Kim Hosking
Message from the CEO
Health Care Home in our space
The Country SA PHN was selected as one of 10 regions for the recently announced a two-year Health Care Home Trial in General Practice, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Aboriginal Health Services (AMSs). A tender process for joining the Health Care Home trial is currently in process closing on 15 December 2016. Read more...
Social Impact Documentary - Embrace
The Burra Community School, supported by the Yorke and North regional strategies team held an in-school screening of the social impact documentary Embrace.  Over 50 students ranging from years 7 to 11 attended the screening which was extremely well received and lead to robust discussions how what more could be done by the students to increase awareness and promote positive body image throughout their school and local community. Read more...
Regional Strategies South and East team visit to
Kincraig Medical Clinic 
Country SA PHN frequently run surveys and regular community consultations to understand health services needs and to identify gaps in rural and remote country South Australia.
A key way in which these needs are filled is through commissioning service delivery. Country SA PHN believes that general practice in rural and remote areas are key stakeholders central to pin pointing the local health issues and have valuable input in decision making to address local issues.
Health Professionals can improve claims for Carer Payment and minimise their administration requirements.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) and Centrelink are working in partnership to field
test questions for a new assessment process for Carer Payment and Carer Allowance.
This national field test started in September 2016.
The field test is supporting the development of a more streamlined assessment process
which will be easier for carers and health professionals. Read more...
South Australian Premier’s Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships 2017/2018
Every year the South Australian Premier awards scholarships to nurses and midwives to undertake overseas observational study tours in their chosen field. The scholarships are open to nurses or midwives currently employed in the aged, private or public sectors who want to explore best practice which leads to positive patient/client care outcomes, supports the health and well-being of the South Australian community and/or positive work environments. Read more...
WONDERMUMS new online program offers Australian women convenient access to accredited psychological support to help address common challenges faced by women in the postnatal period. Read more...
Aged Care Legislated Review
As part of the aged care changes announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in the Aged Care (living Longer Living Better) Act 2013. The Aged Care Legislated Review will look at the impact of the changes to date and future directions.
Have your say:
Comments are now being sought on the changes to aged care under the nine matters outlined in the Scope of the Review. Submissions will close on 4 December 2016.
Community Grants Hub website/Volunteer Grants 2016 open
The Department of Social Services has today launched the Community Grants Hub website. Read more...
South Australian Medicines Formulary
The South Australian Medicines Formulary is a list of core medicines which are approved for use within SA Public Hospitals and health services.

Through a state-wide approach to the availability of medicines, SA Health aims to optimise the quality use of medicines, improve and promote equity of access to medicines for patients and increase the cost-effectiveness of medicine use across SA Health. Read more...
Practice nures 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 and
SA Cervix Screening Program Clinic Extension Grants 2016-17
The SA Cervix Screening Program now have Clinic Extension Grants of up to $2,000 available for Cervical Screening Providers. This funding is available to increase the reach of cervical screening clinics over a specified period of time by enabling existing cervical screening providers to extend clinic hours or support outreach clinics to screen women who are overdue or who have never been screened. Read more...
Release of the online interactive Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed an online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation (the atlas) following the launch of the hard copy atlas in November 2015. Read more...
Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
More information about how survivors can access assistance through the Royal Commission support services in every state and territory is available at:  
Council of the Ageing (COTA) for their 49th annual Every Generation Festival
Country SA PHN was delighted to partner with Council of the Ageing (COTA) for their 49th annual Every Generation Festival. The Every Generation Festival featured two weeks of events inspired by modern older lives. The Country SA PHN proudly sponsored the Rural Club of the Year which attracted a huge amount of entries. At the Positive Ageing Awards Gala Cocktail Party, the PHN was pleased to congratulate the winner of this category - Riverland Woodworkers.
Congratulations Riverland Woodworkers
Snakes, streetlights and swimming pools; Do they impact on your physical activity?
The University of Tasmania are looking for rural South Australian adults to tell them about how the local environment helps or hinders physical activity. This study involves completing a brief online survey (around 20 minutes) twice, two weeks apart. All participants will enter a draw to win one of two $100 VISA vouchers. If you are aged 18+ years, go to our survey website now
Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation Funding Round
The Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Fund is an Australian Government initiative to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to deliver quality care and services. For more information go to

Changes to hepatitis C prescribing
Information about changes made to the criteria for prescribing HCV DAA treatments.
ASHM Position Statement: Hepatitis C Prescribing
ASHM Media Release: Changes to hepatitis C prescribing
New PBS General Statement for Drugs for the Treatment of Hepatitis C

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.

If you are a new or experienced nurse who works in aged care, community health, general practice or another area of primary health care, we want you!
Applications for Tranche 2 of APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program open now until 23 December. Read more here

The Palliative Care Bridge is a state-wide, palliative care education program coordinated and delivered by the HammondCare consortium, comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary Healthcare Sydney. For more information go to

ADS launches type 2 diabetes treatment website
The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) has launched a new interactive website aimed at improving the lives of people living with type 2 diabetes. For more information go to

PEACH™ Lifestyle, free online program suitable for all families with primary-school aged children who would like to improve their family lifestyle. This program is being delivered by experienced dietitians with support from Flinders University researchers. Families can register for the program at

Advance is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to work with general practitioners (GPs) to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice. For more information go to

West & North Region

'Slots and Shots’
Free session Thursday 1 December 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm, Youthoria 3 Hallett Place, Port Lincoln. An introduction to a new resource, designed to assist Alcohol and Other Drug Workers address gambling issues with their clients. Brought to you by SANDAS to register go to

University of SA - Port Lincoln open day
Free open day event Monday 5 December 2016, 11.00am-2.00pm,  Level 1, 86 Tasman Terrace Port Lincoln. For more information contact Barbie Clutterbuck on 0466 511 519  or email

Updates in Contraception
Free session Tuesday 13 December 2016, 6.30pm–9.00pm, Standpipe Motor Inn Port Augusta. Proudly brought to you by ShineSA. To register go to
South & East Region

“Healthy Doctors” Doctors’ dinner in the Murray Mallee
Free session Wednesday 7 December 2016, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Murray Bridge Hotel (Upstairs) 20 Sixth Street Murray Bridge. Proudly brought to you by Country SA PHN and Doctor's Health SA. RSVP for dinner by Friday 2 December 2016 contact Kiara Cannizzaro, Program Officer, Doctors’ Health SA via email on or mobile 0438 610 563.
Yorke & North Region

“Healthy Doctors” Doctors’ dinner in the Mid North
Free session Wednesday 14 December 2016, 7.00pm to 10.00pm,
Clare Country Club (Gallery Room) 1 White Hut Road, Clare. Proudly brought to you by Country SA PHN and Doctor's Health SA. RSVP for dinner by Friday 9 December 2016 contact Kiara Cannizzaro, Program Officer, Doctors’ Health SA via email on or mobile 0438 610 563.
Central Region

Learn the skills to help save a life: Suicide is preventable, anyone can make a difference
Free session Monday December 5 December to Tuesday 6 December 2016, Strathalbyn Library 1 Colman Terrace Strathalbyn. For more information or to register contact Heather Nowak via email or call 0407 796 800.
Metro Region

GP Forum: Place of Technology in the Health System
Free session Thursday 1 December 2016, 6.00pm-9.00pm, Adelaide Convention Centre, City Rooms. To secure your place, please RSVP via

Depression Dilemmas
Cost $360 Friday 9 December 2016, 9.00am-5.00pm, Peppers Waymouth Hotel, 55 Waymouth Street Adelaide. Proudly brought to you by the Black Dog Institute.
To register go to

ThinkGP Live Adelaide: Women’s Health Across the Ages
Cost $300 (Early bird rate-book before 3 November) or Standard Rate: $325  
Saturday 3 December 2016, 8.00am-4:30pm, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel
To register go to

Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education
Monday 6 February to Wednesday 8 February 2017 and Monday 28 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017, 9.00am-4.30pm, Nurses Memorial Centre,Suit 11, 431 St Kilda Road Melbourne.
Cost Part 1: $725.00 (students and first year graduates $705.00) Part 2: $195.00 (paid with submission of the assignment students, students and first year graduates $175.00).
To Register go to
Advanced Practice in Natural Fertility Education
Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 , 9.00am-4.30pm, Nurses Memorial Centre,Suit 11, 431 St Kilda Road Melbourne. Cost $725.00 (students and first year graduates $705.00).
To register go to

Establishing a functional diabetic retinopathy screening service in general practice and primary health care services
Mater Group has launched an online practice implementation module which provides a comprehensive guide for clinicians and managers to establish a functional diabetic retinopathy screening service in their practice.
The online module cost $350 and includes perspectives of patients and practitioners regarding optimal screening and is suitable for urban, rural and Aboriginal Medical Service settings.
It can be undertaken as a practice or GP-only training. The online self-test allows GPs to be confident in the accuracy of their post training image interpretation. Register now for the diabetic retinopathy online module at
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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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