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HealthPathways Update
Focus on Breast Cancer
October 2017

What's New

New pathways launched since the 8th of August 2017 include:
Child and Youth Health

Paediatric Speech Pathology Referrals
Paediatric Orthopaedic Advice


Block Ducts, Mastitis, and Breast Abscess
Breast Engorgement


Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Pregnancy
Skin conditions (Rash and Itch) in Pregnancy
Routine Antenatal Referrals
Antenatal Support Services
Antenatal Advice
Maternal Postnatal Check


Contraception options
Urgent Gynaecology Assessment (within 24 hours)
Contraceptive Implant

Warts and Verrucas


Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Adults


Energy Rebates for Medical Equipment and Low Income Housing

Podiatry Referrals

Paediatric Orthopaedics

 Limp in Childhood

Coming Soon:

The ACT & SNSW team are continuously working towards updating, reviewing and localising new pathways. Right now they are working on pathways for; Children’s Health, Dermatology, Sexual Health and Pharmacology.     


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In October we recognised National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the aim of raising awareness of Breast Cancer and the services available for early detection and support. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women and the third most commonly diagnosed in Australia. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare an estimated 3,046 Australian women died from breast cancer in 2016. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The annual campaign serves as a reminder to promote Breast Screening services and the importance of regular two yearly screening, particularly for women aged 50 years and older. It also provides an opportunity to promote The BreastScreen Australia Program.
This Commonwealth, State and Territory government funded program supports free screening mammography and assessment services. Due to this program women can receive free breast screening between the ages of 50-74 from accredited service providers.
For more information about The BreastScreen Australia Program follow these links: 

        BreastScreen Australia

   BreastScreeen NSW

BreastScreen ACT

The ACT & SNSW HealthPathways Portal provides information on;
Breast Screening 
Breast Cancer Shared Care Follow-up

A word from Melissa Mudie
CNC Oncology and SNSWLHD Cancer Services

Southern NSW Local Health District and NSW Cancer Institute have partnered with the HealthPathways team to focus on improving referral pathways for patients with Cancer. The team is currently focusing on Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer, with a goal in helping to streamline the process and shorten the timeframes for patients to receive definitive treatment.
These localised pathways will be closely aligned with the national Optimal Care Pathway for People with Lung Cancer and with the Optimal Care Pathway for Women with Breast Cancer. The completed, localised care pathways will be published on the HealthPathways website, making reference to specific providers servicing the region.
Another goal of this project is to make sure patients are linked in with a specialist that is involved in a Multidisciplinary Team as there is increasing evidence that multidisciplinary care improves patient outcomes. Information on Cancer providers and Multidisciplinary teams can be found on the Canrefer website.
If you are interested in providing input into these localised pathways feel free to contact Catherine Barkley SNSW LHD HealthPathways Coordinator.
Here is the link to put in the Patient info section about optimal Breast Cancer pathway


GP to GP Colleague Referral Pathway

To help support the management of patients in General Practice and build on the relationships between General Practitioner peers, the ACT and SNSW HealthPathways team is collecting information on GPs with additional training and/or qualifications and their special interests to create a GP to GP colleague referral page.
This information will be published on the ACT and SNSW HealthPathways portal which will be available to all registered HealthPathways users.
To register your interest in participating in General Practice Colleague Referrals please follow the link and fill in the Jot Form.

Patient Information


Above: Members of the Murrumbidgee HealthPathways team, together with their partner site Barwon HealthPathways and representatives from Streamliners New Zealand.
Below: Christina Mulhall-Wilson, Portfolio Manager with Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, presenting at the launch event.


Murrumbidgee HealthPathways Launch 

Health professionals from across the Murrumbidgee region gathered in Wagga last Thursday evening to launch the Murrumbidgee HealthPathways program. ACT & SNSW HealthPathways Manager Carina Robinson attended the event to support the launch and discuss opportunities for regional collaboration with our neighbouring team. The evening event was well attended by a range of stakeholders from both Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and the local health district.  

The ACT & SNSW HealthPathways Team look forward to collaborating further in the future.

Join Us at ACT & SNSW HealthPathways!

Current vacancies

  • ACT – GP Registrar
  • Southern NSW – Southern Consumer Representative

GP Registrar
HealthPathways is an online health information website designed to support general practitioners and other clinicians at the point of care.  
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways are offering two GP registrar placements in first term 2018 – one based at Capital Health Network in Deakin, ACT, and the other based at COORDINARE in Moruya, NSW.
Each placement is offered at 0.2 FTE (7.6 hours per week) as a non-clinical Extended Skills training post with GP Synergy Ltd, at GPT3 and GPT3+ levels.
The HealthPathways GP Registrars will take an active role in developing and reviewing the assessment, management and referral of patients through pathways for the ACT and Southern NSW HealthPathways program. These posts would suit candidates with an active interest in population health, and provides skills and experience in health systems, evidence-based medicine and collaboration with hospitals, community health and specialists. Both posts are currently open on GP Synergy’s GPrime site, and I’d encourage any interested registrars to consider applying. For further information please contact the Program Manager on 0437 960 935.
Southern Consumer Rep
HealthPathways is a program that helps doctors and other clinicians to provide better referrals to other parts of the health system so that patients get the right care in the right place. The program has a Governance Committee that meets quarterly in Canberra to provide strategic oversight and to monitor progress. It also provides advice to the program team. We think it is important to have a consumer view when considering health care. The committee comprises representatives of the four program partners, as well as Calvary Public Hospital (Bruce) and consumers from both the ACT and Southern NSW. We are currently seeking a Consumer Representative from Southern NSW to join the committee. For further information or to express your interest, please contact the Program Manager on 0437 960 935.


Breast Screening Pathway Patient Resources

New After Hours Provider Pathway

The ACT &Southern NSW HealthPathways team has gone live with a new
After Hours pathway designed to streamline access to after hours primary care and reduce the burden on hospital emergency departments. The pathway extends beyond general practice to also include pharmacies that offer extended opening hours on weekdays, weekends and public holidays, recognising the vital role that community pharmacies play in the delivery of after hours primary care in the area.

Service providers whose hours vary seasonally are encouraged to update their details regularly both on the NHSD and on HealthPathways via the feedback function.

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