Mental Health Emergency or Urgent Situation

There are several resources which can be accessed by people experiencing acute and severe distress due to mental health problems:

  • Mental Health Services (ACIS) - 13 14 65
  • South Australian Police - 000
  • South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) - 000
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emergency
    • Northern (Elizabeth) - 8252 0133
    • Eastern (Paradise) - 8207 8999
    • Western (Port Adelaide) - 8341 1222
    • Southern (Flinders) - 8204 5412
    • Southern (Marion) - 8298 5412
  • Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14
  • Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS) - 1300 131 340

Outside of office hours (9am-5pm) young people can seek urgent help by:

  • phoning the Women's and Children's Hospital on 8161 7000 and asking the switchboard operator to page the after-hours mental health nurse
  • attending the hospital emergency department.

Management of the Obese Obstetric Woman

All pregnant women with a BMI > 35kg/m2 at any time in her pregnancy requires a specific management plan and women with a BMI > 40kg/m2 require a Specialist Obstetrician to manage their care. The Standards for the Management of the Obese Obstetric Woman in South Australia contain the following Flow Chart.

For further information click here.

Presentations - CPD Events/Seminars

The following presentations were provided at the GP Obstetric Shared Care Accreditation Seminar held on March 5th 2016:
 
 
 
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The following presentations were provided at the CPD event titled Pregnancy Diagnosed What Next held on November 10th:
 
 
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Vitamin K - for the Children - presentation from Dr Chad Andersen, Women's and Children's Hospital.
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The following presentations were provided at the CPD event titled Medical Conditions in Pregnancy, on September the 14th:
 
 
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The following presentations were provided at the CPD event titled Obstetic Shared Care Refresher Day, on September the 5th at Club Marion:

 
 
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The following was provided at the CPD event titled Pregnancy: Now What?, on November the 8th:
 
 
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The following topic was provided at the GP Obstetric Shared Care Refresher Day held at the Grange Golf Club on Saturday  September 10th 2016:

Substance use issues for women in pregnancy

 
 
 
 
 

GP Palliative Shared Care Program Framework

The GP Palliative Shared Care Program Framework (the Framework) outlines the requirements for GPs providing GP Palliative Shared Care in metropolitan Adelaide.

The Framework provides systems of care and planning processes for GPs in caring for adults with a progressive life limiting illness.

All GPs participating in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program will be provided with a copy of the Framework prior to attending the GP Palliative Shared Care Orientation Seminar.

The Framework was developed by GP partners Australia in collaboration with the SA Palliative Care Clinical Network and the GP Palliative Shared Care Clinical Governance Committee.

For further information please phone the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record

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The GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record consists of a bright purple vinyl wallet (for easy recognition) that can be used to store important information for patients receiving GP Palliative Shared Care, including:

  • Contact List – a list of ‘who to call’ for assistance at any time
  • Copy of any ACD and 7 Step Pathway (if completed)
  • Copy of the Care Plan
  • Printed up-to-date Medication List

The Patient Held Record assists in having this information readily available to all clinicians caring for a patient. It provides the patient and/or carer with a central place to keep essential information, and key documents associated with his or her care. The record is recognised across settings, alerting new care providers that the patient is in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program and of their care plan.

The Patient Held Record is provided by the GP to each patient receiving GP Palliative Shared Care.

Copies of the GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record are available from GP partners Australia by emailing Chrissy Menzies at cmenzies@gppaustralia.org.au or phoning the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

Metropolitan Adelaide Specialist Palliative Care Service (SPCS) Areas

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For the purposes of the GP Palliative Shared Care program, metropolitan Adelaide refers to the areas covered by the Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service and Northern Adelaide Palliative Service. The boundaries of these Services align with the SA Health Local Health Network boundaries.

A list of the postcodes that fall within the boundary for each of the Services may be accessed here.

A map of the service areas for the Specialist Palliative Care Services (Local Health Network boundaries) is available here.

Individual service area maps:

Palliative Care CPD Activities

GP partners Australia provide regular CPD events for participating GPs to further develop their skills and knowledge in caring for people with a life limiting illness. The details of RACGP accredited palliative care CPD activities delivered by GP partners Australia are available on the Upcoming Events page at www.gppaustralia.org.au/events or by phoning the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

Additional CPD activities offered by other education providers that may be of interest to participating GPs include:

Case Conference Record and Care Plan Template

A Case Conference Record and Care Plan Template is available for GPs participating in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program.

Part 1 of the form is designed as a step by step guide to assist GPs in the preparation, conduct and recording of a Multidisciplinary Case Conference as part of the GP Palliative Shared Care Program.

After the Multidisciplinary Case Conference has taken place, the later part of the form (Part 2) may also be used to complete a GP Management Plan (GPMP) with Team Care Arrangements (TCA).

The Form can be downloaded below:

Please note: This is version 1 of the Form and we would welcome GP feedback. If you have any comments or suggested improvements, please email cmenzies@gppaustralia.org.au

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