Issue 17
May 11, 2017
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Drawing connections to mental health and drug & alcohol challenges

With only a few short weeks until the Connections Conference, a joint response to western Sydney's mental health, suicide prevention and drug & alcohol challenges registrations are closing soon.

Hosted by Western Sydney Primary Health Network and taking place on Tuesday, 30th May, the full day conference is an opportunity for the region's broad health and community sectors to come together and explore the linkages and barriers in regard to mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol & other drugs.

Discussing a range of topics as diverse as they are relevant, the event will culminate in a hypothetical panel made up of sector representatives including consumer advocate, Jess English, Dr Kean-Seng Lim (Mount Druitt Medical Practice & AMA NSW Vice-President), Professor Amanda Baker (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use), Roger Gurr (Headspace), Hemal Joshi (Western Sydney Local Health District) and Leo Wright (Ted Noffs Street University).

Connections Conference MC and hypothetical facilitator will be renowned journalist Talitha Cummins, whose own journey was featured on ABC’s Australian Story last year.

To secure your place at this event click here or download the full program.

Featuring speakers from across the health and community sectors, Connections Conference is an opportunity to explore the linkages between mental health and drug & alcohol challenges.

Quality Improvement Series: Drive Performance & Improve Patient Care
Monday 15th May, 6:00pm - 8:30am
HealthPathways Working Group: Breast Cancer
Wednesday 24th May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Connections Conference: Register Now
Tuesday 30th May, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Save the Date: Health Care Reform - Implications for Employee & Contractor GPs
Wednesday 21st Jun, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

After Hours Funding: Alternative Care for Musculoskeletal Conditions & Injuries

WentWest, Western Sydney Primary Health Network is seeking applications from relevant services for the provision of multidisciplinary team care for Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, pain and minor injuries that would otherwise require presentation to an Emergency Department (ED). To view the tender click here. For providers, or potential providers registration is free. Please be mindful of the closing dates and application guidelines, as these are strictly adhered. For any further assistance, contact Meghna Savania on (02) 8811 7177.

Managing Patients with Diabetes during Ramadan

The Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative has information for GPs and patients who wish to fast during Ramadan. Many people living in western Sydney observe Ramadan as a key religious event in the Islamic calendar. To help support patients wishing to fast, the Diabetes and Endocrinology team at Blacktown Hospital have put together a short extract. Click here for more information. There is a community event being hosted on Thursday, 18th May. Click here for the flyer.

Gout Study

Researchers at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) are seeking gout patients to learn about the cost of gout to Australian households. Click here for more information.

GP Association Meetings

See below for the next GP Association Meeting in western Sydney:

Blacktown: Cardiac Device Indications, Implementation & Post-Op Care, Wednesday, 17 May, click here.

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