Issue 37
September 28, 2017
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Support Available for Illicit Drug Use

Following the recent launch of the Department of Health’s next phase of its National Drugs Campaign, it’s an opportune time for Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) to highlight the commissioned services available in western Sydney.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the health and social risks associated with illicit drug use and will specifically focus on party drugs and crystal methamphetamine. Targeting young people exposed to illicit drugs as well as parents and carers, three separate marketing streams are running until 16th December.

According to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey, it is estimated that over 200,000 people across western Sydney are using alcohol and other drugs at concerning levels. With a rapidly growing, diverse population, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services are evolving and WSPHN is part of that evolution, commissioning new and extended services for marginalised populations. A key focus is building the capacity of local services to respond to the specific needs of consumers from priority populations in our region.

WSPHN have the below commissioned services available for young people and their families:

  • The Ted Noffs Foundation’s Street University, 8886 2800
  • Salvation Army - Headfyrst, working in collaboration with Headspace: Parramatta 8624 1348; Mt Druitt 4720 8855; Castle Hill 8820 9995
  • Family Drug Support, 1300 368 186
  • Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation’s “Healing Minds, Healing Spirits”, 03 9628 3031
  • Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC), 8706 0150

For more information on these services, visit the National Drugs Campaign website or call the NSW Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) infoline, 9361 8000.

Mental Health First Aid Course
Monday 9th Oct, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Australian Immunisation Register & Catch-up Immunisation
Tuesday 10th Oct, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
HealthPathways Working Group: Chronic Pain
Thursday 19th Oct, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes & Depression
Tuesday 24th Oct, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Westmead Association: Dermatology GP Updates
Wednesday 25th Oct, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Register for the Immunisation Bike Competition

On Sunday, 1st October, WSPHN will launch the highly successful Immunisation Bike Competition. This ongoing campaign is aimed at increasing western Sydney’s childhood immunisation rates.

By registering, every child who receives their 12 month, 18 month or four year-old immunisation during the competition period can enter the draw to win a bike and helmet. Since its implementation, this initiative has seen more than 4,700 children immunised throughout the campaign periods.

For more information, contact the Help Desk on 8811 7117 or email

Breastfeeding HealthPathways available

The below pathways on Breastfeeding are available on the HealthPathways portal. These pathways have been developed by local clinical experts to support primary care in western Sydney.

Breast Abscess, Breast Engorgement and Oversupply of Milk, Low Milk Supply, Domperidone as Galactagogue, Blocked Ducts and Mastitis, Medications in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Sore, Tender and Damaged Nipples and Breastfeeding Support.

To access these and many more HealthPathways, log in using the below:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

Total Body Photography & Digital Dermoscopy

The Westmead Hospital Dermatology Department offers Total Body Photography and Digital Dermoscopy using the Fotofinder.

Email the referral form to or fax to 8890 9673.

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