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.

SA Outpatient Redesign Steering Committee membership

Chair

The Chair of the SA OP Redesign Steering Committee is 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

  • Dr Michael Cusack — Chief Medical Officer, Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW)
  • Helen Chalmers — Executive Director, Health Services Programs, DHW
  • Angela Anderson — Nursing Director, Outpatient Support Services,  Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Professor Andrew Bersten  Clinical Director, Medicine Cardiac and Critical Care, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Renee Crossman— Program Manager - OP Redesign, DHW
  • Tamara Cypreos — Outpatient Reform Practice Manager,  Women's and Children's Health Network
  • Renee Giannopoulos — Director of Nursing, Health Services Programs, DHW
  • Ryan Jackson — Principal Project Officer, Primary Care Integration, Integrated Care Systems, Wellbeing SA
  • Viney Joshi — Executive Director of Medical Services, Yorke and Northern Local Health Network
  • Emily Kirkpatrick — Deputy Chief Medical Officer / Deputy Chief Public Health Officer
  • Dr Ingrid Lensink — Chief Allied and Scientific Health Officer, DHW
  • Sarah McRae  I/Executive of Strategy, Planning and Performance,  Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Outpatients
  • Katie Maiolo – Networks Program Director, Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health
  • Bret Morris — Chief Digital Health Officer, DHW
  • Michelle Munro, A/Outpatients Director,  Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Scott Pannunzio — A/Associate Director, Data and Governance and Strategy, DHW
  • Caroline Phegan — Executive Director of Medical Services, Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network 
  • Taryn Schubert – Principal Communication Adviser, DHW
  • Lynda Whiteway — Consumer Representative
  • Bill Wilson — Senior Anaesthetist / Chief Information Medical Officer, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Vacant position
    • Nursing Director, Outpatients and Ambulatory Care Services,  Central Adelaide Local Health Network Outpatients
    • Senior Project Officer Outpatient Redesign, DHW