May 2024 Volume 10 Issue 1

Message from the CEO

Mark Hartigan

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Country SA PHN Newsletter – a place where we highlight some of the activities we are supporting, funding, and commissioning to help reduce the gap in health inequity for country South Australians.

It’s also a place where we share events, training, professional opportunities, and other activities from organisations actively supporting the health and wellbeing of all those living in rural and remote communities across our state. Read more

General News

Rural Health Innovation Fund

It has been an exciting and incredible start to the year for the inaugural Rural Health Innovation Fund with many events and programs being held for round one grants over the last few months.
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Practice visits

The Primary Care and Digital Health Support Team have recently been on the road visiting general practices in Port Augusta, Whyalla, Goolwa and Mount Compass.
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GoShare Healthy Lifestyle Program

The program is a new and innovative way to support consumers with conversations about healthy lifestyle, body image and weight.
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Care Finder program update

The Care Finder program continues to support many older people who require intensive help to access and connect with aged care services and other community supports.
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Head to Health Phone Service

Neami National has been appointed as the new service provider to deliver the Head to Health Phone Service in Country South Australia from 1 July 2024.
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Syphilis revised pathway

As the Syphilis outbreak spreads in South Australia, GPs can stay up to date with the latest practice guidelines on HealthPathways.
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Practice network meetings

The Primary Care and Digital Support team have established a practice network meeting for practice nurses following feedback from face to face visiting in the regions.
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Family Domestic and Sexual Violence Pilot

The project team is seeking input from GPs, Aboriginal Health Workers, primary care practice staff, FDSV and support services across Country South Australia.
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Industry News

Improving access to clinical trials in rural and remote general practices
The PARTNER Network is a long-term investment recognising the importance of building capacity in rural general practice and primary care in clinical trial development and participation. Read more

Heart Week 6-12 May
This Heart Week we are encouraging health professionals and to never miss a beat by using the Aus CVD Risk calculator during their next Heart Health Check. Read more

Palliative Care community information event
Country SA PHN recently attended ‘Embracing living, Embracing endings’ a Palliative Care and Compassionate Communities event in Port Lincoln. Read more

New and improved Advance Care Directive Kit
Improvements have recently been made to the Advance Care Directive Kit in response to feedback received from the public, key stakeholders and the health sector. Read more

MyMedicare About You
The Department of Health and Aged Care has introduced the ability for patients to provide additional information about themselves as part of their MyMedicare registration. Read more

Registering for Provider Connect Australia
New demonstration videos have been developed to support organisations to set up and register for Provider Connect Australia™. Read more

My Health Record security and access policy
Many resources are available to support practices in creating their My Health Record security and access policy. Read more

MBS Level E long consultations of 60 minutes or more
The new Level E consultation items will improve patient care outcomes. Read more

PBS update for April 2024
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has recently provided a number of updates.
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Movember’s Indigenous Men’s Health: A Community Empowerment Grant is open
Annual funding of up to AUD $700,000 per applicant is available for 5 years to improve SEWB among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander boys and men in Australia. Read more

Palliative Care Connect
Palliative Care Connect is a statewide service that provides information and links to palliative care and bereavement supports in South Australia. Read more

South Australia joins Paediatric Improvement Collaborative
Clinicians working with children and young people now have access to over 200 Clinical Practice Guidelines endorsed for use in South Australia. Read more

Nicotine poison prevention in children
Reminder to General Practitioners after an increase in the number of calls made to the Poison Information Centre due to accidental exposure to nicotine products. Read more

New in my health app
A secure and convenient way for individuals to access My Health Record. The National Health Services Directory (NHSD) is now integrated with my health app. Read more

Cyber security for General Practice
Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. It requires us all, both healthcare providers and consumers to think securely. Read more

NASH SHA 2 Certificate Expiry
Is your NASH certificate expiring? It has been 2 years since we started moving Practices from NASH SHA 1 to SHA 2. Read more

SA remote and regional dental clinic quarterly schedule
Operational dates and contact details available 
for April to June 2024. Read more

Definition of a general practice
The new definition has been published for the purpose of accreditation. Read more

Job Opportunities

Treatment Room Nurse

Registered and Enrolled nurses are invited to apply for a Treatment Room Nurse position at Waikerie Medical Centre. Applications close Friday 10 May 2024. More information

Professional Development

Face to Face

To view all professional development opportunities click here

Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Time to Flourish
Saturday 11 May 2024, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
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Mastering the Art of HEIDI and Wound Management
Wednesday 15 May 2024, 5.45pm - 9.10pm
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Contraceptive Implant Training for Registered Nurses and Midwives
Wednesday 3 July 2024, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
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STI & BBV Workshop for Nurses and Midwives
Wednesday 4 September 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm
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LGBTIQ Inclusion Workshop
Wednesday 16 October 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm
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PalliLEARN Education Courses
Free short courses on Palliative Care held in Murray Bridge. More information

Last Aid Community Education Program
Free training sessions held in Clare and Victor Harbor. More information

Trauma Treatment in Adults Workshop
Sunday 12 May 2024, 9.00am - 4.00pm
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Certificate in Sexual Health for Registered Nurses and Midwives
17 - 21 June 2024, 9.15am - 5.00pm
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Contraception Workshop for Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 23 July 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm
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Pregnancy Choices Training
Wednesday 25 September 2024, 9.15am - 5.00pm
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Practical Methods for Health Economic Evaluation Short Course
23 - 25 October 2024
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Alcohol and Other Drugs for Primary Health Workshops
Free workshops held in Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Berri and Ceduna. More information

Webinars / e-Learning

To view all online training opportunities click here

Launch of clinical care standard for psychotropic medicines
Thursday 9 May 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm 
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LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care
Free eLearning on delivering LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care. More information

Alcohol use in older adulthood: Physiological impacts and effective treatment options webinar
Tuesday 28 May 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm 
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Cyber security for General Practice
Access free eLearning modules and on-demand webinars. More information

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