New Look Board of Management For PDH

Photo from Left: Ros Pevitt, Sandy Burgoyne, Alex Campbell and Ann Miller
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Portland District Health has a new-look Board of Management with the appointment of four new Directors.

Ann Miller, Sandy Burgoyne, Ros Pevitt and Alex Campbell have joined Michelle Kearney, Andrew Levings, Anita Rank, David Patterson, and Professor Paul Yielder who have been reappointed to the Board.

Pam Stringer also remains on the Board with her term expiring on June 30, 2017.

Dr Kearney will continue as Board president.

Ms Pevitt's appointment marks a particular milestone for PDH as it seeks to improve connections with the local Indigenous community.

Ms Pevitt is Gilgar Gunditj woman who has lived in the district for most of her life. She is a Koori Engagement Support Officer with the Department of Employment and Training and has worked in Koori education for more than 20 years. She has also been on the Board of Windamara Aboriginal Corporation for eight years.

I'm interested in what the hospital can offer into the future, she said. I'd like to improve the hospital's engagement with the community, especially within the Koori community in the district.

Ms Pevitt was unsure if there had been any previous Indigenous members on the Board but she hoped her involvement would strengthen the work of PDH's Indigenous liaison committee.

Veterinarian Ann Miller has lived in Portland since the early 1980s and is looking forward to having an input into an integral part of our community

I've used the hospital for myself and my family on a number of occasions and have always been very impressed with the care we received, Ms Miller said. The hospital is such an important and integral part of our community and I'm happy to be able to play a part in its future.

Ms Miller brings experience in governance having been on the Veterinary Registration Board for 11 years.

She said she was keen to ensure the community continues to receive the best possible care and level of services.

The challenge for smaller country hospitals is funding and maintaining services that a community four hours from Melbourne needs, she said.

Ms Burgoyne has long-standing family ties to Portland and has been part of the community for more than 25 years, having recently returned to the area with her family.

She has more than 20 years of senior executive experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retail service and not-for-profit sectors, currently as the Director of the Future Cities Collaborative at the University of Sydney.

My work is about creating sustainable communities. I believe core to this is the wellbeing of people and providing accessible and affordable care is essential to this, she said. I have been fortunate to get to know many of the talented and committed staff at PDH and the tireless service that they provide to the community; I want to support them in continuing to provide the high quality care that the community has come to know."

Two key challenges for PDH are continuing to provide accessible and affordable services to a community with such diverse and growing needs and retaining and attracting skilled staff so that our community can continue to receive quality care, she added.

Mr Campbell has extensive experience in health service management and having retired after a 40-year career now has time to use this experience in a voluntary capacity.

His most recent substantive position was eight years at the Royal Children’s Hospital as Executive Director of Redevelopment, with responsibility for all major capital works.

Health services need good and strong governance to ensure they provide relevant, high quality services in an effective and efficient way, he said. I have a good understanding of what is required to achieve these outcomes.

Mr Campbell, now based in Melbourne, was born in Portland and spent his early years in the city.

Our family has had a continuous association with Portland since the mid 1850s, he said. We still have the family home in Portland and visit regularly and this is an opportunity to engage more and make a contribution to the Portland community.

I expect the challenges for PDH to be similar to other rural health services, namely meeting increasing demand with restricted and finite resources, attracting and retaining appropriately qualified and experienced professional staff, and providing high quality services that meet benchmarks.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said the new Board had a good skills mix with members from clinical, educational, corporate, financial, and community backgrounds.

The Board also has a good gender balance and diversity mix and we're particularly pleased to have representation on behalf of our significant Indigenous population, Ms Giles said.

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