Gold Coast Health News – An update for General Practice


OT Driving Assessments Service

Do your patients need driving assessments?A pilot Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment Service has been developed within the GCHHS to align with the Statewide Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Project.This survey has been developed to determine current community demand for Occupational Therapy Driving Assessments for clients within the Gold Coast catchment. This will help us to determine feasibility of opening the service to community referrals.The survey will only take 2 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help us to determine feasibility of opening the service to community referrals.

GP Advice Line

Our GP Advice Line is available to assist with optimising patient management in the community. This service assists GPs and their patients to avoid lengthy or unnecessary waits in the Emergency Department or on Specialist Outpatient wait lists.GPs can call 1300 00 4242 (option 3), Monday to Friday 8am to 4.00pm, for non-urgent specialist outpatient advice or general service enquiries.A direct GP only line to GCUH Switch – 07 5687 0003 – is also available for for urgent specialist advice

New Health Pathways are live

Gold Coast HealthPathways is now in its third year! Whilst we regularly make important updates as they arise, a formal update of the suites occurs every 3 years.  New pages include:

Updated pages:

Check out the Daily Updates page to view all the new pathways. The platform is integrated with GP Smart Referrals, ensuring faster, streamlined management of referrals. Log in to Gold Coast HealthPathways or click “Register Now” to request access from here.

Maternity Alignment TWO Program

Gold Coast Health in partnership with Gold Coast Primary Health Network will be delivering the “Alignment 2” workshop for GPs who have previously participated in the Gold Coast GP Maternity Alignment Program.This program will further enhance the skills and knowledge of already aligned local GPs providing antenatal care to women within the primary care setting.Saturday, 27 April 20248.30 am – 1.30 pmGold Coast University Hospital, E BlockTopics include:

  • Perinatal mental health
  • Prescribing in pregnancy and lactation
  • GP’s role in preventing placental dysfunction and preterm birth

Note: This program is only available to GPs who have already completed Alignment 1.Places are limited, register today.

Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Update for GP’s

Thank you to the 64 attendees who attended our Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Update for General Practice earlier this month. The expert speakers covered a broad range of topics including specific education from our unit on HealthPathways. It was a fantastic turnout of GPs and Nurses with over 88% of attendees rating their overall satisfaction of the event as good/excellent.If you or your practice weren’t able to attend the event but would like access to the post-event resources, please email us at Save the date for our upcoming Women’s Health Update for General Practice on Saturday, 18 May 2024.

Support for GPs

Bookmark this page for a directory of Gold Coast Health services and how to refer to them; helping you optimise care pathways for our mutual patients.

This article was originally published in on 19/03/2024. Read article.