September 2023 Volume 9 Issue 9

Message from the Chair

Dr Simon Lockwood

Rural Health Innovation Fund Inaugural Grant Recipients
As Chair of the Country SA PHN Board of Directors I am proud to announce the recipients of our Rural Health Innovation Fund inaugural grant round. Country SA PHN is passionate about supporting our rural communities’ goals by strengthening and encouraging innovative programs that will create positive change and have lasting impacts on the health and wellness of our country South Australian communities. Read more...

Country SA PHN commissioned service providers

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

General News

What is the Care Finder Program?
The program, commissioned by Country SA PHN, involves dedicated Care Finders who actively engage with local communities and intermediaries. Their primary goal is to provide intensive support to older individuals, helping them access services like aged care, health, housing, social services, community groups, and mental health support. Read more...

Medication Management and Polypharmacy in Older Persons
Polypharmacy is the prescribing of multiple medications which is more likely to occur in older persons due to increased prevalence of chronic diseases. Prescribing for this population is complex, requiring a balance between managing disease and minimising adverse drug reactions. Reviewing medications can lower the risk of under treatment and over prescribing. Read more...

Unlock the power of compassionate care and join us for a series of FREE short course webinars on Palliative Care. Country SA PHN is providing funding for people living and/or working in country SA, to participate in these short courses at no cost. PalliLEARN aims to build community knowledge, death literacy, compassion literacy and community capacity in relation to serious illness, dying, death and grief by providing quality and easy to understand courses. Read more...

IAR Training
Each calendar year GPs will need to record 50 hours of CPD across different activity types. With the year-end approaching rapidly, it's crucial to complete and log your mandatory 50 hours of CPD learning for the first year of the 2023-2025 triennium. IAR training sessions are CPD accredited activities with RACGP and ACCRM. Read more...

Practice Network Meetings
Each month the Primary Care Support Team offers monthly practice network meetings giving practice managers the opportunity to network, ask questions, solve problems, and give feedback and advice.  The meetings also provide the opportunity to hear about Country SA PHN current activities and updates. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17 October 2023 at 1.00pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy the networking.

Rainbow Discovery SA
The Equality Project, in partnership with Fay Fuller Foundation and funding from Country SA PHN, have been embarking on a discovery explorative project focusing on the Rainbow communities of South Australia. In the first phase we are meeting with people to understand and map the current gaps, opportunities and challenges are for the LGBTIQA+ community in SA to connect, and network and support each other. Read more...

eReferrals coming to SA Health
A single electronic referral (eReferral) system is being established across all of SA Health. The Statewide eReferrals Program, being rolled out by Digital Health SA, will enable GPs to digitally send referral forms to outpatient clinics, replacing the use of faxes and letters. Clinical Prioritisation Criteria will be incorporated into the program, which will give health professionals consistent and accurate information. Read more...


MyMedicare practice registration – Frequently asked questions
MyMedicare is a new voluntary patient registration model. It aims to strengthen the relationship between patients, their general practitioner and primary care teams. Read more...

Be Alert for Tuberculosis
Since 2022 there has been an increase in tuberculosis (TB) detected in SA with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons disproportionally represented. Read more...

GoShare Healthy Weight Management
Healthily and Country SA PHN have co-designed a GoShare digital patient education program to deliver a primary care-led approach to providing patients with education about healthy weight. Read more...

The Better Health Coaching Service is now open and accepting referrals 
The Better Health Coaching Service has commenced in South Australia, replacing the Get Healthy program. The Better Health Coaching Service is a free evidence based, confidential, telephone based program designed to help South Australians be active, eat well and reduce their risk of chronic disease. Read more...

Eating Disorder Support Service
Centacare Eating Disorder Support Service program peer-led support groups commencing online Thursday 5 October for 10 weeks, 6.00pm - 7.30pm. Read more...

RACGP’s First do no harm guide
The RACGP has released new topics in the First do no harm: a guide to choosing wisely in general practice. This living guide helps GPs and patients to make shared decisions on evidence-based health care, with QR codes for patients to access information during the consultation. Read more...

Self-Collection Could Save Your Life Posters
The Cancer Council in partnership with SHINE SA have developed a campaign demystifying self-collection. An accurate and accessible option that can make cervical screening easier and less stressful for trans and gender diverse people. As a part of this campaign, there is a set of 2 posters available for FREE on the Online Shop.

Palliative Care Connect - New Statewide Palliative Care Navigation Service
On 9 October 2023, SA Health is launching the first component of Palliative Care Connect which is the Statewide Palliative Care Navigation Service. This launch will allow SA Health to pilot and test service components in the early development phase, and refine aspects in readiness for a formal launch of the entire program in 2024. Read more...

Hip Fracture Clinical Care Standard
One in four people who fracture their hip die within a year. The updated Hip Fracture Clinical Care Standard (2023) offers guidance on pain management, time to surgery, mobilisation, and prevention of future fractures. Read More...

RACGP MyMedicare First steps: What is it, What do I need to know?
Webinar recordings includes a broad overview of MyMedicare, the goals of MyMedicare and Q&A. Read more...

Emergency Response Planning Tool
Summer is around the corner and a timely reminder for general practices to update and publish their Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT). Read more...

Gender Connect Country SA Resources
Two news resources have be developed to support health professionals - Guide to Trans and Gender Diverse Health; and Referral Pathways for Trans and Gender Diverse Affirming Care. Read more...

My Aged Care e-Referrals
My Aged Care e-Referrals enable health professionals, in particular GPs, to refer patients for an aged care assessment of their needs to determine their eligibility for Australian Government-subsidised aged care services directly from their Practice Management System (PMS). Resources and education materials can be accessed here.

SA Intellectual Disability Health Service
The SA Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS) is a state-wide, specialist health service funded by SA Health which provides medical, mental health and allied health assessment and consultation for adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs. Read more...

New mental health resources available for health professionals
Health professionals can now access new and updated mental health resources, micro-learning and online learning pathways through the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) Program. Read more...

Chronic disease Team Care Arrangements (TCA’s) and Case Conferences
In Australia, most care for people with chronic conditions is provided in the primary health care setting. Primary health provides a range of services delivered outside of hospitals and represents the front line of Australia’s health care system. Read more...

Silicosis Support Nurse Service
Access tailored information and guidance about your silicosis diagnosis through Lung Foundation Australia’s free Silicosis Support Nurse Service. Their highly skilled nurse can provide you with confidential advice on how to manage the condition, symptom management and provide referral to relevant support services. Read more...

Silicosis Peer Support Groups 
Whether you are living with silicosis or caring for someone who is, connecting with others can help you to understand and learn how to cope with your condition. Find out about Lung Foundation Australia’s Silicosis Peer Support Group for carers and register your interest today. Read more...

Professional Development

For more professional development opportunities go to

Face to Face

Accidental Counsellor PLUS– Safely and effectively support someone who might be in crisis - Port Pirie
Tuesday 10 October 2023, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Register Here

EMET Cardiac Emergencies - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 18 October 2023, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Register Here

EMET Cardiac Emergencies - Cummins
Thursday 19 October 2023, 8.30am - 11.30am
Register Here

EMET Cardiac Emergencies - Tumby Bay
Thursday 19 October 2023, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
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Webinars / e-Learning

Kidney Failure: Integrating primary and tertiary care
Tuesday 17 October 2023, 7.00pm - 8.00pm 
Register Here

Suicide Postvention for Community GPs
headspace National GP Program has collaborated with academic, clinical, and lived experience subject matter experts to co-design this webinar series for GPs. Read more...

Screening for health behaviours in the early years: what are the opportunities for implementation in primary health care?
2-hour online interactive workshops will take place during September-October 2023.  Workshops dates and times will be set according to participant availability. Read more...

JBI Postgraduate Research Degrees 2024 intake 
JBI Postgraduate Research Degrees are currently accepting applications for formal expressions of interest in three research degree pathways: Master of Clinical Science (MClinSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Applications will close on 5 October 2023, with candidate interviews occurring on a rolling basis between September - November 2023. For information on how to apply click here.

Introduction to Working with Trans and Gender Diverse People 
This online course has been developed to support people in their understanding of gender diversity.
Register Here

Your Opinion Matters

An exploration of Australian Clinicians' consultations, treatment choices and management for bacterial skin infections.
University of Canberra would like to hear about your experiences with bacterial skin infections. The aim of this research is to look at the current treatment practices, influencing factors and challenges faced by Australian Clinicians when managing skin infections. Read more...

Take part in a national survey about providing LARC and EMA in primary care
Are you a GP, practice nurse, or community-based pharmacist working in primary care? The AusCAPPS Network is inviting you to participate in a national survey about providing long-acting reversible contraception and early medical abortion in primary care. Read more...

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