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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ISLHD smoking in pregnancy video - No butts, baby
To help pregnant mothers understand the risks of smoking during pregnancy, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) has developed an animated video clip, titled Smoking in Pregnancy - No Butts Baby, which you can watch here.
Cancer Institute NSW and NSW Quitline have launched the NSW Quitline Online Referral Form
The Cancer Institute NSW and NSW Quitline have announced the launch of a simple and easy-to-use NSW Quitline Online Referral Form. The online Health Professional Referral Form can be accessed here or via the Cancer Institute NSW website.
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to be PBS-listed from 1 April
The Federal Minister for Health has announced that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidy for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be available from 1 April. This follows an earlier recommendation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee that PrEP should be PBS-listed for HIV prevention.
New vaccine to help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) in young people
As of January 2018, young Australians have free access to the new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9. The vaccine protects against nine types of HPV infection and will be provided to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Free flu vaccine for under fives
From April 2018 all NSW children aged from six months to under five years of age will be offered free influenza shots.
New National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit
A new immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) kit, and associated pathology services will be introduced into the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (the Program) from 2 January 2018.