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New government's first 100 

medicSA July 2018 

By the time you read this, the new Government will have reached and breached its first 100 days, working down a checklist of objectives, including a number focussed on health. So, what has been on the agenda? The 100 days ‘to do’ list that was published pre-election included:

  • Ministerial Development Plan to zone the Repat site for health care services
  • Initiate the process to re-open operating theatres on the Repat site to reduce the elective surgery backlog
  • Commence establishment of a High Dependency Unit at Modbury Hospital
  • Suspend the roll-out of the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) to other hospital sites and establish an independent review into its functionality, performance and longterm prospects
  • Commence preparations for the public release of information on outpatient clinic waiting times by speciality and hospital on a quarterly basis from 1 July 2018
  • Establish high-level task force to drive co-location of new Women’s and Children’s Hospital with new Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Enhanced partnerships with nongovernment organisations to deliver workshops for parents of children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties in regional centres across South Australia
  • Discussions underway between SAPOL, Department of Education and Child Development and Independent and Catholic schools on protocols for use of police sniffer dogs in schools against drug use
  • Prepare and introduce legislation to implement the war on drugs program
  • Introduce legislation to decentralise governance of the public health system, including management of budgets by Local Health Network Boards
  • Restore 24/7 cardiac emergency capacity at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Initiate establishment of specialiststate-wide Borderline Personality Disorder service
  • Launch SA Healthy Towns Challenge Program
  • Initiate upgrade of renal unit at Mt Gambier Hospital
  • Preparations for a community-based drug addiction rehabilitation pilot in the Riverland
  • Work commenced to make foster care and kinship care payments available for people up to 21 years of age
  • Reforms initiated in recruitment practices for child protection workers
  • Recruitment underway for Assistant Commissioner for Aboriginal Children
  • A timetable for all state disability services to be transferred to the NGO sector, including group homes
  • Re-introduce Disability Inclusion Bill

At the time of writing we have yet to see where all these initiatives stand, with various Bills before Parliament, and various wheels in motion. Members with any feedback on these measures, or other government initiatives as they advance, are encouraged to contact us at You can also find the AMA(SA)’s overview of Liberal election health policies at

Pictured: A/Prof William Tam with Premier Steven Marshall at the premier’s SA Press Club address in April on his plan for his first 100 days.