Riverland Mallee Coorong engagement

Mannum aged care

Our vision for aged care is that we will support older people to have the best possible quality of life in a safe and home-like environment, while providing high quality care that promotes dignity, respect, choice, independence, and social connection.

The Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) in collaboration with Aminya Village (Aminya), is undertaking consultation to gauge the feasibility of transferring Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) residents from the Hills Mallee Southern Aged Care Facility (HMSAF) in Mannum to Aminya.

We are undertaking this consultation because:

  • the small size of the HMSAF poses challenges for RMCLHN, both in terms of ensuring the provision of contemporary care that meets the Aged Care Quality Standards and ensuring the sustainability and training of aged care staff.
  • the HMSAF is dated and built on the grounds of the Mannum District Hospital, which is landlocked and therefore cannot be expanded.

Our proposal is that Aminya would undertake capital works to develop additional purpose-built residential aged care facilities for HMSAF residents to move into. 

This would ensure current and future aged care residents in Mannum have access to safe, high quality care in a purpose-built RACF. 

If approved to proceed, it is anticipated the transition would take approximately 10-12 months.

Consultation is already underway with residents, families, carers and staff, and members of the broader community are now invited to have their say as part of the consultation process to ensure all voices are heard.  

To have your say, complete the survey at bit.ly/MannumAgedCare

RMCLHN is committed to designing and delivering health care services that meet the diverse and unique needs of people living within our regional communities.

Information about the Hills Mallee Southern Aged Care Facility

The Hills Mallee Southern Aged Care Facility in Mannum is a Commonwealth-funded Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) that is collocated with the Mannum District Hospital at 1 Parker Street in Mannum.

It is a single-level, 13 bed facility (10 single rooms with shared ensuite and 3 shared rooms with a shared ensuite) that currently accommodates 12 residents.

The facility features a communal lounge and dining facilities, a sunroom, meditation room, courtyard and gardens.

Mannum District Hospital currently has 60 employees, a percentage of whom work across the hospital and RACF through an integrated staffing arrangement, providing 24-hour support to residents.

As well as a comprehensive clinical care program, residents have access to scheduled visits by a General Practitioner, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist and Podiatrist.

The Hills Mallee Southern Aged Care Facility is located across the road from a community-owned, Commonwealth-funded RACF called Aminya Village.

Information about Aminya Village

Aminya is an approved provider of residential aged care services and operates 28 independent living units in addition to the Residential Aged Care Facility.

Aminya is run by Mid Murray Homes for the Aged and is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors made up of elected members from the community and nominees of the Mid Murray Council. 

What will happen to the space currently used by the Hills Mallee Southern Aged Care Facility?

A separate planning process will be undertaken to determine the future use of the space currently used for residential aged care in Mannum Hospital. Options include the provision of additional inpatient beds and a dedicated rehabilitation and transitional care program space.

RMCLHN Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Our Vision

The inaugural Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is now available.

The aim of the Plan is to define the focus of our organisation over the next five years by identifying our goals and priorities across four strategic themes:

  • Caring for our Communities
  • Excellence in Clinical Care
  • Local Accountability
  • Investing in our People.

Our Purpose

The Strategic Plan sets out our purpose as a network – Our people caring for our communities. This means we will work together to care for local communities and develop our region as a centre of excellence in rural health care, research and teaching. We will support people in the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network to have the best possible quality of life, by providing timely, high quality care as close to home as possible, that promotes dignity, respect, choice, independence and social connection.

The Strategic Plan also includes our Vision for our communities, including aged care, mental health, community health, Aboriginal health and acute care – you can read these in full in the Strategic Plan.

Our Values

Our Values are represented by the phrase RMC CARES. RMC CARES is a statement in itself and represents our values as an organisation:

  • Respectful
  • Motivated
  • Compassionate
  • Consumer Focussed
  • Accountable
  • Resourceful
  • Excellence
  • Service.

In the Strategic Plan, you can read what these values mean and what they look like in action, including our practices and personal behaviours that embody and promote these values.

Who is it for?

The Strategic Plan is for our workforce, consumers and communities. Our workforce includes clinicians, non-clinicians, visiting medical specialists, Rural Support Service (RSS) staff, contractors, volunteers and partners.

You’re a consumer if you use our health services, or are affected by the delivery of our healthcare services – for example, if you’re a family member, carer, friend or support person to someone who uses our services.

How was it developed?

RMCLHN is committed to strong consumer and community engagement and values the contribution consumers can make to improve health services, including through service planning, designing care, and measuring and evaluating services.

The Plan was developed through consultation with consumers, carers, community members, volunteers, staff and partner organisations.

We consulted with key staff and the Governing Board members at a Strategic Planning Day in August 2020, and with Health Advisory Council members at the HAC Regional Conference in September 2020.  We also consulted with Aboriginal consumers, partners and stakeholders at the Aboriginal Health Community forums in October 2020.

The final Plan was developed following broad internal and external consultation on the draft Plan, and has been endorsed by Shane Mohor, our Aboriginal Health representative on the RMCLHN Governing Board, and RMCLHN’s Director of Aboriginal Health, Sharon Perkins.

How will it be implemented and evaluated?

A rolling three-year Operational Plan will be developed to implement the RMCLHN Strategic Plan.

Overall progress and key performance indicators will be reported on at the RMCLHN Annual Public Meeting and in the Annual Report.

The Strategic Plan will sit alongside our Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy and Clinician and Workforce Engagement Strategy which are available below.

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Engagement Strategies

The Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) has updated its Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy (CCES) and Clinician and Workforce Engagement Strategy (CAWES).

The Strategies were reviewed and updated following consultation with staff and stakeholders.

The purpose of the review was to track and evaluate how we are engaging with our consumers, communities, clinicians and our workforce, look at what we are doing well and what we could do better.

We consulted on the CCES in 2021 through the RMCLHN Planning Workshop and discussion with the Health Advisory Councils (HACs).

The feedback provided through consultation centred on the implementation and meaningfulness of the Strategy, and its accessibility. Consequently, RMCLHN has agreed to develop and share a work plan with the HACs that demonstrates how we are implementing the Strategy and develop a one-page summary of the Strategy that will be available at sites and via this webpage.

We consulted on the CAWES in 2021 through the RMCLHN Planning Workshop, Senior Staff Forum and via an online survey.  The feedback provided through consultation informed minor amendments to the CAWES, including the incorporation of wording from the Strategic Plan and monitoring of the Strategy through the RMCLHN Operational Plan. The key elements of the Strategy were not changed.

Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy

  

The Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy, or CCE Strategy for short, guides how we engage with consumers and the community.

The aim of the CCE Strategy is to integrate, strengthen and promote meaningful engagement with consumers, and the broader community, and provides direction for how we will work with consumers and the community to provide the best possible care and services for our region now and into the future.

Engagement, in simple terms, is about how we talk with you, listen to you and collaborate with you on important issues.

A consumer is anyone who uses our health services, or is affected by the delivery of our healthcare services – that is, if you’re a family member, carer, friend or support person of someone who uses our services. For example:

  • If you’ve ever taken your sick child to the Riverland General Hospital emergency department, you’re a consumer of our healthcare services.
  • If your Dad lives in one of our Aged Care facilities, both you and your Dad are consumers of our healthcare services.
  • If you see a physiotherapist at the Lameroo Hospital, you’re a consumer of our healthcare services.
  • If you have a community health nurse visiting your home in Meningie, you’re a consumer of our healthcare services.

Download a digital copy of the Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy.

For further information, or to request the strategy in a different format, please contact:

Consumer Engagement Officer
Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network
Telephone: (08) 8580 2400 (Berri Office) (08) 8535 6777 (Murray Bridge Office)
Email: Health.RMCConsumers@sa.gov.au

Clinician and Workforce Engagement Strategy


RMCLHN has developed a Clinician and Workforce Engagement Strategy following widespread consultation with clinicians and our general workforce.

While the Act stipulates the Governing Board is required to develop a clinician engagement strategy, we sought endorsement to broaden the scope of our strategy to incorporate all RMCLHN workforce. This has allowed us to develop a more comprehensive strategy that encapsulates the unique needs and composition of our regional workforce.

The aim of the strategy is to promote consultation, collaboration and genuine engagement with health, and other, professionals working within RMCLHN. It applies to all RMCLHN staff and stakeholders who provide, or contribute to, the provision of services to our communities. This includes clinicians, non-clinicians, visiting medical specialists, Rural Support Service (RSS) staff, contractors, volunteers and partners (e.g. our partners include General Practitioners (GPs) and Statewide Clinical Support Services employees who partner with RMCLHN).

Download a digital copy of the Clinician and Workforce Engagement Strategy.

For further information, or to request the strategy in a different format, please contact:

Manager Secretariat
Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network
Telephone: (08) 8535 6707
Email: Health.RMCConsumers@sa.gov.au

Our Governing Board is required to develop and publish these strategies under Section 33A of the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Act 2018 (the Act).

Both strategies sit alongside the RMCLHN Strategic Plan.