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Message from the CEO

It’s easy as many readers of the piece start to wind down into the festive season and potentially to short breaks and longer holidays, that there will be January and then February and a new year with lots happening and still to happen.

Across our region there will be a lot of Doctors, Nurses and other health professionals holding the fort over the Christmas and New Year break and we can all be thankful for their commitment and even sacrifice of family and friends time, that many of us will enjoy.

Into the new year, there will be lots happening that we should be alert to and involved in, even just as eyes open observers. From the 1 January 2019 there will be new structures across Country Health SA, with new Boards, Chairs and CEO’s embracing the challenges to come. Read More...

HealthPathways SA: explore new mental health pathways
Mental Health clinical and referral pathways with local service information have been added to HealthPathways including:
Acute Adult Mental Health Assessment (Adult / Child and Youth) 
Non-acute Mental Health Assessment (Adult / Older Persons’ / Child and Youth)

Other recent additions include:
For more information and to log in via the project site: HealthPathways SA

Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Calendar 2019

Country SA PHN is pleased to release the 2019 series of Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Calendars. The calendars profile 22 regional South Australian’s who highlight the importance and positive impact of reaching out for support and are powerful stories of hope and recovery strategies for good mental health.

The first calendar focuses on farmer’s wellbeing and mental health for the Yorke and Eyre Peninsula as a strategy under the National Suicide Prevention Trial and the second calendar focuses on farmer's mental health and wellbeing in dry conditions under the Empowering our Communities’ funding for those in drought declared regions - Murray Mallee, Upper North, North East Pastoral, Northern Yorke Peninsula and parts of the Eyre Peninsula.

To request a copy of the calendar please contact the office on 08 8565 8900.

Join the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program in 2019

Passionate about improving patient care and outcomes?  Sign up today to become part of the 2019 Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program. For more information or to apply, please visit or contact Sabine Drilling on 08 8224 2805 or
Read the testimonies from last years' Nurse Ambassadors;

Stephanie DuBois Registered Nurse Investigator Clinic Pt Lincoln 'I have found the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program in 2018 to be very interesting and beneficial. It has been filled with informative and enthusiastic guest speakers who have shared information about the heart foundation and cardiovascular disease which has enhanced my knowledge greatly.' Read more
Pictured L to R: Sabine Drilling - Heart Foundation, Bonnie,  Rachel, Jess, Laurel,
Amanda, Inara Beecher - Country SA PHN, Jen and Stephanie 

‘Blood is Thicker than Water’
Story telling through film is a powerful medium to raise awareness and share our communities’ important experiences. Country SA PHN is proud to fund, through a Local Health Cluster small grant to the Alexandrina Council as a member of the Fleurieu Regional Community Services Advisory Committee, the production of a locally produced short film, ‘Blood is Thicker Than Water’. The film discusses the lives of grandparents who, for a variety of reasons, have full-time care of their grandchildren.

In ‘Blood is Thicker than Water’, grandparents share their personal stories to help explore the complexities of these relationships and their experiences of caring full-time for their grandchildren in their older years. They share the changes, the stresses, the challenges and the joys. While no two stories are the same, they all share the strength of the unbreakable bond, between a grandparent and their grandchild, hence the title ‘Blood is Thicker than Water’. Their stories highlight the valuable and under-valued role that grandparents are playing by caring for vulnerable children in our communities.

2018 Annual Yorke & North Region Xmas Planning Meeting

On Wednesday 28 November 2018, the Yorke and North Regional Strategies team in collaboration with GPEx hosted the 2018 Annual Yorke & North Region Xmas planning meeting. Practice staff from the Yorke & North and Barossa & Gawler regions travelled to Clare to listen to guest speakers Marion McKay on Managing your Team and Danny McAteer Director of Aged Care & Health Representation Department of Health.
The group participated in a reflection and planning session which will help shape how the Yorke & North Regional Strategies team will engage with practices in 2019. In between the presentations the group enjoyed a delicious Xmas lunch and played fun Xmas games.

'Know Your Foot Health' and 'Healthy Lifestyle' Resources

FocusOne Health have developed two new resources for the Integrated Wellbeing Service Project. The first “Know Your Foot Health” was created to assist clients in regional areas that do not have access to a regular podiatrist. This tool offering the warning signs of declining foot health; indicating when to get help as well as the handy hints in cutting toe nails.
The second resource is a DL card promoting healthy lifestyle options that doubles as an appointment reminder card. These resources can be ordered from FocusOne Health by calling 08 8582 3823 for the cost of printing and postage.

General Practitioners Screen their patients for Atrial Fibrillation and other Arrhythmias (GPSAFER)
Atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias are associated with higher morbidities and mortality. Should you screen asymptomatic patients? What is the role of mobile ECG devices? What is your need for ECG interpretation training? University of Sydney is conducting a 5-minute survey.
Three $50-giftcards will be given away. Please click the following weblink to find out more about the GPSAFER study:

Minlaton Medical Centre
Are currently looking for another GP to join their busy practice in Minlaton on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula about 200kms from Adelaide CBD.

The practice is one of 5 practices which are owned by Adelaide Unicare which is a controlled entity of the University of Adelaide. The practice currently comprises 3 GPs who are well supported by our highly motivated team of practice nurses and administrative staff.
If you would like to know more please phone the Practice Manager, Heather Joraslafsky, on 08 8853 2001 or go to the website.

Improving health record quality in general practice guide is now available on the RACGP website.
My Health Record in general practice resources and videos are available on the RACGP website.
Dry Mouth information and resources are available on the Veterans Mate website.
2017-18 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 is now available to download on the GEN Aged Care Data website.
The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Mount Barker  from Wednesday 2 January to Friday 4 January and Gawler from 7 January to 10 January 2019. 
Women Want to Know (WWTK) A short (5-10 minute) survey on alcohol consumption during pregnancy is open to all general practitioners, FARE - GP survey on pregnancy and alcohol.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Mindframe Plus Workshop - Whyalla
Wednesday 13 February 2019, time and venue TBC
RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Port Lincoln
Friday 1 March to Saturday 2 March 2019
Cardiology Professional Development program - Port Lincoln
Monday 4 March 2019, 6.30pm
Yorke & North Region
Mental Health Professional Development - Clare
Friday 8 February 2019, time and venue TBC
Primary Care Ultrasound - Clare
Friday 15 March to Saturday 16 March 2019, time and venue TBC
Mindframe Plus Workshop - Port Pirie
Tuesday 12 February 2019, time and venue TBC
RESP Plus - Port Pirie
Monday 25 March - Tuesday 26 March 2019
Central Region
RESP Plus - Angaston
Monday 17 June - Tuesday 18 June 2019, time and venue TBC
Mental Health Professional Development - Barossa 
Thursday 20 June 2019, time and venue TBC
South & East Region 
Primary Care Ultrasound - Naracoorte
Friday 8 February to Saturday 9 February 2019, time and venue TBC
Register Here
Cardiology Professional Development program - Berri
Thursday 14 February 2019, 6.30pm
RESP Plus - Renmark
Monday 18 February - Tuesday 19 February 2019
Dermatology Update - Mount Gambier
Friday 22 February 2019, time and venue TBC
Metro Region
Cervical Screening Credentialling Program - Woodville
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 8.30am - 5.00pm
APNA National Conference 2019 - Adelaide
Thursday 4 April - Saturday 6 April 2019
Register Here
Rural Nursing Symposium - Canberra
Thursday 28 February 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Quality in Aged Care National Conference - Sydney
Tuesday 5 March - Wednesday 6 March 2019
Immunisation Support Program - Melbourne
Wednesday 3 April 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Rural Generalist Foundation Skills 
ACRRM is pleased to announce the availability of five new online courses that make up the ACRRM Rural Generalist Foundation Skills on ACRRM Online Learning.
Paediatric neuromuscular disorders: early intervention is key
This module aims to increase knowledge on paediatric NMDs and their associated red flags for referral, and understand the role of the GP in the management of the patient. Register Here
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support from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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