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HealthPathways Sydney is an online local health information portal to support local GPs and health professionals to 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 hospitals and general practices 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.
The pathways are developed by local GPs, Sydney Local Health District clinicians, and private allied health providers and clinicians.
The HealthPathways Sydney Program 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 then go through a process of review and formatting in preparation for publication on the HealthPathways Sydney website.
All published HealthPathways and Resources will enter periodic review at set points 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.
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.
The SES HealthPathways 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 South Eastern Sydney Local Health District clinical staff.