HealthPathways Sydney

HealthPathways Sydney Program Manager
Paul - 0477 735 472 | p.bennett@cesphn.com.au

HealthPathways Sydney Administration Officer
Teena - 1300 986 991 (Ext: 8728) | t.kaur@cesphn.com.au

Overview

HealthPathways Sydney is an online local health information portal to support local GPs and health professionals at the point of consultation. It provides clinical decision support frameworks on how to assess and manage medical conditions, and how to appropriately refer patients to local services and specialists in the most efficient way.

HealthPathways Sydney is based on a highly successful model of collaboration developed in New Zealand. It has resulted in significant improvements in the way that hospital and general practice share the care and clinical management of patients. It has reduced costs and improved the quality of patient care.

The name HealthPathways reflects the referral lines, or 'pathways', which link patients to the most appropriate treatment, local service or specialist. While HealthPathways Sydney is aimed at general practitioners, it can also be used by hospital specialists, practice nurses, Residential Aged Care Facility staff and allied health providers.

HealthPathways Sydney is a dynamic collaboration between Central and Eastern Sydney PHN and Sydney Local Health District. General practitioners, hospital specialists and community and allied health providers are all actively involved in creating and reviewing HealthPathways.

How does the program operate?

The pathways are developed by local GPs, Sydney Local Health District clinicians, and private allied health providers and clinicians.

The HealthPathways Sydney Program Team convenes workgroup meetings with primary and secondary clinicians to identify what is working well along with areas for improvement. Based on discussion and shared decision-making, local clinicians determine local solutions (pathways) for implementation. These pathways will provide information on the assessment of symptoms and outline management options, including access to information about local services and the referral process to services and specialists. The HealthPathways Sydney Program Team facilitates this development process. The pathways then go through a process of review and formatting in preparation for publication on the HealthPathways Sydney website.

Once a pathway has been online for two years, it enters periodic review and the program team re-convenes the key individuals/service teams involved in creating the pathway to review it. This ensures that the pathways remain up-to-date with the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines, and reflect current practice throughout SLHD services.

How do I access HealthPathways Sydney?

The HealthPathways Sydney website is available to local health and social care service providers including local general practitioners, allied health professionals, RACFs, local government and non-government organisations, and Sydney Local Health District clinical staff.

 

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