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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
    stakeholders.
The Board is chaired by the Hon. Ron Phillips and ten Board Members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of our LHD:

The Hon Ron Phillips

The Hon Ron Phillips
Chair


The Hon. Ron Phillips served as a Member of Parliament in the NSW Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1999, serving as Minister for Health for four years before becoming Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party. After leaving politics in 1999, Mr Phillips developed a successful consulting business in the health and aged care industry and was also managing director of Sydney Breast Clinic for more than 10 years. He is currently founding shareholder and director of BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd and chair of NSW Kids and Families.

Dr Barry R Catchlove

Dr Barry R Catchlove
Deputy Chair
MB BS FRACP FRACMA FCHA


Dr Barry Catchlove has more than 40 years' experience in healthcare, covering a range of clinical, medical administration and board appointments. He is a Fellow of the Senate, University of Sydney, chair of the Senate's Safety and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee. He was appointed national president of the Australian Hospital Association and chairman of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.


Dr Thomas Karplus

Dr Thomas Karplus


Dr Thomas Karplus is a Senior Staff Specialist in vascular medicine for Sydney Local Health District and an honorary visiting medical practitioner in the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.  Dr Karplus is treasurer-general of the International Union of Angiology and vice-president of the Australasian chapter of the IUA. He is state secretary of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (NSW) and is a member of the Federal Council 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

David McLean
FAIM FAICD


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 multi-national corporation. A co-founder and chairman of the University of Sydney Medical School's Cancer Communications Unit, Mr McLean is currently 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.


Frances O'Brien

Frances O'Brien


Fran O'Brien is the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at Canterbury Hospital. She has over 30 years' experience in health care and has worked in a number of senior nursing positions across Sydney Local Health District. Her experience includes clinical leadership roles in nursing and midwifery, quality management, patient liaison, patient flow, clinical redesign and nursing management. Ms O'Brien has firsthand knowledge of the changes and challenges facing staff in delivering high quality, safe and patient-centred care.


Prof. Paul Torzillo

Prof. Paul Torzillo AM


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.


Victoria Weekes

Victoria Weekes


Victoria Weekes has more than 25 years' experience in the financial services sector as a senior executive in major Australian and international banking groups, serving in roles within investment banking and corporate advice, regulatory policy, legal, compliance and risk management. Ms Weekes runs her own risk advisory business and sits on the board of several private and public sector organisations. As a director of the Cure For Life Foundation and through her involvement with MS Research Australia, Ms Weekes has a strong interest in public health and medical research.


Associate Professor Christine Giles

Associate Professor Christine Giles


Associate Professor Christine Giles is an experienced board member and brings a wealth of experience in health policy, governance and management in the health sector.  Associate Professor Giles is currently the Executive Director and Head of Policy and Strategy at Cancer Australia. Her experience spans the public and private sectors in Australia, and overseas where she was an advisor to the World Bank in health policy reform. She is a strategic thinker and accomplished leader in delivering health reform and creating a positive culture that delivers organisational goals.


Joanna Khoo

Joanna Khoo


Joanna Khoo is a public health professional with experience in research management, information systems and health policy. Ms Khoo currently works at the Sax Institute, a national leader in promoting the use of research evidence in health policy. She has previously held positions in Australia focusing on drug and alcohol and mental health service provision and overseas, working on research to improve public governance, accountability and transparency in Vietnam. Ms Khoo has served as a member of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW.


Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson


Susan Anderson (Balding) is a Gamilaroi woman, born and bred in Sydney. She is a registered nurse and has worked in Aboriginal health for the past 15 years, specialising in primary health and aged care services.  More recently, she has been involved in Aboriginal health workforce development and planning, strategic policy and program management at a state and national level. She has had 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. Ms Anderson currently works for Maramali, a small Aboriginal organisation with expertise in in Aboriginal health, workforce development and planning, increasing cultural capacity and safety of organisations and delivery of aged care services, both community and residential care.