We support local primary health care providers with high quality professional development to provide opportunities for clinical upskilling, collaboration, and ensuring delivery of more integrated, person centered care across our region.
Our commissioned service providers - Sonder, SAPMEA and AMPHEaT - delivered 64 accredited education sessions with over 1300 primary health care providers.
As part of our commitment to workforce capacity building, we continued to support a range of local primary health care providers with one-off grants and sponsorships. Across the last year, we sponsored:
40 local practice managers to attend the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) Education Day
1 GP and 3 practice nurses to attend SHINE SA’s Cervical Screening Credentialing program
18 primary health care nurses to attend the 2019 Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) conference
Over the 2018/19 period, we held 4 intensive Round Table Workshops with 47 GPs and hospital consultants to identify the issues most affecting delivery of primary care and explore opportunities to enhance the relationship between primary and tertiary care.
We continued to support a variety of professional networks across the Adelaide region:
As a recipient of our Peer Support Network Grants, The Cancer Council SA Peer Support Network was established. This network recruited 50 members from a range of health professions who met throughout the year to discuss difficult cases, debrief and share cross-discipline learnings. One aim of the network was to prevent isolation, stress and burnout of providers working in this space.
The Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Network (IHPN) provides a platform for diverse health professionals to discuss multimorbidity in their local context. At the first 2019 meeting, 35 IHPN members participated in a session focussing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and served to support providers to better navigate and improve outcomes for those eligible for NDIS.
We funded another round of our popular Practice Performance Workshops, attracting over 80 primary health care practice staff representing over 35 individual practices from across our region.
Delivered by Brentnalls Health, these workshops provided attendees with the information and tools required to optimise their practice’s business performance and governance.
The Northern Adelaide GP Liaison Unit (NAGPLU) was developed to improve patient outcomes through facilitating integration, communication and collaboration between tertiary providers from the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and primary care providers working across northern general practices.
In 2018-19 the project:
Engaged 170 GPs and 60 practice nurses,
including face to face visits with 41 general practices, to provide information on alternate referral and hospital avoidance pathways
Conducted 2 GP Education Sessions including meet and greets between GPs and specialists
In partnership with Country SA PHN, we held our second, two-day South Australian Primary Health Care Conference in June 2019, engaging approximately 580 health professionals from across the state.
The conference boasted an outstanding line up of presenters and a high calibre program exploring the themes of collaboration, integration and innovation.
The conference saw a record number of sponsors and exhibitors, with over 43 stakeholders exhibiting over the two days.
Evaluations were very positive, with 93% of attendees saying they would attend again, and 82% agreeing that their expectations were met.