Issue 34
September 7, 2017
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Take a breath this Asthma Week

Asthma affects 1 in 9 Australians. In western Sydney, 69,432 people are living with asthma, 87% of which are not using their puffers correctly.

During Asthma Week 2017, Western Sydney Primary Health Network and the Asthma Foundation QLD & NSW are partnering up to raise asthma awareness in the community. With the aim of improving puffer usage techniques, the team is on hand at Westpoint Shopping Centre Blacktown, on Thursday, 7th and Friday, 8th September, between 10am and 3pm.

Also available at Friday's stall will be a scientist from the Asthma Foundation QLD & NSW, performing a spirometry test to measure lung function. Participants can take these results back to their GP for follow up and advice.

Cardiology GP Updates
Wednesday 13th Sep, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Diabetes Support Group: Food & Diabetes
Tuesday 19th Sep, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Record users for HealthPathways

August saw a record number of users for HealthPathways with a staggering increase of nearly 40% from users in July. Over 11,800 pages were accessed on a wide range of pathways that have been clinically-developed for health professionals in western Sydney.

Dr Shannon Armstrong, GP Registrar, provided feedback on HealthPathways, stating “I am a GPT.1 and love HealthPathways – I have it open at work every day, use it many times each day and it is fantastic. Really informative, concise, clear and evidence based. Thank you!”

Access HealthPathways today using the below login details:
Username: health / Password: w3stern

Register for Mental Health First Aid course

Practice Primary Care Nurses in the Western Sydney Primary Health Network region are invited to register for the Mental Health First Aid course running in October.

Sessions run over four evenings on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th October and attendance to all four sessions is compulsory to complete the course.

Spaces are limited so register today.

Giving Asthma Support to Patients

Further to Asthma Week activities, WSPHN and the Asthma Foundation QLD & NSW are building capacity in local practices through Giving Asthma Support to Patients (GASP) – an online tool supporting primary care nurses in western Sydney. The GASP tool uses a sophisticated set of rules and logic, handling various combinations of lung function, asthma control and risk to develop individualised patient asthma care plans.

To register your expression of interest to attend the next GASP training session, please contact Joseph Ndaira on 8811 7125 or email

Free counselling helpline for western Sydney

Connections: Western Sydney Helpline is a free low intensity psychological service for people who are at risk, or have experienced symptoms of distress or mild symptoms of mental ill health for less than 12 months.

The helpline was launched on Monday, 4th September and counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available for anyone who lives or works in western Sydney and patients can call 1300 096 273 to start receiving support.

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