To meet service and financial needs and Ministerial expectations the Midland Region DHBs recognised that there needs to be a structured and coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of services that would show benefits from a regional approach to delivery. To this end agreement was reached by the five Midland DHBs to initiate a Midland Regional Cooperation Project under the direction of the Midland Chairs and Chief Executives (CEs). Envisaged outcomes include:
- Revision of the constitution and governance structure of the existing entity, HealthShare Limited to permit the inclusion of regional services. HealthShare is equally owned by the five Midland DHBs, with each having 20% shareholding.
- Incorporation of regional planning and activities (i.e. Midland Regional Clinical Service Plan) and clinical services coordination (e.g. Midland Cancer Network, Midland Mental Health & Addictions Network) within HealthShare Limited;
- Consideration of the options for regional activity of back office and support functions in the areas of:
- Information Systems
- Legal and Regulatory
- Workforce (Recruitment/Learning & Development/IR)
- Media and Communications
- Audit and Risk
HealthShare Ltd Structure
Chief Executive, HealthShare Ltd
Chair, HealthShare Board
I am pleased to be the Chair of HealthShare Ltd as it builds on the successful foundation of its audit functions to take on a diverse range of services to support and grow services across the region. The inclusion of regional functions and the development of new services will see HealthShare go from strength to strength. There is a demanding programme ahead but with the drive of the Chief Executive and staff of HealthShare progress is assured.
Lead MH&A Chief Executive
Ron Dunham has been the Chief Executive (CE) of Lakes District Health Board since September 2012. Ron was formerly CE of the Bay of Plenty DHB, Chief Operating Officer at Middlemore Hospital and prior to September 2012 Chief Executive of the Western New South Wales Local Health District in Australia, a large outback health system with 41 hospitals in some very remote areas.
He has a clinical background (nursing) as well as management degrees (MBA Auckland). Ron is also the President of the Australasian Health Round Table, the first New Zealander to hold this position. He is passionate about improving the health of communities and interested in addressing the wider influences of health status particularly for disadvantaged communities.