Collaboration and knowledge sharing across the North Coast has just become a lot easier for health professionals thanks to Healthy North Coast’s new free online networking platform.
The Healthy North Coast Network is the first of its kind on the North Coast and hosts over 130 regional and craft specific health professional networks including General Practice, Aged Care, Medical Specialist, Pharmacy and Allied Health.
North Coast Medicare Local Clinical Adviser Dr Dan Ewald said the Network would greatly assist in reducing professional isolation and promoting inter-disciplinary networking.
“The great thing about the Healthy North Coast Network is that health professionals can converse and collaborate on projects with colleagues without leaving their office.”
“For the first time in our region, health professionals can replace more cumbersome email lists with real time collaboration.”
Dr Ewald said online collaboration is the way of the future, especially in large geographical regions like the North Coast.
North Coast GP and North Coast Medicare Local Chair Tony Lembke said he is excited about the new platform.
“The Healthy North Coast Network is a ‘space’ where we can easily share information and resources with our colleagues.
“It breaks down professional isolation locally and across the region by allowing medical specialists to come together with other medical specialists, GPs with other GPs, allied health providers with other allied health providers.
“More importantly, it also creates ‘Communities of Practice’ that bring together our different crafts as one clinical community to discuss issues of importance to us all,” Dr Lembke said.
Healthy North Coast Network is based around the functionality of other social networking platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, however provides a more private and professional space for health practitioners to work.
Health professionals can register for the Healthy North Coast Network by visiting www.healthynorthcoast.org.au/dashboard/signup with full instructions for the platform at www.healthynorthcoast.org.au/practitioner-resources.