The ‘1 Deadly Step, Casino’ is a finalist in the North Coast Primary Health Network’s inaugural excellence awards.

The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) has chosen 12 finalists to contest the four categories in the Inaugural Primary Health Care Excellence Awards.

“These new Awards showcase the excellent work being done by GPs, allied health practitioners and community health workers right across the North Coast, from the Tweed down to Port Macquarie,” said the NCPHN’s Chief Executive Dr Vahid Saberi.

The finalists are:

1. Tresilian Lismore Family Care Centre - Enabling Service Provision through Partnership
2. North Coast Primary Health Network (Mid North Coast) - No Longer on the Backburner: Re-Developing Musculoskeletal Models of Care
3. NCPHN, NNSWLHD, Bulgarr Ngaru, UCRH, Solid Mob and NSW Country Rugby League - 1 Deadly Step, Casino
4. New Access - New Access initiative
5. Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre Inc - Nimbin Independent Services (NIS)
6. NCPHN - Needs Assessment
7. New Directions - Mothers & Babies Program
8. NNSWLHD Renal Services and Bugalwena General Practice - Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in Aboriginal People
9.  NCPHN - Improved Health from the Winsome Health Outreach Clinic in Lismore
10. NCPHN - First Responders CPR Program
11. Bay Medical Centre, Byron Bay, Feros Care - eVillage
12. MNCLHD, Royal Far West & NCPHN - Nambucca Valley Healthy Kids Bus Stop

The North Coast Primary Health Network in conjunction with the Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation are running an education program for health workers, general practitioners and the community on the current crystal methamphetamine epidemic. 

Project officer Sam Booker is visiting general practices in the Northern Rivers with advice on recognising and managing patients whose lives are destroyed by this highly addictive drug.

While less than 25% of users develop dependence, the time to become addicted can be as little as a few months and much faster than either heroin or alcohol.  

For further information about future educational events contact Sam Booker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the global obesity epidemic raging and suggested lifestyle modifications having limited success, the mounting pressures to seek pharmaceutical ‘fixes’ are hardly surprising.

Echoing the principle that everything old is new again, one of the notable weight loss medications is phentermine (Duromine), which has been available for many years. This amphetamine-related drug acts as an appetite suppressant. It has psychoactive effects and is only recommended for short term (up to three months) usage. While the drug does have some efficacy for quick weight loss to increase motivation or to help break through plateaus in a weight loss program, it has been found that weight regain is common once it is ceased. Further, it is contraindicated in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or psychiatric disorder.

For the sake of North Coast residents, many of whom are on low incomes, the current ‘freeze’ on the rebate for Medicare consultation items should be brought to an end by whichever parties win government this weekend.

The Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN) has entered the campaign fray because of its ongoing concern about patients who rely on GPs as their first port of call when facing concerns about their health.

Following the successful workshop held in Byron Bay early this year, the NRGPN, UCRH and NNSW LHD are holding another workshop on prescribing opioids

Pain management is a focus for the NCPHN this year and practices interested in developing their skills and processes for managing chronic pain will greatly benefit. 

The event will be held at the Ramada Hotel Ballina on Sunday 24 July from 9.30 am to 4 pm.