Issue 43
October 31, 2019
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Have you fulfilled your GP ANSC Education Requirements for 2017-2019?

Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) is the division of care of pregnant women between the GP and the hospital antenatal clinic.

ANSC Programs provide women with options for care throughout their pregnancy. The program also enhances the skills of GPs caring for women during pregnancy, promoting communication between you and the participating hospital.

Earlier this year, over 50 GPs attended our Women’s Health Update – ANSC Education Program at WentWest on Saturday 11th May. The workshop delivered CPD-accredited training for GPs who provide care for women giving birth at Blacktown, Auburn and Westmead Hospitals.

“Talk was excellent – articulate speaker, very well set out presentation and explained in a way that was relevant to us as GPs” - Workshop attendee.

To participate in the ANSC program, GPs require current medical registration, availability of equipment to listen to foetal heartbeats and a commitment to the quality improvement program. Details of our upcoming educational session is on Saturday 23rd November, and available on our website.

Further resources and events include:

  • PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) supports individuals and families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression. A range of resources, workshops and clinical guidelines for health professionals is on their web page.
  • St John of God Raphael Services offers mental health assessments, psychiatric consultations and other services to treat mental health concerns and enhance parental relationships to promote competent and confident parent-child interactions. They will also be holding a GP education event on Wednesday 13th November with guest speaker Dr Alice Dwyer to discuss perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Earlier this month the Western Sydney HealthPathways team announced a range of Antenatal pathways, you can access these by using the following login details:
    Username: health
    Password: w3stern
To find out more about ANSC contact the WentWest HelpDesk on 8811 7117 or email
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
Tuesday 5th Nov, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Fullbright Scholar on Cross-Cultural Communication
Wednesday 6th Nov, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Diabetes is Changing Fast
Saturday 9th Nov, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course
Saturday 16th Nov, 8:45am - 5:15pm

Immunisation Bike Competition

Practice participation registrations are still open for our Immunisation Bike Competition. Every child who receives their 12 month, 18 month or 4 year-old immunisation at a participating practice before 31st January 2020 is eligible to enter the draw to win a bike and helmet. Practices will receive promotional packs containing supportive collateral including wristbands, stickers and certifications for participating children. Complete the online registration form to register your practice.

Refugee Health Program Resources

We have recently developed a resource for health professionals to access relevant information about the refugee health services available in western Sydney.

For more information call 8811 7117 or email

Changes to accessing Australian Immunisation Register

The way in which your practice can access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is changing as all individual authentication files will be turned off. For all Medicare providers you can now access the AIR site using your own PRODA account. Practice nurses and staff are recommended to apply for a PRODA account now in preparation for the transition. We urge all practices to register as a Vaccination Provider before the individual authentication files are turned off so that non-Medicare provider staff will be able to continue accessing AIR.

To apply as a vaccination provider, complete the IM004 application form.

BreastScreen NSW Locations

Western Sydney breast screen clinics can be found in the following locations:

GP Association Meetings

The following GP Association Meetings are coming up in Western Sydney:

Blacktown: Management of Incidental Pulmonary and Thyroid Nodules, Wednesday 20th November.

Hills: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Q&A Session, Tuesday 28th November.

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