June 2023 Volume 9 Issue 6

Message from the CEO

Well, winter is upon us with wet, windy, and woolly conditions setting in across country South Australia. For those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness winter weather adds even more significant challenges. Homeless Connect SA operates 24/7 to assist with emergency accommodation. Homeless Connect SA can be contacted on 1800 003 308 to help people seek warmth and stay safe this winter.

At Country SA PHN we have had a period of growth and exciting new opportunities. I would like to welcome our new staff members and wish them well. Read more...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

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

General News

Expressions of interest for Telehealth Training
CDM Plus will be holding face-to-face workshops and webinars to cover content related to the use and set up of Telehealth services and After-Hours support. The face-to-face training includes full-day workshops that incorporate both theory and practical learning. Read more...

HealthPathways SA Update
HealthPathways SA has recently developed a number of pathways within the blood borne virus sector. These includes a pathway on the diagnosis and initial management of HIV as well as PrEP HIV pre-exposure management. The PEP pathway is also in development but is awaiting the finalisation of the national guidelines, being currently updated by ASHM. Also new to the portal are the Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B pathways. Read more...

Aged Care Team

We are thrilled to bring you some exciting news to share. We are proud to introduce our expanded team, a group of talented individuals who are set to take the team to new heights. Read more...

Head to Health Phoneline
Anyone can call Head to Health on to seek advice about what mental health services are available in their region and/or have a chat to determine the level of care they may require, followed by a referral to the most appropriate service. Read more...

Practice Network Meetings

The Primary Care Support and Digital team continue to provide the monthly Practice Network meetings which are well attended by general practices across all South Australia country regions. Read more...

RACF Digital Health Access Survey
Highlights of the project so far:

  • 100% engagement with RACFs.
  • Of the 114 RACF, 100 have participated in the assessment survey conducted. (88%)
  • Of the 270 individual surveys that were sent out, 255 have responded. (95%)
  • 80% of the responders have requested training.
  • 78% of responders have requested face to face training.

General Practice Procedural Training Support Program
Applications are now open for the General Practice Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP). Applications can be made online via the ACRRM website before 31 July 2023. Read more...

Practice Resources

Initial Assessment and Referral Training
The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health on establishing effective systems for the initial assessment and referral of individuals presenting with mental health conditions in primary health care settings. Read more...

GoShare - Palliative Care Messaging Aboriginal Community Elders
Country SA PHN is working with Healthily through the GoShare Plus platform to provide messaging from Community Elders and Leaders to encourage patients to talk to their GP about the importance of an Advanced Care Directive. Read more...

Updated COVID-19 and influenza – community kit
The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website provides a collection of COVID-19 and influenza resources.  Read more...

Protect yourself and your mob from the flu this winter
Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your mob from the flu. Read more...

Digital health – Supporting better care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Healthcare professionals are all aware of the significant health challenges faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Keeping key information up-to-date and ensuring it is uploaded to My Health Record can help. Read more...

GoShare Healthy Weight Management
Healthily and Country SA PHN have co-designed a GoShare digital patient education program to deliver a Primary care-led approach to providing patients with education about healthy weight. Read more...

Updated ATAGI clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine administration errors
The guidelines from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides advice on the management of a range of vaccine administration errors, including when a repeat dose is recommended. Read more...

Job Postings

Living Well with Dr. Wilson - GP and Health Professional Positions
The Living Well with Dr. Wilson practice is looking for a GP and Health Professional to join their clinic. Standard consulting hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm. You will have the opportunity to negotiate a schedule that works for you. Read more...

Doctors on Norrie - GP Position
Doctors on Norrie is looking for a Full time VR or non-VR General Practitioner to join their team. Based in Whyalla, they pride themselves in being a family orientated, bulk billing practice with accreditation through AGPAL. Standard work hours include 10 sessions per week. Monday – Friday 9am til 5pm. Read more...

Professional Development

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Face to Face

Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment - Woodville
Wednesday 26 July 2023, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Register Here

APNA's Festival of Nursing PHN Forum - Perth
Thursday 27 July to Saturday 29 July 2023
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The Rule of 9 for Wound Management - Adelaide
Monday 28 August to Wednesday 30 August 2023
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Introduction to Chronic Disease Management - Adelaide
Thursday 31 August 2023, 9.00am - 4.00pm
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Perinatal Mental Health Conference 2023 - Adelaide
Thursday 7 September to Saturday 9 September 2023
Register Here

2023 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - Sydney
Wednesday 13 September to Friday 15 September 2023
Register Here

WONCA World Conference - Sydney
Thursday 26 October to Sunday 29 October 2023
Register Here

Webinars / e-Learning

Suicide-related behaviour among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+SB people
Monday 3 July 2023, 1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEST)
Register Here

Social Prescribing Roundtable
General Practitioners are invited to an online roundtable on 10 July 2023, 7.00pm to explore their awareness and support for using social prescribing to refer Australian patients to arts activities. Participants will receive a certificate for Continuing Professional Development hours. Read more...

Supporting clients/patients with PTSD to participate in good work
Tuesday 11 July 2023, 6.45pm - 8.00pm
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Nutrition in Chronic Kidney Disease
Thursday 27 July 2023, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Register Here

Six Steps to Cardiac Recovery online learning module
This interactive training supports health care professionals to facilitate effective bedside education after a heart attack and/or angina diagnosis. Register Here

Your Opinion Matters

Pal Care Greater Choice Service Provider Survey
This survey has been designed to help understand how palliative care is delivered in your region and to identify where improvements can be made. We recognise that as service providers, you will also have in-depth visibility and insight as to whether current palliative care services are appropriately meeting patient needs/preferences. Read more...

Workforce Development Project – Survey Open
Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) have heard from our members and the OT community there are significant workforce challenges facing the profession. To better understand the issues and the factors contributing to them, OTA would like to connect with OTs across all career stages and in all settings. Read more...

GPs wanted to co-design Young Stroke Service
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is building Australia’s first Young Stroke Service (YSS); developing care pathways and a digital platform of GPs, Allied Health, and Neurological services. Read more...

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