headspace Centre officially opens in Bega
headspace Bega was opened by Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, along with Dianne Kitcher (CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN who is funding the initiative), Ron de Jongh (CEO of Grand Pacific Health – the lead agency providing the service), Jason Trethowan (CEO of headspace National) and some...
Immunisation updates for primary care
Recently, there has been 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 avoid patient recall and revaccination and loss of their confidence in your health service delivery.
Financial support for your professional development and training
Over 50 healthcare professionals in South Eastern NSW have already received scholarships or bursaries to support their training and professional development as part of the NSW Rural Doctor’s Network Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).
Local PMs and GPs shine at awards night
COORDINARE would like to congratulate Charise Morris (Grand Pacific Health Centre Nowra) and Kim Weeks (Marima Medical Clinic, Goulburn), who were recently awarded joint GP Synergy South Eastern NSW Practice Managers of the Year at a Wollongong awards night.
The General Practitioner Liaison Officers (GPLOs) have been co-funded by COORDINARE and Southern NSW Local Health District. As the GPLOs approach 12 months in their roles, they are seeking GP feedback on how GPs and Southern NSW Local Health District can work together to improve patient care.
MBS and wellbeing telehealth support video conferencing
Six new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items have been introduced to enable GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners to provide general mental health and wellbeing support services by video conference to patients in drought-affected areas.
Support your patients to quit smoking
The NSW Quitline is a free, evidence-based service that can assist health professionals in supporting their patients to quit smoking. Referring to the NSW Quitline only takes a few minutes.
Gail Lloyd given special award at Practice Management Conference 2018
The Australian Association of Practice Management 2018 Conference was held Tuesday 16 October - Friday 19 October in Canberra. The theme of the conference was ‘Powering your journey, driving change’.
Updated Colposcopy and Treatment form
The Colposcopy and Treatment form has been updated to comply with the amended requirements of the National Cancer Screening Register Rules 2017.
My Health Record in pharmacy
Bomaderry-based pharmacist, Rachel Forgan, says access to My Health Record provides vital information to help her deliver better informed patient-centred care.
Save the date to vaccinate before the holidays
NSW Health has recently distributed some immunisation alerts for community members and health professionals, including a pertussis (whooping cough) alert. Pertussis (whooping cough) alert
Cases of pertussis are increasing across NSW, particularly among school aged children.
Supporting people living with dementia to plan ahead
For people living with dementia, a loss of mobility has been linked with a reduction in quality of life and increased rapid cognitive decline.
2017/18 Annual Report Card now available!
Our 2017/18 Annual Report Card is now available, showcasing our key achievements and highlights some of the work we have undertaken.
Psychiatry webinar series - free CPD training opportunity
To help GPs manage the care of mental health consumers, the GP Psychiatry Support Line is producing a series of webinars. Headed by renowned psychiatrist Dr Martin Cohen, these webinars invite psychiatrists to present a topic they specialise in, followed by a Q&A discussion.
Opt in or opt out of My Health Record at any time
The Minister for Health recently announced an extension to the My Health Record opt out period until 31 January 2019. The opt out portal and help line will remain open and available until then, and records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019.
Mental Health Skills Training grants for GPs
COORDINARE is committed to assist GPs with mental health skills training, particularly in regional areas where access to psychological therapies is limited.
Best Practice and AIR
Some practices have been reporting that they cannot see immunisations that have been sent to AIR from their Best Practice software. This is because if Best Practice is not updated the information will not be transferred to the AIR.
Test for HIV in a diverse range of patients, including heterosexual men
NSW Health data shows a need to increase HIV testing among heterosexual men who have sex with other men. These men may be in heterosexual relationships, be married, have children and/or come from a range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Palliative and end of life funding announcement for South Eastern NSW
COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN today announced that additional Commonwealth funding will be provided for palliative and end of life care in South Eastern NSW.
Looking after your family’s health with a digital record
For around 1. 7 million Australians currently living with diabetes, World Diabetes Day on November 14 is a way of highlighting the challenges experienced in caring for their health. Managing diabetes often involves regular visits to different healthcare providers meaning key health information is often scattered across different offices.
APNA Building Nurse Capacity Project (BNC)
Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Would you like to learn new skills and knowledge so you can deliver a new model of care?
The Building Nurse Capacity Project (BNC) focuses on the development of nurse-led (team-based) models of care that meet local population health needs,...
APNA Transition to Practice Program (TPP)
Trying to find your feet in primary health care or want to try your hand at mentoring new nurses?
The Transition to Practice Program (TPP) aims to help you grow your skills, knowledge and confidence and set you up in your career.
Dr Barnard appointed as new Chair for Southern NSW Clinical Council
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, today announced Dr Amanda Barnard as the new Chair of its Southern NSW Clinical Council, and as a director on its Board. “We are delighted to appoint Dr Barnard.
The Local Health District Primary Care Nurses in Bulli are moving to Wollongong
The Local Health District (LHD) Primary Health Nurses are moving from the Bulli Community Health Centre to Wollongong Community Health Centre on Tuesday 13 November.
Men, do your part when it comes to your health
The beginning of November marks the start of Movember and an opportunity for men to take some time to check in with their health.
Consumer health advocacy training – develop the skills to help you take action!
COORDINARE is holding a free one-day workshop in Goulburn on Friday 16 November which will provide local people with the confidence and skills to advocate for important health issues.
Looking for financial support for professional development and training?
Rural, regional and remote medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, allied health or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health professionals keen to expand their skills or scope of practice now have access to funding to support further studies or training.
Electronic delivery of BreastScreen results
BreastScreen NSW has commenced a phased rollout of the delivery of electronic results to eligible general practices in South Eastern NSW. This means that eligible practices in the region will soon be able to receive patients' BreastScreen results by secure messaging.
Is your urgency an emergency?
Before presenting to the emergency department at your local hospital, be sure to assess your level of illness and injury. Ask yourself: is my urgency an emergency?
In recent months, the Southern NSW Health District has seen an increase in emergency department presentations.
Free suicide prevention training now available!
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative today announced that an additional 1,000 free licenses are now available for suicide prevention training, thanks to a $10,000 funding boost.
Gain client referrals through national eating disorders helpline
Eating disorders affect more than 9% of Australians in their lifetime, and the rate is increasing. It's important for GPs and health professionals to understand how to treat this serious mental illness. Australia’s eating disorders telehealth service, the Butterfly Foundation, receives more than 12,000 consumer contacts a year.
A digital health tool to help the helpers
During Carers Week (October 14-20), we celebrate the important work done by carers across the country.
Batch numbers not required for compliance with PD2018_009
We have recently been advised of some confusion in regards to PD2018_009.
PD2018_009 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against specified diseases relates to the inclusion of batch numbers when providing vaccination evidence.
Drought-related stress resources
With 99. 9% of NSW experiencing drought, it is not uncommon for farmers and their families to experience significant levels of stress, with mental and physical health often forgotten.
What is a mental health peer worker?
A mental health peer worker is someone employed on the basis of their personal lived experience either of mental illness and recovery (consumer peer worker) or of supporting family or friends with mental illness (carer peer worker).
Share your feedback on the GP Psychiatry Support Line
The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service exclusively for GPs working in six PHN catchment areas across NSW. It provides high quality specialist advice to help you manage the care of mental health consumers.
GPs registered for the service have provided some great feedback.
Book your free screening mammogram this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a great time for women to put themselves first and encourage other women to do the same!
BreastScreen NSW is encouraging women to book their free screening mammogram.
GP Clusters: mental health information evenings
Over the winter, COORDINARE ran GP cluster workshops throughout our region on mental health services available locally and how GPs can refer to them. Each workshop had an interactive panel discussion with representatives from the Local Health Districts and mental health service providers responding to case study scenarios.
Share the Journey with My Health Record
My Health Record will soon help all Australians who choose to have a record and ‘Share the Journey’. This theme for Mental Health Month is particularly pertinent as individuals can share their information from their health journey with their healthcare providers. Mental Health issues can be very isolating.
What GPs need to know about e-mental health
A variety of e-mental health resources are available to help GPs better manage patient needs. The Black Dog Institute (BDI) is providing e-mental health training and support specifically to GPs.
Keep on top of your health with My Health Record
October is Mental Health Awareness Month and all Australians are encouraged to promote discussion on mental health by talking to their friends and family about it. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Sometimes keeping track of your health information can be difficult.
Evidence-based support in palliative care
Do you provide care for older people who may be nearing end of life? The ELDAC Helpline has been established to quickly connect you with the latest resources.
Seeking EOIs in StepCare screening tool for general practice
COORDINARE is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from general practices for the implementation of the StepCare screening service: an integrated online mental health tool developed by the Black Dog Institute.
Adacel and Boostrix for pregnant women
This is a reminder that for Pertussis the current schedule lists both Boostrix or Adacel for pregnant women.
Australian Immunisation Handbook also states that either vaccines can be used in pregnancy. Please note that the Australian Immunisation Handbook should be consulted and used over and above the MIMMS.
Maternal vaccines: can we do more?
A free online education module about vaccination during pregnancy is now available for GPs, nurses and midwives. This module has been accredited for:
GPs - RACGP (40 x Category 1 CPD points)
Nurses/Midwives - ANMF (2. 0 CPD hours), ACM (2.
Connect for Kids: child telehealth service in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven
Connect for Kids is a free service for children aged 0-15 years with mild to moderate mental health needs. It is delivered by psychologists via videolink and available throughout Southern NSW as well as in the Shoalhaven.
New Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules available
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that can record vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. This includes all vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program, vaccines provided under state and territory vaccination programs and most privately funded vaccines, including influenza and travel vaccines.
You’re invited to share your thoughts on new Psychosocial Support Services
COORDINARE has received funding from the Department of Health to develop and commission new Psychosocial Support Services for people with severe mental illness who are not eligible for the NDIS.
Suicide Prevention Collaborative to celebrate achievements
Twelve months on from the launch of the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan initiative, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative will hold a celebration event in Kiama on Thursday 13 September.
Introducing the GP Support Program
From time to time issues arise in our lives that cause concern. They can lead to sleepless nights, an inability to stay focused, feeling down generally and a sense that we have no control.
Crisis support services – just a call or click away!
We all have good days and bad days. But for some, those bad days can mount up to a crisis point and you feel like life is no longer worth living.
'Start Talking' with free psychological services for new parents
Do you know an expectant or new parent in Southern NSW who might need of psychological support?
Gidget Foundation Australia is offering free psychological and emotional support for expectant new parents via telehealth.
Virtual Psychologist for farmers and their families
Do you have patients who are farmers affected by drought?
It is well recognised that farming is a physically and psychologically-demanding occupation. In Australia, farming is now characterised by high rates of stress, injury and suicide.
GP Psychiatry Support Line has 500 users and counting!
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 2 July 2018, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 500 registrations.
Improvement in paediatric referral process at South East Regional Hospital
Dr Duncan MacKinnon, COORDINARE's GP Liaison Officer (GPLO) for Bega Valley, has been working with local GPs and hospital teams to improve communication and processes between primary care and the health service.
Local AFL clubs come together to tackle high suicide rates
In the Illawarra Shoalhaven, three out of four suicide deaths are men. Sporting clubs are often close knit communities, and are well placed to notice when someone is struggling – particularly amongst their players, coaching staff or committee members.
Practice management software advice following the NIP changes
With recent changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule on July 1 2018, a resource has been developed which summarises the current status of some of the commonly used practice software.
Women want to know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Did you know that 97% of Australian women want to be asked about alcohol use in pregnancy? (Women Want to Know - Foundation Alcohol Research and Education)
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse consequences including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Opportunity for community members to learn about My Health Record
Community members in Southern NSW are invited to learn more about the benefits of My Health Record.
Improve communication about your health with My Health Record
Corey recognises the potential My Health Record has to improve health outcomes, thanks to its ability to share important health information.
My Health Record opt-out period extended
Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the My Health Record opt-out period has been extended until 15 November 2018.
Reconnecting with life – the vital role of peer workers, family and friends in suicide prevention
The strongest predictor of a future suicide attempt is a previous suicide attempt. High quality, coordinated follow-up care has the potential to reduce suicide attempts by almost 20 per cent but it doesn’t always require clinical mental health treatment.
Families play a crucial role in supporting people who are suicidal
"My ability to support my family member in crisis or just the ongoing condition is only as good as my ability to look after myself,” – Kate*, a local carer for her son who has depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
New report: Local patients have regular GP and feel involved in decisions about their care
Nearly all patients in South Eastern NSW aged 45 years and over have a usual GP or place of care according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Free counselling available for residents of Tathra and Districts
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today issued a reminder, encouraging local residents in Tathra and surrounding areas to take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.
Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention Service
The Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention Service at Port Kembla Hospital provides services for patients located between Helensburgh and North Durras. Eligible patients must be 50 years or older with a minimal trauma fracture. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients must be 40 years or older with a minimal trauma fracture.
Influenza activity is increasing across NSW
Most influenza cases that have been typed so far this year have had the influenza A (H1N1) strain. Children and young adults are particularly susceptible to this strain.
Suicide prevention program rolled out in local high schools
Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), an evidence-based mental health program for Year 9 students has now been rolled out to thousands of high school students across the Illawarra Shoalhaven, with 25 public, independent and Catholic high schools delivering the program.
Psychological treatment is available, affordable and effective in suicide prevention
People living with mental illness are more likely to die by suicide than the general population.
Outreach Pain Management program continues to benefit regional health professionals
COORDINARE has re-signed a Service-Level Agreement (SLA) with Southern NSW LHD and St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, until June 2021, to support the Outreach Pain Management Education and Services program offered by St Vincent’s Pain Clinic.
Referrals open for the Chronic Pain Management Program
Referrals are now open for our Chronic Pain Management Program commencing August/Sept 2018!
COORDINARE, in conjunction with NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD), is offering small group education programs commencing in August/September 2018.
Managing pain less painfully
Pain Week promoted between 24–30 July is a reminder that pain can be traumatic, unrelenting and difficult, but managing it doesn’t have to be. Digital tools like My Health Record assist the process.
General practices can play a vital role in suicide prevention
COORDINARE and the Black Dog Institute have joined forces and are working with general practices in the Illawarra Shoalhaven to introduce a new mental health screening and support package to better equip general practices with the skills and resources to identify and support people in distress.
Employers have important role to play in reducing suicide
Every day, eight Australians die by suicide. And this affects more people than you might think, with one in four people saying they know someone who has taken their own life. Chances are suicide has affected someone in your workplace.
Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information
All Australians are now able to decide if they want a My Health Record – an online summary of their key health information where they can safely store, access and share their important health information.
Meet Tanya Simpson, local Aboriginal health worker: ‘Because of her, we can!’
This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week was ‘Because of her, we can’, acknowledging the amazing achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in their families, local communities, workplaces, and at a state and national level.
National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule changes - from 1 July 2018
From 1 July 2018, there were significant changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule and we are keen to ensure you have access to the information you need to implement the new schedule.
Introduction to Practice Managers' (PM) Community of Practice (CoP)
‘Get Connected’ and register your interest for COORDINARE's Practice Managers' Community of Practice (CoP).
This National Diabetes Week, refer patients who smoke to the NSW Quitline
A NSW Quitline referral can reduce risk for your patients with diabetes. Take one small step this National Diabetes Week. Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing diabetes.
Get into the community spirit for improved health outcomes
During the festivities of NAIDOC Week from July 8-15, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can join in the spirit of taking better care of their health by learning more about My Health Record.
New research: suicide affects everyone
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative has just released new data which shows that suicide affects everyone and that we all have a role to play in prevention.
It’s About Time to access digital health
'It’s About Time', the theme of National Diabetes Week from July 8-14, aptly applies to My Health Record.
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways continues to make a positive difference
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways is making a positive difference to the work of GPs, specialists, nurses and allied health practitioners, ensuring patients receive the right information and medical referrals.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week in South Eastern NSW
NAIDOC Week 2018 is a national celebration held on 8-15 July. It's a time for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the oldest continuing cultures in the world.
New psychiatry support line available for GPs
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today joined five other PHNs to announce that ProCare Mental Health Services, a not-for-profit service provider, has been funded to operate a new psychiatry support line for GPs.
NSW Health findings show decrease in HIV notifications across the state
NSW Health released the latest HIV data for the first quarter of 2018. It shows continuing and very encouraging decreases in HIV notifications across NSW.
A positive step forward for mental health services in the region
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) have developed a consultation draft Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan which is set to bring about positive change for local consumers, their families and carers.
Geriatrician in the Practice (GIP) project at the National Dementia Conference
Local clinicians from Shoalhaven recently presented at the National Dementia conference, talking about the experiences and outcomes of the Geriatrician in the Practice (GIP) clinics.
Eurobodalla local hero says My Health Record is a no brainer!
Batemans Bay resident, Brad Rossiter, sees the benefits of sharing and accessing information on My Health Record, providing a convenient snapshot of his health. Brad has had Type 1 diabetes since 1970, and in 2000 was diagnosed legally blind and with end-stage renal failure requiring dialysis.
Your health in your hands
Did you know, you are able to interact with your My Health Record using mobile apps?
With your permission, information uploaded by you, your healthcare providers, or by Medicare could be accessed on your smartphone or tablet – meaning you can stay better connected and in control of your important health...
Have your say on BreastScreen Australia's breast density statement
BreastScreen Australia is conducting a survey for consumers of BreastScreen NSW services aged 50 - 74 years. Have your say on BreastScreen Australia's position statement on breast density.
The Australian Government Department of Health is considering if BreastScreen Australia’s position statement on breast density needs to be updated.
Celebrating Reconciliation Week in South Eastern NSW
27 May - 3 June is Reconciliation Week, a time to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.
We acknowledge Sorry Day, a national day of remembrance
Saturday 26 May marks Sorry Day, a national day of remembrance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families during the Stolen Generations, their descendants and the families left behind.
My Health Record empowering Australians to take control of their health
Kiama resident, Ruby Curran, believes My Health Record is a valuable tool to keep track of her important health information.
Time to have the conversation: What matters most
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN is encouraging everyone to get together with family and friends, celebrate your time together and talk about ‘What matters most’ during National Palliative Care Week.
What do you know about suicide prevention?
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative is currently working with the Black Dog Institute on a project called LifeSpan, Australia’s largest ever Suicide Prevention trial.
You can read more about LifeSpan here.
Local mental health support services boosted for Tathra residents
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW, today announced that residents in Tathra and surrounding areas can now take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.
Consumer story: Integrated Recovery Services at Grand Pacific Health
The Integrated Recovery Services program has been funded by COORDINARE to provide support services for people experiencing mental health and other health issues, in partnership with Grand Pacific Health (GPH).
Cervical cancer screening reminders for NSW women
The NSW Cancer Institute advises that the new National Cancer Screening Register is now sending reminders to NSW women to have the cervical screening test (HPV).
Reminders are being sent to women who would have been due for their two-yearly pap smear.
My Health Record opt out date announced
Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record this year, unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period.