The Board and Chief Executive of Western Health have welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that The Hon Bronwyn Pike has been appointed the incoming Board Chair for Western Health, commencing in the role from 1 July.
"The organisation will be in very good hands with Bronwyn Pike in the role of Chair," outgoing Board Chair, The Hon Ralph Willis AO, said.
"Bronwyn has a very substantial background in senior positions in public life, having been Victorian Health Minister from 2002-2007 and Victorian Education Minister from 2007-2010. She also has a long-standing commitment to supporting community interests and as an advocate for social justice, refugee health, community education, eHealth and environmental initiatives. Her breadth of experience will be a major asset and I wish her well in the role."
A/Prof Cockram said she looked forward to working with Bronwyn Pike and welcomed the appointment of such a high calibre Board Chair.
"Bronwyn’s understanding of the Victorian health and education systems will be most beneficial as we work with the Board in the coming years to address the challenges of providing the best care for our community, seeking the infrastructure we need and achieving our research and education objectives," A/Prof Cockram said.
"I am sure Bronwyn will be pleased to meet many patients and families, community partners and Western Health staff and volunteers as soon as possible after she takes up her role."
Mr Willis’ term as Board Chair concludes today, in line with statewide provisions for a designated maximum period as the Chair of a health service.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the support I have received during the past 10 years from the community of the West of Melbourne. It has been an honour to hold the position of Board Chair and preside over the development of Western Health during the past decade. " Mr Willis said.
A/Prof Cockram said Mr Willis had made an extraordinary contribution to Western Health during his period as Chair, showed great strength of leadership and supported the health service’s transition to become a much larger and more advanced health service in response to community need.
"Western Health has been in good hands under the Board leadership of Ralph Willis and we thank him for his dedication to achieving the best outcomes for our patients and the community," A/Prof Cockram said.
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