Issue 46
November 30, 2017
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Foundations laid for Health Care Homes

Following the federal government’s launch of the Health Care Homes Fast Start program in October, nearly 180 practices across Australia will commence the Health Care Homes program tomorrow, Friday, 1st December.

Health Care Homes involves coordination of comprehensive care for patients with chronic and complex conditions. Participating practices will develop a tailored care plan with individual patients, which will be implemented by a team of health care providers across primary and acute care.

Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) is working with 22 local practices, building on the substantial practice transformation work that has been taking place at a local level.

“We are thrilled to be working with local practices on the implementation of Health Care Homes,” says Walter Kmet, WSPHN Chief Executive Officer. “For western Sydney’s primary care sector, the Health Care Homes roll-out comes at a critical time of evolution as general practice works toward a more team-based and integrated model of care. Ultimately, the transformation process is about evolving primary care so patients experience an improved quality of care and communities experience better health outcomes.”

Winston Hills Medical Centre is among 22 Health Care Homes within western Sydney. The team were recently visited by representatives from the Department of Health.

My Health Record in Pharmacy Workshop
Monday 11th Dec, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Diabetes Support Group - The Christmas Game of Real Good Health
Tuesday 12th Dec, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

My Health Record Program Survey

The Australian Digital Health Agency's November 2017 Survey is part of national baseline assessment of health care professional awareness of the My Health Record System. It is designed for General Practitioners & Pharmacists, providing a national snapshot of the following understandings:

1. Benefits of consumer My Health Records
2. Use of the My Health Record System
3. What Opt Out means for consumers by health care professionals.

Zostavax Contraindications Update

NSW Health have released an update on Zostavax Contraindications. The key update is that treatment with sulfasalazine is no longer a contraindication to Zostavax vaccination.

Read the full update on the NSW Health website.

Changes to Cervical Screening

On Friday, 1st December, the renewed National Cervical Screening Program will be implemented to improve early detection and save more lives.

The renewed program will change from the two-yearly Pap test for people aged 18 to 69, to a five-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for people aged 25 to 74.

For more information on these changes, visit the Department of Health website.

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