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SA Health

Government of South Australia

May 2019

Reference:

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/about+us/about+sa+health/health+and+wellbeing+strategy+2019-2023

In developing the South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024 Framework (the
Framework) for your feedback we consulted extensively with consumers through the Health Consumers
Alliance along with our senior health service managers (clinicians and other executives) in Local Health
Networks (LHNs), senior managers within the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW), and other
external stakeholders, to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

There were some subjects which quickly emerged as being important to many survey responders as they appeared across the spectrum of all the themes. The first being, wellness and prevention rather than treating illness, the second, responsibility of individuals in maintaining good health.  Then concerns were raised over ramping at our hospitals and the lengthy wait times for elective surgery.  Mental health and its related concerns within the health care setting was featured prominently, and several priority groups wished to be identified and recognised individually within the strategy and have their specific health needs addressed.  Finally raised were the unique issues health consumers may have with access to services, especially for those who were outside of the metropolitan areas, was repeated throughout the feedback.