Jul 23
Local Health District chief executive resigns

Dr Robin Williams, Chair of Western NSW Local Health District Board today announced the resignation of Ron Dunham as the Chief Executive for Western NSW Local Health District.

“Unfortunately due to unforseen illness in Mr Dunham’s family he has resigned from his position and will be returning back to his home in New Zealand,” said Dr Williams.

Mr Ron Dunham, a senior public health professional from New Zealand was appointed Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District in May 2011 and started work in the Local Health District on 1 August 2011.

Dr Williams said Mr Dunham’s extensive experience in health including senior leadership positions in the public and private sector had been a valuable asset to the region.

“Mr Dunham must be acknowledged for the vision, leadership and strategic direction that he has brought to the organisation in the 12 months that he has been in the role,” said Dr Williams.

“I know the staff throughout the Local Health District will join me in thanking Mr Dunham and wishing him and his family all the best in the future,” he said.

The Western NSW LHD Board have been very impressed with the valuable and innovative service that Mr Dunham has provided since joining the organisation, and share with him the disappointment he feels to leave due to family illness, but fully understand that his family commitments are paramount.

Mr Dunham said, “I am very disappointed and sad to be leaving the Local Health District so soon but I must acknowledge the Board and the staff in the organisation for their resilience, dedication and hard work in delivering health services to the people of western NSW.”

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in the Western NSW Local Health District and enjoyed getting to know the identity of the different communities, the people and the landscape,” he said.

Mr Dunham will finish up with the Local Health District on 31 August 2012. Acting arrangements for the Chief Executive will be arranged for the interim until a permanent replacement is recruited.