Ques­tion over dual role in gover­nance

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

EX­AM­I­NA­TION of the gover­nance struc­ture of St John’s Vil­lage aged care fa­cil­ity re­veals that the chair of the board, De­siree Harker, holds the po­si­tions of both chair of the board and man­ag­ing direc­tor.

If this is the case, con­cerns arise as to the level of gover­nance op­er­at­ing within this fa­cil­ity.

Proper gover­nance struc­tures re­quire that these po­si­tions op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently, with the man­ag­ing direc­tor/CEO re­port­ing to the chair of the board.

This is not pos­si­ble if one per­son holds both po­si­tions.

With in­creased in­ter­est in the op­er­a­tion of aged care fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­ally, it is in­cum­bent on providers in Wan­garatta to en­sure they are prop­erly ac­count­able for the ser­vices they pro­vide.

No in­fer­ence is made as to the level of care pro­vided by St John’s Vil­lage to its res­i­dents, but it is es­sen­tial that the proper struc­tures are in place when the in­evitable au­dit of this vil­lage takes place.

Graeme Rose, Wal­dara

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