The ATAGI statement on 24 Julyreinforced that all individuals 18 and over in greater Sydney should strongly consider getting any available vaccine including AstraZeneca. Additionally, spacing Pfizer to an interval of six weeks will allow limited supplies to be redirected to obtain protection in outbreak areas.
In addition, our three GP-led Respiratory Clinics in Hazelbrook, Penrith and Windsor deliver both vaccines.
Nurse Vaccinators Available
We have enlisted a large pool of registered nurses available to work casually in general practices to assist with the vaccination effort. If you would like to discuss employing additional nursing support for vaccine administration in your practice, contact your General Practice Support Officer or email Rakesh Patel.
COVID-19 Update from the Deputy CMO
Today at 11:30am a response update was held for GPs regarding the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. It was led byActing Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Steph Davis. Today's panel included Carita Davis from theCOVID-19 Primary Care Response team and Dr Merson Mathew, a general practitioner from Canberra.
Bushfire and Flood PTS Reminder
The Bushfire PTS stream is available to anyone in our region experiencing high levels of distress as a result of the 2019/20 bushfires and/or 2021 floods. Individuals are entitled to up to 10 free face-to-face sessions until June 2022. Individuals must be referred, although no mental health care plan is required. GPs may complete one at own their discretion.
Do you have patients suffering from chronic pain? Our Community Chronic Pain Management Program includes a three hour group education and exercise session run weekly over a six week period, plus two follow-up sessions. Programs are run in Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith and can be accessed via telehealth or video conferencing. See our website for more information and facilitator details.
A reminder that you are now no longer able to register patients for the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme co-payment through the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive. You must register eligible patients online through Health Professionals Online Services using your Provider Digital Access account.
Penrith Street University
International Youth Day on Thursday 12 August is an opportunity to highlight the qualities of young people as well as the challenges they face. Penrith Street University offers youth engagement activities as well as early intervention for alcohol and other drugs support. Fully funded by us and run by the Noffs Foundation, this program is designed for young people aged 15-24.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Reports
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia: This report consolidates recent information on the availability and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia, and related impacts, harms and treatment. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia annual report: In 2019–20, around 139,300 clients aged 10 and over received AOD treatment. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (34%), amphetamines (28%), cannabis (18%) and heroin (5.1%). The median age of clients was 35 years. Suicide & self-harm monitoring: This report brings together a variety of new and existing sources of data on suicide and self-harm in Australia. New statistical research and other information can help to further our understanding of suicide and self-harm.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and
pay our respect to Aboriginal Elders, past and present.
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