On May 1st this year, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its prudential inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). This report, into a formerly trusted Australian institution, was commissioned following a number of damaging incidents of misconduct and regulatory breaches. The review identified, among a range of issues, inadequate governance oversight and highlighted the lack of board challenge of management reporting. Read More
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“The Governance Evaluator was the perfect time‑efficient, easy to use, quality and cost-effective program to engage in for evaluation and capability building for our annual journey for being an effective board. We chose to have the program externally convened, which led to very clear KPIs for the board to address. We were also delighted with the comprehensive support and education resources which we have used a lot.
We were happy to re-register and would strongly recommend this program.”
Kylie Warne (President) and Bernadette Uzelac (CEO), Geelong Chamber of Commerce
- moved as a group of individual professionals to be a very strategic and governance focused board
- found that new directors are orientated and more strategic
- streamlined and made more efficient our board meetings, processes and committees.”
John Maher, Chair, South West Healthcare
In 2016 we decided to invest in an independently convened process. This added greater rigor to our process and we recommend this to be undertaken at least every 3 years.
This year we have undertaken the evaluation and reviewed each module at a board meeting to ensure that an active review is taking place. The regular review of modules has prompted thought and conversations at a board level. We are particularly looking forward to discussions the new Governance of Clinical Care will engender.
Governance Evaluators’ specific public health sector content and structured approach ensures our board reviews itself annually and will continue to improve.”
Matt Wood, Chair, East Grampians Health Service
“Although we hadn’t identified any specific governance issues to be addressed the Board saw Governance Evaluator as an opportunity to learn more about good governance and any gaps we might have.
As a Chair, there are 2 aspects of the platform that I have found particularly helpful. Firstly the initial Board evaluation. This highlighted there were areas where as a Board we all saw deficiencies to address but also there were areas where there was significant variation within the Board members answers. This prompted conversations as to whether we had not communicated processes that were in place or had significantly different understanding of our roles and responsibilities.
Secondly was the resource library. We have made use of a number of these resources.
The annual evaluation process has enabled us to focus our attention on the governance aspects to address, and then forcing a structure through the action plan to follow up on what we planned to do. There is no doubt that it has highlighted issues that would not have occurred to us in the course of normal Board business.”
Geoff Caddy, Chair, Bethany
Dr Tim Denton, former Chair, Kardinia Health & Western Victoria Primary Health Network
Governance Evaluator recently had the pleasure of catching up with Bronwyn Pike, Chair of Western Health. Bronwyn is regarded as an exceptional leader and is highly skilled and experienced in the health sector through her past role as Minister for Health. Bronwyn also has long-standing commitments to social justice, refugee health, community education, e-Health and environmental initiatives. Read More
Fi Mercer caught up with Alison Brown who has just finished her PhD study that examined the characteristics of effective governance of healthcare quality.
Alison has an extensive background in the health sector as a physiotherapist, quality manager, past director of ACHG, founder of Alison Brown Consulting, director of Darebin Community Health and accredited convener for Governance Evaluator.
Fi Mercer, Founder of Governance Evaluator, shares some Governance Evaluator and personal insights and learnings about some strategies for knowing when and how to be strategic or operational at a governance level or in other words when to soar and when to dive like an eagle in search of its prey. Read More