SLHD Board Members
The Sydney Local Health District Board and the Chief Executive are responsible for:
- Improving local patient outcomes and responding to issues that arise throughout our Local Health District.
- Monitoring the performance of our Local Health District against performance measures in the LHD Service Agreement.
- Delivering services and performance standards within an agreed budget, based on annual strategic and operating plans. This forms the basis of our Local Health District Service Agreement.
- Ensuring services are provided efficiently and accountably. Production of Annual Reports that are subject to State financial accountability and audit frameworks.
- Maintaining effective communication with local and State public health
The Hon Ron Phillips AO
The Hon Ron Phillips served as the Member for Miranda in the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1999. Among other appointments, Mr Phillips served as Government Whip, Minister for Health and Deputy Leader of the NSW Opposition. After leaving politics, he developed a successful consulting business in the health and aged care industry, providing strategic and detailed advice to government and a broad range of business clients. Mr Phillips was formerly part owner and managing director of the Sydney Breast Clinic Pty Ltd, and chair of the Sydney Institutes for Health and Medical Research. He is currently a founding shareholder and managing director of BCAL Diagnostics Pty Limited and a director of Westmead IVF.
BCOMM LLB FAICD
Victoria Weekes is a professional non-executive director with more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the financial services sector. Currently, Victoria is the Independent Chair of OnePath Custodians and a director of URB a listed investment company. Victoria is a non-executive of SGCH, one of NSW’s largest community housing groups and Vice President of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Victoria is also a member of the ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel, Chair of the NSW Treasury Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the State Library Council of NSW. Victoria was previously a director of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, ANZ Trustees, the Livestock Health & Pest Authority and Comcover Advisory Council.
Dr Thomas Karplus
Dr Thomas Karplus is a Senior Staff Specialist in Vascular Medicine in the Sydney Local Health Network and also an Honorary Visiting Medical Practitioner in the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. For 20 years he has been in private practice as a Vascular Physician in Burwood. Dr Karplus is Treasurer-General of the International Union of Angiology (IUA) and is on the Executive and Administrative Boards of the IUA. He is State Secretary of the NSW branch of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF) and is also a Federal Councillor of ASMOF. Previously he was Chair of the Medical Staff Council at Concord Hospital and Chair of the Medical Staff Executive Council at Sydney South West Area Health Service.
David McLean has a 35-year career in healthcare communications and marketing in Australia, USA and South East Asia at Chief Executive level in a leading multinational corporation. A co-founder and chairman of The University of Sydney Medical School’s Cancer Communications Unit, Mr McLean served as a board member of the Faculty of Pharmacy Foundation. He has a passion for patient advocacy and effective professional patient communications. He continues to serve in other board and chair positions and mentors young, high-potential talent.
Associate Professor Mary Haines
BA Hons (Psych) PhD GAICD
Associate Professor Mary Haines has worked in senior positions across the government, academic, corporate and independent sectors. She is currently a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney; and Director of Mary Haines Consulting. Her expertise lies in health research, translational initiatives, evaluation, strategic policy development and implementation.
Ronwyn North is a professional practice consultant and educator with more than 20 years' experience providing independent advice in the public, private and not for profit sectors. She is known for her expertise and 'thought leadership' in organisational governance and development, professional practice management and professional risk and ethics exposure, particularly in the legal services sector. Ms North was an external member of University of Sydney Senate's Safety and Risk Management Committee for more than five years. Currently she chairs the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia (CLEAA).
Associate Professor Christine Giles
MA BA FAIM MAICD
Christine Giles is the Executive Director at Cancer Australia, using evidence to inform policy and shape national cancer control. From her previous positions, Christine has provided policy advice on health reform to national and international governments. Her experience in the private sector includes providing strategy and policy advice to business and working on large international health developments. Christine is an experienced Board member having served on government and not-for-profit boards. Christine holds the position of Adj. Associate Professor, Sydney University and is an Associate of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. Christine’s interests are in public policy development and health reform that delivers quality evidence based and sustainable patient care.
Frances O’Brien is currently the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at Canterbury Hospital. Mrs O’Brien has worked within the Sydney Local Health District area for over 20 years during which time she has occupied a number of senior nursing positions. Frances has extensive experience in health and in particular acute care services. She is committed to innovation and the delivery of safe and effective patient care.
Susan is an Aboriginal registered nurse from the Gamilaroi lands (Werris Creek). Susan has a passion for Aboriginal health and has been involved in Aboriginal health and workforce policy development, particularly in nursing, midwifery and Aboriginal Health Workers, over the last 18 years at a national and state level. Her passion is supporting Aboriginal people entering careers of nursing and midwifery. She has a number of major achievements including the development of guidelines for Aboriginal Health Workers in NSW Health, a NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery DVD called ‘My Mob, Your Mob and Our Mob’ and the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program. Last year she won a Premier’s Award for her involvement in the development of NSW Health’s Respecting the Difference – An Aboriginal Cultural Training Framework. Susan is currently working as the Aboriginal Strategic Advisor at the Cancer Institute NSW.
Professor Paul Torzillo
AM MBBS FRACP
Professor Paul Torzillo is an executive Clinical Director, Head of Respiratory Medicine and a senior Intensive Care physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at The University of Sydney. For more than 30 years, he has had a major involvement in Aboriginal health and is the medical director of the Nganampa Health Council in the north-west corner of South Australia.
Dr Karen Luxford
BSc(HonsI) PhD FAIM GAICD
Dr Karen Luxford is a senior executive in health with over 20 years' experience in a range of leadership roles in the public, not for profit and private sectors including A/g CEO and Executive Director, Clinical Excellence Commission NSW and GM of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre in Australia. Karen has extensive experience in governance, strategic planning, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and leading organizational change.
Karen is currently the CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Board Chair of Endometriosis Australia (NFP charity). Karen is an alumni Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and is passionate about health care.
Mr Richard Acheson
Mr Richard Acheson has senior management experience with Australian national, state and local governments, and in the not-for-profit sector, with an emphasis on engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal, ethnic and religious communities, and diverse stakeholders at all levels to develop policy, plan and implement projects, manage issues, and resolve disputes. He has represented NSW and advised NSW Ministers at national councils on immigration and multicultural affairs. He was a member of the executive of Multicultural NSW, conducted public inquiries into matters affecting communities in NSW, and has participated on national and state wide boards and committees. He currently mentors individuals and provides advice to small community organisations.