Following an open invitation for experienced rural general practitioners to join the Board, the Western Health Alliance Limited, which operates the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Robin Williams as a Director of their governing Board. Dr Williams, is a General Practitioner and hospital visiting medical officer at Molong and Yeoval and brings extensive experience to the role.
Having spent a year in Australia as a doctor at Dubbo Base Hospital in 1985/86, before returning to his home in Wales, life as a doctor in rural NSW beckoned and Dr Williams emigrated to Australia in 1997, settling as a General Practitioner in Gulgong.
“I have long supported increased co-operative links between organisations in the health field, to develop a more cohesive and integrated approach to the provision of health care in our region, in particular the equity of access to services, ensuring that disadvantaged communities receive appropriate care,” Dr Williams said.
“My appointment to the Board of the Western Health Alliance Limited allows me the opportunity to guide the strategic direction of the organisation to further enhance an integrated approach to health care provision,” continued Dr Williams.
Dr Williams has been a General Practitioner VMO at Molong Health Service and Yeoval UPA since 2007 and was Chairman of the Dubbo/Plains Division of General Practice from 2000 to 2016. He has also served as a Director and past Chair of the NSW Rural Doctors Network. Dr Williams is the current Chair of the Western NSW Local Health District Board until his term ends at the end of 2016, and is also a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health.
“Improving the health of rural and remote people in one of Australia’s most vulnerable regions calls for a coordinated health system, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the Local Health District and the Primary Health Network,” said Mr Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District. “I would like to congratulate Dr Williams on his appointment to the Western Health Alliance Limited Board and welcome the opportunity to link the governance of both organisations to ensure integrated health services help make a meaningful difference for the people in our region.” concluded Mr McLachlan.
Dr Tim Smyth, Board Chair, said “Dr Williams’ experience in rural general practice, integrated care and in leading the Local Health District Board, will further strengthen our Primary Health Network Board as we work with our partners to support, shape and strengthen a high quality primary care system for the people of Western NSW.”
“My fellow Directors and I look forward to welcoming Dr Williams to our next Board meeting in Dubbo on Thursday, 13 October.”