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Landmark agreement to improve patient services

A landmark agreement between SA Health and 13 health providers is set to improve access to patient services and revolutionise the management of hospital demand.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said a new Patient Services Panel has been established which will allow public patients to access services they need earlier at private facilities, resulting in reduced waiting times for elective procedures and increased capacity in our public hospitals.

Third lane to be provided on South Eastern Freeway

A third lane on the South Eastern Freeway is set to be added between Crafers and Stirling in both directions to help ease traffic congestion and improve safety.

The $14.2 million project, jointly funded by the Morrison and Marshall Governments, involves the conversion of the existing emergency lanes into full time traffic lanes and installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure.

$10 million for sterile insect fruit fly technology

South Australia’s role at the forefront of Australian research into the sterile insect technology for Queensland fruit fly has been strengthened through a new $10 million funding agreement.

The agreement includes nearly $600,000 in State Government funding for the National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) Facility at Port Augusta as part of a $10 million national funding arrangement to cover staffing and operating costs at the facility through to 31 March 2022.

Murray Bridge Hospital ED upgrade approved

Plans for the upgrade the emergency department at Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital have been given the stamp of approval.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said State Parliament’s Public Works Committee recently signed off on final plans for the project. 

“It is great to know that this project will roll out in the coming months. The $7 million redevelopment and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department (ED) will deliver state-of-the-art health services to the people of Murray Bridge and the surrounding regions.

New forensic beds to ease pressure on EDs

Ten new forensic mental health beds have opened at Glenside, increasing bed capacity across the system and helping to relieve pressure on metropolitan emergency departments.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said opening the dedicated Forensic Secure Inpatient Unit would free up general mental health beds in our hospitals and reduce unnecessary long waits in emergency departments for mental health consumers waiting for an acute bed.

No flies on you as quarantine station upgrade complete

A $2 million upgrade of the Yamba Quarantine Station has been completed as the Marshall Liberal Government continues to invest in protecting South Australia from the devastation of fruit fly.

The upgrade includes new entry and exit routes, an additional pull-off area to enable further investigations when fruit fly host materials are detected, and extra office accommodation for increased staff numbers needed at the facility to enforce the state’s zero tolerance approach.

New interactive recruitment website to help attract foster carers across South Australia

A new, more engaging foster care recruitment website is attracting strong attention from potential carers, generating almost 80 online enquiries in its first month.

The website – fostercare.sa.gov.au – guides visitors through a questionnaire, which asks about their living situation, cultural background, age and work, highlighting the diversity of people who can help a child or young person in need.

Autonomous vehicle trial set to take off in Munno Para

The Marshall Government will today launch a free autonomous vehicle trial that will deliver a first and last mile service between the Playford Alive Township and the Munno Para Train Station.

Running approximately every half hour on weekdays, the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous electric bus will carry passengers from the Munno Para Railway Station to the Playford Alive Township, including stops at Mark Oliphant College and the Stretton Centre. 

New trails to explore at Glenthorne National Park

As part of the creation of the new Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, ten new trails are now ready for walkers, runners and mountain bikers to explore at O’Halloran Hill.

The 13 kilometres of new trails reach around O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and provide spectacular views over Gulf St Vincent and Adelaide city.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new trails are the first significant investment in new visitor infrastructure as part of the creation of Glenthorne National Park.