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Issue 12 | 8 April 2021
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General Practice
Upcoming Events
Commissioning Update
Our Work in the Community
Patient Centred Medical Home Networking Evening
On Wednesday 30 March, we proudly hosted over 70 general practice delegates across Western Sydney for the first PCMH Networking Evening. This group of general practices have committed to the transformation of primary care.
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Last Chance to Assist in Shaping the Digital Health Blueprint
The Department of Health (DoH) needs your help to guide and inform the prioritisation of a digital health blueprint and investment. This survey has been extended, to obtain insights and ideas from ‘frontline experience’ on how to create a more efficient and usable digital health system.

The survey is being conducted by EY Sweeney, commissioned by DoH to conduct independent research. As such, the survey is completely anonymous and confidential.

The survey will close on Sunday 11 April.

For queries about this survey please contact Fiona Purcell at EY Sweeney at fiona.purcell@au.ey.com.
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Research Interviews: Understanding Experiences of Telehealth for Hepatitis C
Researchers at La Trobe University seek to interview health care professionals who have delivered telehealth (phone and/or video conferencing) for hepatitis C treatments during COVID-19.

Participation involves an audio-recorded one-hour interview via phone or video conference.

The study will support the hepatitis C sector to optimise the use of telehealth.

If you are interested in participating contact Dr Frances Shaw at 0431 483 918 or email on f.shaw@latrobe.edu.au.

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Jess and Caitlin Practice Development Project Officers
Immunisation Bike Competition has Now Closed
The Immunisation Bike Competition has come to an end and we thank all participating practices for their contribution.

The Practice Development Team will be visiting your practice to collect all the entries by Friday 16 April.

Winners will be contacted via phone in late April and a survey will be sent to practices to complete in the next couple of weeks.
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Meningococcal B Vaccination Guide for Health Care Providers
The NCIRS has developed a resource that provides a general guide for health care professionals to facilitate effective communication about meningococcal B vaccination.

Providers are strongly encouraged to identify unvaccinated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children <2 years of age within their general practices and recommend meningococcal B vaccination.
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RACGP Foundation Research Grants Now Open
Do you have a research idea you’d like to pursue?

Improve primary health care for all Australians with a RACGP Foundation grant.

Applications for RACGP grants are now open and close on Monday 3 May, with grants available across many areas of focus.

Visit the RACGP website to apply or contact foundation@racgp.org.au with any queries.
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Upcoming Events More events
Cold Chain Training Webinar
Wednesday 21 April
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Digital Health Tools for Specialists in Private Practice
Thursday 29 April
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COMING SOON: Triage in General Practice (Session 1 of 2)
Tuesday 4 May
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COMING SOON: Triage in General Practice (Session 2 of 2)
Wednesday 5 May
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Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic Defibrillation
Tuesday 11 May
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Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training Webinar
Tuesday 25 May
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Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) Education
General Practitioners (GPs) are invited to register for our upcoming Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) Education on Wednesday 28 April at 7:30pm. The second session will be available for registrations soon. 

Both sessions have separate learning outcomes, speakers and education topics. It is important as a part of being an ANSC registered GP that you keep up-to-date with the latest education.

If you are unable to access Zoom and would prefer to watch the webinar from a Blacktown Location, upon registering select 'watch a live stream'. Limited places are available at the venue.
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GP Association Meetings
Local GPs in Western Sydney are invited to attend the following Association Meeting:
  • Westmead: Emergency GP Update, Wednesday 28 April
More information is available on the flyer below. 
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Commissioning Update
SALSA Voices are Raised Day
 
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Noelene Callaghan, Nita Jennings, Lisa Romano and Associate Professor Smita Shah

On Wednesday 30 March, Nita Jennings and Lisa Romano from our Commissioning Team attended the Students As Lifestyle Activists (SALSA) Youth Voices Action Day at Rooty Hill High School.

SALSA is a peer-led leadership program that is currently provided in five high schools in Western Sydney and focuses on empowering students to make better choices for their health whilst building leadership skills. Through a series of structured lessons, students work in groups to design School Action Plans and follow these through to achieve the desired outcome to benefit the wider school community.

In attending the Youth Voices Action Day the team were able to witness peer-leaders and students present their initiatives and share the great outcomes achieved through the implementation of the School Action Plan.

For more information about this program, visit the SALSA website.
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Our Work in the Community
CommunityHQ: Have Your Say
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Joining CommunityHQ gives you the opportunity to:
  • Provide feedback about services
  • Share your own health and social care experiences
  • Help us better understand the needs of the community
  • Contribute to a stronger, more responsive health and social care system.

Benefits of joining CommunityHQ:
  • The opportunity to help shape future health services
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  • Keep up-to-date on health and community topics that interest you
  • Be a part of a vibrant community that is committed to creating a healthier and happier Western Sydney.
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Heart Week - 12 April to Sunday 18 April 
Youth Homelessness Matters Day - 21 April
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