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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Psychiatry support line praised by GPs

The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service for GPs aimed at helping them manage the care of their mental health consumers.  Since its launch on July 2nd 2018, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
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Q Fever risk rises as drought grips state

NSW Health is urging people in regional and rural NSW, particularly parents, to take extra precautions against Q fever as drought and windy conditions may raise the risk of the disease in these areas.
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Healthcare providers embracing digital health technologies

Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) Chief Operating Officer Bettina McMahon visited Dubbo last week to discuss the rollout of the My Health Record Program with local healthcare providers.
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