Issue 19
May 16, 2019
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Don’t Guess, Know the Symptoms

Lung disease affects almost one in three Australians and is responsible for one in seven deaths, however many people tend to ignore the signs and symptoms, often not doing anything about it for far too long. Hospitalisation from lung cancer in 2017-18 was 439 per 100,000 population in western Sydney.

Contrary to popular belief, breathlessness is not a normal sign of ageing. Likewise, a persistent or changed cough shouldn’t be put down to the flu or a cold. These symptoms may seem mild but they could be a sign of lung disease, such as lung cancer or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

May marks Lung Health Awareness Month and Lung Foundation Australia is urging all Australians to know the symptoms of lung disease, plan a doctor’s visit and act today. It’s time Australians start thinking about their lung health in the same way they would their heart, skin and breast health. Many of us know the signs of a stroke or heart disease and we know the importance of self-checks for our breast and prostate health. When it comes to lung disease, getting an early diagnosis is critical to improving outcomes and saving lives.

A range of Respiratory pathways are available on HealthPathways using the following login details:

Password: w3stern

Take two minutes to check your lung health, and encourage your patients to do the same at

Webinar - Connecting Your Practice to My Health Record
Tuesday 21st May, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Medical Director Training: My Health Record
Wednesday 29th May, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Improving the Connectedness of Australian Healthcare
Thursday 30th May, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Multicultural Primary Care Cancer Forum 2019
Wednesday 26th Jun, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Chronic Pain HealthPathways

HealthPathways is now live with the Chronic Pain suite of clinical pathways and referral pages. These are designed to support primary care and have been clinically-developed for health professionals in western Sydney. Details are listed below:

Access these and many more via the HealthPathways portal using the below log in details:

Password: w3stern

International Nurses Day

Nurses represent the single largest workforce within NSW and WentWest would like to wish all our nurses in western Sydney a Happy International Nurses Day which was held on Sunday 12th May. This year’s theme was 'Nurses - a voice to lead, health for all'.

If you know an exceptional nurse or midwife nominate them for an Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Award. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise nurses and midwives for their excellence in practice and for the significant contribution that they make to their profession, team and the community.

Campaign to Support New Dads

One in 10 Aussie dads experience perinatal depression or anxiety, but recent statistics reveal the number of fathers seeking help is dangerously low. To help with this, St John of God Health Care’s Raphael Services have launched Build the Bond, a campaign to change these statistics. The media release is now available to view.

BreastScreen Trailer Location

The BreastScreen trailer is at Bunnings Warehouse, Marsden Park until Thursday 30th May, offering screening for all women aged 40 years and over. Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50 or booking online. Download the practices poster and display in your waiting room, to support awareness of breast screening.

GP Association meetings

The following GP Association meetings are coming up in western Sydney:

Westmead: Dermatology GP Updates, Wednesday 29th May.

Mount Druitt: Valvular Heart Disease, Friday 31st May.

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