What is Darling Downs HealthPathways?

Darling Downs HealthPathways is a web-based portal with condition-specific ‘pathways'. Each pathway supports clinicians with assessment, management and local referral information. The HealthPathways site is designed to be used at point of care primarily by general practitioners but is also available to hospital specialists, nurses and other health professionals across the Darling Downs. The secure portal is not for use by patients, however there will be appropriate local resources for GPs to provide to patients. Darling Downs HealthPathways uses a highly successful New Zealand model which aims to maximise health outcomes for our community: 
  • Designed to improve health services delivery across Darling Downs
  • Tailored to local health services (e.g. referrals to local specialists) 
  • Improves collaboration between GPs and specialists.  

Who is involved

The portal is being developed in collaboration with general practitioners, hospital specialists, allied health providers, key stakeholders and the community. The Darling Downs HealthPathways project team is administering the portal. Clinical Working Groups (CWGs) consisting of specialists, GPs and key stakeholders are established to identify issues affecting patient care in a particular service area. They propose solutions to issues identified, and while CWGs do not write or sign off on pathways, they will review or comment on them.   

Benefits for GPs

HealthPathways is efficient, simple and quick to use. It will assist GPs to provide the most effective treatment and find local specialists and services for their patients.       To access the portal GPs will simply: 

  • Log on to the website  
  • Search for the patient’s condition  
  •  Access assessment and management options, and information on referrals to local specialists and services.    

Please note the Darling Downs HealthPathways are early in the pathway development stages and aim to have the portal go live during 2018. We will keep you updated for our “Go Live” date.   

Benefits for patients

Patients will get the right treatment or specialist care with shorter waiting time. GPs will also have quick access to educational resources for patients which will enable them to better manage their own health.

The Darling Downs HealthPathways process 

Each pathway goes through the development stages: