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Putting it into practice: Implementing Healthy Habits in your practice

Healthy Habits Implementation checklist

Last revised: 04 Oct 2022

Healthy Habits Implementation checklist 

  1. Program planning
    • Identify a practice ‘champion’ or initiative lead
    • Identify the roles and responsibilities for each team member. Consider how the whole practice team can be involved and help at different steps.
    • Consider how Healthy Habits can be aligned to PIP QI activities. Refer to the PDSA cycle template.
    • Put in place operational processes required to implement Healthy Habits e.g., recall and reminder system and clarity on claimable MBS items.
    • Consider how you will sign up patients, e.g., will the practice reach out to patients? Will GP’s or practice nurses initiate conversations in consultations? How will you respond to patients enquiring about it at reception or within a consultation?
  2. Sign up to Healthy Habits for the General Practice.
    • Follow the instructions on ‘Setting up your practice’. Please note Healthy Habits is only available to staff working within a general practice settings and services, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
    • Invite other members of the practice to the clinician dashboard once the practice has been verified by the RACGP
    • Consider creating a test patient profile to practice connecting a patient to the clinician dashboard
  3. Inform and educate staff on the features of the initiative:
    • For clinicians: The Patient Pathways, clinician’s dashboard and resource hub, patient journeys, the patient app, target patient audience
    • For practice admin:  Patient support, patient app, appointment scheduling expectations
  4. Communications plan
    • Identify and notify patients who would benefit from the Healthy Habits initiative.
    • Use posters and brochures downloadable from the RACGP to promote Healthy Habits at your practice.
    • Consider including information about Healthy Habits on your practice website or social media pages.
  5. Monitor use and follow up
    • Check-in with staff to see how they are finding Healthy Habits, provide support where required
    • Review practice cohort data via the Clinician Dashboard to identify trends and insights and plan accordingly
    • Conduct PDSA cycle to reflect on and improve experience with Healthy Habits
    • Provide feedback to RACGP Healthy Habits team at healthyhabits@racgp.org.au