Issue 29
August 3, 2017
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Supporting Refugee Health in western Sydney

Last week, local health professionals gathered at Western Primary Health Network for the Refugee Health Forum. Led by Western Sydney Local Health District, the initiative is a Refugee Health Coalition focusing on Blacktown with partners and representatives from the local settlement services.

As part of the coalition, WSPHN identified that general practices require more support to address the needs of refugees, in particularly with the recent intake of people from the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis. The forum provided a platform for health professionals to meet local providers and identify local solutions, resources and support services available to them and their patients. In addition a consumer shared their personal journey as a refugee, and the difficulties faced when navigating the health system.

Some of the key issues identified by the delegates included: variable use of interpreters by private practicing health professionals, cost barriers in accessing minor surgery and identifying & accessing bulk billing specialists.

To access information and resources, visit the HealthPathways portal for Refugee Health. Username:health Password: w3stern

The Refugee Health Coalition will continue to engage with health professionals and stakeholders to develop strategies to address the identified issues. For more information email:

Dr Mitchell Smith, Director of NSW Refugee Health Service presenting at the Refugee Health Forum.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum: Stay Strong and Healthy
Tuesday 15th Aug, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Diabetes Support Group: Exercise and Resistance Training
Tuesday 22nd Aug, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

EOI: Primary Care-Psychiatric Liaison Service Program

The Western Sydney Primary Health Network is seeking expressions of interest from general practices to participate in the Primary Care-Psychiatric Liaison Service Program. The program aims to increase access to psychiatrists and other mental health specialist services in the western Sydney region, providing support to GPs, consumers and the community. Practices will need to be located in a high needs area, with a diverse patient group, maximising the psychiatrist’s time and resources. Click here for more information or contact Riva Sekhon at:

EOI: Digital Health Advisory Group

During a time when the focus on digital health is steadily increasing, Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) is seeking expressions of interest from key groups to form a digital health advisory group. The aim is to plan the uptake of digital solutions such as: My Health Record, HealthPathways and LinkedEHR. Click here for more information.

GP Association Meetings

See below for the list of GP association meetings in western Sydney:
Westmead: Vascular Disease, Wednesday 9 August, click here.
Blacktown: Latest thinking in COPD, Wednesday 16 August, click here.
Mount Druitt: Chest X-Ray Interpretation, Friday 25 August, click here.

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