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Message from the CEO Happy New Year to all. As the clock struck midnight on December 31, I think it’s fair to say that most of us, were very happy to bid 2020 goodbye. After riding the tumultuous wave of a year like no other, 2021 engenders a sense of optimism and new beginnings. Like many organisations we learnt to expect the unexpected, to adapt and to think outside the square. We aimed to continue to be an exemplar of good practice and to hold the needs of the community at the fore front of our thinking. This continues in 2021. Our creative and flexible approach will hold us in good stead for the year ahead. We can be confident that we will continue to rise to new challenges, in what will inevitably continue to be, an ever-changing landscape. For many Adelaide Hills residents this week’s Cherry Gardens fire threatened life and property. It bought back horrendous memories for many, recalling how fire tore through the Hills, Kangaroo Island and the Upper South East with such tragic consequences, at the start of 2020. Many are still grappling with the consequences of these fires. Those affected remain at the forefront of our thinking as we continue to work with these communities. We would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the CFS volunteers and emergency services who worked to contain the fires and this time, we were very fortunate to have a weather change that bought with it that glorious rain. Had it not, so many of our Hill’s community would have again potentially experienced significant loss. As we head into 2021, and to coincide with the start of the new year, we are excited to announce the launch of our new website. We are very proud of the outcome. It will allow individuals, health professionals and our commissioned service providers to quickly and easily find the information they require. I’d like to thank all involved but to make particular mention of our Manager of Communications, Kylie Kasal, who took this task on with determination and incredible focus to bring such disparate elements of our diverse organisation into a single platform. I’d also like to thank Bold Website Design for their professionalism in creating such a fantastic website. Please take a moment to have a look countrysaphn.com.au, we hope it serves you well. On behalf of Country SA PHN, I’d like to wish everyone all the best for the year ahead.

Cervical Screening: Important changes to clinical management – effective 1 February 2021 Important changes to the National Cervical Screening Program for the clinical management of intermediate risk patients will come into effect on Monday 1 February 2021. Refer to the Department of Health for details: Important changes to the National Cervical Screening Program's Clinical Guidelines pathway for women at intermediate risk (published 25 January 2021).


These changes will be reflected in the HealthPathways SA Cervical Screening pathway from 1 February 2021. Thank you to South Australian Drs Amy Moten, Toni Maldari and Katrina Couchman for review and update of the pathway. HealthPathways is an online portal that provides general practitioners, practice nurses and other health professionals with easy access to comprehensive, evidence-based assessment, management and localised referral resources for specific health conditions. To find out more, or to obtain a login to access HealthPathways SA go to: https://southaustraliaproject.healthpathwayscommunity.org/

Practice Support Remote Sessions The Practice Support Team continued to provide general practices with remote session support until the Christmas closure in December. Accreditation updates, PIP QI, PDSA Cycles of Care and PenCS training were provided by the team. To arrange training for your practice in Pen Cat or Top Bar please contact support@countrysaphn.com.au and a member of the Practice Support team will contact you.

Practice Nurse Support – Nurse Incubator Program Country SA PHN has partnered with the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) in offering the Practice Nurse Support: Nurse Incubator Program. This innovative program supports primary health care nurses in their career and professional development. The program aims to advance the profile and role of practice nurses in country SA regions, whilst providing development opportunities in leadership and contemporary nurse-led clinic models. The Nurse Incubator Program includes:


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Community of Practice that connects peers via a digital space. Members can share and discuss their knowledge, passions and specific topics of interest; Online learning modules selected to expand knowledge and understanding of the APNA Nurse Clinics Building Blocks; Group Mentoring Program led by an experienced APNA Registered Nurse, guiding interactive education sessions, and facilitate effective group discussions on opportunities, challenges and concerns; Workshop on ‘How to’ create a Nurse Clinic; and Nurse Support

CSAPHN and APNA are committed to supporting primary health care nurses to provide primary health services to country South Australians in rural and remote areas. For more information on APNA Membership please contact APNA Nurse Support on 1300 303 184 (or 03 9322 9598) or email nursesupport@apna.asn.au.

SHINE SA presents: Your Questions Answered! - Sexual Health Education Series for Country GPs In response to requests, SHINE SA will be offering a series of FREE educational events tailored to Rural General Practice. The Your Questions Answered! - Sexual Health Education Series for Country GPs will be offered on the fourth Wednesday of each month between February 2021 and June 2021. These sessions will be offered via Zoom and will be presented by Sexual Health Physician Dr Carole Khaw. Complete our short survey to express interest and ensure the timing and topics of these sessions meet your needs. Express interest here before February 17 2021: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CountryEducationSeries Further information on SHINE SA’s Enhancing Sexual Health in Country SA Program funded by Country SA PHN, visit: www.shinesa.org.au/events/countrysa/


Unique cardiovascular health professional development opportunity for regional practice nurses! One (of four) funded positions still available for regional practice nurses in the Heart Foundation Health Professional Ambassador Program commencing in February 2021. Program inclusions:

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attendance at four one-day professional development workshops in Adelaide (travel and accommodation provided) practice visit by Heart Foundation staff to facilitate education and implementation of Heart Health Checks using the Heart Health Check toolkit ongoing telephone and email individual support from Heart Foundation staff to implement the Heart Health Check toolkit in your practice continuing Professional Development points regular networking sessions with fellow practice nurses membership of the Health Professional Ambassador Alumni

Learn the latest evidence on cardiovascular disease, understand the Heart Foundation’s programs and messages that support heart health and improve your knowledge and confidence to increase Heart Health Checks in your practice. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply please contact Christine Hygonnet on (08) 8224 2852 or email christine.hygonnet@heartfoundation.org.au. Visit the website for further information about the Health Professional Ambassador Program. Applications extended until 20 February 2021 for regional practice nurses. Supported by Country SA PHN and the Heart Foundation.

Accreditation Webinar Series The Practice Support Team have recorded a series of 11 Accreditation webinars, with all the information you will need to take the stress out of the accreditation process. The webinars are available on the Practice Support Heath Connections Community Platform: • • • • • • • • • • •

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1: Getting Started 2: Practice Governance 3: Staff Roles and Responsibilities 4: Quality Improvement 5: Management of Health Issues 6: Computer and Information Security Standards 7: Content of Patient Health Records 8: Infection Control 9: Practice Facilities 10: Clinical Indicators 11: Why Accreditation and Changes in RACGP 5th Edition Standards


If you would like access to the webinars and are a current member, please log onto our Health Connections Community portal https://community.healthconnections.com.au or if you are not a member please contact the Practice Support team at support@countrysaphn.com.au to join.

Research Round-up podcast Are you looking for your next podcast obsession? Why not mix work with pleasure and listen to Research Round-Up hosted by Dr Kristi Milley and sponsored by the Primary Care Collaborative Clinical Trials Group (PC4). Each month Kristi interviews cancer in primary care researchers from around the world about their research and what it means for primary care and clinical practice. It covers the whole cancer continuum from prevention to palliative care. It’s short, sharp and connects you with primary care research champions. Listen here: http://bit.ly/2ItIFeC


Visit the COVID-19 webpage for more information and updates

Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap The Australian Government is expecting approval of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month, with a rollout to priority groups beginning mid-February. In addition to being able to administer the vaccine when available, healthcare professionals will also be able to receive the vaccine in the following rollout phases: Phase 1a Frontline at-risk health care workers including staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities, ambulance staff, paramedics, ICU and emergency department staff and clinical and ancillary support staff Residential aged care and disability care staff Residential aged care and disability care residents Quarantine and border workers Phase 1b Adults over 70 years All other health care workers Begin to vaccinate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Read more... The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be used initially during the Phase 1a rollout. These vaccine doses will be distributed through 30 to 50 key hospital hubs across urban and rural Australia to priority group 1a. Distribution to residential aged care and disability care facilities will be done through a Commonwealth vaccination workforce in-reach program. Provisional approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is currently anticipated in February 2021, subject to regulatory requirements being met. Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies. COVID-19 vaccines will be free for everyone living in Australia and the Government has made it clear that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary – but it is strongly encouraged. More information about training for health professionals will be available in the coming weeks that will cover vaccine specific information, multi-dose vials, infection control, wastage, and adverse event reporting. More information about the above approach is outlined in the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and the COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy. The Department of Health developed a new vaccine website so you can stay informed. This website is regularly being updated with more information as it becomes available. Information


will also be available in 63 languages. Subscribe to the COVID-19 vaccines updates to ensure you receive the latest updates available on the website.

Launch of Round 4 of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge - Grants for Rural and Regional Towns, grants of up to $50,000 will be available. Applications are now open and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 26 March 2021. Further information, including application form, guidelines, eligibility information and how to apply, are available here.

5th Map Accreditation Resource

The uptake and demand for the 5th Map Accreditation tool continues with 80 requests in December 2020 and early January 2021. For more information and registration of your expression of interest in receiving the accreditation resource please email support@countrysaphn.com.au

CHAT GP Trial, the Practice Support Team

Shingles Recall Pilot Program, the

continue to contact eligible practices promoting several trial opportunities. CHAT GP is a Cardio-Vascular Disease (CVD) Risk Assessment Continuous Improvement (CQI) intervention. The objective of the program is to work collectively with general practices to improve CVD risk assessment, doctor-patient communication about risk and management options, referral to lifestyle management programs and guidelines-based recommendations of CVD prevention medication. For further information please contact the team on support@countrysaphn.com.au

Shingles vaccine, Zostavax is available free of charge on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for patients in Australia aged 70-79 years. The Shingles Recall Pilot Program provides general practice with the GoShare Plus Program which enables a practice to generate a list of unvaccinated patients in this age group. Once identified the patients receive a SMS message with an embedded link to information, a video and fact sheet. Patients are encouraged to call the practice to arrange a vaccination appointment. For further information contact the team on support@countrysaphn.com.au

Stirling Central Health Clinic - GP Vacancy Stirling Central Health Clinic (SCHC) is a highly successful multi-disciplinary medical, mental health, specialist physician, allied health and nursing practice, which was founded more than 30 years ago. Seeking experienced GPs to join this vibrant, busy, dynamic and growing practice serving an excellent patient base with a strong orientation towards family medicine and a diverse range of age groups and presenting conditions. An excellent business model is on offer with equitable sharing of revenue such that each GP


retains the majority of their earnings with a fair and reasonable contribution to SCHC in return for provision of administrative and related support functions. Working conditions are excellent and each role will provide each appointee with significant control over their destiny as a leading community-based GP with a brilliant catchment area of patients. For more information or to apply click here or phone Daryl Stillwell of Stillwell Management Consultants 08 8212 0999.

For more professional development opportunities go to www.countrysaphn.com.au

Central Region Sports Injuries - Hahndorf Wednesday 10 March 2021 6.30pm - 9.00pm Register Here

Parkinson’s Disease in Primary Care - Kangaroo Island Saturday 13 March 2021 9.30am - 1.00pm Register Here

North & West Region Rheumatology in Primary Care: Axial Sponyloarthrits - Port Lincoln Thursday 11 February 2021 6.30pm - 9.00pm Register Here

Bamagee Aboriginal Corporation: Aboriginal Awareness - Cobber Pedy Thursday 11 March 2021 6.00pm - 9.00pm Register Here

Bamagee Aboriginal Corporation: Aboriginal Awareness - Port Lincoln Wednesday 17 February 2021 6.00pm - 9.00pm Register Here

South & East Region Parkinson’s Disease in Primary Care - Mount Gambier Wednesday 31 March 2021 6.30pm - 9.00pm Register Here

Yorke & Northern Region Medicines and Weight - Port Pirie Wednesday 17 February 2021 6.00pm - 8.30pm Register Here

Living with Diabetes - Port Pirie Thursday 18 February 2021

Living with Diabetes - Wallaroo Thursday 18 February 2021 6.00pm - 8.30pm Register Here


6.00pm - 8.30pm Register Here

Metro Region Cervical Screening Provider Course - Woodville

Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshop - Woodville

Men’s Mental Health – Mental Health Skills Training - Royston Park

Contraceptive Implant (Implanon NXT) Training for Doctors Woodville

6th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference - Glenelg

Cervical Screening Provider Course - Woodville

Tuesday 23rd March - Friday 26th March 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm Register Here

Wednesday 28 April 2021 8.30am - 5.00pm Register Here

Wednesday 10 February 2021 8.30am - 5.00pm Register Here

Saturday 20 February 2021 8.45am - 4.30pm Register Here

Tuesday 23 March 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm Register Here

Tuesday 30 March 2021 6.30pm - 8.30pm Register Here

Webinar What really works in smoking cessation: patients (and experts) tell all!

5 Steps to Thriving at Work

Knee and Ankle Trauma: injuries from the sports field to the school yard

Working together to manage anxiety during challenging times

Diabetes Update for Health Professionals

Sexual Health in Primary Care

On-demand webinar available from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 Register Here

Wednesday 3 February 2021 7.00pm - 8.00pm Register Here

Wednesday 3 February 2021, 12.00pm - 1.00pm Register Here

Thursday 11 February 2021 6.30pm - 9.00pm Register Here

Wednesday 24 February 2021 Commences at 6.30pm Register Here

Tuesday 27 April 2021 Part One Tuesday 4 May 2021 Part Two 7.00pm - 8.30pm Register Here

Online Learning Veteran Health and DVA Literacy Online Course

This online educational course provides GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses the opportunity to reinforce and improve the management of healthcare for Defence Veterans. The course will take approximately two hours at your own pace, and is open until 31 March 2021. Register Here

Hepatitis B s100 Online Prescriber Course

This online training course is designed to effectively diagnose, manage and treat chronic hepatitis B within their primary care setting. Session One 17 February 2021, Session Two 24 February 2021, Session Three 3 March 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm (ACDT) - SA Register Here


SA Pathology - Please help us improve our website SA Pathology’s ongoing strategy is to improve their service delivery to their patients, customers and stakeholders, which includes ensuring their website provides the information you need. As part of this work, SA Pathology is partnering with KWP! to better understand these needs and would appreciate your feedback in taking the time to complete a brief survey which will be an invaluable contribution to their website redevelopment project. It should only take 2 to 3 minutes to complete. There is an option to discuss your feedback further with KWP! if you agree to a follow-up contact. Thank you in advance for your time and we look forward to receiving your survey response. Please find the survey here.

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