Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Illawarra Shoalhaven)

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COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce the formation of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Council.

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce the formation of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Council.

Ms Kitcher, CEO of COORDINARE, said this Clinical Council is one of two being established by the PHN to provide locally-relevant advice and strategic input to the Board. The Council will support improvements in medical and health care services across the region.

“Members of our Clinical Councils will act as regional champions and play a critical role in communicating and informing local strategies to improve health outcomes for our communities,” said Ms Kitcher.

“We received expressions of interest from a diverse range of clinical experts including general practitioners, primary health care nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and pharmacists from across the region, and have appointed a skills-based mix to our Clinical Council for the Illawarra Shoalhaven.”

Dr Vicki McCartney (pictured), a distinguished and long-standing General Practitioner based in Nowra will take on the role as the inaugural Chair and will also be a director on the COORDINARE Board.

She will be supported by the following GP Cluster Leaders: 

Name Profession Region
Dr Rowena Ivers GP Cluster Leader Northern Illawarra
Dr Anoop Jalota GP Cluster Leader Central Illawarra
Dr Katherine Michelmore GP Cluster Leader Southern Illawarra
Dr Emma Gilchrist  GP Cluster Leader Kiama 
Dr Declan Mulvaney GP Cluster Leader Milton Ulladulla







Other members of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Council include:

Name Profession
Dr Tony MacDermott  Medical Director, COORDINARE 
David Jeffery Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD Representative
Dr Greg Barclay  Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD Representative
Natalie Sleeman  Primary Health Representative (Nursing) 
Helen Backhouse Primary Health Representative (Mental Health)
Karina Bronska Primary Health Representative (Pharmacy) 
Chris O'Brien Primary Health Representative (Indigenous)
Prof. Andrew Bonney Chair of General Practice, UOW

These individuals will bring their specific skills, varied health experience and insights to inform and address inter-sectoral care, service gaps and integrated care pathways.

“Clinical and consumer involvement is fundamental to our approach and the establishment of our two Clinical Councils creates a strong foundation for the improvement work ahead,” Ms Kitcher said.