Issue 21
June 8, 2017
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Connecting the pieces of the puzzle

Last week, WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network hosted the inaugural Connections Conference, a joint response to western Sydney’s mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and drug challenges.

The full day conference welcomed over 250 health and community sector representatives, and explored system linkages and barriers, with a view to a more connected, person-centred approach to care.

Discussing a range of topics, the event heard from guests including Professor Amanda Baker of the University of Newcastle and Professor Ian Hickie AM of the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and featured many organisations working to address the local needs of the western Sydney community. Presentations from the conference are now available online, click here.

Conference delegates are urged to share their feedback on the event by partaking in a quick evaluation survey, click here to download.

Heartsink Moments in Clinical Practice – Helping the Student Learn
Wednesday 14th Jun, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Cultural Awareness Training
Saturday 17th Jun, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Health Care Reform - Implications for Employee & Contractor GPs
Wednesday 21st Jun, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Breast Screening, Diagnostic Workup & Management
Thursday 22nd Jun, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

HealthPathways: Disability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pathway and Disability Support Services referral page are now available on the HealthPathways portal. These pathways have been developed by local experts to support primary care.

To access HealthPathways click here. User Name: health Password: w3stern
For more information, email
or contact the HealthPathways team on (02) 8811 7100.

Dedicated Coaching: Stanford Chronic Disease Management

Studies show that 99% of patient care is done by the patient and having a structured self-management program is able to significantly impact clinical metrics like HbA1c and blood pressure. To support this, the Western Sydney Local Health District and the Western Sydney Primary Health Network are offering practices the opportunity to train peer leaders in the Stanford program. The program developed in the USA, is a peer coaching model that has delivered marked results to people with a lived chronic disease. It offers structured training for volunteers to become peer facilitators of medication adherence, healthy living and navigating the health network. For more information, email Joseph Ndaira at:

2017 GP Needs Survey: Now Live

Amplify your voice: WentWest's Annual 2017 GP Needs Survey is now live and available for all western Sydney GPs to complete. The feedback will help WentWest to continue its vision of building healthier communities, empowering individuals, sustainable health care workforce and systems. Participants who complete the survey will be automatically entered into a draw to win one of three prizes of $250 (conditions apply). Click here to complete to the survey, closing dates apply.

GP Association Meetings

See below for the lists of GP association meetings in western Sydney:

  • Hills: HIV & STI Testing, Tuesday 20 June, click here.
  • Blacktown: RACGP & QICPD, Wednesday 21 June, click here.
  • Mount Druitt: Management of Chronic Kidney Disease, Friday 30 June, click here.
  • Mount Druitt: Chest X-Ray Interpretation, Friday 28 July, click here.
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