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Our Executive Leadership Team

Key functions of our Local Health District

Our Health District is divided into a number of Directorates which represent the key functions of our organisation. 


Photo; Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District

Hi, my name is Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of Western NSW Local Health District.

I work closely with our stakeholders to deliver the best possible health care to our local communities.

Our District ​​​Board, our Health C​ouncils and all staff in our organisation, including nursing and midwifery, administrative, medical, community health, allied health, and support services, are committed to providing world class care where our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

I always value feedback and comments about how we are going in our commitment to you and your community and invite you to contact us. 


Our Directorates

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Brendon Cutmore, Director of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Directorate is made up of two key teams, Aboriginal Health and Health Promotion. Their primary focus is to help transform our organisation's services, creating a whole of system health promotion and prevention strategy that will make a difference in the lives of the 280,000 people across our communities, including making meaningful gains in the health of over 30,000 Aboriginal people in our region​.

The Executive Director of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is Brendon Cutmore.

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Allied Health & Innovation

Richard Cheney, Director of Allied HealthThe Allied Health Directorate is responsible for nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy and diversional therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work and client support services and speech pathology and audiology.

The Executive Director of Allied Health & Innovation is Richard Cheney.

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Communications and Engagement

Photo; Rachel Buchanan, Director of Communications and Engagement The Communications and Engagement Directorate is responsible for the management of media, corporate communications, community engagement, ministerial liaison, social media, corporate branding, executive publications, internet and staff intranet development, volunteers and fundraising, communication strategies, parliamentary briefs, event management and marketing.

The Executive Director of Communications and Engagement is Kathy Connell​.

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Corporate Services & Clinical Support

Photo; Jeff Morrisey, Director of Corporate ServicesThe Corporate Services & Clinical Support Directorate is responsible for asset operations, biomedical services, capital works projects, contracts and property management, energy management, environmental services, food services, security, fire safety, fleet management, maintenance services, purchasing and supply and management of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Spotless.

The Executive Director of Corporate Services & Clinical Support is Jeff Morrissey.

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Integrated Primary Care and Partnerships

Photo; Julie Cooper Director of Integrated Primary Care and PartnershipsIntegrated Primary Care and Partnerships facilitates the priorities and key directions for the Local Health District to ensure primary and community health is well positioned to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities into the future​ and includes working with external partners to ensure integrated service provision.

The Executive Director of Integrated Primary Care and Partnerships is Julie Cooper.

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Medical Services

Photo; Clayton Spencer, District Director of Medical ServicesThe Medical Services Directorate is composed of all senior medical staff contracted to work in any facilities within the Local Health District. Responsibilities of the District Director of Medical Services centres around clinical governance of this group and includes, but is not limited to, medical leadership, clinical quality and safety surveillance, management of medical professional matters and advice on service design. The Medical Services Directorate includes the Medical Workforce Unit which is responsible for the administrative functions associated with recruitment of senior medical staff.

The District Director of Medical Services is Dr Clayton Spencer.

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Photo; Lindsey Gough, Director of OperationsThe Operations Directorate is responsible for steering the day to day operations of our health facilities to ensure patients receive high quality care and that our Local Health District provides timely services as close to the patient’s home as possible.

The Executive Director of Operations is Mark Spittal.

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Planning, Performance & Funding

Photo; Josh Carey, Director of Finance

The Planning, Performance & Funding Directorate provides a range of services across Western NSW Local Health District, including financial and management services, health information, communication, techology and planning services.  The Health Intelligence Unit is also a member of this Directorate.

The Directorate aims to provide timely and accurate performance and planning information to District staff to better enable best practice management decisions.​

The Executive Director of the Planning, Performance & Funding directorate is Josh Carey.

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Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing

Photo; Adrian Fahy, Director of Nursing and MidwiferyThe Quality, Clinical Safety and Nursing Directorate has oversight of professional nursing and midwifery services and provides advice on the Local Health Districts approach to deliver quality and safe care. The team works to improve our professional approach to the delivery of care , ensures that we engage with patients, fosters clinical practice improvements that bring about changes to quality, works to ensure that our approach and systems deliver reliability and that our care is disciplined and consistent.

The Executive Director of Quality, Clinical Safet and Nursing is Adrian Fahy.

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Workforce and Culture

Photo; Sandra Duff, Director of Workforce and CultureThe Workforce and Culture Directorate is responsible for education, training and development, employee assistance, human resource management, staff orientation, recruitment and payroll, risk management, workplace culture and workforce strategy and planning.

The Executive Director of Workforce and Culture is Sandra Duff.

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