Esteemed Board well-equipped to lead our community

WSLHD board members Bruce Turner AM, Richard Alcock AO (board chair), Dr Di O’Halloran AO, Professor Jeremy Chapman AC and Professor Kathy Baker AM at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

The western Sydney community can be sure their health services are being led by a Board fiercely dedicated to working for the community, with five members now given awards in the Order of Australia Medal.

The Order of Australia honours outstanding service in various fields by members of the community. 

Members of Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Board this week celebrated Dr Di O’Halloran’s Award – Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

Dr O’Halloran received the award on Australia Day 2018 for her distinguished service to medicine in the field of general practice through policy development and health system reform. 

Dr O’Halloran said her award belongs to her colleagues, patients and patient advocates.

“This award – which is greatly appreciated, belongs to the people who have worked for so many years to influence health system changes,” Dr O’Halloran said.

“Their efforts are finally bearing fruit. We are at something of a tipping point, where major change is possible, and the messages from both levels of government are very encouraging,” 

WSLHD Board has 12 members appointed by the NSW Health Minister. It also has ex-officio appointees including the WSLHD chief executive, members of the district’s executive, and the chairs of the Medical Staff Council ‎of Westmead, and Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals. 

WSLHD board members Bruce Turner AM, Dr Di O’Halloran AO, board chair Richard Alcock AO, Professor Jeremy Chapman AC and Professor Kathy Baker AM at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

Secretary of NSW Health Elizabeth Koff‎ praised the Board for its commitment and dedication to the community.

“It’s remarkable that five of twelve members of a local health district have been recognised for their diverse contributions by the award of the Order of Australia,” Ms Koff said. 

In addition to Di O’Halloran, Board Chair Richard Alcock AO (2017), Professor Jeremy Chapman AC (2015),  Bruce Turner AM  (2015) and Kathy Baker AM (2010) have been recognised by awards.

Prof Chapman said it was an honour to be recognised by the nation. 

“Service to the Australian community takes many forms and some of us are fortunate to be recognised by the nation for that – but perhaps the greatest service to our local community is to help our healthcare services and hospitals through the WSLHD Board,” Prof Chapman said. 

WSLHD Board members recognised with an Order of Australia:

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC: for eminent service to medicine, particularly in the areas of clinical and biomedical research, to the development of ethical policy and practices for organ donation, acquisition and transplantation, and to renal medicine organisations and publications

Di O’Halloran AO: for distinguished service to medicine in the field of general practice through policy development, health system reform and the establishment of new models of service and care

Richard Alcock AO: for distinguished service to the community, particularly through health management roles, and to the law, corporate governance, and higher education organisations

Kathy Baker AM: for service to the nursing profession through contributions to education and the promotion of clinical excellence in health care

Bruce Turner AM: for significant service to public administration through contributions to governance and risk management practices, and to the profession of internal auditing