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26th October 2016

Preferred providers selected for the delivery of alcohol and other drug services

Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that preferred service providers have been selected and are now being commissioned to provide drug and alcohol specific services across rural South Australia.

The services will commence operations progressively between now and January 1st 2017.

In late 2015, the Australian Government released its Response to the National Ice Taskforce’s Final Report. Following this announcement Primary Health Networks (PHNs) were then directed to commission more drug and alcohol treatment services, including indigenous-specific services, based on what is necessary and appropriate to the needs of their local communities.

Country SA PHN has made significant progress in relation to the planning and implementation of additional drug and alcohol treatment services with the completion of regional needs assessments, community consultations and approval of regional Activity Workplans.

Successful organisations selected following the competitive tender process include:

  • Baptist Care
  • Country and Outback Health
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Murray Mallee General Practice Network
  • Northern Health Network
  • Pangula Mannamurna
  • Riverland Division of General Practice
  • Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

“We’d like to acknowledge all of the organisations who submitted tenders. It was certainly a tough selection process with a high standard of applicants possessing a significant amount of experience within the sector,” said Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking.

“We believe the new funding will build on the PHNs’ core role in the regional health system of integration and coordination to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of drug and alcohol treatment services and build a sustainable drug and alcohol system into the future.”

Mr Hosking said Country SA PHN was passionate about maintaining and building strong partnerships to continue to increase knowledge and understanding of the services required to combat drug and alcohol issues throughout regional South Australia.

“We’re committed to working with the sector to deliver integrated approaches to drug and alcohol treatment services based on the needs of clients locally, and focused on improving care coordination at the local level.”

More information on accessing services within local regions will be made available as services become operational between now and January 1st 2017.

Country SA PHN is responsible for commissioning Commonwealth directed funding for primary health services throughout regional South Australia. For more information please visit

Country SA PHN is the health network set up to service the country regions of South Australia, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery while improving the coordination of patient care. Established by the Australian
Government, we exist to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive health care system. Country SA PHN covers 99.8% of the state geographically, incorporating approximately
30% of South Australia’s total population.

Media enquiries: Phil Martin, Michels Warren on 0418 817 876 or Kate Dorsey, Michels Warren on 0417 811 010




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