The Board held its June meetings at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital last week. This was an excellent opportunity to spend time at RBWH and meet many staff over two days and at the staff forums.
During the hospital visit, the Board met with the new Director Dr Sean Rothwell and colleagues in the Emergency and Trauma Centre, which sees a patient every five minutes on average, and heard about the red blanket program. The Board also visited the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit, NeoResQ and Queensland Milk Bank which has expanded into a statewide service and even supplies donated milk interstate for pre-term babies. Dr Pieter Koorts and team do an amazing job caring for the state’s tiniest and sickest infants. Board members also took the opportunity to see the impressive state-of-the-art cardiac catheter labs and met with Dr Peter Stewart and colleagues who are using new technology to improve patient experiences.
As part of the Board meeting, the Board received the usual management updates from the Chief Executive, Human Resources, Finance, Operations, the Herston Quarter, Clinical Services, and Patient Safety and Quality. The Board approved the revised Metro North Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (2018 revision) and was briefed on Clinical Council matters and the Community Board Advisory Group (CBAG). CBAG is an important strategic committee which advises the HSS on consumer and community engagement.
Executive Director of RBWH Dr Amanda Dines briefed the Board on the hospital including the successful ACHS accreditation and progress of initiatives such as Values in Action implementation, Choosing Wisely and Team Royal.
The Board also received an update on the Heart and Lung Clinical Stream from Program Manager Archana Mishra. This included the key challenges and achievements of the Stream such as the increasing number of patients being treated via Indigenous outreach clinics and telehealth appointments. The Stream has delivered 193,000 episodes of care over the past 12 months.
At the quarterly Executive Committee meeting, the Board was briefed on Metro North’s budget position ahead of the end of financial year, the implementation of the NDIS and an update on Community, Indigenous and Subacute Services (CISS). The Board was impressed with the important work happening across CISS including allied health, pharmacy, medical, nursing and Indigenous health.
The Board also met with Professor Frank Gannon, Chief Executive of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, to discuss strategic partnership and engagement. Research is an important part of improving healthcare. There are currently more than 1300 research projects happening across Metro North including over 300 international collaborations.
During the month Board members attended events across the HHS including the launch of the CISS Reconciliation Action Plan, the Metro North Health Forum, the CAHRLI symposium, the ABC outside broadcast at RBWH, and the launch of the Sony You Can Centre. Board members are looking forward to attending NAIDOC events next week at Caboolture and Taigum.
The next Board meeting and staff forum will be held on 24 July at Redcliffe Hospital. In the meantime, staff are invited to send any questions or feedback to the Board at email@example.com.