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South Australian Virtual Emergency Service (SAVES)

The SAVES program is available in 30 emergency departments in country hospitals across rural and remote South Australia.   

SAVES links doctors with patients and their local nurses in country emergency departments via the existing Telehealth Network, enabling face-to-face consults using video conferencing equipment based at the RDWA offices.

Experienced rural GPs who now reside in Adelaide have been engaged by the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency to provide remote medical assistance to triage patients at local emergency departments when the GP is unavailable.

SAVES provides local GPs with the option of being called out to treat patients, allowing them to rest at night, and patients are instead treated over the SAVES network.   It is entirely at the decision of the on-call rural GP whether to switch over to SAVES on any given night.

The program is designed to support rural doctors’ existing practices, provide greater flexibility for their operating hours and improve their work-life balance by allowing them to take well-deserved time off. 

SAVES is now available in the following locations:

Booleroo Burra
Ceduna Cleve
Coober Pedy Cowell
Cummins Elliston
Eudunda Hawker
Kangaroo Island Karoonda
Kimba Kingston
Lameroo Laura
Millicent Meningie
Orroroo Penola
Peterborough Pinnaroo
Quorn Riverton
Snowtown Strathalbyn
Streaky Bay Tailem Bend
Wudinna Yorketown