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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 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.

Mental Health Forum - Whyalla (9 April 2014-10:30am to 2pm)
Mental health consumers, carers and the general community can hear about the latest mental health services coming to their region at a forum in Whyalla next month. The Experts by Experience forum will focus on the soon to open Whyalla Integrated Mental Health Inpatient Unit, community mental health services and a new model of youth mental health care that is set to be introduced across the state later this year. Download Registration Form

Caring Cancer Support Group achieves $17,000 Laser Target - Port Lincoln
Months of tireless fundraising by Port Lincoln’s own Caring Cancer Support Group has resulted in the $17,000 target being achieved for a new Laser Scanning Machine at Port Lincoln Hospital. With the support of the Port Lincoln community, Port Lincoln Health Services, 2013 Tunarama entrant Scarlet Lukin and a $3,000 donation from Beyond Bank Australia the machine has now arrived.

Taking Steps towards a Healthier Life - Jamestown
Over 60 local health staff are virtually walking their way from Jamestown to Uluru in a 10,000 steps Pedometer Challenge. Thirteen teams from Jamestown Hospital, Helping Hand Belalie Lodge and the Jamestown Medical Centre have joined the challenge, which began on 1 March and will continue until the teams reach Uluru. Jamestown Hospital Health Promotion Officer and Challenge Organiser Carolyn Dent said she had been overwhelmed by the interest in the challenge.

Country Health SA Young Achiever Finalists (click names below to open media release)
Young people in the country are being recognised for the important role they play in health care at the upcoming Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards. Three Country Health SA employees have been nominated for the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award, which is designed to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young South Australians. The nominees include Angaston’s Jess Mitchell, a registered nurse with the Inner North Community Health Service, Mt Gambier’s Chloe Slarks, who is a paramedic intern with the SA Ambulance Service, and Brock Wilkins, of Yaninee, who works as a carer at Wudinna Hospital and is also a volunteer ambulance officer.

Get involved and help close the gap
Health services across country South Australia will be promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as part of Close the Gap Day (20 March, 2014). Country Health SA Executive Director of Aboriginal Health Rob Zadow said Close the Gap Day is an important reminder to think about how we can all improve Aboriginal health outcomes.

Whyalla - Wig library to support cancer patients
Hundreds of women and men are set to benefit from a new wig library at Whyalla. Set to open on Friday (28 February 2014), the ‘Hair to Help’ wig library will be a valuable resource for local residents who have experienced hair loss due to cancer treatment. Whyalla Hospital McGrath Sellers Breast Care Nurse, Kate Kroll, said the library is the only service of its type in the region and will help to ease the financial and emotional burdens associated with cancer treatment. “Buying a wig can cost anywhere from $200 to $600, so having a library that will loan a wig for just $25 will be extremely beneficial for those needing to access such a service,” she said

.Loxton - Patients receive faster, better x-rays at Loxton Hospital
Patients at Loxton Hospital will benefit from faster and higher quality X-ray images, following the recent installation of a new X-ray machine. Riverland, Mallee and Coorong Regional Director Wayne Champion said the new X-ray equipment would feature the latest digital processing technology. “This brand new machine not only has the capability to undertake a range of X-rays, but also delivers better quality images, reducing the need to repeat X-rays,” Wayne Champion said.

Whyalla - New Physician increases Whyalla cardiac services
More Whyalla patients are set to receive care close to home, following the recruitment of Whyalla Hospital’s newest resident physician and cardiologist. Dr Ferdous Alam started at Whyalla Hospital on 28 January and is heading up the High Dependency Unit. Dr Alam specialises in cardiology and will soon commence both general physician and additional cardiac clinics at the hospital in support of the services currently provided by visiting cardiologists. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director Verity Paterson said Dr Alam will bring valuable expertise to Whyalla.

Burra - Supportive Care Suite Unveiled
The Supportive Care Suite at Burra Hospital has undergone a $15,000 make-over thanks to a donation from the Burra Hospital Auxiliary. Set to be unveiled on Wednesday 19 February, the newly upgraded suite incorporates a multipurpose area, main bedroom, bathroom and a small lounge, which can also be used as a bedroom for a family member or carer. Burra Hospital Executive Officer and Director of Nursing Andrew Daulby said the updated room is ideal for palliative care patients, children and other patients who may require a family member to stay overnight. “The Supportive Care Suite was first established in the 1980s and has remained largely unchanged since,” Andrew Daulby said.

Kimba, Cleve and Elliston - Welcome new doctors
The Kimba, Cleve and Elliston communities have welcomed their three new full-time doctors to the area at events held across the region this week. Doctors Gerard Considine, Melanie Clothier and Gail Hitch, who officially started in their roles on Monday 17 February, were introduced to the local community at a series of barbecues, including one that was attended by over 200 people at Kimba. Michele Smith, Regional Director for the Eyre, Flinders and Far North, said the doctors were pleased to receive such an enthusiastic welcome. “Dr Considine and Dr Clothier have both expressed their excitement at practicing in such a close knit community,” Michele Smith said.

Millicent Community Midwife Service
Mothers from Millicent and the surrounding area will for the first time receive home visits from a qualified midwife for up to six weeks following birth. The Community Midwife Service will be provided by midwives based at Millicent and District Hospital Service and will also cover areas such as Mt Burr, Southend and Beachport. South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said the service would provide support to many local mothers each year. “We are very pleased that mothers from the Millicent area will now be able to access midwifery services in their own homes in the days and weeks following birth,” she said.

Riverland - New renal unit at Riverland General Hospital
A new Renal Unit has opened at Riverland General Hospital as part of the hospital’s $36 million redevelopment. The new unit increases the number of renal dialysis chairs at the hospital from two to four enabling more patients to be treated each day. Riverland, Mallee, Coorong Regional Director Wayne Champion said the dedicated, purpose-built unit will benefit patients across the Riverland.

Mount Barker - Post-Natal rooms open
The Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital maternity wing redevelopment is one step closer to completion, with the opening of two brand new post-natal rooms. The rooms are part of a $3.8 million state-funded expansion and renovation of the hospital’s existing obstetrics wing, which will provide increased maternity services for the community. Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Rural Regional Director Debbie Martin said it was an exciting milestone for the redevelopment.

Ceduna - Birthing Services to continue
Country Health SA has confirmed that birthing services at Ceduna will continue after the departure of General Practitioner Obstetrician Dr Ngwazani Mhlanga in April 2014. Dr Mhlanga has advised Ceduna District Health Services that he will be leaving the Ceduna Family Medical Practice and moving with his family to Adelaide in April. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Acting Regional Director, Lisa Campbell, said the service, in conjunction with the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency, had commenced an extensive local and international recruitment campaign to find a replacement General Practitioner Obstetrician for Ceduna.

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