Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Urgent and Emergent Care Statewide Clinical Network

The Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network is committed to supporting urgent, unplanned, non life-threatening care.

Current Focus

  • Emergency Care Subcommittee
  • Forming a Primary Care Subcommittee
  • Partnership with SA Virtual Care Service to develop and implement care models
  • Improving regional area access to senior clinical decision support and transfer to metro care
Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network Steering Committee
Dr Ruth HolmesChair
Dr Alice Bourke
Clin­i­cal Lead Geri­atric & Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Con­sul­tant, NALHN
Allan Per­ri­am

Inte­gra­tive Care Nurse, CALHN

Andrew Tay­lor
Nurse Unit Man­ag­er, Emer­gency Depart­ment, YNLHN
Dr Angela TravisRur­al Gen­er­al­ist, BHFLHN
Anto­nia Berkinshaw
Assis­tant Direc­tor, Pri­ma­ry Care Inter­gra­tion, DHW
Dr Eleanor MacDougall
Head of Unit Retrieval Coordination/​Emer­gency Con­sul­tant, SAAS, Med­STAR & NALHN
Dr Emi­ly Gibson
GP Inter­gra­tion Officer
Fiona Margie
Gen­er­al Man­ag­er- Com­mu­ni­ty, Pri­ma­ry and Pop­u­la­tion Health 

Dr Hen­dri­ka Meyer

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Med­ical Ser­vices, YNLHN
Jason Wal­ters
Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er, RMCLHN
Jess Gan­nonDirec­tor Sys­tem Access and Capac­i­ty, DHW
Dr John Williams
Gen­er­al Practitioner 
Kate ClarkeExec­u­tive Direc­tor, Statewide Oper­a­tional Ser­vices, SAAS
Kel­ly Stewart Project Man­ag­er, Divi­sion of Men­tal Health, NALHN
Kuz­ma OttoCon­sumer Representative
Lyn­da Whiteway

Con­sumer Representative

Madeleine Bail­lieClin­i­cal Prac­tice Direc­tor, CALHN

Dr Mal­colm Higgins

Emer­gency Physi­cian, WCHN
Dr Melanie Smith
GP Con­sul­tant, SA Vir­tu­al Care Service
Dr Michael Edmonds

Con­sul­tant, CALHN

Skye DonoghueNurs­ing Ser­vices Direc­tor, CALHN

Hear from Dr Ruth Holmes about the Statewide Urgent Care Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Dr Ruth Holmes


Ruth is a Senior Emer­gency Depart­ment Spe­cial­ist with­in Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Net­work and the Statewide Vir­tu­al Care Ser­vice. She grad­u­at­ed from Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don in 2000 and com­plet­ed her train­ing in Emer­gency Med­i­cine in 2013

Her clin­i­cal expe­ri­ence is broad, hav­ing worked in Emer­gency Depart­ments both in the UK and Aus­tralia. This broad expe­ri­ence has pro­vid­ed her many oppor­tu­ni­ties to observe and be part of dif­fer­ent sys­tems. Ruth’s clin­i­cal inter­ests are var­ied, but all align with her desire to opti­mise patient care with­in our sys­tems, includ­ing Elder­ly Trau­ma, Enhanc­ing cul­tur­al safe­ty with­in Emer­gency Depart­ment and human factors. 

Ruth has always had a pas­sion to see health­care deliv­ered in an effi­cient, com­pas­sion­ate, patient cen­tred manner. 

Statewide Urgent and Emer­gent Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision and Mission

Statewide col­lab­o­ra­tion in the approach to urgent and emer­gent care that puts the com­mu­ni­ty needs at the cen­tre and enhances time­ly and equi­table access to urgent & emer­gent care in the most appro­pri­ate setting.

Our mis­sion is to have opti­mal usage of avail­able resources that is com­mu­ni­ty cen­tered, whilst apply­ing new and inno­v­a­tive strate­gies to improve efficiency.

Statewide Urgent and Emer­gent Care Net­work Goals

We’re com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing urgent, unex­pect­ed, non-life threat­ening care that is based on peo­ples’ expe­riences, that:

  • Puts the needs of the com­mu­ni­ty at the centre
  • Has a diverse statewide net­work rep­re­sent­ing all aspects of Urgent and Emer­gent Care
  • Acts as a con­duit through which poli­cies, pro­to­cols and guide­lines are reviewed and endorsed by broad Urgent and Emer­gent com­mu­ni­ty representation
  • Estab­lish­es an envi­ron­ment where mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions between essen­tial stake­hold­ers exists, in order to com­bat the siloes that exist in healthcare
  • Advo­cates for, and keep­ing the focus on, time­ly, equi­table access to care
  • Active­ly engages in strate­gic plan­ning for statewide or rel­e­vant local ini­tia­tives in the urgent and emer­gent care landscape.

Have a question?

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