Northern Newsletter
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  • Consumer Health Panel report
  • NSW currently in the midst of its worst flu season on record
  • HealthPathways update
  • 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.
Meanwhile, we continue our planning phase for the headspace service in Bega Valley and have organised a consultation session with the local community 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.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative will officially launch the Black Dog Institute’s Lifespan project in the region in Kiama on Thursday 14 September. Lifespan is a new evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide prevention. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach. The launch will be a great chance to find out what’s happening in suicide prevention in the region and how you too can get involved. The event will also be used to mark R U OK? Day. 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