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The South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is the fastest growing health service in Western Australia, delivering high quality, safe and effective hospital and health services.

With a catchment area of almost 5000 square kilometres stretching from Perth CBD south to Mandurah and east to the communities of Pinjarra and Armadale, its population of almost 840,000, is projected to increase to more than 1 million by 2020.

In the next decade, SMHS has an exciting and challenging opportunity to fundamentally reform the way services are provided and to develop a health service that remains patient-focused, innovative, accessible, safe, effective and sustainable.

The opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2014 will be a significant milestone in the reconfiguration of services, the likes of which have never been undertaken anywhere else in the world.

It is our Vision is to provide seamless access to innovative, safe, high quality health care through:

One focus:

  • Our patients and the community - improving patient care and population health outcomes

One team:

  • Developing collaborative networks and partnerships
  • An integrated approach across professions, sites and services, sharing knowledge and expertise, recognising and building on strengths
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One service:

  • Alignment of resources, systems and processes across the health service to achieve our goals.

On 1 July 2012, Western Australia officially launched five new Health Services, each with a high-level governing council made up of community members and clinicians selected by the Minister for Health. The Governing Council has an important role to play in the following aspects of health service:

  • Setting the direction for local health service planning within the state-wide context
  • Monitoring performance in reaching local Health Service goals
  • Reporting achievements against the local plans in line with the health service delivery governance framework established by the Director General
  • Ensuring Health Service consultation with clinical and community stakeholders.

Establishment of the Governing Council has made the State's public health system even more responsive and accountable to the community.

The Chief Executive of SMHS is Professor Frank Daly, who reports to the Director General of the Department of Health.

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