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What is HealthPathways?HealthPathways is designed and written for use during a consultation. Each pathway provides clear and concise guidance for assessing and managing a patient with a particular symptom or condition. Pathways also include information about making referrals to services in the local health system. Each pathway is evidence-informed, but also reflects local reality, and aims to preserve clinical autonomy and patient choice. HealthPathways serves to reduce unwarranted variation and accelerate evidence into practice to ensure better, safer care. HealthPathways programs are developed by PHNs across every state and territory in Australia.
HealthPathways Melbourne aims to:
- Enhance clinical knowledge and promote best practice care
- Reduce the number of patients referred to specialist care who could be managed in a primary/community care setting
- Build collaboration and reduce fragmentation across the health service network
- Improve health outcomes by enabling consumers access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Who should use HealthPathways?Health professionals who:
- Would like up to date, evidence-based information about the assessment and management of a range of health-related conditions.
- Want to know how and when a patient should be referred to hospital, community health and other services, to ensure appropriate and timely care.
- Are new to the area and would like guidance on local referral options.
Who is involved in HealthPathways Melbourne?Pathways are created by local GPs, working in partnership with specialists, nurses, allied health and other health professionals. HealthPathways Melbourne is a collaborative program run by the Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN), and North Western Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN), and is supported by:
- Participating primary care clinicians and consumers
- Alfred Health
- Austin Health
- Djerriwarrh Health
- Eastern Health
- Mercy Health
- Monash Health
- Northern Health
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
- The Royal Children’s Hospital
- The Royal Melbourne Hospital
- The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
- The Royal Women’s Hospital
- Western Health
- Community health, council, and other health organisations in both the EMPHN and NWMPHN regions.