Issue 35
September 14, 2017
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Books for Bubs Program

A new free literacy program to encourage early development for babies in Doonside has been launched with Paint the Town REaD, Thrive@5 and Blacktown Library.

Books for Bubs, was launched on Wednesday, 6th September at Crawford Primary School and has been designed to educate parents on the importance of reading to babies and how this can help brain development. Evidence shows that reading, talking and singing to children from birth helps them be ready to learn how to read and write when they start school. The program aims to introduce books into the homes of Doonside families and encourage parents to actively read to their babies. Mums will receive a Books for Bubs pack during their first Child and Family Nurse home visit, consisting of a book, information on reading to their baby and details on how to join Blacktown Library. Parents can then continue the reading journey in their own homes and by attending Rhyme Time sessions.

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results for Doonside indicate that children are developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains in the first year of school. Books for Bubs encourages and supports early reading to Doonside babies, supporting children with school-readiness and the development of language and communication.

Dr Michael Fasher and Rooby Roo, Paint Doonside REaD mascot, read to a Books for Bubs participant.

Diabetes Support Group: Food & Diabetes
Tuesday 19th Sep, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Infection Prevention & Control Course
Thursday 21st Sep, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Cancer Screening & Prevention Forum
Saturday 23rd Sep, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mental Health First Aid Course
Monday 9th Oct, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

R U OK? Day

Today, Thursday, 14th September is R U OK? Day – A national day dedicated to reminding us to regularly check in with family and friends.

R U OK?’s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone who is struggling.

With growing awareness of mental health problems, our responsibility to look after those around us is more important than ever, so ask your family, friends and colleagues, R U OK?

New HealthPathways for Travel Consultation & Health System

New pathways regarding Travel Consultation and the Health System are now available on the HealthPathways portal. These pathways have been developed by local clinical experts to support primary care, covering the following topics:

Travel Consultation, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Medical Practitioners' Health, Medicare and PBS Safety Nets, My Health Record, Travel and Accommodation Assistance, Housing Assistance and Homelessness, and Consent in Mature Minors.

To access HealthPathways, visit: and sign in using:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

For more information, contact the HealthPathways team via or 8811 7100.

Dietitian service for at risk pregnant women

Westmead Woman's and Newborn Health is offering a new dietitian service for pregnant women with a BMI greater than 27.5 and will be monitoring the benefits for both the expectant mother and baby.

Ideally, patients should be referred to the service between eight and 18 weeks gestation.

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