SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee

About the Steering Committee

The SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee is an advisory group focused on appropriate implementation of strategies to:

  • Improve access to care and quality clinical outcomes by reducing time spent on waiting lists for treatment, in accordance with clinically recommended timeframes.
  • Improve transparency for referrers and patients to support informed decision making.
  • Embrace innovation and new technology to support contemporary care delivery and access, particularly for those patients living in country and regional settings.
  • Improve data access and data quality to support clinical, operational and strategic decision making.
  • Improve system-wide governance and accountability to improve the rigor and transparency of the outpatient system.
  • Rethinking and redesigning how outpatient services are commissioned, and where they are delivered to drive sustainable improvements
  • Exploring opportunities for services to be provided in primary health and community health care settings.   

Role and function of the SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee

The purpose of the SA OP Redesign Steering Committee is to:

  • Provide strategic advice in relation to improving access to services agnostic of the location.
  • Provide advice and guidance in relation to opportunities to improve patient access to specialist services by reducing waiting times for both new and review appointments. 
  • Explore the opportunities for the use of innovative technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of OP service delivery.
  • Examine the governance and accountability structures that related to OP.
  • To improve data and reporting capabilities for strategic, operational and clinical purposes.
  • Ensure the issues that relate to OP specific craft groups are represented, including medical, nursing, allied health and administrative groups.
  • Develop linkages and relationships between the primary and secondary health sectors, specifically General Practice and primary health noting the need for improved referral pathways and the Health pathways project as well.
  • Explore opportunities for services to be provided in locations closer to patients’ home.

Governance, roles and responsibilities of the SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee

OP Redesign Steering Committee provide strategic advice and governance in relation to opportunities to improve patient access to specialist services by reducing waiting times for both new and review appointments.

GP Sub committee members provide advice, in relation to improving access to services and develop linkages and relationships between the primary and secondary health sector.

SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee membership

Chair

The Chair of the SA OP Redesign Steering Committee will be Dr Michael Cusack, Chief Medical Officer & Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Department for Health and Wellbeing. In the event that the Chair is unable to attend a scheduled meeting, the Chair shall nominate a Member to act as Chair.

Committee members

  • Michael Cusack  Chief Medical Officer, Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW)
  • Helen Chalmers  Executive Director, Health Services Programs and Funding, DHW
  • Emily Pumpa   A/Director of Nursing, Health Services Programs and Funding, DHW
  • Emily Kirkpatrick  Deputy Chief Medical Officer / Deputy Chief Public Health Officer
  • Bret Morris Chief Digital Health Officer, DHW
  • Holly Smith Associate Director, Data and Governance and Strategy, DHW
  • Pamela Hewavasm  A/Program Manager - OP Redesign, DHW
  • Senior Project Officer — OP Redesign, DHW
  • Monica Novick  Manager, Primary Care Integration Integrated Care Systems, Wellbeing SA
  • Bill Wilson  Senior Anaesthetist / Chief Information Medical Officer, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)
  • Viney Joshi  Executive Director Medical Services, Yorke and Far North Local Health Network
  • Caroline Phegan  Clinical Lead, Urgent Care Statewide Clinical Network / Executive Director Medical Services
  • Mark Morphett  ED Consultant, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)
  • Catherine Turnbull  Chief Allied and Scientific Health Officer, DHW
  • Lynda Whiteway  Consumer Representative
  • NALHN Outpatients
    • Julia Strawbridge — A/OP Director
    • Jeanette Routley — Principal Project Consultant
    • Sandra Parr  Executive Director, Allied Health Services
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network Outpatients
    • Elizabeth Kraft   Nursing Director, Outpatients and Ambulatory Care Services
    • Matthew Beard   Lead Physiotherapist, Spinal Assessment Clinic / Representing Chief Allied and Scientific Health Officer
    • Renee Giannopoulos  Clinical Program Delivery Manager- Specialty Medicine 1 & Outpatients
  • SALHN Outpatients
    • Angela Anderson Nursing Director, Outpatient Support Services
  • Women's and Children's Health Network Outpatients
    • Jane Jennings   A/Cheif Operations Officer
    • Tamara Cypreos  Outpatient Reform Practice Manager