Issue 26
July 13, 2017
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Tempering western Sydney's diabetes hotspot

Western Sydney is considered to be a diabetes “hot-spot” with more than one quarter of the population (aprx 200,000 people) likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

With Diabetes Awareness Week, (9th-15th July) drawing the spotlight to one of Australia's rising and preventable health conditions, Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) takes the opportunity to highlight the work currently taking place across the region to combat the condition.

As part of the Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention and Management initiative WSPHN has, in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District, implemented a number of initiatives to combat this problem.

Among the initiatives currently in action is a Case Conferencing program, supporting local GPs in the management of diabetic patients. In its fourth year of operation the program continues to see tangible results, with over 150 GPs involved, a total of 1200 patients have been consulted across 60 general practices. The role of primary care nurses in diabetes management has also been brought into focus through an ongoing education series offering extended training to enhance the support of GPs in the ongoing management of their patients, click here to find out more information.

More broadly, WentWest is working closely with the community to build greater awareness and management of the condition. Initiatives such as the Western Sydney Diabetes Support Group, Rouse Hill Diabetes Education service and Diabetes Prevention & Management program form part of a multi-pronged strategy seeking to encourage greater consumer engagement, understanding and self-management of the condition.

To find out more about how western Sydney is combating diabetes, download a copy of the Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention & Management Initiative – a comprehensive, multilayered approach between WSPHN and its partners the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes and Kidney Disease
Tuesday 18th Jul, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Beating Diabetes in Blacktown: Planning our Journey
Monday 24th Jul, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
National Pain Week Conference
Wednesday 26th Jul, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Type 2 Diabetes Management and Western Sydney Integrated Care
Tuesday 1st Aug, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Westmead Hospital New Telephone Number

From 1st August, Westmead Hospital will have a new telephone numbering system. All telephone numbers will start with 8890. Click here for more information.

FASD Information Session for Health Professionals

Available to health professionals in August is an information session and training day on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. For the information session held in Mount Druitt click here and for the training day held at The Children's Hospital, Westmead click here.

GP Association Meetings

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

Blacktown: ECG Workshop, Wednesday 19 July, click here.
Mount Druitt: Pelvic Pain in Women, Friday 28 July, click here.
Hills: Curing Hepatitis C, Wednesday 2 August, click here.
Westmead: Vascular Disease, Wednesday 9 August, click here.
Mount Druitt: Chest X-Ray Interpretation, Friday 25 August, click here.

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