Cobram District Health chair Dale Brooks said a local health service was central to the community it serves.
‘‘It is usually a major employer in a small town,’’ Mr Brooks said.
‘‘And, of course, a health service is a place where people are often at their most vulnerable, where every little bit of kindness is often fondly remembered.
‘‘But who bears ultimate responsibility for a health service if something goes wrong?
‘‘It is the health service board members who oversee the governance of a health service under the devolved system of management in Victoria.’’
Mr Brooks acknowledged that serving on a local health service board was a particularly time consuming and demanding role — and board members could potentially be held liable for a range of obligations.
‘‘Board member positions are mostly honorary and time and effort were given without remuneration,’’ Mr Brooks said.
‘‘However, the board roles can also be a exciting and rewarding and CDH has been fortunate in having two local members serving on the board over the last years who have made substantial contributions in various roles,’’ he said.
‘‘We are particularly thankful to Anna De Bourg who has brought her valuable clinical experience as a registered nurse and clinical education facilitator to her role on the board for the last six years.
‘‘With postgraduate qualifications in critical care nursing, Ms De Bourg has worked at the Alfred Emergency Department.
‘‘In her role on the board she was chair of the Clinical Governance Committee which she served for a period of five years with distinction.
‘‘Ms De Bourg was highly regarded in the care and dedication she showed in her role as chair and her warm nature and positive demeanour will be greatly missed.
‘‘She is relocating to Wangaratta with her husband and young family and has promised to remain in touch with CDH in the future.’’
The board will also say goodbye to Brant Doyle who has served on the board since 2014.
‘‘As a senior employee of the Moira Shire Council as the manager – people and organisational, he has brought a keen community perspective to the role, together with his valuable experience in human resources, learning and organisational development, industrial and employee relations,’’ Mr Brooks said.
Mr Doyle has lived in the community for a number of years and similarly juggled commitments of his job, young family and board position over the past three years.
Mr Brooks said they were delighted to welcome Kade Beasley to the board.
‘‘With over seven years’ experience as an investment analyst and portfolio manager covering global equities, Kade’s financial skills will be greatly appreciated by the board,’’ Mr Brooks said.
‘‘He is also an active local junior football coach and all-round sportsman who has a keen interest in rural health.’’
Sarah Davies has also joined the board.
‘‘With a wide and varied experience as a teacher, she is passionate about working with students who have diverse and special needs or who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,’’ Mr Brooks said.
‘‘She currently runs Head Start Academic Tuition in Cobram.’’
Apart from the board positions at Cobram District Health, there are a number of voluntary roles for interested members of the public to play at the health service. The health system encourages the participation of members of the community in all aspects of decision making in the health service.
●Phone community engagement officer Bruce Naylor on 58710777 to find out more.