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Message from the Chair
One of the drivers in all the work of the PHNs are to improve safety and quality in healthcare for those living in rural South Australia. I sit on the Primary Care Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care which provides a high level overview of some of the systems and issues at play.
Improving communication and information sharing at transitions of care is an important part of improving safety and quality in health, and is an area that does not currently flow as smoothly as would be ideal.
It is encouraging to see that this is a priority activity agreed to in the recent Bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and SA Health. Read more...

Tender update: Country SA PHN have released a tender for Health Promotion Small Grants
We are inviting applications from organisations to carry out small local projects or activities which will build capacity to improve health outcomes within the Country SA PHN region. 

Projects must be undertaken between 1 April and 30 June 2018. The funding will not go beyond 30 June 2018. Interested organisations must register on TenderLink to access the tender documentation
Applications must be submitted on TenderLink - closing date is 15 March 2018.

Adelaide Hills Aged Friendly Project
Improved information regarding the accessibility of popular local experiences for the ageing population in the Adelaide Hills is now available.
Thanks to a collaboration between Adelaide Hills Council, Adelaide Hills Tourism, Regional Development Australia, Mount Barker District Council, the Hills Positive Ageing Taskforce, Country SA PHN, and with the help of ‘PUSH Adventures’. The Adelaide Hills Aged Friendly Project worked to provide and distribute information regarding age friendly/accessible sites and create opportunities for older people to be part of local, family and community activities. Read more...

HealthPathways is Going Live!

Country SA PHN is excited to announce that HealthPathways South Australia is on its way and will be going LIVE in March 2018! Read more...

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth Survey
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth invite you to participate in their NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth Survey.

To participate in the survey please click on the link:  please complete by Wednesday 28 February 2018. Read more...

Notification of new recommendations made in Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in South Australia 2015 Report
The report was tabled at both houses of Parliament in December 2017 with the expectation that all recommendations in the Report will be implemented. Read more...

University of Adelaide Medical Students in Port Lincoln and Ceduna
Country SA PHN recently hosted a morning tea in Port Lincoln to welcome eight new medical students from the University of Adelaide. The students are from a mixture of rural and metropolitan backgrounds with a number of students eager to return to country regions once they are qualified. The students will be on a rotational roster in Port Lincoln and Ceduna.
Photo from left to right: Luke, Sune, Anja, Amy, Morgan, Niamh, Joseph and Fraser

CKD-DETECT is still recruiting!
Are you a practice nurse looking for a free CPD opportunity and want to make a difference in health outcomes for the 1 in 3 Australians at increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
We are looking for 280 general practice nurses to participate in a randomised controlled trial evaluating a pragmatic e-learning intervention to improve CKD screening practices. Read More..

Building resilience in children aged 0–12
To coincide with the new school year, beyondblue recently launched web-based tips for parents and a new resource for professionals Building resilience in children aged 0–12: A practice guide. The guide is tailored to professionals who are regularly working with children aged between 0 and 12. 

For more information go to or to download a copy of the guide go to

Country SA PHN Scholarships for the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador program 2018

Country SA PHN has again partnered with the Heart Foundation SA to provide scholarships for general practice nurses from country SA to be involved in the Nurse Ambassador program. The first workshop for 2018 was held Friday 16 February and saw the opportunity for the nurses to come together and discuss cardiovascular health and their role in it. During this year eight nurses will be provided financial support towards their travel costs for the year long program.

In 2017 seven nurses were supported with Country SA PHN scholarships and their feedback was that this assistance made a massive difference to their ability to be involved in the Nurse Ambassador program for which they are very grateful. 
(L to R) Back row: Sabine Drilling, Clinical Project Officer Heart Foundation; Jessica Signore, Mount Pleasant , Stephanie Dubois, Port Lincoln, Amanda Thiel, Barmera and Laurel Dodd, Port Augusta

(L to R) Front row: Cassandra Pokorra, Mt Barker; Bonnie Pearson, Port Lincoln, Rachel Lukin, Port Lincoln, Janice Smith, Millicent and Inara Beecher, Manager State Partnerships Country SA PHN;

Cervical screening self-sampling now available
VCS Pathology will be the first pathology service in Australia to commence testing of self-collected samples from eligible women under the renewed National Cervical Screening Program.
This initiative will enable women who avoid Pap smears to take the sample themselves and have access to lifesaving cervical screening tests.
For more information go to click here.

Apps that connect to My Health Record
You are now able to interact with your My Health Record using mobile apps. This means that with your permission information uploaded by you, your healthcare providers, or by Medicare could be accessed with an app. For more information on what apps are available click here.
You will need to have a My Health Record before you use apps that connect to your record. If you don’t have a My Health Record, visit the Registration page to register.

A trial of evidence-based smoking cessation care to pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women. 
The SISTAQUIT research trial aims to improve provision of timely, evidence-based smoking cessation care (SCC) for pregnant Indigenous women attending Aboriginal medical services (AMS), general practices and other health services.
The multi-component, culturally appropriate SISTAQUIT intervention is based on RACGP guidelines, and trains multidisciplinary teams (e.g. GPs, Aboriginal Health Workers and midwives) using live, interactive webinars. Read More...

Zostavax® vaccine available now nationally for people 70-79 years

Since November 2016, a free shingles vaccine program has been funded under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for 70 year olds, with a time-limited catch-up program for people 71 to 79 years old until October 2021.

At the commencement of the program, the interest in the vaccine was unprecedented.  Early shortages have been addressed and there is now ample stock available to meet ongoing demand under the program. Read more...

Strathalbyn Medical Clinic GP Vacancy
Strathalbyn Medical Clinic (RRMA5) has a vacancy for a full time and a part time General Practitioner.

We are an established family orientated private medical clinic which is AGPAL accredited, with 11 GP’s currently consulting with the support of experienced nurses and medical reception staff.

We also have a pathology company and Allied Health providers on site.

We provide minimal emergency afterhours care for the Strathalbyn Hospital which also has many visiting specialists to assist with the care of our community.

If you are interested please contact the Practice Managers Diane or Amy on 08 8536 2277 or email
Hawkins Medical Clinic GP Vacancy
A vacancy exists for one or more General Practitioners in our large private general practice due to practice expansion.  The practice provides after hours GP sessions each evening on a roster basis and participation can be flexible.

A base salary exists with bonuses to percentage of billings to provide excellent remuneration.

The practice offers a wide range of general practice services and is well supported by admin and nursing staff.

The practice is involved in teaching registrars as well as medical students.

For more information please contact Dale Beatty Practice Manager on 08 8723 1233.
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 them. We are looking for someone who will bulk bill, -days and rooms are flexible at the stage.

The need for services would ensure at least one day per fortnight and probably double that towards the end of the year when our current psychologist retires. The current psychologist sees 9 patients a day once a fortnight but her bookings are already for over 3 months ahead so there is plenty of scope to see more patients and in a shorter waiting time.

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.
An inspirational team to join, lots of community spirit! Beautiful location, nearby hospital and you will be a part of a highly supportive network of GPs. Great income in a professionally run, busy clinic up to 70% of billing. A company owned by Doctors - so therefore, no pressure or corporate spin. Plenty of aged care, nursing home and hospital work opportunities also on offer.

If this sounds like a place for you, please contact the practice on 08 8641 1055.
One Healthcare - positions available
General Practitioner – FRCGP/Gen Reg with AHPRA.FT/PT options.19AA exemption can be organised.

Registered Nurse – Part time/causal, 20 hours per week, general practice experience and knowledge in chronic health is highly appreciated.

Dentist – Expression of interest for joint business venture to establish a dental clinic on the premises of One Healthcare Woodside.

Please email your resume/expression of interest to or phone 08 8389 7232.
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.
The Clinic has a team of 4 physiotherapists and 2 administration staff in a modern clinic with a hydro pool, providing hospital inpatient and public & private outpatient treatment as well as opportunities in occupational health, paediatrics and Pilates classes.
For further information or to apply contact the clinic on (08) 8762 8130 or email

The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre
Bordertown - Monday 26 February to Tuesday 27 February, Bordertown Football Oval Woolshed Street Bordertown, for centre hours click here.
Port Lincoln - Tuesday 27 February to Friday 2 March, Yacht Club 1 Eyre Street Port Lincoln, for centre hours click here.
Strathalbyn - Wednesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March, 1 Colman Terrace Strathalbyn, for centre hours click here.
Nuriootpa - Monday 5 March - Friday 9 March, The Barossa Valley Soldiers Memorial Hall 46 Murray Street Nuriootpa, for centre hours click here.
Clare - Wednesday 14 March - Friday 16 March, CLare Sports Club Main North Road Clare, for centre hours click here.
National Immunisation Education Framework for health professionals can be downloaded here
Caring for Indigenous Australians in residential aged care video is now available at
My Aged Care – How to request a support plan review has been developed by the Department of Health. To view the video go to
Draft Aged Care Quality Standards A single set of quality standards is a key deliverable of the Aged Care Quality Framework which is available for download here.
Cracks in the Ice app The Cracks in the Ice app is a mobile phone application that provides evidence-based, up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for Android or Apple devices. Download at Google Play or iTunes.
ifarmwell website is a new free website that has been designed in consultation with Australian farmers. Growing farmers' wellbeing, helping farmers to focus on the here and now. For more information go to

The Nurse and Medical Practice Assistant (MPA) Manual 
There have been major advances in practice nursing in recent years, and a rapid expansion in the role of the practice nurse. Practice Nurses play a key role in supporting and coordinating a patient’s entire health care journey, rather than focusing on just a specific disease or condition. This role is underpinned by the principles of delivering coordinated and patient-centred care, creating partnerships across different health providers and sectors, improving patient outcomes and enabling improvements across the system. 

The Nurse and Medical Practice Assistant (MPA) Manual is a guide to all aspects of clinical practice.  If you would like access to the manual, please contact the Practice Support Team via email

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 11 April - Thursday 12 April 2018, 2 day workshop, Centacare Catholic Country SA 32 Mortlock Terrace Port Lincoln. Cost to attend $350, for more information or to register go to
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Port Lincoln
Friday 13 April 2018 - Saturday 14 April 2018, University of Adelaide Rural Clinical School Oxford Terrace Port Lincoln. For more information or to apply go to
Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Full Day Workshop - Coober Pedy
Tuesday 17 April 2018, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Umoona Tjutagka Health Service Aboriginal Corp. Lot 8 Umoona Road Coober Pedy. No Cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

Yorke & North Region
Adolescent Mental Health – Clare
Thursday 8 March 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, location to be confirmed. For more informtion or to register go to

The pain revolution. principles, pearls and pitfalls - Kadina
Wednesday 14 March 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Kadina Football Clubrooms 1 Doswell Terrace Kadina. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.  

'Save the date' Rural Healthy Doctors' Dinner Seminar - Port Pirie
Tuesday 15 March 2018, John Pirie Motor Inn Warnertown Road Port Pirie. No cost to attend, for more information go to
Through the looking glass: analgesia in chronic pain, nothing is quite what it seems - Kadina
Monday 26 March 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Highway Restaurant 4754 Copper Coast Highway Kadina. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here
Central Region

Sleep Apnea - Barossa
Wednesday 7 March 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort 42 Pioneer Avenue via Golflinks Road Rowlands Flat. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

AUSMED - Barossa Valley Nurses' Conference - Barossa
Thursday 15 March 2018 - Friday 16 March 2018, 8.30am - 5.00pm, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort 42 Pioneer Avenue via Golflinks Road Rowlands Flat. Cost $590, for more information or to register click here.

South & East Region
The 10 tips to help you sleep at night - Murray Bridge
Thusday 1 March 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm. MMGPN 64 Adelaide Road Murray Bridge. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.
Diabetes Insulin Titration – Mount Gambier
Monday 5 March 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, location to be confirmed. Registrations opening soon
Mental Health Case Management – Berri
Wednesday 7 March 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, location to be confirmed. Registrations opening soon
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Naracoorte
Friday 9 March 2018 - Saturday 10 March 2018, Limestone Coast Training 73 Smith Street Naracoorte. For more information or to apply go to
Primary Care Asthma Update
Murray Bridge Friday 16 March 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, venue to be confirmed, no cost to attend, for more information click here.
Berri Friday 23 March 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, venue to be confirmed, no cost to attend, for more information click here.
Mount Gambier - Friday 6 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, venue to be confirmed, no cost to attend, for more information click here.

Metro Region
Managing Vicarious Trauma
Friday 9 March 2018, 9.00am - 4.30pm, St Marks College 46 Pennington Terrace North Adelaide. Cost to attend Standard $310; Student $248; Group $295, for more information or to register go to
Use of Ultrasound in Rural Emergency Medicine 
Saturday 10 March 2018, Rydges South Park 1 South Terrace Adelaide. Brought to you by ACCRM, cost to attend $770 for member; $995 for non-member. For more information or to register go to


Breastfeeding Science to Practice - Sydney / Brisbane / Melbourne
Tuesday 13 March 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Sydney
Wednesday 14 March 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Pullman Brisbane King George Square Brisbane
Friday 16 March 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Pullman Melbourne on the Park Melbourne
For more information or to register go to
6th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium - Canberra
Wednesday 11 April 2018 - Thursday 12 April 2018, 8.00am - 5.00pm, Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Cost both days $880, or 1 day $484, for more information or to register go to


A Normal Day online training
'A Normal Day' is the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League's (AIVL) new online training module to designed to enhance communication and understanding between people who use drugs and healthcare professionals. For more information go to
Breastfeeding Science to Practice webinar
Saturday 31 March to Wednesday 30 May 2018, brought to you by the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Cost $255 ABA Member; $280 non-member, for more information or to register go to
Beckwith Park, 30 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355
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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