A diverse and experienced group of individuals have been appointed on a new Health Governing Board to help oversee the delivery of health services in the state's Far North.
Five members of the Flinders and Upper North LHN Governing Board currently reside in Port Augusta or surrounds - Bevan Francis (Chair), Garnett Brady, Suzanne Graham, Mark Whitfield and Karyn Reid.
Making up the rest of the board are John Lynch and Geradine Malone.
The board will ensure health service decisions are tailored to local needs to deliver a safe, high quality and financially sustainable health system into the future.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the appointed members will be accountable for making sure health services deliver value for the taxpayer dollar.
"The board members will use their experience to drive better planning, outcomes and healthcare for patients," Mr Wade said.
"This is a significant milestone in moving towards fully operational Governing Boards which will empower our staff, hospitals and health services with more authority and accountability."
Members will initially act in an advisory capacity until LHN Governing Boards become operational from July 1, 2019 and will have a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth transition to the new governance mode.
Chair Bevan Francis has had a long-standing career in the South Australian public service since 1988.
Mr Francis was Executive Director of Finance and Infrastructure for Country Health SA until 2009 and has also worked for SA Health in the Flinders and Upper North region in various finance and management roles.
"Up until the last 10 years, there has been centralised control and accountability for the running of health service," Mr Francis said.
"It was an election commitment from the current government to devolve accountability and responsibility from central base out to local health networks on the basis that there would be local decision making and control over those processes.
"Hopefully we will be able to deliver safer, high quality and financially sustainable health system into the future."
Mr Francis said he is excited to lead a team of passionate and skilled individuals.
The recruitment for Board members was a merit-based process and candidates were assessed according to the selection criteria.
"Both the courts and communities are holding boards much more accountable," Mr Francis said.
"This is a skill-based board and I'm quite excited about the people who have been appointed. I think they are of high calibre and looking forward to working with them."