Board table

Western Sydney Local Health District

Our Committees

Health Care Quality Committee   l  WSLHD Medical Staff Executive Council   
Medical & Dental Appointments Advisory Committee   
Finance Performance & Assets Management Committee   
Research & Education Committee   l  Audit & Risk Management Committee   l  Aboriginal Health Services Committee
Executive Strategy Committee   l  Mental Health Clinical Council   
Joint Executive Review Committee   l  Hospital Clinical Councils

 

Board Committees

Health Care Quality Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Health Care Quality Committee (HCQC) is to ensure the Western Sydney Local Health District has appropriate patient safety and clinical quality systems to monitor performance and to continuously improve patient care. The HCQC will fulfill this by following these objectives:

  • Provide leadership for improving the quality and models of health care in the Local Health District
  • Review the Local Health District’s implementation of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Patient Safety Clinical Quality program
  • Monitor the performance against the Safety and Quality indicators within the Service Agreement and determine strategies to address any areas of concern
  • Review and monitor clinical quality indicators
  • To escalate high risks issues or concerns in relation to patient safety and clinical quality to the Board
  • To support WSLHD in building the necessary capability and capacity for quality improvement

Chair: Adjunct Professor Kathy Baker
Position: Board member, Western Sydney Local Health District
Executive Sponsor: Joanne Edwards
Position: A/Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, Western Sydney Local Health District
Secretariat: Sandra Jones
Position: Executive Assistant to Director Clinical Governance

 

WSLHD Medical Staff Executive Council

Purpose: The Local Health District is required by the 2011 Model By-Law under the Health Services Act to establish Medical Staff Councils and a Medical Staff Executive Council.

  1. The objectives of the Medical Staff Council (and Clinical Council) structures are to:
    • facilitate effective patient care and services through a co-operative approach to the management and efficient operation of public hospitals between hospital executive management, clinical staff and clinical support staff
    • provide a forum for information sharing and to support feedback to staff on issues affecting the administration of the hospitals through the members of the councils
  2. The Medical Staff Executive Council is composed of representatives of the Medical Staff Councils for the hospitals under the control of then local health district
  3. The functions of the Medical Staff Executive Council are to:
    • provide advice to the Chief Executive and Board on medical matters
    • nominate, every 3 years from the date of issuing of the above By-Law, a short list of up to 5 medical practitioners to be available to the Minister for Health when considering the appointment of a member or members of the Board

 Executive Sponsor: Dr Michael Datyner

 

Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (the committee) is to:

  1. Provide advice, and where appropriate make recommendations with reasons, to the Chief Executive concerning matters relating to the appointment or proposed appointment of visiting practitioners, staff specialists or dentists
  2. Consider any application that has been referred to the committee by the Chief Executive for:
    • appointment of a visiting practitioner, staff specialist or dentist; or
    • a proposal to appoint a person as a visiting practitioner, staff specialist or dentist
  3. Provide advice and, where appropriate, make recommendations with reasons to the Chief Executive concerning the clinical privileges, which should be allowed to visiting practitioners, staff specialists and dentists

The committee may form subcommittees, whether at a hospital or otherwise, to provide advice or other assistance to enable it to perform duties referred to above.

Chair: Mr Andrew Bernard
Executive Sponsor: Helen Emmerson, A/ Executive Director, People and Culture
Secretariat: Alison King, Specialist Medical and Dental Recruitment Unit
Contact Unit: Specialist Medical and Dental Recruitment Unit

 

Finance, Performance and Assets Management Committee

Purpose: The functions of the Finance, Performance and Assets Committee of the Board are to oversee Western Sydney LHD’s strategic approach to finance operational performance and capital works/assets and monitor, review and recommend actions to the Board on:

  • The systems, frameworks and strategies underpinning financial performance, operational performance and capital assets
  • Ensuring effective and appropriate strategies are in place so that the LHD can comply with its formal Service Agreements and other commitments to provide hospital and related services to the population of Western Sydney and beyond
  • The progress and prospect of achieving the financial objectives contained in the annual Service Agreement, LHD Strategic Plan, and operational plans
  • Strategic issues concerning financial sustainability of the LHD
  • WSLHD’s cash position and capacity to pay its bills on time
  • Strategic and other issues arising from the LHD’s management of investments
  • Approval and endorsement of cash payment for statutory approval and the status of investments
  • Operational performance, and report to the Board progress and issues arising in the operational performance, with regard to the Service Agreement, KPIs set by the Ministry of Health, and other considerations
  • Strategies for WSLHD’s current and future capital assets to ensure that he LHD has available to it appropriate and functional facilities, engineering and other services to deliver cost-effective, patient centred health care in the right place, at the right time, and  consistent with the costs set by Activity-based costing prices

Chair:  Andrew Bernard
Position: Board member, Western Sydney Local Health District
Executive Sponsor: Natalie McDonald
Position: Executive Director, Finance, Western Sydney Local Health District
Secretariat: Lauren Mace
Position: Executive Assistant Finance

 

Research and Education Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Research and Education Subcommittee (RESC) is to provide strategic leadership, oversight and governance for all formal research and education activities conducted in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

The Research and Education Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Oversight research and education strategy within the LHD
  • Develop and promote robust governance structures to develop and grow research and education in WSLHD
  • Promote partnership opportunities with universities, TAFE, professional colleges, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and Australian Quality Skills Authority (AQSA), The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, and the Westmead Hub to ensure effective research and education is carried out in WSLHD
  • To oversee systems and procedures for the planning and management of clinical undergraduate student placements in WSLHD: based on a cooperative approach to improving the capacity and capability of available placements and resources
  • Provide oversight of WSLHD financial systems relating to research and education in WSLHD including allocation of funding, securing of grants and communication of financial outcomes 
  • Promote successes and achievements in research and education as part of WSLHD’s excellence in clinical care

Chair:  Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder
Position: Chair, Western Sydney Local Health District Board
Executive Sponsor: Dr Kim Hill
Position: Executive Medical Director, Western Sydney Local Health District
Secretariat: Mark Smith
Position: Research Development Manager, Research & Education Network

Contact Unit: Research & Education Network
Internet: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Research---Education

 

Audit and Risk Management Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Audit and Risk Management Committee is to provide advice or other assistance in enabling the Chief Executive to perform their duties under the Health Services Act. The role of the Committee is to be separate from that of executive management of WSLHD, and shall be given no decision-making powers or supervisory functions. The ARMC responsibilities encompass six main areas including risk management; control framework; external accountability; compliance with applicable laws and regulations; internal audit; and external audit.

The Audit and Risk Management Committee have the following core responsibilities:

  • To assess and enhance WSLHD’s corporate governance, including its systems of internal control, ethical conduct and probity, risk management, fraud control, management information and internal audit
  • To ensure that appropriate procedures and controls are in place to provide reliability in WSLHD’s financial reporting, safeguarding assets, and compliance with WSLHD”s responsibilities, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures
  • To oversight and enhance the quality and effectiveness of WSLHD’s internal audit function, providing a structured reporting line for the Internal Auditor and facilitating the maintenance of his independence 
  • Through the internal audit function, to assist the Chief Executive to deliver outputs efficiently, effectively and economically, so as to obtain the best value for money and to optimise organisational performance in terms of quality, quantity and timeliness
  • To maintain a strong and candid relationship with external audit, facilitating to the extent practicable, an integrated internal/external audit process that optimises benefits to WSLHD 

Chair: Bruce Turner
Position: Independent
Secretariat: Stephen Billingsley
Position: Director, Internal Audit, Western Sydney Local Health District

 

Aboriginal Health Services Committee

Purpose: The Aboriginal Health Services Board Sub-Committee was established to provide strategic oversight and governance for all Aboriginal health services delivered within the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

The Aboriginal Health Services Board Sub-Committee has the following core responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership for improving the quality and models of care delivered to the Aboriginal community within WSLHD
  • To review WSLHD implementation of the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013-2023
  • To ensure partnerships are maintained with Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, and the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS)
  • Improving Aboriginal health performance, service access, service utilisation and quality measures in all relevant service agreements including the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan and Closing The Gap to align with the special characteristics of the WSLHD population
  • All members to provide quarterly reports to the Sub-Committee on key issues and performance reporting

Chair:  Adjunct Professor Dea Thiele
Position: Member, Western Sydney Local Health District Board
Executive Sponsor: Andrew Newton
Position: General Manager, Blacktown & Mount Druitt hospitals and Associated Community Health Services, Western Sydney Local Health District
Secretariat: Christine Holman
Position: Executive Officer, Blacktown & Mount Druitt hospitals and Associated Community Health Services, Western Sydney Local Health District
 

Executive Committees

Executive Strategy Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Executive Stragegy Committee is to discuss priorities for strategy planning and key operational matters, and immediate risks and issues for the District, and other issues as determined by the Chief Executive.

 

Mental Health Clinical Council

Purpose: The Clinical Council provides a forum for consultation, guidance and leadership through the involvement of senior clinical staff in management decisions for Mental Health Services, and is the peak clinical management forum for the Mental Health Service including Cumberland Hospital / Blacktown / Auburn / Westmead Hospitals and Community Mental Health Services. The Council establishes and progressively adjusts the strategic priorities of the mental health services as they relate to NSW Health policies, major risks and opportunities, and requirements for the success of the organisation.

 

Joint Executive Review Committee

Purpose: The Joint Executive Review Committee is facilitated for Westmead Hospital, Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital and Mental Health Services and acts to fulfill the following objectives: 

  • Monitor, review and evaluate progress with strategic priorities and key performance indicators, including service delivery, quality and safety and financial indicators 
  • Oversight of implementation of agreed actions 
  • Review any risks to achieving successful outcomes and actions being taken to mitigate these risks 
  • Provide a forum for collaboration and communication, and for discussion of innovation and opportunities for cross-LHD initiatives. 
The meetings will review the agreed set of key performance indicators taken from the Service Agreement between WSLHD and the Ministry of Health on a monthly basis, and progress with the WSLHD Operational Plan on a quarterly basis. 

 

Hospital Clinical Councils 

Purpose: The Western Sydney Local Health District has established Clinical Councils at Auburn, Blacktown Mount Druitt, Cumberland and Westmead Hospitals to review, monitor and evaluate health services within each facility and to provide strategic direction on the operation and development of health services. 

The meetings will review the agreed set of key performance indicators taken from the Service Agreement between WSLHD and the Ministry of Health on a monthly basis, and progress with the WSLHD Operational Plan on a quarterly basis. 

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