Dec 22
Health District welcomes new Board Members

The new year will welcome a refreshed Board for Western NSW Local Health District, with Health Minister Jillian Skinner recently appointing a new Chairperson and four new members.

Following the end of his six year tenure as Chair, Dr Robin Williams will step down at the end of the year and Mr Scott Griffiths PSM will take on the important role. Mr Griffiths has been a member of the Board for the past six years, and Chair of the Finance and Performance sub- Committee for the same period.

Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive, Mr Scott McLachlan said Dr Williams and the Board have been instrumental in leading the organisation towards a clearer vision and pioneering the introduction of key health strategies, including the very successful Integrated Care initiative.

“Robin will be missed on the Board and will continue practicing at Molong as a General Practitioner. He has recently been appointed as a Director of the Western NSW Primary Health Network governing Board and everyone wishes him the very best for the future."

“Robin has been instrumental in helping implement the Integrated Care initiative, a system of care and support that is based around the needs of individuals, which has seen incredible success in a number of sites across the District."

“I would also like to thank the hard work and dedicated years of service from outgoing Board Members, Patricia Doolan PSM and Graham Parker."

“We're incredibly privileged to have such a high calibre Board joining our organisation in 2017, to continue our journey in delivering high-quality care to patients, closer to their homes."

Incoming Board Chair, Mr Griffiths said he is looking forward to the new role and will maintain a firm focus on helping the organisation facilitate healthier rural people and thriving communities.

“I and indeed the entire Board will work alongside the Executive and staff to support the Health District focus on priority areas, including Aboriginal Health, Chronic and Complex Care, Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Older Persons Care," Mr Griffiths said.

“This is a very exciting time to make meaningful advances in rural health care and here in Western NSW Local Health District we are committed to giving our children a healthier start to life, creating better access to our health services, and delivering uncompromising care to more than 270,000 people who reside in our region."

The incoming Board includes:

  • Mr Scott Griffiths PSM (Chair) – newly appointed (incumbent member)
  • Mr Darren Ah See – newly appointed
  • Ms Fiona Bennett – newly appointed
  • Mr Jason Cooke – newly appointed
  • Dr Colin McClintock– newly appointed
  • Mr Paul Mann – reappointed
  • Associate Professor Joseph Canalese OAM – incumbent
  • Ms Julie Ann Maher – incumbent
  • Ms Amanda O'Brien – incumbent
  • Ms Joan Treweeke – incumbent

Background – newly appointed members

Scott Griffiths PSM is the former Regional Executive Director of Western Region NSW Department of Family & Community Services, Former Chair Western Region Justice & Human Services Manager Network and Former Joint Chair of Murdi Paaki Regional Engagement Committee. Scott is also a current Member of the Western NSW Local Health District Board.

Darren Ah See is the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Services and has extensive experience across a diverse range of fields including Local Government, Education, Juvenile Justice and Health.

Fiona Bennett is a Certified Practising Accountant with approximately 20 years of hands-on accounting experience, hailing from Orange. Fiona is currently working as a part time accountant and clerical assistant at Assumption Primary School and as a Director and Chair of the Board Risk Committee of Select Credit Union Board.

Jason Cooke is the Group Manager, Regulatory Strategy at Essential Energy. Jason is a Director on the Board of Housing Plus, an organisation that provides accommodation and support services in Western NSW. Jason is also a Director and Treasurer on the Board of Western Region Academy of Sport, covering a substantial part of the Western NSW. Jason is a local from Bathurst.

Dr Colin McClintock has been a full time clinical nephrologist at Dubbo Hospital for the past nine years. Dr McClintock is a Renal Medicine/General Medicine Staff Specialist, former Director of Medicine and a former Director of Physician Education at Dubbo Hospital.

For more information on the Board, please visit our website at https://wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-organisation/our-team/our-board

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au