Issue 12
March 28, 2019
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Enhanced Online Experiences for Patients and Health Professionals

WentWest as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) has developed new and updated online resources for community members and health professionals to transform primary care.

These resources offer local health care providers and their clients a streamlined means of accessing information to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Each website was developed specifically with the western Sydney health care provider and consumer in mind. They offer unique features to support enhanced care and work together to support a more coordinated system.

Working with the community to provide better health services is a key focus for us. One of the ways we engage with our community members is via our online hub, CommunityHQ which recently launched. Consumers can contribute to a healthier region by sharing their opinions, ideas and stories on projects to help us identify and invest in the projects and services that are needed.

To increase awareness of the library of health resources available, a recent bus campaign was launched for the introduction of our Healthy Western Sydney website. The aim of this initiative is to offer local and evidence-based information on a diverse range of chronic and complex conditions such as healthy living, men’s and women’s health, children's health, older person’s health, mental health and more.

Developed by local GPs, specialists, nurses and allied health providers, Western Sydney HealthPathways supports health professionals by providing local, relevant information on managing medical conditions and referral options for your patients. Earlier this month the HealthPathways team also released a new mobile-friendly version of HealthPathways. With a new look and feel, and identical clinical content, this new site makes the program easier to use on your phone, tablet or desktop.

If you currently do not have access to HealthPathways, please contact the HealthPathways Team on (02) 8811 7100 who will provide you with a username and password.

MedicalDirector Training - My Health Record
Thursday 4th Apr, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Best Practice Training - My Health Record
Tuesday 23rd Apr, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
General Practice Quality Improvement Series: Accreditation and Data Driven Improvement
Wednesday 17th Apr, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
Tuesday 30th Apr, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

GP Survey

The Women Want to Know (WWTK) project encourages health professionals to discuss alcohol and pregnancy to ensure that women receive the right advice. WWTK was developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in collaboration with leading health professional bodies across Australia.

Please complete a short survey on alcohol and consumption during pregnancy for this project. The survey is open until Sunday 31st March.

Axe the Fax - New Agency Incentive Supports Paperless Healthcare

The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced an incentive to accelerate clinical software provider adoption of standards to deliver enhanced secure messaging functionality into their systems by 2020.

The full media release is available online.

Dementia Prevention

GPs and primary care nurses are invited to answer an online survey about what you already know, what you need to know, and where the barriers might be for dementia risk reduction in primary health care. Your responses will help the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention to develop a tailored knowledge package.

BreastScreen Trailer Location

The BreastScreen trailer is at Stanhope Village Shopping Centre until 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 meeting

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

Hills: Walking into Good Health, Community Initiative to Promote Smoking Cessation, Wednesday 10th April.

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