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You've checked in, but have you checked your mental health?
As NSW celebrates surpassing 90% double-dose vaccination rates, a core group of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are working together to ensure community members' ongoing physical and mental health remains a priority.
National Cervical Screening Program Update Expansion of self-collection
All women under the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) will be able to self-collect their own screening sample from 1 July 2022. Details of this announcement can be found here.
National Cervical Cancer Awareness week 2021 – It’s time to catch up
November 8-14 is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. The theme of the week will build on last year’s message and encourage women aged 25-74 that it is “time to catch up”.
Tribute to local primary health workers as South East NSW vaccination rates reach 80 percent
COVID double dose vaccination rates in the 11 local government areas (LGAs) in South Eastern NSW have officially passed the 80 per cent eased restrictions target. According to the latest statistics, first dose rates have also passed the 90 per cent milestone in every LGA.
Combined efforts lead to encouraging results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination rates
Aboriginal health leaders report an increase in vaccination rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the South Eastern NSW region but are urging community members to keep second dose appointments and to stick to the same vaccine.
Local Aboriginal health leaders say COVID vaccination gap can be closed
Indigenous Australians are behind non-Indigenous Australians in the vaccination rollout, new data has revealed, but local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) leaders are confident that they can enhance the rollout as Pfizer supplies increase.
#fabvac campaign to address vaccine hesitancy in Aboriginal community
COORDINARE and Beyond Empathy have teamed up to create #fabvac, a campaign featuring videos made by young people yarning with Aboriginal elders about COVID vaccination.
General practice supporting bowel cancer awareness
This month is national bowel cancer awareness month which draws attention to the valuable role general practice plays in promoting bowel cancer screening. It also highlights the role general practice plays in encouraging patients to take that final step and have the test.
Call for over 50s to book COVID vaccination appointment
Almost 32,300 people a week can now access the COVID-19 vaccine at an approved general practice or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) sites in South Eastern NSW.
More general practices join the fight against COVID-19
Almost 130 general practices in South Eastern NSW are now offering COVID-19 vaccines, as part of Phase 1b of the Federal Government’s vaccination roll-out strategy.
Local general practices start providing COVID-19 vaccines
Almost 40 general practices in South Eastern NSW have started providing COVID-19 vaccinations this week, after being approved by the Department of Health to participate in Phase 1b of the rollout.
Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) free online training
Did you know: 2 in 5 of children (42%) have experienced tooth decay in their baby teeth by age 5 – 10 years (AIHW 2014), which can lead to pain, difficulty with eating and speech issues?
Early detection and intervention is the key and primary health providers play an essential role in…
Screening pregnant women for hepatitis B
Did you know that NSW Health’s Hepatitis B Strategy calls for every pregnant woman to be tested for hepatitis B?
For women diagnosed within antenatal screening, a positive result can be alarming, with issues around:
worrying about transmission to baby and other family
wondering about the source of infection.
'Make the right call' after hours campaign
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN has developed a communications campaign to help raise awareness among local residents and tourists/holiday makers of the after hours medical options available within the region.
Why it's important to test a diverse range of patients for HIV
During HIV Awareness Week (23 – 30 November), NSW Health encourages health professionals to test a diverse range of patients at risk of HIV, including:
overseas-born men who have sex with men (MSM)
heterosexual identifying MSM
150,000 reasons to be cured of hep C
Over 71,000 people in Australia have been cured of hepatitis C since new, highly effective medications became widely accessible in 2016. This is a great achievement. However, it is estimated at least 150,000 people nation-wide are yet to seek treatment and cure.
Resources for populations less likely to engage in cervical screening
80% of Australian women who develop cervical cancer are either under screened or have never screened. To assist health care providers to encourage these women to participate in cervical screening, resources have been developed for the population groups identified as less likely to engage in screening.
National Cervical Screening Program update
The Department of Health has recently published some updates about cervical cancer screening.
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.
Ending HIV in NSW - we can!
Over the past five years, we have seen a 40% reduction of new HIV diagnoses among Australian-born men in NSW. However, we have not seen the same in overseas-born men.