April 2022 Volume 8 Issue 4

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood

Federal Budget 2022-2023

Greetings. I hope this newsletter finds you all well and refreshed after the Easter break.

I watched this year’s Federal Budget with a keen eye. My focus was on primary health care announcements and the accompanying funding commitments to support them. Read more...

General News

Country SA PHN Commissioned Service Providers

Country SA PHN commissions a variety of Aged Care Programs accross country SA. Do you know what Aged Care programs are in your region. To find out more click here.

Script Check SA

Script Check SA supports your clinical practice by providing 24/7 access to your patient’s monitored drug history, including details of other prescribers and pharmacies providing treatment for your patient. Read more...

iCCnet home monitoring for COVID-positive patients

Do you have a COVID-positive patient you’re worried about clinically, or a patient with risk factors for deterioration such as immunosuppression or serious co-morbidities? GPs are now able to refer directly to iCCnet for home monitoring of COVID positive patients via virtual technology and daily phone calls. Read more...

COTA SA’s Let’s Talk Aged Care

Navigating the aged care system can be very confusing, stressful and overwhelming. Country SA PHN is pleased to announce it has recently commissioned COTA SA to implement a tele-support service that is now available to anyone living in regional South Australia. Read more...

Help Stop the Flu in 2022 – Are you prepared for Winter?

Vaccination against Influenza this year is very important. Over the COVID-19 period, there has been lower exposure to the Influenza virus and lower levels of Influenza vaccine coverage, compared to previous years. With borders reopening, a possible resurgence of Influenza may occur. Read more...

National Heart Health Check Recall Program

Known as Text to Detect, this will be the largest quality improvement program of its kind in Australian primary care. Would you like to be involved in one of the largest quality improvement programs in Australian primary care? Read more...

New General Practices

The Practice Support Team have recently engaged with GPs and practice staff to assist them with their newly opened general practice clinics. The team have provided Web service support, Accreditation resources and provided information on Country SA PHN activities and programs. Two of the new practices are featured in this newsletter. Read More…

Suicide Prevention Reflection Bench

As a former Committee Member of Lincoln Alive Suicide Prevention group, Practice Support Officer Jane Cooper recently attended the launch of the Suicide Prevention Reflection Bench in Port Lincoln. Funded by Country SA PHN, Lincoln Alive engaged the Port Lincoln City Council, artist Karen Carr and Squashed Cocky to provide a space of reflection for the community to remember family and friends affected by suicide. Read more...

Healthily GoShare Diabetes Self-Management Education & Patient Recall Program for General Practice

During the COVID pandemic, GP Practices had limited opportunity to provide health assessments and support to their patients with diabetes. This has increased the risk of diabetes complications in this patient group and highlights the need for intervention strategies to support them. Read more...

Practice Resources

End-of-Life Care for Diverse Communities
A new training module for health professionals ‘End-of-life care for diverse communities’, recognises that some people in Australia may hesitate asking for help from health care services and hospitals. The module presents three fictitious cases to illustrate the importance of providing excellent end-of-life care to all people in your local community. Read more...

Why you should ask your patients about their pregnancy plans
Do you want to help your patients avoid an unplanned pregnancy and conceive a healthy baby when the time is right for them? The health of men and women at conception influences the health of their baby at birth and beyond. Read more... 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander helpline
A new crisis line has launched to provide free, 24/7, culturally safe, and confidential support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 13YARN (13 92 76) offers one-on-one yarning opportunities with Lifeline-trained Indigenous Crisis Supporters. More information

Save the Date - MBS Item Numbers and Chronic Disease Management Webinars
Country SA PHN will be providing a series of free webinars for GPs, Nurses, Practice Managers and Administration staff presented by CDM Plus. Registration details to follow. Read more...

Regional Practice Network Meetings
Monthly Regional Network Meetings continue to be well attended with practice staff wellbeing still being identified as an area of concern through the region. ReturntoWorkSA is promoting resources and support to general practices. Read more...

SA Intellectual Disability Health Service: For GPs and Specialists
The South Australian Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS), formerly known as the Centre for Disability Health, is a state-wide, specialised health service funded by SA Health. Read more...

Easy Vaccine Access (EVA)
The Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) service helps you to book a COVID-19 vaccination. Simply message the EVA call back service on 0481 611 382 between 7am to 10pm (AEST), 7 days a week. Read more...

Job Postings

ABC Surgery - Register Nurse Position
ABC Surgery looking for a Registered Nurse to join their practice. Read more...

Talunga Clinic - Practice Nurse Position
A vacancy for a practice nurse (Registered Nurse) will be coming available at the Talunga Clinic. Read more...

Dementia Australia - Clinical Nurse Consultant
Working across regional SA, the Clinical Nurse Consultant will work as a sole practitioner and be responsible for the provision of holistic nursing assessments, information, guidance, and support to enable people and their families to live well at advanced, palliative and end stage of dementia. Read more...

Medical HQ Group - GP Position
An exciting opportunity exists for a GP (VR) to join the team and provide exceptional health care to patients across rural and high-need locations across SA. Read more...

Bunyarra Medical Clinic Full-time GP Position
Bunyarra Medical Clinic is looking for a full time GP to join their private practice in the middle of Whyalla, a lovely country town in South Australia.  Read more...

Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service  Full-time GP Position
Nunyara is looking to attract the services of a full-time general practitioner to join their team. Read more...

Professional Development

For more professional development opportunities go to

Face to Face

LGBTI Inclusion Workshop - Woodville
3 May 2022 Register Here

Building your skills in acute suicide management workshop - Hahndorf
4 May 2022 Register Here

Building your skills in acute suicide management workshop - Mount Gambier
11 May 2022 Register Here

Biologic Agents in Primary Care/ Dermatology Q&A Port Pirie
10 May 2022 Register Here

2022 RDWA Annual Rural GP Conference - Adelaide
13-14 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse - Murray Bridge
17 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse – Port Augusta
18 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse – Barossa
20 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse – Port Lincoln
24 May 2022 Register Here

Webinars / e-Learning

New Diabetes Webinar Series
Session 1: Role of oral and weekly diabetes medications in treatment
4 May 2022 Register Here

Talking About Suicide in General Practice
28 May 2022 Register Here

The endocannabinoid system and medicinal cannabis: What you didn’t learn in medical school
22 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse – Webinar #1
25 May 2022 Register Here

Supporting patients with substance misuse – Webinar #2
31 May 2022 Register Here

Cardiology ECHO Network
Commencing 1 June 2022 Register Here

End-of-Life Care for Diverse Communities
A new training module for health professionals
Register Here

CrazySocks4Docs Breakfast 2022
For the first time this year the event will be beamed to rural SA doctors via a virtual registration Register Here

Palliative Care and Oncology GP Education Webinar - Session 7
Thursday 20 October 2022 Register Here

Palliative Care and Oncology GP Education Webinar - Session 8
Thursday 10 November 2022 Register Here

Your Opinon Matters

Voluntary Assisted Dying Update

The implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying in South Australia is well underway, with five working groups now established and developing the care pathways, clinical guidelines, community information, education and training requirements and pharmacy protocols. We are seeking feedback from health and medical practitioners across South Australia about their willingness and capacity to be involved in voluntary assisted dying in South Australia via an anonymous online survey.

Australian women’s knowledge and experience of perimenopause and menopause

We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete or share this short 10 minute survey so we can gain a better understanding of Australian women's knowledge and experience of perimenopause and menopause. Have your voice heard and help inform health care professionals so they are better prepared to support the physical and mental health of perimenopausal and menopausal women. Survey link.

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