Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Eastern suburbs to have own health service

    25/11/2015 7:00 AM
    • New health service to meet needs of growing population in eastern corridor
    • Part of major reforms to the governance of WA Health
    • Five highly respected interim chairs appointed to Health Service Boards 

    Recognising the continued growth and development taking place in Perth's eastern suburbs, the State Government today announced the restructure of health services from July 1, 2016.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the East Metropolitan Health Service was being established in response to burgeoning population and demand for health services in high-growth areas such as Ellenbrook, Forrestfield and Canning Vale.


    "The new service will oversee the newly opened St John of God Midland Public Hospital, and Royal Perth, Bentley, Kalamunda and Armadale hospitals," Dr Hames said.


    "With Royal Perth Hospital part of the East Metropolitan Health Service, Perth's eastern suburbs will have a service which covers every health need resulting in better managed co-ordination and integration of clinical services, ensuring more efficient service delivery and budgeting between the hospitals.


    "The advantage for clinical staff and patients is a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of health services, thanks to a focus on a smaller number of hospitals and better quality of service."


    Funding for the new health service will be through the Department of Health's existing budget.


    The announcement comes as part of broader reforms to the governance of the WA Health system which also sees the appointment of five interim chairs to head up Health Service Boards for each of WA Health's service divisions.


    "The appointment of the interim chairs is a significant step towards modernising the governance structure by clarifying roles, decision-making responsibilities and accountabilities system-wide for more efficient service delivery," the Minister said.


    The transition from interim to statutory boards of governance in mid-2016 is subject to State Government endorsement and the progress of new legislation.  Under the new legislation the boards will oversee the health services and public hospitals within a networked area, rather than individual public hospitals as existed in the past.


    Dr Hames said the introduction of statutory Health Service Boards was one of the key recommendations of the WA Health Transition and Reconfiguration Steering Committee, chaired by former acting director general of health, Professor Bryant Stokes.


    The interim Health Service Board chairs and their health service will be: 

    • Professor Bryant Stokes AM (North Metropolitan Health Service), a highly distinguished neurosurgeon with three professorships at WA universities and a former acting director general of WA Health
    • Robert McDonald (South Metropolitan Health Service), who has held senior leadership roles with WA Police, the Department of Treasury and the State Supply Commission and is a former chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council
    • Deborah Karasinski (Child and Adolescent Health Service), the chief executive officer of disability service provider Senses Australia, former chief executive officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, and an experienced board member
    • Dr Neale Fong (WA Country Health Service), the president of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a former director general of WA Health
    • Ian Smith PSM (East Metropolitan Health Service), who has held senior roles in WA Health including chief executive of WA Country Health Service and South Metropolitan Health Service, and more recently chief executive of commissioning at Perth Children's Hospital.   

    The legislation to be introduced early next year will replace the Hospital and Health Services Act 1927.


    Fact File

    • Interim Health Service Boards will act in an advisory capacity to June 30, 2016 in the lead-up to health services being established as separate statutory authorities
    • Interim members of Health Service Boards to be appointed early in 2016
    • Other health services are North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, and WA Country Health Service
    • The appointment of interim board chairs follows an open, skills-based recruitment process

    Minister's office - 6552 5300