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* Mental health funding for residents impacted by the Tathra bushfires
* Spreading awareness about My Health Record
* SPDS project update

* Commissioning seminar in Wollongong

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

We were delighted to recently join with Senator Jim Molan, Patron Senator for Eden-Monaro, to announce $250,000 in Commonwealth funding in mental health support services for residents affected by the Tathra bushfires. 

This additional funding is welcome news for the community. It will boost the capacity of local mental health support services in the long-term, and help to meet the need for support arising from bushfire-related trauma and loss.

As the South Eastern NSW PHN, we will continue to work with local providers, as well as the community, to ensure that we respond appropriately with our funding.

We are also keen to receive feedback from local providers so that we understand what additional support services are required in specific locations, especially in the months ahead. This will ensure that the services delivered will meet local needs. More details to come!

In other news, we are working with local GPs and the two Local Health Districts (Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW) to develop region-specific winter strategies.

The strategies will focus on raising community awareness around reducing the spread of flu; encourage free flu shot uptake from community members; and provide opportunities for proactive media reporting about the flu.

The strategies will also look to inform GPs, practice staff and residential aged care facilities about the types of flu vaccines available; details of at-risk groups; and clarification as to when those suffering from the flu should be sent to hospital.

The winter communication strategy is designed to complement NSW Health's major media campaign, with more localised information for our stakeholders. Stay tuned for more details!

Dianne Kitcher