PSA, Chief Executive Meeting

17 February 2016

The PSA meets quarterly with the SA Health Chief Executive.

On 10 February 2016 PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin and Senior Industrial Officer Sue Cummins met with Deputy Chief Executive Jenny Richter, who attended on behalf of CE David Swan.

A number of matters were discussed in the meeting, including the following:


The PSA raised concerns at the way '7 Day Allied Health' was beginning to be implemented. The PSA gave the example of the change of the Mental Health Bed Stock announced by Minister Snelling late last year. CALHN was implementing Allied Health across seven days, allocated to short stay beds, and with unattractive hours that would potentially deny staff the additional conditions that could become available for working across seven day rosters. SA Health took this on notice and agreed to respond to the PSA.

SA Health DCE Jenny Richter gave an overview of the projects being implemented, including the CALHN to NALHN service moves for the northern population to better access services in the north; and the intra NAHLN moves in relation to Modbury and Lyell McEwin Hospitals.

The PSA also attends the regular Peak Union Forum where these matters are discussed.


The PSA discussed the list of employees who have been declared excess. The PSA reiterated that the intent of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment's Determination 7 Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy is to place employees into long-term ongoing positions. The PSA believes that a centralised SA Health process is needed, and that this should include unattached staff and the placement of those staff before being formally declared excess. The PSA requested a list of unattached staff positions as members are concerned that too many positions are being advertised externally. Further discussions will occur on this matter. The PSA will advise members of the outcome.

For further information please contact the PSA.