NSLHD News June 17 2022

It was wonderful to see our staff and researchers acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday honours. NSLHD Board member Dr Michelle Mulligan was recognised for her service to anaesthesia by receiving the Order of Australia medal (OAM). Michelle is also Clinical Director of NSLHD Surgery and Anaesthesia Network. Professor Sarah Hilmer was awarded a Member of the Order (AM) for significant service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology. Sarah has been the head of clinical pharmacology at Royal North Shore Hospital since 2005 and is also a member of the executive committee at the Kolling Institute. Also receiving a Member of the Order (AM) was Emeritus Professor Leigh Delbridge, who has been an endocrine surgeon at RNSH since 1998, and is also a visiting medical officer (VMO) at Hornsby Hospital. While I know none of our staff do what they do for accolades like these, such acknowledgements are so very deserved. Our district has farewelled Professor Marg Fry, who has decided to retire as Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, a position that she has held since 2015. Many of Marg’s colleagues, including NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce, and former district director of nursing and midwifery, Anthony Dombkins now Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer ACT came to a special ceremony to acknowledge Marg’s significant contribution to nursing and midwifery research. Our district has been so fortunate to have someone of Marg’s calibre dedicated to supporting a culture of safety and person- centred care. Marg has inspired so many nurses, providing them with confidence and

courage to engage in research to improve patient outcomes. We wish Marg well as she enjoys the next chapter in her life. Also leaving our district is Professor Michael Nicholl, who has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission. Many of you will know Michael well in his current role as Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney, Northern Clinical School at RNSH, and Clinical Director, Maternal, Neonatal and Women’s Health Network, Northern Sydney Local Health District. We have been immensely fortunate to have benefited from Michael’s leadership, expertise and commitment to promoting excellence in safety and quality in clinical care, for consumers, their families and our staff. The district and RNSH are leaders in maternal care because of him. His care of so many thousands of mothers, families and their newborns can never be fully acknowledged. Michael will start his new role on Monday 1 August 2022 and will continue as NSLHD Clinical Director, Maternal, Neonatal and Women’s Health Network while we appoint a new clinical director. We are only weeks away from finding out the winners of the Quality and Improvement Awards. I am so impressed with the calibre of entries I have seen this year, considering the immense challenges our staff have faced in the past 12 months. Congratulations to our finalists and I look forward to seeing everyone at the award ceremony. Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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