Last week the Board held its June meeting at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. This was the final meeting for Chief Executive Ken Whelan and the Board wish Ken well for his travel and family adventures to come. Ken has built a strong leadership team which will enable our organisation to continue to thrive. Our clinical directorates, streams and councils are functioning well. The Board was pleased to appoint Shaun Drummond as the Acting Chief Executive, whilst recruitment is underway.
The Board also welcomed new member Adrian Carson who is the Chief Executive for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Adrian’s addition to the Board further strengthens our relationships with the community sector.
Every month the Board has the opportunity to meet staff in different parts of the organisation. At RBWH we visited the engineering department and were very impressed by the scale of the operation. We’ll need to visit again to see the things we didn’t get to this time.
Board members also visited the Skin Bank where Dr Michael Rudd gave a presentation on how skin tissue is cultured. We are now able to grow a patient’s own skin and use donated tissue while the skin is growing. It’s an impressive facility and we thank Dr Rudd and his team for their work.
At the staff forum we had some excellent questions, including managing patients with back pain, improving workplace culture, and about the Board’s top three priorities. I wanted to share my answer with you all. The Board continues to prioritise better care for frail elderly patients, and is also committed to the redesign in CISS, which is streamlining services and making better use of resources. It is also focused on ensuring the best patient outcomes from the design of the specialist rehabilitation and ambulatory care centre at Herston.
The Board also wants to emphasise that we are committed to reducing occupational violence and workplace behaviours that prevent teams from functioning properly. I have said previously that the behaviour we walk past is the behaviour we accept. The Board is looking forward to hearing proposals from the Metro North Clinical Council about workplace culture initiatives.
As part of the usual agenda, the Board received finance and management updates, a presentation from the CE on our partnership with the Brisbane North PHN to improve connections across acute and primary care, and a presentation from Dr Amanda Dines on the RBWH’s key achievements and challenges so far this year.
We also heard from Dr Mark Appleyard on the priorities of the RBWH Clinical Council, Professor Scott Bell on plans to implement the Research Strategy, and Chris Seiboth on the progress of the CISS by Design program. Shaun Drummond provided an update on the Herston Health Precinct, particularly the exciting partnership with QUT to create the Biofabrication Institute.
The Board also discussed the progress of the refreshed Health Service Strategy consultation, which closes on 30 June. This is an important chance for staff to have your say on the key focus areas in the refreshed strategy, if you haven’t already done so.