Q: Tell us about your work with HealthPathways?
A: My work with HealthPathways largely consists of providing clinical expertise on a condition by condition basis and effectively liaising within a broader health team of hospital staff, GPs and Allied Health Specialists.
I became a Clinical Editor for HealthPathways in 2014, as I have an interest in public health initiatives promoting the improvement of health services at a community level.
Q: What have you recently been working on?
A: I have recently been involved in a review of the Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy pathway with Dr Sumathy Perampalam. We are reviewing this pathway due to the renewed guidelines by the American Thyroid Association in 2017. The hope is that more GPs will be able to manage this condition within their practice and referral numbers will drop.
Q: What pathway are you most proud of your involvement in?
A: I am proud of my involvement in developing the Chronic Hepatitis C pathway that went live in March 2016. This is one of the most popular pathways on HealthPathways and has been used as a model pathway for other HealthPathways teams.
Q: Why do you think HealthPathways is a useful tool for health professionals?
A: HealthPathways is a useful tool for health professionals because it provides one point of information for assessment, management and local referral options.
HealthPathways also acts as a point of communication between the hospital and general practice.
The site is easy to use at the point of care and provides instant access to clinically endorsed information on a range of conditions.
Q: How do you use HealthPathways in your own practice?
A: I use HealthPathways in a number of ways in my GP work at the Bungendore Medical Centre and my GPLO work in Monaro.
Some of these include to:
- confirm the assessment of a patient's presented condition
- make use of the pharmaceutical information provided
- ensure my patients receive the best medication options available
- ensure appropriate imaging
- canvas all options for local referral
- provide up-to-date service information.