Voluntary separation packages available

5 September 2019

Staff across the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network have an opportunity to register their interest in Voluntary Separation Packages (VSPs) following the successful uptake of VSPs in other areas of SA Health and across Government.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) CEO, Lesley Dwyer, said the approach would support continued financial recovery and improved efficiencies within CALHN.

“Over the past few months we have been redesigning the way we work to ensure service delivery continues to put patients at the centre of everything we do, and so that we can become more efficient in the way we do things,” Ms Dwyer said.

“This process is not about targeting individual staff; rather offering VSPs gives us the opportunity to realign our resources.

“A recent public sector survey indicated that a large number of our employees were interested in leaving the workplace and the VSP process gives staff a chance to express their interest in a package and time to consider their options, without being locked into an immediate decision.

“We need to operate within our means, and to bring CALHN back to a size and a shape that will allow us to realise the ambition that we have for the future.”

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) CEO, Lindsey Gough, said offering voluntary separation packages is, in part, a response to interest from staff.

“Some staff have asked about the possibility of VSPs and the Department of Treasury and Finance have afforded us an opportunity to offer these at this in time,” Ms Gough said.

“We are eager to hear from interested staff through the expressions of interest, and will work collaboratively with our clinical leaders to ensure our patient outcomes remain the priority.

“This approach will help us continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the families and communities we serve, while ensuring our services are financially sustainable.

“Through this process, as well as other financial programs underway at WCHN, we want to safeguard our ability to focus on investing in priority areas including innovation of services, research and education and the development of our current and future leaders into the future.”

As part of the financial management within WCHN, business consultants KPMG have recently been engaged to assist in developing and implementing financial and business improvement plans over the 2019/20 financial year.

KPMG will work alongside WCHN to deliver financial improvement programs across the Network, including delivery of specific WCHN-wide projects.

All applications for VSPs will be considered in the context of wider staffing requirements, and will be non-binding. Staff can withdraw their expression of interest for a VSP any time prior to accepting a formal offer.

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