DEVELOPING a local health workforce, improved care for Riverland communities and a focus on mental health are some of the priorities of a newly-released regional health strategy.
BIRTHING services – currently suspended – could cease permanently at Waikerie Hospital if efforts to recruit specialised staff fail.
A LOCAL registered nurse became the first person in the Riverland to receive the Pfizer vaccine in Renmark last Wednesday.
GENERAL practices across the Riverland began taking bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations this week after the Federal Government’s vaccine rollout progressed to phase 1b.
CONTINUAL improvement is credited with earning two Barmera aged care facilities re-accreditation, despite failing to meet compliance on several Aged Care Quality Standards.
THE relatively low number of babies born at Waikerie Hospital – believed to be around 30 last year – could be impacting the facility’s ability to retain midwifery staff and its chances of resuming birthing services.
A SEVERE lack of health professionals in Waikerie has led to birthing services being put on hold for over six weeks, meaning locals – including five pregnant women – will have to travel at least an hour for the care they need.