World Class Health Care

All South Australian families have a fundamental right to the world’s best health care. We know that healthy families and communities mean a better, more prosperous state. We are now embarking on the biggest-ever transformation of South Australia’s health system, to provide the quality care, effectiveness and accessibility that South Australians expect and deserve.

Mobile dialysis

Fund mobile dialysis truck to provide short term respite dialysis services to remote Aboriginal communities.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 63


The mobile dialysis truck continues to proivde dialysis treatments to remote Aboriginal communities, including the APY Lands.

Medical equipment

Invest in new, advanced medical equipment - $66 million to replace high priority medical equipment in metro and country hospitals.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57


The 2015-16 priorities have been delivered. Planning for delivery for 2016-17 and 2017-18 has commenced with a focus on medical imaging, physiological monitoring and anaesthetics.

Supporting HealthInSA

Fast tracking investment into Health in South Australia. Invest an additional $3 million on top of its original budget of $6.5 million over the next four years to HealthInSA and provide on-going funding of $2.3 million every year to HealthInSA.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 30


The 2016-17 Mid Year Budget Review included $6 million over two years to create a Health Industries Fund to be used to grow this important sector of the South Australian economy.

The Fund will be overseen by Health Industries South Australia and will provide targeted investment incentives for health sector companies to commercialise and grow their operations.

Elective surgery

New Elective Surgery Strategy to keep waiting times low and focus on areas of growing demand.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57

Healthy and Strong Children - Nature Play SA

Through the OPAL child health initiative’s Parks and Places theme throughout 2014, aim to get children more active in parks, playgrounds, walking trails and open spaces.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 74


Nature Play SA has been operating since 2014 and aims to make unstructured outdoor play in nature an everyday part of childhood. The program has distributed 155,000 passports, has 111,000 website users and 21,700 Facebook followers. There have been 229 media items in the traditional media. Nature Play SA now has 11 major partners and sponsors.

Patient Assistance Transport Scheme

Abolish the requirement for patients to pay the first $30 on the travel costs for each trip, increase the accommodation subsidy and expand the criteria to accommodate escorts. Allow for the approval of claims for the travel component even when patients extend their stay longer than medically necessary.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 63


Completed. Increases to accommodation subsidy payment and the abolishment of the $30 co-payment came into effect on 1 January 2015. An accommodation subsidy for patient escorts came into effect on 1 January 2015.

Flinders Medical Centre transformation

$100 million to build two new 28 single-bedroom wards, re-develop six existing wards, and establish short term inpatient holding capacity for the Emergency Department.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57 


This commitment was re-scoped in March 2015 following the announcement of $260 million investment to modernise, improve and upgrade our hospital infrastructure across metropolitan Adelaide, including an increased spend of $185.5 million at Flinders Medical Centre to upgrade and build brand new facilities.

Construction commenced at Flinders Medical Centre in November 2015 to deliver a state-of-the-art, brand new 55 bed rehabilitation centre, 30 bed aged acute mental health facility, 15 bed palliative care service and multi-level carpark. The car park will provide 1,780 spaces (1,220 more spaces than previously), meaning more parking closer to the hospital for patients attending appointments and families visiting their loved ones, as well as for our clinicians and other staff who work at Flinders Medical Centre.

Mental Health Plan

A re-elected Labor Government will ask the Mental Health Commission, once established, to develop the next stage of mental health reform, the South Australian Mental Health Plan.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 61


An informal consultation process on a new plan is being run through YourSAy, with comments to be received by 31 March 2017. A formal consultation process began on 1 March 2017, with a key findings paper to be developed in June 2017.

Workshops to agree priority issues and strategies will occur in June/July 2017.

The Mental Health Strategic Plan is proposed to be delivered in October 2017 as part of Mental Health Week.

100 Nurse Practitioners

Invest $2.4 million for training of more nurse practitioners. 16 of these positions will be in the areas of Allergy, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy and Diabetes.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 59


Following calls from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) for the State Government to establish more advanced practice roles for nurses in the public health system, the Nurse Practitioner election commitment has been re-scoped. This will see some of our nurses trained to provide low-risk colonoscopies to improve the detection of early stage Bowel Cancer in South Australians. Our nurses continue to acquire more and more life-saving skills throughout their career and this opportunity is another step in providing the best access to public health care.

Health guarantee

Labor guarantees that we will continue to increase our investment in better healthcare, and our State’s overall budget for healthcare will never be cut.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 55


Investment in our healthcare remains a priority, particularly improved access and a reduction in Emergency Department waiting times.


Deliver the Health@Home initiative, bringing together community healthcare programs to reduce need for hospital admissions or get people home more quickly.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 59


A Health@Home service directory has been developed and is available at


Build a new $11 million state-of-the-art base for the SA Ambulance Service’s MedSTAR team, next to the existing helipad at Adelaide Airport to enhance the emergency (ambulance) response for regional and remote areas of our State.
Source: Media Release, 25 February 2014


The construction of the Rescue Retrieval and Aviation Services Base is anticipated to be completed by late 2017.

Men's Health Strategy

Develop a new Men's Health Strategy. Expand existing workplace preventative health initiatives targeting male dominated industries.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 60


The workplace preventative health initiative continues to be delivered across the five high need male dominated industries (e.g. construction, farming, manufacturing, defence related enterprises and apprenticeships) reaching over 70,000 SA workers.

Health and biomedical precinct

Deliver a world-class health and biomedical precinct including a new, world-class Women’s and Children’s Hospital (to move to nRAH, opening 2023).
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 30


Construction of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital is nearing completion and construction of the new University of Adelaide and University of South Australia facilities are underway. The University of Adelaide facility is incorporating the relocated Adelaide Dental Hospital. Planning continues for the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Ambulance - Oakden station

Invest $6.6 million for a new ambulance station in Oakden to improve emergency response times.
Source: Media Release, 3 March 2014


The new Oakden Ambulance Station was officially opened by the Minister for Health on 19 June 2016.

Dialysis service

Establish and operate nine dialysis chairs at the Gawler Health Service.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 63

Health jobs for Country SA

Create more country health jobs in regions - transition of at least 65 Country Health SA jobs to 2 new regional hubs in Mt Gambier and Whyalla through natural attrition, leading to 30+ new jobs in these communities.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 63


As at February 2017, the Labor Government has created 53.5 full-time equivalent positions to meet the needs of the Whyalla and Mt Gambier communities.  

Anaphylaxis strategy

Work with clinicians and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy to develop a Statewide Anaphylaxis Strategy focussing on schools and the provision of epipen administration and provision.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 59


A review report of current management of anaphylaxis and adrenaline auto injectors in schools has been completed. A Strategy has been developed and the Department for Education and Child Development is currently finalising plans to implement the recommendations.

New ambulance stations

$7.5 million to build two new ambulance stations in Adelaide’s southern suburbs (re-build aged infrastructure at Noarlunga as well as building a new community ambulance station at Seaford).
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 58


The construction of the Noarlunga ambulance station is complete and an open day was held for the public on 16 October 2016.

A site has been confirmed for the Seaford community ambulance station, collocated with the Country Fire Service. Construction is expected to commence in April 2017 with completion by late 2017.

Community Care Paramedics

Create an additional team of 5 Community Care Paramedics with vehicles and tablet computers to pilot new program enabling treatment of more people in the community, to build on Community Care Paramedic initiative ($5.8 million over four years).
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 58


The pilot commenced in July 2016. Community Paramedics have been deployed into Outer Limestone Coast and Ceduna.

Hospital upgrades and development

Continue the build of hospitals including the upgrade of Modbury and Noarlunga Hospitals and the next stages of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57


As part of Transforming Health, more than $250 million is being spent to boost South Australia’s health infrastructure over the next three years.

$32 million for Modbury Hospital including a new hydrotherapy pool, therapy spaces and more rehabilitation beds.
Construction works to the new Ambulatory Rehabilitation Building and the Ward Refurbishment works are all completed.

$12 million for Noarlunga Hospital for a dedicated elective day surgery centre, including two new operating theatres, a dedicated paediatric space for children in the Community Emergency Department and relocation of the renal dialysis unit. Construction is complete on the new purpose-built Renal Dialysis Unit, which opened in April 2016. The new Day Surgery Unit at Noarlunga Hospital is now complete. The works for a further recovery area and the new Operating Theatre have begun and completion is expected in early 2017.

$22.4 million for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide a new hydrotherapy pool and therapy building, and major modifications to the ground and first floors of the main inpatient building. Consultation feedback is currently under review.

Lyell McEwin upgrade

Major improvements at the Lyell McEwin.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57


The redevelopment of the Lyell McEwin Hospital is complete and a community open day was held on 18 June 2016. For more information, please visit: 

Flinders neonatal unit

Commit $9.35 million to build a new neonatal unit at Flinders, which, once completed, would be expected to accommodate up to 50 cots compared to its current capacity of 35.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 57


Design development is well advanced for the redevelopment of the Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit Following the receipt of the necessary approals, construction is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2017 with completion expected towards the end of 2018.

Quality Health Services

In 2015, the Government will work to ensure that every South Australian can access quality health services. Our Transforming Health project will ensure that all South Australians can get the highest quality of care, the first time, and every time they enter the health system. However, Government will need to restructure existing services.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


An Implementation Schedule has been completed and continues to be monitored by the Transforming Health Implementation Committee.

Palliative care - Port Pirie

Relocate the palliative care service in Port Pirie.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome


The new Palliative Care Unit was officially opened by the Member for Frome, the Hon Geoff Brock MP and the Minister for Health on 6 May 2016.

Expand the Community Guardian Scheme

Expand the pilot scheme that currently recruits and trains Justices of the Peace, in conjunction with the Royal Association of Justices Inc.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 60


The State Government has committed $100,000 to the Office of the Public Advocate to better support existing and new Guardians. 

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