Issue 32
August 24, 2017
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Brighter future with Western Sydney Partners in Recovery

With a focus on working alongside partners, service providers and the community, Western Sydney Partners in Recovery (WSPIR) is now seeking new referrals.

WSPIR provides targeted assistance for individuals who experience severe mental health issues and complex needs like psychosis, and who are statistically more likely to be homeless; have drug and alcohol addictions; and have had numerous presentations to emergency services. People who have a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness, also have a lowered life expectancy of 30 years less than the general population.

Since its implementation in 2013, the program has successfully assisted 1865 clients. WSPIR's commitment to assist with the region’s most vulnerable people affected by severe and persistent mental illness continues to grow with new referrals being accepted.

For individuals that would benefit from WSPIR, visit our referral webpage or contact the WSPIR team on 8811 7650 or

WSPIR can also refer people to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if required. Additionally there is a NDIS consumer-only consultation on 25 September.

HealthPathways: Paediatric Endocrinology Working Group
Tuesday 5th Sep, 9:50am - 12:00pm

Two views on primary health care highlight shared goals

Two advocates of primary health reform respond to questions about the big challenges for primary health care.

Geoff Bartle, a health consumer and Dr Wally Jammal, principal GP in a family practice in western Sydney show two distinct perspectives.

NDIS interface online course for allied health professionals

Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) and its member associations have developed a free online training course for allied health professionals to gain a thorough understanding of the NDIS and the impact the scheme has on patients with disabilities. Details of the course, including a content overview and a registration guide are available.

Pre-vaccination Checklist for Zostavax Vaccine

The Department of Health has released information for immunisation providers to consider before vaccinating a patient with Zostavax. A pre-vaccination checklist and further information from the Immunise Australia Program is also available.

GP Association meetings

See below for the list of GP Association meetings in western Sydney:
Mount Druitt: Chest X-Ray Interpretation, Friday 25 August.
Westmead: Cardiology GP Updates, Wednesday 13 September.

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