Issue 3
February 2, 2017
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Western Sydney’s older population ‘HOPP’ing towards a stronger future

Western Sydney’s unique Healthy Older People Partnership (HOPP) is leaping towards better health outcomes for older residents, as more than 35 local service providers and community organisations come together to support stronger networks and greater awareness for healthy living in later life.

Launched in 2013, WentWest has been part the HOPP initiative which seeks to reduce various risks and injuries from falls, supported by evidence which suggests increasing strength and balance exercises can assist older people in living more independently.

Through the partnership, many new services have integrated strength and balance programs into their regular offering resulting in over 3,000 older people and service staff already benefiting through the HOPP program.

For more information about HOPP please contact Trish Nove on (02) 9840 3630 or email

Among the many activities, HOPP performed the 2016 FlashMob dance in Blacktown.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: 2017-19 Triennium Webinar
Thursday 9th Feb, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hills Doctors: Cultural Awareness Training
Wednesday 15th Feb, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Cultural Awareness Training
Friday 16th Dec, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
Wednesday 1st Mar, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

HealthPathways: Anticoagulation

Anticoagulation pathways have recently been reviewed and updated and are available on the HealthPathways portal. These pathways have been updated by local experts to support primary care, covering the following topics: New Oral Anticoagulants, Contraindications to Using Warfarin, Warfarin - Starting and Monitoring,
and Warfarin Over-anticoagulation.

In addition a new pathway, Anticoagulants in Surgery or Other Procedures has been localised and is now available.

To access HealthPathways visit: To obtain login details or for more information, please email or contact the HealthPathways team on (02) 8811 7100.

Rheumatology Service at Blacktown Hospital

A new service is being launched at Blacktown hospital providing telephone advice. To find out more click here.

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