A panel of six prominent local residents have been appointed to provide community input to the Mildura Base Hospital, Minister for Health David Davis announced today.
Mr Davis said the term of the members of the previous Community Advisory Board at Mildura finished at the end of June this year.
"The new community advisory board will play a leading role in strong advocacy for the Mildura community and surrounding districts.
"It is important that the community of Mildura has a say in the operation of its local hospital, so I am pleased to announce these appointments to the new Community Advisory Board," Mr Davis said.
"Local knowledge and community input are vital to the operation of all hospitals providing public health services in Victoria. Victoria's major public hospitals and health services have structures to provide public input through community advisory committees. It is important that the Mildura community has this direct input to the running of its hospital too."
Mildura Base is a privately-operated hospital providing public health services to its community under a contract and service agreement with the State.
The advisory board will be chaired by Mallee Family Care Executive Director Vernon Knight, who was a member of the hospital's previous advisory board.
The other board members include Ms Janice Danson, Mr Marcus Guthrie, Sr, Ms Marion McDonald, Mr Gary Nalder and Ms Ada Peterson.
The Committee will play an important role as intermediaries between the community and the hospital operators.
The contract covering the operation of this hospital empowers the Advisory Board (CI 29.1) to advise the operators on a number of important matters including:
- Clinical governance;
- The range and quality of clinical services provided;
- The hospital by-laws and policies;
- The formation and activities of auxiliaries and other voluntary groups; and
- Promotion of the hospital as an important service provider for the region.Hospital CEO Dane Huxley is also a member of the advisory board and a medical representative will also soon be appointed to the board.
The advisory board will meet monthly and produce an annual report, which will be incorporated in the hospital's annual report each year.
Calls for nominations for the community advisory board were advertised earlier this year, with applications closing on June 22.