Emergency respite program giving Lower Eyre Peninsula families vital support

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.

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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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Country SA PHN assists Pinery bushfire survivors emotional recovery

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.

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