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The Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network (SALHN) provides care for
approximately 350,000 people living
in the southern metropolitan area of
Adelaide, as well as providing a number
of statewide services, and services to
those in regional areas. More than 7,000
skilled staff provide high quality patient
care, education, research and health
Health services which form the Southern
Adelaide Local Health Network include:
• Flinders Medical Centre, Repatriation
General Hospital and Noarlunga
• Primary Health and Transition Services,
including GP Plus Super Clinic
Noarlunga and GP Plus Health Care
Centres at Marion and Aldinga/Seaford,
in addition to Aboriginal health services
and Aboriginal family clinics, health
services in people’s homes and the Aged
Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
• Southern Mental Health inpatient
services at Flinders Medical Centre,
Noarlunga Hospital and Repatriation
General Hospital, including specialised
services for eating disorders, veterans’
mental health and problem gambling.
Community based mental health
services include the Inner South
Community Mental Health Centre
(collocated with GP Plus Marion), and
the Southern intermediate Care Centre
and Trevor Parry Centre, which are both
located at Noarlunga.
For more information about our services
Southern Health News is generously
supported by The Volunteer Service for
Flinders Medical Centre Inc.
COVER Clayton Bollen participating in an exercise
group for mental health consumers at the State
From the Chief Executive Officer
Hello and welcome to the October edition of Southern Health News.
Managing the recent increased demand on
hospital services has been challenging and I am
very proud of our Network for coming together
and managing this demand across Flinders
Medical Centre, Repatriation General Hospital and
October is a month where many recognition
days and weeks take place, including Emergency
Nurses Day on 8 October 2014, and the Southern
Adelaide Local Health Network recognises the
important role of these nurses.
In October the Southern Adelaide Local
Health Network has made a special effort to
acknowledge Mental Health Week, with a series
of activities and events offered for consumers and
staff. The liftout on pages 6 to 9 of this edition
of Southern Health News focuses on some of the
important work being undertaken by our highly
skilled and dedicated mental health clinicians,
both in the community and in our hospitals.
Minister for Health The Hon Jack Snelling
recently announced an eight-bed short stay unit
for mental health consumers at Flinders Medical
Centre, adjacent to the Emergency Department.
I look forward to updating our readers about the
progress of this project.
This month we also recognise Breast Cancer
Awareness Month and Veterans Health Week. I
would like to take this opportunity to remind our
readers that Veterans come from all backgrounds,
genders and ages. Not all Veterans come from
WW2, Korea or Vietnam and contemporary
Veterans are increasing in our health system.
These Veterans have a wide variety of health
issues, some of which are not so evident. Our
health services will continue to evolve to meet the
needs of all Veterans.
October is also Safe Work Month and it is
important that our readers focus on safety in the
workplace to reduce injury, disease and death.
Consider the safety of your work environment
and what improvements you can make to make
your workplace safer for yourself and your
Finally, I would like to welcome David Morris to
the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network as
the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery.
David joins us from SA Health, where he has
led statewide nursing and midwifery policy
development for SA Health. David will provide
great leadership to our large contingent of nurses
Enjoy the spring months and take the opportunity
to be active.
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
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