Background and Governance

Day Hospitals Australia, formerly known as the  Australian Day Hospital Association (ADHA) and prior to that, as the Australian Day Surgery Association (ADSA), was first registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on 1 July 1992.

Day Hospitals Australia is a public company, governed by a Constitution and required to meet the stringent requirements of ASIC.  In 2009 The Board of Directors was established with representatives from States/Territories with 5 or more Day Hospital members.  At the same time the Constitution was endorsed for this new phase of the organisation’s history.

On 1 July 2014 the Board of Directors appointed the inaugural CEO to manage the operational activities of the organisation.  Due to significant growth  in membership between 2009 and 2016  it was felt that  it was time to rebrand the organisation so that it remained relevant in the private health care sector.  A brand was sought that would better distinguish the organisation from competitors, more clearly communicate our purpose, a name that reflected our role as the peak industry body and to position the Day Hospital sector for the future. The new brand was implemented on 29 August 2016.

As the peak industry body Day Hospitals Australia provides members with support, representation, lobbying and advocacy.  Day Hospitals are represented on various  external  Government and other stakeholder bodies both nationally and at State level.  Click here to see our external committee representation.

After changes to the Constitution were endorsed at a general meeting of members in October 2016 provision for  the appointment of independent Directors was made available to the Board.  This change was made  to ensure  that the Board comprised of Directors with  the appropriate skill mix and experience to ensure sound governance of the organisation.

Day Hospitals Australia delivers a range of services  to members in addition to advocacy and lobbying, which includes access to resources and partnership agreements, opportunities to network through Chapters and Google groups and an annual national conference.

Day Hospitals Australia aims to work collaboratively with other stakeholders in the health care sector to improve the health care outcomes for Australian Consumers.

The Day Hospitals Australia Vision Statement is:  Day Hospitals Australia is acknowledged as the peak Industry Body representing the sector and will continue to provide advocacy and support to the Day Hospital sector to ensure relevancy and sustainability.  Day Hospitals Australia will position the Day Hospital sector as “First Choice” through ongoing support, promoting best practice, developing relevant partnerships and increasing professionalism of the sector”.