October 2019

2019 Western Sydney Health Forum and Blacktown Hospital Open Day



YOU’RE INVITED: 2019 Western Sydney Health Forum and Blacktown Hospital Open Day

Thursday 31 October, 4 – 7.30pm
Blacktown Hospital
Free entry, all ages welcome

Western Sydney Local Health District invites you to join our Blacktown Hospital Open Day and 2019 Western Sydney Health Forum.

Join one of the behind-the-scenes tours of our new hospital building at Blacktown Hospital from 4.00pm, view health information stalls and take part in a health check or two.

Health experts will be available to provide advice and information on diabetes, organ donation, tobacco nicotine replacement and more. You’ll be able to sign up for your own personal free health coach and learn about Blacktown an Mount Druitt hospitals’ expansion project.

Attend this public meeting to find out how our services are changing to meet the healthcare demands of our growing population and take the opportunity to ask questions about what matters to you and your family in our interactive panel discussion.

Former Olympian Jana Pittman will be a guest speaker at the forum. Jana will talk about her major career change into medicine and her decision to join Blacktown Hospital has a junior medical officer.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 31 October

Hospital tours: 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Limited spots available, get in quick. Register here.

Western Sydney Health Forum: 5.30pm registration for 6.00pm start. Register here.


Parking is available on site. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information contact 8890 8257 or

Contact for more information

Jenny Harrison

0404 893 804

Submitted by Jenny Harrison

Threads of Hope: Sydney Responds to the Global Refugee Crisis



This special event brings together people with lived experience, performers and Fulbright scholars to discuss the global refugee crisis and identify opportunities to strengthen local action. We are proud to partner on this event with the Asylum Seeker Centre (Sydney).

The program features Frayed Lives convenor and Fulbright Scholar from the US, Dr Mara Adelman; keynote speakers from the Asylum Seeker Centre; former refugees and Fulbright alumni with specialist expertise. A performance will be provided by artists connected to the Asylum Seeker Centre.

Audience members will be invited to respond to talks in round table discussions and answer the question, “What can I do?” The presenters have created provocative questions and various options for how we can move to greater understanding and action on this global crisis. Light dinner will be served.

Thursday 7 November
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford St, Newtown

This is a ticketed event with a small fee to cover expenses ($15 adults, $10 concession). More information and tickets can be found here or here.



Contact for more information

Iain Butterworth

Submitted by Carly Copolov

Mental Health Month


October is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme, Share the Journey, aims to improve personal connections and links with community, and decrease any sense of isolation. 

Nearly half of all Australians will experience some form of mental health issue during their lifetime, or know someone who will, so it is important to know where to get help if you need it.

The NSW Health intranet lists a number of mental health resources available to support NSW Health staff.


One of these, WayAhead, contains a mental health services directory, crisis numbers, and a range of related information and resources. It also has further information about the Share the Journey campaign and a list of activities and events happening across Sydney and regional NSW for Mental Health Month.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. To find mental health support in your local area contact the Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511.

​Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of NSW Health

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