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Brisbane South PHN

Bullet in Social and emotional wellbeing services appointed Two well-established Indigenous health organisations have been commissioned to help improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Brisbane South catchment. Brisbane South PHN recently awarded two separate tenders to Gallang Place and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) for the provision of free and culturally appropriate mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services to the local Indigenous population. With more than 22 years of experience and accumulated knowledge, Gallang Place has delivered real outcomes for Indigenous communities. “Gallang Place has developed a clinical framework that is evidence based, culturally informed and proven to the thousands of community members Gallang Place over many years. Gallang Place continues to explore best practice, to engage with communities in their program design and to change and adapt services to address healing needs," Gallang Chief Executive Officer Noeleen Lopes said. “Gallang Place is currently delivering Australian Skills Quality Authority-

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accredited training to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) workforce, and will continue to support the development of the SEWB sector in the Brisbane South PHN region.” IUIH will operate through a partnership of community service providers, including the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS), Yulu Burri Ba and lnala Wangarra, to optimise the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural wellbeing of Indigenous people. “In Logan we will supplement the existing, Social Health Team based with Brisbane ATSICHS to be able to extend scope and reach of service delivery across this catchment with service locations in Logan central, Woodridge, Loganlea, Salisbury and Browns Plains,” IUIH CEO Adrian Carson said. “On the Bayside we will focus on the mainland region through the Yulu Burri Ba clinic in Wynnum / Manly, and supplement the existing social health team. “In lnala we will work through lnala Wangarra to respond to the clearly articulated need for the development of mental health/ alcohol and other drugs/suicide prevention services structured through a cultural healing framework.

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11 May, Issue 9, 2017

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1 Indigenous MH and AoDs services appointed 2 Sorry Day 2017 Community Barbecue 2 Community celebrates launch of RAQ Logan 3 Chronic Disease Events 4 Changes to referral criteria 5 Metro South Health News and Updates 5 Defence 6 Women's Health 7 Education 7 What's On 8 Aged Care 8 Community 9 Funding for prostate cancer 9 Survey 10 Training 10 Vision loss 11 Positions Vacant 12 Brisbane South PHN Events

"We will also strengthen linkages into primary care referral pathways, including the Inala Centre of Excellence Regional coordination, clinical governance, workforce support, monitoring and reporting functions are provided through IUIH.” Brisbane South PHN CEO Sue Scheinpflug said Indigenous mental health funding, under the Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme, will be quarantined specifically to improve access to services for Indigenous people.

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The general public is invited to join the Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for a Sorry Day Ceremony to remember all lives that have been affected by previous government policies, relating to the forcible removal of children.

This event is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.

The ceremony will be conducted by the Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, followed by a barbecue breakfast. For further information or queries, please contact the Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander office by phoning 07 3396 3431.

FRIDAY 26 May, 2017 Where: Break Water Park 23/25 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum Qld 4178 When: 7.00am to 5.00pm RSVP:

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Community celebrates launch of RAQ Logan Central

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick joined Relationships Australia Queensland CEO Ian Law for the officially launch.

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Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ) has launched its new Logan Central location. Brisbane PHN staff, community leaders, Elders and local community service providers recently joined RAQ CEO Ian Law and Qld Health Minister the Hon. Cameron Dick MP in celebrating the official launch on 5 May 2017. Having offered services in Logan for more than 10 years, RAQ extended its service reach in response to community needs identified through broad community engagement activities. Now employing seven part-time staff, the fully integrated service offers gambling help, victims of crime and relationship counselling, and a proactive community engagement approach to building capacity around wellness via the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub. The service is jointly funded by both state and federal governments.

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Chronic Disease Teams Better Care Planning and Communication

Join Brisbane South PHN for an evening of professional development and collaboration about chronic disease management in primary care June 20 at the Easts Leagues Club Target audience: Allied health professionals, GPs and Practice Nurses. The presentation will provide: ƒƒ an overview of CDM MBS item numbers (GP & AHP), team care arrangements, referrals, communication and reporting requirements ƒƒ Care planning and team care arrangements: Jacki Kerr, Director, Prevention Partners ƒƒ Chronic disease case studies: Using a multidisciplinary team approach ƒƒ Multidisciplinary panel discussion: Facilitated by Megan Walker, Director, Market Savvy. For more information please click HERE.

Contemporary and emerging approaches for the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders Date: 17 May 2017

When: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start Where: Translational Research Institute Auditorium 37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba Qld 4102 The Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will present a workshop on Contemporary and emerging approaches for the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Hepatitis C

New treatments course for primary care providers

Date: 24 June 2017 Where: The Glen Hotel Corner Logan Road and Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 When: 8.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday This interactive, one-day course will provide primary care practitioners with the skills and knowledge to confidently diagnose, treat and manage hepatitis C. This course will cover the patient and prescriber eligibility for the new interferon-free treatments regimens listed on the PBS S85 (General Schedule) from 1 March 2016. Completion of this course will assist primary care medical practitioners to confidently prescribe these new hepatitis C treatment regimens in consultation with a specialist. Participants will be provided with resources, protocols and support. This interactive workshop includes self-paced online learning modules with quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, case discussions, and group work facilitated by specialists experienced in the treatment of hepatitis C. All course materials and access to eLearning are included. Catering will be provided. Registration cancellations and amendments must be notified in writing to ASHM. Cancellations received before 21st of June 2017 will not incur a cancellation fee. Cancellations received in writing after 21st of June 2017 will incur a $70 per day cancellation fee. This fee may be waived in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of ASHM. As an alternative to cancellation, your registration may be transferred to another person without incurring any penalty. ASHM must be advised of the transfer in writing. Please email the name, position, phone and email address of the new delegate to For more information click here: events/hepatitis-c-new-treatments-course-forprimary-care-providers

How to keep your COPD patients well this winter Special guest speakers include: ƒƒ A/Prof Gwee Kok Ann (Singapore) ƒƒ Professor William Chey (USA) Light refreshments will be provided prior to the workshop. To RSVP please contact Maria Schmith by emailing maria.schmith@, phoning 3908 5800 or faxing 3908 5801.

Find a variety of interventions that can help prevent exacerbations and improve the wellbeing of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The brochures have been developed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Veterans' MATES program team. Download the brochure here. Page 3


Referral criteria are changing at Metro South Health The Queensland Government is standardising referral criteria, and general practices are being urged to find out how the introduction of these changes will affect patient referrals in the Brisbane South PHN region. Referral criteria at Metro South Health are changing from 22 May, and Brisbane South PHN and Metro South Health staff have been working collaboratively on ensuring General Practitioners (GPs) and practices in the area are aware of, and ready for upcoming changes. Metro South Health The GP Referral Directory PDF document is being phased-out and replaced with the updated Refer Your Patient website. Standardisation of the referral criteria aims to provide equitable access, ensure that services are provided in the order of clinical urgency, and patients are ready for care at their first specialist Anyone making referrals to Metro South Health. WHO appointment. General practices are urged to bookmark the The GP Referral Directory PDF document is being WHAT following hyperlink or add it to their referral letter phased out and replaced with the updated writer templates: Refer Your Patient website. referrals The State Government is standardising referral WHY In order to accurately assess referrals, determine criteria in order to enable: • Equitable access clinical need, and avoid delay in care for patients, • Services provided in order of clinical urgency Metro South Health are requesting that clinicians • Patients ready for care at first specialist provide essential referral Information found on appointment the website, in order to complete the referral Metro South Health is embracing these initiatives as an opportunity to support assessment process. patient-centred care. Brisbane South PHN staff are visiting a number of GPs in the area to inform them of the changes. 22 May 2017. For further updates, go to WHEN/WHERE “The PHN Engagement Team, GP Clinical Leads, the Save this website to your favourites or add to Metro South Health Stakeholder and Engagement your referral letter writer templates. Team and General Practice Liaison Officers from the Central Referral Hub have jointly developed communication materials, key messages and What does this mean for me? strategies for visiting as many general practitioners in the area as possible prior to 22 May,” Brisbane In order to accurately assess your referral, determine clinical need, and avoid delay in care for your patient, we South PHN General Manager – Primary Health need you to provide us with Essential Referral Information Sharon Sweeney said. found on the website. We will be unable to complete the If for any reason the essential referral information referral assessment process without it. cannot be provided, please state this clearly on the referral. For more information please visit the Refer Your Patient website

The Referral Criteria at Metro South Health are changing

Referral templates updated for Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Referral templates for Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been updated. Changes have been made to some of the speciality head of clinic options. Practitioners who wish to make a referral are reminded they will need to update their patient management software systems to the current templates. For more information visit: to find the new templates and importing instructions. Page 4

NEWS AND UPDATES Central Referral Hub Open Day The Central Referral Hub will be hosting its first Hub Open Day for 2017 on the 1st of June. The Hub Open Day provides GPs and Practice staff an opportunity to gain an insight into how referrals across Metro South Health are managed within the Hub. Invitations will soon be distributed with details on how to register your attendance. If you would like more information please feel free to contact the GP Liaison Officers Nalani and Liz on 3156 4378 or 3156 4349.

AFFF river contamination advice Metro South Health wishes to share the following information with health professionals, who may be contacted by patients believed to have been exposed to aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) found in the Brisbane River: In general, there is no consistent evidence that exposure to per- and

poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cause adverse health effects. However, it does remain in the body for some years. While uncertainty around their potential to cause human adverse health effects remains, and because of its persistence in the human body, it is prudent to reduce exposure to PFAS as far as practicable. Recreational activities in the investigation area pose a low to negligible risk. As the main exposure route would be by ingesting water, wading in recreational water that may be affected would also be a negligible risk. It is recommended that, as part of normal hygiene practices, people keep cuts covered, and rinse their skin following wading in sea water. These practices would also be protective of exposure to potentially contaminated water. Initial results indicate that the level of contamination of recreational water around Boggy Creek is within

recreational water use guidelines. Environmental testing and modelling is being undertaken that will provide a more definitive picture, but this evidence confirms the above advice regarding the negligible risk associated with recreational activity. Until we have a better understanding of what has happened to regarding contamination in the local marine environment, it is recommended that that consumption of seafood caught in the investigation area be avoided. The following resources are available: PFAS information for clinicians PFAS background information for clinicians PFAS fact sheet for general public PFAS signed letter Please contact the Metro South Public Health Unit if you require further information by phoning 3176 4000.


Free treatment for patients who suffered abuse during defence service Current or former members of the Australian Defence Force, who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse during their defence service, are eligible for free treatment for certain mental health conditions. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs wishes to inform practices that anyone who provided full-time service in the Australian Defence Force can receive treatment through the Australian Government’s Non-Liability Health Care program for certain mental health conditions without needing to prove a link between the treated condition and their service. The message comes in response to the issues raised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The department has responded by broadening the use of survivor statutory declarations as evidence to establish that an incident of sexual and/or physical abuse occurred.

“These changes ease the burden on claimants to produce evidence in support of their claim, and will in many cases mean the difference between a claim being accepted or rejected,” department principal medical adviser Dr Ian R Gardner says in an open letter.

In all circumstances where an individual has suffered abuse in the Defence Force, I encourage survivors to contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to discuss their entitlements and the support available to them.” For further information about the program, including how to apply, please visit or phone 133 254 (metropolitan) or 1800 555 254. The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service also provides free, confidential, nationwide counselling and support for veterans, eligible current and former ADF members, and can be contacted at any time by phoning 1800 011 046. Page 5


Changes to the way we screen for cervical cancer

Two-yearly Pap smears will be replaced with a five-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine test. Kirsten Braun of Women’s Health Queensland Wide answers some important questions about the changes. From 1 December 2017, important changes will be made to the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early changes in the cervix.

Key changes to the program are:

ƒƒ The Pap smear test will be replaced with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test. ƒƒ Screening will start at the age of 25 (up from current age of 18). ƒƒ The time between tests will change from two to five years. ƒƒ Women will be invited to screen until 69 years of age and then invited to exit the program if they have a further negative HPV test between 70 and 74 years of age. ƒƒ A national screening register will be established, replacing the current State and Territory-based Pap smear registers. Invitations and recall letters will be sent out to encourage participation. ƒƒ New tests will be available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). ƒƒ To better explain the changes and how they will affect women, Women’s Health have compiled frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Why has the Pap smear test been replaced by a test for HPV? It is known that almost all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of HPV. HPV is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Most people’s immune system will clear the HPV virus on their own within a year. However, for some women the HPV infection will persist, causing precancerous cell changes. Most of these precancerous cell changes will also return to normal with no treatment. In rare cases, however, the precancerous changes can eventually progress to cervical cancer but this takes between 10 to 15 years. Since the introduction of cervical screening in Australia in 1991, a large body of scientific evidence has been accumulated, demonstrating that the HPV test is more effective than the Pap smear test for cervical screening. The current Pap smear test looks for precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix. The HPV test, however, actually looks for the presence of the HPV virus which causes these precancerous changes to the cells. To keep reading, click here to download the list of FAQs.

Mammogram booking goes online BreastScreen Queensland is making it easier for women to book their free mammogram. The recently launched BreastScreen Queensland online booking system allows eligible women quick and convenient access to their appointments and personal information. Appointments can be made online at www.breastscreen.qld. or by phoning 13 20 50.

The service provider is sending-out information packs and online booking resources to general practices within its catchment. Anyone else who would like to receive an information pack can request one by emailing Breastscreen Qld is a free screening service for asymptomatic women aged 50 – 74 years. Women aged 40 – 49 and 75+ are also eligible to attend, but encouraged to talk to their General Practitioner to find-out if breast screening is right for them. Page 6


Handy resources for your practice

Brisbane South PHN’s Education Team has compiled some useful professional development resources for clinicians. Decoding Human Services education Australian Government Department of Human Services provides eLearning education resources to help you understand health programs, and will provide you with clarity on complex areas and new initiatives.

CKD diagnosis goes mobile

If you interested in finding out more about asthma training visit: health-professionals The Lung Foundation has great resources for health professionals on their website: Pain Australia:

'CKD Go!' app to help doctors recognise, understand and manage chronic kidney disease This app allows you to view a personalised action plan based on the eGFR and urine albumin:creatinine ratio. Action plans and staging criteria have been adapted from Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice, Kidney Health Australia.

Australian Pain Management Association www. NPS MedicineWISE: Chronic Pain Australia: Turn to Help:

Don’t miss important aged care updates Did you know you can subscribe to the Department of Health’s eNewsletter for the Aged Care Industry? Sign-up here:

For more information about Advance Care Planning and palliative care visit these websites:www.mycaremychoices. or

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What’s new with NDIS

The Heart Foundation has created a series Motivational Interview Videos on YouTube: playlist?list=PLhrygLMD00EvcoAE_YezgBwAcEP-yqOeR

Chronic disease resources

Cancer Council Queensland has great resources for health professionals on their website:

Receive your copy of the latest National Disability Insurance Scheme eNewsletter here:


‘Know Pneumonia’ this Pneumonia Awareness Week

Pneumonia Awareness Week 2017 is held from 7 to 13 May and encourages all Australians, especially those in high risk groups, to Know Pneumonia and address complacency. The Lung Foundation says this is a great opportunity for clinicians to remind patients, particularly those in high risk groups, about the seriousness of pneumococcal pneumonia and the following steps they can take to protect themselves: ƒƒ pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination ƒƒ hand and home hygiene ƒƒ quitting smoking.

In Australia, the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is funded under the government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for: ƒƒ Anyone aged 65 and above ƒƒ People with a medical condition such as diabetes, cancer and disease affecting the heart, kidney, lung or liver ƒƒ Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and over ƒƒ Indigenous Australians aged 15 to 49 years who are medically at risk ƒƒ infants under 12 months. To help raise awareness amongst your patients and to find out about who is at risk, symptoms and prevention visit the Lung Foundation Australia’s website where you can download and print resources, such as the Pneumonia infographic, for display in your practice. For more information visit or phone free-call 1800 654 301. Page 7


Free Dementia and Driving Workshop Date: 8 June 2017

Where: When:

The Glen Hotel, corner of Logan Road and Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 6.00pm to 9.00 pm on Thursday

This free online and face-to-face workshop aims to improve decision making and support informed driving retirement of people with an early diagnosis of dementia in partnership with their GP, practitioners, family and carers. Learning outcomes: ƒƒ understanding of the impact of dementia and driving ƒƒ understanding of how the Dementia and Driving Decision Aid booklet can be used in clinical practice ƒƒ explanation of barriers and facilitators for supporting and guiding individuals living with a dementia and family carers in driving retirement decisions ƒƒ action plan for developing your daily practice for driving retirement with individuals living with a dementia and their family carers ƒƒ understanding key issues relevant to driving retirement and dementia from the perspective of a range of stakeholders. The presenter, Catherine Andrew, is an occupational therapist teaching full-time in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program at the Australian Catholic University. She has experience working across various clinical health settings in Australia and the US. Cathie has completed a MAppSc (OH&R) and MSc (Research), at the University of Wollongong and is currently completing her PhD on how employers accommodate the workforce participation choices of employees experiencing symptoms of, or a diagnosis of, dementia. Her research interests are workplace injury prevention, sustainable employment perspectives for healthy aging, and implications for age related changes in capacity to drive safely. This event is open to GPs, nurses and allied health professionals, and sponsored by Dementia Training Australia and the University of Wollongong. Click here to register for free.

Residential Aged Care GPs and Staff – Be Prepared for Seasonal Influenza It’s time to prepare for and review your facility’s current influenza outbreak prevention plan. If you are not sure what or where this is have a conversation with your Facility or Clinical Manager. New Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities have been released. These can be accessed via the following link. Remember infection prevention and control is everyone’s business Three key actions to prevent influenza outbreaks: ƒƒ Influenza vaccination of all staff and residents ƒƒ Early identification and management of respiratory illness in staff and residents ƒƒ Promotion of good respiratory and hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and other infection control measures. Find further resources for residential care facilities here. Please contact the Metro South Public Health Unit if you require further information by phoning 3176 4000.


Logan Housing and Homelessness Symposium

BOOK NOW 17 May 2017 Where: Salvation Army, 123 Paradise Road, Slacks Creek Qld 4127 When: 9.00am – 3.00pm

You are invited to a free housing and homelessness symposium. Logan Housing and Homelessness Network (LHHN) invites you to learn more about collaboration, community and inclusion at the free Housing and Homelessness Symposium, with innovative housing models, innovative collaborative practice and more. LHHN is comprised of more than 150 active members, from over 70 separate Logan organisation. Together they are providing services to thousands of community members annually.

Morning tea and lunch is provided Please reply by email to attend: For further information please phone Janet Maroney on 07 5569 1838 or visit:

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How you can support development of a new medical device

$6 million committed for prostate cancer nurses Millions of dollars in federal funding will be provided to help support prostate cancer specialist nurses. The Federal Government is providing almost $6 million to continue support for prostate cancer specialist nurses in 15 locations across Australia, with a focus on regional areas. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia will use the funding to employ 14 full time nurses through to the 2019-20 financial year, supporting men with prostate cancer.

According to Federal Health Minister The Hon Greg Hunt, the program has been in operation since 2014 and these nurses are on track to assist around 4,000 men and their families by September 2017. “This funding will continue to support prostate cancer nurse positions across Australia so that men with cancer, and their families, receive the support and information they need,” the Minister’s website says. “We have seen that the greater coordination of care for other cancers has resulted in better outcomes for patients both for

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cancer control and psychological well-being. By funding these nurses we can make sure men battling prostate cancer receive the necessary and timely coordinated care they require.” The nurses will provide: ƒƒ vital information, care and support for both patients and their families, as well as health care professionals within a multidisciplinary team ƒƒ improved access to specialists and services ƒƒ coordination of care from diagnosis onwards ƒƒ continuity of care for patients throughout the entire cancer journey. “Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting men, with over 16,000 Australians expected to be diagnosed this year and although it has a 95 per cent five-year survival rate, more than 3000 men die from it each year,” the Minister’s website says. “Diagnosis of cancer is one of the most confronting health issues anyone can face but the support and compassionate care that prostate cancer nurses provide will be a great help to men as they, and their families, tackle this disease.”


Health professionals are invited to have their say on a new medical device, and $10 will be automatically donated to charity. Kirmani Industrial Designs invites you to do a short survey to support development of a new medical device. Dr Bas Kirmani is touted to be a frontline doctor who, after putting together a commonly unsolved problem and a flash of insight, has developed a simple device that promises to make it much easier to save lives. The short questionnaire is only expected to take five minutes, and all input will provide valuable information to continue their work. To complete the questionnaire click here surveymonkey. com/r/SBHGXY7

$10 DONATION TO CHARITY For each form completed, Kirmani Industrial Designs will donate $10 to one of the following charities of your choice: ƒƒ The Hospital Research Foundation (South Australia) ƒƒ Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation ƒƒ Royal Flying Doctors Service ƒƒ Cancer Council ƒƒ Heart Foundation ƒƒ UNICEF “Please share this questionnaire with other colleagues who work in the medical industry, particularly those who deal with emergency situations. Thank you for your time and kind support,” Kirmani spokesperson Annie Ingram says. To complete the questionnaire click here

Each year nearly Queensland women require primary care for perinatal mental health issues. Page 9


Supporting practice with complex trauma clients

The Blue Knot Foundation is organising a one-day interactive training activity, providing practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma. This training initially introduces the universal trauma-informed framework which underpins all practice. It then focuses on the core and common features of clinical best practice for working with complex trauma clients by drawing on current research in trauma theory and therapy, affective neuroscience, `interpersonal neurobiology’ and the neurobiology of attachment. It also differentiates complex trauma from single incident trauma (PTSD) in severity, complexity of impacts and clinical approaches.

The training also explores the importance of a phased approach for complex trauma clients, including safety as the first and fundamental phase. Participants will acquire the foundational knowledge, insights and tools to support their practice with clients who present with challenges related to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. The training promotes a strengths-based approach which minimises re-traumatisation, and fosters a therapeutic relationship which enhances possibilities for recovery.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will: ƒƒ utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, dynamics and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed practice ƒƒ apply an understanding of the stress response, attachment and child development to strategies for supporting the capacity to regulate emotions and arousal ƒƒ articulate the core principles of complex trauma therapy, including a phased strengths-based approach and the importance of relationship in recovery ƒƒ create basic resources for supporting challenging emotions and behaviours, including dissociation. Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research. Who should attend? Psychologists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, social workers, general practitioners, psychiatrists working in therapeutic contexts with adults survivors of complex trauma are encouraged to attend. Click here to register.


Understanding vision loss workshop Vision Australia will present a halfday workshop on June 3, specifically designed for health professionals who want to learn more about working with individuals who experience vision impairment.

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By the end of this session you will understand: ƒƒ The cause and functional implications of the most common vision impairments in Australia. ƒƒ Case studies that demonstrate the support and services Vision Australia provides and the positive impacts these have on the everyday life of people experiencing vision loss. ƒƒ How Vision Australia works together with you to help improve the function of a person with vision impairment. ƒƒ Services and support offered by Vision Australia and how to refer your clients. This event will have particular relevance to those health professionals working in the community or in aged care. Attendance at this workshop may provide three CPD hours.

Vision Australia is a national provider of blindness and low vision services supporting people to live the life they choose. Each year, their advice, tools and services, and the way they work with a person, their support network and other providers helps more than 27,500 people across Australia to live well with vision loss. Places are limited. Register your interest now. Contact Julie Newton by phoning 3727 2242 or emailing Brisbaneevents@ Registrations close on 26 May 2017

Saturday, 3 June 2017 Time: 8.30am for a 9.00am start, concluding at 12.30pm Where: Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital 501 Stanley Street South Brisbane Qld 4101 Cost: $25, includes morning tea

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For a full list of positions vacant, visit General Practitioner Doctor for evenings/weekends – multiple areas A friendly, family-based practice based in the Underwood / Browns Plains / Logan Central areas seek an experienced General Practitioner to join for evening sessions. Work hours are from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 2pm on weekends. This is a busy practice with an existing patient base. Please phone 0422 852 000 or email your resume to to apply. Part-time GP Registrar – Capalaba Growing practice in Capalaba seeks part time GP Registrar to join in term two. Relevant hospital experience with mandatory paediatric training and registered with AHPRA is required. Practice offers Flexible time, established patient base and supportive friendly working environment. To apply for this role email your application to: manager@ VR GP – Jindalee A full- or part-time Vocationally Registered General Practitioner is required for a busy Jindalee surgery. This is a busy, well equipped, computerised and modern GP-owned family practice with an established patient base, onsite pathology, full Registered Nurse support as well as allied health and a psychologist. For more information contact Amanda by phoning 3279 3008 or emailing your resume to practicemanager@ GP – Norman Park A busy family practice in Norman Park requires a GP to work on either a full- or part-time basis. There are promised to be excellent working conditions in a modern well-equipped, fully accredited surgery with full-time nurse support, an excellent admin team and onsite pharmacy and pathology. Flexible hours are offered. For more information, contact Dr Sardar on 0430 578 911. GP – Gatton A position is available for a Vocationally Registered General Practitioner in Gatton. This clinic is family friendly and multidisciplinary, with three GPs, a

registered nurse and allied healthcare practitioners. The clinic is looking for a full-time or perhaps part-time GP. The right applicant will join a modern, fully GPA accredited practice that thrives on a positive, friendly, supportive atmosphere. Remuneration will be paid as a percentage of the GP’s gross billings, and be negotiated depending on experience. Suitable applicants should send a CV to

NURSE Part-time Registered Nurse – Capalaba A Redland-located practice is seeking a registered nurse to join established support team. Successful candidate will be responsible for managing the treatment room and the chronic care of patients. Other duties include immunisations, wound care, supervising enrolled nurses, assisting doctors with surgical procedures, triage and assessment, cold chain management and ordering/management of vaccines, medical equipment maintenance plus other nursing duties. Requirements include current nursing registration with AHPRA and recent experience in general practice, experience with all types of care plans and health assessments, healthy kids checks, GPMP and TCA etc, experience in triaging skill and chronic disease management, good organization skills, excellent communication skills and ability to think critically. To apply for this role email your application to manager@ Practice Nurse – Kangaroo Point and Woodridge A medical clinic with a presence in Kangaroo Point and Woodridge requires either an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse to work two days a week. Duties will include chronic care disease, electrocardiography, spirometry, health assessments and care plans. The right applicant will possess the necessary skills and experience to perform these duties with a current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency registration, computer literacy, the ability to multi task, priortise, time-manage and communicate. If this is you, please email

Registered Nurse – Woodridge A busy medical practice in Woodridge is seeking a casual experienced Registered Nurse. Duties include wound care, childhood immunisations, sterilisation and chronic disease management. Send a cover letter and CV to Registered Nurse – Carindale Busy medical centre in Carindale is seeking a casual, experienced Registered Nurse with demonstrated clinical skills and experience in general practice. Duties include immunisations, health assessments, recalls, care plans, ECGs, Spirometry, minor procedures, wound care and general nursing duties. AHPRA Registration and tertiary qualifications in registered nursing is required. Please send a resume to

OTHER Experienced Medical Receptionist Algester Algester Medical Centre requires experienced reception staff to join its busy bulk billing clinic. Applicants must have a friendly personality and work well in a team environment. Experience in Pracsoft and Best Practice is desirable, but training will be provided. Days, times and wages are negotiable. Please contact Jessica by emailing or phoning 3711 2880. Receptionists – Underwood Experienced casual receptionists are required for a medical centre in Underwood. This would suit someone who is flexible to work evenings and weekends, and be willing to take on extra shifts as and when available. Please send your resume to admin@ or phone Shakila on 3341 2444. Room for Rent in Gatton – Allied Health / Specialists A practice in Underwood has a room for rent for an allied health professional or specialists looking to expand the business. For further information regarding this space in an accredited practice, in a central location please contact Ellisha by emailing au or phoning 5462 2155. Page 11

Brisbane South PHN Events For a full list of education and events, please visit Building Digital Health Education Sessions

Tuesday 23 May, 6.00pm - 8:30pm Come along to see how CAT4 Suite can improve your patient care with early identification, help with streamlining your business process, improve data quality for accreditation preparation, upskill your staff, and assist to reduce the number of medically avoidable adverse events.

Practice Nurse Education – Champions for Skin Integrity Promoting Healthy Skin and Wound Care

Wednesday 24 May, 8.00am – 1:30pm This workshop will provide practice nurses with an understanding of the role of wound care in general practice. Participants will refresh their knowledge on evidence based assessment, management and prevention strategies for common wound types.

Redland Hospital Maternity Shared Care Education for GPs, Registrars and Midwives

Saturday 27 May, 8:30 – 5.00pm This workshop is tailored to GPs, Registrars and Midwives who provide or wish to provide shared antenatal care of women with Redland Hospital. It is a practical workshop which has relevance for all GPs, Registrars and Midwives who provide advice to women before, during and after pregnancy.

CPR Training

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6.00pm - 8:30pm Learning objectives; DRSABCD Action Plan, management of an unconscious casualty who is not breathing; management of an unconscious casualty who is breathing normally; special considerations regarding CPR; cross infection and introduction to the use of a defibrillator.

Dementia & Driving Workshop

Thursday 8 June 2017, 6.00pm to 9.00pm This free online and face-to-face workshop aims to improve decision making and support informed driving retirement of people with an early diagnosis of dementia in partnership with their GP, practitioners, family and carers.

Chronic Disease Teams: Better Care Planning and Communication

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 6.00pm – 8.30pm Join us for an evening of professional development and collaboration about chronic disease management in primary care. Target audience: Allied health professionals, General Practitioners and Practice Nurses.

Building Digital Health Education Sessions: What Can CAT Do 4 Me?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 6.00pm – 8.30pm Come along to see how CAT4 Suite can improve your patient care with early identification, help with streamlining your business process, improve data quality for accreditation preparation, upskill your staff, and assist to reduce the number of medically avoidable adverse events.

Free Foot Health Assessment Program Saturday 24 June, 8.45am – 4.30pm Benchmarque Group’s Foot Health Assessment Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Indigenous Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to foot health management.



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Brisbane South PHN Bulletin 2017 issue 9  

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