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Changes to MBS item numbers GPs use to provide mental health and wellbeing consultations for patients affected by bushfires
All GPs are now eligible to use the existing telehealth (video conference) item numbers 2121, 2150, 2196 for patients whose mental health is adversely affected by bushfires until June 2020.
Using data to improve the health of consumers
Data and quality improvement are now a driving force in health care and is an essential aspect of service delivery at all levels.
Natural disaster funding for drought and bushfire affected communities
Applications are now open for organisations and / or community groups to support people in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven in dealing with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety of drought conditions, or to recover from the effects of the recent bushfires.
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.
Living and dying in comfort for diverse populations
No one should be excluded from receiving aged care and palliative care support, yet older people may face barriers in accessing services due to their culture, religion, finances, gender, sexuality and/or location.
‘What can I do?’ How one medical practice is changing its community
GP Trevor Kemper, Director of Equilibrium Healthcare in Helensburgh, had often noted the impacts of excessive alcohol consumption in his community. The practice had seen a rise in alcohol-related illness and injury, and several patients were being managed for extreme anxiety and depression related to regular alcohol use.
Increased use of My Health Record by healthcare providers
Healthcare providers have uploaded documents to an additional 490,000 My Health Records in one month. This takes the total in December 2019 to nearly 13 million My Health Records with information in them, up from 12. 5 million in November.
COORDINARE's role in bushfire response and recovery
The South Eastern NSW region has been badly affected by the recent bushfires, and you may be wondering about COORDINARE’s role in response and recovery.
Speeding up the process to get doctors to bushfire-affected communities
The Australian Government has announced emergency protocols to ensure GPs and allied health professionals can access bushfire-affected communities where they are needed the most. The Department of Health and Department of Human Services will prioritise all applications from doctors who want to work in medical practices in bushfire-affected communities.
Burns pathways now live
Burns pathways are now live on both ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways and Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways.
Make the right call to get the right health care these holidays!
With the holiday season fast approaching, COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN will continue its campaign to raise awareness of the after hours medical options available within the region. Dianne Kitcher, CEO of COORDINARE said the campaign is aimed at local residents as well as tourists to the region.
Find support for yourself and others during the holidays
In the lead-up to Christmas, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) wants to spread the word that there are plenty of support services available during the holidays. "Christmas can be a difficult time for some people,” said Dr Alex Hains, Regional Manager of the Collaborative.
Beat the heat this summer
Heat waves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on people's health. It’s important to plan ahead and be prepared this summer. Ahead of the heat wave this week, NSW Health has developed some helpful tips for taking care of yourself and others.
'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 start a conversation with loved ones this holiday season
In the lead-up to the holiday season, Australian mental health and suicide prevention organisations are encouraging everyone to play an active role in suicide prevention through the #YouCanTalk campaign. The holiday period can be a difficult time for many people, and feelings of loneliness and isolation are common.
AOD professional development opportunity available for GPs
The RACGP are offering GPs a free education program to help address alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in the community from early 2020.
Five local practices selected for APNA's Transition to Practice Program
APNA’s Transition to Practice Program received more than 350 applications for their September 2019 intake. With only 97 places available across Australia, it is pleasing that seven practice nurses from five local practices have successfully gained a place.
Pitch Night success story: SCARF's 'Lunchbox for Learning' program
Did you know that back in June 2019, SCARF Refugee Support was one of three local community organisations awarded a grant from COORDINARE at our inaugural Pitch Night?
Since then, SCARF's 'Lunchbox for Learning' program has been a big success!
Lunchbox for Learning is designed for people from refugee backgrounds with young children....
Celebrating the International Day of People with Disability
International Day of People with Disability was held on 3 December 2019. The day aims to promote the rights, health and wellbeing of people living with disabilities. By working together, we can help to build better health outcomes for those living with disabilities across South Eastern NSW.
New localised Peer Workforce Framework to be developed
Implementation of the South Eastern NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Plan) has begun with COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Southern NSW Local Health District and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, announcing that Dr Leanne Craze AM has been engaged to develop a regional Peer Workforce...