In a speech to Federal Parliament this week, Member for Chifley, Ed Husic welcomed the establishment of the Western Sydney Local Health Network, a key plank in the Gillard Government’s Health reform.
The Western Sydney Local Health Network will be led by Professor Stephen Leeder and CEO, Danny O’Connor.
“The board is made up of a mix of medical and community representatives—and I wanted to congratulate the appointment of Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Councillor Kathleen Collins.” Mr Husic said.
“I also note that the board is served well by the presence of Professor Peter Zelas, who has been associated with local health care for 30 years.”
Support for cancer patients in Blacktown and Mt Druitt along with affordable and timely assistance with early childhood speech pathology are among the key issues highlighted Mr Husic as needing to be addressed locally.
Five hospitals will fall under the watch of this network: Auburn, Blacktown, Cumberland, Mount Druitt and Westmead.
“I am pleased to say that a number of commitments have been provided to ensure that both Mount Druitt and Blacktown hospitals have critical input and security in the setting of their budgets and plans.”