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The Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is part of SA Health which oversees the rural health system in South Australia.  We are transforming health care and delivering health benefits so that rural and remote South Australians live healthy lives.



New Era for Aboriginal Health in Country South Australia - 14 October 2014
Aboriginal communities will have a greater say on health care and how it can better meet their needs, with the introduction of a new Country Health SA initiative. CHSA Executive Director of Aboriginal Health Rob Zadow today announced the implementation of an Experts by Experience Register, one of a number of strategies that will provide a new way for people to voice what they think is important when it comes to Aboriginal health. “For the past 18 years Country Health SA has received valuable feedback from Aboriginal Health Advisory Committees (AHACs) representing different Aboriginal communities across rural areas of the state,” Rob Zadow said. Click here for more Information on Aboriginal Health Experts by Experience

Gawler Hospital celebrates 20 years - 10 October 2014
Gawler Health Service is turning 20 and local residents are invited to join in the celebrations. Country Health SA Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Regional Director, Debbie Martin, said the anniversary was an important milestone for the hospital. “For the past two decades Gawler Health Service has provided vital health care to thousands of local residents, well and truly cementing its place as part of the fabric of the Gawler community,” 

Point Pearce Forum Focuses on Aboriginal Health
Aboriginal health was top of the agenda at a community meeting held in Point Pearce. Facilitated by Country Health SA and the Country North Medicare Local, the meeting was a chance for people to hear about the latest developments in Aboriginal health care in rural South Australia.

'Clot Busting' Stroke Treatment delivered in the country
People who have a stroke in the country can now access a potentially life saving treatment previously only available in Adelaide. SA Stroke Clinical Network Country Representative, Trevor Burchall, said the treatment, known as thrombolysis, is being delivered in Mt Gambier, Whyalla and the Riverland and can significantly improve the outcomes of suitable patients. “Thrombolysis can be used as an emergency treatment to dissolve blood clots that form in arteries feeding the brain,” Trevor Burchall said. “These clots are the main cause of ischaemic strokes, which account for up to 90 per cent of the strokes seen in South Australia.

Port Lincoln Hospital Milestone
The $39.2 million Port Lincoln Hospital redevelopment is gearing up to celebrate another major milestone. Country Health SA Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director Michele Smith said the final preparations are now underway for staff to start working from the new community health building and patients to move into the new 20-bed acute ward. “We are approaching a significant point in the redevelopment process, which will see staff and clients start to use our brand new integrated primary health area, incorporating community and allied health services,” Michele Smith said.

First Riverland Hospital Pharmacy opens - 9 September 2014
For the first time the Riverland General Hospital has an onsite pharmacy, improving access to medicines for all Riverlanders. SA Pharmacy’s Director of Country Pharmacy Services, Jenny Pink, said the service, which opened last week, would bring a new level of pharmacy expertise to the hospital. “Previously, patients would receive a prescription for new medications started during their admission and visit a community pharmacy after discharge to have them dispensed,” Jenny said. “Now, with the opening of the hospital’s own onsite pharmacy, people leaving hospital can receive up to a month’s supply of medicine with appropriate counselling from a pharmacist prior to discharge.

Whyalla Welcomes New Physician - 29 August 2014
More health services will be provided by specialists living and working in Whyalla, with the appointment of a second resident physician at Whyalla Hospital. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director, Ros McRae, said Dr Ravi Ruberu will provide general physician services at the hospital from Monday, 8 September. “We are very excited to announce that we will soon have a second physician living and working in Whyalla,” Ros McRae said.

New Psychiatrist for the Riverland - 7 August 2014 
Country Health SA has appointed its first full-time psychiatrist to the Riverland. Dr Geetha Giri will be based in Berri on a six-month placement, delivering services in the new Riverland Integrated Mental Health Inpatient Unit, as well as across the region’s community mental health services. Country Health SA Executive Director of Mental Health, Rebecca Graham, said the appointment was another exciting achievement for mental health services in the Riverland.

Work gathers pace at South Coast Health Precinct - 14 July 2014
The South Coast Community Health Care Precinct’s main slab will be poured this week, marking an exciting milestone for the $10 million project. Country Health SA Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Regional Director, Debbie Martin said work on the precinct, due for completion in mid-2015, is quickly gathering pace. “The laying of the foundation marks a critical point in this project and we will now be able to see the real progress that has been occurring at the construction site,” Debbie Martin said.

New pelvic floor equipment to benefit Whyalla Residents 10 July 2014
Whyalla Hospital is now home to an important exercise machine designed to help people prevent and overcome bladder and bowel control problems. Whyalla Health Services Acting Director of Allied and Community Health, Ilse-Marie Foord, said the Kegel Exercise Chair, worth around $29,000, is already being used by local residents to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.

Mental Health Forum - Berri (Wed 11 June 10:30am-3pm)
Mental health consumers, carers and the general community can hear about the latest mental health developments in their area at a forum in Berri next week. The Consumer and Carer forum will provide information about local mental health care services and the focus on youth mental health care. Riverland and South East Mental Health Network Manager Claire Smith said the forum would provide people with meaningful and practical information about regional mental health services and developments. Click here to download Berri Forum flyer

Support Breast Cancer Awareness - Mount Gambier (Saturday 28 June 5:30pm)
A mini-field of women event, incorporating more than 100 pink lady silhouettes, will be on display at The Cave Gardens in Mount Gambier, on Saturday, 28 June at 5.30pm, in a meaningful show of support for women and families affected by breast cancer. Event organiser and Breast Care Nurse Margie Atwell said each day 41 women learn they have breast cancer and seven lose their lives to the disease.

Pit Stop Health Check - Mount Gambier (Thursday 12 June 10:00am-3pm)
Mount Gambier residents will be able to get free health checks next week at a Pit Stop event being organised by the South East Regional Community Health Service. The Pit Stop Health Initiative will be held on Thursday 12 June at Market Place Shopping Centre, Penola Road, Mount Gambier, between 10am and 3pm. Community Nurse Lisa Maywald said the Pit Stop aimed to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining your health.

Take part in Reconciliation Week
Country hospitals and health sites are taking part in Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) and encouraging local residents to do the same. Country Health SA Executive Director of Aboriginal Health, Rob Zadow, said the week-long celebration is an opportunity for all country South Australians to explore ways to join the national reconciliation effort.

South East surgeon's new book
A South East surgeon is helping to change the face of palliative care surgery with the recent publishing of an important new medical textbook. Dr Matthias Wichmann, of Mt Gambier, together with Adelaide surgeon Professor Guy Maddern, are the joint editors of Palliative Surgery, an important reference book now available to surgeons worldwide.

Prescription Clinic at Cowell Hospital
Country Health SA will run prescription clinics via its digital telehealth network while GP services at the private medical clinic in Cowell are temporarily unavailable. Country Health SA Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director Michele Smith said the clinic would ensure residents could continue to access prescriptions for medication in Cowell.

Blood Pressure Checks for Kidney Health Week - Roxby Downs
Roxby Downs residents will be able to get free blood pressure checks during the upcoming national Kidney Health Week (25 to 31 May). Roxby Downs Health Service Community Health Nurse, Jazzy Grenville, said high blood pressure was one of the main risk factors for kidney disease.

Celebrating our health volunteers - South East Health Service
The South East Health Service will join thousands of organisations around the nation to mark the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week in Australia (12 - 18 May). This year’s campaign theme “Celebrate the Power of Volunteering” is all about appreciating and understanding the work of volunteers across the nation.

New Name for Medical Practice covering Cleve, Elliston and Kimba
The Cleve, Elliston and Kimba communities have a new name for GP services in their area. The Elliston Medical Practice, the Kimba Medical Practice and the Cleve Medical Practice will now be known as Mid Eyre Medical. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director Michele Smith said the name reflected the new way of delivering GP services in the region.

New Rural Mental Health Ward opens at Glenside
Country South Australians receiving specialised mental health care in Adelaide will benefit from the opening of a brand new facility on the redeveloped Glenside Campus. Country Health SA Executive Director of Mental Health, Rebecca Graham, said the purpose built 23-bed Rural and Remote Mental Health Unit was specifically designed to meet the needs of its country consumers. “The opening of this state-of-the-art ward signals a new era in metropolitan mental health care for country residents,” Rebecca Graham said.

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