Latest newsJune 2019
Seasonal influenza update
The annual influenza season has begun earlier than usual and influenza activity is high across NSW. Antiviral treatment should be considered for all patients with confirmed or suspected influenza at increased risk of complications. General practices are reminded to use the Influenza Vaccination Provider Toolkit 2019 and visit https://nsw.
SCHN will no longer auto-fax discharge summaries from 1 June
GPs who treat children who have been discharged from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick or The Children’s Hospital in Westmead will now receive discharge summaries via electronic messaging brokers.
Winter strategy: supporting practices to manage influenza
COORDINARE recently announced more than $170,000 in funding to support 11 general practices in leading heightened quality and intensity of care for patients who are at a high risk of being unstable, very unwell or admitted to hospital during the 2019 flu season.
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways platform now mobile-friendly!
The ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways website is now mobile-friendly. The new version is easier to use and looks great, whether you’re accessing it from your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
Update on the StepCare Community of Practice (CoP)
The inaugural StepCare service Community of Practice (CoP) was held on Monday 27 May. 13 staff from five practices across our region met with staff from COORDINARE and the Black Dog Institute to discuss ideas and strategies around implementing the StepCare service.
Bowel Cancer Awareness month 2019
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative to raise awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer. Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to ‘Get the facts about immunisation’
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ launched earlier this year to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents
Meningococcal disease occurs when meningococcal bacteria, invades the body and causes serious disease.
Adolescents from 15 years of age are at increased risk of meningococcal disease and are more likely to spread the bacteria to others.
Nurses, are you new to primary health care or wanting to mentor?
Whatever stage you're at in your nursing journey, APNA’s here to help nurses flourish. APNA’s Transition to Practice Program is a 12-month education, support and mentoring program for nurses new to primary health care, or for nurses wanting to mentor someone who is.
Test a diverse range of patients for HIV
During HIV Testing Week (1-7 June), NSW Health encourages health professionals to offer testing to a diverse range of patients at risk of HIV. This includes testing anyone who asks for an HIV test regardless of their HIV risk profile.