benefits of teaching general practice and how this can help change the health care system.

This podcast also looks at the different ways GPs can teach general practice.  Listen here.