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Health network chief appointed

Wednesday, 29th December, 2010

A former general manager of the local hospital will lead the soon to be established Far West Health Network.

Mr Stuart Riley, who was general manager of the hospital here for two years until 1999 when he took up a position as Far West Health ServiceDirector of

Mental Health and Counselling, was named by the Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt, as the chief executive of the network.

The Far West Health Network encompasses Broken Hill plus Tibooburra, Wilcannia, Menindee and Ivanhoe. 

The chief executive of the Greater Western Area Health Service, Danny O'Connor, has been appointed to lead the Western Sydney Health Network.

"These appointments once again demonstrate that NSW is leading the nation in rolling out the historic national health reforms and follows the announcement of the Chairs and the membership of the Governing Councils for the Local Health Networks," Ms Tebbutt said.

She said the appointment of the chief executives was the outcome of a rigorous merit selection process involving the Chairs and members of the Governing Councils.

The chief executives will be accountable for their performance to their Governing Councils and the appointments have been recommended by the Governing Councils.

An executive search firm will be engaged to recruit for the two positions (Murrumbidgee and Western NSW) not filled through the recent recruitment process and arrangements for acting Chief Executives will be put in place until those positions are filled.

The new structure which will start on January 1. The Commonwealth health reforms will deliver an extra $1.2 billion in funding to the NSW health system over four years, and are contributing to 488 beds for NSW.

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