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10 NOVEMBER 2016 - IN THIS EDITION:
  • 'Future of Primary Care in South Eastern NSW' workshops
  • Consumer Health Panel
  • After hours promotion
  • Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing Project
  • Consultation on PIP redesign

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

We're only days away from our first regional workshop on the 'Future of Primary Care in South Eastern NSW' and already we have had significant interest from health professionals across the region. It's great to see so many people interested in hearing from Professor Claire Jackson (prominent GP and researcher in models of care) and Leanne Wells (CEO of the Consumer Health Forum) about the future of primary care, including the recent Health Care Home announcements by the Department of Health. Read more about Professor Jackson >

This event will also provide you with an opportunity to share your views about how we can help practices respond to change. It's not too late to RSVP for Bungendore workshop on 12 November, with another session being held in Wollongong on 28 November.

We're about to launch our Consumer Health Panel and will be inviting local consumers to get involved and have their say on a range of health care issues which impact on them, their family or friends. The Panel is part of our ongoing commitment to engaging consumers and we encourage you to promote the panel amongst your patient population via flyers and posters which will be distributed shortly. Find out more >

Finally, we're in the process of developing a communication campaign to help raise awareness amongst local residents and tourists/holiday makers of the after hours medical options available within the region and prevent people presenting to emergency departments unnecessarily. It will encourage community members to: first determine the availability and after hours arrangements of their GP or nearest general practice (details available at www.nhsd.com.au); if that is not an option, to call the after hours GP helpline for medical advice and support; or in an emergency, call 000 or to attend their nearest emergency department.

The campaign will launch in late December/January and will include social media; TV, radio, online and print advertising; media releases and marketing collateral such as posters, flyers and magnets. We'd love your help in distributing the collateral and will keep you updated about the campaign. For more information please email communications@coordinare.org.au
 

Dianne Kitcher
CEO COORDINARE