To access the HealthPathways site:
What is HealthPathways?
Capital Health Network has partnered with COORDINARE, ACT Health and Southern NSW Local Health District to implement HealthPathways across the ACT and Southern NSW.
HealthPathways is an online health information portal to be used at the point of care by GPs, specialists, nurses and allied health practitioners on how to assess, manage and refer patients in a timely manner to available services. It is underpinned by evidence based practice.
Localised pathways contain clinical and referral information for local health services which are jointly developed by general practitioners, specialists and other primary health care providers. An essential element to the HealthPathways program is the establishment of clinical stream specific workgroups, enabling cultural change, by improving communication and collaboration between GPs and specialists.
Our Clinical Editors and Clinical Leads:
- Dr Janet Watterson – GP Clinical Lead
- Dr David Gregory – GP Clinical Lead
- Dr Melanie Dorrington – GP Clinical Editor
- Dr Jaclyn Moss – GP Clinical Editor
- Dr Konrad Reardon – GP Clinical Editor
- Dr Issuru Premawardhana – GP Clinical Editor
- Dr Louise Tuckwell – GP Clinical Editor
Benefits of using HealthPathways
- More patients getting the right treatment or specialist care with reduced waiting time
- Clinician agreed pathways both into and out of the public health system
- Support with information on appropriate referral and pre-referral work up
- Improved quality and appropriateness of referrals
- Local adaption of evidence based health care and supporting resources
- More appropriate use of inpatient, outpatient and community services
- More relevant educational resources for patients available to clinicians
- Clinician engagement in identifying system problems and solutions.
Who can use the HealthPathways portal?
HealthPathways is available to all health professionals within ACT and Southern NSW. It is primarily designed for GPs and their staff but is also available for medical specialists and other health professionals for use within their scope of practice. Once registered the user will receive a secure login and password to access the HealthPathways portal.
The portal is not designed to be used by patients or the general community, however there will be information available on the portal that GPs and other health practitioners can provide to patients during a consultation.
The HealthPathways Update will be published every two months, providing ACT and Southern NSW HealthPathways users with latest program snippets and details of new and forthcoming pathways.
Getting Involved in HealthPathways
Health practitioners are encouraged to participate in the development and refinement of their local HealthPathways in two ways:
- by becoming involved in Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs). As new pathways are chosen for development, CRGs are convened and work collaboratively to determine optimum patient care processes. You can register your interest by sending an email to healthpathways [at] chnact.org.au
- by providing feedback on the HealthPathways site using the ‘send feedback’ tab (far right corner of each HealthPathway) about the content and/or service information. By actively involving clinicians our goal is to continuously improve the HealthPathways system.
Pathway Suggestions and Proposals
If you are a GP, medical specialist, nurse, allied health or other health care practitioner who would like to suggest a clinical area or condition for a new pathway, please contact us either via phone (02) 6287 8099 or email: healthpathways [at] chnact.org.au.