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Tuesday, 09 Nov 2021

The Minister for Health, Martin Foley MP, is pleased to invite applications for part-time board positions at South West Healthcare with terms of office commencing from 1 July 2022.

South West Healthcare (SWH) is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region. Our regional footprint spans five LGAs. Employing more than 1,800 staff, we are the region’s largest employer. With a recently strengthened medical workforce and stabilised range of specialities across acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged care services, we have a deep and committed approach to community-centred care. We were proudly awarded the Premier’s Award for Health Service of the Year (Medium) in 2019. In the past 12 years, we have seen exceptional growth. We are a vital contributor to not only population health, but to community life, generating local economic benefit in excess of $125m.

SWH respects all individuals and promotes equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio-economic status.

Our board of directors and the individual directors of our public health service have formal duties and responsibilities to the Minister for Health (the Minister), the Secretary of the Department of Health (the Department) and the public (the stakeholders). The board oversees the performance of South West Healthcare and ensures we are meeting the policy and performance objectives of the Minister. The board is held ultimately responsible for all aspects of our health service’s activities.

Directors are appointed for a one to three year term by the Governor in Council, upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

The South West Healthcare board meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4.00 pm. Directors are also involved in various board subcommittees which include Quality and Clinical Risk; Financial Performance, Audit and Financial Risk; Consumer and Community Advisory Committee; Governance and Remuneration.

About the role

These positions provide an exciting opportunity for members of the Victorian public with relevant experience and qualifications to contribute to the strategic leadership of public health care delivery to the community.

The role of the board includes:

  • Setting the vision, strategy and direction of the organisation, in line with Victorian Government policy
  • Having ultimate accountability for the delivery of safe and quality care
  • Succession planning, performance management and, if required, the removal of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Overall oversight of the performance and delivery of key policy priorities
  • Ensuring the ongoing financial viability of the organisation.

Who we are looking for

Safe and high quality healthcare for all Victorians is a priority of the Victorian Government. Applicants for board directorships must be able to demonstrate and provide evidence in support of the skills they identify in their applications.
Collaboration, through the recently established Health Service Partnerships, is a key Victorian Government priority
Applicants should have a demonstrated history of achievement through collaboration and partnering. Being able to demonstrate strong working relationships, particularly in the Victorian health sector, will be highly valued.
These positions provide an exciting opportunity for members of the Victorian public with relevant experience and qualifications to contribute to the strategic leadership of public health care delivery to the community.
All applications will be considered however the SWH board would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in communications and stakeholder engagement, human resource management and patient (user) experience and consumer engagement. Please refer to the position description for more details about the capabilities needed.
The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring boards and committees broadly reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. We welcome applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all ages, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people.

What you need to apply

Applicants are required to register an account on the ‘Join a Public Board’ website prior to applying online. Once you have registered an account with ’Join a Public Board’, please click on the ‘Search board vacancies’ tab to find the advert for South West Healthcare, then click the ‘Apply now’ button.
Applicants are able to apply to a maximum of five Board Director positions. If more than five positions are applied for, only the first five will be considered.
When you apply for a board director position, you will be required to enter your personal details before moving on to a questionnaire. In the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to address the key selection criteria and outline your relevant qualifications and experience. Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae with their application.
Applicants should view the ‘How to apply’ document and position description when completing their application.
Board directors of public hospitals are eligible to receive remuneration. For further information, please visit

Applications close at midnight Monday 29 November 2021

For further information including how to apply, please visit
For all enquiries regarding the appointment process, please contact Lee Fairley by phone on 03 9595 1365 or email
For all enquiries regarding the SWH board, please contact Gemma Cousins on 03 5564 4060.

Page last updated: 30 November 2023

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