“Putting yourself out there, hearing people’s stories and getting feedback from patients about their experience of the health system gives you the opportunity actually to influence the way in which care is delivered.” – Alison Derrett.
A bolstering of management to help deliver patient-centred care has arrived in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) with the appointment of Executive Director of Operations Alison Derrett.
Alison joins the District from South Western Sydney Local Health District, where she was the general manager of Camden and Campbelltown hospitals.
She will be overseeing all operational aspects of the health district and will be responsible for the development of strategic goals and operational information.
“I feel very strongly about leading by example,” Alison said.
“People observe how you interact, what you do and how you lead.
“I am so pleased to be joining the team here at western Sydney and am very much looking forward to being a part of the executive,” Alison said.
Alison started her career as a graduate social worker and moved into senior leadership roles in community health, before becoming the general manager of Bowral & District Hospital.
Throughout her working life, Alison has been responsible for the management of acute health facilities including emergency, paediatrics, maternity, surgical specialities and outpatient services.
“The attraction to social work started with wanting to work with people. I really enjoyed working with individuals, families and the general community, and this role let me do this.
“Going from the clinical side of things to management positions was very gradual. A lot of the skills I gained as a social worker were very much transferable into a management role.
“It’s about taking the time to talk to patients and hear of their experience. That is such a important way to learn”
She also led the Stage 2 redevelopment of the Campbelltown Hospital campus.
Whilst juggling a busy work schedule, Alison still ensures she makes time for her husband and four children.
“I have a very supportive family, and they were all thrilled when I got this role,” Alison said.
“Only one of my boys has followed me into healthcare but I am immensely proud of all of them!”
Welcome to western Sydney Alison, we wish you all the best!
Learning from our diverse communities to improve quality, safety, and patient experience is the goal Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is committed to pursuing now and into the future.
This goal reflects the priorities outlined in the recently launched WSLHD Community and Consumer Partnership Framework 2021-2025 which can be viewed here.