Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Cardiac Care Statewide Clinical Network

The Cardiac Care SCN focuses on equity of access to cardiac care services for all South Australian's and embracing both therapeutic and device innovations.

The Cardiac Care Statewide Clinical Network spans all areas of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, including paediatric, required to provide a comprehensive cardiac care service to all South Australians. The Network is focussed on equity of access to cardiac care services for all South Australian’s and regardless of where patients reside across South Australia, embracing both therapeutic and device innovations.

Professor Jayme Bennetts


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.

He has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the out­comes of Car­diac Surgery for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples and sur­gi­cal man­age­ment of Rheumat­ic Heart Dis­ease and con­tin­ues to pro­mote and strive for improve­ment of out­comes in Car­diac Surgery more broadly.

He is cur­rent­ly Pres­i­dent of Aus­tralia and New Zealand Soci­ety of Car­diac and Tho­racic Surgery (ANZSCTS), and over the last 10 years has led sig­nif­i­cant reform on behalf of the Soci­ety. He also sits as a mem­ber of mul­ti­ple Advi­so­ry Boards and Gov­ern­ment com­mit­tees across Aus­tralia and Internationally.

Since return­ing to Ade­laide in 2006, Jayme has par­tic­i­pat­ed in over 15 inter­na­tion­al aid mis­sions to Fiji and Tan­za­nia pro­vid­ing Car­dio­tho­racic sur­gi­cal ser­vices to pop­u­la­tions unable to access heart surgery, or to help improve qual­i­ty of heart surgery in these communities.

Statewide Cardiac Care Clinical Network Steering Committee

Cur­rent mem­bers will be pop­u­lat­ed on the web­site short­ly. In the mean­time, please email CEIHCardiology@​sa.​gov.​au for more information.

Cur­rent Projects

  • Statewide Mitra-Clip program
  • Heart fail­ure guideline/​stan­dard­ised refer­ral pathway
  • Acute Coro­nary Syndrome/​myocardial injury registry
  • Sup­port­ed deci­sion making
  • Posi­tion state­ment and mod­el of care for a statewide remote mon­i­tor­ing program
  • Statewide Impel­la program
  • GP engage­ment – includ­ing Health­care Pathways
  • Con­sumer feed­back and engage­ment survey
  • Statewide Car­diac Reha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram and mod­el of care

Hear from Pro­fes­sor Jayme Ben­netts about the Statewide Car­diac Care Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Cardiac Care Statewide Clinical Network Vision

All South Aus­tralians with or at risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease will effi­cient­ly access, accord­ing to need, the high­est qual­i­ty care and achieve the best out­comes to min­imise the bur­den of dis­ease for the indi­vid­ual, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty as a whole.

Statewide Car­diac Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Goals

The Statewide Car­diac Care Clin­i­cal Net­work will work to ensure equi­table access to com­pre­hen­sive, evi­dence-based car­dio­vas­cu­lar care across the life course and con­tin­u­um of care, aimed at reduc­ing the bur­den of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease for all pop­u­la­tion groups and com­mu­ni­ties in South Australia.

A mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, high­ly skilled, inclu­sive work­force col­lab­o­rat­ing and coop­er­at­ing across all Local Health Net­works and health sec­tors will be focused on deliv­er­ing the best pos­si­ble out­comes for all South Aus­tralians, in a high­ly effi­cient, coor­di­nat­ed and sus­tain­able sys­tem described by an updat­ed South Aus­tralian Car­diac Ser­vices Plan.

The Statewide Car­diac Care Clin­i­cal Net­work will draw upon com­pre­hen­sive, high qual­i­ty, pop­u­la­tion health needs data, and real-time per­for­mance and out­come data to assist expert con­sen­sus ser­vice plan­ning and dri­ve con­tin­u­ous qual­i­ty improve­ment. Inno­va­tion in and imple­men­ta­tion of new or improved mod­els of patient-focused care will seek to inte­grate appro­pri­ate new technologies.

The work­force will be con­nect­ed, engaged and respon­sive to patient needs in the com­mu­ni­ties they serve and will deliv­er high qual­i­ty care, teach­ing and research at both the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al level.

Have a question?

Or want to know more about the Statewide Car­diac Care Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIHCardiology@​sa.​gov.​au.