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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.



Aboriginal Art Work Unveiled (Port Pirie)
A new Aboriginal art work has been unveiled at the Environmental Health Centre in Port Pirie. Environmental Health Centre Manager Georgina Bickley said the art work, which is located in the family and children’s waiting room, is an exciting addition and provides a cultural and educational experience for all those attending the centre. “We are very pleased to be able to display this wonderful new art work to the visitors of the Environmental Health Centre and to the wider community,” Georgina said. “The art work has been created by Aboriginal artists Cedric Varcoe and Judith Crosby, and is designed to highlight the importance of eating healthy food every day.

Rural GP Agreement Improvements
Country Health SA has today announced improvements to the Standard Rural GP agreement. Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said the improved Rural GP Agreement has been endorsed by the Australian Medical Association, SA Branch. “The Standard Rural GP agreement is key to ensuring high quality health care in the 64 country hospitals located across our state,” Maree Geraghty said. “Since announcing the new agreement in late 2014 we have received important feedback from rural GPs about how the contract can better meet their needs. “One of the key changes we will be making as a result of this feedback is the introduction of a three per cent fee increase when doctors provide a number of emergency and after hours’ services.

South Coast Hospital to have doctors 24/7
Medical officers will be based at South Coast District Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of a new medical model being introduced. Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said the new model will see doctors on site throughout the day and overnight to provide emergency and inpatient services, as occurs at major metropolitan hospitals.

New English Tutoring Program for International Families
A new tutoring program will support international residents who move to Roxby Downs by improving their English and offering them a forum to build new friendships. The new English tutoring service will align with the Strengthening Our Families (SOF) initiative which will allow volunteers to be supported and clients to enjoy a coordinated service. Strengthening Our Families Coordinator Rebecca Eli said that three volunteers had been trained through TAFE SA in English Tutoring with the intention of supporting residents new to Australia.

Building Works at Elliston Hospital and Pines Hostel
Building works are continuing at Elliston Hospital and the Pines Hostel as part of a number of redevelopment projects underway at the health service. Elliston Hospital Executive Officer/Director of Nursing Anthony Ryan said building works first commenced in July 2012 and had already delivered significant improvements for staff, patients and aged care residents. 

South Coast Community called upon to help name health service
South Coast residents are being urged to have their say on the naming of an important local health service. Barossa, Hills and fleurieu Regional Director Debbie Martin said the decision to choose a new name had been prompted by a major redevelopment of the region’s community health care facilities. “We are currently undergoing a very exciting $10 million redevelopment of the community health services at Victor Harbor,” Debbie Martin said. 

Expression of Interest sought for Penola Medical Clinic 
Country Health SA are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from interested parties to run Penola Medical Clinic. The decision comes as a result of current Penola doctors, Dr Naif Saigol and Dr Wasif Baig, informing Country Health SA that they will be moving on at the beginning of next year. Click here for the EOI advert.

Beat The Heat This Summer - Roxby Downs
Roxby Downs’ families wanting to beat the heat this summer can do so with the help of a new pop up health program. Facilitated by the Roxby Downs Health Services’ Strengthening our Families program with local allied health expertise, Beat the Heat is designed to support the health and wellbeing of families who remain in Roxby Downs over the summer.

Planning for New Renal Unit Ramps Up - Gawler
For the first time dialysis patients from Gawler and surrounding areas will be able to receive treatment close to home, thanks to a new $2.9 million renal unit being built at Gawler Health Service. Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Regional Director Debbie Martin said planning for the State Government-funded renal unit is well and truly underway, with South Australia’s Russell and Yelland Architects recently appointed to the project.

South Coast Green Thumb Awarded
Norm Ginn has achieved much in his 91 years, from surviving World War II as a prisoner of war to representing Australia in cricket at Lords, but it’s the hospital garden he has lovingly cultivated from scratch that remains one of his proudest achievements. A volunteer at South Coast District Hospital for more than 30 years, Norm has now been recognised for his work at the health service, announced as the SA Medicare Local Outstanding Achiever at the recent Every Generation Festival Awards. South Coast Hospital Acting Director of Nursing Anne Price said hospital staff decided to nominate Norm for his invaluable contribution to the health service over the years.

Top Gong for Coober Pedy Community Health
Coober Pedy Community Health has been recognised for its valuable work providing health care at the recent South Australian Regional Awards. Taking out the health category for the Far North region, Coober Pedy Community Heath was commended for its commitment to improving the health of Coober Pedy residents. Community Health Manager Gai Di Donna said it was an honour to be recognised. 

Mount Gambier Mental Health Forum on Tuesday 18 November 2014
Mental health consumers, carers and the wider community can hear about the latest mental health developments in their region and across the state at a forum in Mount Gambier this month. Experts by Experience Officer Angela Cordon said the forum would provide information about regional mental health services and developments, as well as the work being undertaken across the state. “The theme for next month’s Experts by Experience forum is ‘Positivity and Possibilities’ and will focus on the many exciting and positive mental health projects occurring throughout regional South Australia, including Mount Gambier,” Angela Cordon said. 

New Art Work for Renal Dialysis Truck 
Country Health SA’s renal dialysis truck is set to get a colourful makeover, featuring traditional art work from the APY Lands. Country Health SA, Clinical Director of Renal Services, Stephen McDonald, said the renal truck, which has already clocked up thousands of kilometres on South Australia’s dusty outback roads, will be decorated with specially designed art work created by the APY Art Centre Hub.

Volunteers wanted for Community Visitor Scheme
Country South Australians passionate about protecting the rights of people with mental illness or a disability are being urged to join a volunteer program that supports vulnerable citizens. The Community Visitor Scheme undertakes visits and inspections at acute mental health facilities and hospital emergency departments across the state, as well as disability accommodation and Supported Residential Facilities.

Applications for Country Health SA Scholarships now open
Applications for the 2015 round of the Country Health SA scholarship program have opened. Country Health SA Director of Workforce Patrick Smith said the scholarships support the studies of country students who have chosen to work in health related fields in regional areas. “The undergraduate scholarships aim to assist regional communities by encouraging more country students to consider pursuing health careers in regional South Australia,” Patrick Smith said.

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.


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