||The Australian Digital Health Agency will be hosting a series of webinars during the coming months to support healthcare providers using the My Heath Record system. Pharmacists can also now upload information to a patient’s My Health Record, to provide safer use of medicines.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate is encouraging local residents to get checked for bowel cancer, after his recent diagnosis. All residents aged 50 and above should ensure they complete their bowel cancer screening test when they receive it in the mail or see their GP if they notice any changes in bowel habits. Bowel cancer is one of the most treatable if detected early.
We are also reminding residents and health care professionals, that the national cervical screening program will change from December 1, to a five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for women aged 25 to 74.
There are a number of new mental health web resources that have been recently launched, including Head to Health to connect people to online and phone mental health services, an online perinatal support service and beyond blue have launched a new national anxiety campaign.
We have recently sent information packs to Gold Coast general practices and these resources are now also available online for the My Health for Life program, aimed at helping to provide long lasting behaviour change for patients, to prevent them from developing a chronic disease. Patients can self-refer and complete an online assessment to examine their risk factors. They can call 13 RISK (13 7475) to check their eligibility or visit the website.
And finally World Diabetes Day on November 14 is this year promoting equitable access for women at risk of diabetes or living with diabetes, to access medicines, technology and education necessary to improve diabetes outcomes. It’s also a good opportunity to talk to your GP about your risk factors.