The South Eastern Times : February 14th 2017
NEWS 5 Williams supports McTernan RAQUEL MUSTILLO email@example.com INCUMBENT MP Mitch Williams has thrown his support behind staffer Kristie McTernan ahead of Liberal preselection for the seat of MacKillop. Mr Williams said if selected as the Liberal candidate, the political staffer’s extensive experience would benefit both constituents and the electorate. “I think what the electorate is looking for is someone who has a skill set that will allow them to identify what is needed and turn that need they have identified into action to bring forth an outcome,” he said. “That is what Kristie is experienced in because that is what she has been doing for the last 16 years. MAJOR SHAKE-UP: State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has pledged to create a fully independent regional health board if the party seizes power early next year. The Liberal Leader visited the Mount Gambier Hospital yesterday to make the announcement. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO Health pledge RAQUEL MUSTILLO firstname.lastname@example.org THE State Liberal Party will decentralise the public health system through the establishment of a South East board of management if elected in March next year. The proposed reforms will see Country Health SA dismantled and replaced with up to six fully independent regional health networks. South Australian Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall made the announcement during a tour of the region, describing the current health model as a “disaster”. “During the past 10 years, Labor has more than doubled SA Health’s head office staff,” he said. “The bureaucracy has failed to manage the health budget and major projects. “Decision making has become so centralised that administration is getting in the way of quality health care.” According to Mr Marshall, the policy announcement will see major reform by returning responsibility and accountability at the local level. It has been more than a decade since the Millicent and District Hospital was governed by a board of management. Mr Marshall said each board will control the health budget for its area of responsibility, appoint and manage its chief executive and actively engage with communities and front line health professionals. “Decisions need to be made as close as possible to the area and people affected and with the full and effective involvement of local health professionals,” Mr Marshall said. “Our doctors, nurses and allied health staff work under great pressure,” he said. “They don’t need more of it imposed by a remote head office out of touch with local needs and challenges.” Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams backed the policy, adding centralised decision making was disconnected from the needs of local communities and the imput of health professionals delivering patient care. “There is a real disconnect between the way management systems work and the impact it has on the community,” he said. “This was very obvious with the decision to remove obstetrics in Millicent. “I think if that had been left to a hospital board we might have had a different outcome. “There is no doubt in my mind there was an agenda and the outcome we ended up with was part of that agenda. “In the northern part of my electorate, there have been decisions made in Adelaide that have severely impacted on the Keith hospital. “That was an issue that took 12 months to resolve and if they were discussed at a Seaside GP begins THE new general practitioner at Beachport Medical Services has recently started consultations. Dr Muhaddisa Ghulam Ali is joining the seaside clinic after working in the Adelaide Hills and is said to like all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in women’s health. The other doctor at Beachport continues to be Dr Jimmy Stewart. The Limestone Coast Health Unit Trust has operated the Beachport clinic for the past four years and it also provides medical services at Robe, Kingston and Lucindale. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au local board level it would have been an issue that was resolved quickly.” Mr Williams hoped the return of hospital boards would stimulate an increased interest in fundraising and community involvement. “We used to have a lot of hospital auxiliaries fundraising in Millicent and it is my understanding that only one hospital auxiliary exists,” he said. “I imagine that would have been a result of a lack of interest because people who were previously involved were completely cut off by the hospital. “Both Millicent and Naracoorte local councils contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars towards the establishment of aged care campuses. “I am not too sure local councils would have made that same decision now looking at the current relationship between Country Health and the Millicent community.” Health Minister Jack Snelling slammed the policy announcement, saying it lacked a focus on patient safety and quality. “After 16 years in opposition, the Liberals’ only health policy is to return to hospital boards,” he said. “What will a hospital board do for someone waiting for elective surgery or a critical patient who needs a bed? “Clearly only Labor is focused on the actual patients.” will help you create that individual look for your specal day. EGAN’S Tony WE TAKE CARE OF EVERY LITTLE DETAIL Steal the limelight on your Wedding Day dressed in our great selection of suits, shirts and ties in store or hire one of our stylish suits from the Spurling Formalwear Collection. 62 George Street, Millicent Ph: 8733 2560 “She is very skilled in that whether that is looking after the interest of an individual constituent or a broader group of constituents or indeed the interests of the region as a whole. “I know she has the relevant qualifications to undertake all of those tasks.” Ms McTernan began her politi- cal career as a trainee in the MP’s Naracoorte office in 2001. The 35-year-old moved to work in the MP’s Adelaide office in 2003 before returning to the South East last year. On her return to the region, Ms McTernan took on a dual managerial and advisory role at Mr William’s Naracoorte office. “You need to be a member of a team to be effective in politics,” Mr Williams said. “We need someone who is able to fit into the team and bring something to the team and Kristie can do both of these things. “Kristie is young, she is female and she is experienced and the Liberal Party is in need of people that fill that criteria.” Mr Williams’ political exit has seen seven hopefuls raise their hand to replace the long-serving MP, including Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi, Kingston beef producer Nick McBride and Wolseley businesswoman Jo Edwards. Prominent Naracoorte figure Tom Dawkins, Tatiara District Council elected member David Edwards and Naracoorte builder Derek James will also seek to be the Liberal Party candidate for MacKillop. MILLICENT CIVIC & ARTS CENTRE Experience, enjoy.... 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