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Growing apprenticeships and supporting supervisors through new training program

Civil construction and landscaping business outside ideas will deliver a leadership program to upskill 12 supervisors, supported by $80,000 in funding from the Marshall Liberal Government through the Skilling South Australia initiative.

Premier Steven Marshall said outside ideas was a prime example of a growing South Australian business focused on training the next generation of skilled workers in South Australia.

Liberal Government extended carer payments supporting young people to reach their full potential

A Liberal Government program which extended carer payments for young people up to the age of 21 has already been accessed by 17 young people and more than 100 are set to become eligible over the next three years.

A further four young people who are yet to turn 18 have been referred to the program.

Regular tram services resume

Regular tram services will resume in the city as of first service this morning, following the completion of major track works as part of the City South Tramline Replacement Project.

The City South tram stop is being upgraded to meet requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

The new City South tram stop will be DDA compliant, and includes the construction of new platforms, shelter, signage and platform furniture similar to stops along North Terrace. The platforms will be accessible via upgraded pedestrian crossings.

Overdue elective surgery waitlist slashed

The number of South Australian patients overdue for elective surgery has been slashed by more than two-thirds thanks to the Marshall Liberal Government’s $45 million commitment to reduce elective surgery wait times.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said South Australians waiting for surgery are being seen sooner thanks to the new strategy.

“In just four months, 1,293 people have come off the overdue elective surgery waitlist,” Minister Wade said. 

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.