- Written by Staff
The closure of the Labor-initiated After Hours GP Helpline, managed by the government’s HealthDirect scheme, will help fund a new payment model aimed at encouraging GPs to treat patients outside of business hours.
Announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley on 22 May, the new model will encourage practices to apply for a Practice Incentives Programme (PIP) after-hours incentive from the Federal Government.
The new model will “build on existing infrastructure and provide general practices with a nationally consistent, streamlined, less administratively burdensome way to receive funding for delivering after hours services”.
- Written by Jayden MacRae, CEO Patients First
Jayden MacRae is the CEO of Patients First, the New Zealand organisation charged with improving both the quality and ease of transmission of data in the New Zealand health sector. In this article he highlights the importance of face to face conversations with practices in the successful implementation of the NZ's "Shared Care Record".
The need to win the hearts and minds of GPs one-at-a-time and face-to-face was one of the key lessons I learned while leading one of New Zealand’s first regional electronic Shared Care Record (SCR) implementations.
I spent the better part of 18 months having practice meetings in early mornings, lunch-times and after work across close to 100 practices that covered 450,000 patients and a geographical region of 15,500 km2.
- Written by Jesse Morgan, Embrace Exercise
Tim has been part of the Embrace Exercise Physiology team since 2012 and covers the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Pottsville areas.
Tim specialises in the fields of rehabilitative services for musculoskeletal conditions and chronic disease management with an emphasis on developing sustainable behaviour change. He focuses on in-home services for ‘at risk’ individuals, aiming to improve symptoms and quality of life for debilitated and elderly individuals.
Tim also has a strong interest in working with patients looking to improve their life through sustained weight loss. He believes that good health is earned every single day and that we should not take it for granted.
When not working, Tim enjoys competing in his weekly basketball competition and exercising at the gym.
To refer a patient for in home treatment please contact Tim by phone on 0432 401 328 or send a fax to 07 5636 1012.
- Written by Dr Rohit Singh, Radiologist, NCR
CT coronary angiography (CTCA) is a non invasive test for assessment of coronary arteries to exclude coronary artery disease (CAD). It involves administration of intravenous contrast, and imaging the heart with multi slice computed tomography (CT). This is done over multiple heart beats, in the same part of the cardiac cycle (with help of ECG gating). This data is then assembled to review the coronary arteries in multiple planes.
Clinical assessment prior to the scan by the referring physician is important in selecting suitable candidates for the test.
- Written by Robin Osborne
Therapy through art for self-confessed ‘doodler’
Michael Philp, a Bundjalung man who grew up in the Tweed, pulls no punches when describing his childhood and adolescence. His “mongrel of a father”, a non-Aboriginal fisherman, was a violent drinker who badly mistreated Michael’s mother and showed little emotion towards the children.
Although they lived in a beautiful part of the coast, it was a tough upbringing and there was little escape for Michael except music on the radio: he yearned to be a rock star, and would go on to formally study music.
But by the time of his teens, he had begun a descent into drugs and alcohol that would last twenty years.
“I spent those years playing with fire,” Michael told a Lismore Regional Gallery talk to mark the opening of an exhibition spanning his past 15 years of sobriety.