Interim arrangements for the National Cervical Screening Program

12 April 2017

Dear Colleague,

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.

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Online tool promotes consistent quality care

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.

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Introducing GPEx

22 March 2017

GPEx has been appointed as the preferred provider of Educational Services for the Country SA PHN program to deliver continuing professional development for rural GPs and other primary care professionals across regional South Australia.

GPEx is the South Australian Regional Training Organisation (RTO) which delivers training to doctors selected to specialise in general practice in Australia. We are a provider of the Australian General Practice Training program that is administered by the Department of Health and funded by the Australian Government. GPEx is built on GPExpertise, centred on GPExperience and a vision of GPExcellence.

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New Aboriginal Mental Health and Alcohol and other Drug Service for Murray Mallee

16 March 2017

New integrated mental health and alcohol and other drug services are being delivered right across the Murray Mallee Aboriginal community.

Funded by Country SA PHN, the service is known by the Ngarrindjeri name, Kungulun Nakeri, which translates to ‘thinking the right way’. Kungulun Nakeri is being delivered through existing service provider, Murray Mallee General Practice Network.

The Kungulun Nakeri services are available throughout the region. These include hubs at Murray Bridge and outreach services extending to Aboriginal communities in Meningie, Raukkan, Tailem Bend and Mannum.

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First of its kind unit to help keep children with chronic conditions out of hospital

27 February 2017

A General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) established at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will improve the coordination of care for hundreds of South Australian children struggling with chronic conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes and Asthma... with the goal of reducing the need to visit hospital.

This is the first time in Australia such a unit has been established for paediatric patients.

The Unit has been created through a partnership between the Adelaide PHN, Country SA PHN and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN).

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Home Care changes from 27 February 2017

16th February 2017

Changes to the way home care package services are delivered will commence on 27 February 2017. The Home Care Packages program provides older people who want to stay at home with access to a range of ongoing personal services, support services and clinical care that help them with their day-to-day activities. Home Care Packages are part of the Australian Government’s continuum of care for older Australians, positioned between residential aged care and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) which provides entry-level home support.

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New Aboriginal alcohol and other drug services for the Coober Pedy region including ICE outreach services

30 January 2017

New alcohol and other drugs services are now available to support Aboriginal people in the Coober Pedy Region focusing on combating the high levels of local methamphetamine use.

Funded by Country SA PHN and delivered by the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation the new program will include two dedicated health workers to specifically target treatment for ICE addiction.

For the first time, this service will extend through a new outreach model to the Oodnadatta Aboriginal community to focus on high levels of methamphetamine use in remote areas.

“We’re aware that there’s a real need for targeted and culturally appropriate drug and alcohol treatment services for Aboriginal people which also link to broader Indigenous health services,” said Country SA PHN, CEO, Kim Hosking.

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New Suicide Prevention Program for ‘Arrium’ Workers

11 January 2017

A new mental health and suicide prevention program will offer training and support to Arrium workers, their families and significant others, contractors and the broader Whyalla community from January 2017.

Funded by Country SA PHN and delivered by MATES In Construction, the program offers free community sessions to families of Whyalla workers – recognising the impact employment uncertainty can have on the entire community.

Arrium’s Whyalla steelworks voluntary administration has hit the region hard, with mid-year unemployment at 7.2 per cent, following the loss of up to 4000 jobs – about 40 per cent of the workforce.

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