Thursday, 21st April, 2011
The newly formed local health network has embarked on a recruitment drive as it attempts to find four directors along with a new general manager for the hospital.
In effect it will mean four new positions at the Broken Hill hospital which now forms part of the new Far West Local Health Network (FWLHN).
The break up of the eight large area health services into small local health networks (LHN) was to allow for more local input into decision making.
The FWLHN includes Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia, Tibooburra, Wentworth, Balranald and Ivanhoe.
The FWLHN's chief executive Stuart Riley said local decision-making was at the forefront of how the new organisation would function, led by the Governing Council.
Mr Riley said the new appointments would really get the new system rolling.
"The advertising for executive positions for the Far West Local Health Network represents the first step in rebuilding the infrastructure to plan, develop and effectively operate health services in Broken Hill and the Far West," Mr Riley said.
The four new positions, all directorships with the FWLHN, cover medical services, clinical governance, nursing and midwifery and financial and corporate operations.
Non of the positions were located in Broken Hill when it was part of the Greater Western Area Health Service.
The successful applicants will be responsible for the key areas of running the LHN, including the budget and corporate services area, oversight of all medical staff and clinical activity, improving patient safety and quality systems and ensuring an adequate nursing workforce.
The general manager's position would lead, direct and manage the operation of the 88-bed Broken Hill hospital.
The FWLHN said it hoped the right candidates would be local but it was not always possible.
"We are looking for high calibre candidates and we accept this may take some time," Mr Riley said.
"We need to ensure our management team for the health service is appropriately skilled and qualified for the job, and that they are ready to do the job to develop and lead the health service well into the future."
Applications for the positions close on Friday, April 29.