Issue 40
October 19, 2017
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Diabetes Testing Set to Expand

Diabetes is one of western Sydney's greatest health challenges with over half of the population at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To assist with early detection and intervention, the Diabetes Detection and Management Strategy (DDMS) was introduced in 2016 at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals. The DDMS performs routine HbA1c testing in both the Blacktown and Mount Druitt emergency departments to help diagnose patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Since it's introduction, over 900 patients have been contacted by the DDMS Support Nurse encouraging them to discuss the results of their screening with their GP. Patients are also provided with a range of self-management options such as referral to the Get Healthy service and patient education materials via the GoShare electronic patient resource platform.

Following the success of HbA1c testing via the DDMS, Westmead Hospital will roll-out routine testing of HbA1c from Monday, 6th November for patients presenting at the Hospital’s emergency department who have an elevated blood glucose level. Under the Westmead Hospital initiative, patients admitted with an elevated HbA1c of >9% will have their current diabetes management reviewed by the inpatient diabetes management service or the admitting team. Changes in their treatment will be communicated in their discharge summary to GPs.

The DDMS is supported by the Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) initiative, whose partners include the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Diabetes NSW. To learn more about the many diabetes programs and services available please contact your Practice Development Officer or the Helpdesk on 8811 7117.

Medico-Legal Workshop: Workers Compensation; Documentation, Report Writing & Attending Court
Wednesday 1st Nov, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
My Health Record in Pharmacy Workshop
Tuesday 7th Nov, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Healthy Happy Feet: A Forum on Diabetic Foot Complications in Western Sydney
Tuesday 14th Nov, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Tender Opportunities

WSPHN is seeking proposals from service providers or organisations in the following areas:

Mental health:

  • Providing services specific to western Sydney’s Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations with severe, persistent and complex mental health needs.
  • Low intensity psychological supports and services for people with, or at risk of mild mental illness as part of a stepped care approach.
  • Youth suicide prevention within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in western Sydney.

Alcohol and Other Drugs:

  • Targeted approaches to methamphetamine use.

Closing dates apply. For further details please visit

For more information or assistance, please contact Meghna Savania on 8811 7177.

ePIP Quarter Ending Soon

Practices that are registered for ePIP are now required to meet their Shared Health Summary (SHS) upload target of 0.5 percent of their Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) for My Health Record each quarter to be eligible for ePIP payments.

The current ePIP quarter ends on Tuesday, 31st October.

Contact the Practice Development Team on 8811 7117 for support, resources or training.

Cert IV MPA Graduation

Last week we celebrated the graduation of the first Medical Practice Assistants (MPA) not only in western Sydney but also NSW. The inaugural Certificate-IV Medical Assisting course, offered by WSPHN and UNE Partnerships saw students embark on a year-long course which included 23 units of competency across four terms.

The role of the MPA is to provide administrative and clinical assistance to health practitioners. They are trained to perform a wide range of treatment-room procedures and always perform these tasks at the direction and under the supervision of the health practitioner. The MPA is an emerging member of the Practice Team and plays an integral role in the Health Care Home model.

GP Association meetings

The below GP Association meetings are upcoming in western Sydney:

Westmead: Dermatology GP Updates - Wednesday, 25th October
Mount Druitt: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms - Friday, 27th October

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