17 February 2016

WA Health responds to Auditor General's Report

WA Health Deputy Director General Rebecca Brown today accepted the findings and recommendations in the Office of the Auditor General’s (OAG) report into WA Health’s Centralised Community Services contract with Fujitsu.

The report, which was conducted at the request of the previous Acting Director General Professor Bryant Stokes, provides six recommendations to address the findings that cover contract management, governance and financial control.

“We acknowledge that the report found weaknesses in these areas and, in the past two years, have been investing significant resources into our procurement and governance processes,” Ms Brown said.

“Of the six recommendations in the OAG Report, two have already been implemented and the remaining four are on track to be fully implemented well within the timelines recommended by the OAG.”

Ms Brown said since the report was commissioned, WA Health had made major changes to its management of information and communications technology (ICT), as well as its procurement and contract management practices.

“The WA Health Strategic Procurement Reform Program has been rolled out throughout the health system to ensure the best outcome for every dollar spent, while also ensuring the highest standards of professionalism, probity and accountability,” Ms Brown said.

“As a result of this Program, along with the WA ICT Strategy 2015-2018 and reform of Health Support Services, we now have much greater oversight, governance and controls to address the majority of the risks outlined in the OAG Report.”

Specific initiatives WA Health has undertaken in the past two years include:

  • establishment of the Office of Chief Procurement Officer to review system-wide procurement governance, policies and practices
  • separation of technical ICT delivery, contract administration, ICT policy and governance and finance
  • an overhaul of the governance of ICT across WA Health.

“WA Health is committed to building on these recent initiatives to improve our contract management, governance and financial control,” Ms Brown said.

“I am confident we now have the right processes in place to deliver value for money services across the State.”

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