CEO Message
Prior to the last Federal Election, the Government announced plans to develop a Health Care Home model across Australia. In recent weeks the Commonwealth have announced aspects of the introduction of the model, with more information to come. Health Care Homes will be introduced, first as a trial in 2017, with an aim for a thorough evaluation before continuance and or expansion. 10 Primary Health Network regions have been identified for the trial and the regions include two in SA, being both the Country SA Primary Health Network region, as well as the Adelaide Primary Health Network region. Read more...
Refer your patients to get healthy – it’s free! Read more...
Pain Management Unit Survey
The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Pain Management Unit (PMU) is currently developing an accredited training package for GPs to enhance knowledge and skills in managing patients with chronic pain conditions. In order to tailor this course to the needs of practitioners, we have compiled a short survey to inform us of the current challenges of chronic pain management in primary care and what content would be most helpful to include in training. Read more...
Doctor VR/FRACGP – well respected Adelaide Hills Clinics - private billings full-time and part-time available
Hahndorf Family Medical Centres are looking for experienced and high quality General Practitioners without restrictions to work in the inner Adelaide Hills in accredited general practices. Our group includes six clinics located in Stirling, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker and Strathalbyn. All sites are fully accredited with a team of experienced staff who have operated in their communities for decades. Our doctors have the support of experienced practice nurses, the latest IT systems and quality facilities. Read more...
Are you new to primary health care or want to support nurses who are?
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. Read more...
Improving outcomes for Australians living with lung cancer – A call to action
Lung cancer kills more Australians every year than any other cancer – in 2016 it’s estimated that the equivalent of 25 people each day will die from the disease – yet only five cents of every research dollar is spent on lung cancer.
A new report released by Lung Foundation Australia at the recent 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne is calling for action to make lung cancer a priority in Australia. Read more...
First Report of the MBS Principles and Rules Committee for public consultation
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Task-force’s Clinical Committees has released six Clinical Committee reports and the First Report of the MBS Principles and Rules Committee for public consultation. Read more...
Searching for Costs of Care evidence; free tested resources available on CareSearch
A perennial issue of concern in health care is the cost of care, whether from a system and funding viewpoint or as costs experienced by patients, families and carers.
CareSearch has produced a suite of free Costs of Care searching resources to assist in finding sound evidence about this important aspect of health care. Read more...
Opening of 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)
Existing and prospective providers of Australian Government-funded aged care services are invited to apply for new residential aged care places, Short-Term Restorative Care places and capital grants.
Applications for the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) open at 12:01am (AEST) on 19 September 2016.  All applications must be received by the department by 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 28 October 2016
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CSAPHN team members Kashif Naqvi, Regional Strategies Coordinator South & East and Jenny Philip-Harbutt, Manager State Partnerships at the recent Pakistani Medical Association of SA Gala dinner.
Country SA PHN After Hours Program
Country SA PHN (CSAPHN) recently undertook a tender process for After Hours Innovation and After Hours Preventative Health Grants. The process is now complete and the successful applicants have been advised.
A number of high quality applications for both categories were received which demonstrates the interest of organisations prepared to participate in this space. We appreciate the effort that went into the applications and the quality of the content we received. Read more...

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) in collaboration with the University of New England has published a ground-breaking research report on Understanding the Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia. This national research project highlights the far-reaching impact of suicide as a public health issue in Australia. The research is based on the input of more than 3,000 respondents from across the country who have been affected by suicide. This valuable information allows us to better understand how individuals are impacted by suicide and to inform where funds and expertise are directed in suicide prevention.

The full report is now available for download. and A visual summary of research findings is now available for download. 

Indigenous Marathon Foundation Barossa Fundraiser Weekend
GP Hypertension Survey
Uni TAS and the research team at the Menzies Research Institute are conducting a survey on Hypertension which is targeted towards General Practitioners.  The survey involves completing a quick 15 minute questionnaire on self-monitoring of blood pressure in patients and its effect on the management of Hypertension. 
All information provided will be kept confidential and used only for research purposes.
The link to access the survey is
Practice Toolkit
Free Heart Foundation resources to support patients in primary care services
My Heart, My Life
‘My heart, my life’ (MHML) is a secondary prevention resource for patients with coronary heart disease. It provides practical support for their heart condition and care after hospital discharge. Funded by SA Health, it is freely available to primary care services.
My heart my family our culture
‘My heart my family our culture’ (MHMFOC) is tailored to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at risk of or who have coronary artery disease. It has health professional and patient components.

To order copies of these free Heart Foundation resources visit:
RACGP Faculty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Resources
Cancer Council: New Directory Website
The Cancer Directory Website provides the Australian community and health professionals with a credible and comprehensive online directory of trusted Australian cancer care publications and resources published since 2008. The website provides direct links to resources on other websites that meet quality criteria determined by Cancer Council NSW.

Engaging and supporting general practice in refugee health
This report details a two year project that aimed to document, develop and trial an approach to engaging and supporting general practices in the delivery of accessible and appropriate health care to people from refugee backgrounds, including those seeking asylum. Read more...

Health Translations Directory
Health Translations enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find translated health information. Read more...

Sharpe and to the Point September issue out now!

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 
Professional Development
For more eudcation events go to
Saturday 22 October 2016,  8.45am - 4.30pm, The Gawler Arms Hotel 102 Murray Street Gawler.
For more information or to register click here.

Saturday 5 November 2016, 8.45am - 4.30pm, Auchendarrouch House 17 Adelaide Road Mount Barker. For more information or to register click here.

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.

Saturday 11 February 2017 8.45am - 4.30pm, Conference Room Naracoorte Hospital 101 Jenkins Terrace Naracoorte. For more information or to register click here.

Saturday 25 February 2017 8.45am - 4.30pm, Westland Hotel Motel 100 McDouall Stuart Avenue Whyalla Norrie. For more information or to register click here.
West & North Region
Common presentations for women's health issues - Eyre Peninsula
Wednesday 12 October 6.30-9.00pm, Port Lincoln Hotel. For more information or to register click here.

Learn how to assess musculoskeletal injuries within a standard consultation- The Shoulder
Wednesday 2 November 2016, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Port Lincoln Hotel. For more information or to register, please click here.

Arthritis Update
Tuesday 29 November 2016, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Daw Street, Port Augusta.
For more information or to register click here.

sapmea events - registration opening soon!
Whyalla - Mental Health - October 2016
South & East Region
Introduction to Immunisation Workshop
Tuesday 18 October 2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Naracoorte Hospital Conference Room 101 Jenkins Terrace Naracoorte. For more information or to register click here.

Shingles Disease and Zostavax Vaccine update
Tuesday 18 October 2016, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Naracoorte Hospital Conference Room 101 Jenkins Terrace Naracoorte. For more information or to register click here.

Primary Care Asthma Update
Wednesday 9 November 2016 6.30pm - 9.00pm, McCracken Country Club – Conference Centre McCracken Drive, Victor Harbor. For more information or to register click here.

sapmea events - registration opening soon!
Goolwa - Clinical Management of Emergency Respiratory Conditions - November 2016
Yorke & North Region
Regional Program (2016) : SA Rural Ultrasound - Port Pirie
Workshop #1 Tuesday 15 November 2016 and Workshop #2 Wednesday 16 November 2016
For each day there are 2 workshop sessions, 1.30pm - 5.00pm and 6.00pm - 9.30pm.
For more information and to register go to

Register for Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Friday 18 November - Saturday 19 November 2016 Port Pirie
The Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) workshops are held Friday evening and all day Saturday. Visit RESP for further information on the program and application details. Enquiries can be directed to Jessica Fry at or phone 08 8234 8277.
Central Region
Primary Care Asthma Update
Thursday 20 October 2016, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Adelaide Hills Convention Centre 145A Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf. For more information or to register click here.

Primary Care Asthma Update
Thursday 27 October 2016,  6.30pm - 9.00pm
, Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel 14-22 Murray Street, Nuriootpa. For more information or to register click here.

Cardiology "Mini Updates"
Monday 21 November, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Wanera Wine Bar, Angaston. For more information or to register click here.

sapmea event - registration opening soon!
Berri - Sleep Apnoea and its Management - November 2016
Metro Region
The GP role in cancer care - let's talk
Thursday 6 October 2016, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Cancer Council SA Function Room 202 Greenhill Road Eastwood. For more information or to register click here.

AOGP Fellowship Study Group
Thursday 13 October 2016,
AOGP’s 10-month study group provides you with step-by-step guidance as you prepare for your Fellowship Exam. For more information or to enrol click here.

Make Australia Dry
Tuesday 25 October 2016, 5.30pm - 8.30pm,  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 15 Gover Street, North Adelaide. For more information or to register click here.

Stop Male Suicide In SA Seminar
Tuesday 15 November 2016, 9.00am – 4.00pm, Adelaide (venue to be confirmed). For more information click here.

2016 SA Vaccinology Update
Save the date!
Wednesday 16 November 2016, 8:30am - 4:00pm (final times TBC), National Wine Centre, Adelaide.

AOGP Mock KFP Exam Workshop
Saturday 26 November 2016, The Lion Hotel 161 Melbourne Street North Adelaide 5006 SA. For more information or to register click here.
National Diabetes Forum
Thursday 8 October - Friday 9 October 2016, Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne.
Endocrinologists and GP’s with a specific interest in diabetes are cordially invited to attend the National Diabetes Forum. This scientific event will cover contemporary and ‘hot’ topics in diabetes. Flights and accommodation are complimentary, however, limitations apply. Registration and further event information is available here:

GP Nurses Day your questions answered at Victoria Park Complex at Herston
Friday 14 October 2016 for General Practice Nurses in Sexual & Reproductive Health. For more information click here.

Engaging frontline staff in changing clinical practice seminar
Friday 28 October 2016 The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) lecture theatre, 75 Commercial Road, The Alfred Melbourne Victoria. For more information click here.

Save 25% off the Melbourne General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE) – final event of the 2014-2016 triennium! 
The General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE), Australia’s leading event for primary health care professionals, is coming to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11-13 November 2016. Read more...
Medicare services for Indigenous health – what you need to know
For more information or to register click here.

Understanding Dementia
This series is aimed at anyone who knows or is responsible for caring for someone with dementia. 
For more information or to register click here.

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health Osteoarthritis: Translating Research into Practice Webinar
Tuesday 18 October 2016 7.00pm - 8.00pm (AEST).
For further information and to register go to

Clinical e-Audits
Quality improvement activities are accredited by RACGP QI&CPD Program for 40 (Category 1) points and by ACRRM PD Program for 30 PD points. For more information click here.

Complete your QI activity for the triennium and support your education back at your desk with ThinkGP’s range of Clinical Audits.
Free, online, anytime, ThinkGP’s Clinical Audits focus on quality improvement in a particular aspect of regular patient care.  Enrol in an Audit and benefit from a step-by-step process of best practice and guidelines for the optimum consult. Read more...

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