Transforming Health was a major South Australian state government change initiative to improve the metropolitan Adelaide public acute hospital system. It ran between 2015 and 2017, with the aim of aligning better models of health care delivery with new and upgraded hospital facilities.
The HPC indicator report monitors changes before and after the Transforming Health program implementation. It includes indicators to monitor changes in patient access and equity taken from the case for change stated in SA Health’s March 2015 document, Delivering Transforming Health – Our Next Steps:
- Too many deaths occur in our hospitals
- Long waiting times for discharge or placement
- Too many transfers between hospitals
- Senior clinicians unavailable.
HPC prioritised monitoring indicators that may show whether system or policy changes are causing unwarranted widening of health outcomes gaps between specific populations, particularly vulnerable groups such as Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, lower socio-economic areas, aged persons and rural and remote residents. HPC monitors hospitalisations (inpatient separations), average length of overnight stay, hospitalisations ending with death in hospital and hospitalisations ending with transfer to another hospital over time. Results are also presented by SA Health local health network.