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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.
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COVER Flinders Medical Centre Paediatrician
Dr Matthew Scholar examines one-year-old patient
Mackenzie Heinrich in the outpatient paediatric clinic.
Hello and welcome to the final edition
of Southern Health News for 2014.
It has been a big year for the Southern Adelaide
Local Health Network (SALHN).
There have been many exciting developments,
including the opening of the 120-bed ViTA
facility at Repatriation General Hospital, the
establishment of the Statewide Eating Disorder
Service and several projects launched through the
new Southern Adelaide Health Alliance
(www.saha.org.au) just to name a few.
SALHN has developed many new models of care
and ways of treating patients, introduced the
Electronic Patient Administration System (EPAS) into
most of its sites and has seen higher numbers of
patients and delivered more babies than ever before.
In a final flurry of activity, a Mental Health Short
Stay Unit has recently been established in the
Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department.
This unit will provide a more conducive area for
people experiencing mental health problems and
will promote a faster recovery.
I am very proud of the way in which our staff are
responding to the needs of people with mental
health issues. Our hospital-based mental health
teams and our community-based mental health
teams provide wonderful care to these consumers
and our facilities are now offering improved
patient care and working environments.
To further demonstrate this, next year we can
look forward to the development of a community
mental health centre at Noarlunga, where many
mental health staff will provide assessment and
review of mental health consumers, as well as
administration and monitoring of medication and
other mental health interventions from GP Plus
Super Clinic Noarlunga.
I was delighted to attend the SA Health Awards
recently, where many SALHN staff and services
were finalists and four were announced as award
winners, including one of our mental health
teams. This is further recognition of the talent and
expertise we have in the south. Read more about
the award winners on pages 4 and 5.
Finally, I would like to wish our Chief Operating
Officer Jackie Hanson all the best for her new
role as Chief Executive Officer of the Northern
Adelaide Local Health Network, which she will
commence in the New Year. Information about
the new Chief Operating Officer for SALHN will
be provided to readers in the New Year.
I would like to wish all of our readers a very safe
and happy festive period and thank all of the
hard working staff who will be caring for our
community while many are holidaying. I would also
like to thank all of our readers for their support
throughout the year and encourage you to provide
feedback about Southern Health News to
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
From the Chief
2 / DECEMBER 2014 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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