Information for applicants for Board vacancy
Gippsland Health Network Limited, trading as Gippsland PHN
Gippsland Health Network Limited, trading as Gippsland PHN, is part of a national network of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia. The Gippsland PHN is a not for profit charity working at a regional and local level to achieve improved whole of system health care.
PHNs across the country are funded to work towards the objective of meeting the health needs of the most vulnerable people in the community or those at risk of the poorest health outcomes.
Gippsland PHN works closely with the primary health system to identify opportunities to improve health outcomes in Gippsland communities, through better coordination and support of health services and by commissioning new services to address identified health needs.
The PHN core functions: support to general practice, system integration, health planning and commissioning are designed to address identified national objectives and priority areas. These priorities frame the work of Gippsland PHN, guided also by community and clinical input to improve health outcomes. Gippsland PHNs vision is for a measurably healthier Gippsland.
Gippsland PHN is responsible for identifying and addressing the primary health needs in Gippsland through strategic planning, commissioning services, supporting general practices and other health care providers and supporting the integration of local health care services.
The PHN Program has two objectives and seven priority areas for targeted work, outlined in Table 1.
Table 1. National PHN program objectives and priority areas
|National PHN Program Objectives||PHN priority areas for targeted work|
Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services, particularly for patients at risk of poor health outcomes.
Improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Gippsland PHN has offices located in:
There are nine Gippsland PHN Board Directors – 5 elected and 4 appointed. Following the 2021 Election / Appointment process, there is currently a vacancy for a Board appointed Director position with clinical experience.
Nominations of Director candidates must be in the attached forms.
The collective skills required of Directors can be broadly categorised as:
Nominations will be shortlisted based on knowledge, expertise and experience in a range of the following areas:
Gippsland PHN values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitable candidates. The Board values diversity in areas such as gender, culture, skills, life experience, perspectives, and geography and encourages applications from Indigenous, disability and LGBTIQA+ communities.
All Board members are required to demonstrate high ethical standards, including preparedness to maintain organisational confidentiality and ability to work positively and respectfully with others as part of a team.
Candidates’ conflicts of interest, interactions and professional working relationships with Gippsland PHN will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment criteria.
Term of appointment is up to 3 years ending at the 2024 Annual General Meeting.
It is important that applicants are aware of the time commitment involved in discharging duties of being a Director. This is estimated at 15-18 hours per month including meetings.
The Gippsland PHN Board meets during business hours once a month (currently third Wednesday from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm) and Directors are expected to make themselves familiar beforehand with Board documents. Additional half day Strategic Planning meetings are also held at least twice per year. Directors are required to participate in one or more Board committees which are usually held the same day as the Board meeting, or by videoconference, and to participate in the work required to be undertaken by these committees.
Directors are required to represent Gippsland PHN at nominated community and stakeholder events in addition to making themselves available to participate in governance activities i.e. strategic or business planning processes.
Gippsland PHN provides remuneration to Board Directors according to the constitution. This remuneration is given as a stipend and Directors may also receive payment for some approved expenses.
Declaration of Private Interests
Directors are required to complete a Declaration of Private Interests upon appointment. This provides for disclosure of private interests or other interests, which could conflict with the proper performance of Directors duties.
Candidates must complete the following documentation and submit via email:
Candidates may wish to attach a brief curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
Please ensure all information is succinct.
Enquiries may be directed to:
Applications should be marked confidential to:
Gippsland PHN Board Nomination
Attention: Company Secretary Email: Company.Secretary@gphn.org.au
Nominations close at 5.00 pm on 24 November 2021.