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 Edition 16 May 2017


A highlight of the next month's local primary health care related events

Coronary Artery Disease Prevention
17 May | 6.30PM - 9.30PM | Hindmarsh

Mock OSCE Examination (for RMOs & GP Registrars)
20 May | 1.00PM - 5.30PM | Edinburgh Nth

Managing Skin Conditions & Melanomas
22 May | 6.30PM - 9.30PM | Hindmarsh

Muskuloskeletal Disorder Examination
25 May | 6.00PM - 9.00PM | Modbury

The Bladder an Unreliable Witness? A Series of Case Studies...
​26 May | 5.30PM - 9.00PM | Adelaide

It's a Guy Thing: An Update on Men's Health
27 May | 8.30AM - 4.15PM | North Adelaide

Mental Health Education
29 May | 6.30PM - 9.15PM | Munno Para

Ageing Gracefully: an Update on Aged Care
30 May | 6.30PM - 8.30PM | Adelaide

Chronic Pain & Opioid Dependence
31 May | 6.30PM - 9.15PM | Hindmarsh


Management of Common Hip & Knee Injuries
1 June | 6.30PM - 9.15PM | Hindmarsh

Foundations of General Practice Nursing - APNA Workshop
2 - 3 June | 8.30AM - 5.00PM |

Adelaide Iron Symposium: from Primary to Tertiary Care
3 June | 9.00AM - 4.00PM | Adelaide

​Recognising Family Violence in General Practice
6 June | 6.00PM - 8.30PM | Adelaide

Managing COPD in General Practice
6 June | 6.30PM - 9.15PM | Elizabeth

Northern Practice Manager Network
7 June | 6.00PM - 8.30PM | Elizabeth Vale

A highlight of resources relevant to local primary health care professionals

GPs & approved Medical Specialists can access the Free Interpreting Service through TIS National when delivering Medicare‑rebateable services in private practice to anyone with a Medicare card.

The service is available 24/7. To access this free service complete the client registration form. For more information contact TIS National Language Policy Liaison team on or by calling 1300 575 847.

Click the links above for more info and keep an eye out for resource packs (being sent to Adelaide general practices in the coming months).

Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors Information Service) in partnership with Turkindi Inc. (The Indigenous Information Network of SA) launched the Aboriginal Services Online Directory.

The directory will provide up-to-date listings of Aboriginal Organisations, Aboriginal businesses (owned or part owned), & non-Aboriginal Organisations & businesses providing social & community services to Aboriginal people. Currently, over 160 organisations are listed.

Updates and news relevant to local primary health care professionals

Following a multi-jurisdictional outbreak of syphilis in northern Australia, the CDCB have released an alert indicating potential spread of the outbreak to SA, with sustained transmission occurring in Port Augusta & a potential for spread to other regions of SA.

Practitioners should consider screening for syphilis in all sexually active patients. Contact SA Pathology (8222 3000) or Clinic 275 (8222 5075) if interpretation of results is required. Practitioners should test & treat for syphilis on the day of presentation for all people with genital ulcers. Do not wait for a positive test result. Locating, testing, & treating partners of infectious cases is also important in controlling syphilis.


The GP Liaison Unit (GPLU) is working to strengthen communication & integration between the hospital & treating GPs.

An important task for the GPLU is to be sure we have identified the key issues & opportunities for improvement in service delivery. The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 3 minutes to complete, & we would love to hear any constructive thoughts or advice you may have.

Following a public & targeted consultation a patient access pathway for medicinal cannabis has been developed which is aligned with existing legislated requirements for Schedule 8 medicines (noting the derivative cannabidiol, is a Schedule 4 product & can be prescribed as such).  Under the pathway, patients in SA can be supplied medicinal cannabis products prescribed by their medical specialist & dispensed by a pharmacist.
Detailed info about the pathway, approval process, evidence, and FAQ can be accessed here

To ensure that you're meeting the ePIP requirements for Digital Health,  practices must be uploading 0.05% of their Standard Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) number. 

The Digital Health Agency has resources available for practices to utilise (available here or via the online training environment here).  For further assistance or training in the My Health Record, Assisted Registration, uploading of Shared Health Summaries, or other components of Digital Health such as secure messaging please contact the Adelaide PHN Digital Health Officers by calling 08 8219 590 or emailing 

Patients with morbid obesity can be referred to COMS within Central Adelaide Local Health Network based at TQEH for obesity management & bariatric surgery. The service incorporates a multi-disciplinary team based approach & aims to increase patient’s capacity for self management.

A commitment to making lifestyle change with weight stability, participation in exercise programs, & smoking cessation are required prior to being considered for surgery. COMS offer medical & surgical approaches such as Sleeve Gastrectomy & Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. To ensure your patient is eligible & to download a referral form or the COMS information brochure go to our SA Health Fact Sheet here
Late last year, information was released in regard to the management of patients who are current or former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) & who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse during their service. A letter has been released recently (click here) which provides clarity regarding eligibility & procedures for the Non-Liability Health Care Program.

The Veterans & Veterans Families Counseling Service (VVCS) provides free, confidential, nation-wide counseling & support for veterans, & eligible current ADF members, & can be contacted at any time on 1800 011 046.

Earlier this year, it was announced that an allocation of 475 new Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) places would be provided via the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
The STRC Programme is a subsidised early intervention aged care program which aims to reverse &/ or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people & improve wellbeing through the delivery of time-limited (up to 56 days), intensive, goal-orientated, multidisciplinary & coordinated packages of services designed for, and approved by care recipients.

Click here for more information.

A reminder for general practice of the delay of the National Cancer Screening Register implementation, & the subsequent delay of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program until 1 December 2017.

Until 30 November 2017, please continue to encourage all eligible women aged 18-69 to have their two yearly Pap test, & attend their follow up appointment when due. Regular screening remains the best way to prevent cervical cancer, & women should not delay cervical screening.

The announcement of the delay can be accessed here. For more info about the changes click 
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