14 May 2018
My Health Record opt out date announced
More than five million Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.
Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.
Suicide prevention: Country SA PHN rolls out regional SA’s largest ever community capacity building strategy
03 May 2018
The largest scale community capacity building strategy ever seen in regional South Australia is currently underway, with the extensive roll out of a free online suicide prevention training course.
Country SA PHN is providing Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training to approximately 1,000 community members within the National Suicide Prevention Trial region. The region includes Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, the Yorke Peninsula and the towns in between.
QPR is designed to provide everyday people with three simple steps to help save a life from suicide.
20 December 2017
Don’t leave home without your My Health Record this holiday season.
If you’re heading away this summer don’t forget to register for a My Health Record.
My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You control what goes into it,
and who can access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, health care
providers and hospitals.
Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, current conditions
and treatments, medicine details, pathology or diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one
place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from
anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.
11 December 2017
A free preventative health initiative is being rolled out across regional and rural South Australia to help those who are overweight, at risk of chronic disease or who already have one or more chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
HEAL – the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle program – is being delivered by a range of service providers with support from Country SA PHN through its After Hours Preventative Health grants.
13 December 2017
SHINE SA believes that decisions about contraception should be made in conjunction with a health care professional and that everyone should have access to accurate and unbiased information to enable appropriate informed contraceptive choice.
LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) including the levonorgestrel IUD1 (Mirena) and the subdermal implant (Implanon NXT) are the most effective reversible methods of contraception available. They have the additional advantage of being long lasting, convenient to use and generally well regarded by most users. LARC method failure rates rival that of tubal sterilization at <1% and unintended pregnancy rates are lower than those reported for contraceptive pill users.
13 December 2017
SHINE SA believes everyone should have access to contraceptive choices, and that decisions about contraception are best made in conjunction with a healthcare professional. Cyproterone acetate pills, commonly known as Diane-35 appear to be associated with a higher risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) than levonorgestrel (LNG) containing pills, although the overall risk is still very low for most people.
For those who choose combined pills, we recommend as first choice the pills with lowest risk: those containing levonorgestrel or norethisterone as their progesterone. However, the other progestogen choices, which all carry a small increased risk of DVT compared to LNG, may be utilised if specific added benefits are required. Health professionals can review over time the experience individuals may have with their contraceptive choice.
3 October 2017
Regional Access, is a free service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone over 16, living or working in regional or remote South Australia, feeling the pressures and stresses of everyday life.
Commissioned and funded by Country SA PHN, Regional Access is staffed by professionally trained counsellors who are ready to listen, support and encourage. They will provide individual strategies to best manage situations and provide further support. Regional Access is available to anyone who has a concern, a worry or just want someone to chat with.
7 September 2017
Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that five successful applicants for the After Hours Healthy Weight & Lifestyle Grants have been selected and are now ready to commence delivering after hours programs encouraging healthy lifestyle choices across rural South Australia.
The grants program has been introduced in response to findings that 73.3% of Country SA PHN residents are considered overweight or obese, and that adult overweight and obesity rates are much higher in regional than in metro areas (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016).