Issue 49
December 21, 2017
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A Christmas message from us to you

With 2017 drawing to a close, myself and the broader WentWest team would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many consumers, health care professionals and partners who have supported us over the past 12 months.

The year has seen many highlights, as western Sydney’s health sector continues to work in partnership to address our most pressing challenges. To discover more on this front, I urge you to view our 2016-17 Year in Review: Louder than Words video or download the full report.

For several years now, the WentWest team has used the festive season to give-back to the community in which it works. This year we have continued that tradition by donating gifts and toys to local families through our annual Gift Drive. It is with great pleasure we presented these to the wonderful team at Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation this week who will distribute to those most in need this Christmas.

On behalf of our Board, Management and Staff, I extend WentWest’s great appreciation to all our stakeholders and look forward to seeing you in the New Year for what is sure to be an exciting and most importantly, healthy 2018.

A wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Walter Kmet CEO, WentWest

GP Health Alert: Measles

A new case of measles in western Sydney has been found in a traveler who contracted the illness in India and returned to Sydney on 10th December 2017. More information can be found about this from the NSW Health fact sheet.

Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) Primary Health Study Tour: US

Congratulations to the following successful delegates from General Practices in western Sydney participating in the Health Care Homes program:

  • Dr Hani Bittar - Richmond Road Family Practice
  • Mrs Kylie Foley - Hills Family General Practice
  • Mr Debojyoti Chowdhury - Walters Road Medical Centre

A number of applications were received from eligible Health Care Homes practices and with a difficult decision to allocate two positions on the tour, it was agreed to fund an additional place. The three delegates will be joining a small contingency of leaders in the Health Care Homes initiative from western Sydney on the 2018 AHHA Primary Health Study Tour of the United States. They will be visiting a number of leading practices in the US operating as patient centred medical homes and will attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual Primary Care Summit and masterclasses.

Survey: Understanding Primary Care Nurse Education Needs

To help assist in gaining a clearer understanding of the chronic disease education needs of primary care nurses, we welcome nurses to complete our online survey. All respondents who complete the survey will go the draw to win one of two Event Cinema Gold Class double passes. WentWest is committed to delivering education and professional development for primary care nurses in western Sydney and your feedback will guide the planning of chronic disease education for 2018.

Tender Opportunities

Western Sydney Primary Health Network is seeking applications from providers in the following areas:

  • Recovery focused residential rehabilitation for people with co-occurring mental health, drug and alcohol issues in the community
  • Co-occurring mental health, drug & alcohol and physical conditions in priority populations

Closing dates apply. For further details please visit www.tenderlink.com/wentwest

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