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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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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NMBA Position Statement on Nurses, Midwives and vaccination

17th October 2016

The NMBA has become aware that there are a small number of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives who are promoting anti-vaccination statements to patients and the public via social media which contradict the best available scientific evidence. The NMBA is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about providing advice on vaccinations clear to registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives.

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