SA Health Governance: Advocacy for OTA Members

Occupational Therapy Australia was recently approached to comment on the re-introduction of the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA). The Bill is being introduced to establish an effective health services oversite framework in line with more decentralised health services throughout the state.

In response, Miriam Hobson OTA's Manager in SA and NT compiled a comprehensive summary of the positions of a range of key stakeholders and the potential implications for clinicians. We have joined with a range of contributors to support a SACOSS statement which calls for five key considerations:

  • the functions of the Health Performance Council to be embedded into the framework;
  • consumer representation to help ensure prevention and indigenous service needs;
  • independent mental health services leadership;
  • a focus on preventative and community as well as primary / hospital health care; and
  • Local Health Network (LHN) board arrangements be aimed at reducing any unintended fragmentation of services.  

In addition, OTA has indicated to Ministers and senior SA Health contacts that it supports the appointment of dedicated clinical leadership at the highest levels across the new network boards to ensure a balanced, evidence-based approach to prioritising health services is core to the new decentralised framework.

The Bill is due to be tabled this week. With many of the surrounding implementation systems already in place, such as the LHN boards and Wellbeing SA services, we look forward to working with the state government to support effective outcomes for our members and their SA service consumers.

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