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See the latest articles and updates published by Hunter New England PHN

Communicating about suicide and mental illness for community members

21 Aug 2017

As part of LifeSpan Newcastle, the Mindframe National Media Initiative will be delivering training in Newcastle on national guidelines for media repor...[Continue Reading]

Strong spirits and strong minds – helping local Aboriginal people reduce harm from alcohol and other drugs

11 Aug 2017

The Primary Health Network is helping 25 local Aboriginal people complete a Certificate IV course in Drug and Alcohol, with the option of completing a...[Continue Reading]

Pitch Night a big success

10 Aug 2017

Our inaugural Pitch Night held in Newcastle on August 3 was a big success. Our Strategic Initiatives and Relationships Manager Kevin Rigby said it was...[Continue Reading]

Pitch night gives community the power to fund health projects

01 Aug 2017

Four organisations will pitch their projects to over 100 community members at Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network’s (HNECC PHN...[Continue Reading]

Commissioning is about change not competition

14 Jul 2017

By Jay Rebbeck, Scott White and Catherine Turner The recently published piece in the Croakey Blog Commissioning no cure for Australian health equity ...[Continue Reading]

New headspace services for young people in New England and North Western regions of NSW.

05 Jun 2017

We ‘re very pleased to announce that this morning the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, and Mark Coulton , t...[Continue Reading]

Local obesity rates and healthy weight forums

08 May 2017

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network's executive manager, John Baillie, speaks to the ABC about the obesity rates in our commun...[Continue Reading]

North West Community Forums to tackle a weighty issue

02 May 2017

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) will be hosting community forums in Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri to gather ...[Continue Reading]

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Your Region – Have Your Say

26 Apr 2017

The Primary Health Network is currently seeking community feedback on mental health services across the region. Feedback will be used to identify gaps...[Continue Reading]

Improving low cancer screening rates

10 Apr 2017

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network's cancer screening officer, Kath Duggan, speaks to ABC New England North West's Caitlin Fu...[Continue Reading]

Wyong Community Forum to tackle a weighty issue

09 Apr 2017

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) will be hosting a community forum in Wyong to gather ideas and build a plan to...[Continue Reading]

Community Forum to address a weighty issue in Cessnock

20 Mar 2017

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) will be hosting a community forum to gather ideas and build a plan to achieve ...[Continue Reading]

Cancer Council study confirms starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe

20 Mar 2017

A study by Cancer Council NSW has confirmed that starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe. The findings support the Australian government’...[Continue Reading]

Biripi AMS launches new facilities and services

20 Mar 2017

As the Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service celebrates the official opening of its upgraded clinic facilities it is timely that the Primary Health Networ...[Continue Reading]

Funding for primary care health services expanding across the New England & North West

20 Mar 2017

Primary health care services including drug & alcohol treatment services in the New England and North West is to get a boost thanks to significant...[Continue Reading]

Aboriginal health services expanding on the Coast

07 Feb 2017

Funding for Aboriginal health services on the Coast are to receive a large boost thanks to significant new funding from the Primary Health Network (PH...[Continue Reading]

Scone Medical Practice wins “best in NSW” Award

12 Jan 2017

The Primary Health Network is delighted to report that the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) has announced that Scone Medical Pract...[Continue Reading]

December Issue of Public Health Research & Practice has a strong focus on Indigenous health

19 Dec 2016

Racism, as well as perceptions of invincibility and cost of care, are potential barriers to people with invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) seeking h...[Continue Reading]

World Diabetes Day

13 Nov 2016

World Diabetes Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the innovative work of local clinicians who recently won the Integrated Health Care Award at the 2...[Continue Reading]

Patient input vital for improving mental services

02 Nov 2016

Recent concerns raised in the Northern Daily Leader have queried the amount of funding and resources allocated to rural mental health by the Hunter Ne...[Continue Reading]

Breast density as it relates to breast cancer risk

06 Oct 2016

Following media reports there has been patient interest in breast density as it relates to breast cancer risk and screening mammography. This may lead...[Continue Reading]

Improving outcomes for Australians living with lung cancer – A Call To Action

30 Aug 2016

Lung cancer kills more Australians every year than any other cancer – in 2016 it’s estimated that the equivalent of 25 people each day will die from t...[Continue Reading]

Expressions of Interest for delivering health services to Aboriginal communities.

16 Aug 2016

Expressions of Interest for delivering health services to Aboriginal communities. We are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualifie...[Continue Reading]

EOI for Drug and Alcohol Treatment providers

02 Aug 2016

Expressions of Interests for a range of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services are now being sought from suitably qualified and experienced service provi...[Continue Reading]

Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

19 Jul 2016

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has updated and re...[Continue Reading]

Lung Cancer Resources for Patients and Health Professionals

14 Jul 2016

Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Directory Lung Foundation Australia has recently developed the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Directory ...[Continue Reading]

What’s the verdict on the budget’s impact on Health

04 May 2016

Twitter limits comments to 140 characters so it can be a good place to find a short snappy summary for many topics. Last night the President of the R...[Continue Reading]

Speed dating used to fight chronic disease

22 Apr 2016

Chronic disease and speed dating do not seem like compatible bedfellows. However, this is exactly the type of innovative thinking that Hunter New Eng...[Continue Reading]

HNECC March Communicable Diseases report

12 Apr 2016

Influenza and respiratory infection High levels of influenza activity have been reported from the northern hemisphere. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus i...[Continue Reading]

Region continues to be a leader in immunisation

18 Feb 2016

The National Health Performance Authority today released its report on childhood immunisation rates for 2014 -15 and they showed that our region conti...[Continue Reading]

PHN off to a solid start and getting runs on the board

11 Jan 2016

Health care continues to be one of the highest priorities for Australians and as we start a New Year it is worthwhile reviewing some of the changes th...[Continue Reading]

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) will be closed on the following Public Holidays over the Christmas period

24 Dec 2015

“Please be advised that the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) will be closed on the following Public Holidays over the Christmas period: Fr...[Continue Reading]

Immunisation Changes from 1 January 2016

24 Dec 2015

From 1 January 2016, the Commonwealth is making free catch-up vaccine available for children under 10 years of age (ongoing) and persons aged 10-19 ye...[Continue Reading]

Primary Health Network to coordinate localised approaches to Ice treatment

07 Dec 2015

Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s National Ice Taskforce recommendations t...[Continue Reading]

More localised approach to mental health welcomed

26 Nov 2015

Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN) has welcomed the Federal Government’s response to the recommendations in the Nation...[Continue Reading]

INVITATION: Antibiotic Resistance – What is it? Why is it a problem? How does it affect you?

23 Nov 2015

NPS Medicinewise, Hunter Primary Care and GP Access After Hours invite you to view a free screening of the film ‘Resistance’ followed by a Q&A wit...[Continue Reading]

Using e-Mental Health resources in your work

13 Nov 2015

Using e-MH resources in your work: Supporting your clients to use self-help treatment programs, Tuesday 17 November 2015, 6.30pm AEDT In this e-menta...[Continue Reading]

Healthe Care Australia Mental Health Summit & Charity Event

15 Sep 2015

On October 9th and 10th 2015, doctors, health professionals, politicians, and members of the emergency services will come together to discuss the incr...[Continue Reading]

Primary Health Care Feedback

25 Aug 2015

The Commonwealth government has established the Primary Health Care Advisory Group to examine opportunities for the reform of primary health care in i...[Continue Reading]

Jane Schwager AO announced as new Board Chair

11 Aug 2015

Hunter New England Central Coast PHN is very pleased to announce that Jane Schwager AO has been appointed the organisation’s new independent Chair  cl...[Continue Reading]

Time for Primary Health Networks to get to work

11 Apr 2015

Today’s announcement by Health Minister Ley of the successful bids for the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs) has provided welcome clarity for the org...[Continue Reading]

Delivering better local care

11 Apr 2015

Australian patients are set to receive better access to front line health services in their local area as part of the Abbott Government’s plans to imp...[Continue Reading]

Community Advisory Committees For the Hunter New England Rural and Hunter Metro areas

09 Feb 2015

Fact SheetThe Hunter New England Central Coast (HNECC) Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of two of its Co...[Continue Reading]