News Archives
2018
At Home Palliative Care Measure - Expression of Interest outcome for GPs 7th March 2018
“The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care” is a new pilot program funded by the Australian government which will be administered through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia, including the South Western Sydney PHN..
Website: Media Release
Bowral hospital maternity inclusions criteria 7th March 2018
Bowral Hospital has had a review of the service capabilities and has identified women that can birth at Bowral Hospital that previously required transferring to another hospital..
Changes to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for urgent after hours services 7th March 2018
New arrangements for Medicare-funded urgent after-hours services took effect on 1 March 2018. The new arrangements represent the first phase of the Australian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce. .
Changes to The PIP QI Incentive Implementation Date 7th March 2018
The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) is a key driver to quality care in the general practice sector.  PIP is aimed at supporting general practice activities that encourage improvements in quality care, enhance capacity and improve access and health outcomes for patients..
EOI to deliver Integrated Mental Health Service 7th March 2018
South Western Sydney PHN are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for practices in the Wollondilly LGA to deliver the Integrated Mental Health Service, an integrated sub-speciality mental health service based around a general practice providing care coordination and wrap around support for people living with severe and persistent mental illness. .
This month we profile Dr Soheir Sanki from Fairfield District Medical Centre.
Dr Sanki has been practising medicine for 47 years, and she is passionate about helping refugees overcome their past experiences and have a new start.
Find out more about Dr Sanki’s experiences and goals for the future... GP Profile – Dr Soheir Sanki 7th March 2018
This month we profile Dr Soheir Sanki from Fairfield District Medical Centre. Dr Sanki has been practising medicine for 47 years, and she is passionate about helping refugees overcome their past experiences and have a new start. Find out more about Dr Sanki’s experiences and goals for the future....
GP participation opportunity 7th March 2018
GPs are invited to participate in a cluster randomised controlled trial conducted by researchers from UNSW, led by Prof Ric Day from the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at St Vincent's Hospital, UNSW Sydney..
GPs wanted to complete survey on men’s fertility 7th March 2018
Andrology Australia is a member of the ‘Your Fertility’ Coalition and through this collaboration Andrology Australia is exploring GPs knowledge, attitudes and practice relating to male fertility health promotion..
Website: Click here to complete the survey
New NSW Health Hep B prevention and vaccination program policy 7th March 2018
The NSW Health National Hepatitis B Prevention and Vaccination Program Policy was updated in October 2017. The new policy has been expanded from the vaccination of at-risk populations to now include the referral and management of HbsAG positive women and their infants..
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New women’s services in South Western Sydney 7th March 2018
A free health service is now available for women in South Western Sydney. During the last five months, the Family Planning NSW outreach team has expanded their reach, opening nurse-led clinics across the South Western Sydney region from Bankstown to Bowral. The clinics provide a range of health services, seeking to reach women in their own communities..
Website: Appointment request form
Paediatric Obesity update 7th March 2018
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is running a half day course for general practitioners, general paediatricians, and health care professionals who treat children above a healthy weight. .
For more information download this document
Reviewing and updating My Health Record for patients 7th March 2018
There is no specific item number for reviewing and updating a My Health Record for a patient. The 'time spent by a medical practitioner on the following activities may be counted towards the total consultation time of Professional Attendances'(Level A-D):.
ZOSTAVAX® vaccine available now nationally for people 70-79 years 7th March 2018
Since November 2016, a free shingles vaccine program has been funded under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for 70 year olds, with a time-limited catch-up program for people 71 to 79 years old until October 2021..
Website: Immunise Australia
Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW. Take one small step to make one big difference 22nd February 2018
Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW..
Website: Cancer Institute
Changes to the Australian Immunisation Register 7th February 2018
On 16 August 2017, changes were made to the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 to allow additional doctors to notify a medical exemption to vaccination to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)..
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EPIP Payment to Be Released 7th February 2018
The Department of Health has recently reviewed the ePIP compliance activity undertaken in relation to the August to October 2017 quarter and the data issue that has affected some practices. .
Free Smoking Cessation Training for GPs 7th February 2018
In South Western Sydney an estimated 13.7 per cent of adults are regular smokers, compared to the Sydney average of 11 per cent. As South Western Sydney PHN is committed to improving the health of South Western Sydney, we are hosting FREE smoking cessation training for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of the community within our region. .
GP Profile: Dr Ziad Basyouny 7th February 2018
Dr Basyouny has been practising medicine for 14 years and wanted to become a GP five years ago. Read more about Dr Basyouny’s experiences, passion and goals for the future.
New Medicare Overview in My Health Record 7th February 2018
Recent updates in some clinical software now provides access to additional documents in a patient’s My Health record including a Medicare Overview.  The Medicare Overview documents provide an overview of Medicare-sourced information stored in an individual’s My Health Record and includes: Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) claims history;.
Online Training for My Health Record Now Available 7th February 2018
The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has recently updated the My Health Record online training modules for pharmacists and GPs. This would be handy for those staff members who are unable to make our CPD events or wish to supplement their understanding with the online learning modules.
Palliative Care Clinicians Wanted for Study 7th February 2018
Researchers from Western Sydney University and South Western Sydney Local Health District/Ingham Institute are conducting a research study to develop and implement a palliative oral health (PALLIOH) referral pathway to improve the oral health and quality of life of palliative care patients in South Western Sydney..
Impress Study Seeks Participants 1st February 2018
The University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine and School of Nursing is seeking GPs and Practice Nurses to participate in the Improving Blood Pressure Control in Primary Care (ImPress) study. .
For more information download this document
ACON’s Substance Support Service 25th January 2018
ACON’s Substance Support Service was awarded funding from South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) to deliver psychosocial treatment for LGBTIQ people wishing to address their alcohol and other drug use. .
Changes to Diabetes Centre Referral Process 25th January 2018
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital Diabetes Centre have made significant changes to their referral process..
2017
FRACGP Required 14th December 2017
The Academic General Practice Unit Clinic based at Fairfield Hospital is seeking a part-time GP for a temporary appointment (six months) of a 20 hour/week to fill a current vacancy. The position is currently open till 30 June 2018. .
For more information download this document
GP Profile – Dr Bishoy Marcus 13th December 2017
This month we profile Dr Bishoy Marcus from My Health Medical Centre in Liverpool. .
Healthpathways Spotlight: Responding to Family Raised Mental Health or Drug And Alcohol Concerns 13th December 2017
Voluntary disclosure of drug and alcohol use or mental health concerns in the general population is low, and reported levels of drug use and mental health symptoms are often minimised by the patient. .
University of Wollongong Seeks GP for Research Project 13th December 2017
Interested in improving blood pressure control in your practice? .
For more information download this document
ZOSTAVAX CONTRAINDICATIONS UPDATE 13th December 2017
Last week you may have received an update from NSW Health with details on Zostavax contraindications. .
For more information download this document
ANNUAL PRACTICE AND GP PROFILE UPDATES NOW HAPPENING 1st November 2017
South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) is about to commence its annual update on the ‘Practice and GP Profiles”. Your Practice Support Officer will contact your practice in the coming weeks to update information on you and your practice. Your participation will continue to help us better understand your individual practice needs so we can focus our resources to more effectively support you, and to identify the local primary health workforce needs..
CODEINE RESCHEDULING 2018 1st November 2017
After significant consideration and consultation on the effects of medicines containing codeine on people’s health and wellbeing, in December 2016, Australia’s medicine’s regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has decided that products containing codeine will not be able to be sold over the counter in pharmacies, making such products available on prescription only..
GP PROFILE WITH DR ANNA PHAM 1st November 2017
This month we profile Dr Anna Pham, Practice Principal and owner of Picton Family Medical Centre. Dr Pham has worked in the Wollondilly region for more than 10 years. Read about her passion for general practice, hobbies and what she likes about the Wollondilly region below..
HealthPathways spotlight: important update to Hepatitis C Treatment in South Western Sydney 1st November 2017
In late 2016, a new range of antiviral treatments became available for the treatment of hepatitis C. These new treatments had higher success rates compared to previous interferon-based treatments and a substantially lower side effect profile. .
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT UPDATE 1st November 2017
The month of October marked the launch of the Quality Improvement in Primary Care (QIPC) program developed by SWSPHN especially for general practices. .
Suicide aftercare program 1st November 2017
Lifeline Macarthur Suicide Aftercare Program provides short-term crisis support to members of the community who have recently attempted suicide and who are at a heightened risk of re-attempting suicide. The service is provided free of charge as an initiative of South Western Sydney PHN. .
THE FAIR WORK AMENDMENT (PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS) ACT 2017 1st November 2017
Practice Managers and GPs are reminded the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 came into effect last month. The new law means there are harsher penalties for serious breaches of employment entitlements and record keeping failures. .
AUSTRALIAN IMMUNISATION REGISTER AUDIT PROJECT 5th October 2017
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is undertaking an audit study to assess the effectiveness of the data recording, handling and transfer of immunisation encounters to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and identify any barriers for the timeliness and accuracy of data. South Western Sydney PHN will be working in partnership with the NCIRS Audit Project Team. .
Aboriginal Health Patient Payment Registration 5th October 2017
Practice staff are reminded re-registrations for Aboriginal health patients were due on 1 October. .
BREASTSCREEN AUSTRALIA’S STATEMENT ON 3D MAMMOGRAMMY 5th October 2017
The use of Tomosynthesis has been topical at the moment. As you may be aware, there has been some discussion in the media recently about the issue of breast density and how it may relate to mammographic screening (ie, on a mammogram dense breast tissue appears white and so too does breast cancer, therefore cancer can be ‘masked’ by dense breast tissue, making it harder to see). .
GP PROFILE WITH DR FATIN TOMA 4th October 2017
This month we spoke to Dr Fatin Toma. Dr Fatin Toma opened her Fairfield practice last year after working in Nanderra. She moved to Australia from Iraq in 2008 where she obtained qualifications in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Read more about Dr Toma's experiences and visions for her practice below..
NEW QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INCENTIVE 4th October 2017
The new Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive will start from 1 May 2018. The new PIP QI Incentive will help general practices continuously improve the quality, safety, performance and accountability of the care they provide to their patients. The changes are a result of consultation conducted in 2016. One of the main outcomes of the consultation was the broad support for the QI Incentive. .
OPTIMISE PROJECT 4th October 2017
The OPTIMISE project seeks to improve accessibility, quality and coordination of primary health care delivery to the refugee community. The research project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and led by Monash University. .
STRONGER BUSINESS POTENTIAL AND QUALITY DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS 4th October 2017
South Western Sydney PHN is launching its Quality Improvement in Primary Care (QIPC) program this month to help practises prepare for upcoming changes in Australian healthcare, improve data quality and identify business potential. In South Western Sydney, 126 practices are already participating in QIPC, which has been accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM. .
Antenatal Shared Care Screening 6th September 2017
A concern was raised at a recent SWSPHN Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) Working Party meeting about the screening of pregnant women for Hepatitis B & C, HIV & Varicella surface antigens. .
For more information download this document
Community based detoxification service 6th September 2017
Odyssey House has a rich history of offering residential detoxification and rehabilitation for alcohol and drug users..
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GP PROFILE WITH DR VINH BINH LIEU 6th September 2017
This month we spoke to Dr Vinh Binh Lieu. Read about his work prior to arriving in Australia from Saigon in 1979, his passion for caring for the local Vietnamese community, his bonsai hobby and his roles in charitable organisations. .
HEALTHPATHWAYS CLINICAL SPOTLIGHT: COPD 6th September 2017
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a preventable and treatable illness. The pulmonary content is characterised by airflow limitation which is not fully reversible. It is undiagnosed and up to 50 percent of lung function can be lost by the time of diagnosis. See the suite of COPD pathways available through HealthPathways..
IMMUNISATION RATES FOR 24 – 27 MONTH COHORT AT ALL-TIME LOW 6th September 2017
The rates of immunisation for the 24 - 27months age cohort is at an all-time low with only one LGA within South Western Sydney remaining 90 per cent fully immunised. Read the potential causes and resolutions..
NEW ZOSTAVAX ® PRE-VACCINATION CHECKLIST 6th September 2017
The Zostavax® pre-vaccination is now available on HealthPathways news..
NSW AMBULANCE BOOKING CHANGES - FOR PATIENTS TO ED 6th September 2017
NSW Ambulance is making a change in the way patient information is gathered when receiving requests from GPs and nurses booking an Ambulance for patients requiring ongoing care in an Emergency Department..
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RENEWAL OF THE NATIONAL CERVICAL SCREENING PROGRAM 6th September 2017
Following the delay to implement the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), all cervical screening providers are reminded the arrangements will remain in place until 30 November 2017. .
ATAPS Program Closure 28th June 2017
SWSPHN reminds GPs the ATAPS program will cease to accept referrals as at close of business Friday, 30 June 2017..
For more information download this document
June 2017 Practice Nurse Newsletter 28th June 2017
Please see below the October edition of the South Western Sydney PHN Practice Nurse Newsletter. .
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New Mental Health Supports 28th June 2017
South Western Sydney PHN have recently commissioned a range of primary mental health care supports. .
Breast Screening Van Schedule 2017 Revised 30th May 2017
The “BreastScreen Van schedule2017” document has been revised. The Carnes Hill site has been removed from the original schedule and planned visits at some of the other mobile sites have been extended as a result..
For more information download this document
Data from NSW Health show that heterosexual people with HIV are more likely than homosexual men to be diagnosed with advanced HIV infection. A late diagnosis increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, and can contribute to ongoing HIV transmission before the person with HIV infection is aware of their HIV status.
And because many patients don’t realise they’re at risk of HIV, they don’t communicate potential risk behaviours that could prompt testing soon after exposure.
HIV Testing Week 30th May 2017
Data from NSW Health show that heterosexual people with HIV are more likely than homosexual men to be diagnosed with advanced HIV infection. A late diagnosis increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, and can contribute to ongoing HIV transmission before the person with HIV infection is aware of their HIV status. And because many patients don’t realise they’re at risk of HIV, they don’t communicate potential risk behaviours that could prompt testing soon after exposure. .
Integrated Diabetes Program 29th May 2017
After the successful introduction of the Integrated Diabetes Project in the Wollondilly, South Western Sydney PHN is now working with SWSLHD to implement the diabetes project across SWS. This project will provide a number of elements to support the management of diabetes in primary care including: In-practice Case conferencing with an endocrinologist, and the high risk foot clinic at Western Sydney University..
Breast cancer survivor urges women to have their mammograms 2nd May 2017
Breast Screen NSW has launched a new TV campaign to encourage women aged 50-74 years of age to have a mammogram. The campaign, ‘Kerri’s Story’, features the story of Kerri Welsh, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram. .
Website: Kerri's Story
For more information download this document
After the huge success of our after-hours medical care campaign, South Western Sydney PHN is now launching a new immunisation campaign to highlight the importance of immunisation in protecting the entire community. South Western Sydney PHN launches a new immunisation campaign 26th April 2017
After the huge success of our after-hours medical care campaign, South Western Sydney PHN is now launching a new immunisation campaign to highlight the importance of immunisation in protecting the entire community..
Website: Visit Your Health Your Time Your Way Immunisation page
Professor Bruce Robinson Presentation with South Western Sydney PHN 20th April 2017
We had the honour this month of hosting Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). .
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Wollondilly Diabetes Program 19th April 2017
South Western Sydney PHN is working as a part of the Wollondilly Health Alliance to deliver better diabetes care for the Wollondilly community. The Wollondilly Diabetes Program is open to all adults with diabetes (or at risk of) living in the Wollondilly region and provides patients with access to allied health and specialist services within their own community..
For more information download this document
NIP Influenza Vaccines Update 18th April 2017
GPs are advised that the 2017 National Immunisation Program (NIP) seasonal influenza vaccines are currently being distributed around the country, Key features of this year’s NIP influenza vaccines are that four age-specific quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) will be available free to eligible people under the NIP..
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Measles Alert for GPs in South Western Sydney 5th April 2017
South Western Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit has been recently notified of three cases of measles including two infants. The cases spent time in Bass Hill, Casula, Lidcombe, Blacktown, Toongabbie and neighbouring areas while infectious (20 – 31 March 2017)..
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South Western Sydney PHN has launched an exciting new pilot program linking graduate nurses with experienced Practice Nurses to bolster the excellent care already received in general practice.
The Transition to Primary Care Nursing Program was officially launched last month with an orientation workshop at the PHN’s Campbelltown office.
Pilot Program Launched to Transition Graduate Nurses into General Practice 15th March 2017
South Western Sydney PHN has launched an exciting new pilot program linking graduate nurses with experienced Practice Nurses to bolster the excellent care already received in general practice. The Transition to Primary Care Nursing Program was officially launched last month with an orientation workshop at the PHN’s Campbelltown office. .
Influenza Vaccination Update 6th March 2017
Seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine stock for the national funded program will be available to GPs in mid-April this year. .
For more information download this document
NSW Health Alert 6th March 2017
NSW Health circulated new important updates on Zostavax Contraindications for NSW GPs..
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Bowral Diabetes Service 22nd February 2017
South Western Sydney Local Health District would like to introduce to General Practice the Diabetes service now available..
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Newly Enhanced Paediatric Service at Fairfield Hospital 22nd February 2017
The Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Care at Fairfield Hospital proudly announce the enhancement of their service with the provision of children’s doctors on site at Fairfield Hospital at all times, 24 hours per day, seven days per week..
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Voluntary Blood Testing Program for PFAS Information for GPs 15th February 2017
On 30 November 2016, the Australian Government provided a free blood test for Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to people who live or work, or have lived or worked, in the Williamtown, NSW Investigation Areas..
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Invasive Meningococcal Disease Update 9th February 2017
There has been a significant increase in invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup W 2. NSW will be offering meningococcal ACWY vaccine (4vMenCV) to Year 11 and 12 students through a school-based vaccination program from 1 May 2017 3. .
South Western Sydney Local Health District Telemonitoring Program 1st February 2017
South Western Sydney Local Health district are currently rolling out their Telemonitoring program to help support Chronic disease self-management in the community. .
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Update on M. Chimaera Heart Infections 1st February 2017
NSW Health has confirmed the first Mycobacterium chimaera case in the state following exposure to the rare infection from open heart surgery equipment..
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Antenatal Shared Care Recognition Update 25th January 2017
As reported at the end of 2016, SWSPHN has been auditing the ANSC register. Those GPs who have completed the required CPD points (12 category 2 points OR 40 Category 1 points in women’s health) will retain their ANSC recognition and receive their 2017-2019 certificates over the coming weeks. .
Toolkit to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children 19th January 2017
Our Watch has put together a campaign called“ Change the Story” and launched a community based prevention of violence against women and their children toolkit. .
For more information download this document
2016
Launch of the SWSPHN/LHD interoperability project 20th December 2016
The first phase of an exciting new project to improve communications between GPs and hospitals has been launched by South Western Sydney PHN and the Local Health District..
Refugee HealthPathway 20th September 2016
Refugee Health Spotlight: The Australian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) has updated their Refugee Health Assessment Guidelines, which take into account the changes in refugee health and the changing country of origin of refugees entering Australia. .