Issue 45
November 23, 2017
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Accessing Mental Health Support During the Festive Season

The festive season is fast approaching and for many it’s usually a time to relax and catch-up with family and friends. However, for some people it can also be a time of increased stress, pressure and loneliness. While some services close over this period, it’s important to remember there are online and phone services that are available all-year round, including the festive season.

The below free services are accessible to all western Sydney residents, without the need for referral:

  • Connections: Western Sydney Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including the festive season. The helpline number is 1300 096 273.
  • provides a range of self-help and mental health resources for people wanting to increase their understanding of what they or a family member may be experiencing. Western Sydney drug and alcohol specialist services have recently been listed in the app and can be found under the Mental Health Directory’s Drug and Alcohol category.
  • Clevertar is an app where people can gain an understanding and learn more about managing their anxiety and depression. The app is free and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and accessed using the code word wentwest.

To find out more about the range of low-intensity mental health services available for your patients within western Sydney, email

HealthPathways Working Group: Eating Disorders
Tuesday 28th Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Spirometry Refresher
Wednesday 29th Nov, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
My Health Record in Pharmacy Workshop
Monday 11th Dec, 6:00am - 8:30am

Tender Opportunities

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

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

Closing dates apply. For further details please visit

Round Table Discussion on NDIS

Settlement Services International are hosting a round table discussion to identify issues and solutions to improve access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by people with disability from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

As part of the FutureAbility Project in collaboration with Community Migrant Resource Centre, the event aims to bring together local people with disability from CALD backgrounds to discuss their NDIS experiences with local CALD organisations, the National Disability Insurance Agency, Local Area Coordinators and mainstream disability providers.

More details about the event are available online.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Lung Foundation Australia's focus is to break down the stigma surrounding lung disease in a bid to help raise awareness and understanding. Lung disease affects 1 in 4 Australians and is the second leading cause of death.

Find out more on the Lung Foundation Australia's website.

GP Association meetings

The below GP Association meeting is upcoming in western Sydney:

Mount Druitt: Medicare Compliance Matters - Friday, 24th November

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