Primary health care and the Country Health Strategy

GP Plus and primary health care services will be enhanced through all hospitals and health services.

Primary health care services will continue to focus on providing a range of services that meet the most common, daily health care needs of communities.

Community health services will help South Australians take control of their health care, stay healthy and keep out of hospital by delivering fundamental primary health care services. They will provide advice on how to manage chronic diseases, provision of support for more in-home care and guidance for those who want to stay healthy.

Community health services will be critical in achieving the level of fundamental primary health care expected in all country communities, working in partnership with private, local government and non-government service providers in health and across sectors.

The services offered at each community health and outpatient service will vary, depending on the needs of the local communities, but may include:

  • chronic disease self-management programs
  • domiciliary care
  • Aboriginal health
  • health education
  • community nursing and midwifery services
  • children and youth health services
  • drug and alcohol services
  • community mental health (adult and child)
  • allied health – podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, social work, orthotics
  • specialist clinics.

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