Report from agm
At the AGM on November 10th, the members voted to wind up the South Eastern Health Providers Association Inc, with remaining funds to be transferred to the Australian Communities Foundation to establish a primary health care grants program.
From December 2016 SEHPA will begin to scale down and cease all services to members and stakeholder liaison activity. Registration as a Training Organisation will end in October 2017, after the current cohort of students graduates.
This time last year I reported that South Eastern Health Providers Association (SEHPA) was moving to a new business model, independent of government funding, which included a fee-based structure for our services and resources. This was a big change for SEHPA and our members, who have enjoyed our support, free of charge, for over 20 years.
SEHPA has provided primary care representation on a number of local initiatives, filling the void between the demise of the Medicare Local in June 2015 and the establishment of a functional PHN. This has been largely unfunded work, using our own resources.
We continue to receive positive feedback from the students who have completed qualifications through our Registered Training Organisation – SEHPA Training. They particularly value the opportunity to share learning with colleagues at the monthly training days, and the course content that is contextualised to the primary care setting.
Unfortunately, in the current economic and healthcare reform environment, SEHPA has been unable to establish a sustainable business model. In the financial year 2015-16 the association incurred a loss of more than $300,000.
In some ways, I feel we are a victim of our own success – general practices and other primary care practices do not seem to need the assistance they did 15 or 20 years ago.
One of the major successes of the Division network was to foster a collegiate relationship between general practices and in later times helped to bring other primary care practices into a similar relationship. I hope that the PHN model is able to keep this going but unfortunately, I am not overly optimistic about this. Perhaps the recently announced Health Care Homes initiatives will help.
Your board was left with a couple of choices – either to continue on for another year or so until we get close to insolvency or to begin a wind up process and find a better use for the funds we have left. We chose the latter and investigated ways to put this money into providing primary care scholarships or similar within our catchment.
To prevent further depletion of Association funds, the Board is proposing to scale down and cease all non-profitable service provision from the end of December 2016, with registration as an RTO ending in October 2017. As an incorporated association, such a decision requires approval of our members, and therefore a special resolution to this effect will be proposed later in this meeting.
The SEHPA Board acknowledges the efforts and commitment of our staff team during this challenging time. They have worked really hard to try to keep SEHPA going and in many cases have gone above and beyond what was necessary. I personally thank them for their efforts and wish them all well for the future.
I would like to thank my fellow Board members for their tireless efforts, not just over the last 12 months but for more than 20 years before that. We still need to steer SEHPA through the next phase, so our work is not done yet and who knows what the future holds!
Finally I thank you, the members, for your support and your work at the primary care coalface in this area.
Dr Greg Wyatt, Chair
I will now present the audited financial statements of the South Eastern Health Providers Association for the financial year 2015-16. The financial statements were audited by Michael Zylberman of LZR Audit and Assurance Pty Ltd.
Copies are in members packs for your reference.
Included in these Audited reports are the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement. This statement outlines our income and expenses over the period from July 1 2015 to June 30 2016 and it also shows the figures from the previous financial year.
Some key areas I would like to highlight within this statement are:
Income and Expenditure Statement
- Significant reduction in grant income, including cessation of government funding from July 2015
- Decreased income from interest due to drop in rate
- Membership decreasing again from previous year
- Introduced fees for our membership support services with limited income return
- Decreased income from SEHPA Training activities from previous year
- Overall expensed have been kept on track and have not increased.
Assets and Liabilities Statement – Liabilities
- Special purpose programs – funds held on behalf of SAPCRU
We began 2015-16 aiming to grow membership, primary health care support/education, grant work and RTO training. Unfortunately, as Greg has already highlighted, SEHPA has been unable to establish a sustainable business model. In the financial year 2015-16 the association incurred a loss of more than $300,000.
Anne Nunan, Treasurer