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Practice News is a fortnightly publication for GPs and general practice staff. Please share it with any healthcare professionals in your practice.

19 November 2020


In this issue:

COVID-19 Stats for our Region

COVID-19 cases and tests in the last 24 hours in the Nepean Blue Mountains region (as at 8pm 18 Nov)

Confirmed cases: 0 Cases with unknown source: 0

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

COVID-19 Response Update from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer

On 19 November, Prof Michael Kidd conducted a webinar as a part of a series for general practitioners on the COVID-19 response. 

Hawkesbury headspace Bushfire Recovery

The Hawkesbury headspace Bushfire Recovery Service provides care coordination and early intervention services to young people aged 12-25 years in the Hawkesbury area who have been affected by the Bushfires.

Simone Thorne, who is the Senior Clinician for the Hawkesbury service, is interested in connecting with young people in the area. Young people can self-refer by phone on 4720 8850 or via email. Alternatively GPs can help them arrange an appointment. 

Call for Disaster Response GP Volunteers

We maintain a register of GPs who are willing to be contacted in the event of a disaster to provide medical assistance at designated emergency evacuation centres. We acknowledge that in a disaster GPs are often members of the same community and can sometimes be impacted personally. Therefore expressed availability is voluntary and continually assessed throughout any emergency situation. To express your interest in being on this register, complete the online form.


Continued Support for General Practices

We would like to welcome Kirrilee Barlow and Teena Kaur to our Practice Support team. 

Kirrilee has a background in general practice administration and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science, majoring in Biomedical Science and Microbiology. Kirrilee is studying a Masters of Public Health at Western Sydney University. 

Teena has been working in primary and secondary health in both the private and public sectors for last six years. She has held several positions with NSW Health and worked with HealthPathways Sydney for four years. 

To meet your Practice Support Officer, or for more information on the support we offer prcatices, call us on 4708 8100 or contact us online.

New HealthPathways

  • Plagiocephaly: Posterior positional plagiocephaly has become more prevalent since the widespread adoption of safer infant sleeping practices to reduce SIDS.
  • Bariatric Surgery Complications: Covering the short term and long term post operative complications to look for when managing these patients. 

Lithgow Supportive & Palliative Care Clinic

A new Supportive & Palliative Care Clinic is starting at Lithgow Hospital from 30 November 2020. The clinic will increase access to patients who have a life-limiting disease or malignancy who find transport to Nepean Cancer Care Centre prohibitive. Referral information is located in the Specialist Palliative Care Assessment HealthPathways.

Any questions call Rebecca Palmer on 0428 828 050 (between 8:00am - 4:30pm)


New Institute of Health & Welfare Reports


Read the latest news from Lizz Reay, our CEO:

NSW Health Survey: Termination of Pregnancy for Sex Selection

NSW Health is seeking GP views on the extent of the practice of termination of pregnancy for the sole purpose of sex selection. Survey closes by Friday 27 November.

Public Consultation: Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is inviting comments from healthcare professionals on the draft Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard. Any questions call 02 9126 3530 or email

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