Online consultations
APNA is developing an Education and Career Framework for nurses in primary health care, with the aim of improving employment opportunities and recruitment and retention of nurses within, or considering a career in, primary health care settings. 

The online consultations, delivered via webinar and online survey, will provide an opportunity for all nurses and their colleagues to directly influence the Framework's development. The same webinar presentation will be delivered three times, allowing for a national audience to find a suitable time to attend.

National Shingles Vaccination Program
The National Shingles Vaccination Program will commence from 1 November 2016. People eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine include:
  • People aged 70 years of age as an ongoing program
  • People aged 71-79 years of age as a catch-up program until 31 October 2021.
People who are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of the program can purchase the vaccine on the private market. Read more...
APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program is a 12 month transition support program which aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of nurses commencing work in primary health care. We are inviting nurses new to this setting, and experienced nurses who want to be a clinical and professional mentor, to apply.

Applications for Tranche 2 of APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program open October 28 2016. Interested? Read more at
. The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot  Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program.
Participants at the Chronic Disease Support Program workshop facilitated by Benchmarque on Saturday 22 October 2016 in Gawler.
Applications open to become a Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador in 2017
If you are a nurse who is passionate about improving care and are working in a hospital, community or aboriginal health service, general practice or occupational health organisation, join the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program in 2017! It is free and you will:
  • Develop an understanding of the Heart Foundation’s work and messages that support cardiovascular health
  • Undertake an evidence based Workplace Activity Project during the year to support your goals to improve the care of patients
  • Learn about the latest evidence on cardiovascular disease
  • Contribute to the development of new tools, resources and systems to improve care
  • Increase your knowledge and confidence in your nursing role
  • Develop professional relationships and networks with other nurses from across the health care system
Applications close 2 December 2016.  For program information and the application form visit:
Position statement on nurses, midwives and vaccination
The Nurse and Midwifery Board Australia (NMDA) has become aware that there are a small number of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives who are promoting anti-vaccination statements to patients and the public via social media which contradict the best available scientific evidence.

The NMBA is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about providing advice on vaccinations clear to registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives.” You can read the statement here:
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) encourages general practitioners to review Defence Joint Health Command's Clinical Guidelines for providing appropriate care to ADF members concerned about having been prescribed Mefloquine (Version 2, 09 Jun 2016) Meflogu ine management guidelines.pdf
Congratulations to the winners of a Garmin FitBit
Country SA PHN GP & Allied Health Needs Surveys

Photo 1: Andrea Watson Pharmacist Amcal Pharmacy Angaston; Photo 2: Dr Danielle Crosby GP Investigator Clinic; Photo 3: Dr Patrick Wells GP Nuriootpa Medical Centre; Photo 4: Dr Simon Stilgoe GP Booleroo Medical Centre; Photo 5: Julie Bedford-Brehin, Pharmacist Priceline Pharmacy Goolwa; Photo 6: Melissa Smith Physiotherapist Nuriootpa Physio; Photo 7: Sally Wilson Practice Nurse Woodside Surgery.

Not pictured: Riaan Landman Practice Manager Netcare Whyalla; Angela Martin Paramedic SA Ambulance Service Kapunda; Chris Connelly Clinical Psychologist Crystal Brook.
Flourishing on the Fleurieu
The Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival, which is presented by the Southern Fleurieu Positive Ageing Taskforce, and supported by the Victor Harbor, Alexandrina and Yankalilla councils. Was held Wednesday 19 October 2016 at Signal Point Goolwa Wharf Precinct. The biennial Festival is a free community event that celebrates reaching the milestone of retirement and being free to participate in a diverse range of activities offered within the Fleurieu community and encourages more people over 65 to engage with community activities. Read more...
Ceduna Cardiac Risk Screening                  
The project “kicked off” in July during the NAIDOC week of celebrations, where cardiac screening was held in conjunction with the Cultural Family Fun Day hosted at the Koonibba Football Club rooms.  The iCCnet CHSA team and local Health Workers worked together in engaging and screening participants from the Ceduna Indigenous community.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations has been in existence since 1939 and is a key player in the delivery of 24/7 emergency aeromedical and essential primary health care services to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote South and Central Australia. RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation, and while it receives support from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, the RFDS relies on fundraising and donations to bridge the gap in operational funding, and to finance its capital-raising program for replacement aircraft, medical equipment and other major capital initiatives. Read more...
Health at the Kangaroo Island Field Days
Country SA PHN Regional Strategies - Central Region team recently had a presence at the Kangaroo Island Field Days. Despite the storms faced by the rest of South Australia, Kangaroo Island was somewhat given a reprieve and was able to go ahead with the 2016 Field Days on 29 September 2016. In partnership with the Kangaroo Island Health Advisory Council (HAC) and Junction Australia, Country SA PHN hosted a health and wellbeing display as part of the KI Field days. Read more...
CATCH Telephone Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
CATCH Telephone Cardiac Rehabilitation Program supports patients who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to or decline attending a local health service for their cardiac rehabilitation. Delivered solely via the telephone, it allows flexibility with calls scheduled around client’s everyday life, improving their chance of commencing and completing their rehabilitation program. Read more...
Practice Toolkit

New hip fracture clinical care standard
For more information go to or to download a copy of the standards click here.

Information for Aged Care Providers Newsletter
Issue # 2016/18 can be download here.

Legal guidelines for palliative care treatment
The Australian Centre for Health Law research has developed an easy-to-understand fact sheet outlining the important rights and legal positions faced by people at the end-of-life stage or those caring for them. For More information go to or to download the fact sheets click here.

Assessing Fitness to Drive
The new edition comes into effect on 1 October 2016, from which date all assessments conducted for the purpose of driver licensing should be undertaken according to the updated edition.
There are a small number of significant changes that will affect drivers. These are summarised in the report Reviewing Assessing Fitness to Drive: Summary or to Download a PDF or purchase a hardcopy of the 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive.

New Nutrition Resource for Health Professionals
Dairy Australia has created the Foods That Do Good website for health professionals. It is a central source of accessible, holistic and evidence-based nutrition information. Using the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines as a foundation, the website equips health professionals with accurate and practical resources to inform patients about how to achieve a balanced diet and reduce their diet-related health risks go to

PEACH™ (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) Lifestyle is a free online program for families with a primary school-aged child who wish to improve their family’ lifestyle. For more information go to

Lives of Substance website has two aims, first, it aims to support people who consider themselves to have an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit, and second, it aims to inform the public by sharing personal stories of these experiences.

Australian Asthma Handbook
The Australian Asthma Handbook has been updated to clarify information on asthma and COPD drugs that have become available in the two years since the last update. Version 1.2 clinical amendments and Version 1.2 minor amendments.
Professional Development
West & North Region
Improvement Foundation Chronic Disease Prevention Workshop
Saturday 5 November 2016, 9.00am - 5.00pm,
Royal Flying Doctor Service, Port Augusta Airport, Port Augusta. This free workshop will assist GPs, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers and General Practice staff to implement quality improvement techniques to improve chronic disease prevention. To register go to

Moving Right Along – Obligations and opportunities for older drivers
Wednesday 9 November 2016, 1.30pm - 3.30pm and Thursday 10 November 2016, 9.30am - 10.30am held at Senior Citizens Club, Hallet Place, Port Lincoln. Presented by COTA and Regional Development Australia - Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula. For more information phone Raelene Fuller at RDAWEP on 08 86 826 588 or email

Arthritis Update - Flinders and Far North
Tuesday 29 November 6.30pm - 9.30pm, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta Presented by Dr Simon Burnet, Rheumatologist Find out more>>.
South & East Region
Investigation and Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Primary Care
Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Riverland Division of General Practice (RDGP) Training Room 3 Riverview Drive Berri. To register go to or call sapmea on 08 8274 6060.

Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course

Saturday 19 November 2016, 8:45am – 5:00pm, The Barn 747 Glenelg River Road Mount Gambier
(This course is FREE and lunch and refreshments will be provided). Register at

Country SA PHN and Benchmarque Group presents the Primary Care Asthma Update
Saturday 11 February 2017, 8.45am - 4.30pm, Conference Room Naracoorte Hospital 101 Jenkins Terrace Naracoorte. For more information or to register click here.
Yorke & North Region
Country SA PHN and Benchmarque Group presents the Primary Care Asthma Update
  • Saturday 19 November 2016, 8.45am - 4.30pm, Ardrossan Hotel/Motel 36 First Street Ardrossan. For more information or to register click here.
  • Saturday 26 November 2016, 8.45am - 4.30pm, Clare Country Club White Hut Road Clare. For more information or to register click here.
Country SA PHN and The SA RHD Control Program presents Rheumatic Fever (RF) & Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)
Monday 12 December 2016, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, John Pirie Motor Inn 166 – 172 Warnertown Road, Port Pirie. For more information or to register email
Central Region
NDIS information for people with vision loss
•    Tuesday 8 November 2016, 10:30am – 12:00pm
•    Thursday 10 November 201, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Royal Society for the Blind (RSD) office 27 Anderson Walk, Smithfield for more information or to register call 84175690 by Friday 4 November 2016.

Mount Barker HIgh School presents Positive Education Workshop for Parents & Community Members
Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November 2016, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Mount Barker High School Resource Centre. Bookings required by Friday 11 November 2016, email or phone the school 08 8391 1599.

Clinical Management of Emergency Respiratory Conditions
Wednesday 16 November 2016, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Goolwa Aquatic Club 92 Barrage Road Goolwa. To register go to or call sapmea on 08 8274 6060.

DV-alert Training Program
Wednesday 16 - Thursday 17 November 2016, 9.00am - 5.00pm, McCracken Country Club, McCracken Drive, Victor Harbour. For more information or to register go or email or phone 08 8202 5820.

Cardiology "Mini Updates" - Barossa
Monday 21 November 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Wanera Wine Bar, Angaston
Presented by Dr Peter Sage, Cardiologist
Find out more>>.
Metro Region
AACB APPN Point of Care Testing Scientific Education Seminar 
Friday 11 November 2016 at the Adelaide Pavilion, Adelaide.
For more information or to register click here.

Hepatitis C New Treatments Course for GPs and other medical practitioners
Sunday 13 November 2016, 10:00am - 4:30pm, Rydges South Park Adelaide, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000. This course is FREE, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Register at Registrations Close Monday 7 November 2016

2016 SA Vaccinology Update
Wednesday 16 November 2016, 8:45am - 4:30pm, National Wine Centre, Hickinbotham Room, Adelaide Cost $90/ticket - includes morning tea and conference lunch. To register click here.

Introduction to Practising in Australia – tips for IMGs
Tuesday 22 November 2016,  6.00pm - 8.15pm, @313, Royston Park. Light dinner and refreshments provided and no cost to attend. For more info or to register, Click here

Preparing Patients for Interferon-free Treatment for Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings
Thursday 24 November 2016, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Rydges South Park Adelaide, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide. Register at Registrations Close Thursday 17 November 2016.

ThinkGP Live - Adelaide
3 December 2016, 8.00am - 4.30pm, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel. Join ThinkGP in Adelaide for our series of new, high impact, 1 day face-to-face ALMs to complement our large online offering of QI and CPD activities for the busy Australian GP. Plus! Obtain your last minute CPD points before the end of the triennium! For more information please go to
Melbourne General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE)
Two weeks to go until Melbourne General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE) – our final event of the 2014-2016 triennium!
The General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE), Australia’s leading event for primary healthcare professionals, is coming to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11-13 November 2016. Have you registered? Read more...
Country SA PHN Webinars
Wednesday 9 November 2016 Wednesday 23 November 2016 Free advance care planning and palliative care training for nurses This online activity Initiating Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning helps nurses to screen for supportive care needs and provides a number of key assessment tools for use within general practice. For more information got to
LGBTI Professional Development Webinar: Alcohol and Drug Use
Intimate Partner and Family Violence - Thursday 3 November 2016, 12.30pm to 1.30pm register for this webinar.
LGBTI Families - Thursday 10 November 2016, 12.30pm to 1.30pm register for this webinar.
LGBTI Young People - Thursday 17 November 2016, 12.30pm to 1.30pm register for this webinar

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - lung cancer module This topic is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Liaison Officers involved in the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with lung cancer. It can also be used by nurses and other allied health professionals as well as students. For more information click here.

Online training for GPs in youth mental health and new clinical toolkit
headspace has collaborated with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to develop an online training program in youth mental health. This training will assist GPs in providing evidence-based care to young people.For more information go to

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health 'Managing Persistent Pain in Primary Healthcare' 7.00pm-8.00pm (AEST), Monday 14 November 2016. Cost of $55 for non members, for further information and to register, click here:

Know your insulin webinar series
The Australian Diabetes Educators Association is hosting a free webinar series for diabetes educators and health professionals starting November 2016. To register go to

Chronic Disease Prevention Series - Free Online Learning Webinars for more information or to register click here.

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