New Pathways: COVID-19 and Pandemic Respiratory Illness
Tasmanian HealthPathways is web-based information portal developed by Primary Health Tasmania. It’s designed to help primary care clinicians plan local patient care through primary, community and secondary healthcare systems.
HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including how to refer patients to local specialists and services in the most timely and efficient way.
Who can use it?
Pathways are designed to be used at the point of care, so are primarily targeted at GPs, but can also be used by hospital specialists, nurses, allied health workers and other health professionals within Tasmania.
There are many Tasmanian HealthPathways already available – more than 600, in fact – for conditions ranging from endocrinology and sexual health, to pain management and preventive care, along with many others.
Primary Health Tasmania is currently working towards increasing the suite of clinical health pathways available, and reviewing existing ones.
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.”
Feedback and involvement by health professionals is always welcomed by the Tasmanian HealthPathways team.
Use the Send Feedback button in the top right corner of any page on the Tasmanian HealthPathways website to make suggestions or to inform us of incorrect information or a broken link.
We are always looking for health professionals to be involved in the development and review of pathways.