The WA State Government has announced significant reforms to the governance of the WA health system calling for the establishment of Health Service boards as separate statutory entities.
From 1 July 2016 Health Services Boards will be legally responsible for the oversight of hospital and health service delivery in local communities and will replace the outdated Hospital and Health Services Act 1927.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said that the creation of Health Service Boards will give local people an opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to the management of health services in the City region.
“One of the key benefits of introducing Health Service Boards will be the wealth of local experience and expertise Chairs and Board Members will bring to the management of health services in our community,” said Mayor Carpenter.
“Its local people with knowledge of local issues, concerns and conditions that will ensure health services in our City region meet the needs of our community.”
The State Government has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) seeking individuals with diverse skills and experience to serve as Chairs and Board Members on interim health service boards in an advisory capacity to 30 June 2016. During this time board members will participate in a formal induction program and work closely with Chief Executives and other key stakeholders in a range of planning and implementation activities.
The transition from interim to statutory boards of governance in mid-2016 is subject to Government endorsements as well as progress with the passage of new legislation to replace the Act.
The EOI and further information can be found at www.health.wa.gov.au