What is HealthPathways?

HealthPathways Illawarra Shoalhaven (HPWIS)

  • an initiative for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN
  • a free web-based portal to support general practitioners and other health professionals in assessing, managing and referring patients.

Click on the HealthPathways Fact Sheet for more details

View this short YouTube video for a GP's take on HealthPathways. Less pathways were localised when this video was filmed. 

To access the HPWIS site click here or on the 'Login to HealthPathways' icon to the right  >

                     

Latest news

PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT
349 pathways are now published. Click on localised pathways to access.

To track pathways under development click on PATHWAY PROGRESS in the top menu bar. 

SITE USAGE
Site usage is growing as more pathways are localised. In comparing the 2016/17 and 2017/18 business years the session usage has increased 48%, page views by 42% and users by 10%. This shows that our users keep returning with greater frequency and are viewing more pathways. The next step is to promote the site more widely now that we have a critical mass of localised pathways.  

To track monthly and quarterly usage click on the USAGE DATA in the top menu bar.   

The site has been live since 21 Sept 2015.

REFRESHED HOMEPAGE
A new look homepage is now published to ensure it:

  • is easier to navigate
  • is of similar design to other regions' homepages including a consistent table of contents layout
  • displays health alerts
  • has capacity later in 2018 to activate a mobile friendly platform.

CLINICAL EDITOR ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr Louise Delaney has published a significant number of pathways for our local site since 2015, too many to name. Louise is also the appointed Regional Clinical Advisor for HealthPathways GP Clinical Editors across NSW and Australia. 

Drs Jan Hogbin and Soli Duveaux have now joined our team and are drafting/publishing pathways. To view the full team click on the TEAM in the top menu bar.

Dr Bronwen Spalding is on study leave but has published many pathways including a chapter for palliative care, orthopaedic referral/request pathways for urgent, non-urgent and fracture clinic assessment, an Osteoporosis pathway and a suite of Mental Health pathways including detailed provider directory information on communuity, public and private services.  

Dr Annette Roberts has completed her assignment to localise a chapter of Older Persons' Health pathways.


CLINICAL WORKING GROUPS (CWG)
GPs, specialists and other health professionals meet to improve clinical streams and prioritise pathways

2017:     COPD and related chronic lung diseases CWGs held - related pathways reviewed
              Lung Cancer CWGs held - related pathways published

2016:     Mental Health CWGs held - pathways published

2015:     Palliative Care CWG held - pathways published
              Respiratory Services CWG held - pathways published
              Renal Services CWG held - pathways published with an evaluation completed 

Go To HealthPathways

Looking for clinical pathways and referral information:

Electronic Referrals
Behind the scenes, COORDINARE and ISLHD are gearing up to ensure the HealthPathways site, later in 2018, is the central portal to locate referral options and send secure electronic referrals using Best Practice or Medical Director. This is a much needed advancement that has been raised by many GPs at clinical working groups.
Provider Directory
As clinical pathways are localised a new style provider directory is being collated to list public, private and other community options. This is a useful development for the Illawarra Shoalhaven. The site's search engine is an efficient way to locate a pathway, specialist or service.
Partnership Approach

The HPWIS Team appreciates and thanks the District Clinical Divisions and Departments for their advice. ISLHD Clinical Stream Directors and other specialists are providing oversight on clinical pathways.

Our GP Clinical Editors spend time with these clinicians to ensure pathways are localised expediently and with the latest medical assessment and management information. ISLHD Clinical Nursing and Allied Health professionals are also providing tremendous support to ensure the advice and request/referral pages and support information reflect current service provisions.

The COORDINARE and ISLHD partnership is ensuring GPs, specialists and other health professionals are working together with patients at the centre of the discussions and developments.