Governance of WA health system under scrutiny

By Melissa Coade

January 19, 2022

Kym Peake
Kym Peake will lead an independent review of governance of the WA health system.

Kym Peake, a former senior public administrator from Victoria, will lead an independent review of governance of the WA health system.

The governance review, announced by the state government on Tuesday, will be overseen by an expert panel led by Peake. A current partner for consultancy EY Port Jackson, Peake has served as former secretary of the Victorian department of health and human services, and deputy secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The three other panel members include GESB chair Jo Gaines, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital executive director Dr David Rosengren, and Murdoch University Chancellor Gary Smith.

WA health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said that five years on since the Health Services Act 2016 came into effect, it was time for a full review to be undertaken. This will inform the government what, if anything, should change before a statutory review gets underway.

When the law was enacted, it established board-led Health Service Providers (HSPs) legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities.

The department of health then became responsible for managing the seven HSPs including North, South and East metropolitan health services, WA Country Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, PathWest and Health Support Services.

“This review will help us independently establish if any changes are required to best support stakeholders, patients and staff to meet current and future demands,” Sanderson said. 

The review will scrutinise the operational and practical effectiveness of governance structures set out in the Act and their impact on patient outcomes. 

The panel will report its findings and recommendations to the minister when the review is complete.

“We are extremely fortunate to have four highly skilled and experienced experts in their fields to report on whether the current legislation is supporting the McGowan Government to provide safe, high-quality, sustainable health care for all Western Australians,” the minister added.

A consultation period for the review will open from February. More information is yet to be released about how to make a submission for the consultation process.


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