Today the new HealthPathways website for our region is available. The launch follows 18 months of significant collaboration between a diverse group of local clinical experts, as part of a joint initiative between our organisation and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
HealthPathways is an online decision support tool that provides GPs and other healthcare providers with clinical information and referral options to support point of care assessment and management of their patients.
Local health professionals are now able to access this invaluable online decision support tool, which already provides over 40 pathways and has dozens more already in development.
Pathways are currently available or being developed in areas including assault or abuse, child health, diabetes, endocrinology, gynaecology, infectious diseases, mental health, palliative care, pregnancy, sexual health, sleep, and urology.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the team of people who have made this project possible.
To date it has involved a local team of eight GPs in the writing team, 36 GPs and eight practice nurses reviewing the pathways, participation from ten separate departments in the hospital setting, as well as a myriad of department leads and subject matter experts. The Steering Committee has comprised representation from the Local Health District, St John of God, GPs, nursing, community health and allied health.
And the project is far from over.
As we continue to identify and develop new pathways, the ongoing involvement of local health professionals and subject matter experts remains an essential ingredient.
Anyone who is interested in assisting in the writing or reviewing of pathways should contact our HealthPathways team.
I encourage all local health professionals to set up the HealthPathways icon on their desktop, subscribe to updates for regular pathways information, and make it a part of your daily routine to tap into its continually developing knowledge base.