From the Commissioner
These are challenging times, but they do present us with an opportunity to think differently. A huge amount of work is occurring across the health system and government to keep the risk to our community as low as possible and to plan for the extra capacity that will be needed. We urge people to be sensible and to follow the advice from SA Health and the Australian Government Department of Health.
At the CEIH, we are involved in a wide range of work supporting the health systemâ€™s response to COVID-19, including:
- Establishing a team to scan the global literature for evidence of what helps in managing COVID-19, in partnership with SAHMRI and Health Translation SA.
- Helping Digital Health SA work out the rapid roll out of telehealth services in metro areas to reduce the need for face-to-face consultations, for example, in Outpatient Departments.
- Liaising with the CSIRO Centre for eHealth Research regarding ways to monitor social media, pathology testing, and other sources of data to determine and predict emerging â€œhot spotsâ€ of COVID-19 infection.
- Postponing our June 11 ‘Vision 2030’ event based around the theme: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics in Health, and instead hosting the South Australian component of the ‘National Innovation Games’ in May, on the topic: Provision of Virtual Health Care. Itâ€™s a virtual event where SA’s universities will partner with industry to design innovative ways to address the issue and our involvement will position SA as the national lead in this area (see full story here).
- Running virtual ‘Compassion Labs’ to help support staff in these stressful times (see full story here).
- Continuing to support work-on-demand and patient flow projects to ensure our hospitals have capacity during the pandemic. For example, supporting the Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network in their leadership of: an initiative to provide specialist geriatric support in residential aged care facilities; a disaster model for coordination, triage and clinical support for transfers of country patients.
- Supporting the Statewide Cancer Clinical Network in the development of guidance for cancer care in relation to COVID-19.
Like many of you, we will increasingly be using virtual methods of working and meeting, and keeping a healthy 1.5m distance from one other in line with government guidelines. In addition, we will soon launch our website to help keep you up to date with our work.
We hope you all remain well, calm and prepared for the next few months and remember, ‘Wash, wipe, cover â€“ donâ€™t infect another.’