Gold Coast Primary Health Network - Your Local News Issue 9 2017
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Issue 9 2017

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and an opportunity to focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

We have a significant focus on mental health, and recently held a number of consultations with GPs, service providers and community members, to discuss improving care coordination and services for people on the Gold Coast living with a severe mental illness. 

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Primary healthcare job opportunities 

The HealthyGC website has General Practice and primary health vacancies on the Gold Coast. There are also opportunities to work with Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN). 

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Mental Health Update

Queensland Mental Health Week: October 8 - 14

Queensland Mental Health Week is being held from 8-14 October 2017. This week is a great reminder about the importance of mental health and wellbeing with the focus to encourage more Queenslanders to value their mental health and work together to reduce stigma. There are many ways you can get involved as the Gold Coast is hosting a number of events and opportunities. Find out more

Update on co-design mental health workshops

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has met with 100 community members, GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists and service providers, to discuss improved mental health services to better assist the estimated 14 000 people on the Gold Coast living with a severe mental illness. The information shared will help to improve services and help us to build a model that is person-centred and prioritised towards areas of highest need. GCPHN will provide further updates as we develop the details for service requirements and prepare to release the application process for commissioned services in early 2018.

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs snapshot 

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Snapshop publication is published by Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) each quarter, for service providers and members of the community, seeking current information on mental health reform, co-design consultations and local needs. This publication contains events and information about new services commissioned, upcoming opportunities and outcomes from our consultations and how GCPHN has actioned these. For more information email:

Screening tool for assessing risk of suicide 

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention is inviting Gold Coast suicide prevention and risk workers to attend their upcoming workshop on 8 November 2017 which covers knowledge, attitudes and skills associated with learning a comprehensive model of suicide risk assessment from a client-oriented perspective, including a strong emphasis on psycho-social interpretations of suicide assessment informed by the client's perspective on dominating factors contributing to suicidality. Find out more 

New mental health gateway launched

The Australian Government has launched a new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, which will be an important tool for the one in five working age Australians who will experience a mental illness each year. The website helps people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face therapies.   

Businesses invited to attend planning workshops for the Commonwealth Games

Businesses are invited to attend planning workshops to discuss how the Commonwealth Games might affect them and to start the planning process. During the Games from April 4-15 next year, there will be daily changes to the road network which means moving through the city will require careful planning and people may need to make temporary changes to their usual travel behaviour. To help businesses, free, GC2018 Travel Advice for business planning workshops are currently being held across the Gold Coast. Find out more

Opportunity to join Gold Coast Primary Health Network Board

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is seeking to appoint a locally based non-executive director to the governing Board. The right candidate will possess knowledge of health service delivery in the Gold Coast region. This role provides an excellent opportunity to help develop and shape an exciting future for GCPHN. The successful applicant will be engaged from October 2017 until the close of the 2020 GCPHN AGM. Applications close October 11 2017. Find out more

Help decide the future of digital health information

The Commonwealth Department of Health invites the public to have their say on how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. There is scope for the My Health Record to be used for a variety of secondary purposes including research, policy and planning. The Australian Government Department of Health has released a Consultation Paper to begin identifying what Australians want the framework to say to help decide who should be able to access My Health Record data, for what purposes and what the oversight arrangements should be. Find out more 

Meningococcal video highlights importance of new vaccine

A new meningococcal video, featuring a survivor sharing her story, aims to encourage parents to ensure their teens aged 15-19 receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. The Gold Coast Public Health Unit and Gold Coast Primary Health Network are raising awareness about the importance of this vaccination. Parents are encouraged to see their GP about immunisation. Teenagers in Year 10 can receive this at school or through free clinics. Find out more 

Gold Coast Primary Health Network professional events for general practice

Gold Coast Primary Health Network is holding a number of upcoming events for general practice staff including GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and practice receptionists covering a range of topics including immunisation, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, aural healthcare and wound management. Details are available here.

Health and wellbeing groups for LGBTIQAP+ substance users 

Health and wellbeing groups are being established across the Gold Coast to support local residents who may be experiencing symptoms of mild depression and/or anxiety. 

The Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Program is being run by Guidelight, for the LGBTIQAP+ community and will be held for eight weeks at Robina, commencing on October 11, 6.30pm to 8pm on Wednesdays.To register email: 

The Optimal Health Program starting on Wednesday November 15 is for people that may identify with substance use affecting their mental health. The free eight week self-development program is available for Gold Coast residents aged between 18-64 years. If you would like to participate or discuss the program further please contact Vivian Aliaga-Castro on 07 3375 7333 or email

Make No. 2 your No. 1 Priority – Bowel Screening Campaign to continue in October

The Queensland Health Make No. 2 your No. 1 Priority bowel screening campaign is continuing until the end of October. This campaign encourages residents aged 50-74 to ensure their bowel screening is up-to-date and to talk to their GP about their risks. More information on bowel screening

Would you like more smoke-free places? 

Cancer Council Queensland in partnership with the Heart Foundation and the Asthma Foundation has developed the Smoke-free Places Survey to give Queenslanders an opportunity to discuss current and future smoke-free places in their community. 

Changes to cervical screening program

From December this year, pap smears being phased out in favour of an alternative known as HPV tests — which will start at a later age, with more than double the time in between examinations. The ABC has a useful article that explains the changes. Detailed information is available here for the public and health professionals. 

Gold Coast Health Mental Health First Aid event

Gold Coast Health is organising this course on November 6 and 13 specifically for people with a lived experience of mental illness and families/carers who are supporting someone who is experiencing mental health challenges. Priority is given to those currently accessing Gold Coast Mental Health Services. This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to increase general mental health literacy and skills in helping others who may develop a mental health problem and/or experience a mental health crisis. Find out more 

Asthma Australia resources for patients and health professionals

Asthma Australia has a range of publications and resources with up-to-date asthma information for patients to better understand and manage their asthma, and to help support people living with asthma. There are also resources for health professionals. If you have specific questions about your asthma call the information line on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or use the online form. 

Moving on after breast cancer treatment

Cancer Council Queensland is holding a free information session for women and men who have breast cancer, or have completed treatment for breast cancer, and their family and friends. 

Have better mental health at work

Heads Up is providing a number of online resources for employers, employees, managers and small business owners, for better workplace mental health.

Film screening for world hospice and palliative care day

For World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, the Hopewell Hospice in association with Supportive and Specialist Palliative Care Gold Coast Health and Palliative Care Queensland is screening the film Hippocratic about a man with a big dream: a pain free India. This will be held on Friday October 13, from 5.30pm - 8pm, at Arundel. Find out more

This month's issue is about ...


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1 - October 31

For community members
  • Screening: This week helps to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening for women aged 40-74. Appointments can be made online or calling 13 20 50.
  • Breast cancer risk calculator tool: The free Breast Cancer Risk Calculator Tool can help you calculate your breast cancer risk but always talk to your GP about your risk factors and preventative health. 
For health professionals

HealthyGC Events

Visit the HealthyGC Event calendar for a full list of Gold Coast health and wellbeing events, education and training programs being held in the region.

10 October
AT Training: ENCOURAGING CAPABILITIES (includes SIMPLY 1-2-3 strategies)
Speed Psychiatry for World Mental Health Day

11 October
Finding ME: Women's Self Esteem Program
AT Training: ADHD/ASD - The Game Plan
Shifting Consumer Control and the New
Endometriosis Information Session
Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Program: For people identifying with LGBTIQAP+

12 October
Immunisation Catch-up
Day 1: Understand Alzheimer's Educate Australia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Documentary UNREST, followed by expert panel
Griffith University Institute for Glycomics Annual Dinner

13 October
Hopewell Hospice and Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ): Screening of the film 'Hippocratic'

14 October
Paediatric Masterclass for General Practice 2017
Skin Cancer Certificate Courses


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