Issue 8
February 28, 2019
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Immunisation Bike Competition Winners Announced

Protecting children from potentially deadly diseases is a key priority for the NSW Government and The Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN). NSW Health has invested approximately $130 million in the 2018-19 Immunisation Program budget.

Following the 2018-19 Immunisation Bike Competition, WentWest as the WSPHN is pleased to announce the winning practices and parents of the four month campaign.

In collaboration with western Sydney general practices, WSPHN encouraged families to immunise their child. Every child who received their 12 month, 18 month or 4 year-old immunisation at a participating practice between October and January was eligible to enter the draw to win one of 24 bikes and helmets. This year’s campaign saw over 175 general practices and three Immunisation Clinics participate across western Sydney, collectively immunising 2,699 children region-wide. Since it was introduced in 2011, the initiative has seen a continued increase in participating practices and more than 10,000 children immunised.

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

Further information on immunisation can be found via HealthPathways, offering health professionals a suite of information and resources for influenza, measles and childhood immunisation. Using the below login details:

Username: health
Password: w3stern

Detecting and Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
Thursday 7th Mar, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Hepatitis C New Treatments Course
Saturday 9th Mar, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Webinar - My Health Record: A Mental Health Case Study
Thursday 14th Mar, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Small Group Learning – My Health Record: Medical Director Training
Thursday 14th Mar, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Product Defect Correction - Potentially Damaged Tablets

Please be advised that Janssen, following consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is undertaking a product defect correction for one batch of Jurnista (hydromorphone hydrochloride) prolonged-release blister packs (8 mg, 14 tablets) due to potential damage to the tablets. A misalignment issue with a packaging machine resulted in damage to the outer coating on some tablets in the affected batch. This damage may affect the release rate of the medicine.

If you have prescribed Jurnista (hydromorphone hydrochloride) prolonged-release blister packs (8 mg, 14 tablets), please be alert to this issue. For more information visit the TGA website.

Community Event: RunWest

As part of the Western Sydney Diabetes partnership, Western Sydney Primary Health Network is proud to support the inaugural NAB RunWest Festival in western Sydney taking place on 31 March.

This new and exciting event is great for community fitness and could be an ideal fitness activity for patients and staff.

For more information or to register, visit the RunWest website.

BreastScreen Dates

The BreastScreen trailer will be at Stanhope Village Shopping Centre from Thursday 11th March to Thursday 11th April, offering screening for all women aged 40 years and over. Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50.

GP Association meetings

The following GP Association meetings are coming up in western Sydney:

Hills: The (Diabetes) Times, They are a Changing, Tuesday 12th March.

Blacktown: Principles of Opioid Prescribing – When to Trial, When to Cease? Wednesday 20th March.

Mount Druitt: Walking into Good Health, Community Initiative to Promote Smoking Cessation, Friday 22nd March.

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