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28 May 2018 - IN THIS EDITION:
* Additional mental health services for people affected by the Tathra bushfires
* My Health Record opt-out dates announced
* Talking about 'What matters most' during Palliative Care Week
* What the Consumer Health Panel said about My Health Record 

Pictured (above right): Professionals learning about My Health Record, Kiama SENTRAL Youth Centre. 

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN is currently working with local GPs and Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) to develop a regional specific winter strategy.

The strategy will focus on raising community awareness on how to reduce the spread of flu, encourage free flu shot uptake from community members and provide opportunities for proactive media around the flu.

It will also look to inform GPs, practice staff and residential aged care facilities about the types of vaccines available, details of at-risk groups and clarification as to when those suffering from the flu should be sent to hospital. See some updates about vaccinations in the 'Latest health news' section of the newsletter. 

NSW Health is investing in a major media campaign so this communication strategy is designed to complement this, with more localised information for our stakeholders. Stay tuned for more information!

In other news, we recently joined with Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW, to announce that residents in Tathra and surrounding areas can now take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.

The funding made available by the Commonwealth Government means that local residents, who have been affected by the bushfires, can now access up to three counselling support sessions to assist them during this difficult time.

Some people may require more than three sessions. In these instances, people can be referred back to their GP who can consider an individual mental health treatment plan which will allow them access to further services. Read full statement here.

Finally, the Australian Government recently announced that every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt-out period, which will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018. See more details below.

Dianne Kitcher