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Message from the CEO 
I’d like to highlight just one of the many and varied services that we commission every day right across country South Australia. Flying headspace exemplifies much of what we are achieving at Country SA PHN. Our Mental Health team identified a gap in remote youth mental health and came up with an innovative approach to provide a much-needed service. They then worked collaboratively with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and headspace to create a new mental health service for young people living in remote areas – Flying headspace.

Flying headspace is now providing mental health support to those aged 12 to 25 and their families in remote locations where access to services is limited. It focuses on vulnerable youth population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As part of this regular service, the headspace mental health clinician is holding alternating clinics every week to Oodnadatta and Marree until June 30, 2022. The RFDS is incorporating other primary health care programs into their vital emergency response service - giving rural South Australians access to previously unavailable services.

It’s a terrific example of innovation and collaboration - improving access and integration of primary health care for people living in remote areas of our state. It encapsulates our mission to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia. Collaborating with the RFDS and headspace to provide Flying headspace has been a remarkable achievement. I commend all those involved.

The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) commences 1 August 2019

To understand the PIP QI requirements & PIP data governance arrangements, practices will need to familiarise themselves with the following documents:

PIP QI Guidelines 
Improvement Measures 
PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework 

These documents can be accessed on the Department of Heath website
Practices will be able to register for the PIP QI Incentive via HPOS from 1 August 2019 using their Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account
Country SA PHN Practice Support team will be available to assist your general practice with this transition and have prepared a PIP QI Practice Readiness Checklist. To receive a copy of the checklist please email  

HealthPathways - How to video series 

Designed to provide a snapshot of how to access, navigate and use HealthPathways, three videos are now available on the Country SA PHN website: 

How to access and navigate
How to use
How to use: GP perspective with Dr Katrina Couchman

All videos are less than 5 minutes to provide you with a quick overview of how to access, navigate and use HealthPathways in consultation with a patient including detailing individual pathway components and examples of how each might be utilised. 

Find out more about HealthPathways SA or register for a login: Register Here

Wound Management Event
40 practice nurses, aged care workers and medical students recently attended a Wound Management update in Port Lincoln presented by Clinical Nurse Specialist James Hobbs.

Information on the latest management of leg ulcers, appropriate dressings for particular wounds and key principles of wound management were discussed.

Improving Access to Primary Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – GP Resource

Improving Access to Primary Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Desktop Guide is intended as a resource manual to assist general practice staff to effectively coordinate care for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
Additionally, it provides comprehensive information regarding the registration and provision of services for the Indigenous Health Incentive. 
For a copy of the desktop guide please email

Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarships
National children’s cancer charity Redkite has officially opened applications for their annual Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarships – a grant empowering young people aged 15 to 24 years to pursue their education, career or life goals that have been put on hold for cancer.

The grant, which is made possible by funding from Coles, has supported 234 young people in Australia over the last six years, helping them to achieve their dreams and get their lives back on track following their diagnosis.

In addition to the scholarships, Redkite supported 10 families in Country SA last year through education and career support, and 3 with education grants, ensuring that each and every person in Country SA has the opportunity to live their best possible life - now and into the future.

If someone you know may benefit from the scholarships, please visit Entries close Monday 5 August 2019.

Alternatively, if someone you know may benefit from Redkite’s other range of support services, please visit:     

Parliamentary inquiry into Medical Mesh

A State Parliament standing committee is to undertake an inquiry into the use of medical mesh in SA.

The inquiry will be conducted by the Social Development Committee.  There are 7 terms of reference including looking at adverse outcomes and how they are monitored, the role of the medical profession in providing information prior to surgery, the possibility of establishing a register of recipients, and credentialing of medical practitioners for the implantation and removal of medical mesh.

The Committee would like to see information distributed to community members and professionals who may have an interest in the inquiry.  The full terms of reference can be found at and sites are encouraged to display the terms in waiting rooms or worksites, or distribute the information to anyone who may have an interest.

Written submissions can be lodged until Friday 13 September 2019.  

Bowel Cancer Screening Website - Health Professionals Page
Cancer Council Australia recognises the key role that GPs and other primary health professionals play in the success of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). They are integral to the success of this campaign and the NBCSP. Evidence shows that a recommendation by a primary health care provider is a key motivator for participants to screen. Visit the website now for more information.

National Campaign - Transforming Health Care
Supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Transforming Health Care campaign highlights the vital role that Nurse Practitioners have in the healthcare and community environments. Our aim is to connect directly with Australian communities and promote the value of Nurse Practitioners in addressing service shortfalls thereby improving the health care outcomes of Australians.
The campaign has a dedicated website Transforming Health Care where you can connect and explore more about Nurse Practitioners.  The campaign website contains stories about Nurse Practitioners in Australia, Resources, News, Media, Events, Careers and Contacts.

Expressions of Interest open - Black Dog Institute’s GP Advisory Group

The Black Dog Institute is seeking Expressions of Interest from GPs to join their GP Advisory Group.  The purpose of the GP Advisory Group is to provide insights and advice to inform the design, development and implementation of Black Dog Institute’s current and emerging services for GPs.

The Black Dog Institute aims to have varied representation in the Advisory Group.  Ideally members will range in their years of experience as a GP, location within Australia (remote, rural and regional Australia), gender and cultural background.  It is not necessary for GPs to have an interest in mental health to become a member of the Advisory Group.
To learn more about the GP Advisory Group and to submit an Expression of Interest, click hereApplications close 4th August 2019.

Better Medical - GP Opportunities
Join an innovative and forward thinking group of clinics, which highly values quality care and clinical autonomy with a community focus.
We have GP opportunities for full or part-time positions.  Modern, fully accredited clinics, DPA and non-DPA.  Well established mixed/private billing.  Opportunities in clinics located in Mount Barker and Strathalbyn with excellent nursing and administrative support. 
For further information and a confidential discussion, please contact Amy Sissman on 08 8391 2055 or

Position Criteria: FRACGP/ FACRRM or on a recognised pathway to Fellowship; Unconditional AHPRA registration; Australian permanent residency or on visa with working rights.
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.

The Aged Care Quality Standards from 1 July 2019 all Australian Government funded age care providers are required to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards.
New Charter of Aged Care Rights resources to support the sector’s understanding of the Charter are available on the department’s website
The third edition of the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines 'Strive for 5' has been released by the Australian Government, Department of Health. The guidelines, supporting resources and links to order the resources are available on the Department of Health website.
The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Naracoorte on Monday 29 July to Thurdsay 1 August, in Mount Gambier on Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August, in Kadina on Wednesday 14 August to Friday 16 August and in Murray Bridge on Monday 19 August to Thursday 22 August 2019.
SA Health has launched the Flu Stops with You campaign which aims to educate the community about how easily the flu spreads, and provides practical measures to reduce the spread. If you would like more information or to access the resources please visit 
Cervical screening for healthcare providers SA Cervix Screening Program delivers a range of services in partnership with the National Cervical Screening Program to help support general practices in line with the national policy guidelines. For more information go to the SA Health website.
Changes to the Australian Immunisation Register Commenced 1 July 2019 changes have been made to the way in which Medicare providers access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). If you are a practice nurse or practice staff currently utilising a GP login to access AIR, your practice will need to complete an application form to apply for an AIR vaccination provider number (IM004 form). An AIR vaccination provider number will allow the Practice Nurse or other nominated staff access to the AIR site on behalf of the Medical Practice. Click here to download the IM004 form.
The Green book resources page highlights the practical case studies and stories that Australian general practices have undertaken to successfully implement preventive activities for their practice population. 
To submit your case study, please fill in the web form and describe the quality improvement activities you have undertaken to support preventive care. Case studies and stories will be featured on the RACGP website and social media channels. To view the Green Book resource page click here.
'GPaskthequestion' Project in partnership with the Western Australian Primary Healthy Alliance and researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute have developed three short videos aimed at informing GPs of the importance of asking all pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy about their alcohol use. These videos and a promotional card are available on the FASD Hub website.
Compulsory reporting by aged care providers the single Quality Standards introduced on 1 July 2019 did not change the compulsory reporting obligations contained within the Aged Care Act 1997Information resources/guides for aged care staff and compulsory reporting are available on the department’s website.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Cervical Screening Provider Course - Port Augusta 
Tuesday 13 August 2019, 8.30pm - 5.00pm
Register Here
Working With Families Masterclass - Port Augusta
Wednesday 28 August 2019, 9:00am
Immunisation Practice in Primary Health Care - Port Lincoln
Tuesday 20 August 2019, 8.30am - 1.00pm
Register Here
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop - Port Lincoln
Saturday 9 November 2019, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Yorke & North Region
Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) & the Prostate; Contemporary Management - Port Pirie
Tuesday 13 August 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Register Here
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop - Port Pirie
Saturday 12 October 2019, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
South & East Region
Recreational Drugs – Patient Harm Reduction Management - Mount Gambier
Tuesday 6 August 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Register Here
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop - Berri
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop - Mount Gambier
Wednesday 14 August 2019, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Metro Region
Introduction to Immunisation - Ridleyton
Wednesday 14 August 2019, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Register Here
Advanced Life Support (ALS) - Adelaide
Saturday 28 September 2019
Register Here
Shine FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health -Royston Park
Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 2019, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Save the Date
Helen Mayo House Annual Conference Parenting: Passions and Pain - Adelaide
Monday 25 November to Tuesday 26 November 2019
ACNP 2019 National Conference - Melbourne
Monday 2 September - Thursday 5 September 2019, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Register Here
Lead the Way Towards Wellbeing Conference 2019 - Sydney Olympic Park
Thursday 31 October to Friday 1 November 2019
RMA19 Conference - Gold Coast
Thursday 24 October - Saturday 26 October 2019
Register Here
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