Prevention, screening and immunisation

Chronic disease prevention

The Queensland Government’s My Health For Life (MH4L) program is a free behaviour change program designed for people at high risk of developing a chronic disease. It is designed to support participants to make small lifestyle changes that can have significant, long-term health benefits.

The program supports the primary health care network by extending on advice given by health professionals and includes six coaching sessions (either phone or group sessions) for participants over six months by qualified health professionals and MH4L facilitators, and an ongoing maintenance program.

Get involved

MH4L run a number of local groups across the Brisbane south region.

Note: Participants can complete the program through face-to-face, video conferencing or telephone coaching. Participants anywhere in Queensland can attend a video conferencing session with a facilitator.

DateTimeProviderFacilitatorSuburbContact details
Thursday 21 April 20225.30 pmBayside Health NookJo GoodersonWynnum(07) 3162 2778
www.baysidehealthnook.com.au
Tuesday 26 April 202210.30 am*Bayside Health NookJo GoodersonWynnum(07) 3162 2778
www.baysidehealthnook.com.au
Wednesday 4 May 202212.30 pmPrime PhysiotherapyBabita GehlawatSherwood0468 380 786
Wednesday 11 May 202210.30 amCoordinated FitnessTanya BarnettGreenslopes0417 765 818
www.coordinatedfitness.com
Monday 6 June 202209.30 amNutrition InsightSusan PhillipsSunnybank0403 772 557 www.nutritioninsight.com.au
Wednesday 8 June 202209.00 amCoordinated FitnessRachael TredouxGreenslopes0417 765 818
www.coordinatedfitness.com
Thursday 9 June 20225.30 pmNutrition InsightSusan PhillipsBrowns Plains0403 772 557 www.nutritioninsight.com.au
* Video conferencing group

For more information, visit myhealthforlife.com.au

To find out more about your practice getting involved in MH4L, you can contact Brisbane South PHN or MH4L directly.

Cancer screening

Brisbane South PHN recommends all practices regularly check and participate in training about current screening guidelines for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer:

There are many ways for practices to encourage patients to participate in screening, including:

  • displaying brochures, fliers and posters
  • demonstrating test kit use
  • sending reminders to eligible patients.

Immunisation in primary care

‘Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. Immunisation protects not only individuals, but also others in the community by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.’

Source: Australian Government Department of Health

Brisbane South PHN supports the primary care vaccine service providers to increase immunisation coverage within the Brisbane south area through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule and the Queensland Immunisation Program.

The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.

Information and resources

Influenza vaccination for 2022

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over, including vaccination for every pregnancy and at any stage of pregnancy.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been reduced circulation of influenza virus and lower levels of influenza vaccine coverage. A resurgence of influenza is expected as borders reopen. People who are planning international travel should ensure they have had a 2022 influenza vaccination before departure.

2022 influenza vaccination guidelines can be found under Queensland Health Vaccine service provider information:

  • vaccine strains
  • best timing for vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • important information on the Australian Immunisation Register
  • eligibility for 2022 season influenza vaccines
  • dosage and administration
  • influenza immunisation program advice 2022.

ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2022

Key points:

  • All vaccinations must be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
  • All COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.
  • For adults aged ≥65 years, the adjuvanted influenza vaccine, Fluad® Quad, is preferentially recommended. There is no preference for use between either Fluad® Quad or Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent in this age group.
  • If a person had a 2021 influenza vaccine in late 2021 or early 2022, they are still recommended to receive a 2022 formulation of influenza vaccine.
  • Eligibility for influenza vaccines funded by the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
  • Medical conditions for which individuals are eligible for funded vaccines under the NIP.

Resources

Queensland Health 2022 influenza immunisation program advice poster

  • which vaccines to give for specific age groups
  • people with medical conditions who are eligible for funded influenza vaccine
  • vaccine ordering and supply details.

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

• Influenza fact sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
• Influenza vaccination during COVID-19 – FAQ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Queensland Government Flu prevention resources

Vaccines from community pharmacy – ‘at a glance’ resource

• What vaccines are available from community pharmacy
• Is the vaccine free?
• Would the vaccine be free from my GP?

Quality Improvement Toolkit for General Practice – Prevention Influenza Vaccination 2022

QI toolkits are available online at Brisbane South PHN DiscoverPHN learning portal for access to a pdf fillable version.