Labor Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville today announced the Andrews Labor Government will commence an independent review into the operations of Bellarine Community Health Service, in particular its accountability to the community.

The review will be conducted by an independent reviewer and will examine whether:

• The organisation’s performance in relation to its delivery of services funded by the Government, including whether Bellarine Community Health has in place appropriate governance, financial management and risk management processes.

• Bellarine Community Health Service’s compliance with the requirements of the Health Services Act 1988 and consideration as to whether the organisation has adequate links to the community to which it provides services.

The review will include community consultation and the report will be finalised by the middle of this year.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville:

”This has been a long running community issue, where the previous Government worked hand in hand with BCH to undermine the interests of our local community.”

“For far too long the community have not been able to trust BCH and ensure they get the support they need from this vital organisation.”

“This review will work with the community to identify what has gone wrong in regards to the governance of this organisation and its relationship with the community.”