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New South Metropolitan Health Service Board Chair and members announced

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The State Government has approved the appointment of new Board leadership for the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS), the accountable authority for the delivery of hospital and community-based services to nearly a quarter of Western Australia’s population.

Adj Assoc. Prof Robyn Collins has been appointed to the Chairperson role, which was recently vacated by Chairperson Rob McDonald, for a period of three years.

Adj Assoc. Prof Collins has served as Deputy Chair since her appointment to the inaugural Board in 2016 and as Acting Chair since July 2020.

Prior to that

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, Adj Assoc. Prof Collins was Deputy Chair of the South Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council from 2012 to 2015.

Adj Assoc. Prof Collins has an extensive career as a clinician and leader working in a broad range of governance, strategic, operational and financial management environments.

Until early June 2019, Adj Assoc. Prof Collins was the Western Australian State Manager of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

She was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Western Australia and has held senior positions within the WA Health system.

Kim Gibson, another inaugural Board member, has been appointed as the new Deputy Chair. She is the Chair of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and her career in health spans 30 years across clinical practice, clinical education, health and professional regulation, health reform, health service management and governance.

The Board will welcome Colin Murphy PSM as a new member. He was the Auditor General of Western Australia between 2006 and 2018 and his career has also included senior executive finance and administrative roles across a range of State and Commonwealth Government departments, and he continues to serve on a number of Boards. Colin was awarded the Public Service Medal in Australia Day Honours in 2010.

Existing Board members, Julian Henderson and Sue Le Souef have been reappointed, supporting stability at Board level.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Adj Assoc. Prof Collins as Board Chair, continuing her commitment to ensuring efficient Board performance for the South Metropolitan Health Service. Adj Assoc. Prof Collins has a long-standing working relationship with the Health Service and has acted as the Chair since the departure of Rob McDonald in July 2020,”  Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“I extend my gratitude to  Rob McDonald for his commitment as Board Chair since its inception in 2016 and wish him well for his future endeavours. I would also like to congratulate Kim Gibson on her appointment as Deputy Chair, and Julian Henderson and Sue Le Souef for their re-appointments,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“Finally, I welcome the appointment of Colin Murphy, whose extensive experience will prove a major asset to the SMHS Board,” he said.