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).
1 August 2017
The world-leading online movement for alcohol behavior change, Hello Sunday Morning, has a new app, Daybreak, now free to access right across regional South Australia.
Funded by Country SA PHN for South Australian rural residents, Hello Sunday Morning uses online platforms, technology and the Daybreak app to provide people with the tools and support to help them change their relationship with alcohol – whether that’s taking a break from drinking or simply cutting back.
4 July 2017
A community forum, hosted by Country SA Primary Health Network and Black Dog Institute, has been held in Port Augusta to give input into the Federal Government’s $3 million suicide prevention trial in the local area.
Country SA PHN is one of the 12 locations across Australia taking part in the National Suicide Prevention trial which aims to tackle the problem at a regional level to help those in need.
20 June 2017
A chronic pain management pilot project is coming to the Northern Yorke Peninsula to focus on specialist care to help those in need.
Country SA PHN is partnering with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Pain Management Unit to deliver the pilot project, for the first time, to the towns of Moonta, Wallaroo, Kadina and Port Broughton to improve the effectiveness of chronic pain management.
29 May 2017
Lower Eyre Peninsula families are benefiting from a much-needed emergency respite care program – giving people caring for a loved one with dementia in their own homes, respite and support.
Funded by Country SA PHN and provided by Matthew Flinders Care Services (MFCS), the program is giving careers access to flexible, individual or group respite – at the same time giving them peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care.
12 April 2017
On 23 February 2017 I announced the delay of the National Cancer Screening Register implementation, and the subsequent delay of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program from 1 May to 1 December 2017.
The implementation of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program, with the new Cervical Screening Test, is contingent upon a high quality nationally consistent register to provide a safety net for women to ensure they get the follow up they need. The decision to delay was taken in consultation with, and support from the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
20 April 2017
A new web based information tool to support General Practitioners and other health care providers is being developed to better manage patients in South Australia.
In partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network and the Country SA Primary Health Network, SA Health will implement HealthPathways, a comprehensive, evidence based information, assessment, management and referral resource.
The online tool will ensure the consistent management of patients across the state.