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BELLARINE Community Health’s board delivered its financial statements, annual and quality account reports and reports from the board chair and CEO to around 80 financial and associate members at its annual general meeting.
Those gathered were told the organisation was compliant with all the standards under the Health Services Act, including governance and financial management.
Board chair Hazel Ingram and treasurer Graeme Smith addressed several questions from financial members regarding the organisation’s financial reports, the governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
Further information was also reported to members regarding the handling of allegations of internal fraud and the process taken in reporting the matter to the police.
Members were reassured that further checks and controls around data systems have been put in place including regular internal and external audits.
“Bellarine Community Health has been as open and transparent as we possibly can, and we believe the community can and does have confidence in the service we provide,” board chair Hazel Ingram said.
“We undergo quarterly performance meetings with the Health Department and the board is constantly reviewing its performance and undergoing training and development.”
Members were also informed of the results of a recent full accreditation audit of Bellarine Community Health.
The audit was conducted under the National Safety and Quality Health Service standards and the Quality Improvement Council standards.
Auditors visited the health centre sites and reviewed practices and processes including governance, management systems, financial management, risk assessment, legal and regulatory compliance, safety, community engagement and much more.
Bellarine Community Health has been informed that it has met all standards, met some standards with merit, and in some cases exceeded the standards.

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