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).
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.
19 December 2016
In an Australian first, Pinery bushfire survivors will be involved in an international emotional recovery pilot program interPAR, for trauma survivors.
Country SA PHN is pleased to provide funding to help Pinery bushfire survivors manage their stress, feel more in control and cope after disaster.
Delivered by the Northern Health Network and the Red Cross and devised by Phoenix Australia – Melbourne University’s Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health – in partnership with the Prince’s Charities Australia, the program focuses on training people from the community to support others who are struggling with emotional trauma.
The 2015 Pinery bushfire burned from 25 November to 2 December 2015 - primarily affecting the Lower Mid North and west Barossa Valley regions, north of Gawler. The fire claimed two lives and 90 people were hospitalised, with five of the victims suffering critical injuries. At least 86, 000 hectares (210 000 acres) of scrub and farm land were burned as a result of the fire – having a catastrophic impact on the local rural industry.
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.
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.
30th November 2016
A voluntary blood testing program for residents who live close to Australian Defence bases at Oakey and Williamtown begins on 30 November 2016, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy announced today.
The Australian Government is investing $55 million to address contamination at Defence bases and in surrounding communities from the chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), or PFAS as they are collectively known, which was used in fire-fighting foam at the Defence bases over a number of years.
10th November 2016
- National plan to combat immediate threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
- Plan takes a ‘one health’ approach, which recognises human, animal and ecosystem health
- $9.4 million was allocated in the 2016/17 Budget to continue work already being done on AMR
Humans and animals will be better protected from the immediate global threat of antimicrobial resistance under the Coalition Government’s new plan, developed in partnership with health professionals, research communities, veterinarians and agricultural industries.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019 today, developed thanks to the Coalition Government’s commitment of $9.4 million in funding announced at the 2016/17 Budget to continue work already being done around AMR research and education.
8th November 2016
On Friday 4th November, Minister Sussan Ley announced that medical practices, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and Aboriginal Health Services, in the 10 PHN trial sites can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.