Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Board
The Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network covers 54,190 square kilometres, north from Spencer Gulf to the Northern Territory and bordered by the Eyre and Far North LHN and the Yorke and Northern LHN.
The governing board will be responsible and accountable to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for local decision making.
The role of the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network governing board will include setting strategies and priorities for health services in the region, as well as ensuring the FUN LHN achieves the performance indicators in its Service Agreement.
Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Governing Board Chair
Bevan Francis has had a long-standing career in the South Australian public service since 1988. Bevan was Executive Director of Finance and Infrastructure for Country Health SA until 2009 and has also worked for SA Health in the Flinders and Upper North region in various finance and management roles. From 1998–2006, Bevan was Regional General Manager, Northern and Far Western Regional Health Services. During this time, he was accountable to the Board of Directors and responsible for intra-regional coordination, strategic planning and resource allocation for health services and facilities within the Northern and Far Western Region of SA. Bevan resides in Port Augusta and has also lived in Whyalla. He has a deep understanding of the region, is a strong advocate for community engagement and is committed to working with the Aboriginal Health services across the region.
Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Governing Board Members
Garnett Brady PSM
Garnett Brady is an Adnyamathanha/Yankunytjatjara man from Port Augusta with significant experience in health and community services across the region. Most recently he was founder/owner and manager of Flinders Crest Services Inc, a labour hire business employing Aboriginal people through labour hire arrangements with contractors on the BHP Olympic Dam mine site at Roxby Downs, finishing in the role in 2015. Garnett had previously been employed as Community Manager Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Manager Aboriginal Health Unit, Port Augusta Hospital and Far Northern Regional Health Services, Social Worker, Department of Family and Community Services and CEO Pika Wiya Health Service. He has also previously served on the Boards of Pika Wiya Health Service and the Port Augusta Hospital Inc. Garnett brings significant experience in Aboriginal Health to the Governing Board.
Suzy Graham spent ten years as a solicitor in Adelaide before relocating to Port Augusta in 2007. Having been employed by Stanley and Partners, Camatta Lempens and Angela Ferdinandy before establishing her own practice in Adelaide, Suzy has a broad background in all areas of the law. Suzy established her sole practice in Port Augusta, providing legal services including complex criminal matters, family law, wills and estates, conveyancing, commercial transactions and advising in a range of other areas. Suzy grew up in Port Augusta and is proud to again be a part of the local community. She is involved in a number of local committees and associations, including Secretary and Executive Board Member of Business Port Augusta, Fundraising Officer, Port Augusta Tennis Association and Committee member, Country Practitioners’ Committee Law Society of SA. Suzy holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
John Lynch served with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for 32 years, and was the Chief Executive Officer of RFDS Central Operations, finishing in December 2018. John initially joined the RFDS at its Broken Hill Base as an Accountant in 1986. He was appointed Chief Finance Officer of RFDS Central Operations serving SA and NT in 1991 and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2000, and served in this role for 18 years. John possesses outstanding business acumen and financial management skills and oversaw unprecedented growth and financial security of the organisation. John holds a Bachelor of Health Science and is a Fellow of the National Institute of Public Accountants and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. John brings finance and governance experience along with rural and remote primary health care practice experience to the Governing Board.
Geri Malone has had a career with a very strong focus on rural and remote health from clinical roles, management, education and professional development to policy and advocacy. Her expertise lies in the remote and rural health context. Key areas include but are not limited to workforce issues, recruitment and retention, professional development needs, support of the workforce to meet professional standards to deliver health services in the unique models of care, and development and implementation of robust Clinical Governance frameworks to ensure safe quality services, models of service delivery that meet that needs of communities. Geri has policy and advocacy experience at national level, experience on numerous advisory and working groups, and extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and building collaborative relationships. She is currently a Board member of Resthaven Inc, and has previously been a Board member and Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance and a Board member of the National Rural Women’s Coalition and CRANAplus. Geri is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with a Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice and a Masters of Public Health. Geri is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She brings rural health practitioner and clinical governance experience to the Governing Board.
Karyn Reid is currently a private consultant undertaking complex community consultation and mixed method evaluations to a range of health, community and local government organisations. She was Presiding Member, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs and Woomera Health Advisory Council, until May 2019. Karyn is a Registered General Nurse with certificates in Gerontics, Infection Control and Sterilization and Community Education. Karyn has previously been employed as the Project Facilitator, Coober Pedy Alcohol Management Plan, Consultant CEO Flinders and Far North Division of General Practice Inc, Consultant Manager, Community Mental Health Team, Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Service Inc and CEO Coober Pedy Hospital. She has held professional memberships of the South Australian Directors of Nursing Association, the Australian Nurses Federation, the Infection Control Association of SA and the Sterilizing Technology Association of SA. Karyn brings health practitioner and rural health management experience to the Governing Board.
Mark Whitfield is currently Presiding Member Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management Board, Deputy Chairman Career Employment Group Inc. and formerly Chair of the Whyalla Special Education Centre. Until recently, Mark was Executive Manager of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. He has previously worked in other roles in regional development, health and education in Whyalla and on Eyre Peninsula and in the Far North of the State and in local government. He has also previously held Board roles as Chairman Lifeline Country to Coast SA Inc., Chairman D'faces of Youth Arts Inc., President Riding for the Disabled Whyalla, and Executive Member Riding for the Disabled SA. Mark is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mark has lived in Whyalla since 2001. He has a strong record of volunteering on a variety of community organisation Boards.
The Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (FUN LHN) Board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Friday of each month from 9am to 1pm at health sites within the FUN LHN. The Board members, CEO and Secretariat will also attend each meeting.
The Governing Board will establish committees to assist the Board in performance of the functions.
These committees will include:
- Finance Committee
- Risk and Audit Committee
- Clinical Governance Committee
- Consumer Engagement Committee
Each Committee will have Terms of Reference outlining their role and may make recommendations to the Board.
Monthly Board Meetings
Annual Public Meetings
The Governing Board will hold an annual public meeting between 1 October and 1 December each year.
Details for the 2019 annual public meeting have not been confirmed at this stage. Once confirmed, the date, location and agenda will be made available to the public and minutes will be published on this page.