The Minister for Health recently approved a proposal for the voluntary amalgamation of Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah health services, to enhance access to local health care for communities.
The new organisation ‘NCN Health’ now operates under a combined management and governance structure (effective 1 July 2019).
The existing hospitals and facilities at Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah remain in place, in their current locations, and services will be maintained and enhanced. Urgent Care Centres, clinical services, aged care, primary health, allied health and all other health services remain in place. The local identity of each facility will be preserved.
There will be no loss of services, staffing or funding. Staff are valued and all staff have transferred across to the new organisation in their current roles and locations. Volunteers are also an integral part of the organisations and remain with each campus.
The merger is business as usual. The CEO, Jacque Phillips, is continuing in the leadership role and has been managing the three entities over the past 12 months. A combined management structure is well advanced with a range of senior management positions in place across the campuses.
The new entity will enable significant opportunities for the growth of health services and the provision of new services that meet the needs of the three communities.
The new Board has been appointed by the Minister. There are 12 members including local representatives from the previous Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah Boards, plus one new member. Board Directors include: Dale Brooks (Chair), Susan Logie (Deputy Chair), Suni Campbell, Kate Hodge, Nathan Morris, Pat West, Jennifer Gould, Mewan Dissanayake, Chris McCallum, Melissa Nicoll, Kade Beasley, and Andrew Lelliott.
Read about the Board: Media Release 5 July Board Appointed
Three Community Advisory Groups will be established to ensure local health needs are heard. These are in addition to existing Consumer Liaison Committees.
There is one Budget for the organisation (as of 1 July 2019) and local funding will remain local. Reserves at each organisation will be kept for local priorities. Donations and items will remain with each facility/location.
The proposal for voluntary amalgamation was approved by the Minister for Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. It was also unanimously supported by the three Boards following extensive community and staff consultation, due diligence assessment, and careful consideration of the benefits and issues – with focus on improving access to care for local communities. The independent Due Diligence Report found no major issues of concern on the proposal to join services – this included a comprehensive assessment of clinical, financial, governance, regulatory and human resource matters.
Photo Caption: Back row, left to right: CEO Jacque Phillips, Board Director Suni Campbell, Board Director Kate Hodge, Board Director Nathan Morris, Board Director Pat West, Board Director Jennifer Gould, Board Director Mewan Dissanayake, Board Director Chris McCallum Front row, left to right: Board Director Melissa Nicoll, Board Director Kade Beasley, Board Director Susan Logie (Deputy Chair), Board Director Dale Brooks (Chair) Not pictured: Andrew Lelliott