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Online training for GPs to tackle alcohol and drug use during COVID-19
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is boosting the skills of GPs so that they can better address alcohol and other drug (AOD) use problems that are becoming more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the $7.
Coordinating care through innovation: an interview with Dianne Kitcher
Innovation is the key to improving health outcomes of our community. COORDINARE finds innovative ways to coordinate care across our region and beyond, seeking to improve health outcomes for our community, particularly those most in need.
Ready for COVID Care through innovation
An innovation partnership involving the region’s three major health services is ready to be trialled, providing local residents with access to a Virtual Community Care Centre.
Reach out: New counselling support services available
This year has been a challenging time for many, especially during and after the devastating bushfires across the region.
Celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together
This year, National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) will be celebrated virtually. The 2020 theme is 'In This Together'.
Mental Health First Aid training for pharmacy in bushfire-affected communities
A new Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) online course is now available to pharmacists and pharmacy support staff at no charge in bushfire-affected communities in South Eastern NSW. There are two upcoming sessions, including:
Jindabyne / Snowy Mountains
(Virtual Session 1) Saturday 23 May 4. 00-6.
BreastScreen NSW to recommence routine breast screening
BreastScreen NSW is about to recommence routine breast screening, having temporarily suspended services to protect women, staff and the community from the risk of COVID-19. BreastScreen NSW will be inviting women to have their regular breast screens, starting with clients who had their appointments cancelled.
Many Australians are worried about increased household drinking during COVID-19
A recent poll by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) found that 20% of Australians have purchased more alcohol than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 70% are drinking more than normal and 33% are now using alcohol daily.
NSW RDN opens Natural Disaster and Emergency Response Recovery Grant EOI
Primary health care services and professionals are still recovering from the impact of bushfire and long-term drought.
NSW Rural Doctors Network has grants of up to $10,000 to support eligible practices and practitioners towards recovery and sustainability.
Supporting you through complex mental health issues
2020 has proven to be an upsetting and stressful time for many people, especially for those living with complex mental health issues, but help is at hand with COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today announcing a new service to support people in the region.
Your health matters: Continue to see your GP
COORDINARE has welcomed a new campaign by the RACGP which encourages people to look after their health during the current COVID-19 crisis and continue seeing their GP and / or other health professionals.
Local residents urged to reach out… anytime!
An initiative aimed at increasing awareness of support available for mental health, or drug and alcohol concerns in South Eastern NSW was recently launched by COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN, in partnership with Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, and Southern NSW Local Health District as we work together towards...
caring@home resources for services during COVID-19
To assist clinical service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, caring@home has produced augmented caring@home packages for carers. These include an emergency COVID-19 pack to support home-based care and help limit risks of community COVID-19 transmission. The packages are funded by the Australian Government.
Update on bowel cancer screening during COVID-19
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is encouraging healthcare providers to continue to recommend routine screening to eligible patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancerscreening. gov. au website has been updated to ensure providers have guidance about managing screening and followup during this time.
Heart Foundation launches COVID-19 and heart disease support campaign
Australia’s current COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge our country and burden our health system in a way we have never experienced.
Update on cervical cancer screening during COVID-19
The Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services. The National Cervical Screening Program (the Program) is encouraging healthcare providers to continue to offer routine screening and follow up. The cancerscreening. gov.
Digital health update: telehealth consultations
In response to COVID-19, the Department of Health has released temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) item numbers to allow GPs, nurses, and mental health professionals to continue providing care to their patients via telehealth.
COVID-19 resources for people with disability
Many people with disability, families and service providers are very concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19. Some people with disability are more at risk of developing a serious infection. Many people are worried about being able to access essential disability and medical services. Help is available.
BreastScreen NSW temporarily suspends routine breast screening
BreastScreen NSW has temporarily suspended routine breast screening. Women will continue to be notified of screening results. If the woman has provided consent, her nominated doctor will receive a letter confirming the results.
Get your flu shot early this year!
COORDINARE, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Southern NSW Local Health District are encouraging everyone in South Eastern NSW to get the flu shot as soon as possible.