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Message from the CEO
This week the Australian Government Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce presented A Matter of Care – Australia’s aged care workforce strategy to the Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP. The following is a precis of the announcement made by Professor John Pollaers, the Chair of the taskforce and is good to know for our rural environs.

The strategy draws on extensive consultations with providers, consumers and the workforce, as well as research commissioned from experts in areas of workforce organisation, future industry trends and recruitment and retention.
The strategy is executable in the next 1-3 years and sets the industry up for the next seven. Some key actions detailed in the strategy are already underway. Improved education and training will be the focus of a new Industry Reference Committee dedicated to aged services. Read more...

SA Healthy Towns Challenge - Grants for Rural and Regional Towns
The SA Healthy Towns Challenge will provide grants of up to $50,000 for projects which increase health and wellbeing through the prevention of illness and/or injury. Applications should address local health and wellbeing issues.  Applications supporting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in remote and regional communities are encouraged. Five grants will be available each year for four years commencing in 2018-19. Read more...

Better Questions Workshop

The Better Questions training presented by Lindsay Tighe has now been completed with 9 successful workshops held across all CSAPHN regions, with 71 attendees. Attendees ranged from CSAPHN staff, GPs, GP Registrars, Pharmacists, Aged Care Coordinators and carers, DONs, Physiotherapists, OTs, Exercise Physiologists, Red Cross, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and Country Health SA staff. Read more...

CSAPHN at the Priceline Pharmacy Country Championships promoting My Health Record

HealthPathways South Australia – Get online today

Since going live in March 2018, general practice and other health professionals from across South Australia have been logging in to HealthPathways SA and already viewed over 14,000 pages. 

Ongoing development is continuing, with the HealthPathways SA Team continually publishing new clinical pathways and referral service information pages to the portal. Check out the HealthPathways SA Project Site to find out which pathways the team is working on and how to get in contact. Read more...
The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre 

Mount Barker - Monday 2 July to Thursday 5 July 2018, St. Mark's Lutheran Church 35 Hampden Road Mount Baker, for centre hours click here.

Minlaton - Tuesday 3 July to Wednesday 4 July 2018, Minlaton Uniting Church Main Street Minlaton, for centre hours click here.

Gawler - Monday 9 July to Thursday 12 July 2018, Hewett Centre 28-30 Kingfisher Drive Hewett, for centre hours click here.

Port Pirie - Tuesday 17 July to Friday 20 July 2018, Virtus Soccer Club 9 Parks Street Port Pirie, for centre hours click here.

Victor Harbor - Monday 23 July to Thursday 26 July 2018, Lutheran Church 21 Adelaide Road Victor Harbor, for centre hours click here.

Health Care Homes - Pinnacle puts runs on the board with Health Care Home model-New Zealand

General practices in New Zealand's Pinnacle Midlands Health Network that have adopted the Health Care Home (HCH) model are seeing significantly lower rates of avoidable admissions and emergency department presentations than non-HCH clinics, new figures show. Read more...
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A mental health support team in your pocket

Ever struggled with mental health concerns and wished you’d had your own support team? Or do you know someone who has? The Australian Red Cross is about to launch an app to help. You will be able to use My Team to create a network of supporters – from trusted family and friends to health professionals. The app lets you set and manage goals and share them with your team, so they can support you along the way. 

SIGN UP TODAY to find out when the app goes live.

New MBS rebate structure for non-vocationally recognised general practitioners from 1 July 2018
The Australian Government is introducing new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item fee arrangements for non-vocationally recognised general practitioners (non-VR GPs).
The new arrangements will affect claims for services provided by these doctors from 1 July 2018. Read more...

Share your thoughts about the TGA in their 2018 stakeholder surveys

Each year the TGA asks for feedback from all stakeholders including health professionals, the medical products industry, academics, consumers of therapeutic goods and more.
This helps them measure satisfaction with a range of services and activities including their role and performance. Read more...

SA Health Winter wellness webpage 
SA Health Winter wellness webpage has been generated to assist the community to be better prepared and also assist to maintain their wellness during this winter period. The message for 2018 promotes flu vaccinations for vulnerable groups, how to keep well in winter, highlights infection control measures and targets patient living with a chronic condition/s at risk of deterioration over winter. Read more...

National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot-Applications Now Open
Health services with Indigenous patients aged 50 to 74 are invited to take part in a National Pilot of an 'Alternative Pathway' to bowel screening in 2018 and 2019. The 'Alternative Pathway' aims to make the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) more accessible for Indigenous Australians, to increase participation in screening, and ultimately, to reduce death and disability from bowel cancer. Read more...

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide is an Indigenous movement that began in Canada in the 1980s to address the devastation of substance abuse and dependence among Indigenous people around the world. The focus has been to address the underlying issues and difficulties that predispose this particular behaviour among Indigenous people. Read more...

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. We are looking for someone who will bulk bill, days and rooms are flexible at the stage.

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.

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.
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. 
For more information contact Mary-Anne Clayson on 08 8823 2002 or the practice website for more information.

CHF: Codeine Storycards The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has commissioned resources to support conversations with consumers around pain management & Codeine. The storycards and the supplementary notes can be used by health professionals, support groups or organisations, or between consumers, their friends and families, click here to find out more.
Advance care planning in aged care: A guide to support implementation in community and residential settings was developed in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).  Copies of the guide are available for Australian aged care providers to order online.
SHINE SA 6-minute video ‘Talking Chlamydia – Advice for Clinicians’ Chlamydia advice for clinicians on testing, treatment and notification from SHINE SA. Watch the video at
Self-care and mental health resources Resources and services are available, specifically developed for general practitioners and health professionals, relating to self-care and mental health wellbeing, go to
Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 The Australian Government has developed a new National Diabetes Strategy, to update and prioritise the national response to diabetes across all levels of government, download a copy here.
Putting prevention into practice (Green Book) guidelines for the implementation of prevention in the general practice setting is now available for download at 
Perinatal and Neonatal Care Clinical Practice Guidelines A number of Clinical Practice Guidelines have been updated on the SA Health website available at and and web-based app available at 
2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study for detailed information regarding the application process please view the Frequently Asked Questions and Application Guidelines
Applications are open now and close at midnight AEST on Thursday 26 July 2018.
Series of National Guidelines (SoNGs) have been developed in consultation with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) download here.
National Asthma Strategy for 2018 aims to outline Australia’s national response to asthma and inform how existing limited health care resources can be better coordinated and targeted, the strategy is available for download here.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Medicoach Training Workshops - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 11 July 2018, 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Medicoach Training Workshops - Whyalla
Thursday 12 July 2018, 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Yorke & North Region
Management of burns in rural regions - Wallaroo
Tuesday 7 August 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
PSoA - Medicinal Cannabis: A clinical & legislative update - Ardrossan
Tuesday 3 July 2018, 7.15pm - 9.00pm
Central Region
Medicoach Training Workshops - Hahndorf
Wednesday 4 July 2018, 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Nuriootpa
Friday 26 October 2018 - Saturday 27 October 2018
South & East Region 
Management of burns in rural regions - Berri
Tuesday 17 July 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
DV Alert Multicultural Workshop – Naracoorte
Thursday 26 July to Friday 27 July 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm Register Here
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Renmark
Friday 27 July 2018 - Saturday 28 July 2018
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Murray Bridge
Friday 7 September 2018 - Saturday 8 September 2018 Register Here
Metro Region
ProMBS workshop for GPs and practice managers - Adelaide
Saturday 21 July 2018, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Cervical Screening Update Syphilis - Woodville
Tuesday 24 July 2018, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Radiology & Ultrasound Workshop - Parkside
Friday 24 August 2018, 8.30am - 4.30pm
From Assessment to Treatment Planning; Occupational Formulation & Measurable Goals - Adelaide
Monday 27 August 2018 - Tuesday 28 August 2018, 9.00am - 4.30pm 
Update on Sexually Transmitted Infections - Woodville
Tuesday 18 September 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
The art of rural ‘locuming’, how your skills are transferable
Thursday 9 August 2018, 8.00pm - 9.00pm 
Dementia Training Australia eLearning for GPs and Primary Health Nurses 
Improving Maternity Care
Friday 20 July 2018,  9.00am - 5.00pm
Medical Disorders in Pregnancy
Saturday 21 July 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm
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PO Box 868, Nuriootpa SA 5355
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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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