The South Western Sydney Local Health District Board is chaired by Mr Sam Haddad and the 12 Board members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of the Local Health District. Together, the Board and the Chief Executive are responsible for:
SWSLHD Board Communique
Health Care Quality & Safety
Audit & Risk
Introducing the Finance & Assets Committee
Framework for the future
Research, Teaching & Innovation Committee
Aboriginal Health Committee
Strategic Priorities Update
Workforce, Wellbeing and Culture Committee
Celebrating our achievements
Mr Sam Haddad
Mr Sam Haddad comes to the District with 30 years’ experience at a senior executive level in planning and infrastructure with the NSW Public Service. He was previously Director General of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for almost 10 years.
Mr John Roach
John has had over 41 years of experience working within the NSW Public Service. Throughout his career his interest has been in improving financial management at an operational and executive level and developing commercially focused approaches to the delivery of corporate services and public infrastructure. John has held senior financial positions across NSW Government in transport agencies and as Financial Controller of the 2000 Olympic Coordination Authority. Most recently, John held the position as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Secretary, Financial Services and Asset Management for NSW Health before his retirement in 2018. Along with his appointment to the ABMDR Management Board, John’s other governance roles including Chair, HealthShare NSW, and board member of Health Infrastructure NSW.
Professor Hugh Dickson OAM
Mr Hugh Dickson is a senior staff specialist at Liverpool Hospital in the South Western Sydney Local Health District. He is a conjoint Professor of Aged Care and Rehabilitation in the South Western Sydney Clinical School at the University of New South Wales. He practices as a consultant physician in Ambulatory Care with particular interests in wound care and neuropathic ulceration. His major research interests are in basic measurement in health. He has twice been President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and served two terms as a Director of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was awarded an OAM in 2017 for service to aged care and rehabilitation, and to medical education and administration.
Ms Kerrie Murphy
Kerrie Murphy is an Official Visitor, under the Mental Health Act 2007, currently undertaking visits into Mental Health units based within Sydney hospitals and to community mental health centres. She is currently a Director on the board of the UNE Foundation. She has held positions as Director on the Board of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, and Co-Chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her background was in education serving as School Principal at International Grammar School for 10 years. She has had extensive experience in governance, educational accreditation and registration, as well as in curriculum review and reform.
Mr Max Bosotti
Mr Max Bosotti has been the Chief Executive Officer of the ParaQuad NSW (Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW) since 2006. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and has held senior positions in companies such as Telstra, Barclays Bank and Caltex Australia. Prior to his appointment at ParaQuad NSW, Mr Bosotti developed and implemented a strategic pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Sydney including all 39 parishes and its 52 separate charitable organisations.
Ms Annette Houston
Ms Houston is an Aboriginal woman of the Gangulu nation and has long historical ties to the Campbelltown and Wollondilly areas. She holds a Diploma and Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie university and has worked for more than 30 years to improve life outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Ms Teresa Harm
Teresa Harm has had 25 years’ experience working in the not for profit sector in south western Sydney. Ms Harm’s most recent role was as Deputy Executive Officer with the St Vincent de Paul Society across the Macarthur, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions. Teresa is tertiary qualified in Mediation, Community Sector Management, Adult and Community Education and Visual Art. Currently Teresa operates her own practice in Mediation and Facilitation with a particular focus on Elder Mediation.
Professor Jill White AM, RN, RM, MEd, PhD, MHPol
Professor White is a Professor Emerita of the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney. Professor White has held the role of Dean of the Faculty and prior to that Dean of Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney. Retiring in 2018, she is now an independent consultant in the areas of health education, regulation and policy. She has worked globally in nursing including at World Health Organisation and International Council of Nurses in Geneva. She was a Fellow of the University Senate of the University of Sydney, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Other board roles have included inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, Nursing Now! Campaign and the Nursing Now Challenge.
Associate Professor Deepak Bhonagiri
Associate Professor Deepak Bhonagiri is a Senior Specialist in Intensive Care and the District’s Critical Care Clinical Stream Director, providing leadership across Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, chronic pain, and organ and tissue donation. He led the District’s COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Group, providing expert clinical and network advice through the pandemic. Associate Professor Bhonagiri is a researcher with a keen interest in virtual models of care to provide consistent value-based care to outer metropolitan, rural and regional populations.
Ms Billie Sankovic
Ms Billie Sankovic is Western Sydney Parklands Commissioner and CEO of Western Sydney Community Forum, the peak not-for-profit leading and shaping service delivery and social policy. A Sessional Academic and Honorary Fellow with Western Sydney University, her focus is on contemporary social issues, the context of human services, and the application of theory to practice. She also spent 15 years in Local and State Government leading the delivery of strategies and programs and over a decade working at the grassroots with local communities on health and wellbeing initiatives across South Western Sydney and Western Sydney.
Associate Professor Vince Roche
Associate Professor Vince Roche has served as a rural general practitioner for nearly four decades, particularly in the Southern Highlands and has been a visiting medical officer at Bowral & District Hospital for over thirty years. A passionate advocate for equity in healthcare, he also has just finished seven years on the Board of the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network and is Chair of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice, a role he has held for the past sixteen years.
The Hon. Frank Sartor AO
Frank Sartor served for 26 years as an elected official including as Lord Mayor of Sydney (12 yrs), and as NSW MP and Minister (8 yrs) covering portfolios such as Cancer Control, Medical Research, Planning, Environment, Arts and Utilities. He has also served on the boards of various State authorities including the Sydney Harbour Foreshores Authority and its predecessor corporations, the Organising Committee of the Sydney Olympics (and the Olympic Bid Company), Chair of the Central Sydney Planning Committee (12 yrs), Chair of the Sydney Festival board and Chair of the inaugural Sydney Cancer Foundation at RPAH 2001-2003 (now Chris O’Brien Life House). He currently works as a town planning consultant.