Statement from BHS Board Chair Rowena Coutts - Workplace Cultural Reviews
Today, I have released two reports detailing an extensive investigation into claims of bullying and harassment within the organisation.
The independent reports, conducted by mediation and workplace grievance resolution experts, Sarah Rey of Justitia and Susan Zeitz of Peacemaker ADR, examined cultural issues within the entire organisation and specifically within the mental health division respectively. These reports follow on from the Susan Zeitz report on the youth mental health team, released in January.
The reports have uncovered a number of issues affecting the morale and culture of the BHS workforce, including incidences of bullying, favouritism, excessive workloads and weaknesses in recruitment processes.
On both a professional and personal level, I’m deeply concerned about the cultural issues identified within these reports. And I want to apologise – sincerely, and unreservedly. As Chair of the Board, I accept responsibility on behalf of the Board for the culture of ...
Statement from Ballarat Health Services CEO
I wish to clarify some of the misinformation that has been circulating in the media in recent days with regard to a fraudulent transaction involving Ballarat Health Services (BHS).
BHS was recently made aware of a potentially fraudulent transaction. The matter was handed over to Victoria Police for further investigation, and given this police investigation, BHS has been prevented from commenting further.
The matter has been reported through all the appropriate channels, and has been reviewed by BHS Internal Auditors Ernst and Young. I can confirm that the amount reported in the media is significantly overstated, and that the matter did not involve a fraudulent invoice.
I can further confirm that the matter did involve a sophisticated case of identity fraud. Ernst and Young have reviewed processes and have found that prescribed processes were followed by all BHS staff involved and have made some recommendations to further strengthen controls in light of the ever increasing prev ...
Emergency Department entrance works
An upgrade of the Ballarat Base Hospital Emergency Department’s Mair Street entrance and waiting room will start on Wednesday 3 August at 6am.
Access to the Emergency Department will be maintained at all times during the works, however patients and visitors are advised to follow all signage.
The works will create a designated children’s waiting area and will also provide improved access to the hospital and Emergency Department.
Following completion of the works, access to the Emergency Department and the hospital will be improved with a new hallway providing direct access to the hospital and wards, while the Emergency Department will be accessed via a dedicated door off the hallway.
Works are expected to take eight weeks.
Please excuse us while we change
There will be a number of impacts upon staff, patients and visitors to Ballarat Health Services Drummond Street site, while redevelopment works are occurring. These will include:
Relocation of the main entrance to Sturt Street
Relocation of the front reception desk from Drummond Street to Sturt Street
Altered pathways of travel throughout the hospital, in accessing various wards and departments
More details on our redevelopment can be found on the Redevelopment page.
The BHS Dental Clinic is now located at Phoenix College, Sebastopol.
The new clinic is located on the corner Tuppen Drive and Hertford Street, Sebastopol (within the Phoenix College grounds). The clinic can be contacted on 5320 4225.