Issue 47
November 28, 2019
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Reflecting on our Reconciliation Action Plan

We are excited to announce that our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group (WG) has successfully completed our Reflect RAP that we launched in September 2018.

Reflect contributes to reconciliation by providing holistic and culturally appropriate support to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Committing to the Reflect RAP and the ongoing contribution from the RAP Working Group (RWG), has allowed us to strengthen our connection with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and continue to develop these important relationships to help us provide excellent service to our western Sydney community. Staff awareness of Aboriginal culture and history has been a key focus over the last 12 months with new initiatives and polices established as part of our Reflect deliverables.

Our RWG is comprised of representatives from all areas of our organisation. Since the launch of the Reflect RAP, the RWG have worked towards creating policies, improved processes and staff engagement and arranged cultural events for staff, providing opportunities to collaborate and engage with local Aboriginal community organisations which have strengthened relationships and enhanced staff awareness.

The RWG within our organisation consists of:

  • Sarah Bowe, Interim Aboriginal Health Manager (previously Jamie Matthews) and Community & Consumer Engagement Manager
  • Rita McKenzie, Aboriginal Cultural Liaison Coordinator and Co-Chair of the RWG
  • Carolyn Massingham, Marketing and Communications Specialist and Co-Chair of the RWG
  • Robyn Taylor, Aboriginal Cultural Liaison Coordinator
  • Ruby Mawson, Aboriginal Health Administration Officer
  • Shana Mason, Aboriginal Health Coordinator
  • Nita Jennings, Office Allrounder
  • Alison Rooke, Marketing, Communications and Events Manager
  • Lisa Fyfe, People and Culture Generalist
  • Brian Maruziva, Commissioning Manager
  • Sarah Carter, Alcohol and Other Drugs Manager
  • Guresh Ahuja, Commissioning Operations Manager, and
  • Jasmin Salman, Communications and Events Officer.

We are now exploring the options for the next stage of our reconciliation journey.

The Reflect RAP Working Group

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
Tuesday 3rd Dec, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Webinar: Use of My Health Record for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Wednesday 4th Dec, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Course in Ear and Hearing Health
Friday 13th Dec, 8:45am - 4:30pm

Measles Alert

NSW Ministry of Health has released a new measles update. GPs are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles, which continues to be imported by travellers from many countries, including New Zealand.

Measles travel posters and other resources for your practice are available online. For further information, contact your local Public Health Unit.

Festive Season Operating Hours Survey

The festive season is the busiest time of year for western Sydney hospital emergency departments (EDs). The increased influx in presentations to EDs over this period can lead to extended waiting times to access care.

We would like to help create awareness within the local community of the availability of primary care providers during this period and to do this, require details of the amended operating hours of general practices in western Sydney. Please complete the online survey to help us gain a clearer understanding of the primary care services available during the festive season.

Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Western Sydney residents who use mental health services, their carers and those with lived experience of suicide are invited to provide their feedback on services provided in our community. Register to attend the forum on Tuesday 3rd December at our office in Blacktown.

To find out more and to register visit CommunityHQ.

Needs Research Survey

As we work towards our vision of healthier communities, empowered individuals, sustainable health care workforces and systems; we need to create more integrated and co-ordinated health care services in western Sydney communities. You’re invited to have your say in the annual Needs Survey by completing one of two surveys:

These important surveys help guide our service planning and design – it is completely de-identified unless you choose otherwise. All contributors will go into the draw to win one of five Fitbit Charge 3 wireless activity and sleep tracking wristbands.

GP Association Meeting

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

Mount Druitt: Professional Development – A Case Study, Friday 29th November.

Blacktown: Improving Asthma Control in Clinical Practice, Wednesday 18th December.

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