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  • Bega Valley community invited to have their say on the new headspace service
  • Consumer Health Panel report
  • Links to new resources available for GPs and other health professionals

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

It was great to see so much interest in our innovation project which aims to help practices get ready and move towards adopting a patient centre medical home model of care. Applications to be part of this project are now closed and we received a number of exciting submissions from practices across most clusters within the region. An independent panel will review the submissions and determine which practices will be funded to work collaboratively with us on areas of interest. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with you shortly.

In other news, the community from Bega Valley will have the opportunity to have their say on how the new headspace service can best meet the needs of local young people in the region during a consultation session to be held on 1 September. The session has been organised following the recent announcement by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport of a new headspace service for the Bega Valley.

We want to make sure the voice of local young people and their support network is clearly included in shaping headspace Bega Valley. We’re also keen to understand the experience of local health professionals and youth service providers and hear their perspective on the strengths, challenges, priorities and solutions needed in the region.

There will also be an opportunity for people to provide their thoughts, experience and opinions via our website.
The information collected from the session and via the website will inform the request for proposals from organisations bidding to lead the delivery of headspace Bega Valley. Find out more here.

Finally, with NSW currently in the midst of its worst flu season on record, we are encouraging local residents to consider a last minute influenza vaccination as the flu season normally continues into September. Latest figures from NSW Health show 9,759 confirmed cases across NSW in the week ending 20 August, with 605 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven and 256 in Southern NSW. There has also been an increase in the number of people presenting to the state's emergency departments with influenza-like illness.

It is clear from our recent Consumer Health Panel survey that most people seek their flu vaccination from their GP, placing GPs on the frontline of flu prevention and ensuring the community have the right information to get vaccinated. You can read our media release here or see more about the survey results below.

Dianne Kitcher