Issue 4
January 31, 2019
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Inaugural Allison Kokany Consumer Scholarship Awarded to Ian Hoffman

To honour the advocacy work and legacy of Allison Kokany, WentWest, as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network launched the Allison Kokany Consumer Scholarship. This inaugural scholarship acknowledges the influence Allison has had on the mental health care arena and provides an opportunity to nurture and grow the next generation of mental health advocates across western Sydney. The scholarship is a professional development opportunity, enabling people with a lived experience of mental illness to improve their professional skill set.

WentWest is proud to announce Ian Hoffman, a Consumer Advocate, Systemic Advocate and Consumer Representative for mental health services in western Sydney. Ian is also an active member of the WentWest Consumer Advisory Council as well as a Consumer Representative for the Western Sydney Local Health District and Parramatta Mission, he actively works within the mental health sector and the wider community for systemic change.

Ian will undertake a Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement and purchase equipment to assist in his advocacy work with the proceeds of his scholarship.

This scholarship was established in Allison’s memory after her passing in May 2018. During her five years at WentWest, Allison was actively involved in local initiatives as well as at state and national forums. She was a determined advocate for the rights of people with a mental illness. She was an official visitor to state mental health services for over 10 years, supporting people in long-term care and challenging mental health care conventions.

The next round of the Allison Kokany Consumer Scholarship will open in late 2019. For more information visit the WentWest website.

WentWest Chair, Di O'Halloran, Ian Hoffman and WentWest CEO, Walter Kmet

Connecting your Practice to My Health Record
Wednesday 6th Feb, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Small Group Learning - My Health Record: Medical Director Training
Wednesday 13th Feb, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mental Health Professional Network
Monday 18th Feb, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
CPR & AED Training
Monday 18th Feb, 7:00pm - 9:15pm

EOI: GP and Registrar Clinical Emergency Management Program

We invite GPs and Registrars practicing in western Sydney to apply for and undertake a Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) workshop designed to build participants' knowledge, skills and confidence when responding to medical emergencies in the primary care setting.

The workshop will be facilitated by a national team of highly trained intensive care paramedics. Please complete the expression of interest form and return by email to or fax (02) 8211 5206 by Friday 22nd February. Early applications are encouraged as places are limited.

Strategies to Improve Quality of Care

Following successful case studies End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is using seven strategies in their latest blog to create mutually beneficial partnerships between aged, specialist palliative care and primary care services.

For more information or to get involved please contact

EOI: US Study Travel Award

WentWest is looking for three interested health professionals from western Sydney primary care practices to participate in a US primary care masterclass. All flights, internal travel within the US, accommodation, meal allowance and masterclass costs are included, or will be paid for.

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit an expression of interest covering the appropriate questions to no later than Friday 22nd February.

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