The WAHTN is an unincorporated joint venture; that is, an association of legal entities bound by mutual agreement to pursue common goals. This governance structure reflects the value to each organisation in providing an opportunity to deliver impact and access to knowledge, expertise, and infrastructure that may not be available solely within any one of the organisations. Underpinning this relationship is a commitment to excellence in the health sciences.
The Executive Board of WAHTN is comprised of eight members: an independent Chair; four members representing the sectors of contributing partners; a consumer advocate representative; the WA Chief Scientist; and a representative from the WA Aboriginal Health Council. The role of the Executive Board is high-level goal setting and the overall oversight of WAHTN. Appointment to the Executive Board is made by the Director General from the WA Department of Health. Reporting to the Executive Board is an Executive Director who is an ex-officio member of the Executive Board.
The Executive Director chairs the Management Committee which is made up of a representatives from each WAHTN partner organisation. The Management Committee is responsible for coordination of the enabling platforms across the WAHTN.