The Southern District Health Board has announced an
all-female line-up to run new Otago-Southland combined clinical
However, it has been unable to appoint all positions
internally, and two would be advertised.
Yesterday, it said four general managers had been appointed -
a fifth would be advertised.
It also announced four nursing directors - one would be
Under a new regime, lead clinicians would have equal
decision-making powers with managers.
Announcements on medical directors and allied health
directors were pending.
The general manager of the biggest of the five departments by
budget ($107 million), surgical, is Invercargill-based Lynley
Irvine, who at present holds the equivalent Southland
Its nursing director is Dunedin-based Sharon Jones, at
present Otago surgical nursing director.
The general manager of the biggest department by staffing
numbers, medical (730), is Dunedin-based Sharon Mason, now
head of Otago diagnostic and support services.
A nursing director would be sought.
Invercargill-based Louise Travers, who now holds the
equivalent position in Southland, would be general manager of
mental health, addictions and intellectual disability. Its
nurse director was Dunedin's Heather Casey.
Dunedin-based Elaine Chisnall, who runs Otago mental health,
was the new general manager of women's, children's, and
public health. Jane Wilson, of Dunedin, would be its nurse
Nurse director of older persons' health was Jane Collins, of
Invercargill. The general manager's position for older
persons' health would be advertised.
Deputy chief nursing and midwifery officer Tina Gilbertson,
whose role was one of nine nursing leaders removed in the
restructure, did not appear to have taken one of the five
nurse director roles. She could not be contacted yesterday.
The Invercargill-based head of nursing is to have no deputy,
a decision that prompted concern from the New Zealand Nurses
Organisation when it was announced last month.
A starting date for the positions was yet to be confirmed,
with the board hoping for a smooth transition to the new
roles, a spokesman said.
The joint clinician-management model has some staff nervous
that decision-making will become paralysed.
This was a theme in submissions on the changes.
The restructuring is designed to integrate Otago and
Southland, whose clinical systems largely remained separate
despite the 2010 board merger.
An email to staff yesterday said the regional leaders would
be able to make smarter use of resources, while improving