Latest newsAugust 2019
Free local suicide prevention training
Suicide prevention is so much more than a risk assessment. If you're a health professional in the Illawarra Shoalhaven, join the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) for an interactive workshop that will equip you with the latest skills and training in psychological treatments for suicidality.
Update on the Accidental Counsellor workshops in Southern NSW
Pictured: Workshop held at the Crookwell Country Women's Association. COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN recently rolled out a series of free 'Accidental Counsellor' workshops across Southern NSW.
New funding delivers pharmacist into local general practices
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today announced Commonwealth funding to support four general practices in the region integrate a non-dispensing pharmacist as part of their care teams, with the aim of providing medication-related advice to patients.
Update on the 'Leadership and quality improvement' program
COORDINARE is committed to working with general practice to embed the skills that underpin practice transformation. To support this work, COORDINARE is partnering with Dr Walid Jammal and Dr Paresh Dawda to deliver a 12-month general practice leadership and transformation program.
Supporting aged care workers with a Digital Dashboard
To further support aged care workers, End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is developing a palliative care Digital Dashboard that can be built into existing IT systems to inform clinical care and support continuous quality improvement.
Acute bronchiolitis diagnosis support
Acute bronchiolitis is a common viral chest infection frequently affecting infants aged under 12 months, and most often develops in autumn and winter. Only a small proportion of infants suffering acute bronchiolitis will require treatment to help with breathing and feeding.
Australian Digital Health Agency visits our region
Today we welcomed the Australian Digital Health Agency’s CEO Tim Kelsey, Chief Medical Advisor, Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham, and Education and Clinical Use Lead Carey Doolan to our PHN to learn more about the use of My Health Record on the ground.
Eliminating hepatitis C by 2028 - are we on track?
Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways now has 420 localised pathways for the region. Usage by general practitioners and other health professionals continues to climb. Hepatitis C is the most consistently viewed pathway on the Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways site.
Quality Improvement (QI) in general practice workshop
Supporting general practice to better understand and utilise patient data to plan and implement Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives was the focus of the QI workshops held in Wollongong, Mollymook, Bungendore and Bega in July.
Using the AIR as a medical practice
Medical practices must apply here to become a recognised vaccination provider on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and access the AIR site. Once you register, you can access the AIR site using a practice authentication file.
Raising awareness for Q fever
NSW Health have launched an awareness campaign for Q fever, which tends to be more prevalent in regional and rural communities.
Invasive Meningococcal Disease update
There has been a case of Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) in Southern NSW. People infected with meningococcal disease can become extremely unwell very quickly, often within hours of the first symptoms appearing.
Mental health care providers receive new support with My Health Record toolkit
Mental health care providers and their patients will benefit from the Australian Digital Health Agency’s new My Health Record Mental Health toolkit.
Encouraging more people to screen for bowel cancer
Currently only 4 in 10 eligible Australians complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit when it is sent to them in the mail. If we can increase participation to 60% by 2020 and sustain this over the next 20 years, nearly 84,000 lives can be saved.
New Gender Affirming Doctor List for NSW
ACON, the main LGBTIQ+ health organisation for NSW, has recently published the state's first Gender Affirming Doctor List for trans and/or gender diverse people seeking access to gender affirming hormonal care.
Improving osteoarthritis and osteoporosis care in the Bega Valley
NSW Health has initiated a number of Leading Better Value Care projects designed to ensure best practice care is provided to people accessing local health services.
Leadership and quality improvement in general practice
More than 20 practice staff from 15 practices across South Eastern NSW recently attended COORDINARE's 'Leadership and quality improvement in General Practice' workshop. The workshop was led by Dr Walid Jammal, Dr Paresh Dawda and Dr Kirsten Meisinger, from the Cambridge Medical Alliance, USA.