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Rescheduling of Codeine


headspace Adelaide and hYEPP service: preferred provider announcement

The tender process for headspace Adelaide and the hYEPP service closed on 9 Nov 2018 and both an internal review and an external review of applications was undertaken. There were six applications received and assessed by Adelaide PHN and Orygen.

We are very pleased to announce that the preferred provider is Sonder and the contract negotiation period will commence shortly.

A key component of the contract negotiations will be a robust transition process...(read more in the attached media release).

Get Screened & Get On With Living Campaign Launch

Along with our partners at Cancer Council and Country SA PHN, Adelaide PHN are pleased to have recently launched a new campaign to encourage South Australians to get screened for cancer and ‘get on with living’.

This campaign marks the first time that the organisations have joined together to invest in a state-wide cancer screening promotional campaign.

The campaign, which features the tagline “get screened and get on with living” focuses on the euphoric feeling that you get after you’ve completed your screening test and everything comes back ok. It’s about celebrating life as opposed to focusing on the fear and negative feelings which deter people from completing a screening test.

Read more in the announcement or visit the campaign website linked below.

Public statement regarding Dialysis transport for Aboriginal community members in South Australia

The Adelaide PHN wishes to make the following facts available to our community following inaccurate reporting by the ABC: 

  • No services or transport services (commissioned by Adelaide PHN with Commonwealth funds) have had funding cuts or had funding withdrawn
  • Sonder is the commissioned service provider for the Integrated Team Care (Closing the Gap program) in the Northern, Western and Southern regions of Adelaide
  • Not a single Aboriginal person, in need of urgent transport assistance, has ever been refused a short term service by Sonder
  • The transportation of acute patients for services such as Dialysis are the responsibility of SA Health and the relevant Dialysis Unit
  • SA Health has always had a Patient Transport Policy (which applies to Dialysis services) providing for transportation if patients fit the eligibility criteria – people should approach their SA Health Dialysis Unit Manager for assistance with this
  • Integrated Team Care (CTG) provides for Care Coordination and Outreach Worker services for Aboriginal people with chronic complex conditions who have a Shared Care Plan from their general practitioner
  • The guidelines for this program specify that services and funding for specific items, such as equipment and transportation can only be utilised if they are not available through another source
  • The person featured in the article is not an ITC client and has not requested nor had transportation to the Dialysis unit through Sonder
  • It would be reasonable to assume that in the circumstances this person would certainly be eligible for SA Health funded transportation for her Dialysis treatment

Incentive payments for vaccines notified to AIR for MenB Program

A new funding incentive from SA Health will support eligible general practices to deliver Bexsero vaccines as part of the South Australian Meningococcal B (MenB) Childhood Catch-up Program.

Following the July announcement of Australia’s first funded MenB immunisation program in South Australia, this incentive will support the provision of the MenB childhood catch-up program for children aged 12 months to less than 4 years as at 1 October 2018. 

Through administrative support from Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) and Country SA PHN, the incentive payment of $1.60 (excl GST) per vaccination notified to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) during the period 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2019 will be provided to eligible general practices.

Please see the linked Adelaide region general practice communique below for eligibility, details, and resources.

LETSS - a New Mental Health Phone Based Support Commissioned

We're pleased to announce that on October 1, 2018 Adelaide’s first Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) began operating after hours. The LETSS will support people with mental health issues, as well as their carers, family and friends, between the hours of 5:00pm to 11.30pm, 365 days a year.

The LETSS will provide non-clinical mental health information, navigation and support for people in the Adelaide metropolitan area which:

  • is timely and appropriate
  • focuses on engagement and an empathetic consumer experience
  • supports de-escalation of mental health distress
  • diverts inappropriate attendance to an emergency department
  • assists with access to mainstream in-hours services

Delivered by Links to Wellbeing, the LETSS is funded by Adelaide PHN as part of our mandate to “increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical and mental health services for people, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes”.

Access the service by calling 1800 013 755. Calls to the LETSS will be free of charge (though mobile charges may apply) and callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

For more information about the LETSS, please see the attached announcement or call Ismael Lara, Adelaide PHN Collaboration Officer on 8219 5900.


10th Trek to Help Heal Veterans

On Sunday September 23 at 0800 hrs, 15 veterans will depart Keswick Barracks for Moolooloo station in the North Flinders Ranges to take part in Trojan’s Trek 2018. 

This will be the tenth trek for South Australian contemporary veterans who are dealing with military induced stress illness, a legacy of their serving overseas in such places as Somalia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.  “During the Trek, the veterans will receive peer-to-peer support and advice from people who understand their frustrations as they have lived the same experience.” said Trojan’s Trek Chairman, Moose Dunlop OAM.  “It’s a circuit breaker designed to provide the setting and conditions under which the participants experience a lasting positive shift in personal values and interpersonal relationships designed to improve their lifestyle and community involvement.  The start of their journey of recovery.” he said.

The veterans will have formal and informal sessions during the six-day trip, all aimed at providing them with the tools to recognise and deal with issues such as such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Importantly, the program is evidenced based and each trek is independently evaluated by Flinders University and the Gallipoli Medical Research Facility (QLD) whose research indicates more than 85% of participants experience significant improvement.

This Trek has been made possible thanks to significant financial support from Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN.

“All the evidence shows this program has a real and significant positive benefit for the veterans who take part,” said Adelaide PHN CEO, Deb Lee. “Peer-to-peer support works. It helps the individual, it helps their family who are also suffering, and it helps the community.

“We know that this group within our community need support but often will not seek it through more conventional means.  Being able to reach out and support them in the ways that feel most comfortable to them are a key part of our focus of right care, right place, right time”.


For further information about Trojan’s Trek please contact the Chairman, Moose Dunlop OAM, on 0408 088 886 or visit the website
Find out more about the Primary Health Networks and other mental health initiatives being commissioned across South Australia by visiting or

Information Session Announced: upcoming Adelaide headspace & hYEPP Centre RFT

Adelaide PHN would like to alert the market to an upcoming opportunity for a local service provider to receive funds to become the lead agency of the existing headspace Adelaide Centre and the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) Adelaide.

Those interested in applying, are invited to an information session to learn more about the headspace centre and hYEPP programs aswell as Adelaide PHN's commissioning process.  

  • Date: Thur 27 Sep 2018
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location: Adelaide PHN Office, Level 1 22 Henley Beach Road, Mile End

To RSVP, email by Mon 24 Sep to register your attendance.

Please note: registration is restricted to two representatives per organisation.

Supporting the promotion of Lifeline’s Text Pilot Trial

During the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show, Adelaide PHN is supporting lifeline with a promotional video about their Lifeline Text Trial.

Lifeline Text is a trial service. To access the service, text 0477 13 11 14 (available between 5.00pm - 9.00pm (Adelaide time), 7 days a week).

The purpose of the trial is to determine the feasibility of a national text-based crisis support service, including the extent to which such a service may improve the provision of mental health services to Australians. The service is being delivered by Lifeline's trained Crisis Supporters, providing the same compassionate, non-judgmental support as Lifeline's other services but delivered via text message.

For more information about Lifeline Text visit their website via the below link.

Adelaide headspace & hYEPP Centre: key messages for all stakeholders

Key members of  Adelaide PHN, headspace National Office, headspace Services Limited and Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health held an initial project and transition planning meeting on Monday 13 August 2018 in Adelaide and have arrived at a common understanding and commitment: to continue to provide the best possible service options and experiences to South Australian young people needing to access the Adelaide headspace Centre and the hYEPP component.

Read the full announcement via the link. 


New Shared Care Program Update: Ensuring Continuity of Care…

Ensuring Continuity of Care for Clients with Severe and Enduring Conditions

Mental Health Shared Care (MHSC) is a clinical therapy service which is funded by SA Health. Individuals whom present with Tier Three diagnoses (including but not limited to - schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, severe anxiety and depression) whom are suitable to be managed in a primary care setting, are eligible for this service.

Going forward, SA Health will contract Adelaide PHN to commission the program. This program will be operational as of the 1st of October 2018. As with all other commissioned programs, the referral pathway for the Shared Care program will be through the Adelaide PHN Centralised Referral Unit (CRU) 1300 580 249.

In the interim period July to September 2018, the existing providers (GP Partners and Sonder) will not be accepting any new referrals for the Shared Care program. As such, any new referrals should be faxed to the CRU into the suite of other Adelaide PHN commissioned services.
If you have any questions about this service, please contact Kelly Stewart, Capacity Building and Development Co-ordinator:

EOI - APHN Seeking Board Director

The Adelaide PHN Board is comprised of 3 Member elected Directors and up to 6 Board appointed Directors, each elected for a 3-year term via a staggered, rotational election system. As a result of this tenure process, expressions of interest (EOI) are now being sought for a Board appointed Director with a strong finance skill set, applicable to not for profit (NFP) and Primary Health Care organisations.

Shortlisted EOIs will reviewed by our Nominations subcommittee, with the successful candidate being ratified by our Board and Membership at our Annual General meeting in October 2018.

The position will attract remuneration in recognition of the Director’s time and expertise.

To express your interest in making a real difference to the health of our community, please complete this application form by 5pm, Friday 27 July 2018.

Imminent closure of Women’s and Children’s Hospital General Practice Liaison Unit

After 16 months of operation and following a successful external review, it is with deep regret that we inform you of the closure of the General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital effective from Friday 29 June 2018.

The unit was established via a partnership between Adelaide Primary Health Network, Country SA Primary Health Network and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN). All partners were committed to the continuation of the GPLU for a further three-year period, however recent insurmountable budget pressures have resulted in the WCHN advising that funding for the Unit will not be possible for the coming financial year...

See full announcement linked below for more information. 

New Mental Health Support - Over The Phone

People with mental health issues – as well as their carers, family and friends – will soon be able to access a unique after-hours telephone help line.

Adelaide’s first Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) will broaden mental health support in two key ways:

  • The trained support staff answering the calls will have a personal lived experience of recovery and managing challenges to their mental health. They will draw on this experience of recovery in their support and understanding of the caller’s unique experience.
  • The service will be specifically after hours, operating from 5pm to 11.30pm, 365 days a year.

The service will be provided by Links to Wellbeing and funded by Adelaide PHN...(see media release for more)

My Health Record Opt Out Date Announced

More than five millions Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.

Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.

The My Health Record system and opt out process has the full support of all state and territory governments, who unanimously agreed to this plan in August 2017 at COAG Health Council.

My Health Record also has the unanimous support from Australia’s peak health bodies, including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and the Consumer Health Forum.

The protection of patient information is critical and the My Health Record system has strong safeguards in place to protect the health data. It is also subject to some of the strongest legislation in the world to prevent unauthorised use.
Australians can cancel their My Health Record at any time after the end of the opt out period – or create one, if they opted out.

Read more in the media release below and get more information via the Australian Digital Health Agency's Website. 

Adelaide Project to improve Health Access for Refugees

Adelaide will develop more responsive health networks to assist refugees and new arrivals, thanks to a new project co-designed and commissioned by the Adelaide PHN.

The Adelaide Refugees and New Arrival Project will have two key functions;

  • connecting refugees and new arrivals to the most appropriate medical services, and
  • supporting a number of local GPs in delivering culturally appropriate care.

“If you have grown up in Australia, you know that you can access our health system and receive support and treatment for physical and mental health issues,” said Adelaide PHN CEO, Deb Lee.

“People from other countries with refugee experiences may have very different understanding and experiences of health - what services are available and how to find help or treatment.”

“The fact is, small issues can become big issues if not dealt with in a timely manner, which is a major part of our thinking,” Ms Lee said.

The services will be provided by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) and Survivors of Torture and the Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS)....(see link for more)


SA Health, Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN are pleased to announce the HealthPathways portal will be available to GPs and health professionals across South Australia from 26 March 2018.

HealthPathways is a free web based portal that gives GPs and health professionals quick access to the latest clinical information and resources relevant to patient care.

HealthPathways provides:

  • evidence based information on assessment and management of specific health conditions
  • local referral pathways and criteria
  • relevant patient resources

We encourage all GPs and health professionals in South Australia to go to the HealthPathways South Australia project site to register for a login and to find out more about the program (please see link below)

Join the Conversation: Open Invitation to Adelaide PHN Roadshows 2018

Stakeholders and members of the community are invited to an Adelaide PHN update, with a showcase of the initiatives and services put in place over the past two years.

  • Hear a snap-shot of Adelaide’s current primary health needs and what we have achieved
  • Gain an understanding of how you can contribute

For the past two years Adelaide PHN has been working with you to improve the primary health system which cares for 1.2 million people across the metropolitan region.

Presentations will include information on person-centred integrated care, collaboration, system improvement, specific services that respond to community need, how we commission and build capacity.

At each event, lunch/dinner will be provided.


Adelaide PHN 17/18 Holiday Season Closure Period

Adelaide PHN will be closed on Thursday 21st December 2017, and will re-open Monday 8th of January 2018.

The Adelaide PHN Board, Executive Team and Staff would like to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2018.

Rescheduling of Codeine Update

From 1 February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine will no longer be available without prescription in pharmacies. A consultation with a doctor will be the only way for people to obtain codeine-containing medicines after this time. It is unclear how many people will present to medical practitioners to obtain codeine-containing medicines.

The decision made to change the schedule of codeine to Prescription Only (S4) was based on research showing that over-the-counter doses of codeine offer very little additional benefits when compared to medicines without codeine. However, codeine is associated with higher health risks, such as tolerance, dependence or addiction and even accidental or intentional poisoning/overdose. 

The attached PDF contains information about who is expected to be affected by these changes and details links and resources. This document will continue to be updated as new information and training opportunities are released.

Educational events will also be highlighed across our events page and within our fortnightly Primary Links newsletter. 

Winners Announced! Adelaide Primary Health Care Awards 2017

A big congratulations to the winners of our recently drawn Adelaide PHN 2017 Primary Health Care Awards!

Designed to celebrate outstanding achievement in improving the health and wellbeing of our community across the Adelaide metropolitan region, the awards were open to both individuals or a team working within or related to an Adelaide PHN commissioned activity.

The awards were drawn across three categories and the first and second prize winners in each are listed below:

  • Workforce Development and Capacity Building
    First Prize | Community Access and Services SA (CASSA) Vietnamese Community in Australia for their Drug Treatment for Asian Drug Users in Metropolitan Adelaide Service (find out more about this service here)

    Second Prize | Uniting Communities for their New Roads – Southern Adelaide Drop in Service (find out more about this service here)
  • Collaboration for Integration
    First Prize | PsychMed & Anglicare for their Suicide Prevention Service & Short Structured Intervention Program for Suicide Attempters Service (find out more about this service here)

    Second Prize | Northern Health Network in collaboration with Life Without Barriers and Uniting Communities for the Northern Connect - Comorbid Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Program (find out more about this service here)
  • Innovation in Service Delivery
    First Prize | PsychMed for Matrix Program (find out more about this service here)

    Second Prize | Adelaide Disability Medical Service for their work in establishing the first privately operated GP clinic in SA dedicated solely to patients with disabilities (find out more about this service here)

Those receiving first place, were each awarded a professional development sponsorship to the value of $4000. Second place winners were each awarded a professional development sponsorship to the value of $1500.

APHN Primary Health Care Awards Pack

The Adelaide PHN Primary Health Care Awards are designed to celebrate outstanding achievement by our commissioned service providers in improving the health and wellbeing of our community across the Adelaide metropolitan region. 

The award could be for an individual or a team working within or related to an Adelaide PHN commissioned activity.

Nominations are open across three categories including outstanding achievement in ​​​​...

  • workforce development and capacity building
  • collaboration for integration
  • innovation in service delivery

First place in EACH category will be awarded a professional development sponsorship to the value of $4000. Second place  in EACH category will be awarded a professional development sponsorship to the value of $1500.

Nominations must be received by email no later than Friday 13th October 2017 at 5:00pm.

For more information or to nominate a PHN service provider, please download the application form below.

New Adelaide PHN Resource to Ease Hospital Demand

With Adelaide’s major hospitals currently under intense pressure, South Australians are being urged to use a new resource to ease demand on emergency departments and the SA Ambulance Service.

“Too many people present at emergency departments because they simply aren’t aware of the medical options which are available to them,” said Deb Lee, CEO of the Adelaide PHN.

“That is why we have created a searchable website called Adelaide After Hours ( which provides key information about medical services right across the metropolitan area including GPs, dentists, pharmacies, hospitals and helplines....

Adelaide After Hours Launch media Release

People of all ages and all backgrounds will benefit from a new easy-to-use website which details the full range of Adelaide’s after-hours medical services.

Adelaide PHN has created a searchable website – called Adelaide After Hours – which provides key information about after-hours medical services right across the metropolitan area including GPs, dentists, pharmacies, hospitals and helplines.

This is the first time all this information has been brought together in one place...(Please see the media release to read on)

Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2009 - Are You An Authorised Officer?

The South Australian Parliament have made major amendments to the Mental Health Act 2009 (MHA) which came into effect across the state during June 2017.

Some of the changes affect all Medical Practitioners who might need to use the powers of the MHA as they are now classified as Authorised Officers. Medical Practitioners have the following powers and responsibilities under the Act:

  • Use section 56 care and control powers (see attached Fact Sheet)
  • Make a level 1 Community Treatment Order (CTO1);
  • Apply to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) for a level 2 Community Treatment Order (CTO2) or variation or revocation;
  • Make a level 1 Inpatient Treatment Order (ITO1);
  • Provide urgent treatment for mental illness; and
  • Seek variation or revocation by SACAT of Level 3 Inpatient Treatment Order (ITO3).

More detail about the changes can be located in a series of factsheets attached.

Training is also available on the Act amendments – contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist on 08 8226 1091 if you are interested in booking a session via the listed link. 

Adult Formulation Hep B Vaccine (Engerix) Shortage

SA Health is aware of supply constraints of adult formulation hepatitis B vaccine due to a precautionary halt in the manufacturing process of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Engerix-B® vaccine. Production has returned to normal, however it will take time to rebuild capacity. Seqirus vaccine, H-B-Vax II® – adult formulation, and hepatitis A and B combination vaccines can still be sourced.

The Engerix-B® and H-B-Vax II® vaccines are manufactured by different processes. Switching mid-course between monovalent hepatitis B vaccine brands is not routinely recommended, however, under the current circumstances it is acceptable. Switching mid-course between monovalent and combination vaccines is not recommended.

For more details please click the media link. 

Hep A Frozen Mixed Berries Public Health Alert

Nationally four cases of locally acquired hepatitis A virus infection have been genotyped with identical sequence to each other and to cases from the 2015 outbreak of hepatitis A associated with frozen mixed berries.

A consumer level product recall of Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries 300gm is underway.

Medical practitioners should be alert for possible cases of hepatitis A in symptomatic individuals and request an urgent Hepatitis A IgM (and IgG) for such cases. Please also urgently notify the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of confirmed or suspected cases by telephone. People who have eaten the berries but are asymptomatic do not need to be tested.

The incubation period is 15 to 50 days, usually 28-30 days. Patients frequently experience fever, malaise, weakness, anorexia, right upper quadrant pain, nausea and vomiting. Dark urine is usually the first specific sign of acute hepatitis A infection...(please see the attached release for more information).

Meningococcal Seasonal Reminder

For the attention of all doctors...

Notifications of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) usually increase in winter and spring.

  • Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any systemic febrile illness in any age group.
  • A rash is not always present, especially in the early stages of the disease.
  • Early recognition, immediate empirical treatment with parenteral benzylpenicillin and urgent
  • transfer to hospital can be life-saving.
  • Serogroup W and Y cases have begun to increase in Australia across all ages, including Aboriginal children, and in some cases have had atypical presentations.
  • Urgent notification to the CDCB on suspicion of IMD is vital for a timely public health response.

Please click on the full alert for more information.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP Suicide Prevention Funding Media Release

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.

Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups, face-to-face support for individuals in need, training for emergency response services and support for communities experiencing specific issues....

See the attached media release or list of funded services for more information.

Syphilis Outbreak in Northern SA > Public Health Alert

The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) has been closely monitoring infectious syphilis notifications in South Australia in light of a multi-jurisdictional outbreak of syphilis occurring across northern Australia. It appears that this outbreak has spread to South Australia, with sustained transmission occurring in Port Augusta, and there is the potential for spread to other regions of South Australia.

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 and treat for syphilis on the day of presentation for all people with genital ulcers. Do not wait for a positive test result. Locating, testing, and treating partners of infectious cases is also important in controlling syphilis.

Please click the link for the full alert. 

Now Commissioning >> Adelaide Refugees and New Arrivals Project Request for Proposal

Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is pleased to invite proposals for the provision of the Adelaide Refugees and New Arrivals Project (ARANAP).

The ARANAP Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks innovative and integrated approaches to providing refugees and new arrivals with access to quality primary health care services in the Adelaide PHN region in order to assure the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

Please refer to our commissioning page for more information regarding the application process or for more general information see the attached media release. 

Rabies Prevention SA Health Public Health Information Sheet

Rabies causes encephalitis following infection with rabies virus or other lyssaviruses, including Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL). Infection occurs following exposure to saliva or neural tissue from an infected animal, usually through a scratch or bite.
Rabies virus in terrestrial mammals is present throughout almost all of Asia (including Bali), Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe - see

Australia is currently free of rabies in terrestrial mammals, however, Australian bat lyssavirus occurs in flying foxes (fruit bats) and insectivorous microbats throughout Australia.

Click the link for info on advising patients about rabies exposure, pre-exposure vaccination, post-exposure rabies prophylaxis and management.

Media Release: HealthPathways: Online Tool to Promote Care

A new web based information tool to support General Practitioners and other health care providers is being developed to better manage patients in South Australia.

In partnership, Adelaide PHN, Country SA PHN, and SA Health will implement HealthPathways, a comprehensive, evidence based information, assessment, management and referral resource. The online tool will ensure the consistent management of patients across the state. Each pathway will be co-developed by primary and acute health sector practitioners and will be localised to SA. Health care providers will gain free access to HealthPathways via a community website.

The HealthPathways tool has been successfully implemented in health organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

Click the media link for more...

Launch of Local Aboriginal Services Directory

A One stop shop for all Aboriginal Specific Services.

Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors Information Service) in partnership with Turkindi Inc.  (The Indigenous Information Network of SA) today launched the Aboriginal Services Online Directory ( The Aboriginal Services Directory will provide up-to-date listings of Aboriginal Organisations, Aboriginal Businesses (owned or part owned), and non-Aboriginal Organisations and businesses providing social and community services to Aboriginal people. Currently, over 160 organisations are listed on the Aboriginal Services Online Directory.

Click the link for more info via the official media release. 

Pen CS Data Extraction Tool

The Adelaide PHN is continuing to provide General Practices in the South Australian metropolitan region the opportunity to obtain a free licence for the Pen CS software for the purposes of supporting improvements in the delivery of primary health care in South Australia.

The Adelaide PHN will be providing fully subsidised Pen CS software licences for practices that agree to share de-Identified data with the  Adelaide PHN on a regular basis.

For more information please click the full announcement link below. 

Free Access to Smartphone App to Help Consumers Better Manage Their Relationship With Alcohol

The Adelaide PHN has recently commissioned Hello Sunday Morning to provide 10 000 users with 12 months of free access to their Daybreak smartphone app across metro Adelaide. 

The Daybreak app helps drinkers cut back on their alcohol use at their own pace, &  assists them to manage their relationship with alcohol before it becomes a serious health issue.


Healtcare providers can find out more information about referring their patients under the health connections main tab on our website or by clicking here.

JUST OPEN >> Adelaide Respiratory Health Project Request for Proposal

Adelaide PHN is pleased to announce the opening of the Adelaide Respiratory Health Project (ARHP) Request for Proposal.

The 2016 Adelaide PHN Comprehensive Needs Assessment process identified extremely high prevalence rates of COPD and smoking in parts of the Adelaide PHN region and resultantly high premature mortality rates from cancers such as lung and other respiratory conditions. The ARHP will support the development and/or delivery of solutions which aim to improve outcomes for people living with COPD and Asthma, build the capacity of service providers to deliver safe and effective care, and demonstrate reductions in preventable hospitalisations for COPD and Asthma in the Adelaide PHN region.  

Program guidelines outlining the objectives, service specifications, and application process are available on and the Adelaide PHN website . Applications close  20 April 2017.

Providing certainty and funding for alcohol and drug treatment services

In a new media release The Hon. Greg Hunt MP announced that the Turnbull Government will continue to support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75 million a year.

More information on this announcement from Adelaide PHN will follow shortly. 

Accessing your My Health Record just got easier - Launch of My Health Record App

A new app has just launched giving consumers access to their family's health records within the national My Health Record System via their iPad, iPhone or Android device. 

Want to know more about the My Health Record?

  • Health care providers can learn more and access training/support here
  • The general public can learn more about the My Health Record here


First of its kind unit to help keep children with chronic conditions out of hospital

A General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) has been established at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to improve the coordination of care for hundreds of South Australian children struggling with chronic conditions. The unit aims to reduce the need for SA children with chronic conditions like Type 1 Diabetes and Asthma to visit hospital.