Auburn Hospital welcomes new director of medical services

Auburn Hospital director of nursing Kate Murphy, Auburn Clinical School head A/Prof Hadia Haikal-Mukhtar and Auburn Hospital director of medical services Chun Yee Tan.

Auburn Hospital has hit a bullseye in appointing Dr Chun Yee Tan as its new director of medical services.

Chun, a keen archer, joins the hospital from Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District, where he most recently held the position of deputy director of clinical services and medical governance.

He wasted little time getting settled into the role, greeting the third-year University of Notre Dame medical student intake at Auburn Hospital last week.

Chun’s role involves leadership of the hospital’s medical workforce and being a voice for doctors among the executive.

Chun with the new third-year medical students from University of Notre Dame Australia.

“Western Sydney is an expanding LHD with a rapidly expanding community, so it’s good to see how I can help here,” Chun said.

“My role is fluid and ever-changing, but essentially I am the bridge between management and clinicians from a medical point of view. I need to marry what doctors need with what the district needs so we can be aligned and meet all our objectives.

“I’m just one of the moving parts in the healthcare system. Every single one of us needs to play our role in delivering healthcare to patients and the community.”

Chun is married – his wife is a paediatric intensive care unit fellow at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Mary Boyd Turner (centre) at the farewell for Prof Geoff Brooke-Cowden last year.

In his limited free time his hobbies include badminton, archery and reading fiction. Get in touch with him at Chun.Tan1@health.nsw.gov.au.

Chun’s appointment marks a bittersweet moment for Westmead and Auburn Hospital staff as they farewell Dr Mary Boyd Turner.

Mary held several senior positions in her time at Western Sydney Local Health District, most recently as the deputy director of medical services at Westmead and Auburn Hospitals.

Mary’s retirement and a restructure means Auburn Hospital will now have a dedicated director of medical services rather than a shared role.