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Message from the CEO
We live in interesting times and of course this month we have seen a change of Government and with that, a new State Health Minister, Stephen Wade and new and interesting directions in health are forecast.

A new and welcome focus, is the promise to establish “Wellbeing SA”, as a prevention, health promotion and primary health care agency, within SA Health. It is proposed that “Wellbeing SA” will advocate for and purchase services in public health and health promotion, will include a health promotion branch and focus on preventing health issues before they arise. 

The new directions also propose the maximisation of partnerships for prevention across South Australia, through networks which embrace all Government Departments, the Commonwealth Government, Primary Health Networks, local councils, Local Health Networks, and non-government organisations. 

HealthPathways South Australia Portal Now Live
SA Health, Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN are pleased to announce the HealthPathways Portal is now available to GPs and health professionals across South Australia. Read more...

Country SA PHN presents on My Health Record and My Gov Registration at Port Elliot Computing Group

The Port Elliot Computing Group (PECC) has been working with Country SA PHN to deliver community education sessions.
The PECC currently has 28 volunteers assisting the community to log into My Gov and My Health Record. Read more...

Safe Routes to School
Our Yorke and North team welcomed autumn in Clare at this year’s first Brekky, Bikes and Bein’ Safe event, promoting active travel to school. 
Visiting Occupational Therapy students from the University of South Australia who are currently working on a local active travel to school project were over-whelmed by the overall response and energetic participation by kindy and school students alike. 
Over 70 children and youth from all Clare school communities enjoyed gathering together for a healthy brekky and a safe step, cycle or scoot to school.

Health Care Home Update

Country SA PHN will soon make available training in Motivational Interviewing, Health Coaching and Self-Management to support Health Care Homes and their wider Health Care Neighbourhood in delivering quality primary health care to their patients as part of a care team. Read more...

Whyalla and Port Augusta Practice Network Meeting
The Practice Support team in collaboration with the Regional Strategies team hosted and delivered a 2 hour training session for practice managers and practice nurses.
The training session covered the 5th Edition Accreditation Standards, Pencs Suite of products available to general practice, Digital Health and HealthPathways. Matthew Carter from the Department of Human Services discussed the use of HPOS and Celestina Paris from Country and Outback Health advised of the new program “My Life” being run through the National Suicide Prevention Trial.
Participants from the ABC Surgery, Flinders Avenue Surgery, Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service, One Stop Surgery, Doctors at Westlands, Doctors on Playford  
Back Row (L-R): Venessa Blinman, CSAPHN Regional Coordinator North & West; Michelle Dunemann, CSAPHN Regional Coordinator North & West; Matthew Carter, Department of Human Services; Celestina Paris, Country & Outback Health; Julie Di Rito, CSAPHN Assistant Manager Practice Support; Front Row: Jane Williams, CSAPHN Practice Support Officer

Health initiatives to address per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination
The Australian Government has committed to a number of health initiatives to assist the communities affected by PFAS contamination, in particular at Williamtown, New South Wales; Oakey, Queensland; and Katherine, Northern Territory.
The services funded by the Australian Government are available to those people who now or have previously lived/worked in the RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW; Army Aviation Centre Oakey, Qld; and RAAF Base Tindal (Katherine) Investigation Areas. 
For more informaton about these services or to find out more about PFAS please visit

Health Care Home Trial - Practice Support

The Practice Support Team has been supporting a number of practices which are taking part in the Health Care Home (HCH) Trial.

The current focus for HCH practices is registering patients, providing coordinated and ongoing support and more flexible care for Australians who are living with chronic and complex health conditions.
Pictured L-R: Clare Medical Centre staff; Danny Haydon, CEO; Julie Lewcock, Operations Manager; Bridget Ellery, HCH Receptionist; Megan MacDonald, Practice Nurse

Yorke & North Practice Managers Meeting
Country SA PHN Yorke and North team were pleased to hold a Practice Managers workshop in conjunction with GPex on Wednesday 14 February 2018.
A total of 32 practice managers and office staff, representing 22 practices in the region, participated in the workshop held at Clare Country Club. Read more...

The Pain Revolution – Principles, pearls and pitfalls
Country SA PHN (CSAPHN) is currently partnering with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Pain Management Unit to pilot a project on the Yorke Peninsula to develop and implement a GP-led, practice based multidisciplinary pain management program.
Through this project we were lucky enough to engage Professor Lorimer Moseley to present a highly entertaining education session on the science behind pain to 40 health professionals in Kadina recently. Read more...
Left to Right: Dr Tim Semple, QEH Pain Medicine Specialist; Professor Lorimer Moseley; Noelene Cooper, CSAPHN Project Manager; and Kylie May, Practice Liaison Officer

The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre 
Minlaton - Tuesday 3 April to Wednesday 4 April 2018, Minlaton Uniting Church 36 Main Street Milaton, for centre hours click here.

Mount Barker - Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April 2018, Mount Barker St Mark's Luthern Church 35 Hampden Road Mount Barker, for centre hours click here.

Gawler - Monday 9 April to Thursday 12 April 2018, Hewett Centre 28-30 Kingfisher Drive Hewett, for centre hour click here.

Port Pirie - Tuesday 17 April to Friday 20 April 2018, Virtus Soccor Club 9 Parks Street Port Pirie, for centre hours click here.

Victor Harbor - Monday 23 April to Fridy 27 April 2018, Lutheran Church 21 Adelaide Road Victor Harbor, for centre hours click here.

Perinatal Mental Health Working Group

SA Health through the SA Maternal, Neonatal & Gynaecological Community of Practice has formed a Perinatal Mental Health Working Group.
The working group would appreciate if GPs could answer 3 short questions about managing women with perinatal mental health issues. 
A link to the questions is available here

The survey allows for the GP to remain anonymous, responses to the survey are appreciated by COB Monday 9 April 2018.

Women under 25 do not need routine cervical screening under the National Cervical Screening Program
Routine cervical screening is not recommended in the renewed program for women under 25 years. Some women under 25 will present with an expectation for routine screening, having had previous Pap tests.
It is important that these women are aware that Medicare does not fund routine HPV cervical screening tests in women under 25. Read more...

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

Annual Influenza Program SA Schedule 2018 is available for download here2018 Annual Influenza information is also available for download, click here.
Local Government Area coverage rate summaries 2017 summary of coverage rates on children fully immunised as reported on the AIR by Local Government Area (LGA). If an LGA is not included in this publication it is because there are less than 10 children reported as residing in the area.

Immunisation Provider Information Sheet on HPV Vaccines for MSM is available for download, click here.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard is now available to download, click here or for more information go to

Data breach preparation and response: A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published a guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. To download a copy go to
Coeliac Disease Resources Coeliac Australia online resources for health professionals to support the diagnosis of coeliac disease are available to download, go to Multilingual resources are also available at
Gardasil®9 has replaced Gardasil and will be provided free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP). For more information go to
Pregnancy Care Guidelines new clinical practice guidelines on pregnancy care have been released. To download a copy or for more information go to 
Australian College of Nursing Grants for more information on the available grants go to 
Aged Care unannounced re-accreditation audits to start from 1 July 2018 Unannounced re-accreditation audits aim to look at providers’ everyday performance against the standards. For further information visit the Dept of Health Website and the Quality Agency Website.
Diabetes Update March Newsletter available for download at
CRANAplus Scholarships and Grants for more information on the available scholarships and grants go to
Sharp and to the Point March newsletter is out now, click here to view.

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 11 April 2018 - 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 GP Skills Training - Port Augusta
Saturday 14 April 2018, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn 1 Daw Street Port Augusta. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to
Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Full Day Workshop - Coober Pedy
Tuesday 17 April 2018, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Umoona Tjutagka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Lot 8 Umoona Road Coober Pedy. No Cost to attend, for more information or to register go to 
Cultural Awareness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workshop - Whyalla
Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Venue to be advised. No cost to attend, registration opens soon, for more information click here.

Yorke & North Region
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Port Pirie
Friday 15 June 2018 - Saturday 16 June 2018, Uniting Country SA Conference Centre and Training Complex 3 Parham Street Port Pirie. For more information or to apply go to

Central Region
Menopause Update – Victor Harbor
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, McCracken Country Club McCracken Drive Victor Harbor. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

Diabetes Insulin Titration – Victor Harbour
Thursday 24 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, location to be confirmed. No cost to attend for more information go to

South & East Region 

"The Painful Truth" An Update on Pain Management - Mount Gambier
Tuesday 3 April 2018, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Silver Birch Comfort Inn Mount Gambier. No cost to attend, for more information go to

Managing Personality Disorders - Berri
Wednesday 4 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Berri Hotel Riverview Road Berri. No cost to attend, dinner at own cost. For more information or to register go to

Primary Care Asthma Update - Mount Gambier 
Friday 6 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, venue to be confirmed, no cost to attend, for more information click here.
Perinatal in Practice - Mount Gambier
Saturday 7 April 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Lakes Resort 17 Lake Terrace West Mount Gambier. Cost to attend $50, for more information or to register go to
Cultural Awareness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workshop - Murray Bridge
Thursday 19 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Venue to be advised. No cost to attend, registration opens soon, for more information click here.

Metro Region
Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
Friday 6 April 2018, 9.00am - 4.30pm, St Mark's College 46 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide. Cost $310 or $248 student, for more information or to register go to 
Foundations of General Practice Nursing workshop 
Friday 27 April to Saturday 28 April 2018, 8.45am - 5.00pm, Cliftons Adelaide 1/80 King William Street Adelaide. Cost APNA member $350; non member $450, for more information go to or to register go to 
Anxiety Management in Palliative Care & Progressive Conditions
Tuesday 1 May 2018 to Wednesday 2 May 2018, Rydges South Park 1 South Terrace Adelaide. Cost to attend $750 OTA members; $900 non members, for more information or to register go to 
Hepatitis B Case Discussion
Wednesday 2 May 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Rydges South Park 1 South Terrace Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to

ASHM - General Practice Sexual Health Update 
Saturday 5 May 2018, 8.30am - 4.00pm, Pavilion on the Park Veale Gardens Corner of South Terrace & Peacock Road Adelaide. No cost to attend, 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

Webinar: Rheumatoid arthritis and methotrexate
Thursday 12 April 2018, 7.00pm (AEST), no cost to participate. For more information or to register go to
FARGP RPL pathways for practising GPs
Are you a practising GP working in a rural or remote community? Would you like to earn an additional Fellowship with RACGP? Online via gplearning cost of $2405, for more information go to 
ACRRM: The Rural Doctors’ Family and Domestic Violence Education Package
Available online until Saturday 30 June 2018, The 6 part module was developed by rural doctors for rural doctors and draws on the diverse experience of a national team of clinicians. For more information go to

Influenza and Meningococcal Webinar
Thursday 12 April 2018, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, presented by the SA Immunisation Hub. For more information or to register go to
Understanding Dementia 
Free online course is now available, for more information or to register go to
Beckwith Park, 30 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355
PO Box 868, Nuriootpa SA 5355
T  08 8565 8900    F  08 8311 1723

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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