Jan 10
Bathurst health council welcomes new members

Bathurst Health Council will start the New Year with a strong team of local Health Council members, following the recent appointment of 3 new faces.

Sue West, Brian Grant and Crystal Cooke have joined the Health Council, and each bring a unique perspective and wealth of experience to their new role.

Chair of the Health Council John Kellett said it’s great to welcome new members and start the New Year afresh.

“They are a real asset to the team here at Bathurst and we certainly welcome them to the council.” Mr Kellett said.

Sue West brings with her a strong background in health and politics.

“I am a former member of the Greater Western Area Health Advisory Committee and currently a member of the Bureau of Health Information Board. I completed my nursing training at Cowra District Hospital and followed on with training in Midwifery, Mothercraft and Diploma of Community Health Nursing. 

“I have also been a Senator for NSW and Deputy President of the Senate as well as Member of the Senate Community Affairs Committee which monitored the Health budget and Estimates and undertook enquiries into Mammographic Screening, Tobacco and workforce issues relating to Nursing. I am also a member of the NSW College of Nursing and the Royal Australia College of Nursing.” Ms West said.

Brian Grant is the Chairman of the Wiradjuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation and a member of the Wiradjuri Council of elders.  He is currently working as an Aboriginal Health Project Officer for the Central West Division of GPs.

“I have a strong interest in a holistic approach to health, improving health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by providing information that ensures that all Aboriginal community members across the Central West Region have access to the “Close the Gap” health initiative.” Mr Grant said.

And the youngest of the new recruits is Crystal Cooke. Crystal is currently studying Paramedics at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, following her career working as Second Assistant Director on the television series Home and Away.

“I have big aspirations of learning as much as I can while I have to opportunity to. I only have a few years in Bathurst and I intend to make the most out of every chance I get. Being part of the Health Council will enable me to be a part of the Western NSW Health area and be a representative of the younger population as well as the student population.” Ms Cooke said.

The next health council meeting will be held on 25 January, 2012.