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New health boards

Wednesday, 6th July, 2011

The chairman of the local health district is “delighted” with the appointment of Professor David Lyle and Clyde Thomson to the new district board, saying they would help foster “vital strategic partnerships”.

The Far West Local Health District Board replaced the governing council of the Local Health Network at the start of the month.

Chairman of the local board, Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown said these changes by the State Government had given more administrative powers to local people who can make decisions in their local areas.

“The districts haven’t changed but the way the health district is run (has changed), it fits in with local needs,” Dr Flecknoe-Brown said.

With this change in power, there was also the addition of two new members; Broken Hill’s University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) head of the department, Professor David Lyle and executive director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South-East Section), Clyde Thomson.

“I am delighted to see David Lyle and Clyde Thomson (on the board). They are both very good operators,” Dr Flecknoe-Brown said.

He said that, given the positions of both men, their appointment would allow for vital strategic partnerships in the district.

Both men will join the members of the previous governing council.

Professor Lyle has worked and lived in Broken Hill and the Far West region for 15 years.

He said he applied to be on the board because he thought he could make a contribution.

“I think it is a great honour and privilege to be given that responsibility,” Prof. Lyle said.

“I have worked in the health sector for 30 years. (I have) a broad experience.”

Prof. Lyle said he felt this was an opportunity to contribute to the health service in different ways, and he believed there were a number of issues that needed to be addressed by the board.

“(We need to address) how to effectively provide accessible health services to the whole community.

“The second most important issue is the recruitment, retainment and development of the health sector work force.

“The third area, which has been successful but is still an important part, is the partnerships developed with services like the RFDS and Maari Ma.”

Prof. Lyle said these partnerships are one of the really successful ways the region deals with the challenges of delivering services to isolated communities.

“I also think one of the important roles of the board, and as a member, is to speak with the community more broadly on issues within the community. We need to determine how best to deliver services.”

Mr Thomson has worked as executive director for over 25 years. He began working at the RFDS in 1974 and is qualified in strategic management and business.

He was unavailable for comment.

The members of the Far West Local Health District Board include Dr Stephen Flecknoe-Brown, Allan Carter, John Harris, Stephen O’Halloran, Clyde Thomson, Professor David Lyle, Dr John Ives, Diena Grant-Thomson, Thomas Hynes, Maureen O’Donnell and Dale Sutton.


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