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Orthopaedic surgeons sign CHSA contract

After lengthy contract negotiations and a period of uncertainty,  orthopaedic surgeons Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes have reached an agreement with CHSA and will continue to provide services att he Mt Gambier Hospital. This follows a period of uncertainty which saw orthopaedic surgeons Barry McCusker and Henry Forbes almost reach the end of their contract with CHSA with no guarantee of further contracts to continue to practice. In July of this year they both were signed for a 6 month contract.

Country Health SA put out a call on the open market for orthapaedic emergency and surgical and ophthalmology services at the Mt Gambier Hospital. South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said specialists could put forward proposals as required by SA Government procurement guidelines, a call for interest and proposals for the provision of orthopaedic services at Mount Gambier Hospital was released on the open market.

CHSA released this statement today:-

Country Health SA has secured orthopaedic services in the South East until 2020 after reaching agreement with surgeons Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Country Health SA, Rebecca Graham, said this was an excellent result for the South East community.

“Guaranteeing the provision of high quality orthopaedic surgical services to the South

East community has been our key objective throughout this process,” Ms Graham said.

“Both surgeons have provided service to Mount Gambier Hospital for nearly 50 years combined and we are looking forward to working together with Mr McCusker and Mr

Forbes to deliver quality surgical services into the future.”

Mr McCusker and Mr Forbes have agreed to the standards included within the four-year contract to provide public orthopaedic surgery services and emergency on-call services from the Mount Gambier District Health Service.

The surgeon’s four-year contract will take effect from January 5, 2016.

Source: CHSA

Country Health SA announces future of opthalmology services in South East


Country Health SA today announced the future of opthalmology for South East patients after a process of expressions of interest.

Country Health SA has selected local ophthalmologist Dr Michael Bailey as the preferred provider of cataract surgery for the South East.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Country Health SA, Rebecca Graham, said Dr Bailey has been offered a contract to provide services in the South East over the next five years.

“In July we put out a request for proposals for the provision of ophthalmology services in the South East,” Ms Graham said.

“We had a number of strong applications, but the panel has decided to offer Dr Bailey a contract to deliver ophthalmology surgery at the Mount Gambier and District Health Service.

“Dr Bailey is a long-standing resident of Mount Gambier, having lived and worked there since 2004.

“Over that time he has built up strong relationships with members of the local community and demonstrated he is a high quality ophthalmologist.

“We are looking forward to Dr Bailey continuing to provide quality ophthalmology surgery to people in the South East for many years to come.”

Dr Bailey said he was looking forward to continuing to provide ophthalmology services for the people of the South East.

“I have been providing cataract surgery at the Mount Gambier Hospital for the past 11 years, and have helped literally thousands of patients in that time, so I am pleased to continue here as a resident ophthalmologist,” Dr Bailey said.

Ms Graham also took the opportunity to thank ophthalmologists Dr Trevor Hodson and Dr Archie MacKillop for their many years of service in the South East.

“The South East has been very well served over many years by Dr Hodson and Dr MacKillop,” she said.

“I want to thank them for their service and wish them well in the future.”

Lions handover Birdsville tractor run funds

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Millicent Lions meeting on Tuesday 1st December hosted Lions from visiting clubs for the handover of funds raised on the recent Birdsville Tractor run fundraiser. Members of the Millicent, Naracoorte and Hahndorf clubs banded together for the trek to Birdsville to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A combined tally of $29,295-46 was raised with Millicent raising $13,076.05 minus expenses leaving $11,181.50 in total. A financial report was prepared by Treasurer Keith Fields.

The RFDS averages three (3) flights a day from the local area over the past 20 years said President John Chalmers receiving the cheque on behalf of the RFDS.



Lions Clubs and RFDS representatives

You can find the Lions Tractor run on Wattle Range Now facebook where a daily account of the teams fun and games were posted as it happened.

Photo courtesy Lion Peter Lane