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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading in Australia, we have made some changes to the way we are working with our stakeholders for the time being.

Our planned workshops, meetings and events have been postponed until further notice or, in some cases, are being conducted online instead. The secretariat may for much of the time also have fewer staff present in person at the office. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support at this time.

Should you have any queries, please contact the secretariat at or call the office on (08) 8226 3188.

This message last updated: 17 March 2020, 13:39 ACDT.

What's new from the Health Performance Council:

  • COMING SOON: Aboriginal Leaders’ Forum webinar on institutional racism. Dr Chris Bourke will present findings from auditing the South Australian public health services on institutional racism, a project that Aboriginal Leaders' Forum helped shape at last year’s meetings.
    Date: Tuesday 28 July 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am (Adelaide time)
    Location: Online (a link will be provided after you register)
    Please register by Friday, 24 July 2020 via our EventBrite link.


  • 5 June 2020: We updated our State of Our Health online monitoring publication with new South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS) statistical indicators on staying healthy (Chapter 3) and chronic conditions (Chapter 4). Data is presented for South Australia by local health network, age and sex, and socio-economic status. 
  • 19 May 2020: Download our report on what we heard from our stakeholder consultations in March–April 2020 on experiences of the health system for people living with disabilities. Find out more.
  • 15 May 2020: We provided comment on SA Health's consultation draft Consumer, Carer, and Community Feedback and Complaints Strategic Framework. Find out more.
  • 7 May 2020: We held our regular bi-monthly meeting (conducted entirely via videoconference under social distancing restrictions due to the current COVID-19 emergency). Minutes of previous meetings are available for download from our Meeting minutes page.
  • 27 April 2020: We provided an email update to our stakeholders. If you would like to subscribe to our stakeholder mailing list, please email us.
  • 8 April 2020: We provided a submission to the South Australian Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Health and Medical Research in South Australia. Download our submission here. 
  • March 2020: Are you someone with lived experience of disability who engages with the health system, a family member or carer of someone with a disability, a healthcare or disability services worker, or anyone else interested in health and disability? We would like to hear about your stories and lived experience to health shape our review of outcomes and experiences. Find our more.
  • 23 Mar 2020: We released our indicator report to monitor implementation of the South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020–2025. Download the report here.
  • 28 Feb 2020: We released the 2020 edition of our annual summary of select health-related Report on Government Services indicators. Our summary compares South Australia’s health system performance with the other states and territories and previous reporting periods. See our Reports page for more information.
  • 02 Dec 2019: The 12th Aboriginal Leaders’ Forum was held on 14 November. Find out more and read the output report.
  • 29 Nov 2019: Read the second edition of our report on hotspots of potentially preventable admissions to South Australia’s public hospitals, published today.
  • 26 Nov 2019: Read or download the community edition report of our post-implementation review of Country Health’s Aboriginal Community & Consumer Engagement Strategy.
  • 09 Oct 2019: Read the paper we presented to the International Evaluation Conference in Sydney about the governance model of our post-implementation review of Country Health’s Aboriginal Community & Consumer Engagement Strategy.
  • 30 Sep 2019: Read our output reports of our visit to the Limestone Coast earlier in September. 
  • September 2019: Find out about our developing project to measure and report on whether and to what extent there may exist institutional racism in South Australia’s Local Health Networks.
  • 26 Aug 2019: We released a statistical addendum utilising linked data to complement last year's Revisit review of South Australia's Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16. Find out more.

The Health Performance Council is a statutory Ministerial advisory body established under the Health Care Act 2008. We are South Australia’s only external review body providing expert advice to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing on the performance of the state’s health systems. Our advice focuses on health outcomes for South Australians, in aggregate and for sub-population groups; on governance; and on the effectiveness of community engagement.

We produce four-yearly reviews of South Australian health system performance, case studies and other monitoring reports.

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The Health Performance Council acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples of South Australia and their ongoing contributions to and participation in the life of South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their spiritual relationship with their respective countries.

We also acknowledge the diversity of Aboriginal people in South Australia. South Australia is estimated to be the area of 50 different language groups at the time of European colonisation and 36 continuing language groups (source: Reconciliation SA). Aboriginal peoples in their diversity have demonstrated resilience and have made significant contributions to South Australia despite the ongoing effects of colonisation and dispossession.