A message from the President, Dr Graeme Murrell.
I welcome you to the Board of Management pages of Lorne Community Hospital.
The health system in Victoria has a great strength in its Boards of Management, whose core value is the commitment to benefit the community through achievement of agreed organisational goals, as opposed to personal ambitions. The Boards only survive because citizens volunteer.
Our Board tries to provide a harmonious and productive atmosphere at meetings. Inclusion of varied opinions is valued; input is accepted and sought from the CEO, Senior staff, Board members and indeed all staff. Being a small hospital with limited Human Resources we try to make use of any skills in the community we can access.
The Board is aware that in a small community interest in hospital activities can be high and confidentiality difficult, all members try to keep matters confidential until a proper announcement can be made.
We have multiple stake holders - Government and community members, Doctors, staff and clients to name just a few. And we are accountable to all in some way but we are also expected to show leadership in provision of health care in our area. Particularly in making health care available as resources shrink.
Board meetings enjoy an atmosphere of mutual trust between members of the Board, the CEO and invited staff. (As we are volunteers the work should be as pleasant as possible!) This has allowed confident expression of opinions and discussion to usually arrive at a mutually agreeable motion which can be voted on, if necessary.
Welcome to the Board
Qualifications: M.B.,B.S. (Mel 1978), FFARCSI FANZCA
Board member since 2008 and currently Vice President
Ms Ganly has extensive experience working in the public health and community services sectors primarily with the department of Human Services in the Barwon South Western Region and now works as a consultant in the Community Services field. She is interested in working with the community to meet their health care and well-being needs and joined the Board having settled as a permanent resident in Aireys Inlet in 2005.
Qualifications: In Nursing and Early Childhood Development with previous experience in management and as a Community Health Board member.
LCH Committees: Safety and Clinical Governance Committee (Chair) and Community Liaison Advisory Group (Chair)
John is a businessman with an extensive senior executive career in national and international manufacturing and marketing companies including Kimberly-Clark (“Kleenex”), Cadbury-Schweppes and Unilever. He has skills and experience in operations management, strategic planning, accounting & finance, market research & communications, business development, and government & community relations. Apart from LCH he also serves on other Boards and Committees including the Australasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Group Ltd., the Foundation of the State Library of Victoria and the Improvement Foundation (Australia) Ltd.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and Business Administration; Graduate Diploma in Accounting; Master of Business in Marketing; Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants; Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
LCH Committees: Finance & Audit Committee (Chair) and Safety & Clinical Goverance Committee
Born at Clunes near Ballarat, educated at Geelong College, worked on the family farm for twenty years, before moving to a sheep and cattle property in South Australia in 1978. Very involved in community activities and sport since starting working life in 1960.
Returned from SA to live at Lorne in 2006, after regular visits to the family holiday home in Lorne since the 60’s. Still involved with growing ultrafine wool for the European fashion industry, and growing wine grapes.
Married to Marny, an artist and furniture restoration teacher. We have two sons, Alistair and Stuart, and one grand-daughter, Shannon.
LCH Committees: Safety and Clinical Governance Committee; Community Liaison Advisory Group (Chair) and Asset Management & Capital Works Project Group.
Jo Stevens is a Change Management consultant who has extensive experience leading major change programs across a range of industries; including Resources, Government, Infrastructure, Financial Services, and Telecommunications sectors. Jo resides in Aireys Inlet with her family, and has been an active member of the Anglesea Kindergarten Committee and Aireys Inlet School Parent club over recent years.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Masters of Change Leadership and Organisation Dynamics.
LCH Committees: Finance & Audit Committee
Over the years I have dabbled in many careers from a motivational speaker in schools to running my own company selling ad space on trucks to the likes of TAC and FCUK. I have always had an interest in teaching, design and looking after the environment. So far my biggest challenge has been co-ordinating XTG a charity that a couple of friends and I started to give kids-at-risk in Geelong an opportunity to experience the outdoors from snowboarding to kayaking. Recently I managed the Quiksilver foundation and did some consulting for the Centre for Sustainable Leadership. I have also held the Candle and Castle competition down at the George for the last 12 years. It began because someone said to me ‘nobody does anything purely for fun'. I reckon we've clocked up at least 45 hours of fun. I like to have fun it is often synonymous with giving back to one's community.
As a qualified Civil Engineer, I have spent over thirty years in senior management and engineering project roles, within both national and international organisations. Having worked throughout Asia, the UK and Europe I have developed a strong appreciation of people as individuals, not just a “resource”.
For the past six years I have been closely involved in the Barwon region, working with people living with a mental illness. This offered me a unique opportunity to utilise my personal and professional experience in a new environment; an environment where effective and empathetic leadership and guidance are the foundations of a workplace where people are respected and valued for who they are.
LCH Committees: Finance & Audit Committee and Asset Management & Capital Works Project Group.
|Damien P. Smith AM
Dr Smith has a long history of involvement in public and community health matters within Australia and overseas, especially the planning and service-delivery of eye health. He served for eleven years on the board of management of a metropolitan, specialist teaching hospital (Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital), and for nearly thirty years on the management council of the Australian (then Victorian) College of Optometry, another provider of public-funded health services in metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. A past-president of the World Council of Optometry, he has worked with WHO and UNESCO on international prevention-of-blindness initiatives.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy (all University of Melbourne)
LCH Committees: Finance & Audit Committee and Safety & Clinical Governance Committee