The Federal MP for Page, Kevin Hogan (Centre), with his wife Karen, and Paul Murphy, manager of The Winsome & Lismore Soup Kitchen, at Homelessness Connect day.

I would like to congratulate our North Coast Primary Health Network, which has been selected as one of four lead sites across Australia to implement the new $192 million suicide prevention program. This is exactly what I have been advocating to reduce suicide in our community.

Any suicide is tragic and unfortunately we have far too many in our community. Under this new programme, the North Coast PHN will receive millions of dollars in additional resources to develop localised methods to help prevent suicides.

The eHealth component of Practice Incentive Program was tightened on 1 May 2016. Practices are now required to upload Shared Health Summaries (SHS) for 0.5% of the Standard Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) population each quarter to qualify for the Incentive. Quarters commence on the first of February, May, August and November. The incentive for a practice can be up to $12,500 per quarter. 

The North Coast Primary Health Network has developed a guide to assisting practices in meeting their ePIP requirements. Section 4.6 of the guide shows how to determine the number of uploads in the preceding 3 months for three of the commonly used general practice electronic health records, Genie, Medical Director and Best Practice. 

Uploads to the PCEHR

Medical Director has a specific tool to calculate the number of uploads for the quarter. For Genie users the guide runs through the process for extracting the details of uploaded Shared Health Summaries. 


Every day one in five GPs will see a patient for whom they have little or no information at all - Health Minister Sussan Ley

More than four million Australians, about 17 per cent of the population, have registered for My Health Record, the Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced.

With a My Health Record, both a patient and their healthcare professional can gain immediate access to important health information on-line,” the Minister said. “This can improve co-ordinated care outcomes, reduce duplication and provide vital information in emergency situations.”

She said it enabled people to become more active in managing their health as well as providing links between the multiple services many may need through their life.

Ms Ley said a steady increase in registrations had followed the recent MH“Every day one in five GPs will see a patient for whom they have little or no information at all - Health Minister Sussan LeyR re-launch.

Research Assistant, Amelia Smith, University of Sydney

At first glance, saliva may not seem closely related to the risk of acquiring melanoma, but successful results from a pilot trial indicate that the genetic identification of higher-risk individuals could result in reduced rates of this cancer in hot spots such as northern NSW.

Some preliminary results from the trial have been presented at recent international cancer conferences, and more results will be presented at the Sydney Cancer conference and Australasian Epidemiological Association conferences in September 2016.

It is known that where we live affects our predisposition to melanoma: Australia and NZ have the world’s highest rates, with the greatest incidence in Queensland (and by association, far northern NSW), both nationally and internationally.

Who we are is also a key factor, as common genomic variants have a strong contribution to melanoma risk prediction.

Currently, the public is far more aware of the former risk factor than the latter, which is why this pilot trial* has such potential for improving prevention behaviours as well as psychosocial outcomes.

‘Precision prevention’ is how lead researcher Assoc Prof Anne Cust described it in a conversation with GP Speak.

The North Coast Primary Health Network has been chosen as one of Australia’s 10 lead sites for the roll-out of the national mental health reforms.

In this role the NCPHN will be a pioneer in primary mental health care reform, with work to include testing models of co-ordinated care for adults with severe mental illness and complex care needs, including approaches to assessment, referral pathways and packages of care.

These models are likely to be tested in small cohorts in some regions. Implementing a systems approach to suicide prevention will also form part of its Lead Site work.