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