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Health Services

5 March 2019

Drug and alcohol support

Vision: To work collaboratively to support a flexible and coordinated drug and alcohol treatment sector that is responsive to the holistic health needs of community members experiencing drug and alcohol disorders, their families and supports.

PHNs are funded to increase the service delivery capacity of the drug and alcohol treatment sector through:

  • improved regional coordination and by targeting areas of need, with a focus on methamphetamine use in the community
  • improving the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment services for individuals requiring support and treatment, particularly for methamphetamine use, by increasing coordination between various sectors, and improving sector efficiency.

To achieve this we undertake regional needs assessment and the commissioning of evidence based drug and alcohol treatment services to bridge gaps and to meet the needs of local communities. We also work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote quality improvement approaches and support health professionals through education and training.

 Click here to view and download the CESPHN Services Guide which includes commissioned drug and alcohol services. 

The Department of Health has provided guidance to PHNs in relation to drug and alcohol treatment activity.

For information on our drug and alcohol needs assessments, and operational plan visit the Health Planning page.

8 September 2014

  • women’s health
  • rockdale

Cervical Cancer

Expansion of self-collection for cervical screening – Important information for healthcare professionals

From Friday 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) has expanded screening test options, now offering self-collection of a vaginal sample as a choice to all people participating in cervical screening. 

Attached are key messages to help you to understand what these changes mean for you and your practice/clinic and how to work with the Pathology laboratory that processes your tests.
It would be appreciated if you could disseminate this throughout your networks. You can also find a link to the key messages on our website.

Also on our website is a new page for the general public about self-collection, go to

A range of resources to help you promote self-collection and support your discussions with your clients, in particular Aboriginal women and is available from the National Cervical Screening Program website:

In addition to the above resources, a video interview and FAQs for healthcare providers supporting the updates to the clinical guidelines are now available through Cancer Council Australia.

National Cervical Screening Program Clinical Guidelines: Important changes for women at intermediate risk:

In light of new evidence, changes to the NCSP’s Guidelines for the clinical management of women at intermediate risk will come into effect from 1 February 2021. This follows the Cancer Council Australia Clinical Guidelines review of national data from the renewed program. 

It is now recommended that women with a 12-month follow up HPV (not-16/18) result with LBC prediction negative, pLSIL or LSIL (intermediate risk result) should be recommended to undertake a further HPV follow up test in 12 months’ time following their previous HPV test instead of referral to colposcopy. 

Further information about the changes and the revised cervical screening pathway flowchart is now on the NCSP website

Changes to the clinical management of women at intermediate risk – frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Update from the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program:

The National Cervical Screening Program is encouraging healthcare providers to continue to offer routine screening and follow up, understanding that patients may be feeling uncomfortable about attending for screening and healthcare providers/clinics have different capacities and arrangements for managing their patients.

To support your patients during this time, please refer to:

This guidance is supported by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.  

Future updates will be provided on the Department of Health Cancer Screening website.

If you or your staff have any further queries, please email

Cervical Cancer Screening Program Officer
Lauren Walker |

Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable – but screening is vital. Around 80 per cent of Australian women who develop cervical cancer do not get screened regularly as recommended, or have never been screened.

From 1 December 2017, women in Australia are benefiting from a new and more effective screening test for cervical cancer — it’s more accurate and requires testing less often.

Resources for health professionals ( including guidelines,template links)
      • The National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines for 1 December 2017 onwards, can now be accessed at the Cancer Council Australia website.
      • Education and Training courses for GPs and practice nurses can be found at Family Planning NSW.
      • The Pathology Test Guide for Cervical and Vaginal testing provides context for using the variations of cervical screening and shows what to write on the pathology request form on the Dept of Health website.
      • Understanding the National Cervical Screening Program Management Pathway: a guide for health professionals is also a useful reference to help ensure the correct test is requested from the Dept of Health website.
      • A comprehensive summary of information about the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program, resources for patients and where to go for more details can be found at the Cancer Institute NSW
      • GP Fact Sheet: The Cervical Screening Test for Pregnant Women 


CESPHN can work with practices to ensure female patients are screened through:

    • Support to implement recall and reminder systems
    • Support to ientify patients due and overdue for screening
    • Support to implement recall and reminder systemes
    • Provision of appropriate resources
Information for health professionals to give to consumers

Cervical Screening During Pregnancy Resources 

For hard copies of these resources, contact the South Eastern Sydney LHD Women’s Health Team

19 July 2012

After Hours

Get the right care no matter what time of day

Health problems can occur at any time. So what are your options when illness or injury strike in the after hours?

After hours services are an option for you when regular primary health care services are closed.

After hours providers and services include, but are not limited to:

  • GPs
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Allied health professionals
  • 24/7 telephone lines
  • Various health outreach services

If your condition is life threatening call 000 or visit your nearest emergency department immediately.

The hospital emergency department is for major, life threatening illnesses and injuries. If you’re simply feeling unwell or have a minor illness or injury, you have the following options:

  • Call your local GP
  • If your regular GP is not available, visit HealthDirect to find a GP you can talk to.
  • Call HealthDirect for 24/7, free health advice from a registered nurse: 1800 022 222
  • Use Find a Pharmacy to locate a local pharmacy and speak to a pharmacist about your condition.





Check your symptoms

Not feeling well? You can check your symptoms here to get a better idea of what is going on for you or someone you care for.

Do you need a GP, Pharmacist or Health Service?

Search for a GP, pharmacist or other health services open after hours through The National Health Services Directory (NHSD).

The NHSD helps you to find your closest health provider/and or service open now, including after hours.

Do you need medical advice, but your usual doctor or health provider is unavailable?

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What is CESPHN’s After Hours Program?

CESPHN’s vision is better health and wellbeing for the people who live and work across our region.

The After Hours program supports this vision by working to improve access, increase efficiency and effectiveness of after hours primary health care services within Central and Eastern Sydney.

CESPHN works collaboratively with stakeholders focusing on strengthening pathways, increasing availability and promoting better health outcomes in after hours primary health care. Our focus is person centred and this informs our actions around supporting our regional population, specifically targeting groups who have limited access to health services and are vulnerable.


What is the After Hours Program Currently Commissioning?



There are two commissioned projects provide care to individuals experiencing or at risk of primary and secondary homelessness.

Kirketon Road Centre (SESLHD)

Operates a mobile outreach team with an equipped van to regular locations in central Sydney. This service provides primary care, care coordination and linking to health services

Location: Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 9360 2766

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (hyperlink)

Provides complex care coordination and case management to individuals who present at St Vincent’s Hospital emergency department with complex support needs. This project is an expansion of the already established complex care coordination program originally running at SVH

Location: 390 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 8382 1111


We currently support the expansion of multiple established geriatric flying squads, whose role is to provide rapid services to residents in residential aged care facilities. Our commissioning of these program allows for the further support and increase in capacity of operational hour. The current services we are working with are:

  1. Southcare Community Outreach, Sutherland hospital (SESLHD)
    Services the Sutherland Shire catchment area
    Ph: (02)9540 7963
  2. Prince of Wales Hospital Geriatric Outreach Service (SESLHD)
    Services Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
    Ph: (02) 9382 2470
  3. War Memorial Hospital Geriatric Flying Squad (SESLHD)
    Referral from GP required
    Ph: (02) 9369 0400
  4. St George Hospital Geriatric Flying Squad (SESLHD)
    Referral from GP required
    Ph: (02) 0477 320211


St George After Hours GP Service

Location: 1 South St KOGARAH NSW 2217
Ph: (02) 9553 0795

CESPHN has supported the expansion of this service.


Practice Incentive Payments (PIP) for After Hours

The After Hours Practice Incentive Program (PIP) aims to support general practices to provide their patients with appropriate access to after hours care. The PIP is administered by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Department of Health.