Highly qualified and experienced individuals have been appointed to oversee the delivery of health services across South Australia, the Marshall Liberal Government has announced today.
Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the appointments are a major step in devolving decision making and responsibility to a local level.
“I’m pleased to announce the Chairs for several of the Local Health Network (LHN) Governing Boards,” Minister Wade said.
“The Chairs are highly qualified and capable professionals with a diverse range of experience in health care, law, commercial management and finance.
“We’ve brought the appointees on board now to help plan a new governance structure for our public health system, and to provide for a smooth transition to the new governance arrangements.
“The appointees will act in an advisory capacity until the LHNs and Governing Boards are fully operational next year.”
From 1 July 2019, 10 Local Health Network Governing Boards will be accountable for the delivery of health services within their areas.
The Governing Boards will ensure the provision of safe, high-quality and accessible services that are reflective of local values, needs and priorities and sustainable with resources available.
Six new regional Local Health Networks will be established, using the same boundaries as existing Country Health SA regions.
The recruitment process for Chairs for the South East Local Health Network and the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network is still underway and further announcements will be made shortly.
Minister Wade said as part of the governance reforms, key initiatives will be developed.
“The State Government is committed to establishing Wellbeing SA and a Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health,” Minister Wade said.
“These reforms will lead to more decision making at the local level, which will allow us to be more responsive to the needs of local communities and deliver better value for our patients.”
Country Health SA LHN will continue in its current form until the LHNs and Governing Boards become fully operational from 1 July 2019.
More information about the Expression of Interest for Governing Board Member positions will be announced shortly.
For more information, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/GovernanceReforms.