• George Sotiris has almost 15 years of health industry experience as a Workplace Relations Specialist helping thousands of private practices in Australia. As the Director of Health Industry Employment Services (HIES), he is passionate about working closely with medical practices, allied health practices and dentists across Australia to reduce employment risk.We discuss:Some of the HR trends you have seen in the past few years? (Stress, Burnout & Bullying claims, increase in difficult patients and pay/wage disputes)Fair Work is talking a lot about salaried arrangements and the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT)Practical tips that will assist practices with managing Award compliance and staff pays and tools that may help?Recruitment and retention - What are the hot tips? We answer Audience Questions:Barb from Western Queensland had a HR Question - “Do you see anything different in HR between city practices and regional and remote practices - both from a legal and payroll sense but also practice culture” Jamie from Sydney asked “Where do I go to find out what I need to do and how to stay up to date with everything HR?”Links: https://healthindustryes.com.au/free-staff-review-template/ (Free Staff Review Template) https://www.fwc.gov.au/better-off-overall-test (Better Off Overall Test (BOOT))

  • This episode was recorded life at the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference in Cairns on the 30th July 2022. The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is an interdisciplinary society working towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions.  ‘Lifestyle-related’ includes environmental, societal, behavioural and other factors. ASLM members include GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health physicians, educators, scientists, researchers and healthcare executives.Hear Chris, Riwka and Kim reflect on all things advocacy, policy and prevention in primary care.Links:1.    https://www.lifestylemedicine.org.au/ (Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine)2.    https://healthyhabits.racgp.org.au/ (RACGP Healthy Habits App)3.    http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&qt=ItemID&q=10997 (10997)4.    http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&qt=ItemID&q=10987 (10987)5.    Behaviour change training https://www.wellcoachesschool.com/ (Wellcoaches) and https://www.wellcoachesschool.com/research (research)6.    https://www.apna.asn.au/ (APNA)7.    https://healthily.com.au/ (Healthily)8.    Weight & Lifestyle management – Murrumbidgee PHN program9.    CDM in Covid times10. Workforce11. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2014/march/shared-medical-appointments (Shared medical appointments & yarn ups)12. Aboriginal round table discussions | https://waminda.org.au/ (Waminda)13. Optimising workforce14. MBS for shared medical appointments (Normal consultation items apply with existing item descriptors and requirements)15. http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&q=735&qt=item#assocNotes (Case conferencing)16. https://courses.medicalbusiness.services/courses/case-conferencing (Learn more about Case Conferencing) – eLearning module17. Heart health check (HHC) item http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&q=699&qt=item&criteria=699 (699)18. https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/bundles/heart-health-check-toolkit (Heart foundation Heart Health Check Toolkit)19. Team roles20. QCI & accreditation overlap with prevention activities21. Attendances & Heart Health Check22. Measuring outcomes for policy change23. https://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/Tools/PlanDoStudyActWorksheet.aspx (PDSAs (Plan-Do-Study-Act))24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbYYoybhGmI (PREMS), https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/indicators-measurement-and-reporting/patient-reported-outcome-measures (PROMS), PAIS25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1239469/ (Coop Wonca)26. Where lifestyle medicine fits in27. Practice systems & processes28. Effective systems for workforce attractions29. https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2019/october/health-coaching-as-a-lifestyle-medicine (Health coaching) example Dr Cheryl Wilson30. ‘Hand up, not hand out”

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