September 2022 Volume 8 Issue 9

Message from the CEO

Mark Hartigan
Head to Health Tender Now Open
As part of the 2019-2020 Budget, the Australian Government announced it would invest $114.5 million over five years to undertake a trial of eight Adult Mental Health Centres, with one to be established in each state and territory.

The sites planning and development have been further informed by the Inquiry into Mental Health and all governments response to COVID-19. 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

PenCS Awards
The Pen CS Awards recognise excellence in data-driven quality improvement in general practice and Aboriginal Medical Services across Australia. Two general practices in country South Australia have been nominated, both Broughton Clinic and Goolwa Medical Centre have been nominated for the Patient Centred Care award. 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 our region. GoShare allows a practice staff member to send information embedded as a link in an SMS to patients. It can increase patient understanding and motivation to participate in preventative health campaigns and quality improvement activities. Read more…

Palliative Care Pathways
South Australia’s Palliative Care Strategic Framework (2022-2027) recognises that ‘families, and carers, deserve access to, and receive the best possible end of life and palliative care’. To support this, HealthPathways has developed a suite of palliative care pathways and referral pages with input from key members of the Statewide Clinical Network on Palliative Care, as well as experts in the field across SA including a number of GP Clinical Editors. Read more...

Residential Aged Care Telehealth Support Grants
Country SA PHN is pleased to announce the launch of the Residential Aged Care Telehealth Support Grants. These grants will enable aged care services providing residential care with access to technology, that is needed to be able to conduct telehealth consultations within a facility. Read more...

Breathe better on Yorkes - A new community asthma program
To help people ‘breathe better ’in the southern Yorke Peninsula, Asthma Australia has been funded by Country SA PHN to bring a new service to help tackle the high rates of asthma in the area. Driven and led by community members, it aims to be a value-add to local health care services. “We are excited to have this new asthma project coming to us here on Yorkes. This is going to be such a beneficial service for anyone living with asthma to gain more information and awareness and can hopefully give us the tools to be better prepared in case this should ever happen again” Cara said. Read more...

Caring@Home Clinical Box for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people 
Caring@Home has released its free Palliative Care Clinic Box which includes a range of hard copy resources for families, health professionals and clinical services. These resources have been tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to support families manage a variety of symptoms, including safely giving subcutaneous medicines for a person who chooses to be cared for at home. Order Here

End of Life Discussion Starters
PCA Discussion Starter series and Card packs have been developed to reach into communities to normalise early conversations about the end-of-life, rather than waiting until more time-critical or medical-focused discussions need to occur. These free resources have been developed to help Australians work out what’s right for them if they were to become very sick or at the end of their lives. Order Here

Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that the Care Finders Request for Tender is now open
Organisations who wish to apply for Country SA PHN tenders, and receive tender notifications must register on the e-Procurement system. Organisations already registered via TenderLink are reminded to regularly check and update their contact details with TenderLink, to ensure timely receipt of notifications. Read more... More information on the Care Finder program can be found here.  

SA Virtual care service for aged care providers
The South Australian Virtual Care Service (SAVCS) has been established aiming to provide timely access to high quality specialist care with rapid emergency assessment and pathway navigation enabling 70% of patients to avoid transport and ED presentation and/or admission where appropriate. Read more...

Community Vaccinations
Country SA PHN will be funding a pop-up COVID Vaccination clinic at the South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Sport Carnival at Kilburn oval in Adelaide on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October 2022. Vaccinations will be offered during the two-day carnival with free goodie bags to be provided for anyone who gets vaccinated. Free packets of antibacterial wipes are also being funded and provided to each sporting team to support safe practice. Read more...

Management of patients with insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea
Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea are the two most common sleep disorders managed in general practice. However, GPs report limited access to tools, knowledge, treatment and referral options to effectively manage these sleep disorders. Read more...

Palliative Care ECHO Program 2023 (SAPMEA) – Exploring areas of interest: GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals
SAPMEA in partnership with Country SA PHN, Adelaide PHN and the Rural Support Service will deliver a six session ECHO program run fortnightly across February 2023 - May 2023. The program will be open for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals. Details and registration for the program will occur later this year. Read more...

Doctor, Do you have a GP?
During busy and challenging times, it is the last thing doctors are thinking about….‘your own health’. The Doctors’ Health SA model is about your whole health and supporting you throughout your medical career – personally and professionally.  The many transitions across your career pose different challenges along the way and it is important to have a good team around you, and that includes having your own GP. Read more...

Cancer Screening Grants
Wellbeing SA is pleased to announce that the Cancer Screening Grants are now open, which includes Grants of up to $5,500 to support innovative projects aimed at increasing participation in cancer screening. For application forms and details of each grant category, visit Cancer screening grants. Applications close 5pm, Friday 25 November 2022.

Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool
Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool eight initial assessment domains provide assistance when determining mental health referral and treatment. The Initial Assessment and Referral guidance identifies eight domains that should be considered when determining the next steps in the referral and treatment process for a person seeking mental health support. There are four primary assessment domains and four contextual domains. Read more...

Practice Resources

Getting help for Long COVID
The Department of Health and Aged Care has released a factsheet on long COVID aimed at consumers.

RACGP  A safe place – tips and tools
RACGP has developed a resource to ensure people in general practice remain safe and secure, focusing on the prevention and management of patient initiated threats to the personal safety of general practice staff. To download a copy of the resource click here.

National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program Manual
This manual for government-subsidised residential aged care providers covers: the aged care quality indicators, how to collect and submit your data; a range of tools and resources to support continuous improvement; information on how to access and use the QI Program tools in the My Aged Care portal. Read more...

National Cervical Screening Program – Cervical screening explained (other languages)
This language set contains translations of the National Cervical Screening Program. It outlines what a Cervical Screening Test is and the test options available to participants. Read more...

Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard
The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard aims to improve the early assessment, management, review and appropriate referral of patients with this common health condition. Read more...

Updated resource: First Aid for Asthma (FAFA) charts
National Asthma Council Australia first aid for asthma charts are designed to be used by people with training in first aid.

Oncology support for regional GPs and emergency departments – 24/7 on-call service
The Regional Medical Oncology On-call service is available 24/7 to GPs and emergency departments requiring advice for any patient under the care of a regional oncology service. Read more...

Verification Process for PIP In-reach
The PIP In-reach vaccination payment is a time limited payment to support general practices that undertake in-reach COVID-19 vaccination services for residential aged care and disability workers in their place of work, and residents in aged care or disability support settings. Read more…

Aged Care Registered Nurses' Payment
In the 2021-22 Budget, 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...

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

Understanding bowel screening – Flip chart guide for Indigenous people
The flip chart is designed to be used by health professionals talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about bowel screening. It can be used with small groups or with a single person. Read more...

Health updates to keep your mob safe
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on COVID-19 vaccines, and other health updates. Read more…

ScriptCheck SA
ScriptCheckSA is a clinical tool providing real-time monitored medicines prescription information for prescribers and pharmacists to support safer clinical decision-making. Read more…

CDM Plus Webinars
The final series of the MBS Medicare and Chronic Disease Management webinars presented by Jane Calligeros from CDM Plus have now been delivered to general practice staff.  The recorded webinars are available on the Country SA PHN Health Connections Community (HCC) platform. For access to HCC please email

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...

Littlehampton Medical Centre - GP Position
A rewarding  opportunity exists for a  General Practitioner  FT/PT at Littlehampton Medical Centre, a well established, spacious, purpose built medical practice. 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...

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

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...

Professional Development

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Face to Face

ACNP National Conference 2022 - Sydney
Thursday 13 October to Saturday 15 October 2022.
Register Here

Intellectual Disability Awareness and Inclusion Workshop - Port Augusta
Wednesday 19 October 2022, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
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Communicating with People with Intellectual Disability Workshops - Mount Gambier
Friday 21 October 2022, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
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Even Miracles Take a Little Time: Fertility & Preconception Conversations - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 26 October 2022, 6.00pm - 9.15pm
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Statewide Symposium on Supportive Care  Planning in Chronic Non-Malignant Disease - Adelaide
Friday 4 November 2022, 8.30am - 4.30pm
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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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Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2022 - Adelaide
Thursday 1 December to Saturday 3 December 2022
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Webinars / e-Learning

Complexities in working with co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug presentations
Tuesday 4 October 2022, 6.45pm
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Think Rare, Think Care, Think Together- Palliative Care Australia
Wednesday 5 October 2022, 3.00pm - 4.00pm
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Targeting Comorbidity in AOD Treatment with EMDR Therapy: An Introduction and Overview
Thursday 6 October, 1.30pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)
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Palliative Pharmacotherapy ECHO- GP Partners
Wednesday 12 October 2022, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
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National Paediatric Palliative Care Conference
Thursday 13 October to Friday 14 October 2022, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Register Here

Responding to Domestic Violence with a Trauma-Informed Lens for GP’s and Primary Care Providers
Thursday 13 October 2022, 3.00pm - 5.00pm (AEST)
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End of Life Law for Clinicians
Thursday 13 October 2022, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
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Managing change within your practice
Thursday 13 October 2022, 7.00pm - 8.00pm (AEDT)
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Multicultural Perspectives on Advance Care Planning- Advance Care Planning Australia (Online Free Event)
Wednesday 19 October 2022, 10.00am - 11.00am
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Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2022
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What GPs need to know about payroll tax
Thursday 27 October 2022, 7.00pm - 8.00pm (AEDT)
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Mitochondrial Disease: Testing and Referral Pathways
Tuesday 29 November 2022, 6.30pm - 7.00pm
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Limited places remain for online trauma informed care training: Supporting Individuals after a Disaster
90-minute Supporting Individuals after a Disaster course is tailored to the needs of general practice and community health staff. The course also includes a module on best practice treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. Register Here

Your Opinion Matters

The SA Cancer Plan
SA Health is developing a new five-year statewide cancer plan that will be informed by community experiences with cancer care in the state through YourSAy online consultation. The plan will provide clear guidance and consistency for SA Health and its partners about the priorities, future direction and approach to cancer care in South Australia. It will provide an agreed vision and direction for all elements of cancer care – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care.

Seeking interview participants for ARC-funded ‘Autonomy in Reproductive Genomic Testing’ project
This bioethics project is investigating the experiences and attitudes of health professionals towards the concept of ‘reproductive autonomy’ in relation to the use of genomic testing in pregnancy. It is funded by the Australian Research Council and has research ethics approval from the University of Sydney (Ref: 2021/651). If you would like to know more, please email Dr Kerryn Drysdale:

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