It is estimated that one in ten patients in any general practice is a carer. Carers provide a vital role, and enable patients to maintain their independence, wellness and quality of life. However, carers themselves can experience a range of negative health, social and financial impacts as a result of their caring role.
The COVID-19 pathways have been developed using international evidence from health systems including those in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Our PHNs are responsible for ensuring the pathways align with Victorian Government guidance and are regularly updated as clinical criteria change and local health services adapt their processes.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) provides a safe legal framework for people who are suffering and dying to choose the manner and timing of their death. The Victorian Primary Health Networks are supporting a range of initiatives to enhance health practitioner capacity with regard to voluntary assisted dying.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in Australia and fortunately has a very high five-year survival rate (94%). However, a significant sub-group of patients report poor quality of life post treatment, such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
Design, develop and deliver training to prescribers and pharmacists on how to use SafeScript which helps prescribers and pharmacists to safely manage patients who may be misusing prescription medicines, or those who may be receiving supplies of high-risk medicines beyond therapeutic need.
Care pathways aim to enhance clinical knowledge and promote best practice care, reduce the number of patients referred to specialist care who could be managed in primary/community care, build collaboration and reduce fragmentation across the health service network, and improve health outcomes.