Our strategic vision of serving, seeing and striving for something greater continues to guide our work to bring God’s love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus.
Serving something greater
One of the innovative ways we are growing our advocacy and Mission of serving the poor and vulnerable is through the SVHA Inclusive Health Strategy. Drawing inspiration from our founders, the Sisters of Charity, inclusive health pushes against the tide of government funding and the traditional medical model. It speaks to the core of how SVHA delivers health care with compassion for all and a deep desire to ‘serve something greater’. There are some great stories of our success in this area on pages 13 and 14 of this report.
We are also strengthening our Mission within the organisation by helping our staff – no matter what role they are in – understand how their day to day work connects to the Mission. This is being done through our formation program for all staff. This program invites participants to reflect on how their personal stories, the story of SVHA and the Catholic story, of which SVHA is a part, meet together and inspire our remarkable service in health and aged care.
During the year, SVHA made a bold move in the context of Catholic health and aged care in Australia by appointing an ethicist to help guide us in our advocacy work, which has contentious or difficult ethical aspects. Current examples include SVHA’s position on end-of-life and palliative care, which are covered in greater depth on page 16.
Seeing something greater
Aged Care Division
This has been a momentous year for our aged care division, St Vincent’s Care Services (SVCS). We opened three new facilities in three different states, undertook major extension and refurbishment works at a number of facilities and finalised the transition of two facilities from other aged care providers.
We have achieved all this at a time when the aged care sector is experiencing significant change. This change stems from numerous reforms to the industry, a sharp increase in providers and increasing expectation by the consumers – who now have greater choice over how their care is delivered and by whom.
Notable among these reforms has been the deregulation of community (also known as in-home) care services. This has provided significant growth opportunities for SVCS but has also increased competition in the sector as more providers compete for a slice of the market. Now more than ever it is vital to cultivate the strong relationships our aged care services and hospitals enjoy, in order to include SVCS community and in-home services as a continuum of care option for our hospital patients.
This has been a year of outstanding innovation, translation and achievement across the many teams, collaborators and partners involved in research at SVHA. Research is the key success factor in improving health-related outcomes forour patients, and, especially, for the poor and marginalised in our communities. We congratulate our research community for their Mission-driven work that brings new hope to our patients. You can read more about their inspiring work starting on page 34 of this report.