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Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board



Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board

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1. Chairpersons Review It has been another year of change and challenges for the Royal Darwin Hospital Board (the Board). This is the second year that the Board makes its annual report under the new Hospitals Boards Act 2009 (the Act). The Board has been active in the discharge of its statutory functions and responsibilities. In accordance with the requirements of the Act, the Board has monitored contemporary health standards and standards of patient care at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) throughout the year. The Board is grateful to the General Manager of the hospital, Ms Liz Stackhouse, the Director of Medical Services - Dr Sara Watson and Director of Nursing - Mrs Jo Seiler and all hospital executive staff for their active assistance and contribution to the Board in discharging that function. The Board also expresses its appreciation to Adam Walding, Manager of Campus Development and Facilities and the Quality Control Manager, Ms Louise ORiordan for their work throughout the year. Through staff presentations at Board meetings, communications with the Senior Management group and regular inspections of the hospital facilities, consultation with staff and divisional co-directors of the hospital and the Boards involvement in important reviews and committees, the Board has continued to work to bring community participation to the governance of RDH. Consistent with its functions, the Board has engaged with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and has sought to carry out its governance function with energy and vision. The Board wishes to acknowledge the contribution of ACHS to the continued improvement of standards. The Board has discharged its functions in a year of ongoing change in the delivery of acute care service delivery. The Board has participated in committee work and preparation for the Local Hospital Network (LHN). The changes which will be introduced with the LHN have underpinned much of the Boards deliberations and activities. The Board has been alert to these changes and eager to embrace them to achieve improved community healthcare in the Territory. In this regard, the Board especially acknowledges the excellent communication with the Chief Executive of the Department of Health (DoH), Mr Jeff Moffet and his staff. Good communication with Executive management and Departmental executive is essential for the delivery of better health services and patient care. In accordance with the provisions of the Act the Board has also enjoyed excellent communication with the Minister reporting through the Chairman and Deputy Chairman during the year. In addition, the committees of the Board - Regional Engagement and Community Liaison have been active throughout the year. The Regional Engagement Committee has worked to develop a sister hospital relationship with Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali. This developing relationship resulted in a carefully targeted nursing and emergency medicine and response training program over the last five months of the reporting period. The training of the Indonesian nurses and doctors from Sanglah Hospital was not only an excellent exercise in morale building in our Hospital but also saw the delivery of the Territory Governments vision of real engagement in our immediate region. The developing sister hospital relationship with Sanglah Hospital will see improved delivery of emergency medicine and emergency response not only for Indonesians, but, also for the 650,000 Australians who holiday in Bali each year and increasing numbers of whom tragically find themselves in need of acute care. These activities have had the full support of the Northern Territory Minister for Health and it is I