General Medicine

The Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network (SGMCN) is a multidisciplinary group responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of general medicine services across the care continuum in Queensland. The SGMCN aims to provide high level leadership, expertise and specialist clinical advice to the Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services, clinicians and other stakeholders to promote optimal health outcomes in the area of general medicine services in Queensland.

The SGMCN steering committee meets monthly and is co-chaired by Associate Professor Cameron Bennett from Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Associate Professor Ian Scott from Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

The role of the network

  • Provide expertise, direction and advice to healthcare administrators and planners, the Department of Health and government whilst considering both statewide and local issues.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to key clinical streams and their advisory groups.
  • Participate in the planning, coordinating, service improvement activities and the sharing of evidence based best practice in the field of general medicine.
  • Provide expert advice and feedback on current and emerging general medicine issues (such as planning, priority areas, service improvement activities, equity issues and workforce requirements) considering both statewide and local issues.

Current priorities

  • Develop and implement a statewide strategy for end of life care.
  • Develop a guideline for care of patients suffering fits, faints, falls and funny turns.
  • Multi-agency collaboration to analyse and discuss reasons for non-acute long stay ‘stranded’ patients requiring complex long hospital stays.
  • General Medicine Health Pathways project to standardise referrals from general practitioners (GPs) to acute services.
  • Develop a standardised Advance Care Planning form for Queensland.

Key initiatives

Contact us

Email: statewide-generalmedicine-network@health.qld.gov.au
Phone: +61 7 3328 9175
Postal Address: GPO Box 48, Brisbane 4001

Last updated: 7 November 2018