Issue 38
October 5, 2017
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The Pink Issue

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an Australian-wide initiative to raise awareness of early detection of breast cancers. With areas of western Sydney still experiencing low rates of breast screening, it’s an opportune time to discuss the need for biennial breast screening for women aged 50 to 74 years.

A mammogram can pick up breast cancers that can’t be seen or felt and research shows that patients are more likely to have a breast screen if recommended by a health care professional. 1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and less than 50% of eligible women in western Sydney have regular screening. Breast cancer isn’t always hereditary – 9 out of 10 women diagnosed don’t have a family history.

BreastScreen NSW have over 150 locations available in NSW and patients can call 13 20 50 to book their free mammogram. Whilst the recommended breast screening age is from 50 to 74 years, women aged 40 to 49 or 75 and over are eligible after discussing their screening needs with their health care professional.

A Breast Screening pathway is available on the HealthPathways portal using the below login details:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

HealthPathways Working Group: Chronic Pain
Thursday 19th Oct, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes & Depression
Tuesday 24th Oct, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
CPR & AED Training
Wednesday 25th Oct, 7:00pm - 9:15pm

Tendering Opportunities: CALD Mental Health

Western Sydney Primary Health Network is seeking proposals from service providers or organisations with experience in severe, persistent and complex mental health needs to deliver services specific to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations in western Sydney. The funding is designed to provide access to mental health services that will improve quality of life.

For further details please visit

Applications close at 4pm, Tuesday, 31st October. For more information or assistance, please contact Meghna Savania on 8811 7177.

Available HealthPathways

Pathways on Paediatric Development and Behaviour are now available on the HealthPathways portal. These pathways are designed to support primary care and have been clinically-developed for health professionals in western Sydney covering the following topics:

Milestones, Developmental Concerns in Children, Speech and Language Problems in Children, ADHD in Children and Youth, ADHD Medications for Children, Behavioural Concerns in Children, Referral pathways.

Log in to the HealthPathways portal:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

GP Association meetings

The below GP Association meetings are upcoming in western Sydney:

Blacktown: Cardiac Arrhythmias - Wednesday, 18th October
Westmead: Dermatology GP Updates - Wednesday, 25th October

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