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EDITION: 19 August 2016

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

Some great news - the Illawarra Shoalhaven has been selected as one of the four pilot sites for the Black Dog Institute’s new approach to suicide prevention. The announcement was made recently by The Hon Pru Goward (NSW Minister for Health) at an event at Parliament House in Sydney. Representatives from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative were present (pictured above).
Called Lifespan, this evidence-based ‘systems approach’ is expected to reduce suicide deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%. This is a great opportunity given that suicide rates within the Illawarra Shoalhaven remain higher than NSW averages, with latest data reporting more than 40 suicides in the region in 2014. 

The program will be implemented in the Illawarra Shoalhaven from February as part of the work to be undertaken by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative. Find out more >

Meanwhile, COORDINARE will be hosting three co-design workshops for mental health and suicide prevention in our region. This will be a great opportunity for you, as a local service provider, to contribute to our understanding of local health needs and priorities, and co-design solutions which will contribute to our Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy. See below for workshop details or download a copy of the
discussion paper now >

I am also pleased to announce the release of our summary Baseline Needs Assessment and Activity Plans for 2016-17. This user friendly document is intended to provide a snapshot of the health and service needs within South Eastern NSW, and to prioritise activity to address those needs. We hope to use it as a tool to design more collaborative networks, better access to services for those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to encourage our partnerships with service providers and stakeholders to flourish and grow. Download the
summary document now > 

We will soon be approaching the market to identify initiatives which have the potential to contribute to a reduction in overweight and obesity in the local population, particularly in priority populations at greater risk of weight related chronic disease. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people who are socio-economically disadvantaged, live in small rural communities, or have other chronic conditions including mental health. Further details will be available on the
COORDINARE website shortly.
Finally, it was great to see such a positive uptake of My Health Record in the May-July period. More than 240 organisations in South Eastern NSW are now registered, including 150 general practices. We also have more than 75,000 consumers from across the region registered, and 4,100 shared health summaries uploaded. This is a fantastic outcome, given that in February there was only 40 Shared Health Summaries for the region. Let's keep the momentum going!

Dianne Kitcher

Important news about My Health Record

General practices seeking to return the August 2016 eHealth Incentive payment for not meeting their Shared Health Summary (SHS) upload target can send an email to and the Department will arrange for a debt advice notice to be raised for the repayment of funds.

Please ensure that you include the following information in your correspondence:
  • practice details (practice name, practice ID, postal address)
  • reason for the correspondence – repayment of August 2016 PIP eHealth Incentive payment, as the SHS upload target for the practice was not met by 31 July 2016
  • contact name and number

Please also note, that any correspondence sent to DHS on this matter, must come from either the owner of the practice or an authorised contact.
Keeping track of ePiP
A number of resources are now available to help your practice keep track of the number of shared health summaries uploaded:

My wishes, my plan
About 85% of people will die from chronic illness, which is why it is important to consider the type of care you would want during illness and when nearing end of life. If it isn't documented, it can be difficult for a health professional to be aware of the treatment preferences of their patients.

An Advance Care Planning document can be uploaded to a patient's My Health Record, making their wishes easily accessible to their health provider.
Find out more >