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Pioneering AI project for elderly: Reducing early stage hospitalisation

LINDA MUSIC A PIONEERING project is set to transform healthcare for older individuals in Sydney’s western suburbs using the power of artificial intelligence (AI). Recent data shows that many Australians aged 65 and older present to Emergency Departments (EDs), with up to 41% seeking immediate medical care. Of concern, close to half of these cases […]

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Our local mental health champions: simply the best in recovery

THIS year’s Wayahead Mental Health Matters Award has recognised three frontline Western Sydney-based organisations, receiving praise from no less than Masterchef champion and Mental Health Month ambassador Brent Draper at ceremonies in Sydney. The vital work of One Door Mental Health in Parramatta received the Workplace Wellbeing Award for Recovery 2gether (R2G) program that supports

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Lower cost of PBS medicines from January: Healthcare a major concern among voters

THE new, lower cost of PBS medicines comes into effect on New Year’s Day, meaning the most patients will pay for a PBS listed medication is $30, down from $42.50. This follows Parliament passing legislation late last year to lower the maximum co-payment cost of PBS medicines. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National President, Professor

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Rhodes Scholarship in Cardiac Genetic Medicine for Westmead doctor

WESTMEAD Hospital junior doctor Rosemary Kirk has been awarded a coveted Rhodes Scholarship in Renal and Cardiac Genetic Medicine at Oxford University.  Dr Kirk (pictured) is headed straight for the bright lights of the famous University city  to continue her studies. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and one of the most prestigious international scholarship

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MINDSET: Inaction and avoidance are the silent killers – cost of doing nothing

MARCUS WHEAN  IF  best, nothing changes, at worst, sometimes senseless tragedy is the consequence of not taking action. WHEN I work with clients as a psychologist they only know me as a psychologist. It is not just my perception of their thinking, but their actual perceptions of me, that I must have it ‘all together’,

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Westmead COVID Vaccine: Local researchers working on a world-first booster

HEALTH | JADE HOBMAN MEDICAL researchers in Western Sydney are pioneering a new vaccine that would guard against all existing and future strains of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) is conducting tests they hope will lead to a world-first, essential booster that enhances immunity when it is partnered

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Let’s do this: Campaign launched to boost vaccination

THE NSW Government has launched the next phase of its statewide COVID-19 advertising campaign aimed at encouraging people across NSW to get vaccinated. Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign is designed to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations so we can all get back to doing

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Tough restrictions announced: COVID statement from the Premier

GIVEN the growing number of infectious cases in the community and unlinked cases of community transmission, COVID-19 restrictions will be tightened across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. From 5pm today (Friday, 9 July) the following additional restrictions will be in place: · Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people

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Westmead’s new world-class hospital officially opened

MORE operating theatres, patient rooms and world-class services, including two new Emergency Departments, are all part of Westmead Hospital’s new 14-storey clinical tower officially unveiled today. Staff and services began relocating to the new hospital building in February, with both the adult and children’s Emergency Departments now open to the public. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the

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The app that is helping dads through fatherhood

A PROGRAM that helps new and expectant fathers through the physical, mental and emotional challenges of parenthood, launched last year, will continue throughout this year in Western Sydney. The ‘Focus on New Fathers’ program sends texts to dads, offering valuable health advice and links into pathways to ensure support options are available. Western Sydney Local

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Local specialist delivers critical trauma care 

LOCAL emergency medicine specialist, Dr Chris Cheeseman, will be one of the first doctors in Australia to fly to patients in need of emergency medical care in CareFlight’s new world-class helicopter. Launched at Sydney Opera House last week, the Airbus H145 is one of the most advanced aeromedical helicopters in the world and the first aeromedical aircraft of its

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