Newsletter Articles - May 2018
Volume 4   |   Issue 5

Message from the Chair 

The recent Federal Budget had a few points of interest for rural health with the announcement of funding for more rural based undergraduate training, to progress rural generalist training pathways and to support non-VR rural practitioners to complete College training. It is refreshing to see the lifting of the freeze for GP consult items from July 1 and for opportunities to increase the GP allied health and nursing workforce.

The PHNs will be involved in funding increased mental health care for the aged sector as well as after a suicide attempt in the years to come. There is more funding available for drug and alcohol treatment and support. It is also reassuring to see funding secured for those needing psychosocial support outside of NDIS eligibility. It was feared many in this category might fall through the cracks, but hopefully there is sufficient funding to cover all those in need. We are still waiting for firm details about how these programs will roll out and we will keep the sector informed as we know more.

The Government has this week formalised the details for the continued funding of the PHN program through to 2021 which allows for a greater sense of security for all our programs and the forward planning thereof. While we had been given verbal assurances about this intent, it is nice to have a contract to move ahead with.

Specialist Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Service Referral Contact Numbers

When the Royal Adelaide Hospital relocated last year, all services were required to obtain new phone and fax numbers.

The Specialist Outpatient & Ambulatory Care Services as part of the relocation introduced a new centralised referral management centre and telephone call centre.

As of 6 June 2018, the old contact numbers that were aligned to the outpatients’ areas at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital will be disconnected.

Please ensure that your clinic / area updates the details as below, so any patient being referred to our services can be received.

For the majority of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Specialist Outpatient & Ambulatory Care Referrals please fax to: Outpatient Referral Management Fax - 7074 6247

For other referrals, please fax to the below numbers:

Burns Unit OPD Referrals - 7074 6223

Cancer Clinic OPD Referrals - 7074 6220 (including radiation oncology and haematology)

Cardio Thoracic Surgery Referrals - 7074 6168

Renal OPD Referrals - 8429 6060

Pain Management Unit Referrals - 8222 5904 (TQEH based)

Respiratory Medicine Referrals - 8222 5398 (lung function, sleep studies and TB services)

Palliative Care - 8222 6055 (TQEH based)

Oral Maxillary - 8429 6052 (University of Adelaide based)

An updated Royal Adelaide Hospital Contact list can be found at

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Do you have a patient with a chronic condition - Virtual Clinical Care (VCC) could help them to better manage their condition from home.

The VCC Home Tele-Monitoring Service has been monitoring the health of people with chronic diseases, such as respiratory, cardiac and diabetes-related conditions, in country SA since April 2015.

VCC uses home tele-monitoring technology to provide additional support following discharge from hospital or to detect changes in an individual’s health, enabling early intervention to avoid hospitalisation.

Clients are provided with equipment so that they can measure their clinical signs from the comfort of their own home. Information from this equipment and from client interviews is transmitted to a secure database monitored by health professionals who detect any changes in the client’s condition and follow up as required.

Many country GPs have clients who have received this service and have accessed results on the clinical database to help inform treatment options.

From March 2018, an expansion of the VCC service commenced with a four-month trial of a VCC Monitoring Hub. The Hub is staffed by experienced chronic disease nurses who monitor clients on a daily basis and follow up with the client and their local health care team if changes in the client’s condition are detected.

The VCC Monitoring Hub will enable Country Health SA to support more people through home tele-monitoring. Referrals will be accepted from GPs and clinicians working in Country Health SA hospital or community-based services.

To refer a client for VCC services, use the Country Health Connect Community Health Service Referral Form.

For more information about the Virtual Clinical Care Home Tele-Monitoring Service or the role of the VCC Monitoring Hub, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mid North community My Aged Care support sessions

Country SA PHN's Yorke and North team were proud to support COTA SA in the delivery of two community My Aged Care support sessions held in Port Pirie and Jamestown at the beginning of May. Ten local service providers were present at the sessions offering helpful information to assist people to live independently in their own homes for longer. Both events were well attended with approximately 80 community members present, community members heard information about the Commonwealth Home Support program and  Home Care Packages.

The community information sessions are complemented by ongoing individual support, as part of the Country SA PHN funded My Aged Care support project, COTA SA have recruited a volunteer in the role of Aged Care Peer Champion. The Mid North Aged Care Peer champion is Rae Porter, Rae can be contacted by anyone who would like one-on-one information and support related to My Aged Care, her contact number is 0448 467 056.  

My Aged Care Support Program - Free Local Support from a Trained Peer Champion on Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Murray Mallee

Are you aged 65 or over? Are you, a friend or relative struggling to navigate the My Aged Care Website or phone service?

If the answer to either of these is yes, this free support service, funded by Country SA Primary Health Network (PHN) and facilitated by COTA SA, could be for you. One of our trained local Aged Care Peer Champions can assist you to access the information you need and help you navigate the My Aged Care system. Free one on one supportis available over the telephone initially, and your local Peer Champion can meet with you face to face if required.

For more information go to

For more details on your local Peer Champion

  • Fleurieu Peninsula - Contact Anne Hamilton, 0456 388 610
  • Fleurieu Peninsula - Contact Marilyn Henderson, 0456 390 059
  • Mid North - Contact Rae Porter, 0448 467 056
  • Murray Mallee - Contact Tim Hobbs, 0456 390 061
  • Murray Mallee - Contact Toni Murray, 0448 512 796
  • Yorke Peninsula - Contact Su Bell, 0448 496 385

APNA 2018 National Conference ‘Nurseforce for the Future’​

Country SA PHN were pleased to have two representatives attend the APNA 2018 National Conference ‘Nurseforce for the Future’ in Brisbane held 10-12 May. Tracy Maynard, Nurse Consultant presented on the SA PHN Immunisation Hub, and Inara Beecher, Manager State Partnerships presented on the CATCH Cardiac Rehabilitation program funded by Country SA PHN. The PHN had two posters accepted; for the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program Scholarships and the partnership with the Country Health SA LHN Diabetes Unit.

Through a broad and thought-provoking program, the conference explored efficient models of care; workforce development, recruitment and retention;  embracing change; quality and safety in practice; service innovation and nurse leadership. It provided an excellent opportunity to network and build connections and to showcase some of the work of the Country SA PHN with valued partners.


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