HealthPathways is a free web-based portal that was officially launched in the Murray PHN catchment in November 2016 - and has recently been upgraded to be more responsive on mobile devices. HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients, with guidance on what information is needed.
HealthPathways saves time by having locally relevant and reliable information, including patient resources, all in one place. It is available to medical specialists, nurses, allied health, and other health professionals, for use within their scope of practice within the Murray region.
More than 100 regional specialists and subject matter experts have helped to localise 650 pathways to the Murray PHN catchment. Learn more about some of our newest and most popular suites of pathways below:
- Alcohol and drug use pathways
- Optimal Care Pathways for cancer
- Primary mental health
- Sexually transmitted infections
- State-wide paediatric
- State-wide referral criteria
To learn more about the benefits of pathways watch the following video or keep reading.
Quality patient care through connected services
Murray PHN’s vision is for better health and wellbeing for our community through better care and better systems. One major investment that will work towards achieving this vision is Murray HealthPathways.
The HealthPathways process brings together local experts to research and agree on best practice care and localised referral options. Murray HealthPathways uses local, collaborative and structured approaches to making decisions around coordinating patient care between acute and primary health services.
Murray PHN joins 40 other health services across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to provide a localised HealthPathways site for their region.
Making local referral information available to health professionals enables patients to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. We know this is so important, especially within rural communities to improve the standard of care and minimise variations in care.
Murray HealthPathways gives GPs and health professionals free access to hundreds of best practice clinical models of care and a growing list of detailed local referral pathways all in one place. With ever-changing health systems and movement of practitioners, it is a challenge for GP practices to stay abreast of ever-changing referral options available to their patients.
The local 'health system'
HealthPathways should enable less demand on acute and residential care services, as patients are better managed in the community. It will help to minimise variations in treatment, and reduce unnecessary hospital visits across our region, where there are an estimated 71,500 potentially avoidable hospital bed days each year.
By clinicians for clinicians
Local GPs are employed as Clinical Editors for Murray HealthPathways and help to write, select and approve content for each pathway. Clinical Editors draw on the knowledge of subject matter experts and lead clinical working groups to ensure pathways are locally relevant and meet best-practice standards.
Dr Ann-Marie McKinnon
Ann-Marie is a GP practising in Woodend. She has a special interest in complex and chronic conditions and enjoys residential aged care. She also works as an educator and supervises Registrars and acts as hub coordinator for the fourth year medical students in the Central Highlands region for Monash Rural Clinical School.
"I am a fan of whatever saves me, as a practitioner, time. My favourite feature of pathways is the patient resources, which can be printed from a single source, rather than visiting individual websites".
Dr Ray Moore
Ray is a GP practising in Bendigo. He has worked in many different fields and grown his career through experiences in local hospital, community health, primary care, and with university and student training bodies. Ray's special interests are family medicine, research, digital health, occupational and sports medicine.
"Best practice has rapidly become more complex. Pathways is a very important resource, that provides a clinical management guide and a clear and practical pathway through the available and appropriate support and clinical services."
The below video explains more about how HealthPathways are developed.
Clinicians are invited to get involved with Murray PHN and Murray HealthPathways by:
- Participating as a working group member in the development and review of pathways
- Requesting an information session be delivered to your team
- Suggesting a HealthPathways to be developed.
See pathway progress development at any time, by visiting a live view of the Murray HealthPathways web portal. Click here to view.
New and updated pathways feature on the homepage of HealthPathways.
To see six months of HealthPathway activity, including what's new and what are the most viewed pathways click here.
Suggest a Pathway
Tools and resources
Murray HealthPathways newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter, and be kept up-to-date about new and localised pathways, tips and tricks to get the most out of your pathways access - subscribe here.
Murray PHN eNews also provides regular pathways updates - subscribe here.
If you would like more information or to request access or assistance, contact the Murray HealthPathways team at: email@example.com or phoning your local office:
- Central and North East Victoria | 03 5441 7806
- Goulburn Valley | 03 5831 5399
- North West Victoria | 03 4040 4300