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Governance Reforms

Governing Boards Chairs EOI open until 5pm 7 September 2018.
Expressions of Interest are sought for Governing Board Chairs of the South East Local Health Network and the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network. Visit the Governing Board Chairs EOI page for more information and how to apply.

Changes to the governance of SA Health

The State Government is reforming SA Health’s governance, including establishing 10 Local Health Network (LHN), each with its own Governing Board. 

Statewide

  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Metropolitan

  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Regional

  • Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network
  • Yorke and Northern Local Health Network
  • Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network
  • Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network
  • Eyre and Far North Local Health Network
  • South East Local Health Network

These reforms will take a staged approach, with the most significant changes to take place from 1 July 2019 when the new Governing Boards become fully operational.

Devolving decision making and responsibility to the local level involves significant planning. This requires detailed consideration of functions, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities across SA Health. The main part of this work will be undertaken over the next 12 months in the lead up to 1 July 2019 when the Governing Boards become fully operational.

The SA Health Chief Executive and the senior leadership team are committed to keeping you informed and engaged throughout this process. They will rely heavily upon engagement with clinicians, staff and stakeholders to inform the future shape of SA Health. Clinicians, staff and stakeholders will be involved in the planning process. More information about engagement will be provided shortly.

Under these reforms, the Department for Health and Wellbeing will continue to have responsibility for the overall management and strategic direction of the South Australian health system.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Comments and questions can be emailed to HealthGoverningBoards@sa.gov.au

Governing Boards Chairs announced

The Hon. Stephen Wade MLC, Minister for Health and Wellbeing has announced Chairs for eight of the future Local Health Network Governing Boards.

  • Raymond J Spencer, Chair, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Michael Anthony Reid, Deputy Chair, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Ray Blight, Chair, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Mark Butcher, Chair, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • James Birch OAM, Chair, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Juliet Brown OAM, Chair, Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Local Health Network
  • Vanessa Boully, Chair, Yorke and Northern Local Health Network
  • Bevan Francis, Chair, Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network
  • Dr Peter Stuart Joyner OAM, Chair, Riverland, Mallee Coorong Local Health Network.

You can read about the new Chairs here:

The recruitment process to appoint Chairs for the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network and South East Local Health Network is still underway. This page will be updated once the Chairs are announced by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

The new Chairs are highly qualified and experienced individuals.

We’ve brought them on board now to help us plan a new governance structure for our public health system and to provide for a smooth transition to the new governance arrangements. They’ll also be assisting us in the lead up to the LHNs and Governing Boards becoming fully operational from 1 July 2019.

Governing Board Member Expression of Interest

More information about the Expression of Interest for Governing Board Member positions will be announced shortly.

Establishing Regional Local Health Networks

Six new incorporated country hospitals (Local Health Networks) will be created under the Health Care Act 2008, which cover the same boundaries as the current Country Health SA regions.

The creation of the six LHNs is administrative only. This allows us to commence the transitional arrangements and enables the Governing Board Chairs to be appointed against specific LHNs.

Country Health SA LHN will continue in its current form until the LHNs and Governing Boards become fully operational from 1 July 2019.

The new regional LHNs are:

  • Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network Incorporated

  • Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Incorporated

  • Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Incorporated

  • Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network Incorporated

  • South East Local Health Network Incorporated

  • Yorke and Northern Local Health Network Incorporated.

Governance Reform Oversight Committee

The Governance Reform Oversight Committee, will oversee the planning of SA Health’s governance arrangements.

Discussions to steer system design planning have commenced. A program management committee will manage projects with regular reports to the Oversight Committee.

Read more about the Governance Reform Oversight Committee and Program Management Committee.

Feedback and questions

Comments and questions can be emailed to:HealthGoverningBoards@sa.gov.au or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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