SSW GP Link - looking out for all GPs in south west Sydney....

We have revamped the website to reflect the increased involvement of SSW GP Link at multiple levels of activities in primary care. A recent survey of our members have confirmed that members want GP Link to continue to represent GPs in the primary care sphere. We are heartened to hear that members want us to have stronger involvement in the planning of GP education in SWS.

Many members would like us to be more involved in issues affecting general practice. Because we are independent of government funding, we can act on issues that affect general practice at the coal face.

We are one of few divisions of GP in Australia that have survived and thrive since the creation of Medicare Locals and PHNs. We continue to engage and collaborate with the PHN to ensure that GP’s interests are protected. We will continue to act as GP advocates in the primary care sphere.

So that we can continue to serve you better, we would appreciate your comments on the ECHO and the website. Click here for a 1 minute survey.

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Dr David Rail, well known local neurologist will finally retire at the end of September. He has served GPs and the community at large for many years. We wish him well in his well earned retirement.

SSW GP Link is pleased to welcome Dr Caitlin Lim who has recently commence as the Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon at Campbelltown Hospital. She has a special interest in breast surgery, in particular breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery.



Working more than 55 hours a week may increase your risk of atrial fibrillation. In a prospective study of 85 494 participants over a 10 year period and after adjustment for age, sex and socioeconomic status, individuals working long hours had a 1.4-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with those working standard hours. Access abstract here.

A recent meta-analysis of 53 studies have found found no association between vasectomy and high-grade, advanced-stage, or fatal prostate cancer. Access abstract here.

Adults with persistent symptomatic asthma requiring medium to high dose inhaled steroids experience fewer exacerbations if treated with oral azithromycin. But they need to be treated for 48 weeks. Access abstract here.

Coming up next issue of Echo

  • Viscosupplementation for osteoarthritis - does it work?.
  • Contraception in Patients with Venous Thromboembolism - what is safe?

  Quick News

  • Rene Pennock, CEO of SWS PHN is stepping down in August. New CEO is being head hunted to ensure an orderly transition. Keith MacDonald is interim CEO. He’s been a friend of general practice in SWS.
  • Diabetes Injectable Workshop is locked in for Sunday, 12th November 2017 at Liverpool. Designed for GPs and PNs.  We expect a rush for places. Registration opening soon.
  • SSW GP Link’s AGM is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 16th November 2017. Mark in your calendar
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