CEO Organisational Report

Summary of CEO presentation at Cobaw’s Annual General Meeting November 2013

The year has been another exciting, rewarding and demanding 12 months for the entire organisation.

The year has had many highlights:

  • We are working in partnership with Castlemaine and Northern Districts Community Health Services and software developer Knowledge Community to develop what we believe will be a best practice client management software system.
  • Quality  Accreditation
    • Last December after three days of independent audits we were granted Quality Accreditation.
    • During the year we implemented a whole new structure to embed quality into our every day practice; I thank the many staff who have demonstrated their commitment to quality by volunteering to participate in this process.
  • Service delivery
    • New grants were few and far between during 2012-13.
    • We rolled out the once off Back on Track homelessness program and were funded for Phase 2 of the Youth Partnership projects that aims to increase young people’s retention on employment and training.
    • Along with others we successfully advocated for the School Focused Youth Service to be refunded.
    • In response to the increasing demand to support families with a child with a disability we employed a paediatrician – and already we have increased the service hours due to demand.
    • Systems are now in place to offer Medicare and private health rebates for our allied health services. These rebates will help us expand service delivery and put on new clinical roles e.g. we hope to employ an exercise physiologist and perhaps a podiatrist.
    • We started a new social cycling group and agreed to auspice the Macedon Ranges running club.
  • Partnering with others continues to be an essential ingredient for our future.
    • Our strong partnership with Kyneton and District Health sees Cobaw deliver many hours of Transitional Care and Post Acute Care to their patients.
    • This will be further strengthened when our adult allied health team moves to the KDH site later this month.
    • We have retained and further developed our strong links at all levels with the Macedon Ranges North Western Melbourne Medicare Local and the Central Victorian Health Alliance.
    • We have also strengthened our partnership with the tertiary sector. Working with the Vic E Research Strategic Initiative, the Vic Partnership on Advanced Computing and La Trobe School of Rural health we are planning how we can build our expertise and improve access to services using new eHealth technologies.
    • We continue to work closely with our community:
      • We have engaged the business acumen of our community through our Business Development Advisory Committee.
      • We continue to sponsor the annual Mothers Day Fun Run in Woodend.
      • We continue to auspice the free Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day and actively support the annual toy shop for disadvantaged families.
      • We strengthened our relationship with Macedon Ranges Health and are working with their Acting CEO on how we can best meet our community’s needs.
  • We have invested considerably in our most important asset our staff.
    • In partnership with Franklyn Scholar we received a National Workforce Development Grant of $83,000 towards a $125,000 leadership development program. This has enabled us to put 28 staff through a Diploma of Management
    • I am also proud that two of our clinical staff were accepted to the state-wide Clinical Leadership in Quality and Safety program, by completing the course the two will have completed two Masters Level units in clinical governance.
    • On top of the grant we received in total we invested just under $100,000 in staff development in the year
  • Planning  for our future
    • The Board signed off on three significant documents:
      • Strategic Financial Plan
      • Strategic Accommodation Plan
      • IT and Communications Strategic Plan
    • In partnership with Kyneton District Health and with State funding we have signed off on a Master Plan for a new Health and Wellbeing Precinct in Caroline Chisholm Drive.
    • Cobaw, KDH and MRH with State Government funds have recently prepared a Shire wide service plan that describes to best to grow and structure our services to meet the shires health needs.
    • We have increased our business development skills by appointing a full time Manager.

Anne McLennan