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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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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Voluntary blood testing available for people in Oakey and Williamtown

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.

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National plan to tackle antimicromial resistance (AMR)

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.

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Health Care Home stage one application round now open

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.

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Transforming Health

31st October 2016

One of the key milestones for Transforming Health is identifying activity currently undertaken by Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) relating to north and north eastern residents, and moving this activity to Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).

Transferring these services from CALHN to NALHN will help patients living in the north and north east to receive their care closer to home. It will also enable the Lyell McEwin Hospital to develop into the major tertiary hospital for the north as planned.

The transfer of some CALHN staff working in a number of specialties to support the transfer of activity to NALHN will begin this month.

From Saturday 29 October (as roster cycles complete) some CALHN staff will transfer to NALHN to support the care of the majority of residents from north and north east Adelaide in orthopaedics, renal and vascular specialities.

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Consultation - Redesigning the Practice Incentives Program

31st October 2016

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) is a key driver of quality care in the general practice sector.

In the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced it would work towards changing the PIP through the measure entitled "Quality Improvement in General Practice - Simplification of the PIP".

The redesign of the PIP will introduce a new Quality Improvement Incentive which will give general practices increased flexibility to improve their detection and management of a range of chronic conditions, and to focus on issues specific to their practice population.

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

26th October 2016

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.

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