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Winter Health 2024

In 2024, we're expecting another severe season of respiratory illnesses, throughout the winter months. Vaccination remains the most important measure to prevent severe illness and complications. The PHN recognises the vital role that Health professionals have in communicating the benefits and safety of immunisation and to counter misinformation.

Advice and Resources for Health Professionals

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Respiratory illnesses like influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are more common during winter but continue to circulate in our community all year.

The RACGP Winter Planning Toolkit focuses on infection prevention and control; workforce protection and planning; processes for patient management; and minimising the risk of cross-infection and provides a valuable resource to prepare your workplace for the upcoming winter season. For further information see the Winter Planning Toolkit

The NSW Immunisation Strategy 2024 – 2028 (the Strategy) aims to enhance access to vaccination and reduce the impact of vaccine preventable diseases in NSW and provides a comprehensive framework for healthcare providers to improve immunisation rates.

Ensuring widespread vaccination coverage, along with implementing effective infection prevention and control measures, remains critical in mitigating the impact of respiratory illnesses and protecting public health in our regions.


HealthPathways is an online health information portal for GPs and other primary health clinicians, to be used at the point of care. It provides information on how to assess and manage medical conditions, and how to refer patients to local specialists and services in the timeliest way.

Visit Hunter New England and Central Coast HealthPathways.

As HealthPathways is a dynamic collaboration between local primary health care clinicians and the Local Health Districts there are separate portals for both the Hunter New England and Central Coast regions.

HealthPathways is NOT designed to be used by patients or general community members and as such a username and password are required to use the site.

If you are a health profession and would like access, register here for the Central Coast and here for Hunter New England HealthPathways.

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