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Vaccine Storage and Cold Chain Management


The Vaccine Storage and Cold Chain Management module is a NSW Health Education and Training Institute initiative.  The Public health unit in NSW is recommending all clinical staff complete this. 

 The module contains audio so please make sure your speakers are turned on or your headphones are plugged in.

 Topics include:

- Protecting vaccines

- Start of the day

- Vaccine deliveries & vaccine stocking

- End of the day

- Data loggers

- Managing a cold chain breach

- Power outages

- Annual equipment maintenance

 PLEASE ENSURE YOU PRINT YOUR CERTIFICATE, SCAN AND UPLOAD IT TO THE VACCINE STORAGE AND COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE SECTION OF THIS COURSE. It cannot be saved directly upon completion of the course.

Link: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/coldchain/story_flash.html

Advance Care Planning

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This course outlines Advance Care Planning. To access the course, you will need to click on the ‘Register for the Advance Project’ button in this link.

After completing the eLearning module, GPs will be able to:
  • Describe the benefits and role of general practice in advance care planning (ACP) and early identification and assessment of patients’ palliative and supportive care needs;
  • Use the Advance ProjectTM Guide and evidence-based tools to initiate ACP and assessing patients and carers’ palliative and supportive care needs.;
  • Identify and screen patients and carers who may benefit from ACP and/or a palliative and supportive care needs assessment;
  • Evaluate patients’ and carers’ concerns, symptoms, questions and priorities identified through a structured ACP and/or supportive care needs assessment;
  • Identify patients who could benefit from referral to specialist palliative care and explain the benefits of this referral to them.

Link: https://www.theadvanceproject.com.au/theadvanceproject/tabid/5231/Default.aspx 

eTG Complete

Click the image to be redirected to GP Resources where you will find the eTG link for access outside of work hours.

Mental Health Activities (Category 2 RACGP CPD Accredited)


Depression

(RACGP Accredited for 6 Category 2 points. Activity Number 158317)

This online education module covers the following topics:

  • Assessing and diagnosing depression
  • Assessing and managing risk in the depressed patient
  • The development of mental health treatment plan
  • Pharmacological management of depression


 

Anxiety

(RACGP Accredited for 2 Category 2 points. Activity Number 158796)

This online education module covers the following topics:

  • Assessing and diagnosing the different types of anxiety
  • Assessing and managing risk in the anxious patient
  • Pharmacological management of anxiety
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of insomnia

Skin2


A new section Skin2 has been added to Learn 360.

This section contains webinar recordings from Dr Johnny Levy, Medical Director for Healius Skin clinics.

Click on the below link to access the Skin Webinar series:

http://healius.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=82

MBS changes for in-hours RACF visits from 1st March 2019

MedicareNEW MEDICARE MODULES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

MBS changes for in-hours Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) visits from 1 March 2019

Since 1 March 2019, there are changes to the MBS items for in-hours RACF visits. There are NO changes to urgent after hours or non-urgent after hours RACF MBS items.

There are new in-hours RACF visit items to replace the old item numbers. The old items had a ‘ready reckoner" system – ie rebate is dependent on the number of patients seen during that visit. The new items do NOT have the ‘ready reckoner’ system. The new numbers can be claimed for each patient attended during a RACF visit.

There is a new flag fall amount/ call out fee for RACF visits:

  • #90001 for VR GPs – fee $55
  • #90002 for non-VR GPs – fee $40

The call out fee is only payable once per visit to a RACF. 90001 can be billed more than once on the same day when the practitioner is required to return to the RACF on a separate occasion on the same day. The call out fee is only paid when billed with one of the above new in-hours RACF items.

Please visit the March 2019 MBS Latest News page for full details: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/News-2019-03-01-latest-news-March

(Edited by Andrea Vlores - original submission Friday, 5 April 2019, 10:08 AM)

Mental Health Skills Training


There are 2 pathways in which GPs can obtain completion of MHST
  1. Completing a minimum 6 hour online course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee, or
  2. Completing a face to face course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee

If you would like to complete Mental Health Skills Training, there is an online option available via gplearning.

94398 - Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health (gplearning)

The Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health active learning module (ALM) provides general practitioners (GPs) with the skills to recognise and assess mental illnesses and to prepare evidence-based GP mental health treatment plans.
In recognition of these increased skills, GPs who have completed mental health skills training (MHST) gain access to additional MBS items 2715 and 2717.
The MHST modular pathway and this ALM consist of two modules:

A Mental Health Core Module, which provides an overview of the Australian mental healthcare system, aetiology of the common mental illnesses seen in general practice and how to complete mental health treatment plans.

A Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module which provides participants with the opportunity increase their skills in detecting and managing mental illness in young people.

Please click on the below link to access the course on the RACGP website: 

http://www.racgp.org.au/education/courses/activitylist/activity/?id=60122&q=triennium%3d17-19%26category%3d1%26specificRequirement%3dMH_ST

Every fortnight the RACGP's GPMHSC send a report to Medicare of GPs who have completed their Mental Health Skills Training and have a Medicare provider number in their system.

Medicare usually takes 4-6 weeks to process this and then they will send you a letter confirming that you are able to begin using the new MBS item numbers.


Another additional Mental Health Training with specific item number: 4001: for non-directive pregnancy support counselling services provided to women who are concerned about a current pregnancy, or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months.  Rebates for up to three non-directive pregnancy support counselling services per patient, per pregnancy, may be claimed.

GPs who complete the Pregnancy advice and support (including assessment) activity on gplearning can use Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number 4001 when consultations meet the necessary requirements.

Please contact the gplearning Helpdesk if you have questions about these courses:

gplearning Helpdesk
T: 1800 284 789
E: gplearning@racgp.org.au