Board Chair praises Sydney Uni at graduation ceremony

University of Sydney event
Pro-Chancellor, Professor Marian Baird AO, WSLHD Board Chair Richard Alcock AO, and Dean of the University of Sydney Medical School, Professor Arthur Conigrave at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony.

In a keynote speech today to graduates of University of Sydney Medical School, Western Sydney Board Chair Richard Alcock praised the university’s 135-year record of embedding excellence in research and teaching into clinical practice.

Mr Alcock said it was a fundamental principle in getting the best health outcomes for patients.

In delivering the occasional address to 170 graduates and assorted dignitaries in the Great Hall, at Sydney University, Mr Alcock told the story of three graduates who helped embody the principle.

“They were my grandfather, and two of the founders of Westmead Hospital – John Loewenthal and John Read,” Mr Alcock said.

Richard Alcock
WSLHD Board Chair Richard Alcock AO delivers the keynote address to 170 graduates and assorted dignitaries in the Great Hall, at Sydney University.

They are among my ‘heroes’, visionaries whose achievements came from challenging conventional thinking.

“I think about them often when I am at Westmead, and how they would respond to some of the challenges I face as (WSLHD Board) Chair.”

For the full transcript of Mr Alcock’s address click or tap here: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/About-Us/WSLHD-Board/Presentations/Presentations