Clinical Champions

Local clinical champions are essential to the development and implementation of integrated models of care and have worked with Wellbeing SA and Calvary-Medibank on the design and development of My Home Hospital.

These clinical leaders were selected through each Local Health Network (LHN), and in general practice, and play an important role as the clinical champion for uptake of My Home Hospital services at each network. They also regularly engage in ongoing collaboration with Wellbeing SA and Calvary-Medibank on service improvements.

The Clinical Champions will share, support, review and evaluate strategies undertaken in the domains of:

  • Disseminating information with the Local Health Network about My Home Hospital
  • Advocating for My Home Hospital with other professional groups
  • Assisting with building professional relationships to support the program, including referral and escalation
  • The development of relevant pathways and processes in the Local Health Network
  • The start-up and ongoing co-design of My Home Hospital
  • Seek and share feedback for Local Health Networks re My Home Hospital to inform continual improvement.

Dr Penny Conor (NALHN)

Dr Penny Conor is an Emergency Medicine Specialist and the current Divisional Director of Critical Care in the Northern Adelaide Health Network and has worked at the Lyell McEwin Hospital since 2014.

Dr Conor completed her specialist training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, and worked as an Emergency Specialist at Canterbury Hospital, before returning home to Adelaide. She also has experience in both the UK and New Zealand.

Dr Conor graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2004 and gained her fellowship with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in 2014 and she has a graduate certificate in Public Health from the University of Wollongong. She has an interest in patient flow and is excited be a Clinical Champion for My Home Hospital.

Christina D’Arcy (BHFLHN)

Christina D’Arcy currently works in the role of Patient Liaison Officer at Strathalbyn Hospital which is part of the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network. She has over 30 years of nursing experience. In this time if have worked as an Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse.

Christina has worked in acute, cardiac, rehabilitation, peri operative nursing, Metro Referral Unit and General Practice. She has also been involved in development of the Metro Peri Urban transfer team program, as well as co-ordination of rehabilitation for patients here in Strath.

Christina’s passion is ensuring client focus is a priority within in aspect of patient care and working within a multidisciplinary team to ensure effective and smooth discharge planning.

Dr Gregory Dubuc (NALHN)

Dr Gregory Dubuc is a Consultant Physician in General and Perioperative Medicine working with the Northern and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. In addition to clinical duties, Dr Dubuc has been a regular contributor towards the education of junior doctors and divisional quality improvement projects.

Dr Dubuc moved to Adelaide from Canada in 2007 and has worked exclusively in South Australia’s public health care system since 2011. Dr Dubuc is a patient advocate and strong believer in hospital avoidance strategies.

Dr Asha Fuller (WCHN)

Dr Asha Fuller works in general paediatrics at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Previous roles at the hospital included work in Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders as well as various general paediatric roles including child development.

Born in New Zealand, Dr Fuller moved to Adelaide as a teenager. She studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2008. Her training in General Paediatrics was based at the Women's and Children's Hospital, with additional placements in various metropolitan and country South Australian sites. She graduated as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2016. She also holds a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Fuller’s professional memberships include the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia and the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

Dr Emma Manifold (GP)

Dr Emma Manifold graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) in 2004. She graduated as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2013 and has worked in both urban and regional general practice and emergency medicine during her career.

Dr Manifold currently holds the position of Medical Director at Summit Health, an organisation providing general practice, emergency, mental health and allied health services to the Adelaide Hills community.

She also examines for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is involved in the teaching of Adelaide University medical students.

Dr Craig Whitehead (SALHN)

Dr Craig Whitehead is an Associate Professor at Flinders University and SAHMRI. He is also a clinician and the Regional Director of Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. Craig is a specialist geriatrician in active clinical practice and has extensive research experience in aged care, service delivery including conducting randomised trial of home rehab for hip fracture.

Craig has previously won an SA Health Award for his work in the emergency department and assessing older people. He is also a Board Director for Helping Hand aged care.