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**NEW – Reduced Fetal Movements clinical practice guideline

**NEW- Important changes to Outpatient Fax numbers

Please note that effective immediately several Peninsula Health Outpatient fax numbers have changed. 07/03/2017

Further changes are pending. Once all new numbers are confirmed, we will publish a full and final list and e-mail it to your practice.


New  fax number

Acute Outpatients


·         Cancer related clinics

·         Child and Young Adult Clinics

·         Medical Clinics

·         Surgical Clinics

·         Women’s health and Antenatal

9788 1879

Rapid Assessment Cardiac Unit (RACU)

9784 2383

Sleep Lab

9788 1875

Women’s health Unit

·         Colposcopy

·         IUD clinic

9784 2326

The ACCESS fax number remains unchanged- 9784 2309

New fax numbers for Diabetes, Cardiology and Respiratory Investigations will follow in the coming weeks.

A temporary diversion has been put in place from the old fax numbers.

Detailed service directories and referral forms are in the process of being amended.

These changes are needed as Peninsula Health is migrating all legacy faxes to new Electronic RightFax Infrastructure in readiness for the NBN (National Broad Band Network) installation. Existing analogue services are scheduled to be switched off after the NBN completion. 

Outpatient enquiries can be made by phoning- 9784 2600

** NEW- Secure Messaging Project At Peninsula Health

Changes to electronic delivery of discharge summaries as a prelude to developing the capacity for GP e-referral

Discharge Summaries

Peninsula Health will be transitioning to ReferralNet as the preferred method of delivery for discharge summaries, with the transition scheduled to begin on 23 November 2016. There will be no appreciable impact on GPs and practices with this change. Discharge summaries will be presented to GPs in the same format within their clinical information system as before.

Electronic discharge summaries are currently delivered via Healthlink and this will continue to occur for a short period to enable gradual transition, however practices are strongly encouraged to register for ReferralNet receiving capability if they do not already have it.

GPs and practices with a ReferralNet capability will start to receive their discharge summaries via ReferralNet rather than Healthlink from the above date.

Outpatient eReferral

In addition, Peninsula Health is focusing on enabling electronic referrals for outpatient services. This will require:

·         The development of a referral template (or templates) to automate the extraction of data from core GP clinical information systems, including Medical Director, Best Practice, Genie and Zedmed; and

·         The installation of ReferralNet for sending and receiving secure messaging at General Practices across the catchment.

Practices who are keen to be involved in the initial implementation of eReferral for Outpatients, provisionally scheduled for Q1 2016, should contact the project manager for further information.

For further information on the project please contact: David Hutcheson, Project Manager (dhutcheson@phcn.vic.gov.au)

For information on your practice’s ReferralNet status, please contact Global Health:
Email: referralnet.support@global-health.com
Telephone: 1300 723 938, then press 2 for Support and then 4 for ReferralNet Support
Website: http://www.global-health.com/connectivity/

More information can be found in the following documents;



Education Events for GPs

Peninsula Health Events

As this is a reaccreditation year please find below some ideas for pregnancy related learning that will help you attract the required minimum of 10 Cat 2 CPD points.

External Events for GPs




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