North and West Queensland Primary Health Care

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North West Queensland Primary Health Care (NWQPHC) supports over 100 GPs and registrars in north and west Queensland. Covering more than 770 000 square kilometres, the Division spans from Cardwell and Mornington Island to the north, Birdsville to the south west, Palm Island to the east, the Northern Territory and South Australian borders to the west and Tambo to the southeast. The Divisions GP members service approximately 116 000 Queenslanders. Approximately 90 staff are attached to offices in Townsville, Longreach and Mt Isa, offering support in the areas of practice management, recruitment, professional development and health services support. In addition, NWQPHC offers allied health outreach services and operates health clinics in Birdsville, Bedourie and McKinlay.

NWQPHC promotes the central role of general practice in rural and remote primary health care by working collaboratively with key stakeholders and general practice. NWQPHC is one of 120 Divisions Australia-wide, and one of 19 in Queensland.  NWQPHCs activities align along three streams, each of which is briefly outlined below.

Workforce and Communities:

GPs and their practices are supported via a team offering advice and assistance on business and workforce issues. Assistance is given to GPs, practice nurses and practice staff to continue professional development via subsidies for attendance at professional development events. Help is also provided to practices for general practice accreditation, interpreting new Medicare initiatives and linking general practice with their communities.

Two other subgroups operate within the Workforce and Communities stream:

Information and Communication Technology & Information Management:

This team encompasses the disciplines of information technology, information management and communication. The groups charter is to ensure processes are in place to effectively and expediently collect data, interpret it and communicate via a range of channels to appropriate internal and external stakeholders.

Research and Evaluation:

This team aims to determine the needs of GPs within our Division, identifies support mechanisms and subsequently evaluates the effectiveness of NWQPHCs efforts. The ultimate goal of the team is to support GPs and practices in the achievement of better health outcomes for individuals and communities within the Division.

Health Services:

Current priority health areas for NWQPHC include chronic disease, indigenous health and population health.

NWQPHC provides a range of health services to help GPs care for patients. Outreach allied health services are provided by health professionals in the disciplines of podiatry, psychology, dietetics, dementia advisory service, occupational therapy, speech therapy, continence advisory service, diabetes education and physiotherapy. NWQPHC staff work closely with GPs to ensure continuity of care and maximise patient outcomes. Health clinics are also managed from facilities in Birdsville, Bedourie and McKinlay.

Support Services:

Focusing on the finance and administration activities of the organisation, this stream ensures governance and funding-body criteria are met. They are also responsible for human resource functions and daily administrative operations.

The following table is under construction.

NWQPHC

Place 1

South

Place 2

North West

Place 3

Highway

 

NWQPHC is divided into three regions for administrative purposes. Each region is allocated an Area Manager, who is responsible for facilitating the provision of health care services.

 

Place 1

Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville, Home Hill, Cardwell, Ingham, Palm Island and Charters Towers.

 

Place 2

Burketown, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomagee, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Karumba, Mornington Island, Mount Isa, Muttaburra, Normanton, Richmond, Birdsville, Boulia, Bedourie, Duchess and Camooweal.

 

Place 3

Alpha, Aramac, Barcaldine, Betoota, Blackall, Emmet, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Jericho, Jundah, Longreach, Morella, Stonehenge, Tambo, Windora, WInton, Yalleroi and Yaraka.

Bush Clinics

  Place 1
Bush Clinics
  Place 2
Bush Clinics
  Place 3
Bush Clinics
 Continence Place 1 Continence Place 2 Continence Place 3 Continence
 Dementia Place 1 Dementia Place 2 Dementia   Place 3 Dementia
 Diabetes Place 1
Diabetes
Place 2
Diabetes
  Place 3
Diabetes
 Diet Place 1
Diet
Place 2
Diet
  Place 3
Diet
Health
Promotion
Place 1
Health Promotion
Place 2
Health Promotion
  Place 3
Health Promotion
Indigenous Health Place 1
Indigenous Health
Place 2
Indigenous Health
  Place 3
Indigenous Health
Occupational Therapy Place 1
Occupational Therapy
Place 2
Occupational Therapy
  Place 3
Occupational Therapy
 Pharmacy Place 1 Pharmacy Place 2 Pharmacy Place 3 Pharmacy
 Physiotherapy Place 1 Physiotherapy Place 2 Physiotherapy Place 3 Physiotherapy
 Podiatry Place 2
Podiatry
Place 3
Podiatry
 Psychology Place 1 Psychology Place 2 Psychology Place 3 Psychology
Speech
Pathology
Place 1
Speech
Pathology
Place 2
Speech Pathology
Place 3
Speech Pathology

 Workforce and Communities

Place 1 Workforce and Communities Place 2 Workforce and Communities Place 3 Workforce and Communities

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Last updated 14 July 2006