Issue 16
May 4, 2017
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Top gong for Western Sydney diabetes partners

The Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative has taken out the prestigious 2017 Pemulwuy Prize, and WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, has been part of that recognition.

The award, for outstanding contribution to western Sydney, was presented by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in front of more than 400 delegates at the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Out There Summit at Western Sydney University’s Rydalmere campus.

The winner was selected by the Dialogue’s Board of Patrons, and was one of six finalists who were category winners in the Western Sydney Leadership Awards.

The Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative was set up to address the epidemic of diabetes in greater western Sydney, where it is estimated that more than 50 per cent of its residents are overweight or obese, and at high risk of diabetes.

In response to the growing diabetes problem, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), NSW Premier’s Department and Cabinet, and Diabetes NSW and ACT have brought together many partners to work on solutions.

WentWest CEO Walter Kmet said the award reflects an ongoing commitment across the sector to raise awareness and inspire action to address diabetes in western Sydney.

“For some years now, WSPHN and its partners have been working together with local general practice to bring about a more integrated and coordinated approach to diabetes care and management. We are delighted the initiative has been recognised for its efforts and use this as an opportunity to further promote diabetes awareness in our community,” he said.

To find out more about the Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative click here, and to check out the award ceremony click here.

How to improve health literacy in diverse communities
Monday 8th May, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Quality Improvement Series: Drive Performance & Improve Patient Care
Monday 15th May, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
HealthPathways Working Group: Breast Cancer
Wednesday 24th May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Connections Conference: Register Now
Tuesday 30th May, 8:30am - 5:00pm

DaPPhne Project: GPs Required for Research

The Diagnosing Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations (DaPPHne) project is seeking GPs to participate in a number of research interviews. DaPPHne aims to determine what proportion of admissions for COPD, CHF, diabetes and angina are preventable, and to better understand the needs of patients and gaps in current services. The interviews are conducted by phone or face-to-face and take approximately 20 minutes. For more information, contact Dr Jennifer Johnston at: or (02) 6620 7341.

Tenderlink: Funding Opportunities

WentWest, as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) is seeking to commission proposals for innovative projects in response to recently released tenders. The types of tenders available include topics on: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Wellbeing, Integrated Team Care, Primary Mental Health Care, Hospital to Home Care: Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Funding, Healthy Western Sydney TV, After Hours Youth.

CEDD Webinar for Health Professionals

The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) is hosting a free webinar for health professionals to treat people with eating disorders in the community. The webinar is on Tuesday, 9th May and features a question and answer session with a panel of experts. Click here for more information.

GP Association Meetings

See below for the next GP Association Meetings in western Sydney:

Westmead: Osteoporosis GP Updates, Wednesday, 10 May, click here.

Blacktown: Cardiac Device Indications, Implementation & Post-Op Care, Wednesday, 17 May, click here.

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