Delivering a Healthy WA
Health Networks - Collaborative health care planning for the whole community

Infections and Immunology Health Network

Dr James Flexman, Lead

The Infections and Immunology Health Network is led by our Clinical Lead, Dr James Flexman.

The network collaborates with expert health professionals and partners with Medicare Locals to bring greater expertise and links with health planning and policy to improve outcomes for local communities. You can find a list of our network members here.

Some of our existing projects and priorities are included below as well as further information that may be of interest to our members:

Pre-Employment Health Assessment form

Following a successful review process and extensive consultation, the Pre-Employment Health Assessment (PEHA) will soon be recommended for use as a standardised, State-wide, pre-employment data collection tool across WA Health.

The PEHA Form Working Group was convened late in 2013 to review the PEHA N10 Form, which collects pre-employment Occupational Safety and Health and Infection Control data from prospective employees.

This Group consists of representatives from the North and South Metropolitan Health Services, WA Country Health Services, Child and Adolescent Health Service, the Health Corporate Network, PathWest and the Department of Health at Royal Street.

The PEHA Working Group is now finalising the content and implementation process of the PEHA Form.

WA Committee for Antimicrobials: 2014 Symposium

In June, the WA Committee for Antimicrobials held a symposium focussing on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections and criterion for antimicrobial stewardship.

Antimicrobial resistance by a micro-organism to medicine to which it was originally sensitive is a growing concern in modern medicine. The misuse of antimicrobial medicines accelerates the phenomenon.

This symposium explored strategies, experiences and solutions that address antimicrobial stewardship in accordance with the National Standards.

Australian Sexual Health Conference 2014

The 2014 Australasian Sexual Health Conference is being held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney from 9 - 11 October 2014. In 2014 the focus will be on youth, education, the influence of social media and technology on sexual health, and changes in sexual behaviour in Australia and abroad.

Health professionals who have an interest in sexual health are invited to attend this conference which will showcase how promoting good sexual health in our communities goes well beyond the safety messages of condom use to encouraging self-confidence in knowledge and community acceptance.

The Australasian Sexual Health Conference is convened by the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance to bring together all disciplines involved in sexual health medicine and sexual health promotion to share experiences, new research and discuss national and local responses to sexual health in Australasia.

For further information please visit the conference website: (external site)

Online Immunisation Update Launch

The Communicable Disease Control Directorate has launched its Online Immunisation Update. The new online model not only allows unlimited numbers to participate, but means participants can elect to complete the updates at any time or place suitable to them.

Previously updates were offered in large group sessions; however, rapidly increasing numbers of registrations and issues with the availability of nurses have caused a rethink about the best way to deliver the required updates.

Nurses are encouraged to learn more and register for the update online (external link).

Hepatitis C and ageing - a community brief

In March 2014 The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University published a community brief on people in Australia living with hepatitis C.

This paper highlights the key challenges and issues relating to ageing and living with hepatitis C that will inform future research directions and policy.

Read more (external site)

How to join our network

Anyone interested in improving the way health services are delivered in Western Australia can now join the Infections and Immunology Health Network. As a member you will receive all of our news and updates and be informed of opportunities to be involved.