January 2023 Volume 9 Issue 1

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood
On behalf of Country SA PHN - employees and the Board - I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope you were all able to spend some quality time relaxing with family and friends. As 2023 stretches out in front of us, full of promise and opportunity, it’s worthwhile taking the time to reflect on how each one of us can have a positive impact as individuals and as a collective. For me personally, this means in my immediate sphere with my family and friends, and as a member of the Roxby Downs community. In a professional capacity it’s caring for my community as a General Practitioner and as the Chair of the Board of Country SA PHN. Read more...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

Country SA PHN commissions a variety of Aboriginal Health programs across country SA. Do you know what Aboriginal Health programs are in your region. To find out more click here.

General News

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care
Gather My Crew is an app designed by health professionals for patients who need help at home but don’t know how to ask for it.  The patient downloads the Gather My Crew app from the app store and sends an SMS invite to friends and family. The patient or a support person, then sets-up a list of tasks which are shared with the ‘crew’ via a shared calendar. A support crew member can then accept a task via the app and the patient is assured that they will have help with that task on the day eg transport to appointment. Read more...

Participants needed for a study on family and friend carers of palliative patients
Flinders University in partnership with Carers SA would like to talk to you about your experience of access to information and services that you need to provide care in your caring role and importantly, to maintain your own health and wellbeing. Read more...

Practice Network Meetings
The Primary Care & Digital Health Support Team will be holding the next remote Practice Network Meeting on Tuesday 14 February 2023 at 12.30pm. The meetings provide the opportunity for practice staff to be updated on Country SA PHN current activities and for practice staff to network and discuss issues and ideas with other general practice staff at a regional level. A Webex invitation will be sent to all practice managers soon.

Transition of the Australian General Practice Training Program
As part of the transition to a Service Australia payment system for AGPT training supports, the Commonwealth Department of Aged Care has provided information below for all eligible supervisors, practices, and Registrars. General practices will need to register online with Services Australia to be able to receive their training support payments from the beginning of 2023.  Read more...

New Pathways: Unsettled Infants and Babies & Faltering Growth
It is well established that the first thousand days of a child's life are significant for future wellbeing and development outcomes areas of concern for parents and caregivers, include 'unsettled' babies. HealthPathways have recently published two pathways (Unsettled Infants and Babies & Faltering Growth) that may be of assistance when supporting parents and caregivers. Read more...

Initial Assessment and Referral - Decision Support Tool Update
The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) is an initiative of the Commonwealth on establishing effective systems for the initial assessment and referral of individuals presenting with mental health conditions in primary health care settings. Country SA PHN has an IAR Training and Support Officer to provide training to general practitioners and clinicians to learn about, use and embed the IAR Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) into clinical practice. Read more...

Provider Connect Australia (PCA) is coming in 2023!
Country SA PHN's Primary Care and Digital Health Team are working with the Austalian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) during the PCA Pilot phase running from 1 November to 28 February 2023. Involvement in the pilot will provide the ADHA with valuable feedback and insights as providers use the product, to ensure PCA is fit for purpose and ready for national rollout to all health care providers in early 2023. Read more...

Practice Resources

TEN (The Essential Network) for Health Professionals
This free and confidential service connects health professionals to a network of essential resources and supports to navigate burnout and maintain good mental health. Read more...

COVID-19 Respiratory PCR Self Collect
From Monday 9 January, SA Pathology will offer the option to self-collect a PCR swab for the detection of COVID-19 and respiratory pathogens influenza A & B, RSV, metapneumovirus, parainfluenza 1, 2 & 3, adenovirus, rhinovirus, Mycoplasma and Bordetella pertussis. Read more...

National COVID-19 Health Management Plan
The National Plan has been developed to outline the Government's health supports to manage COVID-19 over the next 12 months. Read more...

Change to notification advice for COVID antiviral treatment pathways
The follow up phone call to GPs after they receive the secure messaging of the patient status is no longer needed and has ceased from 1 January 2023. Read more...

Cessation of services from 1 January 2023
As Australia moves into the next phase of living with the COVID-19 virus, further changes to the MBS apply from 1 January 2023, including changes to the Additional Better Access item and the COVID-19 GP management support service. Read more...

Immunisation updates
The Handbook will be reviewed 3 times per year following ATAGI meetings in February, May and August. Urgent updates to the content will be made as required. Read more...

Test your knowledge of electronic prescriptions 
Electronic prescriptions are a secure and convenient alternative to paper prescriptions and are especially useful when providing services via a telehealth consultation. Read more...

GoShare Practice Registration Reminder
Country SA PHN is funding GoShare for general practices to support quality improvement and provide preventive health activities within ountry SA. GoShare Plus is a ‘next generation’ SMS recall and reminder tool that brings together CAT4’s health analytics capability with GoShare’s extensive content library. Read more...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner Mentor Program
The program provides guidance to health workers interested in diabetes education or wanting to know more about diabetes and the pathways for careers in that field. The program aims to upskill health workers and practitioners and reduce the burden that diabetes places on Aboriginal people. Read more...

Medicare Taskforce
The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce has finished the planned work schedule for 2022. This will incorporate recommendation from the National 10-year Primary Healthcare Plan to improve access to care and better utilise the skills of the primary care health workforce. Read more...

Multicultural Health Connect
Multicultural Health Connect is the first national helpline to help people in multicultural communities get health information and advice. The helpline is free and confidential, and run by workers from multicultural backgrounds. Read more...

National Cancer Screening Register
The National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) has launched their new website. Design was informed from user experience, research, and testing carried out by a third-party users to improve navigating information and resources about the NCSR’s role in supporting the bowel and cervical screening programs, channels to interact with the NCSR, and privacy and security. Read more...

National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) - SHA-1 to SHA-2 transition
If your organisation uses a NASH SHA-1 certificate, you needed to update to a NASH SHA-2 by 31 December 2022, to comply with the Australian Government cyber security requirements. Read more...

Patient Assistance Transport Scheme’s fuel subsidy doubles
People living in regional, remote and rural areas who need to travel for medical treatment will now get more financial support to get to and from their specialist health appointments. The fuel subsidy for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme – called PATS for short – has doubled from 16c to 32c per kilometre, effective for appointments from 1 January 2023. Read more...

Job Postings

Open Door Health - GP and Allied Health Positions
|Open Door Health (ODH) is seeking General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapist, Dietician, Podiatrist, Psychologist, Speech Therapist) to support strong patient demand at our medical centre, Open Door Health, Mount Gambier Read more...

Professional Development

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Face to Face

Cardiac Arrhythmia Emergencies - Victor Harbor
Wednesday 8 February 2023, 5.30pm - 10.00pm
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Contraception Workshops of Nurses and Midwives - Woodville
Wednesday 8 February 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm Register Here

Mental Health Education for Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and Midwives - Nuriootpa
Thursday 9 February 2023, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
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Palliative Care in Dementia 2023 Symposium: Dying Well with Dementia - Adelaide
Saturday 11 February 2023, 8.30am - 5.00pm
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Let’s Talk About Sexual Health: Youth Focus - Woodville
Tuesday 14 February to Wednesday 15 February 2023 Register Here

Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention - Hahndorf 
Thursday 23 February 2023, 9.00am - 5.00pm
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Burns Management in Rural Regions - Port Lincoln
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
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Mental Health Education for Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and Midwives - Kadina
Thursday 2 March 2023, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
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Cervical Screening Provider Course - Woodville
Tuesday 21 March 2023, 9.15am - 5.00pm
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Mental Health Education for Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and Midwives - Waikerie
Thursday 13 April 2023, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
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Webinars / e-Learning

Naloxone: The “Epipen” for Opioids
Tuesday 7 February 2023, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
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MIA Nurse Webinar: Managing Immunotherapy Side Effects
Tuesday 14 February 2023, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
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Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers
Thursday 16 February 2023, 6.00pm - 9.00pm (AEDT) Register Here

Palliative Care ECHO
Thursday 22 February 2023, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
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Mental Health Webinar Series: Men's Mental Health
Wednesday 23 February 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Register Here

Wound Management
Monday 27 February 2023, 7.00pm - 8.30pm
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Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 2.00pm - 5.00pm (AEDT)
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Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers
Wednesday 22 March 2023, 6.00pm - 9.00pm (AEDT)
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Supporting Telehealth Services in Residential Aged Care Facilities: The case for My Health Record
Monday 24 April 2023, 2.00pm - 2.30pm
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Your Opinion Matters

National FaPMI (Families and parents who experience mental ill-health) Priorities Survey
We are interested in reaching a better collective understanding of what outcomes should be measured in research involving families where a parent experiences mental illness and achieving agreement regarding what the important outcomes are for health and social care related interventions and on the available methods to measure those outcomes. Read more...

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