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Bass Coast Health is not
in crisis! Says new CEO
BASS Coast Health’s new Chief Execu-
tive Officer, Jan Child, has moved this
week to allay concerns that the Wont-
haggi hospital is in crisis, following the
resignation of her predecessor Veronica
Jamieson after some 18 months in the
Ms Child has been appointed as the in-
terim CEO by the BCH Board.
Ms Child is a Registered Nurse and
holds a Graduate Diploma Behavioural
Sciences; Master’s in Public Health, and
is a Graduate of the Australian Institute
of Company Directors.
She is also a surveyor for the Austra-
lian Council of Healthcare Standards.
Outgoing Board Chairman Peter Lay-
don, who has announced his resignation
from this position, and will leave at the
end of the month, said that Ms Child
brings more than 30 years’ experience
in public health services to the position.
“Ms Child has a comprehensive skill
set that will strengthen the good work
already underway at Bass Coast Health,”
Mr Laydon said.
Whilst he agrees there are financial
challenges, Mr Laydon said that there
has been progress made over the past
months “and we have robust plans in
place for our future”.
Ms Child said that she believes that the
future of Bass Coast is very strong.
She said that since arriving at Bass
Coast Health last week she has been very
impressed by the staff and volunteers
that she has met.
“Our dedicated staff are providing
quality care to our community,” Ms.
Child said, adding that the financial is-
sues the hospital is facing are “resolv-
able” and stating that much good work
has already been done.
“We have robust plans to ensure our fi-
nancial viability into the future. “Becom-
ing financially sustainable will take us
some time, but we will continue to work
very closely with the Department and I
have no doubt we will correct our cur-
rent financial issues,” Ms Child said.
Ms Child stated that Bass Coast Health
was in a strong position, most impor-
tantly, because of the standard of care
“We have very skilled staff who provide
excellent care day in and day out.
“The clinical care we provide is of a
high standard which means we have an
opportunity to expand our services in
“We have the capacity to increase the
availability of specialty services to our
community and we need to get to a point
where our community choose to attend
our health service where we provide the
care, instead of going up the highway to
The community’s role in supporting
Bass Coast cannot be understated ac-
cording to Ms Child.
“Increased use by the local community
in areas such as Midwifery, help to en-
sure our growth and future viability”.
Over the coming weeks and months,
Ms Child will work with local communi-
ty members, volunteers and staff to con-
tinue to progress the new Phillip Island
Health and Medical service, to prepare
the organisation for Accreditation, and
to implement a range service changes
which will ensure Bass Coast Health’s’
“We have a strong management team
that is very committed to progressing the
work to be done. We will need to make
some decisions which will ensure our
growth but we will do everything we can
to ensure there is service growth to the
community, and an increased focus on
filling some of our service gaps.”
Ms Child stated that some service gaps
can be met through better clinical part-
nerships with Monash Health, Peninsula
Health, Latrobe Regional Health and Al-
Other services will be enhanced by the
recruitment of specialty staff to ensure
people from our community do not need
to travel to other services for care.
“We will keep the community updated
with our progress as we move forward
and I am personally looking forward to
being part of Bass Coast Health’s bright
future,” said Ms. Child.
Change is afoot
Peter Laydon, Board Chair, acknowl-
edged that there have been a number of
changes in the organisation over the past
months but stated that these changes
did not compromise Bass Coast Health’s
ability to provide excellent care.
He stated that the Board and the Ex-
ecutive were very committed to provid-
ing staff and community with a positive
direction for the future.
“Change in any organisation is inevi-
table” says Mr Laydon.
“Board members and Executive mem-
bers also change and new people bring
new experience to complement those
who continue in the organisation.
“I have every confidence in the Board
and Executive going forward and think
we have a very strong team guiding Bass
Bass Coast Health’s new Chief Exec-
utive Officer, Jan Child (pictured) has
moved this week to allay concerns that
the Wonthaggi hospital is in crisis.
Teacher Gemma van Cuylenburg, who has taught
English and Humanities at Newhaven College for
16 years, said it would be sad to see the end of
Boys Home Road.
Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell in front of
the round window, which students past and pres-
ent nominate as one of their favourite elements of
the school grounds.
End of an era for Newhaven College
NEWHAVEN College’s Boys Home
Road campus – which has served
the school for 35 years – has been
sold, with the land set to become a
Settlement of the sale to Newhaven
Property Investments Pty will take
place next month (March), with the
college continuing at the campus
until possession in March 2018, ac-
cording to principal Gea Lovell.
“Up to that point we’ll stay on site
with a peppercorn rent,” Mrs Lovell
said, adding that for three years
Boys Home Road has been the se-
nior campus for years 10, 11 and
“We’ve sold it as flat land so we
will be here until the end of 2017
and then we’ll demolish the whole
“We’ll most likely have a salvage
sale of furniture, desks, doors,
stoves, air conditioning, everything.”
Mrs Lovell would not disclose the
sale price achieved and said all she
knows was that property develop-
ers had purchased the site “and we
believe it’s going to medium density
“We had it for sale in two lots but
the buyer bought the entire lot,” she
said of the 2.78 hectare site.
Mrs Lovell said the money from
the sale of the land would help build
the next stage of the 82 hectare
Phillip Island Road campus, which
opened in 2005 and now houses the
prep to six junior school, with years
five to eight students moving into
their middle school in 2014, along
with the Trade Skills Centre.
The next stage of the Phillip Island
Road campus will see the creation
of a senior school, and science/
art/technology wing, with building
hopefully beginning in August and
finished within a year.
The final stage of the new campus’
development will see a gym, games
hall, performing arts wing and play-
ing fields for hockey, tennis and soc-
cer, starting in early 2018.
Mrs Lovell, the fourth principal
of Newhaven College, said the sale
of Boys Home Road was inevitable
with the growing number of stu-
dents, with waiting lists for some
classes of up to 20 students.
“When I came in 2011 there were
600 students and now there’s 930,
with a staff of 118 (full and part
“Over time the college could not
financially manage two sites so a
move to the larger site was impor-
“The Boys Home Road site had
the original buildings from when
the school opened in 1980 and it
needed a lot of repair work. In some
buildings it was kept together with a
lick of paint.”
Mrs Lovell divides her time be-
tween both campuses, working five
days per fortnight at each site, while
teachers too shuttle between both
“We’ve run two libraries, two food
tech sites, two canteens, we’ve been
doubling up on a lot of things.”
The sale marks an historic end for
Mrs Lovell said when the Boys
Home Road campus finally closes
there would be a celebration with
past teachers and students.
She said the alumni had already
visited the site to nominate fixtures
that needed to be retained.
“The round window in the princi-
pal’s office is the one everyone says
has to be kept, the statues and the
art work, outdoor seats and also the
“We have given the list to the ar-
chitect to include in their designs for
the new senior school. Their brief is
to capture the spirit of Boys Home
Teacher Gemma van Cuylenburg,
who has taught English and Hu-
manities at Newhaven College for 16
years, said it would be sad to see the
end of Boys Home Rd.
“There’s been a few of us travel-
ling for the past few years back and
forth so it will be nice to be on one
campus,” Gemma said.
“This is a lovely campus but we
have outgrown it - the technology
and facilities need to be upgraded.
“We’ll still maintain the traditions
and structure of the school.”
In the beginning
Newhaven College was the brain-
child of former Federal Member of
Parliament Peter Reith.
It was while Mr Reith was a coun-
cillor on the Phillip Island shire, and
later shire president, that he saw
the need for a secondary school on
“I thought we could offer a bet-
ter educational experience for local
children,” said Mr Reith, who at
the time was a full-time solicitor in
In 1976, Mr Reith gathered a few
local residents together at his home
in Cowes to formulate a plan, after
which a public meeting was held in
1977 – with about 350 – and a com-
mittee was formed.
Mr Reith also contacted a young
priest, Rev John Leaver, chaplain
at Maryborough, who was leading
a growing number of community
schools based on Christian values,
with the Rev Leaver becoming Mr
Reith’s “mentor” on the project.
“But we still had no money; we
had nothing but a good idea.”
Their first major step was taken
when they bought 4.5 acres, or
nearly 2 hectares, at the back of the
Boy’s Home from the Mission of St
James and St John, buying on 10-
year terms, paying $4000 a year.
Mr Reith said he stumbled on
the concept of a co-operative, with
$112,000 worth of shares sold to
obtain a State Government guaran-
tee for a bank loan.
“The idea behind the co-op was
that I want you to buy $10 worth of
shares but you only need to give me
$1 and if the school goes broke, you
have to give us $9,” he explained.
“So we got lots of $1 notes from
people and raised $5000, then we
went to the bank and under a collec-
tive arrangement we could borrow
80 per cent of the $9 value.”
The committee also raised $4000
with a fundraising walk from Cowes
With what money they had, the
committee built the toilet block and
the administration building.
Mr Reith approached then State
Education Minister Alan Hunt for
any spare classrooms, with two
portables transported down on the
back of a truck.
“We got the fathers and farmers
and tradies who were a very handy
crowd to help set them up.”
They then put an ad in the paper
for a principal and Frank Moore
applied, who had been principal at
Preshil in Kew.
“It was a lucky day that day. Every-
body loved Frank. He’s such a nice
The College opened its doors
with 51 students in years 7 and 8
On the day Newhaven College
opened Mr Moore received a request
from Betty Brooks to be a bursar.
“I told Frank she sounds like a
very good person, you just have to
tell her we don’t have any money to
pay her. For two years Betty worked
for free. She was fantastic.”
Alongside Frank, there were two
other teachers at the College includ-
ing Penny Manning, who continued
“It was quite a busy time. I was
running my practice, I was a coun-
cillor and on the regional planning
The school grew rapidly in enrol-
ments to over 400 students, with
the first graduating year 12 students
The junior school was opened in
1999 with grade 5 and 6; in 2002
grades 3 and 4 were introduced and
in 2006 prep classes commenced.
Since the beginning of 2008 the Col-
lege has been a full prep to year 12
In 2005 the school purchased an
additional 82 acres of land and es-
tablished a separate year 9 Environ-
mental Centre. In 2010, the school
celebrated its 30th anniversary and
in 2011, the junior school joined
year 9 students at the Phillip Island
Tourist Road campus.
The College opened its doors with 51 students in years 7 and 8 in
Newhaven College school leaders
NEWHAVEN College’s junior, middle
and senior school captains have settled
into their leadership roles for 2016.
The group hosted the College’s first
whole school assembly at the Boys Home
Road Campus auditorium at the end of
School captains pictured here, back
from left, are Jaz Hendry, Jade Dalton,
Duncan Hunt and Alex Swan. Middle
school vice-captain Shae White, middle
school captains Jack McDonald and
Molly Hosken, and middle school vice-
captain Sam Taylor.
Front: Junior School leaders, captain
Max Arceo, vice-captain Amelia White,
school captain Heidi Driscoll and vice-
captain Archer Herbert.
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