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Important information regarding cervical screening testing for women under 25

Important information regarding cervical screening testing for women under 25

Routine cervical screening is not recommended in the renewed program for women under 25 years. Some women under 25 will present with an expectation for screening, having had previous pap tests.

HealtheNet update information for GPs in South Eastern NSW

HealtheNet update information for GPs in South Eastern NSW

More GPs in the region will now receive discharge summaries electronically from NSW Health.

EOI: Chronic Pain Management Program facilitators in Far South Coast and Goulburn

EOI: Chronic Pain Management Program facilitators in Far South Coast and Goulburn

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, in collaboration with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation is calling for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified health professionals to establish and deliver a Chronic Pain Management Program in the Far South Coast and Goulburn.

Regional cancer screening annual report

Regional cancer screening annual report

COORDINARE has released its annual report of cancer screening results for South Eastern NSW, providing a snapshot of the region and the figures across all LGAs in the region during 2015-16 for all three existing national programs – BreastScreen, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the National Cervical Screening Program.

Now open: online consultation for the draft National Alcohol Strategy

Now open: online consultation for the draft National Alcohol Strategy

On 27 November 2017, members of the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum agreed for a draft National Alcohol Strategy to undergo a public consultation process and encourage all interested parties to participate in this consultation.

Practice Manager and Practice Nurse network opportunities

Practice Manager and Practice Nurse network opportunities

In 2018, COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN will provide some exciting opportunities for practice managers and practice nurses to network and engage with their peers via online and face to face events.

My Health Record men's health toolkit

My Health Record men's health toolkit

My Health Record will increasingly become a major component of the health system and a great asset for all Australians. The second My Health Record toolkit was recently launched to complement awareness month, Movember (1-30 November 2017).

Cervical screening changes from 1 December 2017

Cervical screening changes from 1 December 2017

On 1 December the National Cervical Screening Program will change from two yearly cervical cytology testing to five yearly HPV testing for women aged 25–74 years.

Preparing for prescription only codeine-containing medicines: useful resources

Preparing for prescription only codeine-containing medicines: useful resources

A range of resources have been made available for consumers and health professionals in preparation for over-the-counter codeine-containing medicines to become prescription only from 1 February 2018.

Immunisation update events

Immunisation update events

COORDINARE partnered with ISLHD and SNSWLHD to hold the annual immunisation update events across the region.

Public consultation: HPV vaccination recommendations

Public consultation: HPV vaccination recommendations

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has advised that a public consultation is now open on proposed changes to human papillomavirus vaccination recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund

Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund

Applications are open for eligible organisations interested in lodging a submission for funding under the second round of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund.

Same-sex marriage announcement: useful resources

Same-sex marriage announcement: useful resources

The marriage equality debate has stirred strong emotions for many people, especially the country’s youth. Some members of our community may have been left with unresolved feelings. ACON has developed a useful guide for health care providers on how to support LGBTI clients who may be experiencing distress.

Cervical screening renewal - new resources for practices and consumers

Cervical screening renewal - new resources for practices and consumers

The Commonwealth has produced a suite of resources for health professionals and consumers, explaining the changes to cervical screening.

A positive step forward: new Integrated Care Strategy launched

A positive step forward: new Integrated Care Strategy launched

The Boards of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) met recently to launch a new Integrated Care Strategy which is set to bring about positive change for local patients, their families and carers.

10,000 Italian Roses morning tea in Wollongong

10,000 Italian Roses morning tea in Wollongong

There are currently over 10,000 women of Italian background between the ages of 50 to 74 years old in NSW who have not had a mammogram. The 10,000 Italian Roses Project aims to raise awareness about breast screening among Italian communities.

Southern NSW LHD Mental Health Month celebration

Southern NSW LHD Mental Health Month celebration

COORDINARE Mental Health Peer Coordinator, Tim Heffernan, was recently guest speaker at Southern NSW Local Health District’s (SNSWLHD) Mental Health Month, ‘Sharing the Journey’ celebration.

Katungal Aboriginal Community Corporation and Medical Services - Excellence in Business

Katungal Aboriginal Community Corporation and Medical Services - Excellence in Business

Katungul Aboriginal Community Corporation and Medical Services recognised for their growth, achievements and hard work in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires.

My Health Record carers toolkit

My Health Record carers toolkit

A key priority of the Australian Digital Health Agency is to improve use and adoption of My Health Record. A My Health Record carers toolkit has been launched for use as an ongoing resource for carers and those they support.

Express your interest: Mental Health Screening and Support Package

Express your interest: Mental Health Screening and Support Package

COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN and the Black Dog Institute are seeking Expressions of Interest from general practices to utilise a new mental health screening and support package to better equip them with the skills and resources to identify and support people in distress, as this is seen to be one of the most promising interventions for reducing suicide.

Queanbeyan, Canberra and Bega Valley headspace seek lead agency

Queanbeyan, Canberra and Bega Valley headspace seek lead agency

South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network in partnership with ACT Primary Health Network has released a request for proposal to appoint lead agencies to roll out the youth mental health initiative headspace in the Queanbeyan, Canberra and Bega Valley regions.

Fully funded short courses are now available for your medical practice

Fully funded short courses are now available for your medical practice

UNE Partnerships has created a number of short courses for people currently working in a medical practice.

Australia’s new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, is now live

Australia’s new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, is now live

Head to Health connects people to trusted online and phone mental health services appropriate for their individual needs.

Free Chronic Pain Management Program in Eurobodalla: Referrals now open

Free Chronic Pain Management Program in Eurobodalla: Referrals now open

COORDINARE, in conjunction with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, is funding community service providers to offer small group education programs targeting patients suffering low to moderate chronic pain.

Aboriginal health is everyone’s business

Aboriginal health is everyone’s business

COORDINARE recently joined the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and the University of Wollongong in committing to work together to bring about positive changes to Close the Gap on health inequalities for our Aboriginal communities.

RACGP Report: Seeing your regular GP critical to the health of the nation

RACGP Report: Seeing your regular GP critical to the health of the nation

The first comprehensive snapshot of general practice in Australia confirms that 75% of people have a preferred or regular GP.

Position statement - Marriage equality

Position statement - Marriage equality

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN seeks to promote resilient communities as a key part of our vision.  

COORDINARE firmly believes in the right of all people to experience their lives and relationships fully and without discrimination.

New approach to suicide prevention launched

New approach to suicide prevention launched

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative officially launched the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan trial in the Illawarra Shoalhaven on Thursday 14 September. LifeSpan is a new evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide prevention. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach.

Free NDIS training for allied health professionals

Free NDIS training for allied health professionals

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is offering an Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) course for allied health professionals.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Regular two-yearly mammographic breast cancer screening remains the most proven method of detecting breast cancer in its early stages. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of survival.

Protecting doctors in training

Protecting doctors in training

The Australian Medical Association NSW are looking for GPs who have an interest in taking on doctors as patients in an effort to encourage junior doctors to seek care, and remove barriers to this happening.

Delivering the NDIS in your community

Delivering the NDIS in your community

Practical workshops will be delivered to support participants, carers and their families prepare for their First National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Plan and for implementing their approved NDIS Plan.

Immunisation rates for children remain high but still work to be done

Immunisation rates for children remain high but still work to be done

Overall vaccination rates for children in South Eastern NSW remain higher than the NSW state and Australian national averages for all ages, however there are some areas where immunisation rates are potentially too low to prevent the outbreak of disease

Hepatitis B vaccination shortage

Hepatitis B vaccination shortage

Due to a precautionary manufacturing halt of Engerix-B® there is currently a shortage of the adult formulation available to Australia, which is expected to continue until at least January 2018.

Hepatitis C Treatment Service at Bega Valley Community Health

Hepatitis C Treatment Service at Bega Valley Community Health

Dr David Clark Infectious Diseases Physician, South East Regional Hospital (SERH) and Fiona McKenna Registered Nurse, Bega Valley Community Health service (SERH) are providing a Hepatitis C Treatment Clinic, with the new direct acting antiviral treatment, for people living with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Healthdirect after hours GP helpline increases continuity of care support

Healthdirect after hours GP helpline increases continuity of care support

Callers to the healthdirect after hours GP helpline can now elect to have a care advice summary sent to them by SMS or email, an event summary sent to their regular general practice and an encounter summary uploaded to their My Health Record.

Changes in NSW ambulance bookings

Changes in NSW ambulance bookings

NSW Ambulance is making a change in the way patient information is gathered when receiving requests from doctors and nurses booking an ambulance for patients requiring ongoing care in an emergency department.

NSW Health Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Sydney

NSW Health Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Sydney

NSW Health has launched an investigation into a hepatitis A outbreak following confirmation of 12 cases in the past five weeks alone in Sydney and surrounding areas.

Brindabella Family Practice use emoji to start important conversations!

Brindabella Family Practice use emoji to start important conversations!

Notice anything unusual about this nurse’s desk at Brindabella Family Practice in Queanbeyan? Practice Nurse Olivia Eldridge and her colleagues are using this emoji as a discussion starter about bowel screening!!

Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program – Online training modules

The Cancer Institute NSW has advised of the release of the Cervical Screening Online Training Modules, developed for health care professionals by the NPS MedicineWise.

Record low number of new HIV cases in NSW

Record low number of new HIV cases in NSW

The latest quarterly NSW HIV Data Report from NSW Health indicates HIV is one step closer to being eliminated in the state, with a rapid fall in diagnoses to record low levels.

Healthy Women Active Women

Healthy Women Active Women

The Multicultural Health Service has released a series of 8 short films of women sharing powerful stories of hope and wellbeing to promote physical activity.

It’s not too late to have the flu shot

It’s not too late to have the flu shot

With NSW currently in the midst of its worst flu season on record, COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN is encouraging local residents to consider a last minute influenza vaccination.

Birthing on Country community consultations

Birthing on Country community consultations

Waminda is working in partnership with the Australian College of Midwives, University of Sydney and Queensland University and will be facilitating community consultations to discuss Birthing on Country.

Lung Foundation Australia's Have the CHAT campaign

Lung Foundation Australia's Have the CHAT campaign

Lung Foundation Australia’s Have the CHAT winter awareness campaign aims to keep people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease well and out of hospital.

Have your say on headspace Bega!

Have your say on headspace Bega!

The community from Bega Valley will have the opportunity to have their say on how the new headspace service can best meet the needs of local young people in the region during a consultation session to be held on 1 September.

Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines and free online training course

Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines and free online training course

Dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia with approximately 60,000 new cases each year. Resources are available for primary care staff and patients within the region.

Screening for malnutrition in general practice: get involved!

Screening for malnutrition in general practice: get involved!

Malnutrition affects many older adults, and is associated with declines in overall health and quality of life, as well as lengthier hospital stays and higher mortality.

Health alert: warning on viral gastroenteritis

Health alert: warning on viral gastroenteritis

NSW Health is urging the community to wash their hands and stay at home if affected by gastroenteritis, following an increase in viral gastroenteritis notifications and emergency department presentations in hospitals across the state.

New funding to keep local residents healthy

New funding to keep local residents healthy

South Eastern NSW PHN has announced $1.7 million in funding for eight new programs to help reduce overweight and obesity levels, and promote healthy and active ageing for people who live in South Eastern NSW.

Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project update

Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project update

Over 100 general practices within the South Eastern NSW PHN have been working closely with COORDINARE to undertake data driven quality improvement.

LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

ACON, with the support of COORDINARE, is providing free and essential one day training, delivered across South Eastern NSW for workers who support clients experiencing issues with alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD).

New COPD online training modules on COPD medicines, inhaler device technique and more

New COPD online training modules on COPD medicines, inhaler device technique and more

Lung Foundation Australia has released new individual training modules on various Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) topics.

Jindabyne HealthOne officially open for business

Jindabyne HealthOne officially open for business

The Deputy Premier, the Hon John Barilaro officially opened the NSW Government funded $2.5 million Jindabyne HealthOne facility on 24 July 2017.

Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 is here!

Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 is here!

NSW Hepatitis Awareness Week 2017 kicks off today, with World Hepatitis Day this Friday 28 July.

Head to Health: Opportunities to provide feedback

Head to Health: Opportunities to provide feedback

Feedback is currently being sought on Head to Health prior to the public launch of the website in September 2017.

Measles alert: NSW Health urges awareness after Sydney case

Measles alert: NSW Health urges awareness after Sydney case

NSW Health is urging people who have been in the Sydney CBD and Leichhardt from 15-19 July to be aware of the symptoms of measles after an infected tourist visited these areas.

Australian Bureau of Statistics patient experiences data

Australian Bureau of Statistics patient experiences data

The 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data has revealed some useful insights into the access and barriers to a range of health care services including general practitioners (GPs).

NSW Women’s Strategy: The NSW Government invites you to Have Your Say

NSW Women’s Strategy: The NSW Government invites you to Have Your Say

The NSW Government is developing the NSW Women’s Strategy, a whole-of-government, whole-of-community policy framework to improve gender equality and gender equity in NSW.

Get Ready - embracing quality for better patient outcomes

Get Ready - embracing quality for better patient outcomes

A mix of primary health care providers from Thirroul to Milton attended the recent 'Get Ready – embracing quality for better patient outcomes' forums.

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza.

Katungal BreastScreen initiative

Katungal BreastScreen initiative

The teams at Katungul Batemans Bay, Narooma and Bega in conjunction with COORDINARE, have commenced a breast screening initiative for their clients.

Centre Health Barrack Heights improves quality of data

Centre Health Barrack Heights improves quality of data

Centre Health Barrack Heights, a participant in COORDINARE’s SPDS initiative has been working on improving the quality of its patient data, with some impressive results.

Nurses from ISLHD Community Health Service are moving location!

Nurses from ISLHD Community Health Service are moving location!

Nurses from ISLHD Community Health Service are moving from the Cringila Community Health Centre to Wollongong Community Health Centre on Wednesday 19 July 2017.

Geriatrician in the Practice Project: Expression of Interest

Geriatrician in the Practice Project: Expression of Interest

With renewed funding for the next 12 months, there is an opportunity for a further two practices to become involved in the Geriatrician in the Practice project.

Important information re: mental health services in South Eastern NSW

Important information re: mental health services in South Eastern NSW

1 July 2017 marks the start of COORDINARE’s exciting new mental health and suicide prevention commissioning plan, with more than $4. 3 million invested in new service arrangements for psychological therapies, support for complex mental health needs, and community-based suicide prevention aftercare in South Eastern NSW.

Immunisation rates for children in South Eastern NSW in 2015-16

Immunisation rates for children in South Eastern NSW in 2015-16

Overall vaccination rates for children in South Eastern NSW have increased significantly and were higher than the Australian national average, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

ACI currently recruiting GPs to join Advisory Group

ACI currently recruiting GPs to join Advisory Group

The EOI process for recruitment to the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation GP Advisory Group has opened.

APNA launches bowel cancer screening conversation guide for nurses

APNA launches bowel cancer screening conversation guide for nurses

As we reach the end of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, it's a great time to make sure you know your role in bowel cancer screening and understanding the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Applications now open for Local Drug Action Team program

Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Applications now open for Local Drug Action Team program

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has announced that application are now open for the next round of opportunities for the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program.

NDIS rollout in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

NDIS rollout in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers.

Cringila Medical Centre embraces PCMH model of care

Cringila Medical Centre embraces PCMH model of care

Josie and Robyn, Practice Manager and Practice Nurse at Cringila Medical Centre, are always on the lookout for opportunities to enhance patient care, consistently embracing new approaches in their practice.

Working in a practice of the future

Working in a practice of the future

Forty-eight receptionists representing 25 practices throughout the Southern region attended the COORDINARE Receptionist Development Day.

Leading your practice into the future

Leading your practice into the future

Thirty-two practice managers representing 27 practices throughout the Southern region and Central Shoalhaven attended the COORDINARE Practice Managers Development Day.

Sharp Street Surgery nurse receives Rotarian award

Sharp Street Surgery nurse receives Rotarian award

Tracey Chong, Practice Nurse and Diabetes Educator from Sharp Street Surgery in Cooma recently received a Rotarian award for 'Pride of Workmanship'.

Managing hepatitis C in general practice

Managing hepatitis C in general practice

All people with risk factors for hepatitis C should have a serological screening test for anti-hepatitis C antibodies.

Palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: online resources

Palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: online resources

CareSearch has created online resources that will help build a path of cultural capability and understanding for supporting care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Immunisation update

In November 2016, COORDINARE partnered with the Public Health Unit for the yearly immunisation update.

General Practice and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

General Practice and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - a great time to promote bowel cancer screening and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

New headspace service announced for Bega

New headspace service announced for Bega

Young people in Bega and surrounding towns will benefit from access to vital mental health services and support following the announcement of a new headspace service in Bega.

COORDINARE after hours campaign continues this flu season

COORDINARE after hours campaign continues this flu season

With the flu season fast approaching, COORDINARE announces it will continue its campaign to raise awareness of the after hours medical options available within the region.

APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the year finalist!

APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the year finalist!

Woonona Medical Practice Nurse, Jedda Outten, was recently recognised by Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) at their national conference held in Hobart from 4-6 May.

Public Health Unit: vaccine availability update

Public Health Unit: vaccine availability update

With flu season upon us and many practices in full swing with vaccinations the Public Health Unit would like to provide some updated information on vaccine availability.

State of the Art APNA National Conference

State of the Art APNA National Conference

Five nurses from across the PHN region showcased innovative programs at the 2017 APNA National Conference.

Patient Experience Symposium 2017

Patient Experience Symposium 2017

Tracey Hutton, nurse manager at New Albion Medical Centre, Shellharbour City General Practice and Thirroul Medical Centre shares her experience at the 2017 Patient Experience Symposium.

Nursing in a Practice of the Future

Nursing in a Practice of the Future

Twenty-two practice nurses representing 15 practices throughout the South Eastern NSW region attended COORDINARE's Practice Nurse Development Day.

Looking to a sustainable future for palliative and end of life care

Looking to a sustainable future for palliative and end of life care

National Palliative Care Week took place on 21- 28 May 2017, with this year’s theme ‘you matter, your care matters”. Palliative care can make a difference.

GP research project funding

GP research project funding

Dr Fiona Williams, from Thirroul Medical Practice announced as successful recipient of COORDINARE’s GP research project funding.

New training to address drug and alcohol use among LGBTIQ people

New training to address drug and alcohol use among LGBTIQ people

ACON has been commissioned by COORDINARE to help improve the response to the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs among LGBTIQ people in the South Eastern NSW region.

Federal Budget 2017-18: Summary

Federal Budget 2017-18: Summary

The Turnbull Government handed down the 2017-18 Budget last week.  Highlights include:

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COORDINARE announces funding of local mental health services

COORDINARE announces funding of local mental health services

COORDINARE has announced more than $4.3 million in funding for new mental health and suicide prevention services for people who live in South Eastern NSW.

Transition to Practice Pilot Program

Transition to Practice Pilot Program

Susanne Hore and Suzanne Parsons, practice nurses from Bombala Street Surgery in Cooma have been successful in their application for APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program which commenced in April.

Geriatrician in the practice: spreading the word

Geriatrician in the practice: spreading the word

In conjunction with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District an innovative service model, the Geriatrician in the Practice Project has been successfully rolling out in the Shoalhaven.

Breast cancer survivor urges women to have their mammograms

BreastScreen NSW is currently running the Kerri’s Story television campaign to encourage women aged 50-74 to have a potentially life-saving mammogram.

Interim measures for the National Cervical Screening Program

Interim measures for the National Cervical Screening Program

Following the delay of a renewed National Cervical Screening Program from 1 May to 1 December 2017, the Department of Health has developed interim arrangements.

Updates in Palliative Care for General Practice: New online modules

Updates in Palliative Care for General Practice: New online modules

Palliative care in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions has undergone several recent changes, with new options available for GP advice, referrals, patient support and palliative treatment in the home.

Wrap up from International symposium

Wrap up from International symposium

There was such a great vibe at our 'Putting the Patient at the Centre of Care' Symposium held in Wollongong recently.

Further Strengthening No Jab, No Pay

Further Strengthening No Jab, No Pay

On May 1 the Department published a media release building on their No Jab, No Pay policy.

New funding arrangement confirmed between COORDINARE and Parkinson’s NSW

New funding arrangement confirmed between COORDINARE and Parkinson’s NSW

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Parkinson’s NSW met today to confirm future arrangements for the Parkinson’s nurse initiative in the Shoalhaven region.

headspace centre officially launches in Goulburn

headspace centre officially launches in Goulburn

headspace Goulburn was officially opened on Thursday 27 April, giving young people aged 12 to 25 access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services in their local area.