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  • Release of request for proposal for mental health and suicide prevention
  • Update on after hours campaign
  • Details about changes to cervical cancer screening from May 2017

A word from our Acting CEO: Andrew Gow

Welcome to the first edition of IN THE LOOP for 2017. I hope you had a safe and enjoyable festive season with your family and friends.

Our region once again welcomes thousands of tourists, and while it is a holiday time for many, it can be the busiest time of the year for the health sector. Consequently, we launched our after hours campaign during this period, with the aim of increasing awareness amongst local residents and tourists of the after hours medical options which are available within the region. While it's still early days, so far it seems that the campaign has been well received. See more details below.

Meanwhile, I am pleased to announce the release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for
mental health and suicide prevention programs. This funding will be for psychological therapies, support for complex mental health needs, and community-based suicide prevention for people who live in South Eastern NSW. We are looking for innovative proposals and will be holding an information session at 12 noon on Tuesday 24 January 2017. To register for the webinar, please email

We are also undertaking a review of proposals recently received in response to our RFP for drug and alcohol treatment services in South Eastern NSW. We anticipate successful providers will be announced shortly. More details to come!

To learn about these and/or future commissioning opportunities, please register on our procurement portal. If you would like any further information about commissioning, please contact us at

In other news, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has been appointed to the position of Minister for Health. With the health portfolio in the midst of great change and reform, we hope that he will bring to the role a coordinated and considered approach to health policy.

Andrew Gow