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Flu Season Update

Influenza activity is increasing across NSW. Key things to note include:
1. Flu cases are likely to escalate in the coming weeks.
2. Influenza A (H1N1) is the predominant circulating strain this year.
3. Free influenza vaccine for ALL children aged from 6 months to under 5 years of age, pregnant women and other high risk groups is available from the State Vaccine Centre.


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Hepatitis Awareness Week (23 - 28 July 2018).

Primary care providers have a vital role in eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Australia.

With effective viral hepatitis treatments available to help manage hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C, Australia is leading the way for a future without viral hepatitis, which is the theme of Hepatitis Awareness Week 2018.


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NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year NAIDOC Week runs from 8 - 15 July.


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New psychiatry support line available for GPs

GP Support service line

Western NSW Primary Health Network has joined with five other PHNs in NSW to fund ProCare Mental Health Services to provide a new psychiatry support line for GPs.

Starting this week GPs in the WNSW PHN region will be able to talk to a psychiatrist on the phone or via secure messaging to help them with the management of the mental health care of their patients.


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Community urged to speak up about health issues at workshops

Residents of western and far western NSW are encouraged to attend local workshops to have their say about health priorities in their communities.

Andrew Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of the WNSW PHN said, “The workshops will seek insights from community and service providers on the storyline for health in their areas; including emerging health issues, gaps in services and advice on how to deliver appropriate and culturally safe primary health care.”


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Needs Assessment Workshops

The Western NSW Primary Health Network will be conducting community and service provider workshops in June/July as part of the 2018 Health Needs Assessment to inform service planning.


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Phone Survey of Health Priorities

Survey of Health Priorities

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) in partnership with the Western and Far West Local Health Districts has commissioned a comprehensive survey of community views about health priorities and health service improvements. Residents across Western and Far Western NSW will have a chance to have their say on local health issues.


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Reviewing and improving after-hours care across the western region

Community members across the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) region are set to receive improved access to after-hours primary health care services in their local area, as part of the Western NSW After Hours Services Project recently commissioned by WNSW PHN, set to run over the coming year.
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Western NSW again leads Australia for the number of immunised 5-years

The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is pleased with today’s announcement that Western NSW leads the country in the number of fully immunised 5-year olds at 96%, with new data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
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Local solutions for suicide prevention in Lachlan and Weddin

The Western NSW Primary Health Network has responded to an urgent need to address suicide prevention in Lachlan and Weddin Shires. The National Suicide Prevention Trial will provide training and raise awareness in the community to localised strategies for suicide prevention. This program will be delivered by Western Plains Regional Development.


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Additional practitioners can now submit medical exemptions for vaccination

On 16 August 2017 changes were made to the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. This means additional practitioners will now be able to notify medical exemptions to immunisation to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
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Health professionals keen to learn about wounds management

More than 150 nurses, aged care workers, doctors, Aboriginal health workers and podiatrists from across the region will attend a sold-out wounds management workshop at the Dubbo RSL this Saturday.
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