Issue 29
August 2, 2018
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A milestone for Western Sydney HealthPathways

With the recent publication of Breast Cancer Pathways Western Sydney HealthPathways has reached a new milestone, surpassing 400 pathways. Each pathway is developed using the expertise and experience of local GPs, hospital specialists, nursing and allied health professionals to help ensure western Sydney patients receive the right care, at the right time, by the right health professional.

This is a significant achievement for the program and the Western Sydney Primary Health Network would like to acknowledge the huge amount of effort that goes into the coordination and development of these pathways by the HealthPathways team.

Since its initial launch in November 2013, the program has continued to gain momentum and over 270 western Sydney health professionals have participated in the development of local clinically agreed pathways across a wide variety of health conditions and specialist areas.

This year HealthPathways is continuing to grow and evolve. Several new clinical streams are underway and additional functionality and integration is planned for the site, including a mobile friendly design and integration of GoShare, a patient education platform.

If you are a health professional in western Sydney and would like to access HealthPathways login with the below:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

If you can’t find a pathway and would like one to be developed or localised, contact the team via or 8811 7100.

HealthPathways team members: Luke Smith, Nathalie Vo, Esra Kandan and Stephen George

Be My Health Record ready
Wednesday 15th Aug, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cardiac health series: Hypertension
Monday 20th Aug, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Medico-legal workshop: privacy, confidentiality and data breaches
Wednesday 22nd Aug, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Antenatal shared care education
Saturday 25th Aug, 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Release of NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence

The new NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence (the Guidelines) are now available on the NSW Health website.

The Guidelines provide clinical guidance and strategic policy direction to the provision of opioid treatment in NSW and aim to:

  • Improve access to opioid treatment
  • Personalise patient care
  • Support effective coordination of care

Among the many updates in the new Guidelines is an enhanced focus on the issue of ‘Fitness to Drive’ and the assessment of patients on the OTP in this regard.

National cervical screening program newsletter

The latest edition of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) e-newsletter is now available, helping health professionals keep up-to-date with the latest news and procedures on the NCSP.

Action plan for lung conditions

Lung Foundation Australia is developing the first National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions through funding from the Department of Health.

To begin the consultation process, complete the online survey.

Gout self-management app

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are evaluating the usefulness of a mobile app to achieve target serum urate concentrations in people with gout. GPs who have seen patients with gout in the last year are invited to participate in this research project along with their patients. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM) accredited professional development points are available for participating GPs.

Contact Jacob Bechara on 1800 931 54 or email

GP Association meeting

The following GP association meeting is coming up in western Sydney:

The Hills: Palliative care challenges in general practice, Wednesday 15 August.

Blacktown: Walking into good health: Community initiative to promote smoking cessation, Wednesday 22 August.

Westmead: GP Update - Fertility and IVF, Wednesday 22 August.

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