Issue 33
August 31, 2017
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Making a difference in Dementia Care

With more than 413,000 Australians living with dementia and approximately 12,366 residing in western Sydney, it's an opportune time to highlight the ongoing support available with Dementia Awareness Month in September.

To promote this year's theme, "You are not alone", Alzheimer’s Australia is encouraging people affected by dementia to connect with the range of support services available in the community.

To coincide with the month, Western Sydney Dementia Strategy Implementation Group (WSDSIG) is hosting a free community forum on Thursday, 28th September. The forum will focus on making a difference and understanding behaviour for those living with dementia. In the lead up to the forum there is an opportunity to enter into the Dementia Care Quality Awards with the winners being announced on the day.

For health professionals, access to up-to-date, region-specific dementia resources are available online via the HealthPathways portal. This includes information on a ‘5 minute neurological exam for patients with possible dementia’ and ‘Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)’ and can be found under the Older Persons Health section.

To access HealthPathways visit: and sign in using the below username and password:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

HealthPathways: Paediatric Endocrinology Working Group
Tuesday 5th Sep, 9:50am - 12:00pm
Cardiology GP Updates
Wednesday 13th Sep, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Diabetes Support Group: Food & Diabetes
Tuesday 19th Sep, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Leading medical home expert visits Blacktown

On Wednesday, 30th August the Western Sydney Primary Health Network team welcomed leading Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) expert, Paul Grundy, MD for a brief visit. As chief medical officer and global director of healthcare transformation of IBM's Healthcare and Life Science Industry, Grundy is a world-renowned advocate of the PCMH model. In Sydney for a series of industry talks, Grundy called into our Blacktown offices to lend his support and inspire the team in their ongoing efforts to advance primary care in western Sydney. Pictures from Grundy’s visit are available on our Twitter page,

Update: Hepatitis B vaccines

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has developed clinical advice for vaccination providers on the use of hepatitis B vaccines during the current shortage. This advice is now available on the Immunise Australia Program website.

NDIS Plan Implementation Workshop

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is running a series of practical workshops to support participants, carers and their families to prepare for implementing their approved NDIS plan. The Plan Implementation Workshop will cover a variety of topics and will run from September through to December.

HealthPathways - New referral pages

New referral pages are now available on the HealthPathways portal. These referral pages have been developed by local experts to support primary care, covering the following topics:

Psychiatry Advice and Assessment - Children 12 Years and Over and Chronic Disease Support Services. Visit HealthPathways using the below log in details:
Username: health
Password: w3stern

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