GP Liaison Unit

The General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) builds and enhances pathways, linkages, capacity, programs and services between general practice, community health care and the hospital.

The service works across the Women's, including maternity, women's health services, outpatients and emergency.  The unit also manages the shared maternity care program and provides continuing professional development events for GPs and other community health professionals.

The work of the Women’s GP Liaison Unit

Shared Maternity Care

Shared maternity care at the Women’s is managed by the GP Liaison Unit. In doing so it undertakes many monitoring and clinical governance tasks and responsibilities.

The unit is also responsible for the accreditation and reaccreditation of Shared Maternity Care Affiliate GPs and obstetricians. This accreditation and reaccreditation is a joint process with the Shared Maternity Care Collaborative (the Women’s, Northern Health, Mercy Hospital for Women and Western Health) so doctors can apply to any of these in a single application.

Shared maternity care is an important model of care, with over 25% of women at the Women’s choosing to participate in shared maternity care involving an accredited GP, obstetrician or midwife. A recent survey of women involved in shared maternity care indicates a very high level of satisfaction with shared maternity care.

Shared maternity care is also available at the Women’s at Sandringham with the accreditation and reaccreditation process aligned with the Women’s.  

Refer to shared maternity care for:

  • Fact sheet for women in a number of different languages
  • Information on the schedule of visits
  • List of accredited Shared Maternity Care Affiliates
  • Information and applications for accreditation and reaccreditation
  • Shared Maternity Care Guidelines

Responding to GP queries

The unit provides advice and support to GPs and other community healthcare professionals in order to address communication gaps, support community care, efficient and quality clinical handover and cross health sector coordination and care. This includes information such as navigating services, complaints, follow-up of hospital care, clinical care issues and referrals.

Providing input and policy development

The unit provides input to many hospital and departmental committees including the Primary Care Health and Population Advisory Committee, specialist outpatient committees, pregnancy and birth health information working group, medicines information and the development of IT strategy at the Women’s.

The unit has been pivotal in the development of Women’s policies outlining standards and responsibilities for discharge planning, communication to GPs and other health care professionals and shared care arrangements.

Continuing professional development

The unit runs Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars for GPs and shared maternity care affiliates on relevant and important topics for providing care for women.

It can also arrange attendance at maternity outpatient clinics for shared maternity care affiliate upskilling or to achieve accreditation as a shared maternity care affiliate.

Performance indicators, audits and surveys

The unit leads and contributes to many audits and surveys of communication and care in order to obtain information and feedback on care and services provided at the hospital. In this way the unit contributes to service development and delivery and continuous quality improvement.

The unit also tracks, reports on and actively contributes to the improvement of communication performance indicators, such as percentage of discharge summaries created, percentage of successful dispatch of discharge summaries, percentage of GP details on patient files and discharge summaries that have not been successfully sent.

Recent surveys include:​

  • Survey on the Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates; sent to shared maternity care affiliates

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