Bob Cameron.

 

BENDIGO Health chairman Bob Cameron has been reappointed for another three-year term but it is likely the board will experience changes to its director line up under recent amendments to health legislation.

The state government has put nine-year maximum tenure limit on directors, who are volunteers.

Board members Margaret O’Rourke finishes her third three-year term on June 30, 2018 which will make her ineligible to be reappointed.

Sue Clarke has until the end of financial year 2019 before her third term expires. Both women would be encouraged to serve on another board so their experience would not be lost.

The legislation notes the challenge of finding suitably qualified directors to fill positions.

“We need strong governance structures in place in our health services,” health minister Jill Hennessy said.

“We have strengthened boards to deliver safer and better care for patients.”

Mr Cameron will complete his first three years in 2018.

“These chairs each have exceptional experience and will provide fantastic leadership to their respective health services, ensuring they operate efficiently and effectively,” Ms Hennessy said.

Under his watch, Bendigo Health has completed the first stage of a $630 million new hospital, but the board also sacked its long-serving chief executive John Mulder and watched the prosecution of its construction manager for theft and deception.

Bendigo Health appointed a new chief executive, Peter Faulkner, in December, 2017.