Join the board, it will be good for our health

By Vanessa Wiltshire

AFFECTIONATELY known as ’the hospital on the hill’, Heathcote Health has touched thousands since 1859. Perhaps you were born there or know someone who was.

Though the hospital no longer offers maternity services, it is a public provider of many crucial services that support the community.

From residential aged care to acute and urgent care services, community care (district nursing, personal care, respite care, home maintenance and more), co-located services (cardiology, counselling, GP services and more) and general support services (grounds and maintenance, catering, cleaning, laundry), Heathcote Health is a cornerstone of the community.

And it is looking for help.

Do you have experience in management or leadership, or even volunteering in the community?

If so, the Heathcote Health Board would love to hear from you.

Board member and chair of the recruitment committee Ann Lansberry said the hospital is seeking up to three people. The positions are part-time and paid.

A background in health is helpful, but not necessary.

“While we invite applications from across the region, we are interested in speaking to people who live in Heathcote and the surrounding communities,” Ms Lansberry said.

“We want to speak to people who are passionate about community health and wellbeing, who want to play a role in the future of health services in Heathcote.”

Ann added that some people may think they may not be "qualified enough" or had enough experience.

She invites them to get in touch anyway.

“No one knows Heathcote, its people, the opportunities and challenges better than those who live and work here.

“Local representation is crucial. It will help to ensure quality healthcare for local consumers, both now and in the future.”

Board members meet 11 times a year and are generally members of two additional sub-committees that meet 4-6 times a year.

“The commitment is around one day a month. This includes pre-reading for board meetings,” Ms Lansberry said.

While board members are not involved in the general, day to day operations of the hospital they play a crucial role in overseeing strategy, governance and risk management.

The board works closely with Heathcote Health chief executive Dan Douglass and his executive team.

“We are looking for a variety of skills sets and backgrounds,” Ms Lansberry said. "I would encourage anyone who is interested to download the position description and get in touch."

Applications close on Friday, August 16.

For information on the role and how to apply, including the job description, visit and search for Board Member – Heathcote Health.

Enquiries to Michelle Chapman at 03 5431 0903 or