Issue 15
April 27, 2017
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World Immunisation Week highlights the need for awareness

With NSW Health reporting 23 measles cases across the state this year, World Immunisation Week (24th – 30th April) is a timely community reminder on the role of immunisation and the need for continued awareness and education. Of the 23 confirmed cases, 17 have been acquired locally in western Sydney.

NSW Health has indicated secondary cases are expected until 6th May and has advised GPs to suspect measles in people presenting with a fever, cough, coryza and/or conjunctivitis with or without a rash, click here for more details. The reported outbreak has found measles in people aged in their 20’s, 30’s and 40s. This cohort is considered too young to have been exposed to wild type measles and the measles vaccine may not have been part of the national immunisation program during their childhood immunisations.

Immunisation continues to be a focus for Western Sydney Primary Health Network as it supports a number of initiatives including the long standing Immunisation Bike Competition, aimed at increasing childhood immunisation rates. In addition, Western Sydney HealthPathways offers local health professionals a suite of information and resources around both measles and childhood immunisation.

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

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.

GP Association Meetings

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

Mount Druitt: Interpreting Cardiac Investigations, Friday, 28 April, click here.

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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