About our region
Adelaide PHN covers all of the Adelaide metropolitan region, from Sellicks Hill in the south to Angle Vale in the north and from the beaches in the west to the foothills on the east.
We have undertaken extensive community and stakeholder consultation to identify and analyse the health and service needs of our region, and to prioritise our activities to address those needs.
This Needs Assessment, which identified 32 local priorities specific to our region, is a vital process which helps ensure Adelaide PHN remains tightly focused on addressing the primary health issue which really matter.
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APHN has commissioned more than 50 Primary Health Service Providers from across our region, to deliver much needed health services worth $20.36 million.
CEO and Chair Summary
Here we are at the end of our second successful year! Whilst our first year was a whirlwind of establishment, transition activity, commissioning frameworks and consultation, the 2016/17 year has seen us move firmly into the exciting world of co-design.
You will see detailed within this report the amount of engagement, consultation, strategic planning, commissioning, needs assessment, population health and planning, primary health care practice support, digital health and workforce support that we have undertaken. Our core focus this year has been the coordination and integration of primary health care services. Service mapping, networking and encouraging collaboration and cooperation between providers across the spectrum of care are essential to the Adelaide PHN achieving its objectives of improving health outcomes and the person’s experience of health – right care, right place and right time.
We have continued to provide opportunities to our stakeholders to co-design innovative solutions to identified gaps and needs. We continually strive to keep our design and our commissioned services person centred and involve all areas of our communities in the design, establishment and evaluation processes.
The work we have done and continue to do in mental health reform and new treatment services for alcohol and other drug services demonstrates the investment, passion and commitment we have for genuine reform and continuing quality improvement. We have built excellent relationships with our providers, assisting them with capacity building resources and reflexive responses where issues and challenges arise. Together we find the solutions to ensure that quality, effectiveness and efficiency are a joint goal. Together, with community input and a person centre focus, we design the outcome measures that capture these elements of our services. Measuring outcomes and the person’s experience rather than activity is quickly becoming the mantra for all our commissioned providers!
Our wonderful and expert Board is now at capacity with the ninth Director elected this year. We look forward to another exciting, innovative and productive year and we would like to thank our wonderful Adelaide PHN staff group for the fantastic work and results we have achieved this year. Finally, we thank everyone of you, our stakeholders, across the Adelaide metropolitan region, for your ongoing positivity, passion and commitment to primary health care and the work that we need to do. We very much look forward to continuing to work with you.
The APHN is a membership based and driven organisation, committed to honest and genuine community involvement and input into improving the health outcomes of people living in metropolitan South Australia.
Our Strategic Plan reflects the key objectives and priority areas from the Commonwealth Government and incorporates our core local priority areas determined by our APHN membership groups. It is a truly collaborative and integrated Strategic Plan – endorsed by the APHN Board.
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Partnership and Engagement
Each membership group produced its own plan of action, which all informed Adelaide PHN’s overarching Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans.
In 2016/2017, membership groups held 57 meetings to continually progress their agendas.
The membership groups comprise more than 400 people, who provide knowledge, experience and passion.
Our members represent some 277 health and health-related organisations, ensuring decisions take into account all factors.
Thirteen membership groups help inform Adelaide PHN’s decision making processes, by providing clinical, community and stakeholder input.
Kim Holmes, Chair – Mental Health, Health Priority Group
Kathy Mickan – Consumer and Carers, Health Priority Group
SA Primary Health Care Conference
Adelaide PHN can only be truly effective by working pro-actively with a broad range of partners. This partner-focus expanded further during 2016/17, culminating in an extremely successful state-wide conference which attracted more than 380 participants (run in conjunction with Country SA PHN).
Our key partnerships of the 16/17 year include:
A first of it’s kind partnership between SA Health, Country SA PHN, and Adelaide PHN saw the implementation of HealthPathways SA
Adelaide PHN, Country SA PHN, and the Women’s and Children’s Health network formed the General Practice Liaison Unit within the WCH
We commenced an Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Network – which now has 94 registrants
A Partnership with Country SA PHN saw the creation of the SA Immunisation Hub. In turn, the Hub supported the Immunisation Provider Network (IPN which now boasts a 300-strong membership).
We are partners in the South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium, a jurisdictional partnership formed to govern and lead the effective implementation of 3 chronic condition focused plans
We continued to support the Southern Region General Practitioner Council (SRGPC)
Our partnership with the Mental Health coalition of SA facilitated the co-design of an after-hours mental health service
We continued our support of the Northern Region General Practitioner Council (NRGPC)
As part of the Innovation Model promoting access to care Transformation (IMPACT) we have built relationships with National and International partners including University departments and primary care agencies in Australia including Monash and University of NSW
SA Primary Health Care Conference
Adelaide PHN, along with Country SA PHN, delivered and evaluated a state-wide conference attracting more than 380 delegates, speakers, service providers and PHN staff. The conference provided 17 sessions across five different streams, and included a health professionals Wellbeing breakfast session and free RACGP CPR update. The conference boasted an outstanding line up of presenters and a high calibre program covering sessions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Aged Care and End of Life Care, HealthPathways, Population Health and Workforce Development.
Adelaide PHN receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to commission innovative and effective services which meet the health needs of the Adelaide metropolitan community.
Across 2016/17, great progress was made in this area. With significant input from membership groups, Adelaide PHN designed and commissioned a broad range of services which cover both national and local priorities – Aboriginal Health, Aged Care, Health Workforce, Digital Health, Population Health, Disability, Palliative Care, Children & Youth, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.
Adelaide PHN undertook extensive community and stakeholder consultation in early 2016 to understand the needs and priorities of people living in the Adelaide PHN region. After a comprehensive assessment and commissioning process, the Adelaide PHN commissioned a range of Primary Mental Health Care Services commencing service delivery across a stepped care model in July 2016.
These services include –
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In 2016/17 in the Adelaide Primary Mental Health Care space, APHN has instigated the following:
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Stepped Care Model
Alcohol and other drugs
APHN commissioned 7 AOD service providers to provide new and extended treatment to people in our region with alcohol and drug issues, including methamphetamine use.
Adelaide PHN is continuing to work with all new services and key stakeholders to support better integration of the AOD treatment services sector to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
Two of the highlights of our work in AOD inlcude:
Matrix program case study:
A man, now in his 20s, , from South Australia has become involved in the Matrix program after his family heard about the program. Before the program this man had moved interstate where, for a number of reasons, things had fallen apart. He was living on the street, addicted to methamphetamine and was involved in dealing meth.
This man was having psychotic episodes, and as a result, was attacked on the street and almost killed. When his family heard about the Matrix Program, funded by the Adelaide PHN, they convinced him to come home. He’s now in the program, his family are involved as well, and he’s thriving. He’s been drug-free for 12 weeks and is making huge strides – not only towards a normal life but towards his personal goal of starting tertiary study.
27 year old young woman, daily ice user – just graduated from the Matrix program. This woman was referred by her GP due to extreme suicidality. She had extreme poly substance abuse and depression, had experienced childhood sexual abuse, and had a 12 year history of drug use. She had been diagnosed with PTSD, experienced sleep disturbance, nightmares, and flashbacks. She ended up using ice daily and became unemployed due to drug use. This woman is very bright and talented (as a child she was an avid singer who was classically trained). Since graduating from the Matrix Program she has maintained her abstinence. She no longer experiencing suicidality or depression. She has maintained social relationships and is working in hospitality. She is event working towards being a lived experience counsellor mentor so she can help others.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
APHN established the Aboriginal internal working group (Ngadlurlu Kumangka – ‘we will do something now together’) leading organisational activity in Aboriginal Health. This group is leading the development of the 2017 - 2019 APHN Reconciliation Action Plan, and strategic activity to support integration and delivery of culturally safe services.
Closing the Gap is a program which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need assistance to access health services, and support in self-management of their health care needs. The NHN was contracted by Adelaide PHN to provide the Closing the Gap service in the north during 2015-16. In 16/17 Adelaide PHN commissioned NHN to continue in the North and expand their services to the West and Southern Adelaide metropolitan region.
The Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN have jointly implemented the SA PHN Immunisation Hub which provides a range of state-based approaches to support immunisation service providers including education, engagement, and advocacy. The activities of the Hub are aimed at increasing vaccination awareness, assisting community access, and increasing vaccine uptake.
The SA Immunisation Hub has:
Other program highlights:
Adelaide PHN co-designed this project which is now commissioned and operating out of three Eldercare residential aged care sites and providing GP led interventions to improve care and management of residents with complex needs and at end of life. Ongoing involvement to redesign an extension to the project which will link specialist clinicians and outreach services working from Flinders Medical Centre to enable early discharge from hospital with appropriate support for residents.
The Living Well With Persistent Pain Program
56 referrals to the Living Well with Persistent Pain Program.
About the program: combining a group program and individual pain service assessments, this evidence-based program supports individuals to better understand their pain condition, equips them with the necessary tools to improve their quality of life and thereby minimises the burden of pain on them, their families and the wider community. With a particular focus on people who are currently waiting for hospital-based pain management services, the program aims to provide an accessible local service which has been designed with the patient at the centre of their own healthcare. For more information visit here.
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Alcohol and other drugs
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Practice support and digital health
Networks and education
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Practice support and digital health
Primary Health Care workforce support is a priority of the Adelaide PHN. Peer support and networking initiatives supporting this priority are listed below.
Adelaide Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Network [IHPN] – we have led the establishment of a locally based interdisciplinary practitioner network with 94 registrants, we support IHPN for primary care practitioners who are managing patients living with multimorbid conditions. Health practitioners from different disciplines collaborate and network on a regular basis, practitioner relationships develop, understanding of each other’s expertise increases, improving referral pathways and patient outcomes.
The Peer Support Networks small grants opportunity is for Primary Health Care Managers, Nurses and other Primary Health Care Professionals to facilitate peer support, networking and learning with a focus on quality improvement across the primary health sector.
The supported networks are located across the Adelaide metropolitan region and provide a variety of health provider and/or network focus opportunities.
If you are interested in finding out more information and/or connecting with a network please contact the Practice Support Team - phone 8219 5900 or email email@example.com
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Adelaide PHN is committed to the continuing education of our primary health care professionals. Adelaide PHN commissioned (via a requested for proposals) for the provision of innovative, multi-disciplinary, and RACGP accredited training and education. Adelaide PHN commissioned the Northern Health Network as the education provider in the North & West region and SAPMEA in the Centre and Southern region. A total of 87 education events have been held and supported during this time, with 1,024 participants in attendance. All events were evaluated, and 77% of participants reported their learning outcomes were “entirely met”.
Upcoming eduction opportunities
Adelaide PHN works to improve integration across the primary health care system, to help deliver better services where they are needed and when they are needed. During 2016/17, a number of important projects were launched aimed at providing significantly better outcomes for patients – from infants through to the elderly.
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General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU)