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For media enquiries please contact Kristine Laird, Communications Manager on 4448 2245 or 0402 080 165, or via email klaird@coordinare.org.au.

Wrap up from International symposium

Wrap up from International symposium

There was such a great vibe at our 'Putting the Patient at the Centre of Care' Symposium held in Wollongong recently.

Further Strengthening No Jab, No Pay

Further Strengthening No Jab, No Pay

On May 1 the Department published a media release building on their No Jab, No Pay policy.

New funding arrangement confirmed between COORDINARE and Parkinson’s NSW

New funding arrangement confirmed between COORDINARE and Parkinson’s NSW

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Parkinson’s NSW met today to confirm future arrangements for the Parkinson’s nurse initiative in the Shoalhaven region.

headspace centre officially launches in Goulburn

headspace centre officially launches in Goulburn

headspace Goulburn was officially opened on Thursday 27 April, giving young people aged 12 to 25 access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services in their local area.

International symposium comes to Wollongong

International symposium comes to Wollongong

A number of international, national and locally recognised speakers will converge on Wollongong on Saturday 29 April as part of the Putting the Patient at the Centre: Patient Centred Medical Home Symposium.

2017 influenza vaccines now available

2017 influenza vaccines now available

Vaccinations to protect Australians against four strains of this year’s influenza virus are now available – and are free of charge to those most at risk of getting sick this flu season.

headspace Centre now open in Goulburn

headspace Centre now open in Goulburn

headspace Goulburn centre is now open, giving young people aged 12 to 25 from the Goulburn area access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services.

Putting the Patient at the Centre: Patient Centred Medical Home - Symposium

Putting the Patient at the Centre: Patient Centred Medical Home - Symposium

Save the date for this one-off event featuring a number of international, national and locally recognised speakers!

New NSW Ambulance paramedic protocols in Shoalhaven

New NSW Ambulance paramedic protocols in Shoalhaven

There has recently been some changes within NSW Ambulance paramedic protocols in the Shoalhaven.

Home care changes

Home care changes

Changes to the way home care package services are delivered came into effect on 27 February 2017.

Delays with National Cancer Screening Register

Delays with National Cancer Screening Register

The start date for Australia’s first National Cancer Screening Register has been delayed.

Get ready: The future of primary care in South Eastern NSW

Get ready: The future of primary care in South Eastern NSW

We want to understand more about your thoughts as to the key barriers and enablers to adopting a Patient Centred Medical Home. Get involved now!

Reminder: Free interpreting service to assist GPs

Reminder: Free interpreting service to assist GPs

The Department of Social Services’ Free Interpreting Service, delivered by TIS National, is designed to provide equitable access to key services that are not government funded.

Changes to general practice accreditation

Changes to general practice accreditation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in collaboration with the RACGP, has developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, which commenced on 1 January 2017.

Meningococcal W protection for NSW teens

Meningococcal W protection for NSW teens

The NSW Government will fund a new school-based meningococcal vaccination program for all Year 11 and 12 students to combat the rise in the W strain of this potentially fatal disease.

More cancer cases diagnosed, but overall rates falling and survival rates improving

More cancer cases diagnosed, but overall rates falling and survival rates improving

The latest cancer report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that while cancer is a major cause of ill health in Australia, and more cases are being diagnosed, death rates have continued to fall since the 1980s, and incidence rates have also decreased in recent years.

Future changes to cervical screening

Future changes to cervical screening

The National Cervical Screening Program will change from 1 May 2017 to improve early detection and save more lives.

Volunteers wanted: Join the Consumer Health Panel and be a voice for your local community!

Volunteers wanted: Join the Consumer Health Panel and be a voice for your local community!

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network has announced that there’s still time for local residents to join the online Consumer Health Panel and help shape the future of health services across the region.

After hours campaign in South Eastern NSW

After hours campaign in South Eastern NSW

A communications campaign has been developed to help raise awareness amongst local residents and tourists/holiday makers of the after hours medical options available within the region.

GP referrals to My Aged Care

GP referrals to My Aged Care

The Department of Health is making changes to standardise and improve the use of My Aged Care by health professionals.

Update on the National Cancer Screening Register

Update on the National Cancer Screening Register

An update for General Practitioners on the National Cancer Screening Register

Rural General Practice Grants Program

Rural General Practice Grants Program

The Department of Health have announced that the Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) Program funding round is now open.

Update on the Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) Project

Update on the Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) Project

The first quarterly SPDS extraction was undertaken in October and incorporated all those who had undertaken the upgrade.

Shingles vaccination program for patients aged 70-79

Shingles vaccination program for patients aged 70-79

As part of the new National Shingles Immunisation Program, the shingles vaccination (Zostavax) can now be provided free to patients aged 70, with a catch up program for patients aged 71-79.

Grand Pacific Health steps down as member of COORDINARE

Grand Pacific Health steps down as member of COORDINARE

In the lead-up to its Annual General Meeting next week, the COORDINARE Board has received advice that Grand Pacific Health (GPH) has decided to withdraw its membership from the company, effective 27 October 2016.

Have your say on health care… Join our Consumer Health Panel!

Have your say on health care… Join our Consumer Health Panel!

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network is inviting local residents to join an online Consumer Health Panel to share their views and help shape the future of health services across the region.

Update on Meningococcal B vaccine availability

Update on Meningococcal B vaccine availability

NSW Health have been advised that there has been a global increase in demand for Bexsero® (meningococcal B) vaccine.

Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation funding round now open

Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation funding round now open

The Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation funding round is now open for applications.

Future of Primary Care workshops in South Eastern NSW

Future of Primary Care workshops in South Eastern NSW

We're only days away from our first regional workshop on the 'Future of Primary Care in South Eastern NSW' and already we have had significant interest from health professionals across our region.

New BreastScreen NSW permanent site opening in Ulladulla

New BreastScreen NSW permanent site opening in Ulladulla

BreastScreen NSW has announced that the mobile van service which usually visits Ulladulla every year will be replaced with a permanent BreastScreen NSW screening site providing free mammograms.

QI&CPD 2017–19 Program requirements for general practitioners (GPs)

QI&CPD 2017–19 Program requirements for general practitioners (GPs)

The RACGP has advised that as part of their commitment to continually evaluate and improve the QI&CPD Program, the 2017–19 triennium will include an increased focus on reflective learning practices.

Uploading shared health summaries: A local example

Uploading shared health summaries: A local example

The Milton Medical Centre is leading the way when it comes to using My Health Record, with more than 500 Shared Health Summaries now in the system.

Share your thoughts on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance

Share your thoughts on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance

Researchers at the University of Sydney invite doctors practising in Australia to participate in an online survey about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance.

Health professional consultation for Practice Incentives Program redesign

Health professional consultation for Practice Incentives Program redesign

The Department of Health is seeking input from health professionals on how the PIP might foster quality improvement and innovation.

Amendment to the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive

Amendment to the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive

The Department of Health has issued a statement about a temporary amendment to the eligibility requirements for the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive (ePIP).

Immunisation Update: Register now!

Immunisation Update: Register now!

The latest immunisation figures for all children in the South Eastern NSW region were higher than NSW state and Australian national averages for all ages.

The future of primary care in South Eastern NSW

The future of primary care in South Eastern NSW

COORDINARE has been successful in our application for innovation funding to build the capacity and capability of general practices within our region to get 'ready' to be a Health Care Home.

Worrigee Medical Centre gains grant to enhance services and support for people with mental illness

Worrigee Medical Centre gains grant to enhance services and support for people with mental illness

Worrigee Medical Centre has been successful in applying for a government grant to enhance the services and support they provide to people living with mental health conditions in the Nowra region.

Express your interest now: chronic disease research project for general practice

Express your interest now: chronic disease research project for general practice

COORDINARE is currently seeking applications from general practices in the South Eastern NSW region who are interested in getting involved with the General Practice Research project for chronic disease.

Mental health forum: Putting consumers and carers at centre of mental health reform

Mental health forum: Putting consumers and carers at centre of mental health reform

Those with lived experience of mental illness, carers and their family members are encouraged to attend and contribute their knowledge, experiences and ideas to the Consumer and Carer Forum.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare releases health report card on the nation

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare releases health report card on the nation

About 50 per cent of Australians are living with a chronic disease and 63 per cent of adults are now considered overweight or obese, according to the latest report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Geriatrician in the Practice: A nurse’s perspective

Geriatrician in the Practice: A nurse’s perspective

Commencing in November 2015, the Geriatrician in the Practice project is now well underway, with six practices from the Shoalhaven involved.

Upcoming co-design workshops for mental health and suicide prevention in our region

Upcoming co-design workshops for mental health and suicide prevention in our region

COORDINARE is calling on local consumers, carers and service providers to have their say in a series of co-design workshops.

Telehealth could save healthcare system $3 billion, says CSIRO

Telehealth could save healthcare system $3 billion, says CSIRO

The CSIRO has released its long-awaited report into home monitoring of chronic disease, which shows that a modest investment in home monitoring technology could save the healthcare system up to $3 billion a year in avoidable hospital admissions, reduced length of stay and fewer demands on primary care.

Launch of online commissioning procurement portal announced

Launch of online commissioning procurement portal announced

Dianne Kitcher, Chief Executive Officer of COORDINARE, announced on Tuesday the launch of our new online procurement portal which will support the transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of our commissioning activity. The portal’s launch coincides with the release of two new opportunities to the market this week.

Palliative Care project ‘Driven to change: Making medications work’

Palliative Care project ‘Driven to change: Making medications work’

The LHD is now in a position to extend this project to the Shoalhaven region.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Cancer Screening Forum

Illawarra Shoalhaven Cancer Screening Forum

COORDINARE, in conjunction with Breast Screen NSW, is pleased to host the Illawarra Shoalhaven Cancer Screening Forum on Wednesday 7 September.

Department announces trial sites for Health Care Homes

Department announces trial sites for Health Care Homes

Health Care Homes will initially be implemented in ten geographical regions based on Primary Health Network boundaries.

Regional strategy and stepped care model for mental health and suicide prevention

Regional strategy and stepped care model for mental health and suicide prevention

COORDINARE is currently in the process of developing a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Summary of COORDINARE's Baseline Needs Assessment and Activity Plans now available!

Summary of COORDINARE's Baseline Needs Assessment and Activity Plans now available!

COORDINARE has just finalised our Baseline Needs Assessment which analyses health and service needs within South Eastern NSW, and prioritises activity to address those needs.

Mandatory system upgrade for Sentinel Data Sourcing (SPDS) Project

Mandatory system upgrade for Sentinel Data Sourcing (SPDS) Project

Don't forget: Mandatory system check and upgrade as part of Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project!

Have your say on RACGP Standards for general practice: 5th edition

The 5th edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices (the Standards) is now being developed.

New approach to suicide prevention to be implemented in Illawarra Shoalhaven

New approach to suicide prevention to be implemented in Illawarra Shoalhaven

The Illawarra Shoalhaven region has been selected to take part in Australia’s largest integrated suicide prevention program expected to reduce suicide deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.

Prescribing unregistered cannabis-based products

Prescribing unregistered cannabis-based products

Doctors can now apply to NSW Health to seek approval to prescribe certain cannabis-based products that are not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, in appropriate circumstances.

Bega Valley Medical Practice gains grant to enhance services and support for adolescents

Bega Valley Medical Practice gains grant to enhance services and support for adolescents

Bega Valley Medical Practice (BVMP) has been successful in applying for a government grant to enhance the services and support they provide to adolescents in the Bega Valley.

NDIS rollout in Southern NSW

NDIS rollout in Southern NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.

Milton nurse runner-up in APNA Awards

Milton nurse runner-up in APNA Awards

Sarah Smith, a local nurse, was recently recognised at the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association’s (APNA) awards for 2016.

Young women invited to have their first Pap test

Young women invited to have their first Pap test

On 1 July 2016, the NSW Cervical Screening Program will launch an invitation project for never screeners.

New research: Socioeconomic disadvantage and its implications for population health planning

New research: Socioeconomic disadvantage and its implications for population health planning

New research shows how regional contextual factors and demographic indicators play a significant and distinct role in obesity and overweight status of the population.

National Palliative Care Week: Dying to talk

National Palliative Care Week: Dying to talk

It's National Palliative Care Week until 28 May and the theme is: Living well with chronic illness. The most recent AIHW statistics show most people accessing palliative care in Australia have cancer.

Reminder: Free influenza vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients

Reminder: Free influenza vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients

Did you know that the influenza vaccine is available for free and recommended as part of the childhood vaccination schedule for Aboriginal children aged over 6 months to 5 years?

Illawarra, Shoalhaven named as a kidney disease hotspot

Illawarra, Shoalhaven named as a kidney disease hotspot

Kidney Health Australia has revealed disturbing figures that rank the Illawarra and Shoalhaven as the worst area in the country for kidney disease.

GPs can be the key to increasing bowel screening

GPs can be the key to increasing bowel screening

GPs can play a vital role in the early detection of bowel cancer by encouraging their patients to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Federal Budget 2016-17: Summary

Federal Budget 2016-17: Summary

The Turnbull Government handed down the 2016-17 Budget on Tuesday.

New research into the perceptions of primary care staff on data quality in general practice

New research into the perceptions of primary care staff on data quality in general practice

A new article by Abhijeet Ghosh, Sandra McCarthy and Dr Liz Halcomb, recently published in an international peer-reviewed journal, provides insight into several key barriers and enablers perceived by primary care staff in maintaining accurate and complete patient records.

Find out about important changes happening to the NDSS

Find out about important changes happening to the NDSS

From 1 July 2016, the Government is introducing changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Could over 40,000 cancer cases in Australia be prevented?

Could over 40,000 cancer cases in Australia be prevented?

Check Your Cancer Risk is a new interactive online tool to help people understand how lifestyle factors can contribute to their risk of cancer.

New report released on mental health services

New report released on mental health services

More than two million Australians got help for mental health issues through Medicare last year, attending nearly 10 million appointments.

My Health Record: eLearning course now available!

My Health Record: eLearning course now available!

The online training is a combination of existing and new material and will continue to be updated, incorporating feedback from users as the My Health Record system continues to evolve.

2016 Seasonal Flu Vaccine

2016 Seasonal Flu Vaccine

You should now be receiving your supply of 2016 Seasonal Flu Vaccine.

Measles alert: Two confirmed cases in April 2016

Measles alert: Two confirmed cases in April 2016

Four cases of measles have been reported in Sydney in the past two weeks.

Important update regarding My Health Record

Important update regarding My Health Record

Detailed letters with additional information about My Health Record, along with some frequently asked questions you may have or your patients may ask you, were distributed recently.

Federal Government announcement: A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

Federal Government announcement: A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Federal Government has unveiled proposed reforms to the health system in an attempt to curb the rate of unnecessary hospitalisations.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program 2016 campaign: A Gift for Living

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program 2016 campaign: A Gift for Living

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Australia, with 80 Australians dying each week from this disease.

United action to safeguard Australians from unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures

United action to safeguard Australians from unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures

The Choosing Wisely Australia campaign recently released 61 recommendations.

Medicare benefit cheques are stopping soon

Medicare benefit cheques are stopping soon

From 1 July 2016, Medicare benefit cheques are stopping.

Government launches new My Health Record

Government launches new My Health Record

The Hon. Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, recently launched the Government's new My Health Record.

No Jab, no pay: More time to process vaccination records

No Jab, no pay: More time to process vaccination records

Vaccination providers now have until 30 April 2016 to update immunisation records in the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) before a parent’s eligibility for child care payments is ceased.

NSW Health Alert: Legionnaires’ disease

NSW Health Alert: Legionnaires’ disease

Four cases of confirmed infection with Legionella have been notified in the past two days in Sydney.

Now available: 18 month DTPa vaccine

Now available: 18 month DTPa vaccine

NSW Health recently released an updated information sheet regarding the pertussis containing vaccine (DTPa) which has been introduced onto the National Immunisation Schedule for all 18 month old children.

Hep C medicines listed on PBS

Hep C medicines listed on PBS

From 1 March 2016, four direct acting antiviral medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

RACGP Standards for general practice: Your feedback is needed!

RACGP Standards for general practice: Your feedback is needed!

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is currently seeking feedback on the first draft of the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition).

Local GP addresses chronic disease inquiry

The Standing Committee on Health recently held a forum in Bomaderry to hear from a range of individuals and organisations involved in chronic disease management and care in South Eastern NSW.

Updated NSW Health Alert: Zika virus

Updated NSW Health Alert: Zika virus

An updated health alert for zika virus has been released by NSW Health following outbreaks in the Pacific, and Central and South America.

Express your interest: Decision Assist Advance Care Planning and Train the Trainer Workshop

Express your interest: Decision Assist Advance Care Planning and Train the Trainer Workshop

Two GPs and two practice nurses within the PHN catchment have an opportunity to attend the Decision Assist Advance Care Planning Workshop & Train the Trainer Session in Sydney.

Many Australians struggling to access GPs: Productivity Commission report

Many Australians struggling to access GPs: Productivity Commission report

According to a new report, one in five Australians waited longer than they thought was acceptable last year to get into a GP and one in 20 said they delayed or did not go to a GP in the previous year because of cost.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): Information session for patients

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): Information session for patients

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Partners In Recovery, in partnership with My Choice Matter, will be facilitating an information session on 11 February targeted at patients living with mental health and/or psychosocial disabilities, their carers and family members.

Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Illawarra Shoalhaven)

Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Illawarra Shoalhaven)

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce the formation of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Council.

ACT and Southern NSW HealthPathways: New education module launched

ACT and Southern NSW HealthPathways: New education module launched

The accredited online learning module provides GPs and GP Registrars with an introduction to ACT and Southern NSW HealthPathways and practical advice on how to implement them into everyday practice.

My Aged Care: Changes to referral pathways

My Aged Care: Changes to referral pathways

The Commonwealth has changed the way older people access aged care services, including the services they fund NSW Health to provide.

New national service for carers

New national service for carers

Carer Gateway is a great place for carers to start their search for information, support and services.

Immunisation changes from 1 January 2016: Important information for GPs and AMS

Immunisation changes from 1 January 2016: Important information for GPs and AMS

The Commonwealth has announced a number of changes under the No Jab, No Pay measure which came into effect on 1 January 2016.

Measles alert: Two confirmed cases in December 2015

Measles alert: Two confirmed cases in December 2015

Two cases of measles have been detected in Sydney in December.

New action plan to tackle ice

New action plan to tackle ice

The Federal Government has released a new action plan to reduce the demand for ice and the harm it causes, while continuing efforts to disrupt supply.

Mental health reforms announced

Mental health reforms announced

The Federal Government has released its response to the National Mental Health Commission's Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.

No jab, no pay laws pass parliament

No jab, no pay laws pass parliament

From January, parents who don't immunise their kids will not receive childcare benefits, rebates and the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement.

PBS Authority Line currently unavailable

PBS Authority Line currently unavailable

The PBS Authority Line is currently unavailable.

New Chair of Community Advisory Committee announced

New Chair of Community Advisory Committee announced

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce Leanne Wells as the Chair of the soon-to-be established Community Advisory Committee for the region.

My Health Record: Opt-out trial areas announced

My Health Record: Opt-out trial areas announced

One million Australians could soon be trialling a new online medical records system with Health Minister Sussan Ley last week using a National Press Club address to announce all-inclusive trials of the online system.

Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Southern NSW)

Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Southern NSW)

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce the formation of the Southern NSW Clinical Council.