Dr Roger Halliwell
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Board Chair
As we head into the cooler weather, and respiratory tract infections on the increase it is timely to remind our patients that we remain in pandemic mode, that they cannot be assessed in a traditional primary care setting (including retail pharmacy), and need to isolate until well.
COVID-19 testing and clinical assessment continues to be available to all through the four respiratory clinics, and the fever clinics continue to swab all-comers. Complacency remains a significant risk to our community, and unfortunately there are unwell individuals attending day care, school and work outside the guidelines.
COVID-19 vaccination continues to be available through many general practices and the respiratory clinics. Later this month the cohort offered vaccine will include all over 50, I am confident that this will increase the uptake considerably. Any practice currently participating in the COVID-19 vaccine program wishing to bring forward their start date should contact GCPHN via email@example.com or PH 07 5612 5408
Influenza vaccination is also in full swing. The enhanced vaccine for >65 year old patients is only available through general practice. We occasionally hear that well meaning retail pharmacists are selling the incorrect vaccine to this cohort and being asked by patients for a refund where identified errors are made.
Thank you to all primary care providers for your commitment to patient safety, patient wellbeing, and for providing comprehensive care to our vulnerable patients.
Dr Roger Halliwell
General Practice Gold Coast (GPGC) Board Chair
We have been incredibly fortunate to have been able to hold our annual General Practice Gold Coast dinner and AGM recently. I’d like to take this opportunity to recap on some of the key topics of discussion.
General Practice Gold Coast, or ‘GPGC’ as its more affectionately known, is a membership based not for profit organisation. It was formed by the foresight of some very astute and engaged GPs who at a time of significant health system change saw the need for an ongoing strong, locally based GP organisation. GPGC is guided by a board of elected GP directors. The requirement to be a director is that you must be a primary member – essentially a GP, working to provide comprehensive care who is based in the Gold Coast or Tweed area. GPGC is ‘by GPs, for GPs’.
I have the privilege of continuing on in the Chair role for 2021, alongside me, having also been re-elected as directors are; Dr Sonu Haikerwal, Dr Leeann Carr Brown, and Dr Laura Baxter. You will be hearing more here from Sonu, Leeann and Laura over the coming months. The board farewells Dr Jessica Stewart. Jess has been instrumental in guiding the board to ensure the needs of new fellows are considered in planning. Jess remains actively engaged with GPGC and we wish her well as she dedicates time to her family and embarking on other creative pursuits (watch this space!).
As we look back over the last 12 months with GPGC there has been a lot of activity going on. Our initial event planning may have not panned out exactly as planned however the board rolled with the uncertainty and challenges. Guided by three core pillars – Connection, Growth and Support. The following are a ‘snapshot’ as to what exactly this translates to.
As we move into 2021 we have some exciting projects and events underway. These include:
Website development (watch this space we are moving into ‘beta testing’ very soon and will be reaching out to members for your support with this).
GPGC is the members. The organisation thrives when GPs are engaged. I would like to reach out to all our local GPs to ask for your help. From small things big things grow!
Are you interested in advocacy work?
Have you thought about becoming a director?
Support our FB forum – join in the conversations, your tips, tricks and suggestions are appreciated and your contributions give others the confidence to engage.
Are you interested in teaching/presenting? We are keen to collaborate with local GPs to create content and help shape the events that GPGC undertakes.
Tell others about GPGC!
Website development – we will be in contact with further details soon. In the meantime please think about the following;
And finally we really do need to hear from our members.
New Members can also now also apply to join online here.
Dr Kat McLean
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