What does SAFKI Medicare Local do?

SAFKI Medicare Local covers a large geographic area of around 8,027km2. We acknowledge the Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri peoples and their elders past and present, as the traditional owners of the land on which we are based.

Serving a population of more than 397,000 people, SAFKI Medicare Local supports communities and primary health care services across Adelaide’s inner and outer metropolitan southern suburbs, the rural areas of the Fleurieu Peninsula (including Strathalbyn) and remote Kangaroo Island.

We will build on the work done by General Practice Network South (gpns) over the past 18 years to support the delivery of safe, high quality primary health care.

A non-government, not for profit organisation, SAFKI Medicare Local is governed by a Board of Directors. Membership is open to organisations with a recognised role in primary health care in our region.

We work closely with all local healthcare providers including general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, allied health professionals, hospitals, consumers, community-based health and welfare agencies, and local and state governments to ensure that primary health care works for the whole local population. More.

Building on our inaugural primary care needs assessment conducted in April 2012 (reviewed annually), the regional population health priorities that guide our work are:

Aboriginal health and wellbeing
Aged care
Mental health
Primary health care workforce support
We will also focus on:

After hours primary health care
Chronic disease management
Health promotion and disease prevention
Information management and technology
Joint health service planning based on population health needs
Providing clinical services (for example mental health counselling).