Clinical Council to support improvements in local health care (Southern NSW)

Amanda Barnard

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

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is pleased to announce the formation of the Southern NSW 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 Southern NSW.”

Dr Amanda Barnard (pictured), has recently taken on the role of Chair for the Southern NSW Clinical Council, and as a director on its Board. Dr Barnard brings to the role extensive experience as a local GP. She was previously the Head of the Rural Clinical School and Associate Dean of Rural and Indigenous Health at the Australian National University.

She will be supported by the following GP Cluster Leaders: 




Dr Neil Starmer

GP Cluster Leader


Dr Hamish Steiner

GP Cluster Leader


Dr Andy Piotrowski

GP Cluster Leader

Far South Coast

Dr Sam Zahrouni

GP Cluster Leader



Other members of the Southern NSW Clinical Council include:



Dr Tanya Robertson 

Medical Director, COORDINARE 

Helen Spence

Primary Health Representative (Aged Care) 

David Guthrey

Primary Health Representative (Mental Health)

Neil Mackay

Primary Health Representative (Pharmacy) 

Donna Wade

Primary Health Representative (Indigenous) 

Dr Belinda Doherty

Southern NSW Local Health District Representative 

Dr Anne-Marie Svoboda 

ACT Health Representative 

Prof. Kirsty Douglas  

Academic Representative 

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.