New Health Services Act 2016 comes into effect today
New boards bring decision-making closer to patient care
Promises better care and value for WA communities
A new era in the delivery of a safe, high-quality, sustainable healthcare system for all West Australians begins today, with the Health Services Act 2016 coming into effect.
The legislation replaces the outdated Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927 and involves establishing boards that are legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities.
Health Minister John Day said the new Act supported the Liberal National Government's unprecedented investment in world-class infrastructure and its focus on providing care as close to home as possible.
"Western Australia's population has grown to more than 2.6 million people - six times the size of the population when the previous Act was passed," Mr Day said.
"Community needs and technology have changed substantially in this time and the new Act allows for a dedicated focus on local health needs across the State, whether in the country, or rapidly growing communities such as the eastern metropolitan corridor."
The Minister said a key feature of the 2016 Act was the clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities it set for all levels of the system.
"The Department of Health, led by the director general, will act as the system manager and is responsible for the overall management, performance and strategic direction of WA Health, while five new Health Service Boards will oversee health services across the State," he said.
"Each health service will be led by an experienced chief executive to manage day-to-day operations and deliver safe, high-quality and efficient health services to local communities."
The five boards cover the North, South and East metropolitan health services, the WA Country Health Service and the Child and Adolescent Health Service.
WA Health has an annual budget of more than $8 billion, more than 90 hospitals and about 43,000 staff
System-wide support services such as Information and Communications Technology will be provided by Health Support Services, which will be established as a separate, accountable legal entity
Planning for the changes began with the appointment of the WA Health Transition and Reconfiguration Steering Committee by Cabinet in December 2013
Changes to the governance of WA's health system are in line with reforms implemented in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland
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HEALTH SERVICE CHIEF EXECUTIVES:
Jeffrey Moffet, WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
Mr Moffet has been the chief executive officer since March 2014, following three and a half years as chief executive of the Department of Health in the Northern Territory. Before relocating to the Northern Territory, Mr Moffet held various senior positions within WACHS, including acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer between 2007 and 2010, and has managed a range of health services in northern Western Australia since 1995. Mr Moffet has dedicated his career to delivery and improvement of health services to people in regional and remote areas.
Wayne Salvage, North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS)
Mr Salvage has been the acting chief executive since 2015. With a strong background in health service policy and management, he joined WA Health in 1998 and has played lead roles in budget strategy, resource allocation, intergovernmental relations and infrastructure planning. He has previously acted as chief executive of the WA Country Health Service.
Dr Robyn Lawrence, South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS)
Dr Lawrence has many years of experience at a senior level across WA Health in health services, hospitals and the Department of Health. Dr Lawrence has been the acting chief executive of this service since 2015, leading reform programs, service reconfiguration and readiness for boards. Prior to her current role, Dr Lawrence has held the positions of executive director, Fiona Stanley Hospital and executive director, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Professor Frank Daly, Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS)
Professor Daly has been the acting chief executive of this service since 2015, overseeing existing services as well as the commissioning of the new Perth Children's Hospital. Professor Daly has previously acted as the SMHS chief executive, and was executive director of the Royal Perth Group, where he also held leadership roles involving the implementation of the four-hour rule, quality and safety, toxicology and emergency medicine.
Liz MacLeod, East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS)
Ms MacLeod is the former executive director commissioning, Fiona Stanley Hospital. Ms MacLeod has held senior management roles in health care for more than 20 years and has experience in leading complex transformational change, clinical planning and health service redevelopment within the health environment.