NSLHD News August 26 2022

As many of you will now be aware from the recent announcement by the NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce and NSLHD Board Chair Trevor Danos AM FTSE, I have been appointed as Deputy Secretary Health System Strategy and Planning. While I am humbled by this appointment and feel so very privileged to work for the system in this role, it comes with a great deal of sadness. It has been a personal and professional honour to work in this local health district with all of you and for the community. I was welcomed with open arms, you trusted me, talked openly to me and collectively you have taught me an enormous amount. There have been so many wonderful moments; little chats in corridors, important celebrations, complex discussions and decisions, but more often than not with good humour and always with great camaraderie. These roles are tough, but there was never a moment where I felt we couldn’t do what needed to be done, never more so than during the pandemic. I know it’s not over and you are still enduring enormous strain, for which I am sorry. However, if I had my time over, I would do it all again with each of you. You did an outstanding job. I leave knowing the district in capable hands with strong leadership. Our NSLHD Strategic Plan 2022-2027 has just been launched and it is the culmination of more than 800 of you providing input to

help shape the district’s future.

Setting the strategic priorities is a huge undertaking and involved hours of work and planning by many of you. I would like to congratulate all of you for sharing your ideas and playing an integral role in setting the course of direction for the next five years of our organisation. As part of the new strategic plan, there is also a new vision – Exceptional Care, Leaders in Healthcare, Partners in Wellbeing. I look forward to seeing the NSLHD go from strength to strength.

Thank you for the wonderful times.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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