NSLHD News June 15

Farewell to longest serving NLSHD Board member This month we farewell our longest serving NSLHD

Board member Karen Filocamo, with Board Chair Trevor Danos AM, new Deputy Chair Mary Chiarella and outgoing Deputy Chair Adjunct Associate Professor Annette Schmiede

Foundation Grants Program. This is a new joint initiative designed to provide access to untied donations for philanthropic purposes. It provides an opportunity for all staff to apply for additional funding to support innovative and impactful initiatives. Each year $250,000 will be awarded across a wide range of projects, focusing on patient services innovation board member Assoc Prof Annette Schmiede when she completes the statutory maximum of 10 years of board service. Annette finishes up in her role but is not retiring from board life altogether; she will take up the role of Chair of Research Australia. For much of the 10 years at NSLHD, Annette has served as chair of board’s Finance, Risk and Performance Committee and has overseen all aspects of the complex funding of the district’s health services. Since 2017, Annette has also served with distinction as deputy chair of the board. Throughout her term, Annette has been particularly involved in the identification and onboarding of each new generation of district leaders. NSLHD Board Chair Trevor Danos AM said as a long- term north shore resident, Annette had strong ties to the community and saw the board role as an ideal way to share her extensive experience and expertise. “She has been a much- valued board member and

wellbeing programs, digital health, staff wellbeing and cancer research. The two-stage application process is quick and easy for staff to complete. Once you have submitted an expression of interest, a shortlist of candidates will be selected applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Funding Advisory Committee and the NORTH Foundation, who will engage specialist expertise and invited to submit a formal application. The colleague, always available to support the executive team and share knowledge and experience from her distinguished career across all parts of the Australian health sector,” Trevor said. “A huge thank you to Annette for everything that you have done to help make the district the wonderful place that it is today.” Annette said she was motivated to apply for the board role 11 years ago because of the national and state health reform initiatives that were then under way. She has had a long interest in health reform with a unique career starting in health services research at the University of NSW (UNSW). Annette moved into the health policy world as an

where required. NORTH Foundation CEO Gil Lorquet said: “We want to ensure staff have access to untied funding. “Our focus is on supporting initiatives that demonstrate a tangible and meaningful impact on the experience of patients and our community.” Expressions of Interest will be open until 18 July. Visit the NORTH Foundation website to apply https:// northfoundation.org.au/ grants-program/ advisor to the 1981 Royal Commission into Australia’s Hospitals, and this began a lifelong interest in health reform. “I have been privileged to have worked with many inspiring and amazing colleagues over the years who have contributed to making Australia’s health sector and medical research sector world leading,” Annette said. “ [I have] particularly enjoyed the collegiality around the board table … and will particularly miss the board breakfasts that have enabled me to meet staff from across the district.” Replacing Annette as deputy chair of the NSLHD board is Mary Chiarella.

NSLHD and NORTH Foundation Grants Program now open Applications are now open for the first round of the NSLHD and NORTH and improvements, research innovation, community



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