Governance

West Wimmera Health Service is a Victorian Public Health Service incorporated under the Health Services Act 1988.

We are bound by a Service Agreement with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to deliver acute care, aged care, allied, disability and community health services to the communities of Nhill, Goroke, Jeparit, Kaniva, Minyip, Murtoa, Natimuk, Rainbow and Rupanyup.

Board of Directors

We are governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the effective and efficient clinical and corporate governance of WWHS and to ensure the reporting of financial and clinical status is accurate, transparent and meets Government requirements.

Board Directors are appointed by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister for Health, usually for a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment. They are not paid for their work.

Board vacancies and appointments are advertised in the newspapers with access to information including necessary skills and expertise and documents.

New Board Directors receive a comprehensive Induction Manual and attend Induction Training to familiarise themselves with the health industry and West Wimmera Health Service in particular.

Members are required to participate in Board Director education, attend Seminars and Conferences to make sure they are abreast of current philosophies, trends and looming threats.


Board Directors

Mrs Anne Rogers  – President
Ms Leonie G Clarke – Vice President
Mrs Therese Allen
Mr Henry Banh
Mrs Katherine Colbert
Mr John Millington
Mr Lloyd Milgate

 Committees of the Board

The following Committees report directly to the Board of Directors ensuring the Board has adequate, timely material available for making informed governance decisions.

Members of all Committees are required to declare any Pecuniary Interest or Conflict of Interest in any part of the Agenda, including all Board of Directors Meetings and do not take part in discussions or voting and may be requested to withdraw for those items.

Finance and Audit

The Finance and Audit Committee advises the Board of Directors on the financial management affairs of the Service including financial management strategies, operating and capital budgets and outcomes, investments, property holding and transactions, insurance, pricing and fees, taxation, financial viability, costs and benefits of strategic options in addition to recommending to the Board the annual budget and audited accounts. The Committee also undertakes the oversight of the internal auditor scope of work and performance, the Auditor-General's agent, the operation and implementation of risk management, effectiveness of management information systems, monitors compliance with laws and regulations and reports findings to the Board of Directors.

Members of the Committee are:

- Anne Rogers

- Katherine Colbert

- Lloyd Milgate

- John Millington

- Maurice Stewart (Independent member)

Executive

The Executive Committee is formed to deal with urgent or sensitive issues between scheduled meetings of the Board. The Executive Committee is responsible for exercising Board powers between meetings, review of the Chief Executive Officer's employment, performance and setting remuneration accordingly, representing the Service to third parties between meetings and witnessing the affixing of the Service seal.

Members of the Committee are:

- Anne Rogers

- Leonie Clarke

- Therese Allen

- John Millington

Quality and Safety Governance

The Quality and Safety Governance Committee is responsible for effectively monitoring and managing the quality elements relating to clinical quality, risk and safety, including professional; Clinical Credentialing and Appointments, Clinical Governance, Risk Management and Occupational Health and Safety.

Members of the Committee are:

- Therese Allen

- Leonie Clarke

- Henry Banh

Project Control Groups

Project Control Groups are established from time to time as required to oversee Capital Works projects, ensuring that budgets and timelines are met. 

Members of the Committee are:

- Katherine Colbert

- John Millington

 Gift, Benefits and Hospitality Policy and Register

In October 2016 the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) issued guidelines for Victorian public sector employees on giving and receiving gifts, benefits and hospitality.

The guildelines require all public sector organisations to publish its Gift, Benefit and Hospitality Policy and Register on its website.

A copy of West Wimmera Health Service's Policy and Register can be viewed here >

Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy

West Wimmera Health Service Gift Register