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We invite you to stay up-to-date with the latest news and views from our CEO, Lizz Reay.
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Sep 13 2021

Pop Up Mental Health Support for our Region

Last month, the Federal Government announced funding to rapidly establish 10 Head to Health Pop Up mental health services in areas of NSW currently facing extended COVID-19 restrictions. Primary Health Networks in NSW were tasked with establishing these services in just four weeks.
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Jul 08 2021

A New Learning Portal for Practices

Yesterday we introduced a new online education and training platform available free of charge to health professionals and their support staff in our region. Your Practice Portal provides unlimited access to a wide range of eLearning modules, live and on-demand webinars, and resources.

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Jul 02 2021

Grass-roots Community Grants support bushfire affected communities in our region

As part of the Federal Government’s $76 million ‘Supporting the Mental Health of Australians Affected by the 2019/20 Bushfires’ package, Primary Health Networks were provided with funding to support the mental health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery of communities in impacted areas through initiatives such as community grants.
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Jun 30 2021

NAIDOC Cup Celebrates 10 Years

On Friday 18 June, after being delayed due to COVID-19 last year, our region was finally able to host the 10th annual NAIDOC Cup at Hunters Field in Emu Plains.
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Jun 28 2021

Neami National to operate Penrith’s Head to Health Centre

We are pleased to announce that Neami National will operate the Penrith Adult Mental Health Centre, now called Penrith Head to Health, which is due to open in December 2021.

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Jun 15 2021

More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

Last week, we celebrated National Reconciliation Week with a special event that included neighbouring organisations in our building. It was a chance for us to come together as a community to listen, learn, understand and further our journey towards reconciliation.

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Apr 27 2021

Community Wellbeing Grants of Up To $10,000 Now Available

Last week we launched our Community Wellbeing Grants of up to $10,000  for organisations or community groups based within bushfire affected communities in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas.
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Apr 09 2021

Progressing the COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out

We have commenced the third week of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out as part of Phase 1b of the Federal Government’s Vaccination Roll-out Strategy. Given the first week coincided with severe flooding across our region making some areas impossible to access, I am particularly proud to see the progress that is being made.
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Apr 01 2021

Penrith Street University Celebrates 1 Year

It was wonderful to join Matt Noffs, Mark Ferry and the broader Noffs team today to celebrate one year of the Penrith Street University, by finally having their official launch which was delayed this time last year due to COVID-19.
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Mar 22 2021

Tender Now Open: Penrith Adult Mental Health Centre

I am excited to announce that the tender to find a suitable lead agency to partner with us to establish and run the Penrith Adult Mental Health Centre, is now open!
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Mar 18 2021

Closing The Gap 2021

Our organisation has a strong commitment to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across our region to improve their access to health and wellbeing services. National Close the Gap Day provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians the opportunity to support the work that aims to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Dec 22 2020

Seasons Greetings from our CEO

As we say farwell to 2020, we thank all of our staff and stakeholders for their hard work this year. We will be closed for the holiday period from midday 23 December 2020, and will reopen at 9am Monday 4 January 2021. 
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Dec 17 2020

Working Collaboratively to Improve Health Outcomes in Our Region

On 4 December, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding renewing our commitment to work together with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) to improve health outcomes in our region.
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Nov 13 2020

Greater inclusion of primary healthcare in disasters

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to, and presenting at the NSW Ministry of Health’s ‘Disaster Manager’s Forum’.
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Nov 03 2020

I Choose Fesh Air nominated for a WSABE Award

We are excited to have been nominated as finalists in the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence in the Arts and Culture category for our Breath of Fresh Air initiative.
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Oct 02 2020

Mental Health Matters

Mental ill health, just like physical ill health, can effect anyone at any time. It doesn’t discriminate. Even though conversations about mental health and wellbeing are now more mainstream, there are still those with mental ill health who continue to suffer alone. 
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Sep 14 2020

Helping to Empower Our Communities

Our Well-Being Grants program officially launched in January 2019 and funded community-led initiatives that supported the mental health, well-being and resilience of farming communities affected by drought. These grants were funded through the Federal Government's 'Empowering Our Communities' (EOC) initiative.
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Sep 10 2020

Are you okay?

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and in Australia this co-exists with R U OK? Day, a national movement to start conversations that could save lives.
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Aug 21 2020

Wound Awareness Week

This week is Wound Awareness Week. Nearly half a million Australians suffer from chronic wounds each year, with most of those caused by pressure injuries. People with chronic diseases such as diabetes and those over 65+years are most at risk.

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Aug 18 2020

headspace Katoomba is Open

We are delighted to announce that headspace Katoomba is now open with a new bright and welcoming premises on Waratah Street in Katoomba.

This vital service will provide early intervention support to local young people aged 12-25 years and their families across mental health, work and study, and alcohol and other drugs.

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Jul 31 2020

Our Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

We welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. 

Our region was one of many to be affected by the 2019-20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires that tore through homes, businesses and communities. 

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Jul 31 2020

COVID-19 Update

This year has certainly taken some unexpected twists and turns. We have found ourselves playing a pivotal role in coordinating communications and integration between the primary and acute care health systems, enabling us to help manage the medical response in our region during the pandemic.

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Jul 17 2020

Experiencing Coronavirus Symptoms? Get Tested!

We are urging anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel or Planet Fitness in Casula, the Picton Hotel in Picton, or any other identified locations during the designated dates, to get tested for COVID-19 in line with NSW Government recommendations. We particularly encourage people in the upper Blue Mountains, who are experiencing even mild COVID-like symptoms to come forward for testing following four confirmed cases associated with the Crossroads Cluster. 

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Jun 24 2020

New GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic Opens in Windsor

We are pleased to announce the region’s third GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic has opened in Windsor today.
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Jun 01 2020

Don't put Your Health on Hold

Coronavirus has put our health in the spotlight over the last few months, yet many of us have been avoiding the doctor and putting our health on hold.
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May 26 2020

We're In This Together

This week is National Reconciliation Week. At Wentworth Healthcare we recognise that “Reconciliation” is not just a word - it is a process that requires change and positive action. It is a journey for all Australians - as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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May 13 2020

A GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic for Hazelbrook

The region’s second GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic opens today in Hazelbrook.

Like the GP Respiratory Clinic that opened at the Homemaker Centre in Penrith last month, this service will assess people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms such as a sore throat, cough and shortness of breath and offer testing for COVID-19.

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Apr 21 2020

The region’s first GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic opens in Penrith

The region’s first GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic opens in Penrith today. This Clinic will assess, test and diagnose people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, tiredness and shortness of breath. 
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Apr 17 2020

Be Kind and Look After Yourself

It’s been an unbelievable time for our region. From drought and raging bushfires, to floods and now a world-wide pandemic.
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Mar 31 2020

A Message from the CEO about COVID-19

On behalf on Wentworth Healthcare, I would like to acknowledge the challenging times we are all facing as a result of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time, on top of an already difficult few months for many in our community dealing with the recent Bushfires.
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Mar 05 2020

Introducing our Statement of Business Ethics

We are proud to introduce our Statement of Business Ethics that formally sets out our expectations, and our responsibilities, in the relationships we form with the many organisations we interact with.
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Feb 20 2020

It takes a village to grow old and stay healthy

This week we celebrate the NSW Seniors Festival and the unique contribution older people make to our community. It is also a chance to highlight that for many older Australians social isolation and loneliness is a significant issue.
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Feb 19 2020

Katoomba headspace to be run by Parramatta Mission

We were pleased to announce that Parramatta Mission will establish and operate the new headspace service in Katoomba.
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Jan 13 2020

Recently announced federal mental health funding for the bushfire disaster

We welcome Federal Government’s announcement yesterday of $76 million for mental health support in response to the current bushfire crisis.

Bushfires have directly impacted our region, particularly in the areas of Lithgow and the Hawkesbury, with early indications that as many as 100 houses may have been lost, with possibly a further 40 damaged and over 300 other structures destroyed or damaged.

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Dec 16 2019

Well-Being Grants Round Up

Last month I had the privilege of attending the Well-Being Grants Round Up, hosted by our Empowering Our Communities Team.


The Round Up was organised to provide our Well-Being Grant recipients the opportunity to all come together in one place, learn about all of the funded projects and programs, connect and collaborate.
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Dec 10 2019

Reflecting on 2019

It has been another busy and exciting year for us as we support quality primary care, commission valuable services and facilitate more integrated care in our region.

This year has been a rewarding year for all at Wentworth Healthcare, we were pleased to commission a variety of new services to address unmet community needs.

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Dec 05 2019

New Aboriginal Mental Health & Addiction Support Workers

Our organisation has always had a strong commitment to supporting the local Aboriginal community, which is encapsulated in our Reconciliation Action Plan that we launched earlier this year.

The voice of this community is an important one, and helps us to shape how our services are designed so they culturally appropriate.

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Nov 15 2019

Busy Month for our Well-Being Grants Team

Our Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities team were very busy with various activities throughout Mental Health Month.

They attended multiple community events to talk about the mental health services and programs available in our region, and to promote help-seeking behaviours and reduce stigma. Our team encouraged the community to look at mental health the same way that they do their physical health. While most people know eating well, exercising and resting is good for your physical health, they often don't consider the benefits these can also have on their mental health.
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Jul 03 2019

Dr Tony Rombola takes over as Board Chair

I am pleased to welcome Dr Tony Rombola as the new Chair of the Wentworth Healthcare Board.

In November our previous Chair, Dr Andrew Knight, will have served his maximum term as a Director and will be leaving our Board after a seven year tenure. This change of responsibility prior to Andrew's departure will allow Tony to have a smooth transition and a comprehensive handover. I would like to thank Andrew for his vision and leadership as Chair and for his support for me as CEO.

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Jun 06 2019

Introducing our Reconciliation Action Plan

Last week, in recognition of Reconciliation week, we were proud to officially launch our first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This RAP formalises our vision to improve the health of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and embed their community needs into our everyday business and culture.

“Reconciliation” is not just a word - it is a process that requires a change of culture and positive action. It is an ongoing journey. Whether we’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what we know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.

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Apr 18 2019

New Youth Mental Health Support for Katoomba

On Tuesday, the Hon Marise Payne, Senator for Western Sydney, and Sarah Richards, Liberal candidate for the seat of Macquarie, announced that the Morrison Government will fund a new headspace service in Katoomba.

Together with the community, we have been advocating for additional youth mental health services in our region for some time and we are thrilled that Katoomba will receive a headspace service in mid-2020 to help address youth anxiety and depression.

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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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