HealthPathways

We identify priorities, link services, and fund care that is locally accessible, by working together with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities.

HealthPathways WA helps clinicians easily navigate their patients through the complex primary, community and acute healthcare system.

The aim of the program is to streamline the referral process to ensure patients access the right care, at the right time, in the right location.

Administered by WA Primary Health Alliance, the free-to-access, password-protected HealthPathways WA website contains localised clinical pathways, which provide clear and concise guidance for assessing, managing and referring patients across Western Australia.

The pathways are developed by a collaboration between health practitioners, drawing on clinical and practical knowledge from GPs, hospital specialists and allied health professionals.

More than 600 localised HealthPathways have been produced, with more than 14,000 users each year. The HealthPathways WA program is designed to be used at the point of care, primarily by GPs but is also available to hospital specialists, nurses, and other health professionals.

Our HealthPathways WA team also works collaboratively with other HealthPathways teams in Australia and New Zealand to ensure the WA website has up to date information which can be easily accessed during a busy consultation.

In partnership with GPs and their practice teams, and health professionals across many disciplines, we are delivering better health, together.

To access the HealthPathways WA site:

  1. Request log on details by emailing healthpathways@wapha.org.auwith your full name, professional role and organisation (or practice name).
  2. Log on to the HealthPathways website

All Pathways include local health service information, providing GPs with local referral options. This enables a more seamless, effective and complete patient journey by combining clinical and health service information in one place.

Visit the HealthPathways WA homepage to read more and find out how you can be involved with developing and reviewing HealthPathways. Additionally, on the project site you will find educational events for GPs and information about working groups you can join.

Who is involved in HealthPathways WA?

HealthPathways WA is developed in collaboration with local GPs, hospital specialists, allied health providers, and other key stakeholders.

WA Primary Health Alliance is administering the site with pathway development being governed together with the WA Department of Health.

Working groups, consisting of specialists, GPs and key stakeholders, are established to identify issues affecting patient care for a particular health issue. The working group assists in proposing solutions to identified issues and whilst they do not write or sign off on pathways, they review or comment on them

Benefits for Health Professionals

HealthPathways is succinct and easy to use. It serves to accelerate evidence into practice to ensure better, safer care and to streamline referral processes.

To access the site health professionals will simply:

  1. Log on to the website
  2. Search for the patient’s condition
  3. Access assessment and management options, and information on how and when to refer to local specialists and services

Benefits for patients

Patients benefit from receiving the right treatment in the right place at the right time, as well as timely referral for specialist care when required. GPs will also have quick access to educational patient information resources for patients, which will enable them to better understand and manage their own health.

Developing a pathway

When a pathway is first adapted to Western Australia, it goes through the following development stages:

  1. A working group is established, if required
  2. Draft content of pathway by a GP Clinical Editor
  3. Review of draft pathway by Subject Matter Experts (SME)
  4. Consultation is undertaken by the Department of Health
  5. Finalise pathway post consultation and SME feedback and published on the site
  6. Continuous improvement and scheduled reviews every 2-3 years

Placement opportunities for GP Registrars

HealthPathways WA is seeking GP Registrars to work one or two days per week for a 6-month term on the HealthPathways team as a GP Reviewer. This role will be focussed on reviewing pathways localised to WA and will be supervised by a GP Accredited Supervisor.

Successful candidates will have access to all tools, the resources necessary for the role and will join a team of seven GP Clinical Editors with varying experiences and backgrounds.

For expressions of interest, or to find out more information about this role, see the Information Sheet for GP Registrars

Resources

For all queries please contact the HealthPathways team via email healthpathways@wapha.org.au or phone 0439 283 894.

Disclaimer

While the Australian Government Department of Health has contributed to the funding of this website, the information on this website does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government and is not advice that is provided, or information that is endorsed, by the Australian Government. The Australian Government is not responsible in negligence or otherwise for any injury, loss or damage however arising from the use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.