Table 1

Public health service boards in Victoria, Australia

CharacteristicPublic health service boards in Victoria
Population servedVictoria has 5.6 million residents, making it the second most populous state in Australia
Governing legislationHealth Services Act 1988
Number of boards85 public health services are each governed by their own board: 16 in metropolitan areas 16 in regional and subregional areas 53 in rural areas
FunctionsThe statutory functions of the board include ensuring that
  1. effective and accountable systems are in place to monitor and improve the quality and effectiveness of health services provided

  2. any problems identified with the quality or effectiveness of the health services provided are addressed in a timely manner

Number of membersEach board has between 6 and 12 members. Both men and women must be adequately represented on the board
IndependenceAll board members are independent non-executive directors. No more than a quarter of members may be medical practitioners, and employees of the health service are not eligible to serve on the board
Term of appointmentBoard members are appointed by the Minister of Health for a 3-year term with the possibility of re-appointment
RemunerationMembers of metropolitan and larger regional boards are remunerated. Members of subregional and rural boards serve as volunteers
Time commitmentBoards meet on average 11 times a year, with additional committee meetings
CommitteesEach board is required to have a quality committee, as well as a risk committee and an audit committee. The chair of the quality committee is a member of the board.