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EDITION: 24 October 2016

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

While South Eastern NSW was not selected to take part in the Department of Health's trial of the Health Care Home (HCH) model, COORDINARE has been successful in our application for innovation funding to support and fund activity which will incrementally build the capacity and capability of general practices within our region to get 'ready' to be a Health Care Home, over the next two years. This initiative aims to ensure that practices know what their capability is and what is required to more efficiently transform to a Health Care Home when this is rolled out nationally. 

I am delighted to announce that Phase One of this exciting project will start with two regional workshops next month in
Wollongong and Bungendore. We invite you to come and share your views about the support structures needed to respond to the change that will be required in general practice, and be able to continue to provide quality care into the future. See here for a local GPs' perspective on why it is important for you to attend one of these workshops which will be led by Claire Jackson (prominent GP and researcher in models of care) and Leanne Wells (CEO of Consumer Health Forum).

There will also be consultation with others affected by this new model of care including consumers, allied health professionals and the Local Health District. This will allow us to gain an understanding of the barriers and enablers across the system in transitioning to a Health Care Home model. For more information, contact

For those of you who have a potential research project focused on chronic disease, we've partnered with the University of Wollongong's practice-based research network ISPRN and are currently seeking applications from general practices in our region to support such a project. This 18 month research project will be a great opportunity to build research capacity within our region’s practices. Applications are now open and close at 5pm on 18 November. Read more below.

October is Mental Health Month and to mark this important month, COORDINARE has signed-up the Black Dog Institute to deliver a range of mental health skills training sessions to GPs and GP Registrars across the region. In total 12 sessions will be held over the next six months on topics such as 'Dealing with Depression', 'Advanced Suicide Prevention' and 'Dealing with Anxiety Disorders'. Don't miss out your opportunity to take advantage of this FREE training in a location close to you! See our events calender for details.

A Consumer and Carer Forum was held in Queanbeyan on 11 October, with more than 75 local consumers and carers having their say on mental health reform within the region. Participants emphasised the need for services being more closely aligned with the individuals' needs. The forum was hosted by the Southern NSW Local Health District’s Consumer Participation Group in partnership with COORDINARE.
There are still opportunities to contribute to the development of the Stepped Care  and Commissioning Approach. You can provide feedback to our
discussion paper or by participating in focus groups. To find out more email

Dianne Kitcher