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Our activity to commission the Integrated Primary Health Care program into wide areas of country SA has reached the point where preferred providers have been selected and notified to progress their implementation by 1 July this year.

The program is designed to extend and update the old Rural Primary Health Service program provided by the Commonwealth nearly 15 years ago.

The program provides funding for additional allied health and other primary health care services to local communities of fewer than 5000 persons, with the requirement that the services are provided in the community, rather than to the community and include the requirement for community accountability for same. 

Whyalla headspace opening Thursday 19 April 2018
Photo (L-R): Reg Harris, CSAPHN Senior Manager - Mental Health & AOD; Andrea Triggs, CObH Operations Manager; Zieco Skeldon, CObH CEO
Photo (L-R): Kim Hosking, CSAPHN CEO; Rebecca Aspey and Tyrone Coulter, headspace Youth Advisory Members & MCs 
Photo (L-R): Sinead Hollingworth-Hughes, headspace staff member; Tracey Usher, headspace staff member; Michelle Dunemann, CSAPHN Regional Coordinator North & West; Nicolle Carter, headspace staff member; Venessa Blinman, CSAPHN Regional Coordinator North & West 

HealthPathways South Australia goes live!

Monday 26 March 2018 signalled ‘Go Live’ for the HealthPathways South Australia portal. This significant milestone was celebrated with a small local event and included the release of a new video introducing HealthPathways SA and showing how it can be used by health professionals. Read more...

Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery - Finalist for the AGPAL and QIP 2018 Excellence Awards announced for Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year 

Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that Murray Bridge Day Night Surgery has been nominated as one of the finalists for the AGPAL & QIP Excellence Awards. AGPAL received a large volume of high calibre nominations from around the nation, which were judged by a panel of industry experts.
The judging panel were captivated by the numerous stories of team work, innovation, safety and quality, and innovative initiatives. Read more...

Practice Support/ Health Care Homes - Building Strong Relationships: Reflections from Practice Support Facilitators
There are characteristics and abilities that professional mentors/practice support facilitators need to achieve successful relationships with colleagues, GPs, practice nurses and practice staff.
This includes being open and honest, caring and non-judgemental, ensuring that practices can reflect on their processes and beliefs in a supported and safe environment. Read more...
Health Care Home participating Practice Managers and CEOs attending the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) 2018 conference

World Immunisation Week is held annually during the final week of April

Aiming to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, this year’s theme is ‘Protected together, #VaccinesWork”.

Emma Young, Regional Manager with Country SA PHN  in the Yorke and North region stated, ‘this week is an important opportunity to remind everyone that immunisation saves millions of lives world-wide, remembering that it doesn’t just protect you, but also protects your family, your friends and your community as well.’ Read more...
Courtney Thorpe, Regional Coordinator Yorke & North Country SA PHN and Julianne Badenoch, Practice Nurse Medical HQ Ardrossan preparing for the 2018 flu season
Emma Young, Regional Manager Yorke & North Country SA PHN and Kylie May, GPYP Liaison Officer with immunisation resource LuLu’s Good Day

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Thursday 31 May 2018, 1.00pm - 5.15pm, Aboriginal Health Council of SA 220 Franklin Street Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register email or call Kate Freeman on 03 8699 0576.

Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship 2018
The National Mental Health Commission is pleased to announce the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship, a prestigious program for early and emerging leaders who have a passion and commitment to improving outcomes for people with lived experience of mental health issues.
Applications close 11 May 2018, for more information or to apply go to 

Lung Health Awareness Month 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2018
During Lung Health Awareness Month in May, the Lung Foundation will be working to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung disease, the fact that anyone can be affected, and to remind people about the steps they can take to check in with their lung health via our two minute Lung Health Checklist at

Genomics in general practice
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has released a new guide that aims to assist general practitioners (GPs) in the fields of genetics and genomics.
Genomics in general practice is primarily intended for use by GPs and other primary care staff. Although it was not designed for use by patients and consumers, this resource does contain some information for that audience. Genomics in general practice is now available at the RACGP website.

The Nurse and Medical Practice Assistant (MPA) Manual 

There have been major advances in practice nursing in recent years, and a rapid expansion in the role of the practice nurse. Practice Nurses play a key role in supporting and coordinating a patient’s entire health care journey, rather than focusing on just a specific disease or condition. This role is underpinned by the principles of delivering coordinated and patient-centred care, creating partnerships across different health providers and sectors, improving patient outcomes and enabling improvements across the system. 
The Nurse and Medical Practice Assistant (MPA) Manual is a guide to all aspects of clinical practice.  If you would like access to the manual, please contact the Practice Support Team via email

The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre 

Mount Gambier - Monday 7 May to Friday 11 May 2018, Bowls Club 172 Commecial Street West Mount Gambier, for centre hours click here.

Murray Bridge - Monday 21 May to Thursday 24 May 2018, John Dohler Hall 31 Swanport Road Murray Bridge, for centre hours click here.

Bordertown - Monday 28 May to Tuesday 29 May 2018, Bordertown Football Oval Woolshed Street Bordertown, for centre hours click here.
Port Lincoln - Monday 28 May to Thursday 31 May 2018, Yacht Club 1 Eyre Street Port Lincoln, for centre hours click here.

Strathalbyn - Wednesday 30 May to Thursday 31 May 2018, Strathalbyn Library 1 Coleman Terrace Strathalbyn, for centre hours click here.

Talunga Clinic - Psychologist
Talunga Clinic is looking for a psychologist interested in renting a room at either our Mt Pleasant or Birdwood branch. The rent fee is nominal and includes our administration staff making patient appointments, confirming and billing them. We are looking for someone who will bulk bill, -days and rooms are flexible at the stage.

The need for services would ensure at least one day per fortnight and probably double that towards the end of the year when our current psychologist retires. The current psychologist sees 9 patients a day once a fortnight but her bookings are already for over 3 months ahead so there is plenty of scope to see more patients and in a shorter waiting time.

For expressions of interest please contact Carol (Monday to Thursday) on 8568 0080 or email
Port Augusta Medical Centre - 3 full-time GPs wanted
The job is open primarily to VR General Practitioners (FRACGP, FACRRM etc), but if you're an outstanding Non VR GP (Level 2,3,4 or Generally Registered), we'd be happy to meet you also.  We can accommodate up to 3 IMG Doctors.
An inspirational team to join, lots of community spirit! Beautiful location, nearby hospital and you will be a part of a highly supportive network of GPs. Great income in a professionally run, busy clinic up to 70% of billing. A company owned by Doctors - so therefore, no pressure or corporate spin.
Plenty of aged care, nursing home and hospital work opportunities also on offer.

If this sounds like a place for you, please contact the practice on 08 8641 1055.
Naracoorte Physiotherapy Clinic  - Physiotherapist Wanted
An exciting opportunity exists for a motivated physiotherapist in the regional town of Naracoorte. Full time position for a qualified physiotherapist with AHPRA registration and flexibility in work hours.
The Clinic has a team of 4 physiotherapists and 2 administration staff in a modern clinic with a hydro pool, providing hospital inpatient and public & private outpatient treatment as well as opportunities in occupational health, paediatrics and Pilates classes.
For further information or to apply contact the clinic on (08) 8762 8130 or email
Owen Terrace Medical Practice - GP Wanted
We are looking for you! Owen Terrace Medical Practice in Wallaroo is currently served by the practice owners and principals Dr Daniel James and Dr Mei Wee and GPEx Registrars. 
The successful applicant will be a kind, caring and compassionate fellowed  Doctor who has a reputation for their strong work ethics ,great team spirit and a community minded approach to providing evidenced based Medical Care. 

If you see yourself embracing a rural lifestyle, being active in the community and supporting the culture of team in your workplace please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Mary-Anne Clayson on 08 8823 2002 or the practice website for more information.

Cultural safety crucial in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare A joint statement from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Public Health Association of Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia and National Rural Health Alliance has been released encouraging healthcare providers and professions to embrace the concept of cultural safety. The full statement can be viewed at
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people resources available, Information sheet for GPs; Information sheet for ATSI Health Workers and Nurses
Fourth National Hepatitis B Mapping Report contains updated estimates for 2016 on the prevalence, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of hepatitis B. Download a copy of the report here.
First National Hepatitis C Mapping Report contains estimates for 2016 on the prevalence, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of hepatitis C. Download a copy of the report here.
Optimal Cancer Care Pathways outlines the best cancer care for specific tumour types. The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis. For more information go to
My Aged Care website enhancements new homepage and simpler navigation across the website with a focus on the pathway to accessing aged care services and the introduction of colour coded pathways to help people identify the different aged care programs.
Guidance for providers on My Aged Care complaints The department has developed a fact sheet about the My Aged Care Complaints Management Process for providers, copies are available for download here.
End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) the resources support health professionals and aged care staff to provide care to older Australians in residential aged care and in the community. To download the resources go to
Medicines: the hidden contributor to falls and hip fractures therapeutic brief is available for downloaded at
Jean Hailes 2018 Women's Health Survey is one of the country's most revealing insights into the health concerns, fears and needs of women in Australia. Survey opened on Tuesday 10 April 2018 and closes on Tuesday 5 June 2018, click here to take the survey.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
STI/HIV Education - Port Lincoln 
Wednesday 2 May 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Port Lincoln Hotel 1 Lincoln Highway Port Lincoln. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

4th Sustainable Mental Health - Sustainable Communities The Possibilities of the Open Mind Conference - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 30 May to Thursday 31 May 2018, Port Lincoln Hotel 1 Lincoln Highway Port Lincoln. Cost to attend $150, for more information or to register go to
Yorke & North Region
Sleep Apnea - including diagnosis and management - Maitland
Tuesday 5 June 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Maitland Information Centre 3 Robert Street Maitland. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Port Pirie
Friday 15 June 2018 - Saturday 16 June 2018, Uniting Country SA Conference Centre and Training Complex 3 Parham Street Port Pirie. For more information or to apply go to

Central Region
Diabetes Insulin Titration – Victor Harbor
Thursday 24 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, McCracken Country Club McCracken Drive Victor Harbor. No cost to attend for more information or to register go to
Common ENT problems An evening of case studies - Mount Barker
Tuesday 19 June 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Auchendarroch House 17 Adelaide Road Mount Barker. No cost to attend for more information or to register go to

South & East Region 
Menopause Update - Mount Gambier
Thursday 3 May 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

The 10 Tips to help you sleep at night - Berri 
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, FocusOne Health 3 Riverview Road Berri. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to
Diabetes Insulin Titration – Mount Gambier
Monday 21 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Mount Gambier Hotel 2 Commercial Street West Mount Gambier. No cost to attend for more information or to register go to

Cultural Awareness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Mount Gambier
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 6.15pm - 9.15pm, Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to 
Sports Injury professional development event - Renmark
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Renmark Resort Conference Room Sturt Highway Renmark. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

Metro Region
Physical Activity - Helping people achieve their daily dose
Friday 4 May 2018, 9.00am - 12.30pm, Education Development Centre 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to
ASHM - General Practice Sexual Health Update 
Saturday 5 May 2018, 8.30am - 4.00pm, Pavilion on the Park Veale Gardens Corner of South Terrace & Peacock Road Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to 
AMC Clinical Exam Preparation Workshop
Saturday 5 May to Sunday 6 May 2018, 8.30am - 5.00pm, The Lion Hotel Melbourne Street Adelaide, cost $2,200 or two for one offer $1,100. For more information or to register go to

Make Australia Dry - Continence Matters
Tuesday 15 May 2018, 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital 89 Strangways Terrace North Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to
Hepatitis B Nursing Advanced Management Care
Friday 25 May to Saturday 26 May 2018, 8.30am - 4.30pm, Rydges South Park 1 South Terrace Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

Working With Psychosis and Trauma (Masterclass)
Thursday 31 May 2018, 9.00am - 4.30pm, St Marks College 46 Pennington Terrace North Adelaide. Cost $264 standard; $211 student, for more information or to register go to 

Drug testing: issues and implications for Indigenous workers - Free Webinar
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 11.30am, to attend the webinar please click here five minutes prior to the commencement of the webinar. 
ACRRM: The Rural Doctors’ Family and Domestic Violence Education Package
Available online until Saturday 30 June 2018, The 6 part module was developed by rural doctors for rural doctors and draws on the diverse experience of a national team of clinicians. For more information go to 
Beckwith Park, 30 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355
PO Box 868, Nuriootpa SA 5355
T  08 8565 8900    F  08 8311 1723

SA Rural Health Network trading as Country SA PHN.
Country SA PHN gratefully acknowledge the financial and other
support from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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