Issue 06
February 22, 2018
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Record entries for immunisation bike comp

The Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) is pleased to announce the winning practices and children of the 2017-18 Immunisation Bike Competition.

Last month saw the nationally acclaimed initiative come to a close after a four-month campaign aimed at boosting child immunisation rates in western Sydney.

In collaboration with western Sydney general practices, WSPHN encouraged families to immunise their child. Every child who was immunised at a participating practice between October and January was eligible to enter the draw to win one of 24 bikes and a helmet. This year’s campaign saw over 170 general practices participate across western Sydney, collectively immunising more than 2,640 children region-wide. Since it was introduced in 2011, the initiative has seen a continued increase in participating practices and more than 7,300 children immunised.

Details of the prize giving ceremony will be announced soon. A full list of the winners is available on our website.

Safe Children Conference: Making the future safer for our children
Friday 2nd Mar, 8:00am - 5:30pm
Meet your neighbour
Thursday 15th Mar, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Legionnaires' disease alert

There have been three cases of confirmed infection with Legionella pneumophila notified that have had exposure in or near Castle Hill CBD during their incubation period in early February.

Please see the NSW Health clinician alert for more information.

Mandatory requirements for data breaches

From today the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (NDB) applies to all businesses in Australia with existing personal information security obligations under the Privacy Act 1988. Under the scheme, it is mandatory for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and any impacted clients to be notified about significant data breaches.

From a health care perspective, all Australian Privacy Principles entities who provide a health service or hold health information about individuals are required to comply with the NDB scheme.

More information, including what’s considered a notifiable data breach, is available on the OAIC website.

Help patients walk for a healthy heart

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking network. As part of the Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative, WSPHN is seeking expressions of interest from general practices to establish Walking Groups run from their practice. This initiative is part of WSPHN’s commitment to addressing chronic disease prevention and management.

Find out more and register your expression of interest on our website.

My Health Record: Older Australians toolkit

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released a toolkit designed to help older Australians embrace the roll-out of My Health Record for secure, safer and more convenient care.

The toolkit includes fact sheets, postcards and social media content and can be accessed on the My Health Record microsite.

GP Association meetings

The below GP Association meeting is coming up in western Sydney:

Blacktown: HPV screening: an Australian success story - Wednesday 7th March.

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