Board of Western NSW Primary Health Network welcomes new Director

Western Health Alliance, which operates the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Melina Saunders as a Director of their governing board.
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Western NSW Primary Health Network 2018-19 Snapshot

It's been a year of great achievement for our PHN.

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Urgent Product Defect Alert

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has advised GPs of a product defect alert for ColoVantage Home Faecal Immunochemical Test Kits also known under the brand names ColoVantage Home Bowel Screening Test, Bowelscan, BowelCare and Bowelscreen Aotearoa.
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Online resources to help GPs support patients' mental health

As part of the aim to help GPs manage the care of mental health consumers, the GP Psychiatry Support Line are producing a series of online resources.  Headed by renowned psychiatrist Dr Martin Cohen, these videos invite psychiatrists to present a topic they specialise in, followed by Q/A.

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Important immunisation update for primary care

NSW Health has advised of an increase in incidents of expired vaccines being administered to patients. It is essential that the expiry date is checked on all vaccines prior to administration to avaiod patient recall and revaccination as well as loss of patient confidence.
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Australian Parliament passes legislation to strengthen My Health Record Privacy

On 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.

The measures allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life. Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person can delete their record permanently at any time.

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My Health Record opt-out period extended

The opt-out period for My Health Record has been extended to 31 January, 2019 and the opt-out portal and helpline will remain open and available until then.
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Changes to Medicare in drought-affected regions

There will be some changes to Medicare that will take effect on 1 November 2018 to provide mental health support to individuals in drought-affected regions.
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Help to quit for World Mental Health Day

Did you know that up to 75 per cent of people with a mental health issue smoke, which is over 60 per cent more than the general NSW population? In addition, people with a mental health issue who smoke have higher levels of nicotine dependence and smoke more frequently.
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