Who is creating NT HealthPathways?

NT Primary Health Network leads a collaborative team involving NT Health Services and local Primary Health Care providers.Key to the successful of this program will be the NT HealthPathways Governance Committee that helps to prioritise the development of pathways critical to our region.

Who will benefit from NT HealthPathways?

NT HealthPathways will benefit:

  • Patients: assists clinicians to ensure patients receive the right health care, in the right place, at the right time.
  • Clinicians: encourages collaborative and integrated relationships strengthened through by providing a live map of how the various components of the NT health care system fit together.
  • Local Health Systems increase accessibility, efficiency and improved patient outcomes, reducing pressure on specialist outpatient departments by improving the quality of referrals.

NT HealthPathways will be particularly important given the high proportion of short term or locum health staff (particularly in remote areas) and our diverse and geographically isolated regions that create significant barriers to effective and efficient communication. NT HealthPathways will contribute to overcoming some of these barriers by providing localised referral information specific to our regions.

Who will be able to use the NT HealthPathways portal?

Only general practitioners, hospital specialists, practice nurses, allied health and other health providers (clinicans) will be able to access NT HealthPathways.

Using NT HealthPathways will be quick and easy. Once the site is live, clinicians will simply:

  • Open the NT HealthPathways portal
  • Within a search field: enter a patient’s condition or suspected illness
  • Review the key prompts for symptoms and management, considering the local demographic and geographic challenges if needed, access information about how to request the most appropriate local services and specialists – emergency, acute (within 24 hrs) non-acute (>48 hrs), phone advice for specialists and support services.
  • The NT HealthPathways portal is NOT designed to be used by patients or general community members.

Can health providers suggest improvements to NT HealthPathways?

Yes. NT HealthPathways will continue to develop and improve. We are working collaboratively with many providers to ensure this is a very useful tool for clinicians.

Over time, more work will be done to create extra pathways, according to the demand and suggestions made by clinicians.