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Message from the CEO
Country SA PHN was very pleased to have been recently announced as one of 12 new National Suicide Prevention Trial Site, bringing significant resources, activity and funding to areas of need in regional South Australia. The trial will be placed at a regional level to better respond to local needs, and identify new learnings in relation to suicide prevention strategies.

The 3-year trial will adopt a system based approach to the delivery of suicide prevention services, targeting populations identified at a local level as ‘at-risk’. Currently we are working with the Commonwealth Department of Health and focusing on the mapping and planning stage of this exciting addition to services in country SA. Read more...
Primary Health Care Professionals are invited to be part of this unique opportunity to help drive innovation and collaboration in South Australia’s Primary Health Care system. For more information and to register go to  www.saphnconference.com.au.
Rural Registrar Competition
Country SA PHN are offering four lucky registrars the opportunity to attend Masterclass Class IV
25 August to 27 August 2017 Crowne Plaza, Adelaide for free!

One rural registrar will be selected from each Country SA PHN region (North & West; Yorke & Northern; Central; South & East). To enter, simply fill out the competition entry form and tell us

  • Why you should be sponsored?
  • How you will use the knowledge and skills you learn back in your region?

Successful applicants will receive full registration including a welcome reception Friday evening and the Rural GP Health Awards dinner on Saturday worth $1,870 (please note: associated travel and accommodation costs will be at the expense of the delegate). Entries to be received by 10 April 2017.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Sadly, heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women, killing three times as many women as breast cancer and taking a life every hour of every day. For women, the symptoms can be subtler so in the lead up to Mother’s Day, the Heart Foundation will be calling on all women to put their hearts first and find out if they are at risk by visiting their GP for a Heart Health Check. Read more...
Country SA PHN Scholarships for the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador program 2017
Country SA PHN has partnered with the Heart Foundation SA to provide scholarships for general practice nurses in country SA to be involved in the Nurse Ambassador program. During 2017/18, 16 nurses will be provided financial support towards their travel costs for the year long program.
Read more...
Country SA PHN scholarship nurses 2017 giving the thumbs up for the first Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador workshop 2017. (L to R) Back row: Cathy Pearson, Cummins; Kristie Gum, Port Pirie Second to back row: Rachel Parr, Stirling; Sue Raether, Hamley Bridge Middle row: Inara Beecher, Manager State Partnerships Country SA PHN; Bridget King, Yankalilla; Caroline Collins, Mount Gambier Front row: Liz Marrack, Port Augusta; Leisa Victor, Loxton
Ceduna region Meningococcal W vaccination program
The Ceduna region meningococcal W vaccination program is a limited time vaccination program against meningococcal serogroup W (MenW) disease that will be offered to people living in Ceduna and the surrounding areas. Read more...
Medical student's rural placement
North and West Regional Coordinators Venessa Blinman and Michelle Dunemann recently attended a meet and greet with University of Adelaide medical students who will be completing their rural placement for a twelve-month rotational roster in Port Augusta. Read more...
From left: University of Adelaide 5th Yr Medical Students, Alice Crawford (Pt Augusta), Christopher Wylde (Yorke), Ben Wingrove (Pt Augusta), Daniel Cooper (Pt Augusta), Sebastian Rositano (Pt Augusta), Tess Ryan (Clare), Kerry Steer (Pt Augusta Student Coordinator), Jemima McKenzie (4th Yr), Collette Massy-Westropp (4th Yr) and Chelsea Burford (4th Yr)
First of its kind unit to help keep children with chronic conditions out of hospital
A General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) established at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will improve the coordination of care for hundreds of South Australian children struggling with chronic conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes and Asthma, with the goal of reducing the need to visit hospital. Read more...
Full-time Permanent Physiotherapist
Tired of treating necks and backs all day? Ready for a tree change and some fresh country air? Look no further! Good Country Physiotherapy has the job for you! We are looking for a full-time permanent physiotherapist to join the team in the Limestone Coast of South Australia, commencing immediately.  The position is based in Naracoorte with two days per week at the coastal town of Kingston SE.  The working hours can be flexible and there is an option to work 0.8FTE or 0.9FTE by negotiation.
Read more...
Tristar Medical Group Keith Nurse Practitioner Vacancy
Tristar Medical Group are currently seeking a Nurse Practitioner to join the team at our Keith clinic. The Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse educated and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role within the regional community, general practice setting and health Service.

To view the key responsibilities of this position, please click here.
To apply for this position or to obtain a position description, please email vacancies@tristarmedicalgroup.com.au quoting reference number 15-/2017. For further enquires, please contact the Human Resources Department on 03 5022 5800.
GP Wanted
Ferrers Medical Clinic, Mount Gambier is interested in discussing recruitment opportunities for 2017 with doctors seeking future rural general practice placement, to meet the practice’s continuing commitment to primary health care services that respond to the developing needs of the regional community.

Expressions of Interest to the Practice Manager cburden@ferrers.com.au. Additional information at www.ferrers.com.au.
Practice Nurse Position
Woodside Surgery are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly and motivated Practice Nurse to join their clinical team. Enrolled and Registered nurses may apply.

Please email your resume and cover letter to onehealthcarews@gmail.com and wspracman@internode.on.net.
CHSA Diabetes Update - March 2017 is now available
The newsletter provides a précis of information and events related to diabetes education and care, to download a copy click here. Previous issues can also be found at http://www.chsa-diabetes.org.au/newsletter/default.asp.
Kidney Health Australia’s Primary Care Education Program
For more information go to http://kidney.org.au/health-professionals/detect/education.
Ear health programs for Indigenous children and young people
This year, the Australian Government Department of Health has commissioned research to examine the effectiveness of its Indigenous ear health initiatives for children and youth (0-21 years). As part of this research, the Department of Health would like to hear from you, please take the time to complete the online survey which takes about 5-10 minutes, to complete the survey http://indigenousearhealth.questionpro.com.
Country SA PHN professional development grants - Drug and Alcohol
Country SA PHN is offering a range of small professional development grants across the drug and alcohol and primary health sector promoting drug and alcohol upskilling through financial assistance to access further training, learning and education opportunities.
Read more...
Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) Program
To combat chronic disease and encourage healthy lifestyles, RDGP are facilitating a free Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) Program, developed by the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and funded by Country South SA PHN. Read more...
Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund
The application period for eligible organisations interested in lodging a submission for funding under the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) is now open.
The application period opens today, 1 March 2017 and closes at 2.00pm (AEDT) Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Read more...
As the preferred provider of educational services for Country SA PHN programs, GPEx is excited to announce that beginning in May 2017 will be delivering GP Extend across rural South Australia. GP Extend is a series of needs-based, face-to-face regional workshops, where GPs and primary health care professionals can extend their knowledge and skills working together to facilitate more positive patient outcomes. Specific information about workshop dates, locations and content can be found at www.gpex.com.au.
Lung Foundation travel grants for COPD now available
Six travel grants of up to $3,000 for international conferences and up to $1,500 for national conferences are available for health professionals in Australia whose work is focused on improving outcomes for patients living with COPD. For more information go to http://lungfoundation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/LFA-and-A-Menarini-Australia-Travel-Grant-application-2017-ATS-ERS-APSR-Final.pdf.
Nursing and midwifery excellence awards gala dinner
Tickets on sale now

Friday 12 May 2017, from 7.00pm, Theatre A & B, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Port Road, Hindmarsh.
SA Health, in conjunction with industry partners, invites you to attend the 2017 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards gala dinner. To book your tickets please visit the online portal or email nmea@arinex.com.au.
Sharp and to the Point
SA Health March edition of is now available to download click here.
New My Aged Care brochure The new ‘How to get started with My Aged Care’ brochure is aimed at older people, their carers and families before they have contacted My Aged Care for the first time. Case study videos promoting My Aged Care are also available. To view or order the New My Aged Care brochure click here.

Zostavax safety alert Zostavax should not be used in people who are immunocompromised, as this is associated with a risk of mild to serious complications (including death) from infection with the vaccine virus. The full TGA safety advisory notice is now available - click here. For more information, please see the NCIRS Zoster Vaccine FAQ, the NCIRS Fact sheet on Zostavax and the Australian Immunisation Handbook chapter 4.24 Zoster (herpes zoster).

COPD medicines and inhalers: stepping through the options Book a one-on-one education visit or small-group case-based meeting facilitated by an NPS MedicineWise Clinical Services Specialist and receive a Lung Foundation Australia resource with a stepwise guide to managing COPD. Visits are accredited for RACGP QI&CPD points and in the ACRRM PD program. Book now.

Vaccinating pregnant women against flu and whooping cough Prof. Paul Van Buynder and the Immunisation Coalition have released a useful video around the importance of vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough and the flu. Both vaccines not only protect the pregnant woman, but her unborn baby including the first six months of life. http://www.immunisationcoalition.org.au/immunisation/pregnancy/.

National Cervical Screening Program Renewal
Department of Health recently announced a delay in the commencement of the National Cervical Screening Program Renewal until 1 December 2017. For a full statement and information from the SA Cervix Screening Program regarding this announcement, please visit here.

Inhaler device checklist The NPS MedicineWise inhaler device checklist has recently been updated to include newer inhaler devices. This resource can be used to help identify each inhaler and check patients’ inhaler technique. Download now.

Type 2 diabetes treatment website case study survey The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) recently launched the Type 2 Diabetes Treatment website - the first of its kind in Australia to offer health care professionals a user friendly, interactive tool to assist them in determining the best treatment option for patients. Read more...

Optimal diabetes foot care The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) has launched a new suite of audio-visual resources to assist healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage diabetes related foot complications. The Foot Examination, Preventive Foot Care, Managing basic diabetes related foot complications (available June 2017).

Resources to support evidence-based mental health care in primary care RANZCP is producing clinical practice guidelines to support best practice in the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions. To download the guidelines click here.

New Black Dog website is now live, www.blackdoginstitute.org.au.
To view more professional development go to Country SA PHN website www.countrysaphn.com.au.
West & North Region

RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Friday 7 April - Saturday 8 April 2017 - Port Lincoln
Friday 10 November  - Saturday 11 November 2017 - Whyalla
For more information or to register call 08 8234 8277, email RESP@ruraldoc.com.au or visit RESP.

Memory and Ageing - Free information session for people who are concerned about their memory or the memory of someone they care about. Tuesday 11 April 2017, 10.00am - 11.00am, Ceduna Community Health Centre Eyre Highway Ceduna. For more information or to register your interest, call Alzheimer's Australia SA on (08) 8372 2100.

Understanding Dementia - Free information session for people who are concerned about their memory or the memory of someone they care about. Wednesday 12 April 2017, 4.30pm - 6.00pm, Streaky Bay Community Health Centre Flinders Drive Streaky Bay. For more information or to register your interest, call Alzheimer's Australia SA on (08) 8372 2100.

5th Annual Mindful of Dementia Day
Wednesday 19 April 2017, 8.30am - 3.00pm,  Port Lincoln Hotel Ballroom 1 Lincoln Highway Port Lincoln. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

Stress & loss related to dementia workshop - Free program to help those caring for someone with Dementia. Thursday 4 May 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm, The Anglican Church Hall 27 Wells Street Streaky Bay. For more information or to register your interest, call Alzheimer's Australia SA on (08) 8372 2100. 

Planning for residential care - Free program for family members & friends caring for a person with dementia. Thursday 4 May 2017, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, The Anglican Church Hall 27 Wells Street Streaky Bay. For more information or to register your interest, call Alzheimer's Australia SA on (08) 8372 2100. 

Healthy Doctors Dinner
Thursday 11 May 2017, 7.00pm - 10.00pm,  Ceduna Foreshore Hotel 32 O’Loughlin Terrace Ceduna. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

South & East Region

Healthy Doctors Dinner - South East
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 7.00pm - 10.00pm,  The Barn (Function Room) 747 Glenelg River Road Mount Gambier, no cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

I've Got Your Back- The GP's role in treating lower back injuries
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Comfort Inn Silver Birch, Mount Gambier. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Friday 2 June - Saturday 3 June 2017 - Naracoorte
Friday 28 July - Saturday 29 July 2017 - Renmark
Friday 8 September - Saturday 9 September 2017 - Murray Bridge
For more information or to register call 08 8234 8277, email RESP@ruraldoc.com.au or visit RESP.
Yorke & North Region

SA PHN Immunisation Hub: “Introduction to Immunisation” Workshop
Tuesday 4 April 2017, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Kadina Football Club 1 Doswell Terrace, Kadina, no cost to attend, for more information or to register, click here.

Rheumatology update - Mid North
Thursday 6 April 2017, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Crystal Brook Hotel 47 Railway Terrace Crystal Brook. RDWA covers the cost of the CPD event, dinner is at personal cost, for more information or to register click here.
 
Healthy Doctors Dinner
Wednesday 19 April 2017, 7.00pm - 10.00pm, Highway Restaurant (private dining room) 4754 Copper Coast Highway Kadina. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

Hepatitis update - Mid North
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Crystal Brook Hotel 47 Railway Terrace Crystal Brook. RDWA covers the cost of the CPD event, dinner is at personal cost, for more information or to register click here.

RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Friday 23 June - Saturday 24 June 2017 - Port Pirie, for more information or to register call 08 8234 8277, email RESP@ruraldoc.com.au or visit RESP.
Central Region

Getting to grips with multi-morbidity, frailty and poly-pharmacy for older people
Tuesday 4 April 2017, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, McCracken Country Club McCracken Drive Victor Harbor. For more information email jbollen@bmpconsulting.com or to register click here.

Timely Diagnosis of Dementia in Primary Health Care workshops
Thursday 6 April 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Adelaide Hills Convention Centre 145A Mount Barker Road
Hahndorf. For more information, click here or to register go to Online registration or download registration form. Brought to you by APNA.


Asthma update
Thursday 6 April 2017, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Wallis Auchendarroch House and Tavern (Oakfield room) Mount Barker. RDWA covers the cost of the CPD event, dinner is at personal cost, for more information or to register click here.

“Too Hot to Touch”- Management of Burns in Rural Regions
Tuesday 11 April 2017, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, McCracken Country Club McCracken Drive Victor Harbor. No cost to attend, for more information or to register go to www.sapmea.asn.au or call 08 8274 6060.
Metro Region

PEPA Education
PEPA provides Australia's only free health placements in palliative care services for practicing health professionals (2-5 days duration) and free palliative approach workshops. For more information go to http://pepaeducation.com/.


Preparation Workshop: 2017.1 OSC
Saturday 1 April 2017, 8.45am - 4.00pm, RACGP 15 Gover St, North Adelaide SA 5006. Cost: RACGP Member $500, Non-member $700, for more information click here.

Tutorial Series: 2017.1 OSCE
Monday 3 April - Physical Exam (Eyes&ENT and Musculoskeletal);  Monday 10 April - Physical Exam (Neurological and Cardiovascular); Tuesday 18 April - Multicultural Communication & Aboriginal Health; Monday 24 April - Motivational Interviewing; Monday 1 May - Journal Appraisal & Application to Population Health; Monday 8 May - Medico-legal Issues/Risk Management, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, RACGP 15 Gover Street North Adelaide. Cost: Full series $500 Single sessions $100, for more information click here.

Practice Manager Workshop
Tuesday 4 April 2017, 12.00pm - 2.30pm, @313, 313 Payneham Road Royston Park. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.

2017 Day Course on Infection Prevention & Control for general practice staff
Tuesday 4 April 2017 in  North Adelaide or Thursday 6 April in South Adelaide (venues to be advised), 9.00am - 5.00pm. For more information or to register email marjenes@optusnet.com.au.
 
Free Asthma Masterclass sessions for community members
Friday 7 April 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Asthma Foundation SA  300 South Road Hilton. For more information or to register click here or call 1800 278 462.

Mock OSCE Workshop
Saturday 8 April 2017, University of Adelaide (Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building) Cnr North Terrace and George Street Adelaide. Cost $1350 (inc GST), for more information or to register email jess.yee@aogp.com.au or call (08) 8366 3100.


Free Kids Asthma Masterclass sessions for community members
Thursday 27 April 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Asthma Foundation SA  300 South Road Hilton. For more information or to register click here or call 1800 278 462.

RANZCP 2017 Congress, Adelaide

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) invites you to attend the RANZCP 2017 Annual Congress, to be held in Adelaide from 30 April – 4 May 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Registrations are now open, and for more information please visit the Congress website.

Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program 
Saturday 6 May 2017, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Rydges Adelaide 1 South Terrace Adelaide. No cost to attend, for more information or to register click here.
 
COPD Workshop
Friday 19 May 2017, 9.00am - 5.00pm,  National Pharmacies Training Centre Level 1 372 Grange Road Kidman Park. Cost: $300 incl GST, for more information or to register click here.
Interstate

Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities - Alice Springs
A two day workshop that will give you the skills you need to provide quality dementia care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia, their families and community. Wednesday 5 April - Thursday 6 April 2017, cost of $400 for the 2 days, for more information or to register click here.

Readiness and Action for CQI
Tuesday 16 May to Wednesday 17 May 2017 in Brisbane. A professional development short course for clinicians, managers and others who are responsible for leading continuous quality improvement (CQI) in community health and well-being services. For more information email sensemakers4sc@gmail.com.
e-Learning

Working with people affected by forced adoption: training for mental health professionals
This course is suitable for all mental health professionals who are currently working or plan to work with people affected by forced adoption, for more information click here.


An overview: understanding past forced adoption policies and practices (1 hr)
This free course is suitable for professionals who wish to gain general knowledge but are not currently working or do not plan to work with people affected by forced adoption, for more information click here.
 
Musculoskeletal health webinar - the management of low back pain
Thursday 27 April 2017, 7.00pm - 8.00pm, for more information or to register, click here.

Aged Care Webinar - Marjorie is breathless
Thursday 27 April 2017 1.30pm - 2.15pm AEST, to register go to http://www.webcasts.com.au/decisionassist270417/.
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Country SA PHN gratefully acknowledge the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health.


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