Appointments to the Board of Directors of Rural Northwest Health

The Minister for Health, Martin Foley MP, is pleased to invite applications for part time board positions of Rural Northwest Health with terms of office commencing from 1 July 2022.

Rural Northwest Health is a public health service located in the Wimmera Mallee Region of Victoria. Rural Northwest Health provides responsive quality healthcare and community services by empowering a skilled and committed team, working across our three campuses of Warracknabeal, Beulah and Hopetoun and in our communities.

The board and the individual directors of a public hospital have formal duties and responsibilities to the Minister for Health (the Minister), the Secretary of the Department of Health (the department) and the public (the stakeholders).

The Board of Directors oversees the performance of Rural Northwest Health and ensures that it is meeting the policy and performance objectives of the Minister.  The board is held ultimately responsible for all aspects of the health service’s activities.

Directors are appointed for a one to three year term by the Governor in Council, upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

The Rural Northwest Health board meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm.  Directors are also involved in various board subcommittees which include:

  • People & Culture Committee
  • Clinical Governance Committee
  • Finance & Audit Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Warracknabeal Reference Group
  • Hopetoun/Beulah Reference Group

All applications will be considered, however The Rural Northwest Health Service Board of Directors would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in clinical governance, or are registered clinicians and/or have legal expertise to fill identified gaps in their current board skills profile.  Please refer to the Position Description for more details about the competencies needed.

About the role:

These positions provide an exciting opportunity for members of the Victorian public with relevant experience and qualifications to contribute to the strategic leadership of public health care delivery to the community.

The role of the board includes:

  • setting the vision, strategy and direction of the organisation, in line with Victorian Government policy
  • having ultimate accountability for the delivery of safe and quality care
  • succession planning, performance management and, if required, the removal of the Chief Executive Officer
  • overall oversight of the performance and delivery of key policy priorities
  • ensuring the ongoing financial viability of the organisation.
Who we are looking for:

Safe and high quality healthcare for all Victorians is a priority of the Victorian Government. Applicants for board directorships must be able to demonstrate and provide evidence in support of the skills they identify in their applications.

Collaboration, through the recently established Health Service Partnerships, is a key Victorian Government priority Applicants should have a demonstrated history of achievement through collaboration and partnering. Being able to demonstrate strong working relationships, particularly in the Victorian health sector, will be highly valued.

These positions provide an exciting opportunity for members of the Victorian public with relevant experience and qualifications to contribute to the strategic leadership of public health care delivery to the community.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring boards and committees broadly reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. We welcome applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all ages, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people.

Applications close at Midnight Monday 29 November 2021

For further information including how to apply, please visit


What you need to apply:

Applicants are required to register an account on the Public Boards website prior to applying online. Once you have registered an account, please click the ‘apply online’ button.

Applicants are able to apply to a maximum of five board director positions. If more than five positions are applied for, only the first five will be considered.

When you apply for a board position, you will be required to enter your personal details, and complete a declaration of private interests form before moving on to a questionnaire.

In the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to address the key selection criteria and outline your relevant qualifications and experience. Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae with their application.

Applicants should view the ‘How to apply’ document and position description when completing their application.

Board directors of public hospitals and multi-purpose services are eligible to receive remuneration. For further information, please visit

For all enquiries regarding the appointment process, please contact Warren Anderson, Senior Program Advisor, Department of Health:

For all enquiries regarding the board, please contact Carolyn Conners, Executive Assistant to CEO & Board of Directors,