In order to maintain accuracy and quality, each pathway on the Mid and North Coast HealthPathways website undergoes a formal review every two years. The review involves input from GPs, specialists and subject matter experts (SMEs) from across our healthcare community. The services information in the referral section is also revised with input from SMEs and the program support team. To finalise the pathway review, the clinical editors review all feedback and changes from the reviewers and work with SMEs to draft an updated version of the pathway. The final, updated pathway is reviewed by the HealthPathways clinical leads before being published to our live site.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a long-term disease of the lungs which causes shortness of breath. While COPD currently has no cure, there are things that people can do to breathe easier, keep out of hospital and improve their quality of life.
COPD is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions. 14.5% (or one in seven) Australians aged 40 years or over have airflow limitation of their lungs. This figure increases to 29.2% in Australians aged 75 years or over. 7.5% of Australians aged 40 or over have COPD that has progressed sufficiently to where symptoms may already be present and affecting daily life.
The recently reviewed COPD HealthPathway provides best practice guidelines on how to identify COPD in your patient and provides guidance on patient assessment and management. The referral sections provide information to services that can assist your patient to manage the condition.
If your service is listed on a referral page and there is a change to your service listing, or if you would like your service added, please contact us. Simply click on the ‘send feedback’ button located at the top right of the pathway page.
For a list of all localised pathways see:
Mid and North Coast Localised Pathways
Update provided 21 April 2022.
As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.
In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.
We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.
Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.
We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.
Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic
Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.
Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.
By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.
No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.
This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.
It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.
You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.
You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.
Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.
We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.
You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.
We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.