Board Committees

To assist it in carrying out its responsibilities, the Northern Health Board has established several standing committees:

Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its financial management and related reporting responsibilities for Northern Health, including compliance with laws and regulations, the maintenance of an effective and efficient audit system and the maintenance of ongoing relationships with Northern Health’s auditors.

The committee meets quarterly.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible to the Board for ensuring that financial and asset management strategies and policies enhance the productivity and performance of Northern Health in line with Government policies and directives. In addition the committee ensures that Northern Health adheres to its financial, business and strategic plans, addresses the statement of priorities, and operates within its budget.

The committee meets monthly, except January.

Quality and Safety Committee

The Quality Committee is responsible to the Board for ensuring that effective and accountable systems are in place to monitor and improve the quality and effectiveness of health services provided by Northern Health. The committee ensures that any systemic problems identified are addressed in a timely manner, and that the organisation strives to continuously improve quality and foster innovation.

The committee meets bi-monthly except for December and January.

Community Advisory Committee

The Patient Experience and Community Advisory Committee advises the Board on strategies to enhance and promote consumer and community participation at all levels within the health service. The Committee seeks to enhance the Board’s ability to advocate on behalf of the communities served by Northern Health.

The committee meets bimonthly. 

Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee

The Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee assists the Board with inter-agency planning and the integration of health services in the catchment area – particularly as it relates to the primary care and acute sectors. The committee also assists the Board in identifying community health needs with a view to establish innovative programs to improve the accessibility and responsiveness of Northern Health services. This includes creating direct service partnerships with other health and community services, commissioning research in relevant areas and working in partnership with other local agencies on health promotion schemes.

The committee meets five times during the year.

Remuneration Committee

The role of the Remuneration Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Board in relation to matters involving Executive and senior staff remuneration, performance and recruitment.

The Committee meets at least once per year.