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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Applications now open for CHSP Growth Funding Round

18th October 2016

The department is seeking applications from organisations to deliver targeted priority Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services across Aged Care Planning Regions.

Growth funding enables the sector to respond to the changing aged care needs of CHSP clients and align with the growth in Australia’s ageing population.

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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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APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program

14th October 2016

As you may already know, Tranche 2 of APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program is getting underway in April 2017.

Applications will open 28 October and close 23 December 2016.

APNA is looking for applications from two types of nurses:

  • Nurses who are new to primary health care or
  • Nurses who want to become clinical and professional mentors to nurses new to primary health care

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Opening of 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

19th September 2016

Existing and prospective providers of Australian Government-funded aged care services are invited to apply for new residential aged care places, Short-Term Restorative Care places and capital grants.

Applications for the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) open at 12:01am (AEST) on 19 September 2016.  All applications must be received by the department by 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 28 October 2016.

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The National Shingles Vaccination Program

13th October 2016

AIP members please note the following regarding The National Shingles Vaccination Program.

The National Shingles Vaccination Program will commence from 1 November 2016.

Key Messages for the Program
People eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine include:

  • People aged 70 years of age as an ongoing program.
  • People aged 71-79 years of age as a catch-up program until 31 October 2021.

People who are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of the program can purchase the vaccine on the private market.

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