HealthPathways

HealthPathways WA is a free to access, password protected website, administered by WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA). The site contains clinical pathways, which provide clear and concise guidance for assessing, managing and referring patients across Western Australia.

Pathways are a collaboration between health practitioners from across the state, drawing on clinical and practical knowledge from General Practitioners (GPs), Hospital specialists and Allied Health Practitioners. The HealthPathways WA team also works collaboratively with other HealthPathways teams in Australia and New Zealand to ensure the site has up to date information which can be easily accessed during a busy consultation. HealthPathways is designed to be used at point of care, primarily by GPs but is also available to hospital specialists, nurses, and other health professionals.

To access the site:

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

The aim of HealthPathways WA is to ensure patients access the right care, at the right time, in the right location. 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.

WAPHA is administering the site and pathway development is governed by WAPHA and the WA Department of Health (DoH).

Working Groups (WGs) consisting of specialists, GPs and key stakeholders are established to identify issues affecting patient care for a particular health issue. The working group proposes solutions to issues identified, and whilst they do not write or sign off on pathways, they will 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 undertaken by the DoH
  5. Finalise pathway post consultation and SME feedback and publish on the site
  6. Continuous improvement and scheduled reviews every 2-3 years

Placement opportunities for GP Registrars

HealthPathways WA are seeking 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 and 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 located on the HealthPathways website.

Resources

For all queries please contact the HealthPathways team via email healthpathways@wapha.org.au or phone (08) 6272 4900

Who is involved in HealthPathways WA?

The website is administered by the HealthPathways WA team based at the WA Primary Health Alliance.  General Practitioners lead the work to localise and develop the pathways in conjunction with hospital specialists, allied health providers, key stakeholders and the community.

We have a partnership agreement with the Department of Health and the Area Health Services to allow collaboration across the sectors.

Placement opportunities for GP Registrars

HealthPathways WA is seeking registrars to work one or two days per week on the HealthPathways program to update pathways due for review. This role  is supervised by a GP Accredited Supervisor.

Successful candidates will have access to all tools and 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 located on the HealthPathways website.

Further information

For more information  please contact the HealthPathways WA team via email healthpathways@wapha.org.au or phone (08) 6272 4900.