The Hills are electric
Adelaide Hills HERALD 22th September 2016

BreastScreen SA Mobile Screening Unit
The Courier 17th August 2016
New Support for Mental Health Patients
The Courier 24th February 2016
Early Detection, Key
The Courier 24th February 2016
24 Hour Health Plea
The Courier 15th July 2015


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Medical Director Note

We welcome the chance to talk to GPs and I would encourage GPs to consider the after hours dinner meeting this week and also the upcoming AGM on Tuesday, 18th October 2016.

There will be a brief presentation on Summit Health as well as the usual AGM papers. There will be an opportunity to mix and discuss any other issues at that time.

I have been attending a series of meetings with other GPs from Strathalbyn and Mt Barker area with Country Health SA. These meetings have been looking at the data of existing usage as well as planning for what our region will require in the future. If you would like to be involved or have a discussion please feel free to contact myself or Dr Jayanthi Jayakaran.

Michael Taylor
Medical Director Summit Health



Members were recently invited to the AHDGP Annual General Meeting / Dinner to be held Tuesday 18th October 2016, from 6.30pm at Auchendarroch House.

A general update on what is happening within Summit Health will be provided and papers have been sent to current Members outlining a Special Resolution being put to the Membership for determination.

Your vote is important and we’d love to see you on the night. The invite and proxy nominations for those unable to attend have been sent out to each registered member.

Please consider attending, RSVPs close 12th October 2016

Members’ Survey

Our thanks to the 45 who completed the survey. We will put the full survey up on our website in the near future together with a summary of the key messages that it conveyed.

Everyone who provided their names went into the draw for the $200 Locavore voucher. This was won by Dr Chris Withnall from Gumeracha Medical Practice seen here with Practice Manager Lyn Molinaro and Summit Health CEO Kevin Wisdom-Hill.

After Hours Grants

CSAPHN After Hours Grants have been announced for up to $25000. For more information please go to

If this is of interest and you need assistance from Summit Health with a submission then please contact Kevin Wisdom-Hill on 8406 7722.

Summit Health - Mental Health Services

Summit Health continues to provide a range of Mental Health services catering for individuals with either mild-moderate mental health issues to those with more enduring and complex issues. Our services have recently been extended to cover the Adelaide Hills, and Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island.

When referring to our Mental Health services individuals must be deemed to be of low income by their GP and not in a financial position to access services requiring gap payment. As a GP referring your patient to our Mental Health team, please ensure to indicate low income by ticking the low income box on your patient's Mental Health Treatment Plan. 

Summit Health Mental Team Tel: 84067715 / Fax: 8406 7760

Summit Health Centre - New Tenant


Summit Health is pleased to announce that Hills, Murray & Fleurieu Podiatry with Brendan Nettle will be consulting at the Summit Health Centre commencing on 8th October. We welcome Brendan who will be offering a fortnightly Saturday morning clinic.

Brendan has a wide range of experience having previously worked for Country Health SA and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and currently works as a Lecturer with the University of South Australia Podiatry program. Having lived locally for over 20 years he is excited to offer a range of podiatry services to the local community. Brendan provides a wide range of general podiatry services to all ages from children to older adults including:                    

  • Diabetes foot assessments
  • Management of nail and skin problems
  • Assessment and management of foot, ankle and lower leg pain
  • Biomechanical assessments
  • Orthotics
  • Footwear advice
  • Paediatric foot assessments
Brendan accepts referrals from health professionals and self-referrals directly from patients.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact Hills, Murray & Fleurieu Podiatry directly on 0408 899 692 or

After Hours Preventative Programs

We are pleased to announce that GPcare has been successful in securing After Hours Preventative Health Grant funding through Country SA PHN to deliver two seperate programs for people living with pain. Family and carers are welcome too:

  • Moving Towards Wellness program is a 6 weeks course that encourages people with a chronic health condition to better manage their condition and increase physical activity - suitable for people who need some direction with improving their self-management around setting goals, motivation, etc. To see flyer CLICK HERE

For more information, queries or how to refer or register, please contact Carol at Summit Health Centre 8406 7700 (Tuesdays or Fridays) 

ReEnable Rheumatology Education at Summit Health Centre

General Practitioners are invited to attend a 90-minute Face-To-Face Meeting with Dr Sajini Basnayake to become familiar with the practical aspects of diagnosing, referring and managing patients with inflammatory back pain. 

The session - 3 QI&CPD (Category 2) points - will be held at Summit Health Centre on 14 November 2016.

To see meeting invitation and RVSP form CLICK HERE

Upcoming Educational Events in the Hills

The following two events will be held in the Hills in October;

  • Primary Care Asthma Update – Hahndorf (evening) brought to you by the National Asthma Council Australia as part of the Asthma Best Practice for Professionals Program. To see flyer and how to register CLICK HERE
  • Chronic Disease Support Program – Mt Barker (whole day) driven by a desire to create better health for clients, reduced hospital admissions, better patient compliance and the provision of care by those best qualified to provide advice. To see flyer and how to register CLICK HERE

CounterPunch Program Launch

The CounterPunch program assists young people to problem solve, cope with stress and life's challenges, be confident and take responsibility for the choices they make AND get fit.

CounterPunch kids and CounterPunch Teens will launch in Mount Barker on 17 October 2016 with a free induction session.

CLICK HERE to see flyer.

Domestic Violence Forum

The Mount Barker Police are holding a Forum on Domestic Violence and the services available to victims and family members to prevent/protect them against violence. The Forum will be held at Cornerstone College on 27 October 2016.

CLICK HERE to see the invitation.

Helen Mayo House Annual Conference

WCHN's Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services are hosting the 2016 Helen Mayo House Annual Conference on 8th November 2016 at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus. 

This year the theme is "The many faces of mental health issues for families with infants".

CLICK HERE to see booklet for more details. 

Full time GP required in Adelaide Hills

Established Family Practice in leafy Aldgate in the Adelaide Hills is looking for a General Practitioner to replace a partner leaving this December. 

Full time VR preferred to move into a full patient load from day one if suitable handover time is possible. We are a medium sized accredited practice, fully computerised with full time nursing staff and host a pathology company on site. We teach trainees as well as medical students. Friendly staff, terrific buildings and location, only 25 mins from Adelaide CBD.

CLICK HERE to see our website 
and/or ring our practice manager on (08) 8339 2644.

GP Vacancy(ies) 

Full Time and Part Time positions on offer for a General Practitioner VR/FRACGP  - Well Respected Adelaide Hills Clinics - Private Billings FT and PT available.

  • Excellent earnings potential with competitive billings rate
  • Join one of Adelaide's most esteemed group of practices
  • Fantastic support and flexibility
  • Innovative and exciting business
We are looking for experienced and high quality General Practitioners without restrictions to work in the inner Adelaide Hills in accredited general practices.

We are a group of GP clinics who strive to instil a culture of development and satisfaction for our staff and contractors. We aim to achieve the highest quality care for our patients through innovation, IT and staff development. It is our aim to not just treat our patient’s afflictions, but to help them achieve healthy lifestyles and ultimate wellbeing.
Our group includes six clinics located in Stirling, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker and Strathalbyn. All sites are fully accredited with a team of experienced staff who have operated in their communities for decades. Our doctors have the support of experienced practice nurses, the latest IT systems and quality facilities. 
We can provide numerous arrangements and opportunities for quality GPs, including those that have special interests or who may be drawn to new and better ways of doing things, in a private billing environment with excellent clinical and managerial support.

If you are a GP that prides themselves on their high standard of care and the above sounds interesting to you, we strongly encourage you to apply or organise a confidential discussion to learn more. 

Please forward your resume to Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8339 4344

GP Vacancy

GPcare currently has a GP vacancy for its modern day-time practice working either full time or part-time.

We provide flexible work arrangements with minimal after-hours requirements (we support the local after-hours co-operative). You will be supporting a growing community and working in a modern, supportive environment enjoying a competitive rate of remuneration.

CLICK HERE to visit our website for further information and job description.

Please contact Practice Manager Jo Teakle for a confidential conversation in the first instance on 8406 7717 or 0409 744 940.


Please feel free to let us know if there are any stories or achievements you would like to share with us for inclusion in "What's the Buzz?" to Summit Health ( or Tel: 8406 7700.

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