Southern edition
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3 September 2018 - IN THIS EDITION:
* Free counselling available in Tathra
* GP Psychiatry Support Line update

* New report shows local patients have regular GP
* My Health Record opt-out extended

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

A new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has revealed some excellent figures in terms of quality of service provision for South Eastern NSW. More than 97% of patients in the region aged 45 years or over have a regular GP or regular place of care, and more than 86% of patients rated this care as excellent or very good.

The report also shows that more than 92% of patients in South Eastern NSW felt involved in decisions about their care – seeing the South Eastern NSW PHN catchment ranked number one amongst all reportable Australian PHNs.

There are, however, some concerning figures in regards to the self-accessed health status, with only 80% rating their health as excellent, very good or good health. This is something that COORDINARE as the South Eastern NSW PHN, is committed to working with general practice and other health services to improve by building more integrated models of care for local patients. Read the full release here.

To this point, we recently signed an memorandum of understanding with Southern NSW Local Health District which formally outlines the details of our joint strategic priorities and partnership. At this stage it is proposed we will focus on work relating to mental health, chronic disease, Aboriginal health, and care of older people.

In other news, the response to the GP Psychiatry Support Line which we recently commissioned has been overwhelmingly positive. In the first eight weeks, there have been more than 500 registrations and growing enthusiasm. It is a free service for GPs aimed at helping you manage the care of your mental health consumers. Read more here >

Finally, the Federal Government recently announced an extension of the My Health Record opt-out period by an extra month to 15 November 2018. This will give Australians more time to consider their options as the 2012 My Health Record legislation is strengthened. Read the media release >

Dianne Kitcher