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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

New Chair And Members Appointed To Southern NSW Local Health District Board

Beth Hoskins has been appointed as the Chair of the Southern NSW Local Health District

Board. Ms Hoskins joined the Board in 2017 and has served as Deputy Board Chair since

2019 and as Interim Chair since mid-2022.

Ms Hoskins today also welcomed three new members of the District’s Board.

“I am delighted that Ms Jennie Gordon, Dr Megan Keaney and Dr Vennassa Wong will be

joining our Board,” Ms Hoskins said.

Ms Gordon has had extensive involvement in health administration as a leader and manager in multiple settings. Ms Gordon’s experience in the Aboriginal community sector, community services, aged care, correctional health, and the non-government sector brings a broad range of experience to the board.. Ms Gordon is a proud Ngunnawal woman raised in and around Goulburn, on Gundungurra/Ngunnawal Country.

Dr Keaney is a medical practitioner, formerly employed in a senior policy and program management role in the Commonwealth Department of Health. Dr Keaney has a sound

understanding of the Australian health care system, policy, regulation, and funding with

expertise in the operation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and related programs. Dr Keaney has an ongoing commitment to value-based health care and the policy, funding and health delivery settings that help deliver this. Dr Keaney’s previous board experience includes time as chair of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (now Cancer Australia).

Dr Wong has a unique skillset, being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and is

one of only 500 Indigenous medical practitioners in Australia. Dr Wong works as a clinician

providing health services in GP settings including Aboriginal Medical Services and in hospital settings as a GP Anaesthetist/Emergency Visiting Medical Officer and Forensic Sexual Assault Examiner. Dr Wong’s involvement in the Charles Sturt University School of Rural Medicine includes a responsibility for the oversight and delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health curriculum. Dr Wong’s passion is rural medicine, with a focus on improving the quality, access, continuity, and context of medical care to her people, particularly women and children.

Ms Gordon, Dr Keaney and Dr Wong commenced on 1 January 2023 and join existing Board members Deputy Chair Terry Clout, Geoff Kettle, Ken Crofts, Margaret Lyons, Narelle Davis, Leanne Barnes and Duncan MacKinnon at an exciting time for Southern, with many positive developments underway.

“Together with my Board colleagues, we are looking forward to continuing our journey towards Southern becoming the leading regional LHD in NSW,” Ms Hoskins said.

“I would like to congratulate our new Board members on their appointment and thank them for their commitment to contribute to the Board’s oversight of health services for our local

communities now and into the future.”

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