- Written by Jasmine Green, Communications Officer, Silver Chain Group
Silver Chain’s Last-Days-of-Life Palliative Service, funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, wraps around existing Local Health Districts (LHD) specialist palliative care and community health services, to provide additional services to people with a life limiting terminal illness who wish to die at home or stay at home as long as possible.
Partnering with the Northern NSW LHD since March 2014, Silver Chain is continuing its collaboration with general practitioners in the region to see how the organisation can best support the needs of their clients.
The Last-Days-of-Life Home Support packages, which are available over a seven day period but may be extended as required, are provided to people regardless of age or diagnosis who have a life-limiting illness and whose prognosis is weeks to days and wish to die at home or remain at home for as long as possible.
- Written by by Sharon-Marie Hall and Jodi Jamieson
Consider these facts:
- 65% of people in developed countries are overweight.
- The ability to retain fat makes us the evolutionary winners… if a famine were to occur we would be the grinners crossing the finish line of staying alive.
- Just this morning in the supermarket we observed eight jam-packed aisles of packaged food and one lone section of “fresh” food items.
What is available to us in Australia is unprecedented – the choice is enormous. And choice is what this article is all about.
Recently, we have both started to exercise more with the help of a personal trainer. Gyms haven’t worked for us - they do, however, seem to work well for gyms, which in the past have taken our hard earned cash and then only had to deliver a handful of classes, long before a habit can begin. As does low-carbs-high-protein or paleo or just raw food or whatever eating plan is the recommended one of the day.
- Written by Staff
Northern Rivers GPs interested in becoming a a Community s100 Prescriber in HBV or HCV can undertake further training through the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine courses in May and June.
The courses are free to NSW general practitioners and run over one or two days in Sydney on a week-end. Accommodation and meals are supplied as part of the package.
- Written by Kevin Hogan, Federal Member for Page
This month I announced the great news that North Coast Medicare Local has been appointed to run the Primary Health Network on the North Coast.
There had been concern that our Primary Health Network may be run by an organisation from outside the area. When our local health professionals spoke to me about this I lobbied the Minister to make sure our PHN was run locally. I would like to thank those who took the time to raise the issue with me. Primary Health Networks – or PHNs - are part of the Government’s plans to improve the health of the nation and will replace Medicare Locals from July 1.
The PHNs will work directly with GPs, other primary health care providers, secondary care providers, hospitals and the broader community to ensure improved outcomes for patients.
- Written by Staff
The North Coast NSW Medicare Local (NCML) has been chosen by the federal government to run the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN), operating from 1 July 2015.
It is understood that the same geographical/clinical footprint will apply under the new structure – in North-South terms, from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.
While operating across this large area will continue to be a challenge, the announcement can be seen as a major ‘win’ for NCML as the nation’s present 61 Medicare Locals will be halved to 31 PHNs.
The restructuring is the latest iteration of the Commonwealth’s involvement in primary care provision, and follows a review of the Medicare Local structure.
One key recommendation of Professor John Horvath’s review was to change the program’s name in order to avoid public confusion: are Medicare Locals a place to visit to get Medicare refunds? Apparently many patients think they are.
Better alignment with Local Health Districts was another aim. As before, the boundary of the new NCPHN will dovetail with the Northern NSW and Mid North Coast LHDs (formerly the single North Coast Area Health Service).