An Update Newsletter from the chair of the Board is provided to inform members and the community of the activities of the of the Board, plus latest UPDATES.
December 2016: Recognition of Service
Dr James Kidd, founding Chair, was requested to make presentations recognising the service of Directors and staff at the 2016 AGM
15 Year recognition: Dr Steven Wong, Dr Shiva Prakash OAM & Mr Michael Edwards
10 Year Service: Dr Hany Gayed & Mr Joe Rzepecki (Co Chair Consumer Reference Group)
Dr Kidd drew attention to the fact that the inaugural meeting of the Division was held on the 21st May 1995. Thus making the organisation 21 years of serving GPs and the Community.
Included in the foundation Board was Dr. Steven Wong elected as Secretary. He also had a particular responsibility for a project on Gynaecological endoscopy and the GP.
Dr Hany Gayed has reached his long awaited 10 year award. To his credit this is now his third term as Chair and has excelled in all his roles.
Dr Prakash being overseas was unable to accept his 15 year award on the day. None the less his value to the Network and the Wentworth Healthcare Boards remain extremely valuable.
MARCH 2016: National My Heath Record released in Penrith
Federal Health Minister Hon Sussan Ley MP launched the latest phase of the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) in Penrith on Friday 4 March now known as My Health Record. The Nepean Blue Mountains PHN was one of two areas chosen to pilot this new version. The other was Northern Queensland.
Two main differences in this new version includes a patient “opt out” condition and greater support for local GPs.
Both Medical and Consumer Groups had lobbied hard for an “Opt Out” inclusion along with tighter privacy provisions. GPs have been reluctant to use the eHealth record because of the restricted inclusion of the majority of their patients and inherent richness of their own records. This was despite a very successful promotion and take up rate by local residents of the previous PCEHR version. Those who have signed up for the PCEHR will have their data retained under the new My Heath Record. It will mean that more people will be included and therefore make the system more meaningful for treating medical practitioners. There will greater confidence that a record will exist.
A patient will still have the right to restrict access to what information and who may access their record to protect privacy concerns. What patients need to be aware of though, is what pertinent information might be needed in a live saving scenario where ever they may be. This is best discussed with their local GP. Using a local Medical practitioner of their choice anywhere in Australia, is very closer to a reality. This will provide a real safety net for the residents of this region who have been very much the pioneers of eHealth over a period of more than 10 years.
Dr Michael Crampton, a GP from Windsor, who himself has been an outspoken advocate of using the benefits of computerisation in Medical Practices since 1995 also addressed those present at the My Health Record launch. After briefly outlining the genesis of eHealth, he stressed the need that appropriate training and competences by GPs will be required. He was glad that the government also recognised the need to reimburse GPs for the additional time for curating the health record with their patients.
Later in the day, Dr Hany Gayed, Chair of the Nepean GP Network, stressed the importance for GPs to attend locally run Information events this month that will better equip them to answer questions that may be raised by their patients.
FEB 2016: NEW BOARD APPOINTED.
With the re-election of Dr Viviane Leventhal as a Director, the board considered the appointment of Office Bearers and portfolio responsibilities at its February 2016 meeting.
Dr. Hany Gayed, Chair
Dr. Steven Wong, Vice Chair and Membership
Dr. Mark Dowsett, Treasurer and HealthOne
Dr. Viviane Leventhal, Secretary and CRG
Dr. Anju Agawaal, CPD and
Dr. Shiva Prakash, PHN
FEB 2016 - Board Planning Day
The Board focus for the March Planning Day was agreed to “Go back to Basics” and review the constitution Objectives, our reason for being, and to consider where the organisation needs to be and what to have in place to fully meet its stated objectives.
DEC 2015 - 10 Years Service
Adam Ryder, our IT specialist, is recognised for 10 years service.
Adam started at the Division under the NSW Health "healthelink" project where we were one of three pilot sites.
Apart from the necessary maintenance and update of the IT systems, he continued to have valuable input into the various reiterations of eHealth.
He continues to support IT integration into General Practice. Congratulations and many thanks Adam for your support to General Practice and our members.