Q&A with Professor Jayme Bennetts
27 Jun 2022
Jayme is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon trained in Adult and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. He is currently Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre, a Director of Adelaide Cardiothoracic, and Staff Specialist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Adelaide) and Royal Darwin Hospital. He was recently promoted to Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery at Flinders University.
Jayme is the newly appointed Clinical Lead for the Statewide Cardiac Care Clinical Network, at the CEIH.
Tell us about a memorable highlight in your career so far?
Some of the most enjoyable moments have been aid trips to Fiji and Tanzania. The appreciation and value these patients express for the opportunities these trips provide is unique and makes the effort worth while. Fiji has no local cardiac surgical service and without these trips patients with significant rheumatic valve disease would have no other management options. Tanzania commenced a local service and our involvement was to help them improve and establish a cardiac surgery unit.
What skills do you bring to the role as Statewide Cardiac Care Network Clinical Lead?
Since returning to Adelaide I have had an involvement in a number of clinical, government, professional roles, including previous surgery and cardiology networks. With a broad clinical practice across adult, paediatric, public and private this gives me a wider perspective on the health system and how patients are provided service.
Where do you see opportunities for innovation and improvement in the Cardiac Care specialty?
With increasing costs and increasing limitations for hospitals to provide evidence based care the opportunity to develop and improve models of care allowing patients equitable access and improved outcomes. There is potential of gaining efficiencies that will allow us to maximise the care provided and develop new services to the benefit of all patients.
Tell us something you’re happy to share from your life outside of work, or something most people don’t know about you!
I grew up living in the country and when I get a spare moment I enjoy spending time outdoors or catching a game at Adelaide Oval.
To read more about the Network, see Statewide Cardiac Care Clinical Network.