NSLHD News Feb 25

Message from the board chair Trevor Danos AM

The Board recently held its Strategy Day to start the process for the preparation of the NSLHD 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. Only a handful of initiatives and priorities from the current strategic plan, which expires this year, have not been completed. This is a terrific result, all the more impressive given the complexity and impact of the pandemic. The Board spent considerable time looking to see what is working well from the current strategic plan and should be preserved, and what new strategies and themes need to be considered. Our plan will continue to focus on people- centred care and patient engagement; workforce planning; and research and innovation; with a new emphasis on planetary health and sustainability; partnerships and collaboration; and lessons learnt from COVID-19. With your input, the Board hopes that the NSLHD 2022-2027 Strategic Plan will be finalised and launched in or around July 2022. It was wonderful to attend the Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award and the Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship Awards Night. The event was hosted by the RNSH Surgical Education Research & Training (SERT) Institute. These awards have been made possible thanks to extremely generous donations by and in the name of Dr Ray Hollings AM and Dr Harry Cumberland AM. Dr Hollings was a general surgeon at RNSH for over 60 years. He served as chair of the NSW Committee of the College of

Surgeons. Dr Cumberland was a highly distinguished gastroenterologist for over 40 years at RNSH. He was the first chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and retired as Head of the Department of Surgery. Drs Hollings and Cumberland were great friends and shared consulting rooms at RNSH. Dr Hollings was able to tune in to event via a live stream and members of Dr Cumberland’s family were able to attend the event. I congratulate the recipients of the 2022 Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award; Dr David Marshman (cardiothoracic surgeon at RNSH) and Dr Mike Symes (orthopaedic surgeon at RNSH). I’d also like to congratulate the recipient of the Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship, Dr Geoffrey Wong (surgical research fellow, upper gastrointestinal surgical unit at RNSH) and finalist Dr Krishna Kotecha. A great deal of progress has been made in recent years in enhancing the focus of our surgeons on education, research and training and in successfully pursuing partnerships and collaborations within the district and beyond. We should admire and thank colleagues like Drs Hollings and Cumberland for their legacy and their generosity, and their pioneering achievements, and be motivated by them to strengthen our alumni networks. Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District



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