How can we grow the health and medical industry sector in South Australia to support the state’s annual 3 per cent growth target?

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 24 September to 25 October 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the consultation.

South Australia’s combined health and aged care delivery services are amongst the fastest growing and largest components of our economy.

We want to hear from you what is required within the Health and Medical Industries sector to accelerate South Australia’s Gross State Product up to 3% per annum.

Read the Health and Medical Industries Discussion Paper and provide your feedback by commenting in the box below.

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Kay Conlon

24 Oct 2019

Education & Training

Time Education & Training is an organisation in SA that has delivered this qualification, HLT37015 CIII Sterilisation Services, for the last eight years. There is an ongoing demand for Sterilisation Services Technicians as more procedures are scheduled. Day surgery procedures have increased the volume of procedures and it will continue to do so especially as we age and need replacement parts.

Our past students are working in sterilisation services units all over SA and in other states. It is a requirement of the qualification that students are assessed 'working under general supervision and within established procedures in a range of health service organisations'. One of the issues we face is, there are very few health service organisations that support the practical application of learning for this qualification. SA is new to the concept of 'practical experience on work placement' for sterilisation services technicians, although it is the norm for Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Practitioners. Sterilisation Services units are very busy places. We need more practical work placement opportunities.

A small number of organisations have supported us with work placements and have gained from it within their own units, and by observing the students without an obligation of offering job opportunities, they are identifying the traits they want in future employees. The students have also gained, they go into a work placement with full health and security clearances and a good underpinning knowledge of the processes in sterilisation services and the practical application brings their learning to life. They leave their placement on a high and know they want to work in this industry. The practical work placement enables them to complete the qualification and apply for work. Units require candidates to have, or in some cases be working towards the HLT37015 qualification, which according to the industry standards soon all employees must have.

We had considered developing a sterilisation services unit but the cost and space required is prohibitive.

Manufacturing is not so prevalent in Adelaide and those who used to work in manufacturing have many of the transferable skills but need to learn the specifics of sterilisation services. The beauty of this industry is that technicians range from school leavers to the semi retired.

Help those training students who want to enter sterilisation services, support the need for employees in this sector of the health industry.

Kay Conlon - Coordinator Sterilisation Services at Time Education & Training

Chris Blaikie

18 Oct 2019

For a start the Health and Medical Industries sector would have to keep better records and be generally less corrupt and more accountable to oversight and the people who use its services.
Even MLCOA has no complaints procedure or avenue for dispute.
Wakefield Private Hospital does not feel the need to respond to complaints about its emergency department possibly because it does not even manage it.
Doctors have little or no accountability and can lie and act with impunity. They are even harassed by people in the health system if they do try to act with integrity.

SA Government refused ICAC more funds to investigate health system corruption

It has been revealed that the South Australian Government refused to fund a review of corruption in the health system, despite acknowledging corruption in the system was being shielded by poor record-keeping and maladministration.
Key points:

Commissioner Bruce Lander says poor records at SA Health make it hard to detect corruption
He was refused $2 million in extra funding to review practices within the department
Complaints to ICAC increased last year to more than 1,200

Letters released by Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander show he requested $2 million last August to fund an evaluation of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, which runs the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Mr Lander released the documents today after yesterday declaring he was confident there was corruption in the health system, but the agency's poor recordkeeping made it hard to find.

"It will interfere with proper governance, it will make corruption difficult to detect and it will cost the taxpayer a lot of money," he said yesterday.

In a letter to Health Minister Stephen Wade last August, Mr Lander requested money for the evaluation, saying the state's local health networks "are at serious risk of corruption, misconduct and maladministration".

"Based upon observations over nearly five years as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, I have formed the view that there is widespread maladministration throughout SA Health," Mr Lander wrote.

"A number of investigations already undertaken by my office have been thwarted because of poor records management and condonation of improper behaviour or improper practices by senior staff.

"Those investigations have exposed not only significant wrongdoing and misuse of public resources, but a culture and an environment where such conduct is not identified and dealt with appropriately.

"The adverse financial consequences to the state are, in my view, significant."

Commissioner Lander told the Government he was of the view he could help the agency recoup far more than the cost of the inquiry.

He also noted that Mr Wade had given in-principle support to an evaluation.

ICAC already received extra funding

Treasurer Rob Lucas wrote back to Mr Lander last September refusing the funding request, pointing out that the Government had appointed external advisers KordaMentha to run through the Central Adelaide Local Health Network's books.

"The Government … has provided ICAC with additional funding of $14.5 million over four years to support its operations and to enable ICAC to hold public hearings," the Treasurer wrote.

"Therefore I advise that the Government is not in a position to provide any further additional funding as outlined in your letter."
Surgery affected by 'distressing' power outage glitch at Royal Adelaide Hospital
PHOTO: The Central Adelaide Local Health Network runs the Royal Adelaide Hospital. (ABC News)

The same day, Mr Lander wrote back to the Health Minister, saying the lack of money would prevent him conducting the evaluation.

"I am disappointed that the Government is not in a position to provide the resources necessary in order to conduct that evaluation," Mr Lander responded.

"I think such an evaluation would be of significant benefit to the state, but given the sheer size of such an undertaking I am simply not equipped to conduct it given my present resources."

Speaking on Radio FiveAA today, Mr Lucas defended his decision.

"We know we've got significant problems in health, and when the commissioner raised this issue with us last year … he wanted an additional $2 million in addition to the $14.5 million to do an evaluation of SA Health and … he said it's going to take him 12 to 15 months, I think it was, to do that," Mr Lucas said.

"We said we don't have time to wait for another inquiry to tell us what we already know."

Joe Tanham

27 Sep 2019

HEALTH & WELLNESS INDUSTRY: Follow the lead of ACT and legalise the use/possession and personal plant growth of cannabis for every consenting adult in South Australia. Support domestic medical cannabis industry entrants in this new health market with assistance from all government sectors. To date, South Australian licence applicants/new business entrants have been met with state sector red lights even in the final stages of lengthy expensive licence application. The positive health benefits of natural healing medical and or recreational cannabis are well documented world wide. South Australian adults want to legally benefit and increase their health and well being. South Australians in senior years would benefit from reduced depression, anxiety, migraines, pain control, rheumatism, sleep disorder, appetite, ptsd, etc, etc. The open market/business opportunities are enormous. Australian patients who can benefit are still left to confront the black market. A progressive transparent State legality of cannabis for adults like ACT could yield South Australia's target of 3% increase in this sector alone.

Government Agency

Health and Medical Industries > Joe Tanham

30 Sep 2019

Thank you for joining our discussion Joe.

Your comments will be taken into consideration during the consultation process for the Health and Medical Industries Sector Strategy.

Chris Blaikie > Joe Tanham

18 Oct 2019

Basically, if you are a young person, you should be aiming to leave this state and if you have children encourage them to look into doing so also.
Corruption and mismanagement is rife and there is a rush to mine everywhere as the whole of the state turns into a desert.

Rainer Haberberger

27 Sep 2019

Establish a close connection between Universities and businesses to a) accelerate R & D for businesses and b) provide workplaces for graduates. To do that models of graduating based on study and working in a business should be established. This would increase the value of Adelaide as a place to study as well as as increase the value of businesses as educators. Unfortunately the cycle of generating new companies that generate revenue is longer than an election cycle. There will be no increased revenue within 10 years but there might be the opportunity to generate a critical mass that attracts bigger players in the field.

Government Agency

Health and Medical Industries > Rainer Haberberger

30 Sep 2019

Thank you for your feedback Professor Haberberger. We will take it into consideration.

S.G Klippel-Cooper

27 Sep 2019

By employing our local science graduates instead of importing the workers from overseas ( such as occurring in SAHMRI). Our children should be the driving force behind any South Australian growth target. This will reduce the brain drain and encourage more local students to undertake STEM courses at our Universities. At the moment, SA is importing far too many scientists and overlooking the fantastic opportunities that our locally educated university graduates can give to this state. If SA wants to be the best, then how about asking our University graduates who are our future to development methods to achieve these targets. I personally have 3 that would love the opportunity to gain employment in SA to help SA achieve its full potential.

Government Agency

Health and Medical Industries > S.G Klippel-Cooper

30 Sep 2019

Thank you for your input. Your comments have been noted and will be taken into consideration.

S.G Klippel-Cooper > S.G Klippel-Cooper

30 Sep 2019

It is great that my comments have been noted but where are the jobs for our graduates? The Prime Minister has stated regularly that we need to get people off welfare and into employment, yet there is no employment for our science graduates unless they leave the state. We are driving our own brain drain. Additionally, these graduates are encouraged to create start up companies or create new and exciting medical technologies but there is no support in this state for them. They have all the ideas but no funding to develop these technologies. How do they build a working model without financial support? Why do we continue to spend money on useless projects when we should be backing our graduates as a means to develop future scientific technologies that will make SA the science leader in Australia.

Joe Tanham > S.G Klippel-Cooper

30 Sep 2019

I agree with you, I spent many years in the medical device industry before joining a group of founders, Plant Biologists, directors and consultants in formation of a new health industry, medicinal cannabis. After team trips to medical cultivation facilities in Canada fulfilling licence application requirements etc, we were met with government sector red tape throughout the 2 year process. On paper, the 'support' is there but in reality forget about it. The regulatory model for patients wanting access is a failure. South Australia has fallen way behind other states and external offshore medicinal cannabis companies will not consider South Australia. Again, massive employment opportunities for South Australian graduates ignored by our State governments.

S.G Klippel-Cooper > S.G Klippel-Cooper

30 Sep 2019

Thanks Joe for your support. The SA Government appear to only be interested in areas that have advertisement potential for them. The Space Industry,while having the potential for creating jobs, will do very little for our current graduates. The jobs will be given to older scientists currently in the sector, you only have to read he Advertiser to see who is making money on the government's push to embrace the space industry. While space is interesting, how do we justify spending all that money when we have graduates trying to survive on the Newstart allowance with little or no possibility of gaining employment. Instead of splashing cash to support businesses that are already making money, how about offering financial support to our science graduates to create the technologies that will improve the health and lives of all South Australians. I personally know 2 graduates that have spent the last year trying to get financial support to allow them to develop their ideas on a new cheap energy source, a method to reduce the cost of producing medicine and an innovative medical technology to improve the health sector. But, all they have been told is repeatedly, is "as they have no money to put into projects the government is not interested in assisting them". Energy prices are hurting this state but the Government will not take a chance on these graduates to produce cheap and renewable energy for all.