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30 July 2018 - IN THIS EDITION:
* GP Psychiatry Support Line launched  
* Bushfire Recovery Psychological Support Service for allied health 
* My Health Record opt-out
* What the Consumer Health Panel said about the flu shot 

A word from our Acting CEO: Andrew Gow 

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN recently joined five other PHNs to announce that ProCare Mental Health Services, a not-for-profit service provider, has been funded to operate a new psychiatry support line exclusively for GPs.

The new service provides GPs with a “pool” of psychiatrists available for free specialist advice, to support mental health management in primary care.The support line has been established in response to GPs indicating they would like timely access to psychiatry expertise. It is not about triaging or referring consumers to a psychiatrist, but rather keeping consumers whose conditions are able to be treated within primary care under the care of their GP. (See more details in the news update below.) 

ProCare Mental Health Services was selected following an open tender process conducted with five other PHNs: Northern Sydney PHN, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, Murrumbidgee PHN, and Western NSW PHN.

This is the first time that six PHNs have joined together to co-commission a service and we are delighted with the outcome. Read full media release >

In other news, we continue to work with local GPs and the two Local Health Districts on local winter strategies.

All general practices should have received a winter strategy kit recently which included fact sheets to support your GPs and practice staff, posters and a clinical data auditing activity booklet using CAT4.

We hope you find these resources helpful. If you have any further questions or require additional resources, please contact your Health Coordination Consultant or call COORDINARE on 1300 069 002.

Finally, congratulations to the ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways team which recently celebrated a major milestone: the publishing of 400 pathways. This is a fantastic achievement! See more information in the HealthPathways update. 

Andrew Gow