Dr Vivien Wright is a Tasmanian HealthPathways clinical editor and believes the resource can play a vital role in equipping GPs with the information they need, especially when a public health risk rears its head.
The latest example? The spate of meningococcal cases that have cropped up in the Apple Isle in the second half of 2018.
In late July, Dr Wright fired off an urgent email to Streamliners New Zealand alerting the technical writers of the imminent need to update the information on Tasmanian HealthPathways about the current availability in Tasmania of meningococcal vaccines on the meningococcal and immunisation pathways.
“With something like meningococcal, affecting children and youth, it seemed especially urgent to get the right information out there in case GPs were dealing with distressed or confused parents,” Dr Wright says.
“That’s why the HealthPathways system works so well – it gives those on the general practice coal face a one-stop-shop for all the key details.”