February 2022 Volume 8 Issue 2

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world at present. As you read this foreword, we are still managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is the threat of war in Ukraine, economic uncertainty, financial market turmoil and we also have upcoming State and Federal elections in the mixSome or all of this will have an impact on individuals and organisations, to a greater or lesser extent, and no doubt the way we go about our daily lives. Read more...

General News

NASH Certificate
Country SA PHN Digital Health team is busy supporting health care providers in the single biggest upgrade of connections between all health care providers and Services Australia in March. These system changes require health care providers to update to the latest version of their Clinical Information Systems to process claims and exchange health information by March 14. Read more...

RDWA Education Services
Country SA PHN is pleased to announce the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) as the sole provider of Country SA PHN’s education services to country South Australian primary health care providers until June 2023. RDWA and Country SA PHN value the importance of workforce education as a key support activity for upskilling, knowledge sharing and providing professional development within the primary health care sector. Read more...

HealthPathways - Coeliac Awareness Week 13 – 20 March 2022

Coeliac Disease can be hard to spot, it’s a master of camouflage, it affects people from all over the world, young and old. Untreated, it can cause fatigue, brittle bones and even cancer. HealthPathways SA supports health professionals in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Coeliac Disease via pathways and associated referral pages. Read more...

World’s Greatest Shave

At Country SA PHN we are all very proud of our own Anthea Kemp, Country SA PHN Aboriginal Health Assistant Manager, signing up to shave off her long, luscious, lustrous, lavish, locks for the World’s Greatest Shave proudly supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. Donations to The World’s Greatest Shave further life-saving research and support families facing blood-cancer. 

Anthea has raised an amazing $3,370 so far. With an extra $1,430 Anthea can achieve the Discover Badge which will fund the costs of the laboratory time for a research project for three months. Reads more...

WANTED! General practices in country SA interested in the management of patients with insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea
Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea are the two most common sleep disorders managed in general practice. However, GPs report limited access to tools, knowledge, treatment and referral options to effectively manage these sleep disorders. Read more...

Are you Prepared for Mandatory us of ScriptCheckSA?

From 1 April 2022, you must use ScriptCheckSA when prescribing a monitored drug. On 25th November the ADHA announced that the national roll-out of electronic prescriptions will now be supported in South Australia. Read more...

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap (CTG), previously only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians living with, or at risk of, chronic disease, is now available to all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians, regardless of where they live or their chronic disease status.

Additionally, more health care providers can now register patients for the CTG Program. Read more...

Grant Opportunities now Open – Palliative Care in SA

The State Government Palliative Care Grants Program 2022 is to support non-government organisations that can bring innovative ideas to improve service delivery at patient and system level throughout the end-of-life care cycle across South Australia. The Program follows the 2020 round, which focused on priority populations, workforce capacity, as well as South Australians living in residential aged care facilities. Read more...

Practice Resources

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Bushfire Items
MBS Bushfire item numbers have been extended to the 30 June 2022. This extension provides the continuation of mental health support for a further 6 months to aid recovery from the bushfires. Further information on MBS bushfire items can be found here.

Blood glucose monitoring weekly log sheet
This log sheet helps patients record their blood glucose levels and to make note of the different things, such as food and drink, physical activity and medications, that can impact those levels. Click here

Chronic Disease Management and Care Planning Education for CVC Program Nurses
APNA is working in conjunction with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to provide practice nurses, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers and community nurses (RN or EN who are employed by a DVA contracted Community Nursing provider to provide community nursing services) with free education to help them deliver the best possible care to their patients enrolled in the Coordinated Veterans' Care (CVC) Program. Read more...

Collection of CSF specimens for Alzheimer’s Disease
SA Pathology sends CSF specimens for the highly-specialised Alzheimer test to the National Dementia Diagnostics Laboratory (NDDL) at the University of Melbourne. From 28 February, the NDDL will commence using the Roche Generation II (GII) CSF assay for detection of Alzheimer’s disease(β-Amyloid (1-42), Phospho Tau, Total Tau), requiring a significant change to the specimen collection requirements. Read more…

Substitution instrument to address shortage of abatacept (Orencia)
The TGA has implemented a Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument (SSSI) to address a shortage of Orencia abatacept 125mg single dose ClickJect prefilled autoinjectors and Orencia abatacept 125mg single dose syringes until 30 April 2022. Read more...

Resources and Support to Manage Burnout and Maintain Good Mental Health
Black Dog Institute have online support for general practice staff which is designed by health professionals for health professionals. Further information can be accessed here

Job Postings

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. This would be a perfect opportunity for an experienced GP looking for their next challenge with excellent remuneration. Read more...

Talunga Clinic - Practice Nurse Position
A vacancy for a practice nurse (Registered Nurse) will be coming available at the Talunga Clinic. We have branches at Mount Pleasant and Birdwood. Preferably we are looking for someone with previous practice nurse experience. 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 our team of Aboriginal Health Practitioners & Workers, other General Practitioners, Nurses, Allied Health professionals and visiting specialists. Read more

Minlaton Medical Centre GP Position
Due to the recent departure of one of our GPs we are looking for an enthusiastic and committed rural GP to join this long standing practice in the beautiful rural town of Minlaton on the Yorke peninsula about 200 kms from Adelaide. Read more

Professional Development

For more professional development opportunities go to

Face to Face

SHINE SA Youth Mental Health First Aid - Woodville
Register Here

Contraceptive Implant for Nurses & Midwives - Woodville
Register Here

Neonatal Advanced Life Support and Common Problems in Neonatology - Bedford Park
Register Here

Let’s Talk About Sexual Health: Youth Focus
Register Here

Focused Psychological Strategies: Advanced Management of Anxiety Disorders - Barossa
Register Here

Depression Dilemmas - Port Lincoln
Register Here

2022 APNA Conference Roadshow - Adelaide
Register Here

ACNP National Conference 2022 - Sydney
Register Here

Webinars / e-Learning

Complex Care Pathways for Aged Care Residents
Register Here

Mental Health Reimagined
Register Here

Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers
Register Here

Youth in Distress: Managing Suicidality and Self-harm (Blended)
Register Here

Talking About Suicide in General Practice
Register Here

Your Opinon Matters

The PCOS in general practice study – call for participants for a 15 minute survey
Western Sydney and Monash Universities are undertaking research on the translation of clinical guidelines on PCOS in general practice. The project aims to understand the barriers to and enablers of using tools that have been developed to assist GPs in providing care to women with PCOS. Read more...

Share this article