SA Health | Governance Reforms | Introduction of Local Health Network Governing Boards

30 October 2018

On Monday 29 October 2018 the Public Service Association (PSA) commenced a series of meetings with the Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) of SA Health on the State Government governance reforms of the South Australian public health system. These meetings are being scheduled monthly, and more frequently as required, as governance arrangements are worked through that will be in place for SA Health from 1 July 2019.

Important questions are emerging as to who should be the Employing Authority, an issue of major concern for the PSA and our members. A recently released document sent to the Health Unions (Discussion Paper ‘Employing Authority’ ) was discussed and the PSA has now formally responded with preliminary feedback (here).

The PSA acknowledges the Government’s intention is for a health system which is responsive to community needs. It is the PSA’s position this can be met with the current employment arrangements.

Topics for further discussion at the next meeting are:

  • Country Health, with the breakup into 6 Local Health Network Governing Boards and the existing country centralised functions as to where they will sit;
  • Devolution of some services from DHW and what that means;
  • The Statewide Services, including the Statewide Clinical Support Services; and
  • Further legislative changes that will need to occur in early 2019.


The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 26 November 2018.

PSA members who have concerns or comments can forward them to PSA by email.

The PSA will update members as further information becomes available.