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Clinical update: 2020 seasonal influenza vaccines – early advice for vaccination providers
Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated).
NSW Health wants to hear from people with intersex variations
As part of the development of the first NSW LGBTI Health Strategy, NSW Health would like to hear from people with intersex variations, to better understand your experiences with the health system. NSW Health has engaged Urbis, an independent research company, to develop the Strategy.
Community and workplaces urged to help prevent coronavirus
The NSW Government is asking individuals and workplaces to take steps to prepare for a possible COVID-19 pandemic converging with winter flu in the coming months. Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health said that everyone plays a role in prevention.
Read the February 2020 edition of COORDINARE's eNewsletter, IN THE LOOP
'IN THE LOOP' is COORDINARE's monthly eNewsletter, featuring all the latest health news in the South Eastern NSW region.
National website supports medical professionals' health and wellbeing
Doctors experience a range of barriers when seeking help for their physical health and mental health. A new national website has been launched linking doctors and medical students to a range of supports for their own health and wellbeing. The www. drs4drs. com.
Support services for young people in Batemans Bay
Young people affected by the recent bushfires will soon be able to access youth friendly, confidential mental health and wellbeing services through a bushfire response service in Batemans Bay.
Express your interest in the Illawarra Geriatrician in the Practice (GIP) pilot
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from general practices in the Illawarra who would like to participate in the Geriatrician in the Practice (GIP) pilot. Three practices in the Illawarra have been recruited and clinics are due to commence this month.
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.