Infections and Immunology Health Network
Dr James Flexman, Lead
Our network is concerned with the delivery of patient-centred, sustainable and effective clinical services across all facets of care involved in infections and immunology.
We collaborate with expert health professionals and partner with primary care to bring greater expertise and links with health planning and policy to improve outcomes for local communities.
Items of interest include:
- Welcoming new members of our Executive Advisory Group
- Final report now available for structure and resources in the management of Hepatitis C
- Sharps Safety Forum 2014
- Consumer page launched on Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control website
- Antibiotic Awareness Week 17-23 November
- Get the Facts: website offers sexual health information for young people
We would like to welcome the following new members to our Executive Advisory Group:
- Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Consultant, Department of Immunology, Princess Margaret Hospital
- Mr Andrew Burry, Chief Executive Officer, WA AIDS Council
- Mr Douglas Josif, Clinical Services Director, Kimberley- Pilbara Medicare Local
The final report of the Structure and resources in the management of Hepatitis C (PDF) is now available.
It provides an analysis and evaluation of the current range of healthcare resources linked to tertiary centres that are dedicated to managing people either infected or at risk of infections with the hepatitis C virus.
The report recommends:
- improved communication between the tertiary hospitals, GPs and patients on treatment pathways, outreach services and shared care arrangements
- allocation of resources should encourage a more coordinated response by tertiary hospitals
- tertiary hospitals should consider actively engaging GPs in shared care for their patients
- patient-centred approach should be the basis for improving access to treatment and quality of care
- research to analyse the cost effectiveness of nurse-led clinics and telehealth models of care.
The Infections and Immunology Health Network hosted the fourth Sharps Safety Forum on 23 October. Thank you to those who attended and a special thank you to those who presented on the day.
The forum provided an opportunity for individuals with a shared interest in the area of sharps safety to share their knowledge and experiences whilst learning from the experiences of others.
A brief project report summarising the discussions will soon be circulated to attendees.
The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) has launched a consumer page (external site) on their website. It is intended for people with friends or family in healthcare facilities or who just wish to have a clearer idea of how to avoid common infections at home. It is also a tool for health professionals, providing them with an updated information source to which they can direct patients and their visitors.
Antibiotic Awareness Week in Australia is part of a global initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics.
View the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website (external site) for more information and updates on what was achieved in this week nationally.
The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program, Department of Health WA has developed the Get the Facts website (external site) to address sexual health, blood-borne viruses and relationship issues for young people.
The website provides a range of information to help young people understand and deal with a range of topics including:
- safer sex and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (external site)
- relationships (external site)
- condoms and contraception (external site)
- puberty (external site)
- risks associated with getting tattoos and piercings (external site)
A confidential ‘ask a question’ feature is also available. Parents, carers and health professionals may find this a useful website to assist with discussing sexual health with young people, or to point them in the right direction for accurate and reliable information on these issues.
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.