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HPC's responsibilities

Our responsibilities under the Health Care Act 2008 (the Act) are:

  1. Provide advice to the Minister about:
    • the operation of the health system
    • health outcomes for South Australians and, as appropriate, for particular population groups
    • the effectiveness of methods used within the health system to engage communities andindividuals in improving their health outcomes.
  2. Provide reports to the Minister in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
  3. Provide advice to the Minister about any matter referred to it by the Minister or any matter it sees fit to advise the Minister about in connection with its responsibilities under the Act; and such other functions assigned to HPC under this or any other Act, or assigned to HPC by the Minister.
  4. In the performance of its functions, will take into account the strategic objectives that have been set or adopted within the Government's health portfolios.
  5. In providing any advice with respect to the provision of any health services (including proposed services), take into account:
    • the net benefit provided by the services, the cost effectiveness of services, and available resources
    • the net impact that the adoption of the advice would have on other services, or on the community more generally
    • the value placed on any relevant services by members of the public who use those services.
  6. As required, request the Chief Executive to provide it with specified information in order to assist it in the performance of its functions.
  7. Adhere to the conditions the Chief Executive may impose in relation to the receipt, use or disclosure of information provided under subsection (7) of the Act.

HPC will, on a 4-yearly basis, furnish to the Minister a report that assesses the health of South Australians and changes in health outcomes over the reporting period.

The report will:

  • identify significant trends in the health status of South Australians and consider future priorities for the health system having regard to trends in health outcomes, including trends that relate to particular illnesses or population groups
  • review the performance of the various health systems established within the State in achieving the objects of the Act
  • identify any other significant issues considered relevant by HPC; and conform with any requirements of the Minister as to the form of the report and other matters to be addressed by the report.


You can download our 2016 terms of reference here (PDF) and our 2008 working framework here (PDF). 


2012 independent review of HPC

With our first term of membership concluding on 25 June 2012, the Minister for Health and Ageing commissioned the Office of Public Employment and Review, to independently review our membership structure. The review was completed in January 2012 and the report submitted to the Minister on 31 January 2012.

The findings and recommendations put forward were endorsed by the Minister and subsequently formed the selection process for appointing members in subsequent terms.