Health Minister Peter Foss today announced the first Board of Directors for the Bunbury Health Service.
The board, to be chaired by Dr Tom Cottee and comprising 10 members from the South-West community, will take up its duties from September 1, 1994 for a term of three years.
Mr Foss welcomed the new board members and said each had a valuable contribution to make.
"The first and major task of the board is to plan the new public hospital and health campus for Bunbury and to consider what services are needed by the people of Bunbury and the surrounding area," Mr Foss said.
"It will also define the hospital's role as a regional hospital, and will look at how it will develop and fit into the South-West region.
"The board will serve a three-year term during which time the new hospital will basically be completed and the health campus will be well under way."
To serve on the board of a community health service carried a significant responsibility and was not something to be taken on lightly.
There had been a good response to calls for community leaders to join the new board and those chosen would do an excellent job under Dr Cottee's leadership.
"This is a multi-million dollar enterprise which will be developed to provide vital services, and the community has extremely high expectations of the quality and availability of those services," Mr Foss said.
"The board we have chosen represents a wide range of health, business and social skills.
"I am confident they will provide the positive leadership which will enable the Bunbury Health Service and the new public hospital to develop in a way which meets the needs of all people in Bunbury and the South-West."
The committee comprises:
· Chairman Dr Tom Cottee, who is a highly respected member of the South-West community. Dr Cottee chaired the Ministerial Technical Advisory Committee [MTAC] which made recommendations to Health Minister Peter Foss about the site and services for the new public hospital to be built in Bunbury. A specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Cottee has been in private practice in Bunbury since 1984. He did his initial medical training at the University of Sydney and has worked at Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
· Mr Michael Eastman, who is a chartered accountant and certified practising accountant. Mr Eastman was born in Bunbury and has played a leading role in the community. He is the chairman of the Golden West Network, and finance chairman of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. Mr Eastman was a member of the regional Board of the Bunbury St John of God Hospital.
· Mr Phillip Clift, who is Principal of the Bunbury campus of Edith Cowan University and holds a master's degree in science from Edinburgh University, where he majored in marketing and finance. He chairs the South-West Youth Employment Scheme and the University Business Schools Consortium, and is a member of a several professional associations and university organisations.
· Ms Heather Nichols is a barrister and solicitor. Originally from Tasmania, Ms Nichols has been living in Bunbury since 1992. She will contribute important legal skills to the new board.
· Dr Keith Howe, who has been in general medical practice in Bunbury since 1979. Dr Howe is the co-ordinator of the local chapter of the Division of General Practice. A Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Howe is also the secretary of the Health Department's rural anaesthetic services reference group and was a delegate to the national workshop of the Australian Health Ethics Committee in 1992.
· Mr Denis Payne is the managing director of SCM Chemicals and has a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the WA Chamber of Mines and Energy and his business skills will be welcomed by the board.
· Mr Lui Tuia is a Donnybrook farmer and businessman who has played a significant role in the South-West community. A member of the Bunbury Port Authority and a past member of the Board of St John of God Hospital in Bunbury, he was elected to the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council in 1965 and retired in 1981. He was shire president from 1976 until his retirement. A founder of the current Donnybrook Bridgetown Mail newspaper, Mr Tuia also served as president of St Mary's School Board and as president of the parish council during the building of the new Catholic church in Donnybrook.
· Dr Samar Aoun is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the Bunbury campus of Edith Cowan University. She is conducting a survey to assess the mental health needs of rural communities in the Bunbury region. Dr Aoun has a doctorate in medical demography, provides professional consultation and advice to researchers and scholars in the medical community and is a member of Milligan House's management committee representing migrant women in Bunbury.
· Mrs Beulah Manea has a long-standing commitment to Bunbury and the region, and has worked for many years with senior citizens and Meals on Wheels. A nurse by profession, Mrs Manea chairs the City of Bunbury Art Gallery Committee and the Bunbury Timber Jetty Preservation Society and is a member of the Arts Management Committee and the Cemetery Board.
· Mr Ross Bremner, who is the Managing Registrar for the Ministry of Justice with the Manjimup Clerk of Courts, a position he has held for 30 years. His long association with community health in the Manjimup district includes chairing the Moonya Lodge Frail Aged Committee and the Manjimup Nursing Home Committee, and serving as vice-chairman of the Warren District Hospital for 12 years. He is a Justice of the Peace.
· Mr John Sara is a member of Bunbury's Aboriginal community who has worked as a rehabilitation officer with Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services for the past seven years. The only Aboriginal rehabilitation officer in the Great Southern and South-West regions, Mr Sara will represent his community's interests in health and cultural issues. His involvement with Aboriginal people living with disabilities, and the esteem in which his community holds him, make Mr Sara a key member of the new board.
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