Regional Health Advisory Councils
Information about the Regional Health Advisory Councils - advisory bodies, advising the Minister on health issues related to specific groups or regions.
The Eyre and Far North Local Health Network (EFNLHN) is part of SA Health and the local provider of hospital, aged care, community health, disability, and mental health services to a resident population of 41,000, plus tourists who flock to this part of the State, particularly in summer.
The Eyre and Far North is one of the State’s premier travel destinations, famous for its untamed beauty, multitude of landscapes, magnificent beaches, immersive wildlife experiences, cultural connection and Australia’s seafood hub.
EFNLHN looks after people from Cowell on the eastern Eyre Peninsula to Port Lincoln and across to the West Australian border and up to the Northern Territory border.
The population is incredibly diverse; residents who identify as Aboriginal make up more than 11 per cent of the population, compared with the SA total of 2.0 per cent.
Port Lincoln Hospital, with 48 beds, is the clinical hub for the 10 health sites based in the main towns, which combine hospital and residential aged care services.
Country Health Connect is our community health service, which delivers more care each year than the acute and residential aged care facilities combined.
The LHN also owns three medical practices covering most of the communities in the Eyre and Far North, and runs a remote area clinic at Oodnadatta and the Amata Family Wellbeing Centre.
Services include acute care, medical, accident and emergency, surgery, birthing and midwifery, specialist consultancy, renal dialysis, chemotherapy, transfusions, rehabilitation, residential and community aged care, respite care, transitional care packages, Aboriginal health, mental health, allied health, community health, community nursing, palliative care, community home support packages and home modifications.
Most General Practitioners (GPs) are contracted on a Fee for Service (FFS) basis, rather than directly employed, and provide a range of inpatient and specialist GP medical services, including obstetrics and anaesthetics.
In 2023, the first cohort of salaried junior doctors start their training at Port Lincoln Hospital, and will rotate through other LHN sites over the course of their training.
EFNLHN relies on relationships and partnerships with medical practitioners and a range of stakeholders to improve access to care and services.
The EFNLHN Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025 sets out the LHN’s purpose, vision, values, strategic priorities and the enablers to support the achievement of those priorities.