Home' Southern Health News : October 2014 Contents Southern Adelaide Health Alliance launches
into second round of projects
The Southern Adelaide Health Alliance
(SAHA) recently launched new projects
that will focus on cancer survivorship,
wound management and allergy
services and give back healthy hours to
SAHA was established in December 2013,
bringing together health and community
providers in partnership with consumers of
Southern Adelaide to better design, coordinate
and integrate patient care.
Minister for Health The Honorable Jack Snelling
said SAHA was unlike any alliance of its kind
and links together well with the Transforming
our South Australian Health System project
announced in July.
"SAHA is making changes to our health system by
optimising communication, being more efficient
and sharing information across organisations,"
Minister Snelling said.
"Improvements are being made without costly
changes to infrastructure or processes, but by
using the expertise of clinicians and experiences of
consumers, to create efficiencies in our system."
The Chair of SAHA and Chief Executive Officer
of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Belinda Moyes said the six Round 1 SAHA
projects had been successful in giving back hours
to the community.
"Following the success of the Round 1 projects,
SAHA is delighted to announce three Round
2 projects, which further demonstrates the
commitment of all of the organisations involved
in this work," she said.
"Within SAHA we have a commitment to
drive change in the way we deliver health care
that focuses on having real outcomes for the
community and we are involving those consumers
in every project we embark on."
The three Round 2 projects are:
Supporting Cancer Survivors
Developing partnerships between hospital and
community based services to provide ongoing
health, social and emotional support to cancer
survivors in Southern Adelaide.
Sharing Allergy Care
Setting up a shared care model between hospitals
and GP practices so that children and adults can
be treated in the community for certain allergies
under specialist supervision.
Wound Care @ Home
A pilot program to improve the management of
elderly patients with complex and chronic wounds
in the community, in a partnership between Royal
District Nursing Service (RDNS) and SALHN under
a HACC funding arrangement.
FMC Medical Oncology Clinical Practice Consultant
Michael Fitzgerald and FMC Cancer Services
Nursing Director Melinda Richardson will be involved
in the Supporting Cancer Survivors SAHA project.
Flinders volunteers provide much needed support
In its 39th year, the Volunteer Service
for Flinders Medical Centre continues to
flourish, with volunteers pitching in more
than 135,000 volunteer hours.
Formed in 1976 with a handful of members,
the service which now boasts more than 600
dedicated volunteers, raised more than $500,000
to support Flinders Medical Centre in the 2013/14
The donation supported vital medical research,
support services, equipment, community
education and staff development, including
$100,000 for general research and $40,000
towards PhD scholarships.
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Acting Chief Executive Officer Jackie Hanson
thanked the volunteers for their tireless work
and dedication at the volunteer services' annual
general meeting on Monday 29 September.
Among the key statistics from 2013/14:
• The guide service -- made up of 65 volunteers
-- directed and escorted more than 65,000
patients and visitors around the hospital
• At least 365 volunteers assisted in retail areas
• More than 2,000 flower arrangements were
delivered by flower services
• Ward services supported more than 8,000 patients.
"I would like to acknowledge the incredible
contribution the volunteer service makes to the
hospital and the many thousands of patients,
families and visitors who come through the doors
each year," Jackie said.
With the demand on our health services growing
at an incredible rate, Jackie said the need for
the volunteers' valuable support services would
become even more important in the years ahead.
"From the volunteers who comfort families in the
Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit
to those who guide visitors around the hospital
and those who offer company and a listening ear
to patients on the wards, the volunteer service is
extremely important in supporting the work of
our staff," she said.
Outgoing president of the volunteer service,
Barbara Howard, was recognised for her
outstanding commitment to the role over the past
Barbara said hard work, dedication and always
having the best interests of the service at heart,
were key to successfully holding the top job.
"Holding this position has given me the
opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
and working with similarly minded individuals and
I will certainly miss the challenge of the position,"
To find out more about the FMC Volunteer
Service, or to join, call 8204 3009.
10 / OCTOBER 2014 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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