Establish a Child Protection Service (CPS) unit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.
Work has commenced to establish the CPS at the Lyell McEwin Health Service to provide services to the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network's catchment area.
Initial recruitment of 2.8 full-time equivalent positions has occurred. Further work on commissioning the service and recruitment of more positions will take place during the 2017-18 financial year.
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The South Australian Government accepts this recommendation.
Until now, South Australia has had 2 CPS units – one at Flinders Medical Centre and the other at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
In response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, a CPS unit will be established at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Implementation of this recommendation will be led by SA Health.
The Lyell McEwin is South Australia’s second largest birthing hospital, making it a logical choice for a northern hub for health-led child protection services.
The new CPS unit will be established in a staged approach over 12 months, noting that achievement of this deadline is dependent on the recruitment of staff.