Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

The Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) provides leadership and advice within SA Health and the Government on clinical excellence and innovation with a focus on maximising health outcomes for patients, improving care and safety, monitoring performance, championing evidence-based practice and clinical innovation, and supporting collaboration.

In doing this, CEIH will:

  • bring together expertise from clinicians, consumers, health partners and other relevant stakeholders to maximise health outcomes for patients
  • be recognised as a centre for excellence, a strong partner for clinical improvement and innovation and will have recognised expertise which can influence design
  • support the provision of safer, more innovative and efficient healthcare through empowering clinicians and consumers.

Current opportunities

Clinical Advisory Council

Expressions of interest are now open for the Clinical Advisory Council for the CEIH. This Council is the peak advisory body to CEIH and will support the development of the CEIH’s vision and purpose in alignment with statewide health priorities and community expectations as well as provide advice, insight and support to the CEIH on its current and future programs of work. We are looking for:

  • Chair
  • Expert in Clinical Care (four members)
  • Expert in Consumer Representation
  • Expert in Community Group Representation
  • Expert in Health Economics
  • Expert Futurist/ Innovator
  • Expert in Clinical Research
  • Expert in Clinical Research Translation
  • Expert in Healthcare Administration and Management
  • Expert in Rural Health Care
  • Expert in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care.

If you are interested, please fill in the application form. Applications close on Wednesday 6 December 2019. Please view the following documents before completing your application:

Applications close on Wednesday 6 December 2019

Statewide Clinical Network Steering Committees

Information is available on the Statewide Clinical Networks page and the Consumer Partnerships page.

Clinical informatics

Registration is now open for the Clinical Informatics - Insights, Innovations and Leading Change event on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at The Playford Adelaide.

Register now for this free one-day event to hear about current developments and future directions of clinical informatics in the health sector.

Consultation feedback

In May 2019, a discussion paper on the CEIH and a Frequently Asked Questions document were circulated to a broad range of stakeholders, including all SA Health staff, Local Health Networks, Primary Health Networks and non-government organisations. Feedback was sought on the CEIH’s proposed vision, purpose, structures and outcomes, as well as how the CEIH can assist clinicians to innovate and improve care, how it should engage consumers and the community, and how to improve clinical analytics.

Over 60 responses were received. The Discussion Paper Consultation Report (PDF 540KB) provides a summary of this feedback. The report contains the key themes of the feedback and raises considerations which will further guide the design and function of the CEIH.

The CEIH thanks those who provided responses. For further information regarding the report, please email

Structure of the CEIH

The CEIH is led by a Commissioner, Professor Paddy Phillips, and has three divisions:

  • Clinical Partnerships
  • Clinical Improvement and Innovation
  • Clinical Informatics. 

An Office of the Commissioner supports the Commissioner and the divisions.

Commission will initially have three branches: Clinical Partnerships, Clinical Improvement and Innovation, and Clinical Informatics. An Office of the Commissioner will support the Commissioner and the branches

This structure may evolve over the first year of the Commissions establishment.

Statewide Clinical Networks

Statewide Clinical Networks are being established to enable better collaboration on ways to improve health care in South Australia. For more information on the networks, visit the Statewide Clinical networks page.

Further information

Feedback and questions about the Commission can be emailed to

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