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Message from the Chair

The peak of Flu season is as difficult to predict as the likely outcome of the current Federal election! The traditional high points are June-September with the goal of vaccination to have peak immunity at this stage. Optimal protection from the flu needle is in the first 3-4 months after administration, with onset within 2-3 weeks. Influenza vaccination is worth consideration for everyone over 6 months of age and is especially wise for health care workers. It is recommended and provided free for those over 65, those with a chronic health condition, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, pregnant women and children from 6 months up to the age of 5.

Many communities in rural SA are already seeing confirmed cases of Influenza A and while the earlier advice was not to commence vaccinating until May, supplies have been made available and there may be wisdom in getting your flu needle in before too long.

Confirming a diagnosis of influenza is easier and quicker now with PCR testing of sputum or swabs so we are seeing more confirmed cases which allows it to be tracked more easily in our communities. While for some it is a mild illness and over in a week, for many it is severe, potentially life-threatening and enough to be out-of-action for weeks. 
While the vaccination does not provide 100% cover, it remains the best protection we have available alongside good handwashing, cough hygiene and wiping down surfaces.

Have you had your flu needle yet?
GP Mental Health Catagory 1 Workshop Friday 14 June 2019
A GP mental health workshop will be offered as a CPD activity (40 Category 1 points – pending) upskilling GPs in low intensity, moderate and severe primary mental health treatments.
Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre as part of the SA Primary Health Care Conference. Registrations open from 8.00am with the workshop commencing at 8.30am and concluding at 5.00pm.

Immunisation Week 24 April to 30 April 2019

While Immunisation Week has an overall goal of improving immunisation awareness among all population groups, Country SA PHN is eager this year to improve immunisation rates of children aged 0-5, particularly children aged 2-3 as this age group has the lowest percentage rate of immunisations.

HealthPathways SA - Immunisation Pathways

Need to find information quickly on the latest immunisation changes in South Australia? Looking for resources to work out catch-up immunisations? Not sure of the details of the new meningococcal B vaccination program? 

“Our HealthPathways SA team have done all of the hard work for you in terms of collating the most up-to-date and key immunisation resources and South Australian contacts in one location so that you can safely manage immunisations within your clinic.” – Dr Katrina Couchman (Mount Gambier)

HealthPathways SA has immunisation pathways covering vaccination in children, adolescents, adults and pregnant women and includes: Information about unfunded additional vaccines that you can offer to your patients; BCG vaccine – check for eligibility and vaccine availability; Quick reference for vaccines to consider in different patient groups (eg: immunocompromised, travellers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and immigrants).

“All of this information and more can be found on the website in a format which is quick and easy for you to use while consulting with patients. Take the time to register for HealthPathways SA today…it will save you so much time in the long run!”

Find out more or register for a login today, register here. Already have a log in? Check out immunisation pathways today. 

Harmony Day Event 

The Yorke & North team were happy to be apart of a Harmony Day event in Clare. 
Children from five schools and early learning centres gathered at the Clare oval to participate in lots of different cultural activities. 
The Yorke & North team provided sunscreen and spoke about all things sun smart!

Understanding LGBTIQ course 
Are you a health provider who would like to learn about practicing inclusively? If yes, the Understanding LGBTIQ course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be accepting of sexual and gender diversity and to confidently use the right terminology.
This online training has been developed by SHINE SA in partnership with ModMed for people working with LGBTIQ individuals. With support from Country SA PHN, the course can be accessed at no cost by Country SA GPs and general practice teams (eligibility criteria apply). To register for the training, go to

Rural Minds Workshops
The Rural Minds workshop is a relaxed way to learn about mental wellbeing and resilience for you, your family, friends and the community. To register for the below workshops go to
Mannum Tuesday 4 June 2019 
Lameroo Wednesday 5 June 2019 
Karoonda Thursday 6 June 2019 
Tailem Bend Tuesday 18 June 2019 
Waikerie Tuesday 18 June 2019 
Quorn Tuesday 18 June 2019 
Peterborough Wednesday 19 June 2019
Ceduna Wednesday 19 June 2019
Meningie Wednesday 19 June 2019
Kadina Thursday 20 June 2019

Frontline Healthcare Dementia Survey

The International Research Network on Dementia Prevention (IRNDP) is an Australian led initiative designed to further research on dementia prevention and dementia risk reduction. IRNDP would like to develop information and support for dementia risk reduction in primary healthcare settings. 
To do this we need to know what GPs and practice nurses already know about dementia risk reduction and whether you feel that further knowledge is required and where the barriers might be for dementia risk reduction in primary healthcare.
IRNDP are asking whether you can spare a few minutes to complete a short online survey.

FFS! We’re losing our patients
Every hour, an Australian loses their life to lung cancer. This disease takes more lives than any other cancer, yet it receives the least funding. Lung Foundation Australia’s recent national campaign calls on the government to fund 25 new clinical nurse specialists.

Lung Foundation Australia is asking for your support. Help improve lives.To hear from the impassioned faces of our campaign – some of the nation’s leading nurses, oncologists and respiratory physicians – visit

New options for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Prescribing Training

All medical practitioners can apply for authorities to treat up to 5 patients with Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) for opioid dependence. To prescribe methadone, buprenorphine (Subutex®) or buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) for more than 5 patients a medical practitioner must be accredited. 

DASSA offers training to become an accredited MATOD prescriber that involves, Theory – available as an online resource here and Skill Development – ½ day activity completed using standardised patients supervised by an experienced MATOD prescriber.

For further information contact Jane Scarborough or 08 7415 5045. Clinical resources for MATOD prescribing are available here

Improve your team’s practice in treating older Australians

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the ELDAC project supports primary care practitioners and teams to provide care for older people towards the end of life.

Help your patients to both live and die well by providing high-quality, appropriate palliative care and advance care planning. With free information and tools on quality improvement, MBS reimbursement for delivery of palliative care services, PIP payments, My Health Record and more.

View the Team Action section of the ELDAC Primary Care toolkit go to ELDAC website.

Yorketown Medial Practice
The practice is looking for a flexible, empathetic qualified GP, emergency medicine experience essential, CHSA credentials required. 

The practice is co-located with the hospital, well established, highly regarded mixed billing practice, AGPAL accredited, RA4-Remote and DWS available. Competitive Salary + 60% of Billings, Relocation assistance and housing available, Take over an existing patient base, Unrivalled work/life balance and family friendly hours, Join a team of dedicated, experienced and friendly health professionals.

This is an opportunity not to be missed! Apply now! Email: for enquiries: Leanne Warren 08 8852 1002.
Stirling Central Health Clinic
The clinic is one of the last remaining private GP owned clinics in the Adelaide Hills region treating patients from all walks of life that benefit from the quality of doctors available to them in a practice that has a positive and understanding culture.

AGPAL Accredited private practice with a great community reputation provides a Vocationally Registered General Practitioner (VR-GP) the opportunity to practice alongside 11 GPs and our onsite allied health and specialist services.

For more information contact Michael Murphy via email or 0427 601 517.
Call for Applications - Vocational Training
The Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is calling for applications for doctors in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to undertake vocational training. 
RVTS has two streams of trainees - the Remote Stream, for doctors working in remote and rural Australia, and the AMS Stream, providing support specifically for doctors in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and certain eligible State and Territory health services.
The training is fully supported and includes webinars, education workshops, remote supervision and individualised training advice.To find out more or to apply, go to
IMR Locumbank
IMR LocumBank are working exclusively with Millicent Hospital in SA to ensure they are covered all year round with talented GP/ED & Senior ED Registrar locum doctors.

Can you see yourself working in a hospital that has a highly trained and supportive medical team, flexible short term and on-going locums, along with great daily rates?  If so, I would love to speak to you about these opportunities.

If you are already credentialed for Country Heath SA, the transition is very easy for you to start at Millicent Hospital. Travel and accommodation included! To find out more, please contact  Leah Uren on 03 9647 5136 or

Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander grief and bereavement a resource for workers, the factsheet can be downloaded here.
New cardiovascular disease management clinical factsheets are available for download at
Staying Healthy at Home Therapeutic Brief, helping your patients with cognitive impairment to live well at home, for more information go to
The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Naracoorte on Monday 29 April to Thursday 2 May, Kadina on Wednesday 15 May to Friday 17 May, Murray Bridge on Monday 20 May to Thursday 23 May and Port Lincoln on Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May 2019.
palliAGED has developed a series of evidence-based, practical tip sheets to support nurses and careworkers providing direct care to older Australians approaching the end of life. To access these resources go to palliAGED Practice Tips: Enabling Careworkers and Nurses in Aged Care.
Influenza and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination in pregnancy information is available at
Survey of practitioner knowledge, attitudes and practices with respect to zoonoses University of Sydney is developing some important resources to help GPs better understand zoonotic diseases that commonly affect their patients. Please take the time to fill in a short survey which should only take 10-15 minutes of your time. You can access the survey here.
Advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2019, The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has developed advice for  immunisation providers regarding the administration of 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines. Download a copy a here.
Social prescribing survey parkrun is a global movement and in the UK it is now recognised as a health and social intervention. parkrun in Australia is keen to build on the success in the UK of collaborating with the health sector, particularly given the large amount of anecdotal data that demonstrates parkrun is being used as a social prescription by practitioners from across the health sector here. 
The survey aims to understand in more detail what types of social prescribing are currently taking place, whether health professionals are/would consider referring patients to parkrun where appropriate, and what more we could do as an organisation to support that process.
Are you a GP seeing people with type 2 diabetes? Do you want to help improve dietetic services for people with type 2 diabetes? The majority of people with type 2 diabetes never receive diet consultation. We are running telephone interviews (about 20 minutes) to find out what is happening with dietetic services for people with type 2 diabetes.
If you would like to get involved please send an email to Georgios Siopis (PhD student at the University of Sydney) at
You will receive a $20 reimbursement to acknowledge the time spent.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
"Too Hot To Touch" Management of Burns in Rural Regions - Port Lincoln
Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Register Here
Are you working with clients in chronic pain? - Port Lincoln
Monday 20 May 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Cervical Screening Training - Port Augusta
Saturday 4 May 2019, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Are you working with clients in chronic pain? - Whyalla
Monday 27 May 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Port Lincoln
Tuesday 7 May 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Register Here
Sexually Transmitted Infections; Strategies for General Practice - Whyalla
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 6.15pm - 9.00pm
Flinders Motivational Interviewing and Health Behaviour Change workshop - Port Augusta
Tuesday 14 May 2019, 8.30am Register Here
Cervical Screening Training - Port Lincoln
Saturday 1 June 2019, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Port Augusta
Thursday 16 May 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Register Here
Chronic Pain: Complexities and Contemporary Care - Port Augusta
Tuesday 18 June 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Yorke & North Region
Sexually Transmitted Infections; Strategies for General Practice - Maitland
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6.15pm - 9.00pm
“No Sugar Coating”An update on Diabetes Management for Practice Nurses - Jamestown
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Sexually Transmitted Infections; Strategies for General Practice - Crystal Brook
Thursday 9 May 2019, 6.15pm - 9.00pm
Dermatology Series Professional Development - Clare
Friday 31 May 2019
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Port Pirie
Wednesday 15 May 2019, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Skin Cancer Awareness Regional Roadshow - Yorketown
Monday 24 June 2019, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Jamestown
Friday 17 May 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Register Here
Skin Cancer Awareness Regional Roadshow - Kadina
Tuesday 25 June 2019, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Central Region
Are you working with clients in chronic pain? - Nuriootpa
Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Victor Harbor
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Register Here
Chronic Respiratory Disease – Update for the Primary Health Care Professional - Victor Harbor
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sexually Transmitted Infections; Strategies for General Practice - Kapunda
Wednesday 5 June 2019, 6.15pm - 9.00pm
Return to Work SA Regional Roadshow - Gawler
Saturday 11 May 2019, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Skin Cancer Awareness Regional Roadshow - Tanunda
Wednesday 5 June 2019, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
"Time heals all wounds...or does it?" - Kangaroo Island
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Mental Health Professional Development - Barossa 
Thursday 20 June 2019
South & East Region 
Sexually Transmitted Infections; Strategies for General Practice - Berri
Thursday 2 May 2019, 6.15pm - 9.00pm
Skin Cancer Awareness Regional Roadshow - Naracoorte
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Cardiology Professional Development - Mount Gambier
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Naracoorte
Tuesday 4 June 2019, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Register Here
Time heals all wounds...or does it? - Berri
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Mount Gambier
Wednesday 5 June 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Register Here
Time heals all wounds...or does it? - Mount Gambier
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Register Here
Diabetes and Your Health - Community Event - Murray Bridge
Thursday 13 June 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Putting Your Best Foot Forward - Murray Bridge
Thursday 16 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Immunisation Update - Mount Gambier
Monday 15 July 2019, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Brittle Bones: Detection and Management of Osteoporosis in Primary Care - Mount Gambier
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Metro Region
Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health - Glenside
Every Wednesdays between 1 May and 3 July 2019, 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Flinders Motivational Interviewing and Health Behaviour Change workshop - Daw Park
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 8.30am
Heart Week Health Professional Forum: Absolute Risk Assessments - Hindmarsh
Friday 3 May 2019, 9.00am - 12.00pm
Flinders Motivational Interviewing and Health Behaviour Change workshop - Bedford Park
Saturday 1 June 2019, 8.30am
Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) - Hindmarsh
Monday 13 May - Friday 17 May 2019
Cervical Screening Training - Adelaide
Saturday 22 June 2019, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Country Practice Retreat for Rural GPs - Glenelg
Saturday 18 May to Sunday 19 May 2019, starting 9.00am Saturday and concluding 12.00pm Sunday Register Here
Use of Ultrasound in Rural Emergency Medicine - Adelaide
Saturday 20 July 2019, 1 Day Workshop
2019 Australasian Sexual Health Conference - Perth
Monday 16 September to Wednesday 18 September 2019
RMA19 Conference
Thursday 24 October - Saturday 26 October 2019
Learn more about detecting and managing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
CPD accredited learning modules, short format educational videos and insightful blog post. For more information or to register go to
Webinar for Nurses Working in General Practice
A one-hour online seminar on bowel cancer screening and how nurses working in general practice can approach bowel screening with patients. The webinar can be view by clicking here.
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