Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Information for Health Professionals

General information of interest to primary care health professionals, including general practice

Grants of up to $50,000 for Gippsland general practices

Gippsland general practices are being offered one-off grants of between $25,000 and $50,000 to expand patient access and improve general practice services.

The Australian Government has committed $220 million in funding to general practices and ACCOs to make improvements to support quality primary care as part of its Strengthening Medicare commitment.

Funding for eligible general practices  is based on practice size and can be used to make an investment in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works. This includes initiatives to:

  • Enhance digital health capability – to fast-track the benefits of a more connected healthcare system in readiness to meet future standards;
  • Upgrade infection prevention and control arrangements – to ensure infectious respiratory disease (e.g. COVID, influenza) patients can be safely seen face-to-face; and/or
  • Maintain and/or achieve accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practice, under the General Practice Accreditation Scheme, to promote quality and safety in general practice.

The program is being administered by Gippsland PHN, with applications now open and applications packs sent to all Gippsland general practices inviting them to participate. Applications close on 15 June 2023. Practices can contact Gippsland PHN for further information by emailing primarycareresponse@gphn.org.au

For more information about the program, please refer to the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website

Offering bowel cancer screening to your patients just got easier

Encouraging your patients aged 50 to 74 to screen for bowel cancer just got easier with the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program now enabling healthcare providers to bulk order program kits and issue them to eligible patients.

This new model is in addition to the mail-out model, where kits are mailed directly to eligible people by the National Cancer Screening Register.

Healthcare providers can support people who have never screened or are overdue for screening to take that positive next step through this alternative access via GP clinics, with patients more likely to do the test after discussion with a trusted healthcare professional.

GPs can learn how to get started with the new alternative access to kits model.

Resources to support implementation of low back pain standard

Back pain affects one in six Australians and costs our healthcare system $4.8bn per year. It is the leading cause of lost work productivity and early retirement in Australia and is a substantial burden for primary care.

Back problems are the second most common reason Australians visit their GP and one of the top five reasons people present to emergency departments.

The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard has been developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care with a focus on early management. Read this fact sheet.

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