November 2022 Volume 8 Issue 11

Message from the CEO

Mark Hartigan
As an organisation with our heart in the health of the country our people are spread far and wide across the state. Immersed in their communities they understand the way different rural communities tick and how we can best work with them to improve primary health care in country South Australia. Due to our organisation’s geographical spread we don’t get the chance to regularly meet with one another face to face. A perennial highlight on our calendar is always our annual All of Staff meeting which gives us the opportunity to come together as one. Read more...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

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

General News

Transition of the Australian General Practice Training Program
Services Australia - Registration for support payments. As part of the transition of the AGPT program, training support payments will be paid through a Services Australia payment system. The new support payments will commence from semester 1 2023. The new support payments will be available to accredited training practices, supervisors, and registrars. Read more...

Initial Assessment and Referral- Decision Support Tool
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...

Vulnerable Population Vaccinations
Country SA PHN recently funded and supported a pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination clinic at the Port Augusta Basketball Carnival.  Stellar Health provided the clinic administering COVID boosters, providing advice on all immunisation queries and handing out goodie bags for the community members who received their vaccinations. During the two-hour period twenty people attended the clinic with eighteen vaccinations administered. Headspace Port Augusta where also present handing out valuable information to the community.

The National Palliative Care Standards
The National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professional and Aged Care Services has been developed to complement the National Palliative Care Standards (NCPS) 5th edition 2018, with the aim of supporting better experiences and outcomes for people receiving generalist palliative care. Read more...

Digital cyber security awareness
One of the biggest risks to healthcare organisations’ cyber security is the human factor. Cyber-attacks can lead to loss of data, disruption to service delivery, and financial loss. The Australian Digital Health Agency has developed a free eLearning course for people who work in healthcare. Read more...

Mental health support – Medibank cyber incident
The Australian Government is committed to helping Australians impacted by the Medibank cybercrime and has developed information for people affected to access a range of mental health supports available for impacted Australians. Read more...

Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment
The Australian Government announced a payment for registered nurses working in residential aged care, home care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme settings. This payment recognises the integral role of registered nurses in delivering high quality aged care to our senior Australians. Read more....

Practice Resources

Disaccharidase Testing
SA Pathology has developed a new test information sheet regarding disaccharidase testing collection and transport to ensure high quality biopsy specimens are provided for testing. Read more...

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program
Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents and carers tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Read more...

Emerging Minds Families
A brand new suite of resources have been developed to meet the needs of parents and families looking for information and support regarding infant and child mental health. Read more...

Bowel Cancer Screening Project
Understanding the perspectives of general practice toward the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: a qualitative study to inform the co-design of a general practice led intervention. Read more...

National Cancer Screening Register - Clinical software integration
Healthcare providers can access the National Cancer Screening Register via its Healthcare Provider Portal, or by integration with clinical software (BP, MD, Communicare). Practices can book a support session to help with software integration. Read more...

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive
Updates to the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) aim to improve continuity of care and health outcomes for First Nations people with chronic disease. Read more...

Expanded access to COVID-19 oral antivirals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
From Tuesday, 1 November, eligibility for COVID-19 oral treatments through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, has been widened so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, aged 30 years or over, will require only one risk factor (from the current list of risk factors) instead of two, to meet the definition of high risk. Read more...

New ATAGI recommended COVID-19 vaccines and doses
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released a series of posters on ATAGI recommended COVID-19 doses and vaccines for general, immunocompromised, and special populations. Read more...

Palliative Care Resources for GPs and Nurses
The CareSearch Information Portal plays a vital role in providing evidence-based online palliative care knowledge for health professionals.  CareSearch has recently produced a series of Guides for General Practitioners which highlight key CareSearch resources to deliver better palliative care within the community. CareSearch has also recently updated and expanded their Nurses Hub to reflect current practice and provide access to more practical information.

Do you need to update your National Authentication Service for Health (NASH)?
All healthcare provider organisations must transition to NASH SHA-2 by 31 December 2022 to maintain access to important digital health tools such as electronic prescribing, secure messaging, and My Health Record. Read more...

Point-of-care testing for general practices
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has recently clarified the requirements for general practices to be accredited to the RACGP Standards for point-of-care testing (5th edition) (PoCT Standards). Read more...

MBS Online November 2022 News
News containing information on changes to the MBS for 1 November 2022. Read more...

AusCAPPS Community of Practice
The Community of Practice is designed to help you as a clinician connect with your peers and access expert knowledge and information. Read more...

RACGP – Responding to sexual harassment by patients
The guide has been designed to support general practitioners (GPs) and general practice staff in responding to sexual harassment by patients or their carers. RACGP - Responding to sexual harassment by patients

Health of the Nation 2022 Report
The RACGP General Practice: Health of the Nation report provides annual insights and draws on specifically commissioned research spanning six years to highlight point-in-time and longer-term trends in Australian general practice. RACGP - General Practice: Health of the Nation 2022

Free Interpreting Services (FIS)
Eligible allied health practitioners in Mount Gambier can apply for access to the FIS via the TIS National website. Read more...

Job Postings

Mount Compass Medical Centre GP position
Part time General Practitioner 4-6 sessions,
located in Mount Compass, a small country town, our Medical Centre is expanding and progressive. We have recently moved into brand-new purpose-built premises. Read more...

headspace Murray Bridge - Seeking expressions of interest from GPs to work with headspace
Are you a GP with skills and interest in working with young people 12-25 years and want to be part of a dynamic, passionate headspace team? Read more...

headspace Murray Bridge - Experienced Mental Health Clinician Position
Do you have a passion for working with young people and their families to improve their mental health? Read more...

Professional Development

For more professional development opportunities go to

Face to Face

Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2022 - Adelaide
Thursday 1 December to Saturday 3 December 2022
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A weekend getaway with a difference: Prehospital trauma care for rural clinicians - Hahndorf
Friday 28 April - Sunday 30 April 2023
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Webinars / e-Learning

What’s New in Chronic Kidney Disease:  treatments and initiatives
Thusday 1 December 2022, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
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National Training – Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare
Tuesday 6 December 2022, 12.00pm - 2.30pm
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Neonatal Issues: The 6 Week Check
Tuesday 6 December 2022, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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Obesity prevention in early childhood from preconception to 4 months
Thursday 8 December 2022, 7.00pm - 8.30pm (AEDT)
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National Training – Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare
Monday 12 December 2022, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
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Paediatrics Education Series: Autism
Tuesday 14 January 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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Paediatrics Education Series: Cough and Wheeze in Children & Adolescents
Tuesday 17 January 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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Mental Health Webinar Series: Women's Mental Health
Wednesday 25 January 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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Palliative Care ECHO Program
Commencing 22 February 2023
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Mental Health Webinar Series: Men's Mental Health
Wednesday 23 February 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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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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Supporting telehealth services in residential aged care facilities: The case for My Health Record
Tuesday 2 May 2023, 11.00am - 11.30am
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Your Opinion Matters

Health Care Provider Research Project
Monash University are interested in the experiences of health care professionals providing preventive sexual and reproductive healthcare for women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Findings from the survey will be used to inform the service provision and education needs of health care providers working in this sector. Read more...

Survey participants wanted! We want to know about your views and experiences of offering self-collection for cervical screening
This is a short survey about your views and experiences of offering self-collection for cervical screening as part of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). Read more...

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