11 December 2017
A free preventative health initiative is being rolled out across regional and rural South Australia to help those who are overweight, at risk of chronic disease or who already have one or more chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
HEAL – the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle program – is being delivered by a range of service providers with support from Country SA PHN through its After Hours Preventative Health grants.
13 December 2017
SHINE SA believes that decisions about contraception should be made in conjunction with a health care professional and that everyone should have access to accurate and unbiased information to enable appropriate informed contraceptive choice.
LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) including the levonorgestrel IUD1 (Mirena) and the subdermal implant (Implanon NXT) are the most effective reversible methods of contraception available. They have the additional advantage of being long lasting, convenient to use and generally well regarded by most users. LARC method failure rates rival that of tubal sterilization at <1% and unintended pregnancy rates are lower than those reported for contraceptive pill users.
13 December 2017
SHINE SA believes everyone should have access to contraceptive choices, and that decisions about contraception are best made in conjunction with a healthcare professional. Cyproterone acetate pills, commonly known as Diane-35 appear to be associated with a higher risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) than levonorgestrel (LNG) containing pills, although the overall risk is still very low for most people.
For those who choose combined pills, we recommend as first choice the pills with lowest risk: those containing levonorgestrel or norethisterone as their progesterone. However, the other progestogen choices, which all carry a small increased risk of DVT compared to LNG, may be utilised if specific added benefits are required. Health professionals can review over time the experience individuals may have with their contraceptive choice.
3 October 2017
Regional Access, is a free service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone over 16, living or working in regional or remote South Australia, feeling the pressures and stresses of everyday life.
Commissioned and funded by Country SA PHN, Regional Access is staffed by professionally trained counsellors who are ready to listen, support and encourage. They will provide individual strategies to best manage situations and provide further support. Regional Access is available to anyone who has a concern, a worry or just want someone to chat with.
7 September 2017
Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that five successful applicants for the After Hours Healthy Weight & Lifestyle Grants have been selected and are now ready to commence delivering after hours programs encouraging healthy lifestyle choices across rural South Australia.
The grants program has been introduced in response to findings that 73.3% of Country SA PHN residents are considered overweight or obese, and that adult overweight and obesity rates are much higher in regional than in metro areas (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016).
1 August 2017
The world-leading online movement for alcohol behavior change, Hello Sunday Morning, has a new app, Daybreak, now free to access right across regional South Australia.
Funded by Country SA PHN for South Australian rural residents, Hello Sunday Morning uses online platforms, technology and the Daybreak app to provide people with the tools and support to help them change their relationship with alcohol – whether that’s taking a break from drinking or simply cutting back.
4 July 2017
A community forum, hosted by Country SA Primary Health Network and Black Dog Institute, has been held in Port Augusta to give input into the Federal Government’s $3 million suicide prevention trial in the local area.
Country SA PHN is one of the 12 locations across Australia taking part in the National Suicide Prevention trial which aims to tackle the problem at a regional level to help those in need.
20 June 2017
A chronic pain management pilot project is coming to the Northern Yorke Peninsula to focus on specialist care to help those in need.
Country SA PHN is partnering with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Pain Management Unit to deliver the pilot project, for the first time, to the towns of Moonta, Wallaroo, Kadina and Port Broughton to improve the effectiveness of chronic pain management.