Transforming Health Update
It has been nearly two years since SA Health announced the Transforming Health program in response to the health cuts announced in the 2014-15 Federal Budget. Some of the Transforming Health changes have continued to cause considerable concern among staff and the community - such as the closure of the Repat, the transfer of rehab services from Hampstead and service changes at Modbury Hospital.
PSA members across all worksites have overwhelmingly identified two main concerns: lack of information from the department and lack of genuine consultation with all of those who are affected by change (not just those at management level).
PSA and members remain uncertain about the security of employment and associated timeframes for those working at sites earmarked for decommissioning or significant change. This continues to cause a considerable amount of stress and uncertainty for our members.
The PSA has formally sought the provision of information that accurately and comprehensively reflect the current timeframes for service changes. We have also sought a commitment that all staff (not just those at management level) will be given the opportunity to attend information meetings (with back-fill being provided as needed). Members will be kept up to date on the response received.
In the meantime the FAQ below addresses some of the most common questions raised by PSA members.
Site specific documents:
As featured in the September 2016 edition of The Review.
The PSA’s Transforming Health Project Officer continues to engage with PSA members regarding the changes occurring within our public health system as a result of the reforms.
Some of the activities include;
• The PSA continues to be represented on the Peak Union Forum that now meets monthly. At these meetings, the Minister’s Clinical Advisory Groups (MCAGs) continue to do presentations on the projects being developed.
• A number of project standards have now been approved or approvals are pending by the Transforming Health Implementation Committee (THIC). The Project Summary and MCAG Project Dashboard are now up on PSA Transforming Health webpage.
• The PSA has developed a Transforming Health Q&A pamphlet that is being distributed out at Local Health Network sites.
• Capital works being undertaken at a number of the Local Health Networks (LHNs) are well underway. This will enable services to be moved once this work is completed. The Modbury Hospital works include a Hydrotherapy pool and therapy garden, as well as a
• The Service moves from Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) to Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) has commenced with the selection process for staff now underway. The actual movement of services will be done in three phases commencing in October 2016.
• Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) has now commenced consultation with staff on the planned Repatriation General Hospital (RGH) services moves and decommissioning of the site to be finalised in December 2017. Within this plan there are a total of 118 beds to be cut from the bed stock for the South (this
includes the 20 beds that are already closed).
• Planning is continuing for the opening of the new Royal
Adelaide Hospital, although the technical completion date has still not been announced, and the ‘Ramp Down’ prior to moving from the old site is being discussed.
The PSA will continue to discuss reforms with members.