Western NSW Primary Health Network has gained approval from the Department of Health to expand the availability of telehealth video conferencing to General Practices and any eligible health provider in our footprint.
This will benefit the members of our community that are at greater risk from the virus by enabling continued access to GPs and specialists, nurses and mental health allied health workers using this technology.
This is being facilitated through the Healthdirect Video Calling platform which allows healthcare professionals to engage with their patients in their clinic’s online waiting area, rather than a physical one.
The Western NSW, Australian Government-funded Respiratory Clinics are GP-led general practice services that are being established to provide dedicated primary care to people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, in addition to services available within public hospitals and general practices
Here you will find details on locations and how to book an appointment.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 governments are restricting the movement of people in and out of remote areas.
The decision to restrict access to remote communities follows advice from Indigenous leaders, decisions by a number of Indigenous communities and the Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments to implement similar measures.
Travelling to other towns and cities could increase the chance of community members getting sick. It could spread the virus between communities.
Community members are encouraged to return to their own community as soon as possible. Anyone returning to community will need to self-isolate for 14 days, outside of their community, before they can return.
All travellers entering Australia, including Australian citizens, must self-quarantine in a home or hotel for 14 days after arrival.
A travel ban is in place for all non-residents and non-Australian citizens, effective 9 pm Friday, March 2020, until further notice.
Influenza is a very contagious infection of the airways. It is especially serious for babies, people over 65 years of age and pregnant women.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from serious disease caused by influenza.
By getting vaccinated against influenza, you can also help protect other people, especially people who are too sick or too young to be vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated in your community, the less likely the disease will spread.
While Coronavirus has a direct impact on health for sufferers, the impacts upon employment and usual interaction with family, friends and the wider community may cause significant strain and issues for individuals and families.
If you are experiencing difficulties, we urge you to seek assistance.
Dementia Australia has released Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) enables a person to discuss and document the extent of medical intervention they wish to receive when in critical care or if approaching the end of their life.
ACP should be part of routine practice and with the increasing impact of COVID-19 on services, it is critical for clinical staff to proactively engage in these discussions with all patients and families.
NSW Health Information is also available to help people understand the importance of planning ahead and of documenting their preferences for care and treatment.
Routine Breast Screening by BreastScreen NSW during COVID-19
BreastScreen NSW is resuming regular routine breast screening services on Monday May 18, 2020.
Capacity at some sites will be limited initially, so a staged approach to the resumption of service is planned and the mobile screening fleet will be directed to areas of greatest need.
The approach to service resumption is as follows;
Services will prioritise the women who were deferred, to ensure that the highest priority women are offered screening as soon as possible.
Women will be invited to return to the service directly and key information will be conveyed to the public via our webpage. This prioritisation will occur until services are fully functional, and this may take some time given the number of women that were impacted by the suspension.
Services are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of women and staff in relation to COVID-19. Following advice from the Clinical Excellence Commission, services will risk assess all women prior to their appointment and again on arrival at the clinic. The use of additional PPE is not recommended, but standard precautions will apply if a woman presents as high risk, such as displaying respiratory symptoms. In some situations, women may be rescheduled.
We are not anticipating any disruption to the usual distribution of result letters or assessment services, and are in regular contact with GPs.