October 2022 Volume 8 Issue 10

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood

Mental Health Month has been a time to reflect about our own mental health and the impact that we are having as an organisation on the lives of country South Australians.

As a society we are increasingly aware of the importance of recognising mental health. One in five Australians are affected by their mental health annually. The impact of COVID-19 has had a major and immeasurable impact on our mental health as a community, but the stories of resilience and connection in country South Australia are inspiring and remind us of the power of our collective efforts. Read More...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

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

General News

HealthPathways SA: Elder Abuse and Neglect
A new pathway has been developed to support general practitioners and other health professionals identify potential cases of elder abuse and neglect. Elder abuse is wilful or unintentional harm caused to an older person by another person with whom they have a relationship of trust. Around one in 20 older Australians experience abuse from someone they know and trust, however this often remains hidden. Read More...

Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool -5 levels of care

Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool uses 8 initial assessment domains that are used to match the clients to one of the five appropriate levels of care. Read More...

Country SA PHN GoShare Practice Registration
Country SA PHN is funding GoShare for 12 months for general practices to support quality improvement and preventive health activities within country SA. GoShare allows a practice staff member to send patients information embedded as a link in an SMS. It can increase patient understanding and motivation to participate in preventative health campaigns and quality improvement activities. Read More...

PenCS Awards
Congratulations Goolwa Medical Centre for being honoured by receiving the Patient Centred Care award at the PenCS Awards this month for their outstanding work in Heart Health and 45-49 Health Checks. 

Also, a special mention to Broughton Clinic who was also nominated for the PenCS awards in the outstanding work they provided in the Shingles Prevention GoShare trial and received a 64% response rate. Read More...

Vulnerable Population Vaccinations
Country SA PHN recently funded and supported a pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination clinics at the Navigating Aged Care Expo in Cummins and Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula.  Stellar Health provided the clinic administering COVID boosters and providing advice on all immunisation queries. 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...

Text to Detect: National Heart Health Check Recall Program
10 general practices in country SA registered for the Text to Detect National Heart Health Check Recall Program being  supported by Country SA PHN. Enrolled practices have commenced booking their baseline reporting appointments. During the baseline appointment Healthily, will step practices through the process of identifying eligible patients, sending of the recall message and collection of the baseline report that is being captured via an automated Cat4 report.

Palliative Care Program Update
We would like to introduce Sally Patten to the role of Palliative Care Lead for the ‘Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care’ (GCfAHPC) measure. Country SA PHN is pleased to be supporting the Commonwealth-funded measure which has been provided to boost palliative care coordination and integration to support people who have a life-limiting condition, by improving choice and quality of care and support in the home. Read More...

RACE Rural Health Workforce Research and Development Symposium
Saturday 19 November 2022 The Riverland Academy of Excellence (RACE) supported by Flinders University will be holding a Symposium to mark 25 years of rural medical training in the Riverland and the first anniversary of RACE. The Symposium is for all doctors who completed their medical training in the Riverland in the last 25 years, their supervisors, as well as doctors, medical students and doctors in training currently working in the Riverland Read More....

The Importance of Coordinating Patient Care
In End-of-Life Essentials new module, 'The Importance of Coordinating Patient Care', is the exploration of end-of-life care needs in the scenario of 'George' during his transfer from his residential aged care facility to the hospital, and after assessment, back to his facility. Patients at the end of life have usually been receiving services from various health professionals for many years. Read More...

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line closure
The SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is no longer operating as of Saturday 1 October. Your patients can access COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing support through the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1800 512 348 or using their online chat service.The SA Health COVID-19 Mental Health Support web portal also provides information on a range of other mental health support services and resources that can assist your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice Resources

CPD is changing for doctors across Australia
As of 2023 continuing professional development (CPD) is changing for not only GPs but doctors of every speciality across Australia.  The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has outlined new annual CPD requirements. Read More...

New Advance Project Dementia Training and Resources
The new Advance Project Dementia, led by HammondCare and funded by the Australian Government, provides free, practical, evidence-based training and resources that make it easier for aged and primary care professionals to initiate courageous end-of-life conversations and assess the palliative care needs of people living with dementia, to enable better care. Read More...

Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) Seminar Series Video Collection
The Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) Lunchtime Seminar Series is a showcase of the Centre members’ and guest speakers’ research and its implications for palliative care, death and dying across the community, and health and social systems. Read More...

National Cervical Screening Program
Anyone eligible for a Cervical Screening Test under the National Cervical Screening Program (i.e., women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 years who have ever had any sexual contact) can choose to screen either through self-collection of a vaginal sample using a simple swab (unless a co-test is indicated), or clinician-collection of a sample from the cervix using a speculum. Read More...

The STAAR-SA project aims to improve pathways of care for older people aged 65 years and over after discharge from hospital. Read More...

Mental Health Training Standards 2023–2025
This edition is shorter and provides clearer and more concise information about the requirements of GP mental health training and education. Read More...

Don't let METH take hold - Know your options
Further information about the campaign can be found at Know your options as well as factsheets for consumers and health professionals.

Every Moment Matters
Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has launched new resources and training for health professionals and Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) sector workers, that provide evidence-based information about alcohol, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Read More...

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) vaccines 
SA Health has expanded the eligibility criteria for this funded immunisation program to include people who live and work along the River Murray who have a higher risk of contracting JEV. Read More...

Updated eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and can be managed at home. Some people who are at higher risk may need specific antiviral treatments prescribed by their healthcare provider. Learn about who is eligible for COVID-19 treatments. Read More...

Cancel It Resources
Country SA PHN have developed posters for general practices to display in the waiting room to remind patients how important it is to cancel their appointments if it is no longer required.  The posters are available in A3, A4 size and a social media tile is also available. To order a copy of the Cancel It posters please contact

Job Postings

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...

Skylight Murray Bridge - Community Mental Health Worker
Skylight is recruiting a Community Mental Health Worker to work within the Country Wellness Connections program in the Murraylands. Read more...

McRitchie Surgery – Whyalla GP Position
We are a solo GP Practice seeking a General Practitioner to join our friendly team here at McRitchie Crescent Surgery in Whyalla, South Australia. 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...

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...

Norfolk House Medical Centre - GP Position
Norfolk House Medical Centre has an opening for a GP to join their mixed billing practice. Read more...

Professional Development

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Face to Face

Statewide Symposium on Supportive Care  Planning in Chronic Non-Malignant Disease - Adelaide
Friday 4 November 2022, 8.30am - 4.30pm
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SA Cancer Plan Consultation Workshops - Mount Gambier
Wednesday 9 November 2022, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
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Kidneys, Diabetes & Heart: The clinical importance to make the link - Mount Gambier
Thursday 10 November 2022, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
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SA Cancer Plan Consultation Workshops - Whyalla
Friday 11 November 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm
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Communicating with People with Intellectual Disability Workshops - Hahndorf
Tuesday 15 November 2022, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
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Intellectual Disability Awareness and Inclusion Workshop - Victor Harbor
Tuesday 15 November 2022, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
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SA Cancer Plan Consultation Workshops - Port Pirie
Friday 18 November 2022, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
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Communicating with People with Intellectual Disability Workshops - Port Lincoln
Saturday 19 November 2022, 9.00am - 12.30pm
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GP Mental Health Skills Masterclass - Adelaide
Saturday 19 November 2022, 9.00am - 5.30pm
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Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2022 - Adelaide
Thursday 1 December to Saturday 3 December 2022
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Webinars / e-Learning

Unzipping the Taboo: Undressing sexuality and intimacy as part of cardiac care
Wednesday 2 November 2022, 7.00pm - 8.30pm
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Alcohol harm reduction in pregnancy: practical approaches for frontline clinicians
Thursday 10 November 2022, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
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ReturnToWorkSA General Mental Health Services: Community Based Care
Thursday 10 November 2022, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
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Consultation open – Accreditation scheme for the National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for Community Managed Organisations 
Thursday 17 November 2022, 11.00am - 12.30pm (AEDT)
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Palliative Care, Death and Dying Across the Community, and Health and Social Systems
Tuesday 22 November 2022, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
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Mitochondrial Disease: Testing and Referral Pathways
Tuesday 29 November 2022, 6.30pm - 7.00pm
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New online learning suite Working with children who have experienced trauma
Emerging Minds has developed a suite of free online learning courses and resources to assist different practitioners – from students and volunteers through to specialist practitioners – to understand and support children and families who have experienced trauma. Read More...

Your Opinion Matters

Help shape the future of vaccine safety surveillance in Australia – GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists needed
Researchers at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) are conducting a study investigating the current utilisation of vaccine safety surveillance systems by immunisation providers across Australia. Read more...

SA Palliative Care Services Plan and Model of Care consultation
Following the launch of the South Australian Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2022-2027, SA Health are developing a Palliative Care Services Plan and Model of Care Framework. SA Health are seeking feedback from people receiving palliative care, family members and carers providing support, and the palliative care workforce,

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