PHCQI Newsletter, Issue#21 September 2023


Bowel Cancer Screening Resources

Bowel Cancer is preventable, and if caught early it can be successfully treated in 90% of cases. NACCHO has a number of resources for health professionals and community to learn more about the bowel screening process in Australia. Find a community guide, a health professional webinar and a number of helpful resources for your clinic here.

Inaugural ‘Immunisation for Health and Life’  Primary Care Infectious Disease Meeting

Immunisation Coalition is holding this meeting in Melbourne on 7 October. This hybrid event is specifically designed for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses. This is an RACGP CPD accredited activity.

To register follow the directions on the website.

60-Day Prescribing

60-day Prescribing has begun! Under the policy change, more than 300 medicines will become available for 60-day prescriptions. A list of medicines now available for 60-day dispensing is available here, and more information can be found on NACCHO’s website.

Wound Management Workshops

Benchmarque are offering discounted rates for organisations to purchase their Wound Management Workshops, if purchased prior to 15 September with workshop availability up to 31 December. Find more information here.

Digital Health

My Health Record Training Resources

The Australian Digital Health Agency has a number of resources to increase your clinic’s knowledge of My Health Record, as well as other digital solutions. You can find a number of resources to help you feel confident using the system. Detailed information, software summary sheets, training and support can all be found here.


COVID-19 Competition – Win flights, accommodation and tickets to NACCHO Members Conference

6 ACCHSs and 15 creative people can win return flights, accommodation, and tickets for up to 3 ACCHSs staff members to attend the NACCHO’s Members’ Conference in Perth this October.

Enter the COVID-19 Vaccination promotion competition by submitting a deadly video advertisement/promotion that represents the theme: Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is looking after yourself, for your chance to win!

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the theme: Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is looking after yourself
  2. Composition
  3. Creativity
  4. Originality
  5.  Appropriateness for the target age group: Category 1 – kids 5–12 years (in the ACCHS community), Category 2 – teens and adults 13–49 years (in the ACCHS community), Category 3 – older adults 50+ (in the ACCHS community).

You can access a competition entry form here.

For more information, ATAGI 2023 COVID-19 Booster Advice – first and additional dose* review the ATAGI Update published here.

Sexual Health

Cervical Cancer Screening Education

The Women and Newborn Health Service have developed Cervical Cancer Screening Education for Aboriginal Health Practitioners that is now available on AMSED. This education covers the link between HPV and cervical cancer, how cervical cancer can be prevented, and how to screen for cervical cancer – including information about self-obtained lower vaginal swabs.

For more information, visit AMSED and search for “WA Cervical screening awareness training for Aboriginal health professionals”

Perth Birds and BBVs training

The two-day Birds and BBVs (STI and BBV) training was delivered at AHCWA on 17 and 18 August. Participants included Health Promotion Officers from Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service in Northam, Support Workers from Moorditj Koort in Medina, Aboriginal Health Project Officer from MCDC and Midwife from Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service East Perth. The training was delivered in partnership with Hepatitis WA and WAAC. The feedback received was very positive, participants stated that the opportunity to yarn and connect with other community workers was very beneficial and feeling more confident with the increase in knowledge to yarn with clients and community about STIs and BBVs, there were also plenty of laughs. If you would like to know more about the Birds and BBVs or would like the training to come to your community please contact Katiska Davis [email protected]

‘Yarning About’ Resources

Family Planning Australia has developed a number of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for easy-to-read messages about a number of reproductive topics. Click here for more information.