What makes a healthy board?

By Riverine Herald

MONGOLIAN health officials dropped into Echuca Regional Health recently to gather hot tips on running a successful health service board.

The Mongolian government is introducing local health service boards comprised of community members to lead, supervise and monitor hospital performance — similar to Echuca.

On its tour of Australian hospitals, the delegation from the South Gobi province visited Royal Melbourne Hospital, Northern Hospital and Bendigo Health.

And chose to include ERH’s board meeting on its itinerary.

Mongolia South Gobi Governor Naranbaatar Nanzad said he was delighted by the hospital tour.

“We attended the ERH board meeting to learn from the Victorian system as we are establishing community boards in Mongolia,’’ he said.

‘‘The ERH board president, John Quirk, gave us the agenda papers and we were involved in the full meeting. It gave us a great practical insight into how our boards could operate.”

After the meeting, the delegation and ERH signed a memorandum of understanding.

This represented the kick-off of a long term partnership between the two regional health institutions which will ensure sustained capacity development for health services in the South Gobi province.

The United Nations Population Fund team provided headpieces for language translation at the meeting.

“It looked like we had a mini United Nations general assembly in rural Echuca,’’ Mr Quirk said.

“I would like to thank Echuca rural generalist Dr Sam Kennedy and Bendigo Health emergency physician Simon Smith for the work they do in Mongolia and for organising this visit.”

On the Mongolia side, the visit was facilitated and financially supported by the United Nations Population Fund, the Australian Embassy and the Oyu Tolgoi mining company in Mongolia.