CEO Primary Matters – 6 November 2019

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Next week is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, running from 11-17 November. It has been almost two years since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program therefore, all women should have had a screening under the new system and now be in the new Program.

This year, the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’s (ACCF) key message for the week is it’s just “5 minutes of your time, for 5 years peace of mind”. The most important question of all to ask your patients is: Are you up-to-date?

The ACCF’s mission is to see cervical cancer eliminated in Australia by 2035. The tagline “5 minutes of your time, for 5 years peace of mind” is to remind women that if they haven’t already done so, to put themselves first and make sure they are up-to-date with their cervical screening.

Health professionals can find more information on cervical screening on the HealthPathways website including Red Flags, Assessment, Management and Referral resources. More information, including resources and events happening during the week, can be obtained by visiting the ACCF website.

2019 Annual General Meeting and Annual Report

Western Victoria Primary Health Network held its successful Annual General Meeting last week, on Thursday 31 October 2019, which was attended by close to 50 people. The evening included a presentation from Associate Professor Steve Moylan – Clinical Director Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Services at Barwon Health and the official launch of our new look website, which you can access here.

We farewelled retiring Board Directors Dr Tim Denton and Marie Aitken and thanked them for their contribution. We also announced our newly elected Director, Dr Jon Barrell, who brings 33 years’ experience as a rural GP in Daylesford and Trentham. With Dr Denton’s departure, a new casual vacancy will become available. More details to come.

The 2018-19 Annual Report is now available on the WVPHN website.

You will also notice Westvic News has been updated this week in line with our new look website. We hope you enjoy the new format and content!

Dr Leanne Beagley

Chief Executive Officer