Kim Hosking
Message from the Chair
Applications for the government’s health care homes trial (or phase one) have been extended a week, to now close on Thursday 22 December 2016. It has been a fairly tight turnaround from announcement to application deadline and practices report that it has been challenging to develop a sense of the potential local impact on patient care, business modelling, practice structure and funding to make an informed choice, so as to be confident to express interest in the concept.
Practice Manager and Practice Nurse Regional Planning Meeting Yorke & North Region
We had fantastic representation with 25 attendees, from 14 different practices all contributed to planning the content and direction of the local network meetings for 2017. ‘Sharing of knowledge and ideas, receiving education applicable to general practice and keeping updated with changes’ were clear network meeting outcomes that will provide value and purpose to these meetings in 2017.
MCM FIT Program
CSAPHN are proud to announce that The Medical Clinic Millicent have been successful in applying for an after hour’s healthy living & lifestyle program “MCM FIT” in preventative health in the area of Weight and Obesity.  
Anne Bierwirth the Practice Manager of The Medical Clinic Millicent advised “the news of their success with their submission was accepted with great excitement within her team members at the practice”.
General Practice Liaison Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Country SA PHN, Adelaide PHN and the Women’s and Children’s Local Health Network are pleased to announce the establishment of a General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) within the Paediatric Medicine Unit of the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Read more...
Is your practice prepared for an emergency? 
As the festive season approaches, so too does Australia’s hottest time of the year. With this comes increased risk of bushfire and extreme weather events.

To ensure your practice’s preparedness to respond to potential emergencies, it is essential to have a current emergency response plan in place. The RACGP has a number of resources to support general practices prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of fires and other emergencies.
CSAPHN's Education Service Provider Announced
Country SA PHN is delighted to announce that the new CSAPHN education service provider is GPEx. Competition was strong for this tender with many very capable and experienced applications considered.

GPEx's successful tender was built on a comprehensive understanding of the primary health care sector in country South Australia along with regard for the expressed needs of the sector as reported in the CSAPHN Comprehensive Needs Assessment. GPEx also used published population health data to demonstrate their understanding of the particular needs of the varied country SA communities.

GPEx has won a number of national awards for innovative education and training programs and over the past 14 years has built a reputation as a quality education service provider. The partnership between Country SA PHN and GPEx will have significant benefits for rural general practice, primary health care providers and rural communities.
SA PHN Immunisation Hub
The SA PHN Immunisation Hub concept continues to evolve! For those who may have missed the last newsletter, we are proud to announce the Commonwealth Department of Health has approved the “SA PHN Immunisation Hub” logo which will be launched in the near future. Read more...
50th IPN member Susan Packer, Registered Nurse, HAIMS, Adelaide receiving her gift basket from Angela Newbound, Immunisation Hub Coordinator, Adelaide PHN
150th IPN member Marilyn Dunham, Aboriginal Cultural Consultant, Child & Family Health Service, Port Augusta receiving her gift basket from Vanessa Blinman, Regional Coordinator - North & West, Country SA PHN
Let us know your thoughts on antibiotic use
GPs are invited to complete an online survey about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Australia. The survey explores attitudes towards antibiotic use and resistance, and investigates education and resource needs. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and responses remain anonymous and confidential. Take part for a chance to win an iPad.

The findings from this study will assist national policy-makers to enhance national policy and education interventions about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Australia.
Your views are important. To participate or for more information, please click here:

The study is being run by the University of Sydney. For more information, please contact Dale Dominey-Howes via email or call 02 9351 6641.
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 and
Primary Care Asthma Update in Port Lincoln
30 health professionals including GPs, physiotherapists, Aboriginal Health Workers and nurses recently attended a Primary Care Asthma update in Port Lincoln. 
Supported by the National Asthma Council of Australia, the session was presented by Professor Sanjiva Wijensinha and Suzanne Hull who provided information on the current best practice in asthma and respiratory management. Device use, patient education and managing patients with asthma and linked chronic respiratory conditions were topics covered in the session.
Feedback from those who attended found the different devices and the practical demonstrations as some of the best aspects of the workshop.
Professor Sanjiva Wijensinha and Suzanne Hull
100th IPN member Katie Cox, Registered Nurse, Gawler Medical Clinic receiving her gift basket from Helen Swan, Practice Manager, Gawler Medical Clinic
200th IPN member Leanne Warren, Practice Manager, Yorketown Medical Practice receiving her gift basket from Noelene Copper, Regional Coordinator - Yorke & North, Country SA PHN
General Practice Management Guidelines for type 2 diabetes 2016-2018
The RACGP general practice management guidelines for type 2 diabetes 2016-2018 is now available.
VR GP Position
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.

Essential: VR GP with at least AHPRA general registration and a capacity to work as a committed member of a strong rural team, demonstrating a high proficiency in clinical skills, e-Health and a passion for rural medicine and continuing patient care.

Ferrers Medical Clinic has 12 doctors comprising 4 Partners, 5 Associates and 3 Registrars, and employs support staff comprising a practice manager, 16 administration staff and 6 registered nurses. Expressions of Interest to the Practice Manager Additional information at

APNA's Transition to Practice Pilot Program has expanded
Transitioning nurses who, as of 1 May 2017, have less than 18 months experience (expanded from 12 months) in primary health care are now invited to apply.
APNA's Transition to Practice Pilot Program aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of nurses transitioning into primary health care. No fees, no exams and no essays! 
Interested? Read more on the APNA website or contact Don't miss out! Applications close Friday 23 December 2016.

2016 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards
Heart Foundation Local Government Awards recognise local regions that demonstrate best practice in creating healthier communities. Congratulations to Mid Murray Council, one of the National winners & the South Australian State winner of the 2016 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards.
Factors that support GPs and Specialist Physicians to make use of work related Smartphone Applications.
Mr Paul Tait from Flinders University (CareSearch) is undertaking a study entitled: ‘Qualitative Evaluation of How General Practitioners (GPs) and Specialist Physicians with an Interest in Palliative Care Employ Smartphone Applications within the Work Context’. This study has been approved by the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee at Flinders University in South Australia.
You are invited to participate using the link below. An information sheet has been developed and we encourage you to read this prior to commencing the survey. If you have used smartphone applications (Apps) within a work context in the last 12 months (any number of Apps, from only one to ten or more), we encourage you to contribute towards Paul’s study by completing the survey. Link to the palliAGEDgp survey.
Country SA PHN gets a behind the scenes tour of the Schoolies Festival 2016
In the lead up to the recent Schoolies Festival 2016 held on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Country SA PHN was given the opportunity by Encounter Youth to take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to successfully deliver the event.

Encounter Youth, a not-for-profit charitable organisation, has been managing Schoolies Festival™ at Victor Harbor, South Australia. Schoolies Festival™ as part of an extensive operation that is coordinated to enable young people to celebrate safely, whilst minimising the impact on the local Victor Harbor community. Read more...
Quote from The Medical Republic article published on
7 December 2016 'Bush medicine: are the PHNs delivering?'

"Until recently, Dr David Senior said his prime response to PHNs was to wish for a return to the old Divisions of General Practice. A practice principal in the South Australian town of Robe, with no hospital, Dr Senior had wanted to link into video teleconferencing with specialists in the state hospital system.

“The IT people at Country Health basically said it couldn’t be done because we weren’t employees,” the GP told The Medical Republic.

“Then, after speaking to cardiologists and psychiatrists who were supportive, I seemed to be getting somewhere, but it was going to cost an enormous amount of money to buy new equipment.”

Then someone suggested he get in touch with the PHN.

“Very quickly they made the arrangements so I can get into the system with the existing teleconference gear I’ve been using to contact private specialists – and they downloaded the software for me at no cost,” he said.

“This problem had been going on for years, and now, bang, it’s all happened.  A brilliant result.”
Read full article here...

Voluntary Blood Testing Program for PFAS
From 30 November 2016, the Australian Government will provide a free blood test for Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to people who live or work, or have lived or worked, in the Williamtown, NSW and Oakey, QLD, Investigation Areas. The Voluntary Blood Testing Program will run concurrently with an epidemiological study and free blood testing will be available to eligible individuals until 31 March 2018.

The Department of Health has developed a number of factsheets for consumers and GPs, which are  now available at
Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers 2016 Edition
Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities. To download a copy click here or for more information click here.

Drug Shortage Bulletin
ASHP and its partners work to keep the public informed of the most current drug shortages. Shortages can adversely affect drug therapy, compromise or delay medical procedures, and result in medication errors.  See more at:

Getting Australia's Health on Track
Getting Australia's Health on Track launched to address top health priorities. To download a copy click here or go to

Nursing chapter of the HIV Management guidelines
ASHM has released a nursing chapter of the HIV Management in Australasia: A Guide for Clinical Care, which is available to print and online. For more information click here.

Indigenous lung health checklist
The Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program have developed the first Australia-wide culturally sensitive, screening tool for the Indigenous community. The Indigenous Lung Health Checklist encourages the Indigenous community to check out their lung health by answering eight simple questions. For more information click here or to view the resource go to

Online resource for domestic violence
Not The Only One is a new Australian website where women can anonymously read and share stories about experiencing domestic violence. The aim is to help women feel less alone and that there are others out there who have gone through similar experiences. For more information go to
West & North Region

Dementia Essentials
Dementia Training Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia are pleased to offer the Dementia Essentials fully funded dementia specialist accredited course at no cost. Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia is taking Expressions of Interest from organisations and staff to undertake the course in 2017. Dates and locations will depend on demand.
To lodge your interest please contact Raelene Fuller at by Thursday 22 December 2016. For further course details visit

Chronic Disease Support Program Workshop
Country SA PHN and Benchmarque Group presents a free workshop to be held on 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.

"Healthy Doctors” - Doctors’ Dinner Flinders & Far North
Country SA PHN and Doctors Health SA present a free interactive program, Tuesday 24 January 2017, 7.00pm-10.00pm, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn (Afghan Cameleers Room) 1 Daw Street Port Augusta. RSVP for dinner by Wednesday 18th January 2017 to Kiara Cannizzaro at or 0438 610 563.
South & East Region

Chronic Disease Support Program Workshop
Country SA PHN and Benchmarque Group presents a free workshop to be held on 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

Haematology Update
Tuesday 17 January 2017 6.30pm-9.00pm, John Pirie Motor Inn, Port Pirie, presented by Dr Chi Hung Hui. Cost $35.00 to be paid on registration. For more information or to register go to
Metro Region

Supporting Practice with Complex Trauma Clients
Friday 3 February 2017, 9.00am-4.30pm, St Marks College 46 Pennington Terrace North Adelaide.
Presented by blue knot foundation, this one-day interactive training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma. 

Cost: Regular - $310, Regular Group (3+) - $295, Professional Member - $279, Student - $248.
For more information click here or to register click here.

National Male Health Conference 'Looking at who we are and who we want to be'
Thursday 2 March to Friday 3 March 2017, Holiday Inn Parramatta
Early bird rate 26 December – 3 February $450 full registration, Full price 4 February - 28 February $500 full registration
, One day registration $260

Registrations are open, to download the program click the link new male program, to register click the link registration form or for more information visit the website.


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

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

Youth Friendly Consultation Skills 
The 90-minute online module is free to ACRRM members and RRMEO subscribers, and is accredited for two ACRRM Professional Development Program points. For more information or to register click here.
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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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