It has been an extremely busy 2020 so far across Metro North and your ongoing commitment to our patients and each other has not gone unnoticed. On behalf of the Board I would like to acknowledge and thank you all for your efforts.
The Board held its February meeting at the UQ Oral Health Centre at Herston last week. Board members were pleased to speak to staff in patient clinics and during the lunchtime staff forum and congratulated all Oral Health staff on their very successful accreditation results.
Director of Operations Oral Health Services Sarah Asmussen briefed the Board on services offered by the centre, performance indicators and the new governance structure. The Board remarked on the significant sense of team culture and patient access initiatives including services in the community for patients experiencing homelessness. Emeritus Professor Michael Ward, Chair of the Oral Health Alliance, discussed the work of the Alliance and the strong partnership between Metro North Oral Health Service and The University of Queensland School of Dentistry.
As part of the meeting, the Board was briefed by the Chief Executive on a range of matters including Metro North’s financial outlook, progress of the Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), our COVID-19 response, and the cyber security framework. The Board also received the usual management updates on patient safety and quality performance, clinical services, human resources, finance, operations, and the Herston Quarter including STARS operational readiness.
The Board approved the refreshed Working Together Strategy for Inclusive Employee Engagement and the annual progress report. The Board also received an update on the implementation of the Peer Support Framework and commended the work of all clinical councils to improve staff wellbeing.
Professor Leonie Callaway, Executive Director Women’s and Children’s Clinical Stream, presented the 12 months progress report on the stream’s achievements. This included excellent results with zero long waits for breast and gynaecological surgery and over 98 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fully vaccinated by the age of five. Stream priorities in 2020 include child and youth mental health services, perinatal mental health support, high quality post-partum care, neonatal screening, and improving services for women and newborns affected by syphilis in South East Queensland.
In the past month Board members joined staff and the community at the Better Together Health gathering at Chermside Community Health Centre and the launch of the Caboolture Hospital Interim Emergency Department. I was honoured to attend the Metro North Australia Day Achievement Awards and the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Launch at RBWH. Board members are also looking forward to nursing and midwifery graduate celebrations at TPCH and RBWH later this month, as well as joining staff and consumers at the Brighton Close the Gap Day on 19 March.
The next Board meeting will be held at the North Lakes Health Precinct on 24 March 2020 and the Board looks forward to speaking with staff at the lunchtime forum. If you have any questions or feedback in the meantime, please contact the Board at email@example.com.