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28 February 2019

Aftercare: National Psychosocial Support

We are pleased to announce that we have commissioned Aftercare to provide the new National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure in our region.

The NPS measure will assist people with a severe mental illness, who have reduced psychosocial function, and who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Who is eligible?

The Aftercare NPS program will provide support to people with a severe mental illness, who:

  • are 18 years and older
  • reside in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow or Penrith local government areas
  • are not funded under the NDIS
  • are not current clients of existing community mental health programs such as Partners in Recovery, Day to Day Living or Personal Helper and Mentors.

How to refer?

GPs, allied health providers, individuals, family, carers and other organisations can make referrals by contacting Chiara Capurso from Aftercare on 042 904 6925 or via email on (Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm).  

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New Pilot: Mental Health Support for People in RACFs

Through funding provided by the Department of Health, we will be piloting a new mental health service for people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in our region.

During the six-month pilot, an experienced mental health nurse will be providing support to residents, identified as being affected by mild to moderate mental illness, at two local RACFs: Uniting Springwood and Uniting Hawkesbury Richmond. This pilot will help us develop a model that we can use to expand this service more widely across the region in mid-2019.

To access this service, residents require a diagnosis of a mental illness and a referral from their GP or a clinical nurse based at a participating RACF. If a patient is referred directly by the RACF, the patient’s nominated GP will be notified and kept up-to-date with their progress.

To refer a patient living in Uniting Springwood or Uniting Hawkesbury Richmond to the service, call our Mental Health Intake team on 1800 223 365.

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New Digital Health Video Library for Practice Staff

We are excited to make available several free online training videos for use by practice staff. The videos are available 24 hours a day and will be updated whenever changes are made to practice software systems. The videos cover the following topics:
  • Recalls, Reminders and Screening using Medical Director Clinical
  • Recalls, Reminders and Screening using BP Premier
  • Pen CAT4 and TopBar
  • Change Management
  • Tips for Accreditation Success
  • Results Management using Medical Director
  • Results Management Using BP Premier
  • Changes to the RACGP 5th Standards of Accreditation
  • Reporting using PracSoft and Medical Director
  • Reporting and Searches Using BP Premier
If you would like access to this free library, please complete the request form available on our website.
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2019 Influenza Vaccine

From 1 March, this year's influenza vaccines will be available to pre-order, with vaccine deliveries commencing from mid-April

A NSW Health ‘Influenza Vaccination Toolkit’ will be made available in early March to support immunisation providers in ordering sufficient amounts of the vaccine, managing their vaccine stock and implementing their flu vaccination program.

Please ensure that any 2018 influenza vaccines are not administered post expiry.

More information regarding the influenza vaccine is available in HealthPathways.
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New HealthPathways Available

Medications for Osteoperosis
The Osteoporosis and Medications in Osteoporosis pathways provide a comprehensive resource for identifying and managing patients with osteoporosis. Which patients should have Bone Mineral Density (BMD) screening and how often should they be screened? Do patients treated with denosumab need a medication break from treatment? Check out the pathways to find out.

Other new pathways include:

If you currently do not have access to HealthPathways, please contact the HealthPathways Team who will provide you with a username and password.

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AOD Online GP Education Modules Extended

GPs and other primary healthcare professionals have a key role to play in the prevention, early detection and management of substance misuse and dependence.

To help increase the capacity of GPs to support those with addiction, we commissioned Lives Lived Well to deliver six free online modules on the most commonly used drugs (and alcohol) to provide up-to-date and evidence based information. 

Due to feedback and demand, we have extended access to these modules until 30 June. You can choose to participate in one or all of the modules, and can complete them at a time convenient to you.

Once registered, an email will be sent to you with a link, username and password to access the modules you have selected. This may take a few days.
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New Tenancy Laws Help Victims of Domestic Violence

From today, new tenancy laws will allow medical practitioners to help their patients escape circumstances of domestic violence in a rented home.

Medical practitioners can now make a domestic violence declaration that will enable a tenant to end their lease immediately, without penalty. To provide a declaration, the medical practitioner must have consulted with the victim of domestic violence in the course of their professional practice. The victim can be the tenant or the tenant’s dependent child.

For more information and to access the declaration form, visit the NSW Fair Trading website.

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BreastScreen is free for all women aged 40 years and over, but is especially important for women aged 50-74 years. Appointments can be made by calling BreastScreen NSW on
13 20 50. More information about screening locations and opening times can be found on our website.

Defect Correction: JURNISTA Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 8mg

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a consumer level product defect correction for JURNISTA hydromorphone hydrochloride 8 mg prolonged release (14 tablet blister pack) (Product number: AN412056; Batch Number: IALS400). Further information can be found on the TGA and Janssen websites.  

Australian Medicinal Cannabis Safety and Effectiveness Study

If you prescribe medicinal cannabis, help build understanding of effectiveness and safety by taking part in the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Safety and Effectiveness Study sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. This involves completing a short survey for each new patient. Patients are encouraged to take part in a corresponding patient survey. For more information email

Heart Foundation Launches a Heart Age Calculator

To encourage more people to think about their personal risk of heart disease, the Heart Foundation has launched a Heart Age Calculator. The Calculator asks a range of health and lifestyle questions, and if it determines a person’s heart age is higher than their actual age, it recommends they see a doctor for a heart health check. The calculator is not a clinical tool and the Heart Foundation recommends health professionals use the Absolute CVD Risk Assessment Tool to complete heart health checks.

New Website: Raising Awareness of Dementia in CALD Communities

Moving Pictures is a new website which aims to raise awareness about dementia among migrant communities, and to improve timely detection and diagnosis. The website features films and resources in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi and Tamil languages, and includes stories from carers and people living with dementia, in addition to expert views.

The Education Gateway: Medicare Online Learning

The Education Gateway is the Department of Human Services 'gateway' to a range of eLearning programs for healthcare providers. This includes resources about HPOS and PRODA for health professionals.
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