Issue 47
December 7, 2017
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It's not too late to Vaccinate

With it still being possible for individuals to develop influenza (flu) during summer, it’s an opportune time to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination in order to reduce the risk of severe illnesses and complications.

In western Sydney, there have been 17,035 influenza notifications so far this year and 52 confirmed influenza outbreaks in residential care facilities*.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who are at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications. These are:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged six months to less than five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 6 months and over who have medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza.

Find out more on the Department of Health website.

*Statistics sourced from the Western Sydney Local Health District.

My Health Record in Pharmacy Workshop
Monday 11th Dec, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Diabetes Support Group - The Christmas Game of Real Good Health
Tuesday 12th Dec, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Tender Opportunities

As part of the Child and Family national priority, Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) is seeking applications from providers to fund services that will provide culturally appropriate support services that are trauma-informed and assist children to get a good start in life and in school.

Opportunities are also available in the following areas:

  • Recovery focused residential rehabilitation for people with co-occuring mental health and drug and alcohol issues in the community
  • Co-occuring mental health, drug and alcohol and physical conditions in priority populations.

Closing dates apply. For further details please visit

Immunisation Bike Competition

The WSPHN Immunisation Bike Competition is well and truly underway with less than two months until it closes on Wednesday, 31st January 2018.

There are currently 173 practices participating and so far 783 children have been immunised and entered the competition to win a bike and helmet.

Registrations are still open for any practices wishing to participate in this initiative. Call 8811 7117 and select option 2 for more details.

Heart Disease & Diabetes Text Support

SupportMe is a text messaging service available to people with heart disease or type 2 diabetes. The program provides medical information and lifestyle support as well as linking people with health providers and services.

To be eligible, people must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes
  • Own a mobile phone and can read text messages in English.

The program is free and available to people in western Sydney as part of a Western Sydney Integrated Care Program initiative with Western Sydney Local Health District and The George Institute for Global Health.

To find out more email or call 8890 9818. You can download the referral form online.

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