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Who we are

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) has an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of South Australians by delivering world-class integrated healthcare and hospital services.

CALHN brings together the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a major quaternary facility, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a general hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, St Margaret’s Hospital, and Glenside Health Services for acute and community mental health rehabilitation.

We also deliver a range of specialised community and clinical health services across the state. Our statewide clinical services include BreastScreen SA, SA Pathology, SA Medical Imaging and SA Pharmacy. Community health services include SA Dental Service (including School Dental Services), SA Cancer Service, SA Prison Health and Donate Life SA

While we primarily care for the health needs of the community within Adelaide’s eastern, central and western metropolitan area, our highly specialised capabilities means many people from rural, remote, interstate and overseas also access our services.

We highly value research and we have many internationally recognised researchers undertake ground-breaking work in our hospitals, giving our patients access to the latest treatments and ultimately leading to better care.

Our partnerships with local and international universities and health networks allow us to share, learn and collaborate across clinical, education and research areas, enabling us to become a leading academic health sciences network and translate this into best practice models of care.

With an annual budget of more than $2.7 billion, our network is working hard to be high performing, accountable and operate in line with Australian benchmarks.

CALHN employs more than 15,000 staff and our network and our consumers benefit from the support of around 570 volunteers.

Like other local health networks, our Chief Executive Officer reports to a governing board which has oversight of our strategy, risk management, governance and performance.

Our hospitals and services

Royal Adelaide Hospital

The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is the state’s flagship hospital, providing a comprehensive range of the most complex clinical care to an estimated 85,000 inpatients and 400,000 outpatients each year.

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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) is an acute care teaching hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency and mental health services to a population of more than 250,000 people living primarily in Adelaide’s western suburbs.

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Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre

Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre provides clinical rehabilitation services for people suffering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, other neurological and medical disorders, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic conditions and amputations.

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We are committed to Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about strengthening existing connections and establishing new relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and respect with the Aboriginal community of South Australia. 

The Central Adelaide LHN (CALHN) Reconciliation Action Plan has been developed to guide, support and hold us accountable as we uphold our values and make reconciliation a reality.

Central Adelaide LHN acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which its sites are located. We respect their spiritual relationship with their country and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.

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