So often these days senior healthcare leaders, charged with successfully guiding an organisation through an environment besieged by growing and competing demands, describe a parallel pursuit – achieving some semblance of work life balance.

Any reading on the topic tends to describe strategies like letting go of perfection, unplugging in the technological sense, limiting time wasting activities and time wasting people, and so the list goes on. Right up there of course is something a little more earthy – connecting with the landscape and nature.

Becoming the next Chief Executive for Albury Wodonga Health could well be the ideal role for you, and in the ideal place, to hit the sweet spot of work life balance

Set in a spectacular natural landscape, with the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga nestled along the Murray River, the district enjoys strong population growth and a vibrant culture, making it a great place to live and work. It is conveniently located between Sydney and Melbourne with a 3 hour drive to Melbourne and 5 hour drive to Sydney or a quick flight from Albury Airport.

Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) was established on 1 July 2009 and is Australia’s only cross border health service. While classified as a Victorian regional health service, it is co-funded under an intergovernmental agreement between the respective Governments of New South Wales and Victoria. That offers a very unique dimension to leading this health and when you carefully think that through, considerable opportunity.

Employing close to 3000 staff with an additional 300 volunteers, the combined team provides a broad range of hospital, primary and community based services from 17 sites to a growing population of 250,000 living in the north east of Victoria and southern parts of New South Wales.

Some may look at those metrics and use the turn of phrase – that’s a great size to get your arms around. Sure, but don’t think you won’t be stretched – you will be. To give you a sense of some of the priorities, beyond ensuring the organisation consistently delivers high quality care and treatment, check out a few I have listed below:

  • In response to the region’s growing population encouragingly AWH has recently received investment from Government that will enable it to further develop its emergency, mental health, maternity and obstetrics services.
  • There is also meaningful work to be done in successfully implementing the recommendations from a recent independent review of the organisation’s mental health services.
  • Partnering with the Board, as needed, you will also need to resolve the operational and clinical challenges experienced by operating two patient admitting systems across the two Governmental jurisdictions.