Issue 44
November 16, 2017
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Shining the Spotlight on Diabetes

Tuesday, 14th November saw World Diabetes Day once again bring diabetes into the spotlight as health professionals and communities worldwide recognised the condition’s continued impact. For western Sydney, diabetes rates continue to echo that of global trends with over a quarter of our population (200,000 residents) likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Responding to the region’s diabetes challenges, Western Sydney Diabetes, a partnership between Western Sydney Local Health District, Diabetes NSW & ACT and Western Sydney Primary Health Network is leading efforts to counteract the rise by increasing screening, promoting healthy lifestyles and improving community and system capacity to enhance diabetes management. The partnership’s successes were recognised earlier this year with the awarding of the prestigious Pemulway Prize for 2017.

Within western Sydney, World Diabetes Day was acknowledged with a number of local initiatives targeting both health professionals and the broader community. An education forum for local health professionals was hosted focusing on foot complications resulting from diabetes and effective management. In Rouse Hill, a Diabetes Educator was on hand at a local pharmacy to offer diabetes screening, diabetes medication checks and HbA1c testing for community members.

To find out more about our partnership work through Western Sydney Diabetes visit

NDIS Provider Forum: The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach
Monday 20th Nov, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Palliative Approach for General Practitioners
Tuesday 21st Nov, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Spirometry Refresher
Wednesday 29th Nov, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week

It's Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week and an opportune time to raise awareness of the warning signs and help available for new parents. St John of God Raphael Services help parents who are experiencing anxiety and depression following childbirth via a GP referral.

To support health professionals with this important issue, Black Dog Institute is running a Perinatal in Practice workshop on Thursday, 30th November. Find out more and register online.

Have your say on a new integrative medicine clinic

Western Sydney University (WSU) invites GPs and Practice Managers to take part in a research study led by Dr Carolyn Ee, FRACGP and WSU Senior Research Fellow.

Your contribution will help researchers to refine the model of care for a new health service in Westmead. This clinic will integrate complementary therapies (e.g. acupuncture and yoga) with conventional health care, in a research-focused environment.

Register your expression of interest online or email

Free fitness camp in Rouse Hill

Due to a new partnership with Live Life Get Active, Rouse Hill residents can attend free fitness sessions for yoga, boxing and cross training. Each session runs for 45 minutes and commences at 9.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday for 40 weeks a year.

Community members can find out more about Live Life Get Active, including registering for a session at

GP Association meetings

The below GP Association meetings are upcoming in western Sydney:

Hills: AGM and Annual Dinner - Tuesday, 21st November

Westmead: Gastroenterology - Wednesday, 22nd November

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