Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Surgical and Perioperative Care Statewide Clinical Network

The Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network was established in 2021, with the aim to identify, address and improve key system priorities for South Australians requiring surgical services.

New Optimised Pre-Surgical Care Framework for SA

In a South Australian first, the Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network (SSPCCN) has developed an Optimised Pre-Surgical Care (OPSC) Framework for patients undergoing an elective surgery procedure.

Through a structured approach to assessing patient risk, the OPSC Framework provides recommended pre-surgical interventions to optimise a patient’s health prior to undergoing an elective surgical procedure. Successful optimisation of patients’ health may improve surgical outcomes and, in some cases, eliminate the need for surgery altogether.

The SSPCCN facilitated a successful workshop in September 2022 involving stakeholders from across the South Australian health sector to finalise the Framework and identify barriers and enablers to implementation of the approach across SA. Early opportunities discussed included leveraging the current e-referrals and Clinical Prioritisation Criteria work occurring in the system.

A fol­low-up work­shop was held in May 2023 with a broad range of stake­hold­ers, from clin­i­cians to con­sumers, across var­i­ous parts of the health sec­tor includ­ing state gov­ern­ment, pri­ma­ry health care, research and non-gov­ern­ment organ­i­sa­tions. This ses­sion iden­ti­fied and pri­ori­tised sus­tain­able, equi­table and scal­able oppor­tu­ni­ties to imple­ment the Frame­work in South Australia.

Other Projects

SCOPES: Surveillance Colonoscopy Optimised Prevention via an E-System

This project will develop, validate and implement a digital intervention surveillance program to manage the growing demand for colonoscopies, while establishing a data registry for future cancer research.

Hear from Dr Phil Worley about the Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network as part of the 2022 CEIH Conversation Series

Dr Phil Worley

Consultant General Surgeon

Phil Wor­ley orig­i­nal­ly trained and worked as a rur­al GP before under­tak­ing Spe­cial­ist train­ing and spend­ing the last 20 years as a Con­sul­tant Gen­er­al Sur­geon in both the pub­lic and pri­vate systems.

He hopes to improve cross net­work col­lab­o­ra­tion with­in the state’s health sys­tem, and the sur­gi­cal jour­ney of all South Aus­tralians from diag­no­sis to discharge.

Phil recog­nis­es this requires the input and coop­er­a­tion of a broad cross sec­tion of stake­hold­ers and is look­ing for­ward to lead­ing an enthu­si­as­tic and com­mit­ted team to achieve this goal.

Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network Steering Committee

Dr Ben­jamin Teague

Gen­er­al Sur­geon, North­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dr Bernard Car­ney

Plas­tic, Cos­met­ic and Recon­struc­tive Surgeon

Ms Caitlin Davis

Dietit­ian, South­ern Ade­laide and Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Networks

Dr Chetan Pradhan

Con­sul­tant Sur­geon & Direc­tor of Surgery, River­land Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal; Clin­i­cal Lead Surgery, Rur­al Sup­port Service

Dr Conor Marron

Con­sul­tant Vas­cu­lar Sur­geon, Cen­tral Ade­laide and North­ern Ade­laide Local Health Networks

Mrs Emma Lyndon

CEO/​Director of Nurs­ing, Ade­laide Day Surgery

Ms Joanne McMillan

Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty Coor­di­na­tor, Crit­i­cal Care and Peri­op­er­a­tive Ser­vices, Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dr Kate Drummond

Senior Staff Spe­cial­ist Anaes­thetist, Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dr Kathryn Materne

Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­er, Dul­wich Fam­i­ly Practice

Mr Kris­t­ian Sanchez

Nurse Lead Surgery, Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network

Ms Mandy Nolan

Direc­tor of Allied Health, Cal­vary Health Care

Dr Mark Markou

Direc­tor Anaes­the­sia and Pain Man­age­ment, South­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dr Mar­tin Altmann

Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­er, Bridge Clinic

Ms Moni­ka Marzec

Con­sumer representative

Ms Sharyn Coles

Con­sumer representative

Dr Shiv­an­gi Jog

Gen­er­al and Trau­ma Sur­geon, Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dr Bill WilsonDeputy Chief Med­ical Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer; Anaes­thetist NALHN

Statewide Sur­gi­cal and Peri­op­er­a­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision

To iden­ti­fy and address key sys­tem pri­or­i­ties that may both pre­vent the require­ment for sur­gi­cal ser­vices and improve expe­ri­ence and out­comes for all South Aus­tralians by ensur­ing access, appro­pri­ate­ness and effi­cien­cy across their sur­gi­cal journey.

Statewide Sur­gi­cal and Peri­op­er­a­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Goal

The Sur­gi­cal and Peri­op­er­a­tive Care Net­work aims to improve health out­comes and expe­ri­ences for all South Aus­tralians across the sur­gi­cal jour­ney, and to decrease the require­ment for sur­gi­cal services.

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Or want to know more about the Sur­gi­cal Peri­op­er­a­tive Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIH.​SurgicalPerioperative@​sa.​gov.​au