HEALTH SPENDING IN 2021-22, $0.9b MORE THAN 2017-18 (INCLUDING $28m MORE IN SA AMBULANCE SERVICE)
SOUTH AUSTRALIANS ARE BEING CARED FOR BY MORE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THAN EVER BEFORE IN BIGGER, BETTER HOSPITALS.
HEALTH STAFFING SINCE JUNE 2018
1000+MORE HEALTH STAFF BY
855MORE DOCTORS AND NURSES AT JUNE 2020
258MORE AMBULANCE STAFF BY
More doctors, more nurses and midwives and more ambulance officers in South Australia than ever before in the state’s history.
The planned addition of 74 operational ambulance staff means 258 additional ambulance service personnel will have been employed since 2018. South Australia has the second highest spending per capita on ambulance services in Australia.
This initial investment by the government recognises the important work of our ambulance service, and the need to both invest in its capacity, whilst also pursuing sensible reforms to rostering and meal-break practices that will further support the effectiveness of the service.
INCREASING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CAPACITY
More than $110m is allocated to provide 140 new treatment spaces to emergency departments and Emergency Extended Care Units from Lyell McEwin Hospital in the north to the Southern Fleurieu Health Service in the south increasing capacity by 65 per cent at these sites.
Flinders Medical Centre - the state’s busiest emergency department is being transformed into the biggest, growing it by 30 treatment spaces to 86 spaces.
Lyell McEwin Hospital - growing from 39 treatment spaces to 72.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital - adding 15 emergency department treatment spaces as part of the $314 million redevelopment of the hospital.
Modbury, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Gawler and the Southern Fleurieu Health Service in Victor Harbor - growing emergency departments by 45 treatment spaces.
New Women’s and Children’s Hospital – adding 19 treatment spaces
ADDRESSING INCREASING DEMAND FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES
Creating appropriate alternative service delivery options
- Four Priority Care Centres, providing community based healthcare and treatment, including diagnostic and pharmacy services
- My Home Hospital delivering hospital care to people with certain conditions in the comfort of their own home
- Adult Mental Health Centre (which will be expanded to a 24 hour model), which provides high-engagement support in a calm ‘lounge room like’ space
- New 16 bed Mental Health Crisis Stabilisation Centre in the northern suburbs
- Placing medic nurses in custodial facilities
- Assigning mental health specialists with paramedic crews across the metropolitan area
TACKLING BED BLOCK IN HOSPITALS
Improving capacity in public hospitals by creating more appropriate accommodation options
- Additional housing for people with a mental health disability
- A Transition to Home: Step Down program - additional short-medium term accommodation beds available for NDIS eligible patients awaiting longer term supports
- Expanded state-wide hospital Criteria Led Discharge to help patients return home as soon as possible
- Transferring metropolitan patients to peri-urban hospitals for ongoing care in times of peak demand
- New 20 bed older person mental health unit at Modbury Hospital replacing Woodleigh House