HealthPathways WA is a free to access website, run by WAPHA. It covers all three Primary Health Networks in WA; Perth North, Perth South and Country WA. The site contains condition specific pathways to assist in assessing, managing and referring patients. General Practitioners write the pathways, in consultation with specialists and other health professionals from across the state.
To access the site:
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. HealthPathways enable a more seamless, effective and complete patient journey by combining clinical and health service information in one place.
Visit the HealthPathways WA Project site to read more, request the free log on details, and find out how you can be involved with developing and reviewing HealthPathways.
The following pathways were published in May 2018:
- Non-acute Neurology Assessment (seen within 30 days to 1 year)
- Acute Neurology Assessment (seen within 7 days)
- Neurology Advice
- Open Angle Glaucoma
- Acute Angle-closure Glaucoma
- Refractive Error
- Bell’s Palsy in Adults
- Headaches in Adults
- Influenza Infection and Control
- Alcohol and Drug Advice
- Healthcare for Homeless People
Who is involved?
The portal is being developed in collaboration with general practitioners, hospital specialists, allied health providers, key stakeholders and the community.
WAPHA is administering the portal. The pathways development is governed by WAPHA and WA Department of Health.
Working Groups consisting of specialists, GPs and key stakeholders are established to identify issues affecting patient care in a particular service area.
They propose solutions to issues identified, and while WGs do not write or sign off on pathways, they will review or comment on them.
Benefits for GPs
HealthPathways is efficient, simple and quick to use. It will assist GPs to provide the most effective treatment and find local specialists and services for their patients.
To access the portal GPs will simply:
- Log on to the website
- Search for the patient’s condition
- Access assessment and management options, and information on referrals to local specialists and services
Benefits for patients
Patients will get the right treatment or specialist care with shorter waiting time. GPs will also have quick access to educational resources for patients which will enable them to better manage their own health.
Developing a pathway
Each pathway goes through the development stages:
- Establish the Working Group
- Draft content of localised pathway by Clinical Editor
- Review of draft pathway by Subject Matter Experts
- Finalise pathway and publish on the portal
- Continuous improvement and scheduled formal reviews.