Advice for Vaccine Providers in Western Sydney: National Immunisation Program Schedule Change

On Wednesday 1 July 2020, significant changes were made to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule. These changes impact all vaccination providers, and the following information will assist you with implementing the new schedule. The changes are being implemented following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and other clinical experts to improve […]

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Results on My Health Record

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program participants will now have their bowel screening results uploaded to the My Health Record (MHR). Health has been working with the Program’s pathology service provider, Sonic Healthcare (Sonic) and the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to implement this latest initiative in results reporting. When accessing bowel screening results through the MHR, participants […]

Three New Western Sydney HealthPathways

Western Sydney HealthPathways provides health professionals with relevant and practical clinical information on managing medical conditions and local patient referral options. The dedicated HealthPathways team, in collaboration with local GPs, nurses, medical experts, Western Sydney Local Health District, and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, continually localise new pathways and review existing pathways to ensure they […]

COVID-19 Testing in Western Sydney

As the number of COVID-19 cases in NSW remains low, increased testing is crucial to ensure new cases or outbreaks are identified and managed rapidly. There is now laboratory capacity to approximately double the volume of testing for COVID-19 in NSW. General practice has a continuing role in promoting testing and ensuring appropriate measures are in […]

Western Sydney’s Dr Sithamparapillai Thava Seelan Awarded OAM

Dr Sithamparapillai Thava Seelan, OAM We would like to congratulate Dr Thava Seelan from Bridgeview Medical Practice in Toongabbie, on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), during the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This prestigious award recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service or contributions to their communities, with Dr Seelan being recognised for […]

Too Deadly for Diabetes Program

Ray Kelly and Emerton Pharmacy improving health outcomes. Statistics show that Mount Druitt has become a hotspot for diabetes, with the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the region growing continuously. Screening at Emergency Departments (ED) in 2017 showed alarming rates with 40% of people with diabetes and 29% having prediabetes. To […]