Dr Karen Luxford and Richard Acheson join Sydney Local Health District Board
Sydney Local Health District would like to welcome its newest Board members, Dr Karen Luxford and Richard Acheson, who bring a wealth of experience to the team who oversee the successful running of one of the top-performing health services in Australia.
For more than two decades, Dr Luxford has held leadership positions in the healthcare sector where her focus has been on improving patient care and safety.
Dr Luxford wants to make a contribution to the District through her appointment to the Board.
“I can bring a whole range of expertise, particularly in the area of governance, and experience in healthcare services. And I’ve worked very closely with a number of local health districts in NSW and have always admired the work that Sydney LHD has done,” Dr Luxford said.
Dr Luxford has been the chief executive officer of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) since June 2017.
Prior to joining RACDS, she was the executive director of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and has also worked at national and state healthcare agencies.
“I’m passionate about all healthcare. [But particularly] patient safety and making sure that the service is delivering the best possible care for the patients within the LHD,” she said.
During his lengthy career, Richard Acheson has worked in senior roles in all levels of government in Australia as well as with not-for-profit organisations.
His emphasis has been on engaging and collaborating with multicultural communities to develop policy and to plan and implement projects to achieve positive outcomes.
Mr Acheson is keen to share his expertise.
“I’d like to offer my experience and my knowledge so that some of ways that the Board thinks, at times, picks up more of what the community expects and what the community would like to receive.”
Prior to running his own consultancy, Mr Acheson managed community engagement for Multicultural NSW.
“I’ve previously worked in the area of multiculturalism with ethnic and religious communities and with Aboriginal communities and that’s where my heart lies… in diversity.
“I think there are some real strengths in the District in terms of the networks and in terms of the quality and professionalism of the staff,” he said.
Mr Acheson will sit on the board’s Communications sub-committee and Dr Luxford will observe the Audit and Risk sub-committee meetings.
The pair has been appointed to the Board by the NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.
The vacancies arose when the Board’s former deputy chair Dr Barry Catchlove retired at the end of 2018 after eight years of service.
Board member Joanna Khoo stepped down from the Board as she moved overseas.
The board is chaired by the Hon. Ron Phillips AO who is a former NSW Minister for Health.
Mr Phillips and the 12 board members oversee the management of public hospitals and healthcare services in the District.
The Board’s responsibilities include improving patient outcomes, delivering services efficiently and within budget, monitoring the District’s performance and effectively communicating with public health stakeholders.
Dr Luxford and Mr Acheson join Mr Phillips plus Victoria Weeks, Dr Thomas Karplus, David McLean, Associate Professor Mary Haines, Ronwyn North, Associate Professor Christine Giles, Frances O’Brien, Susan Anderson and Professor Paul Torzillo on the Board.
They work closely with the District’s Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM and her team.