South Australians waiting up to 6 weeks for cost of living concession, amid record demand

South Australians waiting up to 6 weeks for cost of living concession, amid record demand

South Australians are waiting up to six weeks to receive a government payment that was brought forward and doubled to help deal with rising cost of living. Key points: South Australians are waiting up to six weeks to receive their cost of living concession The government doubled the payment as a one-off boost to eligible low … Read more

SA Health unit investigating reports of ageist abuse expanded to cover all South Australians

SA Health unit investigating reports of ageist abuse expanded to cover all South Australians

A state government service that investigates reports of abuse or mistreatment experienced by older people and those living with a disability has been expanded to include all South Australians. Key points: Adult Safeguarding Unit expanded to all South Australians It was only available for older people, or those with a disability Service has received 5,000 calls in three … Read more

Report finds Adelaide man who died waiting for an ambulance ‘may’ have been saved, as ramping soars in SA

Report finds Adelaide man who died waiting for an ambulance ‘may’ have been saved, as ramping soars in SA

A 47-year-old man who died of a heart attack while waiting for an ambulance “may have been successfully resuscitated” had a paramedic crew been present, an independent report has found. Key points: The state’s Chief Medical Officer reviewed two incidents of ambulance delays, including the death of a man after a heart attack The report … Read more

Aged care CCTV trial using artificial intelligence resulted in too many false reports, minister says

Aged care CCTV trial using artificial intelligence resulted in too many false reports, minister says

A federally-funded CCTV trial in residential aged care homes alerted staff to so many incidents it became “a case of the boy who cried wolf”, South Australia’s Health Minister says. Key points: Footage shown at and ahead of the aged care royal commission showed aged care residents being abused A trial of CCTV in aged care home … Read more

New South Australian COVID-19 modelling shows next wave of cases coming in November

New South Australian COVID-19 modelling shows next wave of cases coming in November

South Australia will face another COVID wave in November as immunity wanes, according to the latest modelling released by SA Health. Key points: There have been fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 each day in South Australia  A new wave is expected in November The Health Minister says the modelling does not take into account any … Read more

HeartKids given $1 million boost from SA government to expand mental health, regional services

HeartKids given $1 million boost from SA government to expand mental health, regional services

A charity supporting children with congenital heart disease will be given SA government funding to expand its services. Key points: HeartKids will receive $1 million over four years in state government funding The charity supports children with congenital heart disease and their families The disease affects 200 babies born in SA every year HeartKids will … Read more

Mount Gambier woman spends night in Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar waiting for ambulance to transfer her to Flinders Medical Centre

Mount Gambier woman spends night in Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar waiting for ambulance to transfer her to Flinders Medical Centre

A critical shortage of paramedics has left South Australian patients in limbo, including a Mount Gambier woman who was reportedly left waiting overnight in a hangar after having a heart attack. Key points: A woman waited 11 hours for an ambulance in a Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar She had been flown from Mount Gambier to Adelaide after having … Read more

SA COVID-19 numbers set to peak as BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants make up majority of cases

SA COVID-19 numbers set to peak as BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants make up majority of cases

The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants now make up more than half of the COVID-19 infections recorded in South Australia, which resulting in a surge of cases that is close to peaking. Key points: The dominance of the BA.4 and BA.5 strains is resulting in more reinfections Cases are expected to peak in three days A … Read more

SA government investigates after claims patient lay on floor of Adelaide emergency department for hours

SA government investigates after claims patient lay on floor of Adelaide emergency department for hours

The South Australian government says an investigation is underway after a photo emerged of a patient laying on the waiting room floor of an emergency department. Key points: A photo posted online over the weekend shows a person laying on the waiting room floor of an emergency department SA’s hospital network is under extreme pressure with … Read more