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Message from the Chair
In partnership with FocusOne Health and regional stakeholders Country SA PHN has developed 13 online, free Regional Services Directories to support and promote stronger connections. The locally developed directories effectively link primary health services, government and non-government organisations with educators, community and families throughout the region.
The directories have built on the success of the Limestone Coast region who has had a Services Directory operating locally since 2015-16. The effectiveness of this resource led to its expansion into the Riverland and as other rural regions expressed their enthusiasm for the directories the bold plan to provide them for all country South Australians was formed. 
The Regional Service Directories are a critical tool linking community and health and well-being providers and a valuable resource to enable service providers in facilitation partnerships, to conduct cross referrals and assist in service. They’re designed to be easily accessible platforms of current community provider information about health and support services – helping people find the right service, at the right time to meet their need. They align local services with six domains to respond to people’s health and wellbeing. This holistic approach is one of the pillars of the directory’s success - providing information about services across six health and wellness domains – safety, physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing, relationships, material wellbeing and learning and development.

To promote the launch of the 13 Regional Services Directories, between April and June 2019, FocusOne Health and local sub-contracted providers held more than 80 community events, 14 site launch events and reached 9,000 people on Facebook. By the end of June 2019 there were more than 2,000 Service Directory users, nearly 1,000 organisations online and more than 1,500 listed services.

Launching 13 Service Directories across country South Australia has been an amazing achievement. To have such significant provider and community uptake at this stage is testament to this. Country SA PHN thank FocusOne Health and the regional stakeholders for their partnership in establishing the Services Directories and we’re pleased to commit to the sustainability of the resource through ongoing funding and maintaining and updating the database.  

I encourage service providers to make themselves a part of this rich resource and community members to enjoy the benefits of their free, local online directory. 

The Services Directories are available at

Get involved in HealthPathways SA today!

Are you a clinician (GP, practice nurse, allied health professional just to name a few!) interested in getting involved with HealthPathways SA?

Prior to being published, clinical pathways go through a broad consultation process.  The HealthPathways SA team are seeking clinicians to review draft pathways (which can be used as a CPD activity). 
To express your interest contact the team today at or to find out more about HealthPathways consultation or to register for a login; Register Here
Clinical pathways coming up for consultation include:
  • TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack) and Stroke
  • Chronic (recurrent) Abdominal Pain in Children
  • Unsettled Infant
  • Diabetes Eye Disease Screening
  • Foot Complications in Diabetes
  • Heart Murmurs in Children
  • Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
  • Colorectal Symptoms
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Alcohol Screening /Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy/Opioid Withdrawal

Point of Care Testing, A Business Case for General Practice
One of the key challenges faced by patients and health providers in regional and remote areas of Australia is the turnaround time usually required to access test results that are often the key to the treatment and management of illnesses.   The My Health PoCiTT program aimed at improving access to testing and health outcomes, provides a point of care testing (PoCT) service to general practice across rural and remote SA, has been commissioned by Country SA PHN to be delivered for a further two years by iCCNet.

In preparation for PoCT becoming a part of everyday primary care, Country SA PHN commissioned and is proud to launch the ‘Point of Care Testing in General Practice: Business Case Report’ and supporting ‘Point of Care Testing Analysis Tool (PoCTAT)’ in conjunction with Brentnalls SA; the report can be downloaded from the Australian Point of Care Practitioners Network site at  

The Business Case Report has been developed primarily for general practice, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), and is fundamental to enabling clear understanding and planning for the implementation of Point of Care Testing (PoCT) as part of the day to day business activities in improving the health outcomes of a growing patient cohort with chronic conditions.

The report is time significant due to its alignment with the recent Medical Services Advisory Committee advice on Application No. 1431.1 – HbA1c point of care test for the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus and the fight to better manage other chronic conditions and antibiotic prescribing.

Practice Support Update - Quality Improvement in General Practice

The Practice Support Team will be supporting General Practices with the ongoing use of the PenCS CAT 4 software suite provided to practices by CSAPHN. The extended range of data management tools by PenCS include programs that work together to allow a unique interface, with a multifaceted view of a practice’s health data. 

What are the benefits to your practice? 
Immediate potential benefits of using the PenCS Cat 4 software suite in your practice may include:
  • Enhanced data quality and safety
  • Efficient management of your patient population
  • Effective identification and monitoring of high-risk patients or specific target groups
  • Demonstration of improved patient outcomes
  • Encouragement for pro-active health care and preventive and early intervention activities
  • Assistance in meeting accreditation standards and practice incentive payment (PIP) requirements such as the eHealth PIP and the new PIP QI Incentive which commenced on the 1st August 2019
  • Better quality practice data i.e. completeness of practice’s clinical data will be improved
  • Easy identification of previously unseen gaps and opportunities for improvement
  • Ability to monitor and track change over time demonstrating systematic quality improvement initiatives within your practice
Data quality tools may be most effective when used within a systematic quality improvement approach, working as an adjunct to the clinical software from which they create clinical extracts for in-practice analysis. 

A current resource available to your practice is the Practice Health Profile (PHP) which is prepared for practices that are currently submitting their de-identified data to Country SA PHN.  The PHP allows analysis of your data and can assist with identifying areas for improvement in line with the PIP QI Incentive, leading to better patient outcomes and meeting accreditation requirements.

Digital Health Webinars and Handouts
The Digital Health team have presented a series of short webinars to keep healthcare providers up to date on a range of topics such as; Use of the My Health Record in South Australia; Managing My Health Record Linkages and access via PRODA; Medication information - access to Prescribing and Dispensing Records in the My Health Record; Digital Health security tools and resources; and Using Telehealth.
The handouts for these webinars are available under Consumer Resources on the Country SA PHN website.
Keep an eye out, these topics will be held again throughout November.

Applications are now open for the Empowering Our Communities Grants

“Does your community group have a plan for a local project or activity to support South Australian regions experiencing drought?

Country SA PHN are seeking grant applications for activities promoting well-being in communities affected by drought.
Activities can include community events or workshops, lifestyle interventions to improve physical and mental health, or community education on topics such as resilience, stress management, depression and stigma.

For further details, or to apply, go to

Practice Support Team Offers Tailored Training Sessions

Practices in the Riverland and Fleurieu have taken advantage of our onsite training. Training covered the use of the Penc Suite of products, analysis of practice data, and implementing the Model for Improvement using the Plan Do Study Act cycles.
If you would like one of the practice support team members to organise a site visit or remote session please email to organise a suitable time.  Our training sessions can be tailored for your administration staff, practice nurses and general practitioners.
Berri Medical Clinic
Southern Fleurieu Family Practice 

Measure Up Bus 
Kapunda & Eudunda Medical Practice have recently welcomed the Measure Up Bus to Kapunda and were overwhelmed with their patient’s interest in having a bone density scan.
Screening for osteoporosis is an important part of healthy ageing as reducing the risk of unnecessary fractures greatly improves quality of life. Education regarding a healthy lifestyle including regular weight bearing, physical activity, adequate calcium intake and reducing alcohol and smoking also improves bone health.

headspace Day Colour Blast Fun Run
Wednesday 9 October was headspace Day and headspace Murray Bridge celebrated with the Colour Blast Fun Run and sausage sizzle at Sturt Reserve.

The weather was perfect with lots of families enjoying the day. headspace Murray Bridge had 203 people register online through TryBooking prior to the event, and 144 additional people sign in on the day to participate in the event! Feedback from everyone was really positive showing how valuable these events are to the community.

Join the Heart Foundation Health Professional Ambassador Program in 2020

Are you a health professional that's passionate about supporting the heart health of your patients? 

The program links health professionals in South Australia with the Heart Foundation to learn about the latest evidence on cardiovascular disease, understand the Heart Foundation’s work and messages that support heart health, and increase their knowledge and confidence in their professional role. 

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Heart Foundation website or contact Sabine Drilling on 08 8224 2805 or
Applications close Tuesday 3 December 2019.

The SA Cervix Screening Program (SACSP) 2019/20 grants program is now open
SACSP Clinic Extension Grants of up to $5500 are now available. This funding is available to increase the reach of cervical screening clinics over a specified period of time. Examples of activities include extending clinic hours, or offering outreach clinics to screen women who are overdue or who have never been screened.

For all the details on how to apply, including the guidelines and application forms go to the SA Health website.
Applications close COB Wednesday 4 December 2019. 

SHINE SA Scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Focused Workers

SHINE SA is offering scholarships for participation in courses and professional development to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focused Workers.

Priority for these scholarships will be given to professionals who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or work in an Aboriginal organisation, and have a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health.

SHINE SA will cover the full cost of the applicant’s course of choice. Scholarship places in 2020 are limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible with consideration to their intended course start date. To learn more visit:

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 Mt 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
Better Medical - Locum VR GP 
An exciting opportunity for a VR GP to locum across our 19 (and growing) clinics Australia-wide. With clinics across the Adelaide Hills and city, Brisbane and Tasmania we are in need of a GP to support our practice doctors by filling vacancies across our clinics. 
For further information and a confidential discussion, please contact Amy Sissman on 08 8391 2055 or
GP VR ED for Rural Hospital 
Between August 2019 and February 2020 - Range of Shifts 8am-8pm; 6pm-8am; 8pm-8am. Port Lincoln hospital is looking for a GP VR with extensive rural and Emergency Department experience to provide services to the community. 

To have a confidential conversation about this vacancy, please contact Carly or Sara at Australian Medical Placements on 08 8333 5666 or email 

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) is accessible from 8.30am to 10.00pm, 7 days a week, including public holidays by calling 08 7087 1742 or sending an email to Email enquiries will be responded to as soon as possible, generally within one business day. The service remains available to hospital based Medical Specialist Consultants after 10.00pm.
Diversity Action Plans now available, under the Aged Care Diversity Framework, a range of action plans were launched by the department in February 2019.
New educational and promotional materials to raise awareness about measles, Australian Academy of Science has developed a series of videos and articles in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health to explore why measles is such a serious disease, who is most at risk, and how you can make sure you're protected with vaccination. For more information or to view the resources click here.
Improving antimicrobial prescribing through selective reporting of antimicrobials, a new fact sheet on selective reporting of antimicrobials is now available on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website. The fact sheet is part of ongoing work in relation to antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, for more information click here.
The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Mount Gambier on Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November, in Kadina on Wednesday 13 November to Friday 15 November and in Murray Bridge on Monday 18 November to Thursday 21 November 2019. 
SA Oral Health Plan 2019-2026 has now been released, the plan provides an overview of the current oral health status of South Australians, including priority populations, and identifies key action areas to address the oral health needs of the population. To download a copy click here.
The South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium
has been established to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians. A range of resources have been developed and are available on the Consortium's website at 
National helpline for eating disorders and body image issues,
as a complex mental illness, eating disorders require comprehensive and effective treatment from specialists. The Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline offers free support for anyone concerned by an eating disorder or body image issue, for more information click here.
Medicare Items for Eating Disorders, commencing 1st November 2019, 64 new Medicare items will be introduced to support evidence-based care for eligible patients living with an eating disorder. A summary is available on the NEDC website.
Australian Immunisation Handbook updates changes include updates to the guidance on: co-administration of vaccines; advice for travellers against measles, mumps and rubella; and more. For more information on the updates go to the website.
CarerHelp, a new website to support carers in end-of-life caring is now available, for more information go to 
RACGP Aged Care Clinical Guide (Silver Book) is now available online, the fifth edition provides GPs with up-to-date information on the complex care of older people. Download a copy here.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop - Port Lincoln
Saturday 9 November 2019, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Professional Development Workshop - Roxby Downs
Sunday 24 November 2019, 9.45am - 3.30pm
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health training for General Practice - Whyalla
Wednesday 13 November 2019, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Understanding the new Charter of Aged Care Rights - Port Pirie
Monday 25 November 2019, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Yorke & North Region
Rashes in Kids Paediatric Dermatology - Clare
Friday 8 November 2019
RDWA: Paediatric Dermatology - Clare
Friday 15 November 2019
Central Region
Rural Healthy Doctors Dinner Seminar - Stirling
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Understanding the new Charter of Aged Care Rights - Victor Harbor
Tuesday 26 November 2019, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Register Here
Medicinal Cannabis - Mount Barker
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Rural Practice Manager Workshop - Mount Barker
Friday 29 November 2019, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Chronic Kidney Disease: Detection and Management - Mount Barker
Wednesday 13 November 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
South & East Region
Managing Chronic Pain - Murray Bridge
Tuesday 19 November 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health training for General Practice - Berri
Wednesday 20 November 2019, 6.00pm - 9.00pm Register Here
Metro Region
LGBTI inclusivity in aged care - Mile End
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 9.30am - 1.30pm
Helen Mayo House Annual Conference Parenting: Passions and Pain - Adelaide
Monday 25 November and Tuesday 26 November 2019
Foundations of General Practice Nursing Workshop - Adelaide
Friday 8 November and Saturday 9 November 2019, 8.45am - 5.00pm
Mental health tools: putting low intensity stepped care into practice - North Adelaide
Tuesday 3 December 2019, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Stepping Out Living Healthy & Long - Adelaide
Saturday 16 November 2019, 9.30am - 2.00pm
Benchmarque - Wound Closure workshop - Royston Park
Monday 16 December to Tuesday 17 December 2019
Make Dying Deadly - Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Symposium - Brisbane Friday 1 November 2019 
15th Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Forum - Parramatta 
Wednesday 13 November to Friday 15 November 2019
Digital Health Security: Policies and guidelines, navigating online resources
Tuesday 29 October 2019, 6.00pm - 6.45pm
Focused Psychological Strategies Skills Training
This Masterclass consists of a series of thought-provoking, small-group, case-based discussion sessions facilitated by a GP with specialist experience in mental health.
Suicide Prevention: Having the Courage to ask the Suicide Webinar
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm (ACST)
Cancer and its Care Webinar
Friday 1st November 2019
This webinar is the first of a series of four webinars for the Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Program.
Register Here
What is Medical Cannabis
This education provides background information for doctors who are interested in understanding medicinal cannabis products for particular conditions and to ensure that patients have accurate information to avoid or minimise the risks that can arise when using medicinal cannabis.
Diabetes in Practice for Nurses
This online course is for Nurses looking to increase their knowledge of diabetes and improve the support they provide to people living with diabetes. The National Diabetes Services Scheme has provided partial funding of this course, however numbers are limited! 
What GPs need to know about melanoma patients on systemic therapies
In this podcast interview, Prof Georgina Long (pictured) discusses how systemic therapy is used in the treatment of advanced melanoma, and how a GP can identify and manage toxicities in patients being treated with targeted or immunotherapies. 
Preparing for PRODA for organisations - webinar recording now available 
This webinar, delivered by Tracie Hibbard, Director Australian Immunisation Register, provides background information about PRODA and advice on preparing your organisation to register for PRODA to access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Watch Here

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Workforce Survey 2019
With 1 in 4 primary health care nurses underutilised in Australia, it’s time for a change.  Don’t miss this opportunity to make some noise – let’s make sure the nursing voice is heard loud and clear. Complete the survey here.
Lung Foundation Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Survey
How do you use the COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD in your health care setting. Your response will help to improve the usability of the guidelines for health professionals across Australia, complete the survey here.
Australian National Cervical Screening Program
Researchers at the University of Sydney are interested in hearing from clinicians about their views and experiences of the revised Australian National Cervical Screening Program. To find out more or to complete the survey click here.

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