May 2023 Volume 9 Issue 5

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood

The end of this month marks some significant times of awareness and reflection on our Australian calendar – National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week and National Palliative Care Week. While our lives are busy and complex, these events serve as timely reminders for us to stop and acknowledge, learn, and reflect. It’s a reminder that in our spheres of influence we can all make a difference. We can all choose to act with humility and kindness rather than evoke division. Read more...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

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

General News

Peer Workers recognised in Gender Connect Country SA Service
Country SA PHN commissions SHINE SA to deliver the successful Gender Connect Country SA service.  This service provides a safe entry point for transgender, gender diverse, or gender questioning people to receive confidential support, advice, and understanding via lived experience Peer Support Workers. Read more...

HealthPathways SA - Retiring COVID-19 Access 
From 1 June 2023 HealthPathways SA will be retiring the temporary COVID-19 login access. What does this mean?  If you need a new login or are having trouble logging in, please head to our Get Access page. After registering, you will receive a new username and password. Want to find out more about HealthPathways SA? Start exploring today.

Flu season is here!
Managing the risk of influenza is an important seasonal consideration, especially for our vulnerable populations. HealthPathways SA has all of the up-to-date information you need to help mange your patients such as Influenza - Community; Influenza Immunisation; Pandemic Influenza. Read more... Access HealthPathways SA here.

E-Prescribing and Active Script List Webinar
Wednesday 31 May 2023, 6.30pm 
Country SA PHN along with Australian Digital Health Agency will be hosting an Electronic prescribing and Active Script List Webinar.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the Australian Digital Health Agency, and a champion in digital health for pharmacy, as they detail the current place of Electronic Prescriptions and the Active Script List in the healthcare landscape. They will also discuss the integration of these digital health tools into routine practice and the implications on workflows. This session is intended for General Practitioners, Practice Managers, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Dispensary Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants. Please click here to register.

Head to Health Phoneline
Anyone can call Head to Health on 1800 595 212 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...

Provider Connect Australia’s national rollout Stage 1.2
Provider Connect Australia national rollout stage 1.2 has commenced. This is opened to practices registered in VCF Connect, they are able to take part in the priority rollout of Provider Connect Australia (PCA) this will ensure your practice will have access to the best available tools for publishing information about your vaccines (and other) services during the winter season, before it is opened to the wider General Practice community. Read more...

COVID-19 Aged Care Worker Leave Payment Grants
A new grant will be available from 1 July 2023 to support permanent or casual aged care workers caring for older Australians most at risk of severe illness. Australian Government funded residential aged care and home care providers will be able to apply for a reimbursement of up to $750 per week for payments they have made (from 1 April 2023) to permanent or casual employees that have no personal or sick leave entitlements available and need to take leave because they have tested positive to COVID-19. Read more...

No Shame in Getting Tested Campaign Resources
Funded by Country SA PHN, the No Shame in Getting Tested campaign by AHCSA and SHINE SA has been created to start conversations around HIV and STIs to help reduce HIV/STI stigma and raise awareness of STI prevention including condom use, testing and treatment. Help us share the No Shame in Getting Tested message by ordering free resources including: posters, badges and stickers (for organisations in regional and rural SA only).  Order resources here

Practice Resources

The new my health app is now live
Now it is easier for patients to keep track of their health information and share it with their healthcare providers, using the new my health app. The app gives patients secure, convenient access to their My Health Record information on their mobile device. Read more...

Emergency Response Planning Tool
Australia overall experiences a range of emergency events like 'natural disasters' including bushfires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes and landslides. These events cause great financial hardship for individuals and communities and can result in loss of life. There are also more localised events such as power outages, loss of systems, loss of premises or even intruders to think about. Read more...

iBobbly is a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over who are feeling sad and down, might be having thoughts of hurting themselves and have access to a smartphone or tablet/iPad and data for downloading. Read more...

Winter 2023 Influenza vaccination campaign resources now available
Department of Health and Aged Care launched the influenza campaign on 24 April 2023. It encourages people to get the flu vaccine ahead of the 2023 flu season. Read more...

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second deadliest cancer behind Lung Cancer in Australia. In preparation for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day, Pen CS has the Stand Up to Cancer' booklet available for sharing with your General Practices and Aboriginal Health Services. Read more...

Initial Assessment and Referral
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. Read more...

Offering bowel cancer screening to your patients just got easier
Encouraging your patients aged 50 to 74 to screen for bowel cancer just got easier, with the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program now enabling healthcare providers to bulk order program kits and issue them to eligible patients.

Medicare Benefits Schedule/Medicare compliance – Summary of useful links
The RACGP has compiled links to information about the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Medicare compliance which can be easily accessed from one central location. You can learn more and access the webpage by visiting the RACGP website

Services Australia update
Services Australia has released its latest update with reminders for Approved Pathology Authorities to check application requirements, changed PBS safety net signature requirements, and ensuring that patients are getting their Medicare claims. You can subscribe to updates here.  

Taking Stock
Taking Stock is a community-driven website providing accurate and up-to-date mental health information for farmers. It offers a range of resources, including personal stories, news articles and expert insights. Rural communities have tremendous knowledge about the challenges and opportunities facing rural people and how to work together to build wellbeing and social connectivity.  Read more...

Job Postings

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

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

For more professional development opportunities go to

Face to Face

EMET Major Trauma - Coober Pedy
Tuesday 13 June 2023, 9.00am - 4.15pm
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EMET Rural Skills - Coober Pedy
Wednesday 14 June 2023, 9.00am - 12.00pm
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Asthma in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding - Ardrossan
Wednesday 14 June 2023, 6.00pm
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ADHD GP Shared Care Program - Welland
Wednesday 21 June 2023, 6.15pm - 9.15pm
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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 Wednesday30 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
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2023 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - Sydney
Wednesday 13 September to Friday 15 September 2023
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Webinars / e-Learning

Exploring the health and aged care interface - improved integration
Wednesday 14 June 2023, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
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Supporting the mental health of bereaved parents after miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death
Wednesday 28 June 2023, 6.45pm - 8.00pm 
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Introduction to Working with Trans and Gender Diverse People
This online course has been developed to support people in their understanding of gender diversity.
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Undergraduate Certificate Aged Care Health Essentials
The course is designed to help you to develop basic knowledge and skills for your role in aged care, or as a carer of an older person at home. Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course.
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Undergraduate Certificate Health Care Essentials 
The course will develop knowledge and skills for roles in the disability, respite and aged care sectors. Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course.
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Your Opinion Matters

Family and friends supporting the mental health of paramedics
Are you supporting a paramedic experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal distress? The paramedic does not need to have a diagnosis. Maybe you have noticed a change in mood, behaviour or dependency on drugs or alcohol? Minds Together's new research project is designed to help you to support paramedics displaying any symptoms of mental ill-health or suicidal distress. Read more...

GP Research Survey - Childhood Obesity
As primary care providers to children, general practitioners are in a unique position to screen and initiate a timely intervention for overweight and obese children. This study will help establish the current childhood obesity management practices of Australian general practitioners and identify clinician perspectives on barriers and enablers to clinical management. Read more...

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