Here is an introduction to the support South Western Sydney PHN provides to registrars and GPs. Our hope is for you to see the many benefits of practising in our diverse region and continue to work in South Western Sydney.
South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (SWSPHN) is an Australian Government Initiative. We are a not-for-profit health organisation dedicated to supporting general practitioners, practice nurses and other primary health providers. We play a key role in linking GPs, practice nurses, other primary health providers, hospitals, and aged care, ensuring care is integrated and shaped around the needs of the person receiving the care.
South Western Sydney includes the local government areas of Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee. We are one of 31 PHNs Australia-wide.
We recommend you become aware of these products and services to help your time while practising at South Western Sydney:
Maintain, improve and broaden your knowledge, expertise and competence by participating in SWSPHN’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offerings. Our CPD program facilitates educational opportunities, both face-to-face and via webinar, on topics identified as priorities by SWSPHN in collaboration with local GPs. CPD hours are automatically added for accredited registrars who attend RACGP-approved activities through us.
You will receive an email every Friday highlighting upcoming CPD events. Events are also listed on our website.
(If you don’t receive your weekly Friday CPD email please call your PSO on 4632 3000 to ensure your details are correct.)
Practice Pulse e-newsletter
Read the latest, relevant primary health news including State and Federal government announcements, networking opportunities, SWSPHN activities and service updates.
You will receive a newsletter every Wednesday. Past editions may be accessed from our website.
(If you don’t receive your weekly Practice Pulse email please call your PSO on 4632 3000 to ensure your details are correct.)
HealthPathways supports registrars and GPs with clinical guidance and localised service information. Use the online clinical and referral information portal at the point-of-care to access management and treatment options on a range of clinical presentations and information about local clinical services and their referral processes. A number of local GPs participate in the development of HealthPathways content in consultation with South Western Sydney Local Health District clinicians.
Health Resources Directory
HealthResourceDirectory.org.au provides safe, reliable, and locally relevant health information to patients about their new diagnosis.
Health Resource Directory is the patient-side website to complement HealthPathways.
More than 300 topics have been adapted from the clinical content on HealthPathways.
Factsheets and audio files are available in the languages most spoken throughout South Western Sydney: English, Arabic, Simplified English/Mandarin and Vietnamese. The information has been reviewed and endorsed by local community members and GPs.
You may print the factsheets for your patients directly from the ‘Patient Information’ section on HealthPathways pages during consultations.
Commissioned mental health services
GPs can refer their patients who need support with their mental health and experience barriers to accessing mental health services through Medicare (Better Access Initiative) to a range of primary mental health and suicide prevention services co-designed and funded by SWSPHN, including a consultant psychiatry service. Services are delivered in line with a stepped care model which guides GPs, with the support of our Central Intake team, to determine the best service to suit everyone's needs, supporting them to move up and down stepped care services as required.
Call SWSPHN Mental Health Intake on 1300 797 746.
Commissioned Alcohol and Other Drugs support services
Refer you patients who struggle with addition to any of the commissioned services outlined on our website or call the GP Drug and Alcohol Advice and Support Hotline on 0455 079 436 for guidance.
Referral forms, templates and other primary care resources
While practising in South Western Sydney you will likely require the Triple I referral form, Mental Health Central Intake referral form and Mental Health Treatment Plan templates. Use the Search Resource Library section of our website to find and download not just referral templates but close to 950 resources on myriad of topics.
Ask your PSO to demonstrate Primary Care Resources on our website.
What else we do...
SWSPHN provide advice and services to help you support patients with a vast range of circumstances or conditions.
Visit the What We Do section of our website to see what support we provide.
Looking after your own mental health and wellbeing
SWSPHN funds an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all South Western Sydney practice staff and their families to utilise.Find out more