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December 2021 Volume 7 Issue 12

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Message from the CEO - Kim Hosking

Yet another challenging year draws to a close. We have all learnt to ride the COVID-19 roller coaster and while the ride has had twists and turns for us all, it’s important to acknowledge and recognise that some of us have had more loop the loops on this roller coaster than others. The need to look out for our families, friends and colleagues has never been more important.

Country SA PHN continues to commission Regional Access, a free professional telephone and online counselling service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people 15 years and older living or working in regional South Australia. https://saregionalaccess.org.au/

A diverse range of mental health services are operating across country South Australia. Country SA PHN commissions a broad range of services across our communities to accommodate from mild to severe mental health conditions. They include targeted support for young people, those in residential aged care facilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and CALD communities. Country SA PHN continues to collaborate with our service providers on suicide prevention. We have expanded support to headspace and continued suicide prevention services in our capacity under the National Suicide Prevention Trial as well as maintaining psychosocial mental health support activities across rural and remote South Australia.

Country South Australian primary health care providers continue to work on the front line against COVID-19, while continuing to provide care for all the existing services and support that we rely on. We thank them for their ongoing work in an uncertain and untested environment.

From all of us at Country SA PHN I wish everyone a relaxing and safe holiday season and a happy new year.

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