Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Paediatric Health Services

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().7 July 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has been advised:

Prior to the state election on 19 March 2022, the South Australian Labor Party made a series of election commitments. One of the commitments was the provision of 48 additional medical FTE to the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

The 48 FTE will be allocated to paediatric training and a range of general paediatric and subspecialist services. The new positions will be phased over four years and comprise—17 specialists, 12 basic trainees, 15 advanced trainees and four clinical academics.

The allocation of positions for year one has been determined through collaboration of SASMOA, Trainee medical officers, consultant staff and WCHN leadership.

Recruitment is in progress for year one positions.

It is anticipated that the advent of the new positions will have a major positive impact on paediatric training and specialist services.