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Adelaide PHN Primary Links...                                                             09/11/2016

YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT - Redesigning the Practice Incentives Program [PIP]

The Commonwealth have released a consultation paper in relation to the redesign of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP).  The proposed changes will impact general practice and have implications for the PIP into the future.
Changes to the PIP are broadly summarised below and, the link to the consultation paper can be found here
“It is proposed that a refreshed PIP will provide a new Quality Improvement Incentive payment, using improved data systems to strengthen the focus on quality improvement and improve health outcomes for patients. With time, it is anticipated that data will be collated from practices across regions to support the efforts of each Primary Health Network’s own quality improvement efforts and for population health and planning purposes. It is anticipated that data used for regional planning will be aggregated to a national level to inform ongoing evaluation of the PIP program and inform health policy”.

Your involvement in the consultation process can be through the following mechanisms:
  1. Forum (Adelaide - 14 November) – location TBA – register here
  2. Webcast (16 November) – register  here
  3. Via written response directly to the Department of Health (30 November)  -  here
  4. Via email to APHN which will inform a collated regional response. Please reply to by COB Tuesday 22nd Nov.
  5. Via anonymous questionnaire on the Department of Health website (30 November) - here
Further details about the consultation can be found on the Department of Health website - here


Education and Events



Facilitating Health Behaviour Change Intermediate Workshop
Be Inspired Group
Thursday 10 November Wynn Vale
Diabetes Update for Healthcare Professionals
Diabetes SA
Thursday 10 November Adelaide
2016 Australasia Sexual Health Conference and HIV & Aids Conference
Monday 14 - Friday 18 November Adelaide
HIV S100 Prescriber Course
Tuesday 15 & Saturday 19 November Adelaide
Immunisation Update: Shingles Disease and Zostavax vaccine - WEBINAR
Adelaide PHN
Thursday 17 November Online
Clinical Assessment of Common MSK Conditions - Lower Extremities
Saturday 19 November Stepney
Preparing Patients for Interferon-Free Treatment for Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings
Thursday 24 November Adelaide
Developing Psychological Resilience
Be Inspired Group
Monday 28 November Wynn Vale
Acute and Chronic Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes
Wednesday 30 November Adelaide
Safer Sex in the Silly Season
SHine SA
Wednesday 30 November Woodville
ThinkGP Live Adelaide: Women's Health Across the Ages
Saturday 3 December Adelaide
ThinkGP Live Adelaide: Mental Health Skills Training
Saturday 3 December Adelaide
Depression Dilemmas
Black Dog Institute
Friday 9 December Adelaide
Commonwealth Department of Health launches Health Care Homes application process

General Practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCCHS) in Adelaide PHN and nine other PHN regions around Australia can now apply to become Health Care Homes.

To apply, a general practice or ACCHS must:
  • be located in one of the ten selected PHN regions of Perth North; Northern Territory; Adelaide; Country South Australia; Brisbane North; Western Sydney; Nepean Blue Mountains; Hunter, New England and Central Coast; South Eastern Melbourne; Tasmania
  • and meet the eligibility and assessment criteria set out in the application form and guidelines.
For a copy of the Health Care Homes Grant Guidelines and Application Form, go to Tenders and Grants at
More information about Health Care Homes, including fact sheets and an information booklet, can be found at
Applications close 15 December 2016.


Antibiotic Awareness Week (14 - 20 November 2016) is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The event encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.

During the global campaign, our aim is to create behavioural changes that drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in Australia by health professionals and misuse of antibiotics by the public. The campaign reminds everyone that:
  • Misusing antibiotics can cause harm
  • You could be passing on antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Antibiotics are a precious resource that should be handled with care
To get involved, you can visit NPS MedicineWise to download your free Toolkit.


SA Cervix Screening Program (SACSP) Clinic Extension Grants

Grants of up to$2,000 are now available. This funding is available to increase the reach of cervical screening clinics over a specified period of time by enabling existing cervical screening providers to extend clinic hours or support outreach clinics to screen women who are overdue or who have never been screened.

Applications close COB Monday 12th December 2016. For more information please
click here


Public Health Alert - Measles outbreak in Gawler Continues

SA Health has been notified of two confirmed case of measles in the past week.

The first case a 34 year old female from metropolitan Adelaide. To view the alert released on 7th Nov please 
click here

The second case a 33 year old female also from metropolitan Adelaide. To view the alert released on 8th Nov please click here

 Commissioning Opportunity - Local Area Coordination Request for Proposal 

Adelaide PHN is requesting proposals from service providers for the provision of Local Area Coordination services for Care Connections.

Local Area Coordination involves supporting up to 15 general practices to improve chronic condition management utilising the Patient Centred Medical Home Model to guide improvement efforts. A key focus will be the implementation and management of local medical neighbourhoods, which will include Local Health Networks, pharmacy, allied health and community health. 

For information, please visit:


APNA Education and Career Framework – Online Consultation Series

APNA is undertaking extensive consultation process for the Education and Career Framework and Tool kit for Nurses in Primary Health Care project – to register for the online consultation opportunity and for further information visit the APNA website here


Applications open to become a Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador in 2017

If you are a nurse who is passionate about improving care and are working in a hospital, community or aboriginal health service, general practice or occupational health organisation, join the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador Program in 2017!

Applications close 2 December 2016.  
For program information and the application form visit:


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