Country South Australia
Improving metropolitan hospital services as part of Transforming Health will improve services for all South Australians, including those who live in the regional, rural and remote parts of our State.
At the moment, country patients account for 16 percent of overnight admissions in metropolitan hospitals. Delivering the full suite of 284 Clinical Standards and consistent quality care at these sites will lay the foundations and help determine how best to implement Transforming Health across the State. Transforming Health will focus initially on metropolitan-based health services, however country patients are also affected by these changes because:
- country patients need to access health services in Adelaide
- specialists travel to country hospitals to provide services locally
- a significant range of health services is provided across country areas
- change strategies aim to ensure all patients benefit.
Under Transforming Health, there will be opportunities to contemporise services across the healthcare system, to provide the highest quality and safety in care.
Transforming Health will also offer increased access to services for country residents by:
- continuing to provide services as close to home as possible reducing the need for people to travel to metropolitan-based services
- proactively facilitating the timely transfer of country residents from Adelaide back to country areas
- increasing the use of videoconferencing through the existing Digital Telehealth Network as an alternative to face-to-face outpatient services
- utilising other emerging technologies to support country patients to access services, for example home monitoring for people with chronic disease.
These changes will not happen immediately and you will be kept up to date with any changes in country South Australian hospitals before they happen.
Information for Staff
Information about the next steps for Transforming Health and country South Australia are outlined in Delivering Transforming Health – Our Next Steps.
Reconfiguring how we deliver our services may mean changing the ways we work and, for some, where, at what times and in teams that are formed in new ways. With change will come opportunities for our staff to develop in their roles, enhance their skill sets, and demonstrate their capacities to lead.
Transforming Health is the beginning of the conversation. As we work to decide the models of care that will best serve our goal of truly patient-centred care, consultation will continue with clinicians, staff and the unions that represent them.