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ACH moves ahead with world class health care plan for former Repat site

9 June 2017

The ACH group’s world-class health, ageing and Veteran’s precinct will start to take shape later this year as the State Government and ACH Group finalised the contract for the sale of the Repat site. The Adelaide based not-for-profit organisation will now push forward with its vision to reinvigorate the site into a unique health, education,... more

First leaders complete Leadership Development Program

7 June 2017

The first participants taking part in the Leadership Development Program are taking final steps to completion, marking a significant achievement in the rollout of Transforming Health.  The program, run by KPMG, aims to build leadership capabilities of clinical and non-clinical leaders from across SA Health to enable successful healthcare transformation. The first cohort of 100 participants, who began... more

SA searches for new Paramedics

7 June 2017

SA Ambulance Service has embarked on an international recruitment campaign to bolster its ranks of qualified paramedics as part of a boost to frontline staff.  The recruitment drive is part of a $16 million investment in SA Ambulance Service under Transforming Health. SA Ambulance Service Chief Executive Jason Killens said it is targeting New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and Ireland... more

Improved health care in the North and North East

7 June 2017

One year after health services in the North of Adelaide were realigned, residents in the North and North East are spending five hours less in hospital and getting faster access to elective surgery, latest data shows.  Despite 3450 more presentations to the Lyell McEwin Hospital since the realignments started in March 2017, patients are also spending 19 minutes... more

Transforming Health update

7 June 2017

As Transforming Health initiatives progress, we are seeing many positive outcomes. Hospitals are providing patients with the best possible care, showing that the changes made under Transforming Health are effective. Modbury Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital have seen some remarkable outcomes because of changes to the delivery of surgical services. There has been a 46 percent increase in day surgeries... more

New ambulance station location announced for the West

5 June 2017

A new multi-million dollar ambulance station will be built in the heart of Adelaide’s western suburbs. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on Morphett Road adjacent the Morphettville Racecourse and manned around the clock by highly skilled paramedics. It will include modern staff accommodation, training facilities, off-site car parking and an expansive garage to house... more

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Consultation on SALHN Reconfiguration Plans

15 May 2017

Staff consultation has commenced on a number of Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) service reconfigurat... more

Noarlunga Hospital OPEN DAY

27 April 2017

You are invited to an Open Day showcasing the new facilities at Noarlunga Hospital. You can see the upgrades including a new Day Surgery Unit and speak to health care professionals about improvements at the hospital. NOARLUNGA HOSPITAL OPEN DAY Saturday 13 May 2017 10am – 2pm > Tours > Free sausage sizzle > Face... more

Medical Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) aims to provide speedy recovery

7 April 2017

A new rapid-access service for non-urgent medical patients – which aims to save unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospital admissions – has opened at GP Plus Super Clinic Noarlunga. The Medical Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) provides same day assessment for acutely ill patients and assessment within 48 hours for all stable patients. The service amalgamates... more

Why Transforming Health is needed in the north – Opinion: Simon Jenkins, Head of Anaesthesia, Lyell McEwin Hospital

5 April 2017

One of the main problems with our health system at the moment is that almost half of the patients that should be treated at Lyell McEwin Hospital or Modbury Hospital are being transferred across town to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre or The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for their elective surgery and acute medical care. I don’t think... more

Senior clinicians working the nightshift

5 April 2017

Lyell McEwin Hospital patients will receive better round-the-clock care thanks to an initiative that will see senior doctors and nurses working in the wards overnight. Over the past few decades, there has been a growing tendency to put our most experienced night shift doctors closer to the ‘front line’ in the Emergency Department or on remote... more

SA Ambulance Service’s Destination Triage Tool

5 April 2017

SA Ambulance Service has introduced a pre-hospital Destination Triage Tool (DTT) to assist paramedics in getting patients to the hospital best suited for their condition, more quickly or faster. Launched in January 2017, the DTT aims to minimise secondary patient transfers and support the management of patient flow through the hospital system. SA Ambulance Service’s Intensive Care Paramedic Sarah Adamson said... more

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Noarlunga Hospital infrastructure project

29 March 2017

Under Transforming Health, more than $12 million has been invested to upgrade facilities at Noarlunga Hospital. This includes: A new Day Surgery Unit has been completed which includes two new operating theatres and a first stage recovery area, bringing the total number of procedural areas to six. The new unit also includes a second stage recovery area, which will... more

New Rehabilitation Centre

Modbury Hospital infrastructure project

27 March 2017

Under Transforming Health, $32 million has been invested to build new facilities and significantly expand rehabilitation services at Modbury Hospital. Level 3 of the hospital has been upgraded, enabling an increase in rehabilitation beds to a total of 52 and providing more support services to assist recovery. A new rehabilitation centre has  been completed. The facilities are enabling stroke, orthopaedic and... more

Modbury Hospital Rehabilitation Centre OPEN DAY

8 March 2017

See inside Modbury Hospital’s new Rehabilitation Centre You are invited to an Open Day showcasing the new Rehabilitation Centre where you can see the new facilities and speak to health professionals. The new centre will allow patients to recover faster, closer to home. OPEN DAY Saturday 8 April 2017 10am – 2pm Modbury Hospital Rehabilitation... more

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Enhancing stroke care in South Australia

6 February 2017

An expert working group, including clinicians and consumers from across the state, has recommended changes to stroke services to ensure you receive consistent, quality care. The changes mean: Stroke units will continue to operate out of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) 24 hours a day, seven... more

SA leads nation for number of public hospital beds

3 February 2017

South Australia employs the largest workforce of full-time doctors and nurses, and has the most public hospital beds per capita, according to a national report published this week. SA Health Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lynne Cowan said the 2017 Report on Government Services provides comparative data between states and shows areas of progress and improvement.... more

Jamie Larcombe Centre – construction update

1 February 2017

Construction of the Jamie Larcombe Centre, a new Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct at Glenside, is well underway! The building pad preparation and compaction is complete and car park, storm-water and trenching for the new building has commenced. For more information on the Jamie Larcombe Centre, visit the Veterans’ Mental Health Pre... more

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Seven day allied health services for hip fracture, stroke and rehabilitation patients

21 December 2016

The availability of allied health services for orthogeriatric (acute hip fractures in older people), stroke and rehabilitation patients currently varies depending on the hospital you attend and the type of allied health service you need. An expert working group, including clinicians and consumers from across the state, has provided recommendations for delivering allied health services... more

New cardiac catheter lab at Lyell McEwin Hospital

15 December 2016

North and North east residents with heart and other conditions will benefit from increased access to cardiology and interventional radiology services, following a $4 million investment for a second cardiac catheter lab at Lyell McEwin Hospital. Under Transforming Health, the catheter lab has been installed at the hospital, allowing more local residents from the North... more

New short stay mental health unit for TQEH

6 December 2016

A new $3 million short stay mental health unit will be purpose built at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), helping to ensure that mental health consumers are able to access care faster. The unit will provide consumers with acute care for up to 72 hours before they are transferred to a ward, discharged, or moved... more

Reform for central Adelaide

25 November 2016

Central Adelaide Local Health Network is continuing to implement Transforming Health reforms with three consultation papers released to staff and unions today. It includes a modified proposal for the transition of rehabilitation services from Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, based on feedback from staff and user groups. SA Health Interim Chief Executive... more

Length of stay times over the decades

9 November 2016

  South Australians are spending significantly less time in hospital for a wide range of conditions and procedures compared to 40 years ago. Medical advancements and clinical innovation have drastically improved the length of time South Australians are staying in hospital, freeing up staff and beds for other patients. During the ’70s having an appendix... more

We have come a long way in veterans’ mental health care – Opinion: Colonel (Ret.) Robert Manton

9 November 2016

Since Federation more than 102,000 Australian servicemen and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in theatres of operation around the world. Many others returned wounded, either physically or emotionally from their exposure to war. During World War I, Sister Rachael Pratt survived horrific shrapnel wounds to her back and lungs, when her casualty clearing station... more

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Closing the Repat will help our veterans – Opinion: A/Prof Craig Whitehead

7 November 2016

I love the Repatriation General Hospital. I have spent almost my entire professional career there, starting as a student in 1987. It is where I learnt to be a geriatrician and now train the next generation of staff in the care of the older person. When the decision was made to close the Repat, I... more

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Critical investments in frontline services – Opinion: Jason Killens, SA Ambulance Service CEO

6 November 2016

The way emergency services are being provided to communities across the world is continuing to evolve. In South Australia we are preparing for the future to ensure we remain agile and responsive to the needs of our patients. This is why SA Ambulance Service has a pivotal role in Transforming Health. We are building a... more

Emergency surgery improvements in NALHN

3 November 2016

Northern residents are benefiting from faster access to emergency orthopaedic trauma surgery following an expansion of the orthopaedic service at Lyell McEwin Hospital. Since the expanded service was introduced in November 2015, the 24/7 emergency orthopaedic service has treated more local residents, with an increase of almost 40 per cent in patients from the north... more

Transforming Health Expert Working Groups update

2 November 2016

Over the past eighteen months, several expert working groups have been established to review and redesign health services to meet the Clinical Standards of Care. Each expert working group includes a broad range of participants including doctors, nurses and midwives, allied and scientific health professionals and consumers. Orthogeriatric: Acute Hip Fracture Management The Orthogeriatric: Acute Hip Fracture Management... more

Boost to health services in the North and North East

31 October 2016

People in Adelaide’s north will benefit from improved care closer to home with more specialist health services moving to the region this week as part of Transforming Health reforms. The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network currently treats just 54 per cent of its local population. Due to the current set up of hospital services and... more

Medical Interns at NALHN

31 October 2016

Medical interns in the north will for the first time complete internships on a rotating roster across Lyell McEwin and Modbury Hospitals. By working across both sites interns will become familiar with both hospitals, improving on the old system of only interning in one hospital. The new method, which follows the NALHN service moves, allows interns to... more

Infrastructure update

31 October 2016

Flinders Medical Centre carpark and infrastructure update An extra 540 car parking spaces across two storeys will be built at the Flinders Medical Centre. The additional parking spaces will increase the multi-storey carpark currently under construction from five levels to seven, with a total of 1,780 spaces – 1,220 more than currently exist. The upgraded carpark will free up parking spaces closer... more

Update to plans for Repat site

25 October 2016

The State Government has today announced an updated plan for future development at the Repatriation General Hospital site. The ACH Group has been selected as the preferred proponent for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital site, following the withdrawal of the RSL consortium membership for RSL Repat Park. In addition to ACH Group,... more

Transforming health improves quality of care

24 October 2016

South Australian patients are spending on average seven hours less in metropolitan hospitals compared to last year, despite more admissions to hospital. SA Health Chief Executive Vickie Kaminski said the latest SA Health data indicates that patients are moving faster through the hospital system, thanks to improvements to patient care being implemented through Transforming Health.... more

Noarlunga Ambulance Station Open Day

25 September 2016

You and your family are invited to an Open Day at the new Noarlunga Ambulance Station, the largest in South Australia. Sunday 16 October 10am – 2pm Noarlunga Ambulance Station, 103 Beach Road, Noarlunga Centre (opposite Noarlunga Hospital) Tours of the station See inside an ambulance Face painting Sausage sizzle Meet the Ambulance Service’s bear mascot, ‘Paramedic... more

Noarlunga Hospital Day Surgery Unit construction update

21 September 2016

Construction is almost complete on Noarlunga Hospital’s new Day Surgery Unit as part of Transforming Health. Work on the new operating theatres and recovery areas will start in September 2016. Building works are expected to be completed in March 2017. Find out more about upgrades to facilities at Noarlung... more

540 additional car parks for Flinders Medical Centre

20 September 2016

An additional 540 car parking spaces will increase the multi-storey car park being built at Flinders Medical Centre under Transforming Health from five levels to seven, with a total of 1,780 spaces, 1,220 more spaces than before the redevelopment commenced. As one of the largest hospitals in the State, Flinders Medical Centre is often very busy... more

Noarlunga Ambulance Station

12 September 2016

A new $5.3 million fit-for-purpose ambulance station in Noarlunga has been opened in a major boost to the growing southern suburbs. As the new regional headquarters for the south and the largest station in South Australia, the station will provide an additional 24/7 emergency crew, house up to 13 ambulances and five light fleet vehicles.... more

Patients spending less time in the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals

2 September 2016

Patients are receiving the care they need and returning home sooner than ever in the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals, as part of significant Transforming Health reforms. New data shows patients now spend on average 5.5 days in Central Adelaide Local Health Network Hospitals, compared to 6.1 days in June 2015. Julia Squire, Chief... more

Emergency Department waiting times down in the North

26 August 2016

People are spending over an hour less in the Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department this winter compared to the same time last year, recent data shows. Despite having an increase in presentations of around 5 per cent this winter compared to 2015, the average time spent at the Lyell McEwin ED has reduced by around... more

Opinion: David Swan

11 August 2016

David Swan is the outgoing Chief Executive of SA Health. He spoke at a staff update in July about health reform, including Transforming Health. Transforming Health is stimulating a debate with our stakeholders and, particularly, our staff. I’ve noticed there is a positive effect from Transforming Health. Staff are looking at their role to provide patient care more innovatively. Transforming Health... more

Framework for Veterans’ Health Care 2016-2020

11 August 2016

The new Framework for Veterans’ Health Care 2016-2020 has been released.  The framework sets the strategic direction for the provision of Veterans’ health care in South Australia. The updated framework was developed in consultation with Veterans, ex-service organisations, health services and other government agencies. Veterans’ Health Advisory Council past presiding member Chris Burns said the framework will ensure improved... more

Infrastructure underway

9 August 2016

Flinders Medical Centre  Light and bright open spaces with a Scandinavian feel is the interior design brief behind the new 55-bed rehabilitation facility currently under construction at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). The five-storey facility, which will house gyms, a pool, consulting rooms, day therapy, research and office spaces, and patient rooms, has been designed by Cheesman Architects. Palliative... more

Transforming Health Deputy Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Ambassadors appointed

5 July 2016

The Minister for Health has appointed three Transforming Health Deputy Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Ambassadors (Ambassadors), following an Expression of Interest process held in May 2016. Deputy Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Ambassadors will provide expert advice on relevant aspects of Transforming Health and play a critical role in linking nurses, midwives and their practice to... more

Why Transforming Health is needed – Opinion: Associate Professor Vanessa Owen

22 June 2016

As a health professional I am proud of the work we do every day – we have the ability to influence more people’s lives in a day or week than most people do in a year or a lifetime. With the great privilege comes responsibility. Responsibility to ensure we always look for the best evidence to inform our practice.... more

Infrastructure underway

22 June 2016

Modbury Hospital’s rehabilitation centre Work on Modbury Hospital’s new rehabilitation building is progressing with all slab works complete, including the new hydrotherapy pool. Brick work has started and structural steel over the pool area allowing for roofing to commence. In the ward, demolition of the old structures is complete and steel work for the patient lifters and construction of partition walls will start shortly. SA Ambulance Station... more

Transforming acute stroke care – Opinion: Jim Jannes, head of Neurology at CALHN

21 June 2016

The Stroke Plan aims to meet the Transforming Health mandate of best care, first time every time. This will be achieved through reconfiguration of stroke services at Flinders Medical Centre, Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospitals. The changes will permit rostering of an on-site stroke team between 8am to 8pm, seven days per week (FMC and LMH) and 24 hours per... more

More cancer patients in the north treated closer to home

16 June 2016

New data shows more cancer patients from the north and north east are being treated closer to home than ever before at the Lyell McEwin Hospital Northern Adelaide Cancer Centre, which opened in 2014 and houses a dedicated chemotherapy area, six clinic rooms and two linear accelerators. More than 260 patients have already used the... more

Lyell McEwin Hospital Open Day 18 June 2016

2 June 2016

You are invited to see inside the $314 million transformation of Lyell McEwin Hospital. An Open Day of the hospital will showcase the modern, new facilities including a purpose built Cancer Centre and a Women’s and Children’s Health Hub, and give the community a chance to speak to local clinicians about changes at the hospital. Saturday... more

RSL recommended for future use of Repat site

15 May 2016

The RSL Repat Park submission has been selected as the successful proposal for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital, following a Registration of Interest process in May 2015, Veteran and community consultation in July 2015 and an Expression of Interest from private sector and not for profit organisations in November 2015. The RSL consortium,... more

One-stop breast cancer service at Modbury Hospital

2 May 2016

An expanded one-stop breast cancer service has commenced at Modbury Hospital, giving women access to a breast surgeon, radiologist and breast care nurse in the same location. The specialist breast clinic allows patients to receive radiology results straight away and undergo biopsy testing on the same day, rather than having to make multiple separate appointments.... more

Redevelopment progress at Flinders Medical Centre

19 April 2016

Work is progressing this week at Flinders Medical Centre, where big upgrades are taking place under Transforming Health. Three tower cranes have gone up and 100s of cubic metres of cement have been poured for the new 1240 space multi-deck car park. The new car park will have 690 spaces more than the current multi-deck car... more

New renal dialysis unit opens at Noarlunga Hospital

15 April 2016

The new, purpose-built Renal Dialysis Unit has opened at Noarlunga Hospital as part of the $10 million Transforming Health investment at the site. Patients will benefit from improved comfort and privacy in the modern and much larger unit. The new unit includes eight renal dialysis chairs, a waiting area, bathroom facilities and storage space for personal items and... more

Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct a step closer

14 April 2016

Concept plans for the new $15 million Veterans’ mental health facility at Glenside Health Service Campus, which is being delivered as part of Transforming Health, have been finalised. In January, the State Government released the draft concept plans to Veterans’ groups and the community for consultation. During the month long consultation process, 34 responses were... more

Construction underway at Flinders Medical Centre

20 March 2016

Building work on the new rehabilitation centre, palliative care unit, older persons’ mental health facility and a 1240-space multi-storey carpark at Flinders Medical Centre is progressing quickly. The bulk excavation and removal of rocks is underway and on track for the foundation of the rehabilitation building and older persons’ mental health facility. Diversions around the... more

Construction underway at Noarlunga Hospital

20 March 2016

Construction has begun at Noarlunga Hospital, starting with the relocation of the Renal Dialysis Unit to Collins Ward to create room for two new operating theatres and day surgery spaces. The new Renal Dialysis Unit is expected to be open in early April. Work will then start on the expanded second stage recovery area, day... more

Patient Story: Room for improvement in Margaret’s miracle recovery

20 March 2016

Beginning rehabilitation sooner while having ongoing access to plastic surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedic specialists, are some of the benefits Margaret Slack would experience following the completion of the new 55-bed rehabilitation facility at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) in about 18 months’ time. Instead, 74 year old Margaret had a seven week stay at FMC before... more

Construction underway at Modbury Hospital

18 March 2016

The official launch of Modbury Hospital’s redevelopment was marked with a visit from the Minister for Health in February. The redevelopment includes a new ambulatory rehabilitation facility, including a gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool and therapy garden. The east and west wing of level 3 will also be redeveloped to expand Modbury’s capacity to a total of 52... more

New ambulance station for the south

18 March 2016

Work on the new $5.3 million state-of-the-art ambulance station at Noarlunga started in February. The site’s top soil has been stripped and prepared for the ground floor slab to be poured in late March. The new station, located on Alexander Kelly Drive, will have capacity for more than 50 staff and up to 13 ambulances... more

Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct designs unveiled

17 March 2016

The new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct to be developed at the Glenside Health Service Campus is a step closer with draft concept plans released in February. SA Health staff, Veterans and the community had the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft concept plans. A building design work group, which includes clinicians from Ward 17 at Repatriation General Hospital, Veterans’... more

Today’s Veterans need new approach – opinion piece by Calli Morgan

1 March 2016

On 13 June 1996, I was part of the recovery team responsible for handling the dead bodies of 18 servicemen killed in one of Australia’s worst military training accidents. The previous night, two Black Hawk helicopters had collided in the high-range training area near my Townsville military base. I was 21, in my first year... more

Pilot programs result in reduced emergency department waiting times and surgical length of stay

18 November 2015

Pilot programs at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre have resulted in significant improvements in length of stay for patients and emergency department waiting times. During the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s five-month surgical pilot program, the average length of stay for patients receiving hip and knee replacements reduced from six days to three, meaning patients were able to return to... more

New Older Persons Mental Health Service to be built at Flinders Medical Centre

18 November 2015

The Older Persons Mental Health Service located at the Repatriation General Hospital will transition to Flinders Medical Centre by 2017. A project oversight group is working closely with the architects on the new service design. The group is chaired by the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Director of Mental Health Strategic Operations and includes the Clinical Director of the Older Persons Mental... more

New car park to be built at Flinders Medical Centre

18 November 2015

A new, 1,240 space multi-storey car park will be built at Flinders Medical Centre, providing 690 more spaces than the current facility. The car park will also have improved vehicle access and a number place recognition system. Work on the carpark has now commenced and is expected to be completed b... more

Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee update

18 November 2015

The Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee will explore access as the first theme to be addressed as part of its work under Transforming Health. Chaired by the Chief Executive of the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Michael Cousins, the Committee is guiding engagement with consumer and community groups throughout the implementation of Transforming Health. Following its inaugural meeting in July,... more

Clinical Ambassador Update

18 November 2015

Professor Dorothy Keefe P.S.M. is the Clinical Ambassador for Transforming Health and  the Chair of the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group, which will provide clinical leadership on the implementation of Transforming Health initiatives.  It has been an exciting and busy few months for Transforming Health. Clinical Working Groups We have now had over 600 clinicians, industry representatives and consumers participate in the workshops and Clinical Working Groups that... more

Transforming Health at the Royal Adelaide Show

18 November 2015

SA Health hosted a booth at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show, providing the latest news and information about Transforming Health to more than 1,300 visitors. Members of the community were able to ask questions and find out what Transforming Health means for local services. Children who visited the booth were entertained in the Royal Adelaide Show Junior Hospital. A daily Health Q&A... more

New location for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services

18 November 2015

Flinders Medical Centre has been recommended as the new site for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services. A Clinical Working Party, chaired by Professor Paddy Phillips and including representatives from palliative care services, consumers, universities,non-government organisations and clinicians, confirmed the model of service delivery and provided recommendations on the relocation of services in the Southern region. The... more

Improving services in the north and north east

7 October 2015

More than 3,000 additional patients will be seen at Modbury Hospital each year and 24/7 orthopaedic coverage will be provided at the Lyell McEwin Hospital following a move of hospital services in Adelaide’s north and north-east. The realignments are designed to deliver on the principle aim of Transforming Health, which is providing patients with the... more

New Operating Theatres to be built at Noarlunga Hospital

10 September 2015

Two new state of the art operating theatres will be developed at Noarlunga Hospital, building on the expertise at the hospital and enabling people in the southern suburbs to receive day surgery closer to home. The two new theatres will take the total investment at Noarlunga Hospital to $10 million under Transforming Health. Part of... more

Transforming Health at the Show

1 September 2015

SA Health will be hosting a booth at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show, providing you with the latest news and information on Transforming Health. Visit us in the Jubilee Pavilion from 4 – 13 September to find out what Transforming Health means for you and your local health services. You will also have the opportunity... more

Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Forum workshop success

19 August 2015

More than 90 people joined the Minister for Health and the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia (HCA) at a workshop on 7 May to establish the Peak Consumers and Community Engagement Forum and Strategy for Transforming Health. The HCA is the peak body for health consumers and health consumer organisations in South Australia. It... more

Planning underway to upgrade hospitals

19 August 2015

Design teams have started planning more than $260 million in upgrades at our metropolitan hospitals to build a better health system and bring to life the changes needed to deliver Transforming Health. Workshops are underway at each hospital site with our doctors, nurses, midwives, allied and scientific health professionals and other staff, to develop the... more

Preparation underway to deliver Transforming Health

19 August 2015

Since the release of Delivering Transforming Health – Summary (PDF 986KB), much work has been done to prepare for the next steps of Transforming Health. A tender process has begun to find an implementation partner to help deliver the healthcare changes. The Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group (MCAG) has been set up to provide clinical leadership... more

New working party for relocating palliative care services in Southern Adelaide

19 August 2015

Under Transforming Health, palliative care services currently provided at Daw House Hospice will transfer to a new location so they can meet the clinical standards of care agreed by our clinicians through the Transforming Health process. A Clinical Working Party continues to meet regularly to decide on the model of care and recommend where to... more

The future of the Repat site

19 August 2015

The Repatriation General Hospital has a long and proud history of serving Veterans and the wider community and the State Government wants to ensure the site remains an asset for all South Australians. That’s why the State Government has committed to ensuring the site will be used for healthcare, ageing and community related purposes. A... more

New Veteran mental health precinct and PTSD Centre for Excellence site announced

19 August 2015

An expert advisory panel including clinicians, Veteran representatives, consumers and carers has recommended Glenside Health Service Campus as the site for the new Veterans’ mental health precinct including the Centre for Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As part of Delivering Transforming Health – Summary (PDF 986KB), it was announced that $15 million would be... more

Example of a patient journey: The cost of elective surgery cancellations

24 May 2015

John is a 70 year old man who was booked in for his elective hernia operation at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. John struggles to get around these days as his eye sight is declining and arthritis has set in, but he still does a great job caring for his wife Elsie. Elsie has Parkinson’s Disease which has now progressed to the... more

SAHMRI to lead evaluation of Transforming Health

24 May 2015

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) will lead the evaluation of Transforming Health, bringing together skilled researchers and data infrastructure from across the state to evaluate the impact and outcomes of Transforming Health. Professor Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director at SAHMRI, will co-chair the Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre Executive Group for Transforming Health, along with Jenny Richter, Deputy Chief Executive... more

Q&A with Dorothy Keefe, Clinical Advisory Group Chair

24 May 2015

Professor Dorothy Keefe P.S.M. is the Clinical Ambassador for Transforming Health and the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group, which will provide clinical leadership on the implementation of Transforming Health initiatives. What is your vision for the Clinical Advisory Group? Health reform works best when it is clinician-led, patient-centred, evidence-based, data-driven and supported by an electronic health record. My vision is for the Clinical Advisory Group – doctors,... more

48 community events held across metropolitan Adelaide

24 May 2015

Following the release of Delivering Transforming Health – Summary (PDF 997KB) on 17 March 2015, 48 Transforming Health information sessions were held at hospitals and community locations across metropolitan Adelaide throughout March and April 2015. These events gave community members and staff the opportunity to gain more information about the next steps for Transforming Health and how the changes will affect their local... more

The ACH group’s world-class health, ageing and Veteran’s precinct will start to take shape later this year as the State Government and ACH Group finalised the contract for the sale of the Repat site. The Adelaide based not-for-profit organisation will now push forward with its vision to reinvigorate the site into a unique health, education, […]

The first participants taking part in the Leadership Development Program are taking final steps to completion, marking a significant achievement in the rollout of Transforming Health.  The program, run by KPMG, aims to build leadership capabilities of clinical and non-clinical leaders from across SA Health to enable successful healthcare transformation. The first cohort of 100 participants, who began […]

SA Ambulance Service has embarked on an international recruitment campaign to bolster its ranks of qualified paramedics as part of a boost to frontline staff.  The recruitment drive is part of a $16 million investment in SA Ambulance Service under Transforming Health. SA Ambulance Service Chief Executive Jason Killens said it is targeting New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and Ireland […]

One year after health services in the North of Adelaide were realigned, residents in the North and North East are spending five hours less in hospital and getting faster access to elective surgery, latest data shows.  Despite 3450 more presentations to the Lyell McEwin Hospital since the realignments started in March 2017, patients are also spending 19 minutes […]

As Transforming Health initiatives progress, we are seeing many positive outcomes. Hospitals are providing patients with the best possible care, showing that the changes made under Transforming Health are effective. Modbury Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital have seen some remarkable outcomes because of changes to the delivery of surgical services. There has been a 46 percent increase in day surgeries […]

A new multi-million dollar ambulance station will be built in the heart of Adelaide’s western suburbs. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on Morphett Road adjacent the Morphettville Racecourse and manned around the clock by highly skilled paramedics. It will include modern staff accommodation, training facilities, off-site car parking and an expansive garage to house […]

Staff consultation has commenced on a number of Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) service reconfiguration plans.

You are invited to an Open Day showcasing the new facilities at Noarlunga Hospital. You can see the upgrades including a new Day Surgery Unit and speak to health care professionals about improvements at the hospital. NOARLUNGA HOSPITAL OPEN DAY Saturday 13 May 2017 10am – 2pm > Tours > Free sausage sizzle > Face […]

A new rapid-access service for non-urgent medical patients – which aims to save unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospital admissions – has opened at GP Plus Super Clinic Noarlunga. The Medical Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) provides same day assessment for acutely ill patients and assessment within 48 hours for all stable patients. The service amalgamates […]

One of the main problems with our health system at the moment is that almost half of the patients that should be treated at Lyell McEwin Hospital or Modbury Hospital are being transferred across town to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre or The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for their elective surgery and acute medical care. I don’t think […]