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CEO Foreword


New Service: Primary Mental Health Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities


Improving Mental Health Outcomes


Commissioning Matters


Hospital & LHN GP Units


Supporting the Response to Coronavirus


Exploring the Dimensions of Integration


Four Reminders from our SA Immunisation Hub


PHN Bushfire Response


Closing Soon headspace Marion RFT


Early Psychosis Education Sessions


GP PASA Service Closure Notice


Winmante Update


Cultural Learning & Capacity Building


Therapeutic Guidelines


Digital Health Update


HealthPathways Smoking Cessation Pathway Live


Primary Care in Action


We acknowledge the Kaurna peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the Adelaide Region. We pay tribute to their physical and spiritual connection to land, waters and community, enduring now as it has been throughout time. We pay respect to them, their culture and to Elders past and present. Please note, with the support from communities we consulted with, the term Aboriginal is used across this publication as an all-encompassing term for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.

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It has been a challenging start to 2020 with many areas of our country significantly impacted by bushfires and then the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our practice facilitators have been busy assisting general practice in our metropolitan region with updated information on COVID-19 and undertaking the distribution of surgical masks. The Commonwealth Government also recently announced the provision of these masks to pharmacy and that process began on Friday 14 Feb. You will find the latest information, resources and links regarding COVID-19 via the standing announcement on our website and on the front page of HealthPathways. As we contend with COVID-19, we are very mindful that the flu season is fast approaching. We will be sure to keep you updated in the coming weeks with information and resources for the 2020 flu season program. Demonstrating our impact is our Key Thematic Goal and you will find fantastic examples of the collaboration and integration that we facilitate and commission with features on: Mother Infant Dialectic Behaviour Therapy,

Paediatric Partnership and Living Well with Persistent Pain (page 15). Indeed, the long wait lists for autism assessments in all jurisdictions has made the national news in recent days with the impacts on children and their families. Many of these children are not able to access the supports they need through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) until they have the assessment and a formal diagnosis to ensure eligibility. Thanks to the great work that continues through our Paediatric Partnerships program, we are assisting many South Australian children and their families to access more timely assessments and smoothing their pathway to NDIS supports. We will continue to bring you articles about the fantastic activities and programs which Adelaide PHN supports and commissions; ensuring that our community can access the ‘right care, right place, right time’. Warm regards,

NEW COMMISSIONED SERVICE Mental Health Treatment Services for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Adelaide PHN has commissioned new mental health services for older people with mental health conditions who reside in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). Funding for the new services are provided through the Commonwealth Government’s Psychological Treatment Services for people with mental illness in RACFs budget measure. Adelaide PHN has commissioned Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA) to deliver these services through an in-reach model, onsite at RACFs. The services will be known as Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care.

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The services delivered to RACF residents will be consistent with other primary mental health care services commissioned by Adelaide PHN, in that they will be delivered within a broader stepped care framework. Clinical services will be delivered by suitably qualified mental health clinicians such as psychologists, accredited mental health social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Referrals for services will target residents who are presenting with: • significant transition issues and experiencing adjustment disorders • a mild to moderate mental health condition (e.g. anxiety and/or depression) • a history of mental illness for which they received services before being admitted to a RACF which could not be continued The expected benefits of psychological services for RACF residents are improvements in mood, adjustment and functioning. The services are not intended to support residents with significant behavioural issues, or severe and complex needs that would be better managed by specialised statebased mental health services, such as Older Persons Mental Health Services or by the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service. The new primary mental health care services will not duplicate the role of leisure and recreation activities already provided to residents by RACFs.

Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care will be available to RACFs that register to be part of the program with registrations open from February 2020 onwards. As an innovative service being introduced across the Adelaide PHN region, a phased implementation process will be undertaken. Services will commence February 2020 and expand over the following months.

This service has been added to Adelaide PHN’s Directory of Services and Programs, the listing includes information about the services provided, service documents and referral information - view the service listing here. RACFs can review the Implementation Guide here and register via an online form here.

IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES A case study from one of our commissioned primary mental health care services Background and client summary: This case study is based on the self-reported outcomes of a male client in his mid-30s engaged with a mental health clinician within Sonder’s Adult Wellbeing Program. At their final session, the client self-reported the following outcomes: • increased awareness and ability to regulate escalating emotion • built capacity and coping skills including a new openness and ability to draw upon social support networks when experiencing issues • increased ability to relax • initial reduction and subsequent ceasing of depression and anxiety medication

Challenges experienced by the client before program engagement: “The lack of being able to do the simple task of just relaxing made me eventually not even want to go out in public. I found myself becoming very irritable at the smallest things that interrupted my concentration (this was something I have had most of my life but never really found ways to cope with it). I also had some uncertainty regarding my work future after becoming redundant and then having to come up with an entire new career path because of past work injuries/surgeries.”

Changes noticed by the client since participation in the program: “The ability to recognise when I’m overreacting or getting irritated and then stop it before it happens. I now am open about my issues with everyone and soon realised that I have a lot more support than I imagined up in my head. I think being able to talk to just one person opened the door to then speaking with many. And lastly, the art of relaxation. This has been a long process that all started when my counsellor suggested that on some occasions I must put myself first for my own wellbeing. I use this ‘me’ time to make it my priority to ‘relax’. Headphones on with music or guided meditation works best for me personally. Since my first appointment I have been able to reduce and then go off my medication for anxiety and depression. This was something I wasn’t sure would ever happen.”

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I recommended the service because I can truly see it having a positive impact on anyone stuck in a place or crisis in their life

Client perceived benefits of the program

“I liked the fact that an ear was given to me in a time that I really needed one. Not just one from a friend or family member, but a person that won’t judge me or I won’t think is judging me. A friendly face that I can be open and honest with. Too much judgement was a contributing factor of most of my issues. It was very refreshing not to have that for an hour a fortnight and I’m very grateful for that.”

Likelihood of recommendation of program to friends/family: “I’m 100% likely because I have already done so! I recommended the service because I can truly see it having a positive impact on anyone stuck in a place or crisis in their life. A few very close family members use the service too after my recommendation.”

Explore other programs we commission to respond to the mental health needs of those living in the Adelaide metropolitan region via our Directory of Programs and Services here. Explore Sonder’s mental health services via

COMMISSIONING MATTERS news from our development & commissioning team Adelaide PHN receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to commission services which respond to the health needs of the Adelaide metropolitan community. Below is a summary of our recent commissioning activities and announcements.

COMMISSIONING NOW: HEADSPACE MARION CENTRE REQUEST FOR TENDER (RFT) Adelaide PHN invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced organisations, including those outside of the Adelaide metropolitan region, to establish and deliver the headspace Marion Centre. The Centre aims to deliver support and services for young people aged 12-25 years with, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental health issues. The successful applicant will be: • required to establish the headspace Marion Centre within the City of Marion Local Government Area boundary prior to 1 Jul 2020 • expected to commence delivery of the services by 1 Jul 2020 The tender closes soon - Friday 21 Feb 2020. To obtain copies of the tender documentation, please register via Adelaide PHN’s Tenderlink portal:

COMMISSIONED: IMPROVING ACCESS TO PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR YOUNG ABORIGINAL PEOPLE, A TWO FOLD STRATEGY Adelaide PHN has co-developed a two fold strategy to build capacity of headspace Centres to better deliver primary mental health care services for young Aboriginal people across metropolitan Adelaide. Aboriginal Youth Peer Workers for Adelaide region headspace Centres Adelaide PHN has funded each headspace Centre to employ Aboriginal Youth Peer Workers to increase accessibility and engagement with provided services. Cultural Advisory Service for Adelaide Region headspace centres We have also recently engaged Linking Futures to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Advisory Services to headspace centres. This specialist advisory service will support each centre to deliver culturally appropriate services for young Aboriginal people and will provide cultural supervision and mentoring to headspace Aboriginal Youth Peer Workers. This service has been added to our Directory of Programs and Services. Find the service listing here or explore the entire directory at

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COMMISSIONED: ACCESS TO PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN RACFS Adelaide PHN is pleased to announce that it has recently engaged Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA) to provide psychological treatment services for people with mental health conditions living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). Services provided under this project will be delivered on-site at participating RACFs. If you are an RACF and interested in participating in this initiative, click here to find out how to register and ensure residents of your site can access this service. This service has been added to our Directory of Programs and Services. Find the service listing here or explore the entire directory at

Have you read our

COMMISSIONING HANDBOOK? Adelaide PHN’s Commissioning Handbook – The Service Provider’s Guide is available via our website. This handbook is a great resource that not only articulates our expectations but also provides some useful tips to aid the commissioning process for our current and future partners.



Based on our strategic commitment to focus on integration of primary and acute care, Adelaide PHN is working with our region’s three Local Health Networks (LHNs) to improve systems and processes relating to the interface between primary and hospital care. One of the approaches to achieving this is the implementation of GP Units within each of the LHNs. Dr Chad Collins has been working within the Northern Adelaide LHN (NALHN) for over 18 months now and late in 2019, Adelaide PHN recruited two new GPs - Dr Mai Duong and Dr Jackie Yeoh to work within the Southern Adelaide LHN (SALHN) and Central Adelaide LHN (CALHN) respectively. Find out a little more about each of these GPs below.

SOUTHERN ADELAIDE GP INTEGRATION UNIT Dr Duong commenced at the newly established Southern Adelaide Integration Unit on 7 Nov 2019, located at Noarlunga next to the GP Plus Super Clinic. Dr Duong and members of the team have commenced meeting with general practices in the southern Adelaide region to introduce themselves, explain the purpose of the unit and discuss potential areas/opportunities of future work.

Dr Mai Duong I am originally from France and moved to Adelaide last year after living in Sydney for 15 years. I am currently working as a GP in southern Adelaide after completing my medical training in NSW. I graduated from the University of Sydney Medical school in 2012 and worked as an intern and resident in several Sydney hospitals before starting in general practice and becoming a fellow of the RACGP in 2019. Before choosing to re-train and become a doctor, I worked as an engineer in IT and telecommunications in France and Australia. In these roles I had a focus on planning and optimisation of resources

and being the interface between technical and non-IT functions. I also completed assignments as a business architect and strategy consultant which gave me further insights into the complex links between systems, operations and successful customer journeys. I am looking forward to using both my medical and non-medical experience to help our patients in their health journeys and help develop stronger links between our community and hospital based health professionals.

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CENTRAL ADELAIDE GP LIAISON UNIT Dr Yeoh, commenced at the Central Adelaide GP Liaison Unit on 9 Dec 2019, joining the existing CALHN Integrated Care Collaborative. Dr Yeoh has hit the ground running in her role as GP Liaison Officer (GPLO) and has commenced meeting with GPs within the central Adelaide area to discuss the work of the unit. Dr Jackie Yeoh I was born in the UK but emigrated to Adelaide at the age of seven and have lived here ever since, studying Medicine at the University of Adelaide and graduating in 1991. My internship was at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (the old RAH!!) and I went on to work at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) for a year as an Resident Medical Officer, then a year in the psychiatry training program at the RAH again before settling on general practice training – and haven’t looked back! I love my general practice and, having worked there for 24 years, see multiple generations of families which allows a deep understanding of and connection to my patients – and that’s the part of GP work that I love the most. I have a number of special interests that I have developed over the years

but my overarching passion lies in mental health, particularly in working with new families as that’s where you really get to do the preventative and very early intervention work. I am level two trained for focused psychological strategies, eclectic in my approach to therapy and counselling and particularly enjoy working with whole families. The hardest thing about taking on the GPLO job has been having to reduce my days in general practice but I strongly believe that there is a huge need to improve communication and understanding between general practice and hospitals and I’m hoping that by acting as a bridge between the two worlds I can help to change that and make all of our lives easier as a result, but most importantly, get the best possible outcome for our mutual patients.

PHOTO | Dr Jackie Yeoh, Dr Mai Duong and Dr Chad Collins


This Unit was established in July 2018 and Dr Collins will be familiar to many GPs working in Adelaide’s northern suburbs following face to face practice visits last year and attendance at Lyell McEwin based continuous professional development opportunities. Dr Chad Collins I was born in Newcastle, NSW, but grew up in Canberra, where I lived for 18 years attending high school and completing three degrees. I completed my medical degree with the Australian National University in 2008, under Defence Scholarship with the Australian Army. I moved to the Gold Coast for internship and residency, before my first posting to Darwin in 2011. I was subsequently moved to Adelaide in 2012, under an Army health restructure, to be in a combat health role where I remained until discharge from the Regular Army in 2015. I remain a reservist currently. I am a veteran of Afghanistan, having had command of the Australian Medical

Facility in Multi-National base Tarin Kowt, and Australian Trauma Team Leader of the Role 2E Hospital. I have also deployed on Border Security Operations. I completed my FRACGP in 2015, and have been working in private general practice in North Haven since 2014. I became GP Liaison Officer for Northern Adelaide Local health Network July 2018, and work 0.6FTE (Mon, Wed and Fri) based at Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth Vale. I chose to apply for this role as I believe strongly in community service, and have a deep drive in improving health care systems to provide more patient centred and directed care.

Contact your local GP Unit: Central Adelaide GP Liaison Unit 0411 321 894 Southern Adelaide GP Integration Unit (08) 7117 0737 / 0401 152 366 Northern Adelaide GP Liaison Unit (08) 8282 0497

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Update Adelaide PHN has been supporting the response to an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China late in 2019. On 31 Jan 2020 - following an announcement by the Hon. Stephen Wade, Minister for Health - Adelaide PHN received a limited delivery of surgical face masks for distribution to general practices in need across the Adelaide region. On 12 Feb 2020, the Minister announced an additional supply of surgical masks would be distributed to support pharmacies and Aboriginal health services. To ensure equitable access and ensure compliance with federal requirements, Adelaide PHN allocated a box of masks to each general practice, pharmacy and Aboriginal health service across the metropolitan region. Additional boxes are being allocated to those practices and services with a demonstrated need. Distribution commenced on 3 Jan 2020, and at the time of printing this edition of Connect, over 170 general practices across our region had already received their allocation of masks. COVID-19 is an evolving international health concern, and Adelaide PHN has been connecting providers to reliable sources of information, resources and clinical management updates from state and federal health departments. Our practice facilitators have been linking providers to these updates and information alongside mask distribution and we have reinforced promotion via our website’s COVID-19 announcement page, Primary Links newsletters and HealthPathways SA website.

For more information on mask distribution or for links to reliable sources of information regarding COVID-19, please visit our website’s announcement page. Visit for Department of Health updates, information and resources. Keep up to date with local provider information, case definitions and patient management advice via SA Health’s alerts page and clinical topics page.


DIMENSIONS OF INTEGRATION Applying the integration lens to our Paediatric Partnership Projects, Mother Infant DBT Group Project and Living Well with Persistent Pain Program. Charged with the task of driving improvements to the local health system, we have continued to invest in integrated care models in order to better meet the health needs of our region and build a stronger local health system. There are many dimensions to the implementation of integrated care; including the type, intensity and level of integration occurring. Across the year, through our commissioning and partnership activities, we have been enabling integration across these dimensions. Explore three of our programs through this integration lens below:

PAEDIATRIC PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS an example of service integration Service integration describes how service providers and organisations partner to deliver seamless care to meet the needs of an individual and/or communities. Through our Paediatric Partnership Projects, we have been working to reduce wait times for children needing an Autism Spectrum Disorder or Global Developmental Delay assessment. As part of this project, we commissioned a private paediatric specialist practice to receive redirection of children on existing Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and Autism SA wait lists. This private-public partnership is an example of service integration, assisting children to receive more timely diagnostic assessments during an important developmental period. Find this project via our website’s Directory of Services and Programs:

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MOTHER INFANT DBT GROUP PROJECT an example of commissioning for outcomes and integration Commissioning for outcomes and integration refers to how we provide an enabling platform for integrated care, using formal commissioning mechanisms including contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and partnership agreements. Through an MoU, we have brought together the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, the Department for Education and a mental health service provider to deliver Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to women living with borderline personality disorder in the perinatal period. These organisations each bring their own pieces to the puzzle, ranging from skilled workers to provide training and clinical supervision, the workforce to be trained and deliver the therapy, and access to the clients at safe, fit-for-purpose locations. With our organisation playing the role of commissioner for integration, this project has been able to meet the complex needs of a group of people in high need of care and support, which may not have otherwise been possible.

LIVING WELL WITH PERSISTENT PAIN PROGRAM an example of clinical integration Clinical integration describes how care is coordinated around a person’s needs through clinician to clinician interactions. In the Living Well with Persistent Pain Program, people are supported by a Care Coordinator (CC) to access a team of multi-disciplinary clinicians. This could include a GP with a special interest, physiotherapist, consultant pharmacist, mental health clinician, exercise physiologist, dietitian, or others. The clinicians share information through a range of ways, with the CC acting as a central point to ensure people are on track with their self-identified goals. Case conferences are held with the care team to discuss progress and realign care options if required. To support clinical integration in this program, we directly fund the CC role, as well as providing reimbursement for the allied health providers to attend the case conferences. Find this program in our website’s Directory of Services and Programs:





Important reminder: Meningococcal B funded vaccine program


Young adult catch-up program


Childhood catch-up program


Ongoing programs in 2020

The State Government Meningococcal B (MenB) Immunisation Program provides free MenB (Bexsero) vaccines to children and young people who are residents of South Australia and have a Medicare card. Who is eligible? Young adults who were aged 17 to less than 21 years when the program started on 1 Feb 2019. This program ends on 29 Feb 2020. Young adults who have their first dose of Bexsero during the catch-up period can complete their second dose with a funded vaccine, even if after the catch-up program deadline. Those who are eligible can receive their immunisation through their GP or immunisation provider. Please actively recall all eligible adolescents. This program ended on 31 Dec 2019. Eligible children included those aged over 12 months to less than four years when the program started on 1 Oct 2018. Children who started a course of Bexsero during the catch-up period can still complete the course with a funded vaccine/s, even if after the catch-up program deadline. The childhood program is offered to those aged six weeks to 12 months of age. The school program is offered to students in year 10. Find out more about the SA Immunisation Hub via their dedicated website:

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Adelaide PHN acknowledges the widespread impact of bushfires on those within and outside our region, including the considerable effect on the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, firstresponders and communities. With a role in connecting our region to health, our organisation maintained an announcement on our website to support linkages to overarching response information and resources relevant to community and primary health care providers. On 12 Jan, the Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, announced $76 million of government funding would be provided to support the mental health of individuals and communities affected by the bushfires. A portion of this funding was to be allocated through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia. By 17 Jan, funding was allocated to 12 Primary Health Networks, all with responsibility over regions directly affected by bushfires. In South Australia, Country SA PHN have been allocated this funding and are working with the Government to support the roll out of related services and support. Visit Country SA PHN’s website for contact information and updates.

HEALTH CARE HOMES DONATIONS FOR WILDLIFE Like many general practices, pharmacies and hospitals across the Adelaide region, Adelaide PHN’s Health Care Home sites rallied together to provide much needed medical resources to a local wildlife hospital in response to the recent bushfires. Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital (AKAWH) is a not for profit organisation providing free emergency vet services to injured wildlife. The hospital is also involved in education and awareness programs for the general public. Learn more about AKWH via their website akawhospital. or follow the organisation at Find out more about Health Care Homes via this video or get in touch with our practice facilitator, Sam, via


HEADSPACE MARION REQUEST FOR TENDER Adelaide PHN invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced organisations, including those outside of the Adelaide metropolitan region, to establish and deliver the headspace Marion Centre. This centre will provide tailored and holistic mental health support to 12-25 year old people. The centre will be located in the City of Marion Local Government Area and is due to open by 1 Jul 2020. Review tender documentation, submit enquiries and applications via Tenderlink: This Request for Tender (RFT) closes 12.00noon, Fri 21 Feb 2020.

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EARLY PSYCHOSIS EDUCATION SESSIONS Adelaide PHN – in partnership with Orygen Youth Mental Health Organisation, Sonder and headspace Adelaide hosted an Early Psychosis education session on Monday 10 Feb for GPs and other health professionals. The session provided information on the importance of early intervention in the treatment of psychosis, current recommendations, available screening tools and referral pathways to the Early Psychosis Program at headspace Adelaide. Attendees were introduced to the Early Psychosis Referral Checklist, a checklist designed to assist GPs and other health professionals to identify signs and symptoms early, and refer a young person at risk of developing psychosis.

Early Psychosis GP Referral Checklist

Dr Stephanie Taylor from headspace Adelaide said that GPs have a critical role to play in identifying young people at risk of developing psychosis.

The checklist is a brief screening tool that is practical, and easy to understand and administer with young people.

The checklist was designed as part of the #HelpTurnPsychosisAround, a national campaign led by Orygen which runs until April 2020. Find out more about the Help Turn Psychosis Around campaign on page 28 of this Connect newsletter).

Find a copy of the checklist and more information about psychosis via headspace’s Early Psychosis webpage. Health professionals can also contact the Central Referral Unit (CRU) – which offers referral information and receives and allocates referrals to the most appropriate step of care and service provider. Get in touch via the Mental Health Enquiry Line on 1300 898 213.

Thursday 19 March 2020

Closing the Gap Day

11am - 3pm

Goyder Pavilion Adelaide Showground

OUR HEALTH ● OUR VOICE ● OUR CHOICE Closing the Gap Day is a time for all Australians to come together and commit to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This event is closely aligned with the National Close the Gap campaign, led by ANTaR. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of live entertainment, great food and information sharing from a range of local health and support service providers. OUR EVENT PARTNERS

REGISTER ONLINE (08) 8209 0700 ●

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc.

This event is supported by funding from the Adelaide Primary Health Network. The Closing the Gap program is supported by funding from the Adelaide and Country SA Primary Health Networks.

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On Friday 31 Jan, after almost 20 years of service history, it was with a sense of resignation that we informed stakeholders of the closure of GP PASA. GP PASA has been a unique South Australian service, assisting GPs and patients with accessing one-off psychiatric assessments provided under MBS Item Number 291. Over the years, the GP PASA service has aimed to support access to timely, seamless and affordable psychiatric advice to inform treatment and care planning for GPs and consumers. In the current landscape and despite multiple caretakers, service reviews and models, provision of all three of these aims has been unachievable.

KEY CHALLENGES FACED The GP PASA service was not attached to any formal Commonwealth or State funded programs, and in recent years Adelaide PHN has provided significant in-kind support to try and sustain the service for the betterment of the primary health care sector. It is acknowledged that the timely access to mental health care, particularly psychiatry consultation, remains an ongoing challenge for local GPs. It is because of this challenge that Adelaide PHN persevered with the service, investing significant time and absorbing the financial investment to try and sustain GP PASA through multiple iterations and redesigns. Working with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and through the support of a small number of dedicated psychiatrists, GP PASA persisted. However, variable appointment availability and the inability

GP PASA service closure to leverage more interest and psychiatry involvement (especially for bulk billed appointments), consistent problems with the appropriateness of referrals (i.e. outside scope of the program) and client non-attendance saw waiting times extend (in excess of six months) and become harder to predict. In 2019, the GP PASA service model was adapted to include the option for Clinical Care Coordination for clients as they waited for a 291 assessment appointment. This was provided via Links to Wellbeing and Sonder, Adelaide PHN’s two major primary mental health commissioned providers. This change intended to enhance communication and put processes in place to improve patient safety and experience. Unfortunately, most clients declined the option for clinical care coordination, and the nature of the GP PASA service remained that of a thirdparty client booking system and waiting list management. Despite the best efforts to streamline the service, due to the cumulative issues, extensive waiting lists and subsequent clinical risks, the regrettable decision was been made to cease GP PASA on 31 Jan 2020. For more information, including details of the transition plan and links to resources to support ongoing referrals for MBS 291 assesemnt, visit the service closure announcement on our website.

WINMANTE UPDATE providing culturally appropriate GP services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Winmante means place of creation, creativity and growth. Supported by Adelaide PHN, the medical centre was established for the community and with the community due to a gap in access to local culturally appropriate GP services. Winmante Medical Centre is a not-for-profit GP clinic, with an established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference group, focused on providing high quality GP services for Aboriginal people. It is supported by Eddie Betts, a strong advocate for Indigenous affairs and improved access to health and education. The aim of Winmante is to increase access to a consistent and culturally sensitive, medically appropriate GP services for Aboriginal people living in the southern Adelaide region. The service also aims increase access to specialised GP services for other groups, specifically youth living in the southern Adelaide region. Over the last year, the service has worked hard to establish partnerships and formalise pathways with other local health care providers to ensure there is an integrated approach to the provision of care in southern Adelaide. The demand for services has increased with a growing number of treatment plans and coordinated care provided. Service hours have expanded, from three days a week to five, with a GP onsite for those days. Services include general medicine, health checks, immunisations, chronic disease management, and primary mental health care. Winmante is also registered as a Health Care Home. Find out more about Winmante at:

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

CULTURAL LEARNING & CAPACITY BUILDING Improving cultural awareness and safety of primary health care providers and services is one of the ways Adelaide PHN is improving access to and experience of primary health care for local Aboriginal people. Late in 2018, Adelaide PHN established a partnership with Linking Futures and have been working closely with their team since to support the facilitation of cultural learning sessions to primary health care providers across the metropolitan region. Feedback from providers has been overwhelmingly positive and demand for sessions has increased. As a recommendation from the Aboriginal community consultations, in July 2019 Adelaide PHN included specific actions in relation to Aboriginal health service delivery into all our Commissioned Service Provider’s (CSPs) contract header agreements. We commissioned Linking Futures to develop and facilitate a Capacity Building Hub Program ‘Thriving Cultural Competence’ for our CSPs. Linking Futures, an Aboriginal led-organisation, ensures a cultural lens across this program. This program supports these providers to implement the six Aboriginal actions within the National Safety Quality Health Standards (NSQHS) and recommendations from within the User Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health across their orgnisations. Sessions began in December 2019. Through the program, our CSPs are supported to consider the NSQHS Standard actions and the relevance for Aboriginal program delivery and person experience. CSPs are provided with an introduction to next steps and have the opportunity to participate in the mini-workshop series to develop an organisational Aboriginal Action Plan. The sessions also provide the opportunity to consider and identify organisational champions who will lead the development of an Aboriginal action plan to align with the six actions within NSQHS standards. Find the primary health care provider cultural learning project via our website’s directory of programs and services. Explore the NSQHS Standards via their website.

PROVIDING FREE ACCESS TO THE THERAPEUTIC GUIDELINES & increasing our website’s functionality Adelaide PHN, in partnership with Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, were pleased to recently announce an agreement that extends 12 months free access to the electronic Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG) Complete for primary health care providers across the Adelaide region. Whilst initially this offer was only extended to general practice staff, Adelaide PHN is pleased to report we are now extending access to pharmacists working within the Adelaide metropolitan region.

Adelaide PHN is dedicated to supporting local providers to improve the delivery and experience of primary health care across the metropolitan region. Increasing the accessibility of resources like this better equips our primary care teams to provide consistent and quality care Deb Lee, CEO of Adelaide PHN

Local Adelaide GPs, practice nurses and pharmicists can access the eTG Complete free link now by visiting our website’s recently improved resource library - see registration and access instructions on the next page. Those who have visted our resource library before, will notice increased functionality with registration and login supporting access to a new restricted resources section. This new section currently hosts one listing - the eTG Complete free access link - however Adelaide PHN plans to expand the number of resticted resources available in the future.

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How to access the free eTG link GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists across metropolitan Adelaide can start accessing eTG Complete now – visit and register for access (find registration and login via the green band above the library). Following verification from Adelaide PHN’s practice support team, eligible users can then login and click on the free access link via Adelaide PHN’s resource library. To enable one-click access across the year, registered users can bookmark the link. For more information or support, contact Adelaide PHN’s practice support team by emailing

About eTG and Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (TGL) is a not-for-profit organisation, independent of government and the pharmaceutical industry. eTG Complete provides clear, concise and evidence-based recommendations for patient management at the point of care, developed by Australia’s leading clinical experts. For more information about eTG complete, see


PROVISION OF PENCS LICENSES The second quarter of the new Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive ended January, with the next quarter to commence on the 1 Feb 2020. The end of this quarter has seen Adelaide PHN support 213 practices across the Adelaide metropolitan region with a fully subsidised PenCS licence. For more information on licensing, training and/or resources on PenCS please contact the Adelaide PHN’s digital health team at

PIP QI Health care providers will now be eligible for Category 1 and 2 self-learning CPD points with the new online training module by PenCS for PIP QI, developed in collaboration with AMA’s This module is freely available to all doctorportal Learning users. Access to the module can be found here.

SECURE MESSAGING Adelaide PHN is continuing to support and encourage practices’ use of secure messaging. Adelaide metropolitan practices can still access a free ReferralNet licence through Adelaide PHN to send and receive referrals and correspondence to the Central Referral Unit (CRU). Both the Adelaide Primary Mental Health Care Services Mental Health Treatment Plan and Referral form have been updated. These clinical software templates are available in Zedmed, Medical Director and Best Practice formats, ready for import into your software. These updated clincal templates now include information to send your referrals through either ReferralNet or Argus to the CRU team. The updated templates can be found on our website here If you would like to learn more about secure messaging or would like access to a free ReferralNet licence please contact the digital health team:

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SMOKING CESSATION PATHWAY IS LIVE Smoking is increasingly seen as an essential target for intervention in general practice, hospital, and community health services as part of efforts to reduce or manage preventable ‘lifestyle’ health problems. The latest National Tobacco Strategy aims to reduce the national adult daily smoking rate to 10% of the population and halve the Aboriginal adult daily smoking rate. Recently, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) outlined their recommendations to allow greater flexibility in prescribing for smoking cessation pharmacotherapy. To support clinicians at the point of care, HealthPathways SA have recently launched the smoking cessation advice pathway. HealthPathways SA (HPSA) GP Clinical Editor Dr Muazzam Rifat says:

The new pathway provides easy to use and evidence-based guidance that can be used during consultations. Supporting your patients with quitting will reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and lung cancers just to name a few, not to mention the savings of thousands of dollars per year to spend on other leisures!

Developed in collaboration with local addiction specialists from DASSA (Drug and Alcohol Services SA) and Cancer Council SA, the pathway allows clinicians to access: • • • • •

assessments and investigation options brief intervention approaches pharmacotherapy considerations follow up recommendations, resources and links to related pathways proactive referral to Quitline and local smoking cessation supports

Explore the new pathway or get in touch with the team via the project site: Find the National Tobacco Strategy via and read recomendations regarding smoking cessation and general practice via RACGP’s January media release.

ADELAIDE PRIMARY CARE IN ACTION Highlights of programs & activities affecting the delivery & experience of primary health care across the Adelaide metropolitan region

HELP TURN PSYCHOSIS AROUND A NEW CAMPAIGN FOR HEADSPACE EARLY PSYCHOSIS PROGRAM The campaign, Help Turn Psychosis Around, has been developed by Orygen in close consultation with young people with lived experience of psychosis, health professionals, and headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. The campaign is aimed primarily at health professionals and encourages referral of young people who may be experiencing early psychosis to the headspace Early Psychosis Program so they can receive the benefits available through early intervention. The message of the campaign is that psychosis can be frightening and often misunderstood and can turn a young person’s world upside down; but that psychosis can be treated and, with support, recovery is highly likely.


Adelaide PHN fund four headspace Centres and one headspace Early Psychosis Program across the Adelaide metropolitan region. Find out more about these services via our directory at


Learn how to recognise early psychosis symptoms or refer a young person for support, at: Psychosis can be a frightening and often misunderstood illness that can turn a young person’s world upside down. The earlier it’s diagnosed, the sooner we can turn it around. headspace Early Psychosis offers specialist services to help young people experiencing psychosis.

The suite of campaign materials includes a video, psychosis referral checklist and brochures. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Psychosis can be a frightening and often misunderstood illness that can turn a young person’s world upside down. The earlier it’s diagnosed, the sooner we can turn it around. headspace Early Psychosis offers specialist services to help young people experiencing psychosis. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

GRACE A SYNERGISTIC SOLUTION FOR RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE The GRACE program demonstrates the synergies of different areas of the health system working together to improve outcomes for residents in aged care, as well as achieving more cost effective care. With the provision of effective evidence-based treatment within care facilities, the GRACE program generates benefits for residents that simultaneously reduce ambulance transfers and hospital admissions. Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and Calvary Community Care (CCC) are currently trialing a Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation (GRACE) Service. The service provides care to acutely unwell aged care residents as close to their place of residence as possible, preventing unnecessary ambulance transfers into an Emergency Department and hospital admissions.

care to the resident through the acute episode and support to RACF staff. Close communication continues with the team and the primary care provider throughout the episode. The trial commenced 28 Oct 2019 and to date has provided over 300 occasions of service to 144 residents in the participating RACFs. It is estimated that approximately 39% (56 of 144) residents treated since the start of the trial would have been transferred to hospital had the service not been available. Care provided for residents have included wound care management and advice, exacerbation of chronic illness, review of...

The GRACE service is being trialled in partnership with three residential aged care facilities (RACFs) within central Adelaide: Calvary Flora McDonald Retirement Community, Fullarton Lutheran Homes and Klemzig Residential Care Services. The service involves specialist nurse clinicians visiting RACFs to assess residents experiencing an acute health episode. After assessment a care plan is developed in partnership with the resident, their family and/or carers, the resident’s primary care provider, RACF staff, and emergency health services. The service continues to provide advanced

PHOTO | Geoff Geeson (RN, CCC), Kelly Fraser (project lead GRACE program, CCC), Catherine Turner (RN, CCC) and Emerson Castro (RN, CCC)

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falls with and without a head injury, review of confusion and pain and palliative care management. Rather than call an ambulance, RACF staff are encouraged to call the GRACE team to triage the resident for suitability for the service. If the resident meets the criteria, a GRACE team member visits the facility to complete a thorough assessment of the patient, develop the care management plan in collaboration with the residents general practitioner and continue involvement as required. The GRACE service has been warmly welcomed and appreciated by all those involved in the care of elderly residents including RACF staff, general practitioners, hospital and ambulance staff and especially the residents and their families. The service currently operates seven days a week 8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am - 4.00pm Saturday to Sunday.

If you provide primary care to residents of the trial RACFs and would like to be involved please contact Kelly Fraser on 0447 879 397 or email This article was co-written by Robin Moore, CALHN and Calvary Community Centre.

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ADELAIDE PHN LINK GRACE & the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Project Adelaide PHN is providing information and learning from the project to the RACFs working with the GRACE team. Julie Armitage and Lyn McVee, Adelaide PHN’s Palliative Care Improvement team, are delighted to be involved with the GRACE and sharing the importance of advance care planning with residents and their families in residential aged care. Julie and Lyn are working with 28 facilities from eight aged care organisations and implementing a quality improvement process. This process initiates a face to face advance care planning meeting with the resident and family shortly after admission and this is repeated at any time of change or the resident’s health status deteriorates. A variety of tools, documents and audits are supporting this process and nurses and care staff have attended training which focused on facilitating advance care planning conversations and the clinical care of residents when they are dying.


The Australian Refugee Association has provided support to refugees and asylum seekers for 40 years in South Australia. ARA Inc is one of South Australia’s largest settlement agencies and supports more than 15 community groups through a variety of programs. Our experience in Cultural Awareness Workshops provides an insight into the diversity within our community and ways that we can positively connect with people.

· Understanding the refugee experience. · How to work effectively with communities and people from diverse backgrounds · Cross-cultural communication and using interpreters successfully. · Identifying cross-cultural barriers to service provision. · Overcoming cultural barriers. · Guest speakers from refugee background sharing their experience. · Exploring the difference between religious and cultural norms

Where: ARA Office. 304 Henley Beach Rd Underdale Time: 1:00pm (half day workshop) Cost: $80 per person (student concession $70) Refreshments provided. Free parking next door in the church carpark.

Contact: Carolina Lerma

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TAKE HOME NALOXONE PILOT SA IS PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL TRIAL In 2018, more than 1,100 Australians died from an opioid-related overdose or adverse. Many of these deaths, and numerous other opioid-related hospital admissions, could have prevented by having naloxone on hand. Naloxone is a life-saving medicine that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if used quickly via an injection or nasal spray. Naloxone is not just for people using illicit opioids. Anyone living in a home where opioids are present – even legitimately prescribed ones – should consider having naloxone available in case of an emergency. It does not replace the need to call an ambulance in the event of an overdose, but it can improve the person’s chance of survival. South Australia is participating in the Australian Government’s Take Home Naloxone pilot, which makes naloxone available for free to anyone who is at risk of, or might witness, an opioid overdose. A voucher for naloxone can acquired from: • • • • • • •

general practitioners community pharmacists first responders, such as police and ambulance services clean needle services alcohol and other drug treatment services peer support networks prison health services

Vouchers can be exchanged for naloxone at participating community pharmacies around South Australia. For health professionals looking to provide vouchers, please contact Drug and Alcohol Services SA, Clean Needle Program on 08 7425 5080 or

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING A REMEDY TO COUNTER CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS Australia should use social prescribing to counter rising chronic health problems, according to a new report from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Consumers Health Forum (CHF). Social prescribing involves the referral of patients to non-medical activities, ranging from health and fitness programs to movie clubs and meditation. The report recommends that social prescribing be incorporated into routine health care in Australia. The report comes after a roundtable co-hosted by the RACGP and CHF in partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability, and a consultation process. Surveys commissioned for the initiative indicate that while many patients in Australia would welcome such approaches, they are often not available. Of the 200 plus consumers surveyed, 88 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that community programs and services could help their health and wellbeing. But 57% said their GP never discussed using such services to improve their health. In a survey of around 140 GPs, 70% said they believed referring patients to community activities, groups or services improve health outcomes, yet most said they did not have links with such services. RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said that GPs had a central role to play in social prescribing.

70% of GPs surveyed believed referring patients to community activities, groups or services improve outcomes “At the frontline of healthcare, GPs are best placed to employ social prescribing to help improve their patients’ health and wellbeing. “We’ve seen this approach used successfully internationally, such as in the United Kingdom – it could help shift the balance to focus to prevention and early intervention for patients. “With the huge challenges we face regarding rising chronic illness, mental...

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health issues, isolation and loneliness and the resulting costs, we urgently need to consider our approach to healthcare in Australia – social prescribing offers an innovative solution. Dr Nespolon said that while some GPs already employ social prescribing in Australia and trials are underway by organisations such as IPC Health in Melbourne and Inala Primary Care in Brisbane, more resourcing and recognition is needed to implement it in a sustainable way. “Social prescribing offers a huge opportunity to improve patient health and wellbeing and cut the costs of chronic disease, but it won’t happen unless everyone can access it.” CHF CEO, Leanne Wells, said: “This is a vital development for patients. It provides a plan to develop more effective care. “Social prescribing can help to address the social determinants of health... It has become particularly important given rising rates of chronic illness, mental health issues, social isolation and loneliness, many of which cannot be treated effectively with a medical approach alone. “Health expenditure also shows that health care has increasingly shifted to expensive hospital settings...We need to find more effective ways to keep people out of hospital in order for our health system to remain stable.”

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social prescribing as “life changing”. Ms Hoy, 70, said the support she received to pursue her love of writing helped her to significantly reduce her reliance on medication and psychological counselling. Another participant, Helen Longhurst, who has lived with the constant pain of fibromyalgia for 10 years, said she has “not looked back” since she had the opportunity to access social prescribing and was advised to join a chronic pain support group. The report includes a number of recommendations for the broader adoption of social prescribing, including: Incorporate social prescribing into the Commonwealth’s 10 Year Primary Health Care Plan, with recognition of the need for funding and implementation support to ensure a more comprehensive patientfocused health system. Support for ‘link workers’ to help connect patients to community services, identifying where skills already exist and developing training and qualifications where needed Governments to work with local councils and peak organisations to identify community services and groups that could contribute to a social prescribing scheme. Primary Health Networks (PHNs) could also consider expanding HealthPathways to include a social prescribing pathway for patients.

Patients who participated in a social prescribing pilot in Melbourne found it helped significantly with their conditions and reduced their reliance on medications.

The Social Prescribing Roundtable Report can be viewed online at:

Brenda Hoy, who has lived with depression for 30 years, described her experience with

This article is a summary of CHF and RACGP’s media release from 11 Feb 2020. Access the release in full here.

NEW SAFER SEX CAMPAIGN SHINE SA RELEASE NEW CAMPAIGN Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are rising in Australia. Recent research suggests many young South Australians aren’t protecting themselves against STIs by using condoms. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing most STIs and unintended pregnancy. SHINE SA’s Safer Sex – Use a Condom resources highlight the importance of condoms and the concepts of safety, pleasure and respect for a safer sex life. If your organisation would like to support us in sharing the message of Safer Sex we have a range of free resources available. Find resources and learn more at:

Mental Health Foundation Australia Information here | Apply here by 28 Feb 2020

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WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS OPEN Aged Rights Advocacy Services (ARAS) is proud to present its 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference ‘Elder Abuse: Together we are better’ on Friday, 12 June 2020 at the Hilton Adelaide. The theme for the 2020 WEAAD Conference is ‘Together we are better’. We can all do our part to improve the overall wellbeing of older Australians. The support of family, friends and community services can assist an older person to retain control of their life, enhance their wellbeing and help them to maintain their independence living at home. Information and registrations via For more information contact the events team at

Autism SA is proud to present



Children participate in a range of whole group activities and facilitated play to support generalisation of new skills and development

COSTS: NDIS funding for the group can be used, as well as fee for service. Participants who have an

Meningococcal vaccines clinical study We’re looking for healthy males and females aged 18-50 to participate in a clinical study with vaccines for meningococcal disease. The vaccines used in this study are approved for use in Australia. To be eligible you need to weigh over 50kg and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) under 32. Participants cannot have received prior meningococcal vaccinations. The study involves up to 5 visits to the CMAX facility over approximately 6-9 months.

Eligible participants will be paid for their time.

Interested? Phone 1800 150 433. CMAX is Australia’s leading clinical drug study facility. This study has been approved by the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee.

Prevent CMV during pregnancy

Level 5, 18A North Terrace, Adelaide SA | CMAX Women who are infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) while pregnant may pass the virus to their unborn baby. If infected, some of these babies may have serious health problems.

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WORKING WITH THE STOLEN GENERATIONS RESOURCES FOR GPS, DENTISTS AND AGED CARE STAFF In December 2019, the Healing Foundation launched a series of fact sheets for GPs, dentists and aged care staff: Working with the Stolen Generations: Understanding Trauma. The resources are designed to guide primary health care professionals on providing services to Stolen Generations survivors without triggering trauma. They were developed in collaboration with survivors and industry bodies including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Dental Association, Aged & Community Services Australia and the Aged Care Industry Association. The resources are part of The Healing Foundation’s Action Plan for Healing project, funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2017 following the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Bringing them Home report.

Access the suite of resources at:


OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Each year over 1,510 women in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held each year in Australia to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to share the stories of real women affected by the disease, to highlight the risk factors for ovarian cancer and educate Australians on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment. Find out more at

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ADELAIDE DOCTOR RECOGNISED Congratulations to Dr James Muecke AM of Adelaide, South Australia who was named 2020 Australian of the Year for his work preventing blindness. The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, presented the Australian of the Year Award recipients with trophies at a ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra in the evening on 25 Jan 2020. Dr James Muecke AM was named 2020 Australian of the Year for his work preventing blindness. Since starting his medical career in Kenya, 56-year-old Dr James Muecke AM has been passionate about fighting blindness. His focus now is the leading cause of blindness in adults – type 2 diabetes – a spiraling epidemic that’s impacting nearly one-in-ten Australians. It’s the fastest growing cause of vision loss in Aboriginal people and the sixth-biggest killer in this country. James wants to challenge our perception of sugar and the impact it has in the development of type 2 diabetes. Previously, James co-founded Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000. The $1 million program has developed and operated eye health and blindness initiatives in Myanmar. Inspired by this program’s success, James also cofounded Sight For All, a social impact organisation aiming to create a world where everyone can see. With 80% of world blindness avoidable – and almost 90% in poor countries – James treats blindness as a human rights issue.

Find out more about the Australian of the Year awards and the other winners at

Are you looking for mental health support?

Go to to find online and phone mental health services and information.

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SA HEALTH PALLIATIVE CARE GRANTS IMPROVING & DIVERSIFYING QUALITY PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative care plays a vital role at the end of life and in improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and carers. It is estimated that 40 million people worldwide would benefit from palliative care, but only 14% receive the care that they need. Grants are now available for GP clinics and other non-government organisations in South Australia to identify and implement innovative new ideas to improve and diversify palliative care options across our state. The grants serve to increase access to services across South Australia for those who need it most including (but not limited to) improving palliative care in residential aged care facilities and for priority populations such as those in rural and remote communities, those living with disabilities, and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Grant applications are due by Friday 28 Feb 2020. Details and documentation via SA Health’s website.



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Place your used tissues in the rubbish bin.

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GET THE FACTS LAUNCH OF THE 2020 CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATION EDUCATION CAMPAIGN The next phase of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign — ‘Get the Facts’ — is now available and encourages Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated. The campaign focuses on: • the importance of vaccinating on time • the protection vaccination provides • addressing concerns around vaccine safety National and state childhood immunisation coverage rates are close to our target of 95% for children at five years of age. However, there are still areas with lower coverage and some children are receiving their vaccinations later than recommended. Skipping or delaying vaccinations puts children and those around them at risk of catching serious diseases. It’s important that children receive their vaccine on time, every time, for the best protection. The eight week campaign will run nationally on television for the first time, supported by a range of online channels.

You can download posters, brochures and videos from the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign website. To find out more, visit the campaign website.

YOUNG, DEADLY, SYPHILIS FREE #GETTESTED I’ve had mine...have you had yours?

Syphilis is a sickness you can get if you have sex without a condom. Left untreated it can harm unborn babies, women and men.

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SA DENTAL RESOURCES A HEALTHY MOUTH IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR HEALTH Good oral health is important to overall health and wellbeing. A healthy mouth has a positive impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing. The health of our teeth and mouth is linked to overall health and wellbeing in a number of ways. Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socialises. These oral health problems can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social wellbeing. There is also an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low birth-weight babies. Dental care is important because it can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, while improving overall health. SA Dental Service has a range of oral health promotion resources available to South Australian health professionals, community service providers and the community. Explore dental resources via the dental tab under ‘Health Topics’ section of SA Health’s website: Find an SA Dental Service via this link.

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EXPLORING Adelaide PHN’s website includes information about our organisation as well as opportunities to engage with our programs, services and activities. Explore our directory to find out more about what services and activities we have commissioned. Find our training and events calendar listing our local professionals development sessions for the primary health care workforce. We also offer a free career listing service for the primary health care sector. Visit the vacancies page to find out more or explore primary care career opportunites across the Adelaide region.

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