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Posts for October 2018

Young, Strong & Deadly

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great opportunity to highlight one of our commissioned services, Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture Resource Centre (ACRC), and the amazing work they are doing with young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in our region through their Young, Strong & Deadly Program.

Young, Strong & Deadly is a dual early intervention Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drugs prevention program for young Aboriginal people between 13-28 years of age. Delivered primarily through schools, the program is designed to strengthen young people’s connection to country and cultural identity, creating a positive sense-of-self and community. This creates a sense of belonging that increases their personal resilience and decreases their risks of mental illness and alcohol and other drugs addiction.

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Increasing Breast Cancer Screening Rates

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder that primary healthcare practitioners play an important role in providing support and encouragement to women to attend, and continue to participate in breast screening.

Regular two-yearly mammograms for all woman over 40 years remains the clinically recommended method of detecting breast cancer early. Research undertaken by BreastScreen NSW has shown that GPs have a significant influence in a woman’s decision to screen, with women more likely to have a mammogram if advised to do so by their GP.

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.
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