South Australia

Elliston – Eyre Peninsula

Elliston Hospital & the Pines Hostel, Eyre & Far North Local Health Network – On the Journey to Become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence.

Elliston Hospital & the Pines Hostel is a small, rural hospital and aged care facility. It is unique as it covers all four areas of emergency, acute care, aged and dementia care, all under the same roof.

Anthony Ryan, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Anthony has a background in Nursing and is the Eyre & Far North Local Health Network Acting Executive Director of Nursing.

Anthony is also a driving force of the Regional Aged Care Committee and a member of the Comprehensive Care of Older People (CCOP) working group.

Trudy Wadsworth, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Trudy is a Registered Nurse and Acting Executive Officer/Director of Nursing at Elliston Hospital & Pine Hostel, Eyre & Far North Local Health Network, South Australia. It is in the care of people experiencing dementia that she has found her true passion.

Together Anthony and Trudy have embarked upon a journey with their colleagues and the people in their care to create a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence in Elliston.

Anthony and Trudy propose to enable their hospital to become a role model of the Spark of Life Philosophy that will inspire the staff working in other centres in their region to see what it is possible to achieve for people with dementia.

‘We have big plans to offer staff from other facilities a chance to see, touch, taste and feel what life can be like for all of our beautiful people with dementia. We will be inviting family members, work mates and the community to come and learn more about how to make the lives of our special friends as rich and as fulfilling as we know they can be thanks to the Spark of Life Philosophy.’

~ Trudy Wadsworth

Watch Trudy Wadsworth, Clinical Leader, Elliston Hospital, South Australia expressing what the Spark of Life Philosophy means to her: