What’s Happening in Health | PSA Health Member Update | April 2019

08 April 2019

This is the first of a series of regular PSA updates for all members working in Health.

With so many changes and issues at the moment, it is important for all Health members to be are aware of what is happening so we can work collectively and support each other. Below is a snapshot of major issues the PSA is currently assisting members with.

PSA Health Worksite Representatives Forums
In November 2018 PSA Worksite Representatives from across Health came together to formulate a plan. This plan included a decision to hold quarterly Health Worksite Representatives forums so we can share information and work together better. The first forum for 2019 was held in late February. We discussed how we would build awareness of issues we are facing this year and how we can support each other by building membership and acting collectively.

The next meeting will be part of the broader PSA Worksite Representatives Forum on 9 May 2019.

We need more Worksite Representatives in Health
Have you considered putting your hand up to be a Worksite Representative for your work area?

PSA Worksite Representatives receive formal training and are supported by their PSA Organiser. If you are interested in talking about becoming a Worksite Representative, contact your PSA Organiser.

PSA Hospital Visits
PSA Organisers regularly visit the major hospitals as a team to visit members over a whole day and sometimes two days, including night shift. In 2018, we visited the RAH, Flinders Medical Centre and Modbury Hospital. It was great to see everybody at our most recent visit to the Noarlunga Health Service. Our next team visit will be at the Women's and Children's Hospital and on 15 and 16 May 2019.

SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging
Job cuts and a threat of privatisation are still hanging over the heads of SA Pathology and SAMI. It is more important than ever to speak up and be heard about the detrimental effect privatising these services would have on our public health system. All health members can support your colleagues in these areas and prevent privatisation of these crucial public services by talking to each other and joining the campaign.

PSA members at Lyell McEwin Hospital recently held a PSA BBQ in solidarity with their SA Pathology and SAMI colleagues.

SA Pathology and SAMI members have also been providing critical information to the PSA to inform our submission to the SA Legislative Council’s Select Committee on SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging.

Local Health Boards
The State Government is pushing ahead to introduce 10 local boards to manage the health system which include 6 in the country. While this change is happening, the PSA meets regularly with the Department so we can raise member issues and keep you in the loop.

As a result of advocacy, we now have confirmation that staff will continue to be employed by the Department, not individual boards. This is good news as it gives members the full protection of your enterprise agreement.

Restructures of Department of Health and Country Health Central Offices
With the introduction of boards, the roles of the central functions of health are being reviewed. The PSA thanks members for their feedback so far. Our aim in this uncertain time is to ensure members are properly consulted and have their rights and entitlements protected.

CALHN and KordaMentha
KordaMentha is a global consultancy firm which has been appointed to make cuts and changes to the organisation of CALHN. They have been given $18.9m in the first year and have control over staffing and procurement. Their task is to cut CALHN expenditure by $276m over three years. A new structure proposal was released on 3 April 2019. PSA Organiser attended the all staff briefing and will be consulting with members over the next few weeks.

Mental Health
There are a number of reviews and reforms being proposed in the Mental Health area. The PSA is keeping a close watch on these to ensure members’ entitlements and careers are protected, but also to ensure that the very best systems and models are put in place for mental health clients.