HealthPathways is a free web-based portal that was officially launched in the Murray PHN catchment in November 2016. 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. To hear local professional perspectives watch the video below.
Some of our newest and most popular suites of pathways include:
- Alcohol and drug use pathways
- Primary mental health
- Sexually transmitted infections
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".
Amy lives in Castlemaine and works as a GP at Creek St Medical Practice in Bendigo.
Jaskarandip or Jas, works as a GP supervisor in two clinics in Bendigo - Bendigo Medical Centre and Bendigo Community Health Services - and as a medical educator with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Jayant Banerji
Jayant is a GP who works across Maiden Gully, Inglewood and Marong clinics. He is also a Senior Lecturer Monash University, Dept. of General Practice, School of Rural Health; a medical educator with MCCC; a RACGP examiner; and GP surveyor and accreditor with QPA.
Pathways is the product of a rich regional collaboration, with five partner hospitals joining us on clinical working groups.
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.
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.
- Newsletter #9 - 18/10/2023
- Newsletter #8 - 30/05/2023
- Newsletter #7 - 22/11/2022
- Newsletter #6 - 20/6/2022
- Newsletter #5 - 5/11/2021
- Newsletter #4 - 5/05/2021
- Newsletter #3 - 22/10/2020
- Newsletter #2 - 6/03/2020
- Newsletter #1 - 14/11/2019
If you would like more information or assistance, contact the Murray HealthPathways team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning your local office:
- Central Victoria | 03 4408 5600
- Goulburn Valley | 03 5831 5399
- North East Victoria | 02 6041 0000
- North West Victoria | 03 4040 4300
Page last updated 19 October 2023