Culture Review

The ACT Government is holding an Independent Review into the workplace culture within ACT public health services.


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The ACT Government has announced an Independent Review into the workplace culture within ACT public health services.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris issued a statement on workplace culture on Monday 10 September 2018, which included several new initiatives designed to build on the work that has already been undertaken to improve the culture within the ACT public health system.

The Review will look into:

  • the workplace culture of public healthcare services in the ACT including:
    • the Canberra Hospital
    • Calvary Public Hospital
    • Health Directorate 
    • Canberra Health Services
  • what is working well, including examples of best practice workplace culture
  • ideas for how we can improve workplace culture
  • workforce policies including complaints/management processes 
  • claims made in relation to inappropriate conduct and behaviours

An independent panel has been appointed to lead the Review, the members are:

  • Mr Mick Reid (Chair)
  • Ms Fiona Brew
  • Professor David Watters.

Biographies for Panel members can be found below.

The Review Panel will provide the Minister for Health and Wellbeing with an interim report by 31 January 2019, and a final report by 30 March 2019. The report will include recommendations for further improving workforce culture and support systems for staff and management.

These reports will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.

Read the full Terms of Reference

Call for Submissions

The secretariat support team is available to assist with questions about the review. The team have been drawn together from across the ACT and Commonwealth Public Service so that ACT health staff can be confident in the integrity and independence of the process. Secretariat staff are at all times bound by their obligations and duties as public servants in relation to the treatment of information related to the Review, including:

This webpage will be updated with further information in relation to the Review, as the information becomes available.

Review Panel Professional Biographies

Mr Mick Reid (Chair)

Mick Reid has undertaken many roles in the Australian health system during a career that spans four decades. His experience includes bureaucrat, consultant and academic giving him a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of the Australian health care system.

Mr Reid was Director General of Health in two States. For five years until 2002, he held the position of Director General of New South Wales Health. More recently, until 2011, he spent three years as Director General of Queensland Health.

When not engaged in the public sector, Mr Reid is Principal of his consulting company, Michael Reid & Associates, which has undertaken health and science projects throughout Australasia, for governments in Asian, and the Pacific and with UN organisations.

Broad areas of consultation have related to macro health systems development and evaluation, health workforce reform, clinical engagement, services planning, indigenous health, coordination and translation of health and science research, and performance analysis. He provides mentoring services to many people engaged in senior positions within the health sector.

Mr Reid holds an Adjunct Professorships in both the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.   In 2011, he was awarded the AHHA Sidney Sax Medal for contributions to Australian Health Services.

Ms Fiona Brew (Member)

Fiona Brew has a nursing background.  She is a senior health executive with more than 10 years experience managing public health services and aged care in various senior roles.

Ms Brew is a values based leader and an expert in reforming culture in health services and also has the respect and regard of the nursing profession, and has high personal integrity.

With a long-standing passion for governance, service improvement and hospital performance, she applies her knowledge through service redesign, models of care and health infomatics to achieve improvements. She is a passionate advocate of education for health professionals and workforce innovation to meet the changing needs of the health environment. In her current role People and Culture are her focus.

With a background in regional health, she is an advocate for strong partnerships and collaboration in meeting the health needs of all clients. 

Ms Brew understands the complex relationship with VMOs and other staff who are not permanently based or employed, and how the nursing culture can positively or negatively affect that and patient outcomes.

Ms Brew has been acting in a number of health service CEO roles, focussing on improved governance and culture making significant changes, to improve safety in clinical delivery.

Professor David Watters AM (Member)

David Watters was President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), from 2015 to 2016.  During this time, RACS established an Expert Advisory Group to combat bullying, harassment and discrimination in the health sector.  This included looking at how RACS could lead the elimination of bullying and harassment from hospitals and health departments.

Professor Watters has a strong interest in workplace culture and professionalism issues across the health sector.

Professor Watters is Professor of Surgery at Deakin University working at Barwon Health and the University Hospital Geelong. 

Professor Watters chairs the Safety and Quality Committee for the surgical and critical care program at Barwon Health and is a member of the Board Safety and Quality committee.  He is a general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery, actively engaged in advocating for global surgery after spending almost 20 years working in many developing countries prior to migrating to Australia in 2000.

He is an Edinburgh University graduate with over 150 peer reviewed publications and six books including Stitches in Time - Two centuries of Surgery in Papua New Guinea (PNG) (Xlibris, 2012) and the recently published Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli (RACS 2015).

In addition to the FRACS, David is a fellow of the Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and East Central and Southern Africa Colleges of Surgeons and was awarded a Life Membership to the Medical Society of PNG (2017), the title of Alfred Deakin Professor (Aug 2016) and appointed Honorary Member of the Asian Surgical Association (2015).

In recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG he was awarded the OBE (2012) and Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship (2000). He was recently awarded (Queen's Birthday June 2018) the AM for significant service to surgery and professional organisations.

Page last updated on: 3 Dec 2018