Issue 9
March 9, 2017
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Working with the community to Close the Gap

Today marks National Close the Gap Day, where the significance of making further improvements on the life expectancy and health of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples is acknowledged. With an overarching goal of taking meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030, the day is an opportunity to consider how we can achieve this as a community.

With western Sydney home to the highest urban population of Aboriginal people in Australia, WentWest works together with the community to support culturally sensitive, safe, and targeted local community initiatives in the region. Central to the success of Close the Gap in western Sydney, is a dedicated team of Aboriginal Health Workers and Care Coordinators who work closely with community members, support organisations and health professionals to facilitate culturally appropriate and holistic care. "Close the Gap adopts a holistic approach to patient care, ensuring we assist our clients in navigating through the health system, and breaking down barriers which impact on other lifestyle challenges," explains Terrieanne Hughes, Acting Head of Aboriginal Health at WentWest.

In recent times, the near completion of a Reconciliation Action Plan is providing WentWest with a framework to realise its vision for reconciliation committing the organisation to implementation of actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Today WentWest pays respect to elders past and present, Close the Gap team members and the broader Aboriginal community of western Sydney and reaffirms its commitment to achieving health equality both in our region and beyond.

HealthPathways Alcohol and other Drugs Working Group
Thursday 23rd Mar, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
The Effects of Obesity in the Community
Tuesday 28th Mar, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Diabetes GP Updates
Wednesday 12th Apr, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Patient Centred Medical Home, Health Care Homes & the Challenge of Practice Transformation
Saturday 22nd Apr, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

GP Webinar: The Challenge of Practice Transformation

On Monday, 24th April at 12:45pm, WentWest is hosting a webinar on the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) and Health Care Home in western Sydney: The Challenge of Practice Transformation. The webinar is an exciting opportunity to hear from Dr Kirsten Meisenger, MD, Incoming Medical Staff President from the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr Meisenger is a family doctor, and the director of Union Square Centre which is a QUALIS and PCMH certified Medical Home and one of the top 30 Ambulatory care sites in the USA. Click here for more information.

Save The Date: Connections Conference

On Tuesday, 30th May WentWest will host the inaugural Connections Conference: A joint response to western Sydney's Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Drug & Alcohol challenges. The one-day event is set to explore the existing system barriers and opportunities in working toward integration and seamless care within western Sydney. With the full program to be released soon, interested parties are able to pre-register by emailing

GP Association Meetings

See below for a list of GP Association Meetings in western Sydney:

Westmead Hospital: Rheumatology GP Lecture, Wednesday, 22 March, click here.

Mount Druitt: Type 2 Diabetes, Friday, 24 March, click here.

Hills: All about Shoulder Orthopaedics, Wednesday, 5 April, click here.

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