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From July 16 until October 15, the next phase of the My Health Record is rolling out with the opportunity to opt out of having a government electronic health record created.
The My Health record (MHR) began in 2012 as the PCEHR (Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record) and has been through several iterations of ways of enrolling, what can be uploaded and how it can be interacted with. While it is far from a perfect platform for sharing patient information, none of the other players in the space have yet managed to crack it either.
Having started using a computer for clinical practice in 1997, I have been thinking we would be soon be securely sharing clinical information in a useful manner ...within the next few years (eg every year from about 2000). It is amazing and somewhat frustrating to know we still have some distance to travel before we have this capacity! Talking with patients, many wrongly believe we have already been doing this for years. Read more...

Hepatitis Awareness Week 2018
Hepatitis Awareness Week 2018 will begin on Monday 23 July to World Hepatitis Day on Saturday 28 July, with the aim of raising awareness of viral hepatitis and the impact it has worldwide.
It is essential for primary care providers to know the risk factors, test, diagnose and treat if required, to prevent this.

The global theme for World Hepatitis Day 2018 is 'Find the Missing Millions'

Are you interested in being involved in consultation on local clinical pathways?
Are you a GP who works in South Australia and is interested in being involved in consultation on local clinical pathways which helps with navigation to local services and resources?

HealthPathways South Australia is a website that provides GPs and health professionals with fingertip access to comprehensive, evidence-based assessment, management and localised referral information for an array of health conditions. 

Consultation is an important part of the HealthPathways South Australia process. It provides an opportunity for you, as a GP working in South Australia, to review draft pathways and provide your feedback during the development (‘localisation’) process prior to the pathway being published on the live portal. 

To find out more or to register your interest in consultation, go to our project site

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month Get Behind It - Red Apple Day

The North and West Regional Strategies team hit the road in June to deliver red apples and Bowel Cancer Awareness resources to local general practices and a community display in Roxby Downs.  Eight boxes of red apples were donated by Woolworths in Port Augusta and Port Lincoln to help promote the Bowel Cancer Awareness message in the community. 

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer.  Bowel cancer claims the lives of over 80 Australians every week.

After packs were delivered by the team early in the month, Doctors at Westlands held its own Red Apple Day fundraiser. The practice sold ribbons and gave out apples; a great source of fibre and various health benefits. To further celebrate Red Apple Day staff members wore red and held a luncheon where staff members brought plates of red food to share.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection, as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

Bowel Cancer Australia’s apple logo is symbolic of the charity’s bowel cancer message: bowel cancer is treatable and beatable if detected early. For more information visit
Venessa Blinman CSAPHN North & West Regional Coordinator, Practice Stafff Marcia Francis and Monique Rodda at Doctors at Westlands 
Michelle Dunemann CSAPHN North & West Regional Coordinator and Practice Staff member Renai Rule at The Old Base Medical Centre 
Doctors at Westlands GPs and Practice Staff supporting Red Apple Day
CSAPHN North & West Regional Coordiantors Michelle Dunemann and Venessa Blinman providing resources and fresh red apples to the Roxby Downs community

Arthritis Education Sessions
Arthritis SA, after successfully tendering for a Country SA PHN Health Promotion grant, has delivered education sessions in four regional areas in South Australia. These aimed to educate health professionals on the latest treatment and how to provide support for clients with arthritis.
Arthritis and other musculoskeletal health conditions are the most common cause of long-term disability in South Australia, with one in four South Australians affected. Approximately 220,000 South Australians are living with Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, and over 36,000 with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis does not discriminate and affects children and adults alike. 
In Port Lincoln, Arthritis SA provided sessions to staff at Port Lincoln Health Services, Community Health, Matthew Flinders Aged Care Facility and a community education session at Lincoln Grove Retirement Village. These sessions were interactive and informative, and resources have been provided for CSAPHN staff to distribute to private allied health professionals and general practice.

The Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre 
Naracoorte - Monday 30 July to Thursday 2 August 2018, Town Hall 95 Smith Street Naracoorte, click here for centre hours.

Mount Gambier
- Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018, Bowls Club 172 Commercial Street West Mount Gambier, click here for centre hours.

Murray Bridge
- Monday 20 August to Thursday 23 August 2018, John Dohler Hall 31 Swanport Road Murray Bridge, click here for centre hours.

- Monday 27 August to Tuesday 28 August 2018, Bordertown Football Oval Woolshed Street Bordertown, click here for centre hours.

- Wednesday 29 August to Thursday 30 August 2018, 1 Coleman Terrace Strathlbyn, click here for centre hours.

caring@home aims to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery across Australia by developing resources that will support people to be cared for, and to die at home, if that is their choice. 
The caring@home website was launched in July 2018 to assist health care professionals caring for palliative care patients in the community. 

Pharmacies access to the Free Interpreting Service
Access to the Free Interpreting Service for pharmacies has been permanently expanded. Access was previously restricted to “dispensing PBS medication”.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) have expanded this so that pharmacists and other pharmacy staff can now access the Free Interpreting Service to provide community pharmacy services. 
More information is available on DSS Free Interpreting Service webpage.  

Notifications of positive hepatitis C pathology tests
From August 2018, the Communicable Disease Control Branch will refer notifications of positive hepatitis C pathology tests to SA Health Viral Hepatitis Clinical Practice Consultants.
Specialist nurses will contact diagnosing clinicians and if required, offer support to facilitate the follow up of patients and contacts and the provision of guideline based care. 
For more information, please visit

National Action Plan on Chronic Pain Management Survey
Painaustralia is keen to hear your views about the priorities that you think will make the most difference to support people with pain and has created a survey to seek input from health professionals, consumers, carers and other interested people to help shape the National Action Plan.  

Please click here to complete the survey by COB Friday 17 August 2018. 

Cervical Screening Update
The National Cancer Screening Registeer is able to provide healthcare providers with their patients’ full cervical screening history regardless of which state or territory their test was performed in.

Build your confidence in end of life care with ELDAC
Are your patients are nearing death? How can you better manage their symptoms and help them die well?

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a free, government-funded resource.
The Primary Care toolkit connects you with evidence-based tools in palliative care.

Better Medical’s Mount Barker Clinic Relocates
Better Medical’s Mount Barker Clinic relocated on Monday 2 July 2018 to a purpose-built, 10 consult room site. An internal launch event was held on Thursday 5 July 2018 welcoming many health providers from the Adelaide Hills to take a sneak peak of their facilities.

The Better Medical Hahndorf Clinic is participating in the Health Care Homes trial, which will provide an opportunity to deliver care and engage with patients to manage their chronic health conditions using a collaborative model. 
Front L-R: Hahndorf Site Manager Sharon Murphy, CSAPHN Practice Support Officer-HCH Janette Baker
Back L-R: Nurse Leader Lucy Wheatley, Engagement Manager Laura Mucci, Director Nick Wells

Release of Specialist Outpatient Waiting Time Report
On the 1 July 2018, the first Specialist Outpatient Waiting Time Report was released.  The Report provides information about the average waiting time and the maximum waiting time for an outpatient appointment by specialty at each metropolitan public hospital in South Australia.  
For more information about the Report, visit the SA Health website or read the Frequently Asked Questions for patient referrers.   

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. We are looking for someone who will bulk bill, days and rooms are flexible at the stage.

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.

If this sounds like a place for you, please contact the practice on 08 8641 1055.
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.
For further information or to apply contact the clinic on 08 8762 8130 or email
Owen Terrace Medical Practice - GP Wanted
We are looking for you! Owen Terrace Medical Practice in Wallaroo is currently served by the practice owners and principals Dr Daniel James and Dr Mei Wee and GPEx Registrars. 
For more information contact Mary-Anne Clayson on 08 8823 2002 or the practice website for more information.

Get Healthy Website free and confidential telephone-based expert advice and plenty of motivation to help you find a healthier, happier you. For more information go to
Palliative and end of life care for people with diabetes resources available for download click here.
Flu season - support and tools for your practice The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria has developed a resource kit to support the promotion of this year’s seasonal flu campaign, in particular by reducing the spread of flu. Resources are available to download here.
Gout self-management app in primary care General practices and their patients are invited to participate in a trial, conducted by UNSW Medicine, evaluating the efficacy of mobile apps to aid in self-managing gout. Find out more and participate
Pelvic Mesh – Information for GPs The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with key stakeholders has examined the safety and clinical aspects of the use of transvaginal mesh products for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Read more...
Syphilis in Pregnancy Perinatal Practice Guidelines (PPGs) are available for download via the SA Health website at or the web based app at 

For more professional development opportunities go to
North & West Region
“Don’t Despair – Diabetes Diagnosis and Drugs? - Port Lincoln
Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease - Port Augusta
Thursday 27 September 2018, 8.30am - 4.00pm
Save the Date
Yorke & North Region
Management of burns in rural regions - Wallaroo
Tuesday 7 August 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Central Region
Insulin Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes - Victor Harbor
Date to be advised, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Nuriootpa
Friday 26 October 2018 - Saturday 27 October 2018
South & East Region 
The R U OK? Conversation Convoy - Murray Bridge
Friday 3 August 2018, 8.45am - 10.30am
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) - Murray Bridge
Friday 7 September 2018 - Saturday 8 September 2018 Register Here
Metro Region
Radiology & Ultrasound Workshop - Parkside
Friday 24 August 2018, 8.30am - 4.30pm

From Assessment to Treatment Planning; Occupational Formulation & Measurable Goals - Adelaide
Monday 27 August 2018 - Tuesday 28 August 2018, 9.00am - 4.30pm 
Register Here
Doctors Health SA - National GP Training & Education Conference - Adelaide
Tuesday 11 September to Thursday 13 September 2018
Update on Sexually Transmitted Infections - Woodville
Tuesday 18 September 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Online Immunisation Training Course for GPs
For more information and to access the course
Requesting, customising and using reports on the AIR site
Wednesday 22 August 2018,12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEST) Register Here

Mental Health Disorders Training for Rural Practitioners 
Thursday 2 August to Thursday 23 August 2018 (one evening per week) Register Here
Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals
Thursday 23 August 2018, 7.15am - 8.30pm (AEST)
SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals - Darwin
Thursday 13 September 2018 to Saturday 15 September 2018
10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium - Hobart
Monday 15 October 2018 to Wednesday 17 October 2018
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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