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**NEW – Prenatal Screening Clinical Practice Guideline

Need an update on what advice to give women in the first trimester of their pregnancy?  Prenatal Screening 2017

** 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


Shared Maternity Care Education Forum –  August 30 2017

Deep venous Thrombosis, Anticoagulation and Iron Deficiency Anaemia management in the antenatal and postnatal period.

Maternity /Shared Maternity Care

  • Wed 25th October Annual Maternity and Morbidity, IUGR, Maternal cfDNA based screening for fetal microdeletions, ASPRE Trial – presenters Monash Ultrasound for Women

Cardiology Department– third meeting in Healthy Hearts cardiology series

  • Tuesday 14th November AF and NOACs, Arrhythmias and Pacemakers, Heart Failure, Valve disease and endocarditis

Mental Health meeting

  • Tuesday 17th of October meeting Perinatal Mental Health – Mental Health and Medication in the Perinatal Period and meet the new Clinical Director Peninsula Mental Health Service Associate Professor Richard Newton and senior mental health staff- Mental Health GP Education Forum- OCT 17 2017

External Events for GPs

  • RMH Virtual fracture clinic information and education session on 4th September

North Western Melbourne PHN, Better Care Victoria funded project, see FLYER Virtual Fracture Clinic RMH September 4th



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