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GPs with a Special Interest Project – positions vacant

Oct. 06, 2021

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The GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) model of care aims to improve patient access to the most appropriate specialist care in a timely and cost-effective manner, within the outpatient setting. It represents a unique opportunity for GPs to upskill within an area of interest and strengthens the links between primary care practitioners and hospital-based specialist services.

The project aims to:

  • reduce the number of patients waiting longer than clinically recommended for initial specialist outpatient appointments
  • increase clinical capacity to provide additional specialist appointments and integrate care across primary and secondary health care sectors.

GPwSI models that have proven successful under the project and transitioned to business-as-usual in Metro North hospitals include the following specialities:

  • breast health
  • epilepsy
  • maternity
  • renal
  • orthopaedics

These models of care are successfully bridging the divide between GPs and hospital specialists by having a GP collaboratively working in speciality teams, improving access and advocacy for their patients and facilitating the transfer of specialist skills to the community.

New positions

The project is currently trialling additional GPwSI models in the specialities of rheumatology and 4Fs (fits, faints, falls and funny turns), sleep medicine and haematology.

Applications for a GP with Special Interest (GPwSI) Sleep Medicine, located at The Prince Charles Hospital, are currently being accepted until 22 October 2021.

Applications for a GP with Special Interest (GPwSI) Haematology, Metro North Health, are currently being accepted until 18October 2021.

Further information or general queries regarding the Metro North GPwSI Project can be directed to MNHHSGPwSIProject@health.qld.gov.au

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