Three new board members add their experience to Western Sydney Local Health District

Associate Professor John Gilroy, Professor Clara Chow and Dr Walid Jammal have joined the WSLHD Board.

Three experienced and passionate professionals have committed to leading healthcare in western Sydney into the future by joining the board of Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Westmead Hospital cardiologist Professor Clara Chow, Indigenous health researcher Associate Professor John Gilroy and western Sydney GP Dr Walid “Wally” Jammal have all joined the WSLHD Board in 2022.

WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said he was delighted to work with the new members.

“Our district is fortune to have a passionate, active and engaged board, and I have no doubt each of these new members will only make that even stronger,” Graeme said.

“They each bring unique perspective and insight into our healthcare system, and in particular the way we can improve healthcare delivery in western Sydney now and into the future.”

Clara is the Academic Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre and Program Director of Community Based Cardiac Services at Westmead Hospital, with a passion for the prevention of heart disease and innovation in cardiovascular care.

John is a Yuin man from the NSW South Coast and an Associate Professor of Sociology in Indigenous health, specialising primarily in disability studies. He is passionate about Aboriginal owned and driven research as means to influence policy.

Walid is a GP in western Sydney whose interests include paediatrics, men’s health, ethics and health law. He has a keen interest in health economics and integrated models of care including the Patient Centred Medical Home frameworks.

Board members are appointed by the NSW Minister for Health for a term of up to four years and contribute to the management and future direction of the local health district.

The selection criteria ensures board members have an appropriate mix of skills, experience, and expertise to oversee and provide guidance to large and complex organisations.

Learn more about the WSLHD Board and its responsibilities here.