Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Annu­al Report 2021 – 22

Our annual report demon­strates the scope of activ­ities under­tak­en by the CEIH in sup­port of the government's strate­gic priori­ties and key poli­cy ini­tia­tives, while meet­ing our finan­cial report­ing requirements.

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Hon Chris Picton MP

Minister for Health and Wellbeing

This annual report will be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory reporting requirements of the Public Sector Act 2009, Public Sector Regulations 2010, Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 and the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting.

This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia.

Submitted on behalf of the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health by:

Professor Derek Chew
Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Signed: 29 September 2022

From the Commissioner

Reporting direct to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and proclaimed as an attached office to the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) under the Public Sector Act 2009 on 6 January 2020, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) is now two and a half years into its establishment. The CEIH continues to deliver on its mission to support clinical leadership, provide advice on and enable system and service redesign for the promotion of excellence and innovation across healthcare in South Australia. We achieve this by seeking novel perspectives and solutions to health system challenges, through partnerships with key clinical and consumer stakeholders to deliver innovative approaches to better healthcare.

The CEIH has also been served by a dynamic Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) chaired by Mr Stephen Yarwood, urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide. Together with Mr Yarwood, we continue the engagement of government, industry, community and clinical leaders around the core challenges and opportunities towards a modern health care system.

Delivering on the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2020 –2023, we have:

  • Continued the work of the Statewide Clinical Networks to engage communities engaged in re-imagining how care is delivered in partnership with consumers
  • Evaluated a series of initiatives aimed at reducing demand in the acute care system
  • Co-ordinated and secured Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grants for initiatives to improve clinical effectiveness in areas impacting
    congestion in the acute care sector  Partnered with the Office of the Chief Medical Information Officer and Digital Health SA to enhance the delivery of clinical and systems insights to support clinical change
  • Together with Health Translation SA, initiated a Patient Reported Measures Research Collaborative with strong consumer engagement
  • Progressed the procurement of a Statewide digital platform for the capture of Patient Reported Measures (outcomes and experience)
  • Developed a strategy for a system wide approach to health care worker wellbeing.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the health system, we continue to pursue our strategic objectives of:

  • Excellent health outcomes and experiences for everyone
  • Consumers, carers and clinicians engaged in design, delivery and evaluation of health services
  • Increased confidence and pride in the South Australian health system
  • A culture in the health system of innovation and striving for excellence.

I would like to thank all our partners, collaborators, and staff past and present for their efforts during 2021-22.

Professor Derek Chew
Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

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