Governance and reporting
The Women's is a public health service and is incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Health Services Act 1988 (as amended).
The functions of the board of a public health service are prescribed by the Health Services (Governance and Accountability) Act 2004. Some of those functions are:
- to develop statements of priorities and strategic plans for the operation of the public health service and to monitor compliance with those statements and plans;
- to develop financial and business plans, strategies and budgets to ensure accountable and efficient provision of health services by the public health service and the long-term financial viability of the public health service;
- to establish and maintain effective systems to ensure that the health services provided meet the needs of the communities served by the public health service and that the views of users and providers of health services are taken into account;
- to monitor the performance of the public health service; and
- to facilitate health research and education.
In performing its functions and exercising its powers, the board of a public health service must have regard to:
- the needs and views of patients and other users of the health services that the public health service provides and the community that the public health service serves;
- the need to ensure that the public health service uses its resources in an effective and efficient manner; and
- the need to ensure that resources of the Victorian public health sector generally are used effectively and efficiently.
Public hospitals are required to prepare annual reports under the Financial Management Act 1994. The annual report consists of Reports of Operations, Financial Statements and Explanatory Notes.
The Women’s annual reports and quality accounts can be found on the Reports and publications page.
Gifts, benefits and hospitality
In accordance with the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) guidelines, the Royal Women’s Hospital is required to publish its gifts, benefits and hospitality register and policy.
All public sector employees have a duty to always put the public interest above their private interests when carrying out their official duties.
The policy outlines when potential, perceived or actual conflicts may occur and the steps that must be taken to avoid, disclose, mitigate and / or manage a conflict of interest.
Safe patient care
The Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2018 came to effect on 1 March 2019 and changes to the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Regulations 2015 commenced on 6 March 2019.
Under the amended Act, the Royal Women’s Hospital is required to publish the number of birth suite beds at its Parkville and Sandringham sites. The information below (as at 1 August 2019) is published in compliance with the Act.
Birth suite beds: 17
Assessment beds: 3
Birth suite beds: 4
Assessment beds: 1