HealthPathways

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.

An Introduction to HealthPathways ACT & Southern NSW

As HealthPathways users, you will already be familiar with some of the benefits of using HealthPathways. But, do you know how a pathway is developed? Exactly what and who is involved?

Have you heard direct feedback from your colleagues about their experiences using HealthPathways?

The ACT & SNSW HealthPathways team has just finalised the first in a series of videos to answer these questions and demonstrate the wider benefits of HealthPathways in our region to both existing and potential users.

Click here to view the video

HealthPathways: Integrating our Health Services

ACT & SNSW HealthPathways have developed a new video which encourages clinicians across health professions to use and participate in HealthPathways to enhance care for their patients. Given the four way partnership between Southern NSW LHD, ACT Health, Capital Health Network (ACT’s Primary Health Network) and Coordinare, HealthPathways is ideally placed to act as a conduit for integration of services across the South East and ACT regions. Learn more about how you can contribute by watching the next instalment in our video series.

Click here to view the video.

Our Clinical Editors and Clinical Leads:

  • Dr Janet Watterson - SNSW Clinical Lead
  • Dr David Gregory - ACT Clinical Lead
  • Dr Louise Tuckwell - SNSW Clinical Editor
  • Dr Melanie Dorrington - ACT Clinical Editor
  • Dr Konrad Reardon - SNSW Clinical Editor
  • Dr Kate Molinari – ACT Clinical Editor
  • GP Registrar Dr Jessica Sloane - ACT Clinical Editor/GP Registrar
  • GP Registrar Dr Meghan Kendell - SNSW Clinical Editor/GP Registrar

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.

HealthPathways Update

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.

HealthPathways Monthly Dashboard

The HealthPathways Monthly Dashboard will be published every month, providing ACT & SNSW HealthPathways users with the program data and achievements for the previous month.

Getting Involved in HealthPathways

Health practitioners are encouraged to participate in the development and refinement of their local HealthPathways in two ways:

  1. 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
  2. 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.