SA Pathology Sustainability Project


To remain a viable service, SA Pathology needs to find annual savings of around $40 million. Failure to do so may result in the privatisation of this critical public health service. The SA Pathology Sustainability Project has been established as a mechanism to review services, efficiencies, staffing and other areas of the service. Specifically, the project’s Steering Committee will be charged with providing recommendations to SA Health in relation to:

  • The cost of collection centres/private work compared to the revenue generated from these centres and private work.
  • Contestability – to improve the competitiveness of SA Pathology and determine which services are provided only by SA Pathology in its role as a public provider.
  • Clinical and social value – such as the role of pathology in reducing pathology utilisation (demand management).
  • Potential strategy for exiting from non-core services.
  • Opportunity for structural changes to deliver expected savings.
  • Opportunities for increasing revenue.
  • Identifying essential public services, which would be considered out of scope in a contestable model.
  • Models for costing and funding out-of-scope essential public services, which would otherwise disadvantage SA Pathology in a contestable environment.
  • Preparing SA Pathology to engage effectively with a contestability process, in the event that public pathology services are contested.

A Union Forum has been established to facilitate communication or consultation on any proposals discussed as part of the sustainability project. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) will be represented at the Union Forum by Professional Liaison Officer Sue McKechnie and SA Pathology Worksite Representative Simone Nixey

This page will be continually updated with meeting minutes and other documentation for review and comment by SA Pathology members. This information will also be promoted via the News Hub. Please note that documents are usually in draft initially and then confirmed at the next meeting.

Union Consultative Forum – Presentation (updated Nov 2018) here

Union Consultative Forum – Action list (updated Nov 2018) here

Union Consultative Forum Minutes (updated Nov 2018) here

SA-Pathology Directorate Structure (updated Nov 2018) here

SA Pathology Organisational Chart (updated Nov 2018) here

The Steering Committee will provide recommendations to SA Health in relation to the project.
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Governance Board Terms of Reference and Task Force
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Project Governance Structure
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Clinical Advisory Group
The purpose of the Clinical Advisory Group is to ensure clinicians, consumers and professional bodies are actively engaged in the development and delivery of the SA Pathology Sustainability Project.
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Union Consultative Forum – Action List

PDF version of Action List here

Union Consultative Forum – Meeting Minutes (17 Oct 2018)
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Union Consultative Forum – Terms of Reference
Consistent with industrial instruments the employer has an obligation to consult with the
relevant Unions in relation to matters affecting their members.
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