Djerriwarrh Health Chief Executive Belinda Scott has decided to move on from her role at the helm of hospital services in Bacchus Marsh and Melton.

After three years, the hands-on boss is taking up a senior role that will help put reforms in place recommended by the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

Her replacement – at least for now – will be Chief Financial Officer Tony McNamara.

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DjHS Administrator Dr John Ballard thanked Ms Scott for her “expertise, commitment, tireless service and extraordinary leadership” – and said there would be a comprehensive handover to Tony.

“The cornerstone of any health service is strong, focused leadership and Djerriwarrh Health Services has been fortunate to have had this in spades,” he said.

“Belinda has embedded major cultural and clinical changes across the Health Service, while simultaneously managing the all-encompassing demands and local impact of the global pandemic.

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“She’s has worked closely with Tony, the executive and all our staff, Auxiliary and volunteers to deliver outstanding levels of clinical care for all patients and community, demonstrating remarkable energy and dedication.

“The role leading mental health reform is a wonderful opportunity for Belinda and we wish her well.”

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Tony steps into the acting position after playing a critical role in Djerriwarrh’s financial position and governance over the past two years.

“Tony is a highly experienced senior health administrator with the experience and local knowledge required to take us through the next chapter for healthcare in our region,” Dr Ballard said.

 “It’s an important and vital task for the people of Bacchus Marsh and Melton, and I know Tony is up for the job.”

 Mr McNamara said his number one priority was to support staff, volunteers and the community in ongoing delivery of outstanding care.

“I will work diligently with our teams to ensure continued quality care across our catchment, with a continued focus on clinical excellence,” he said.

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Djerriwarrh health said the change in leadership had no impact on their potential voluntary amalgamation with Western Health.

 Both the Western Health Board and Djerriwarrh Health Services Administrator have supported a recommendation to proceed with a voluntary amalgamation based on clear community benefits, particularly given the State Government’s 2019 announcement that Western Health would operate a new Melton Hospital.

The recommendation for amalgamation has been sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health in line with the process requirements for consideration.

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