Former Deputy Premier of NSW, Andrew Refshauge, has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Far West NSW Local Health District.
Dr Refshauge, who is Chairman of CareFlight, the Australian critical care aeromedical retrieval service and charity, was Deputy Premier of the state for ten years under the Premiership of Bob Carr.
Dr Refshauge was a member of the NSW Parliament from 1983 to 2005 and in that period held the government ministries of Health, Aboriginal Affairs, Planning, Housing, Education, Training, State Development and Treasurer. Before he entered Parliament, Dr Refshauge worked as a doctor at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern.
“I am very pleased that Andrew is taking up this important appointment,” Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said.
“He brings such a wealth of experience to the role, not least his work in Aboriginal health, and we look forward to him building strong links with the Aboriginal communities in the far west.”
Dr Refshauge’s appointment follows the recent resignation as Chair by Mr Thomas Hynes, who was an inaugural member of the Far West NSW Local Health District Board. Mr Hynes has been a member of numerous community and industrial boards and associations in Broken Hill and the Far West.
“I want to thank Mr Hynes for his devoted and lengthy service to the people of the Far West region,” Mr Hazzard said. “For six years he has had the wellbeing of this health district as his top priority.”
“We welcome Dr Refshauge to the chairmanship of Far West LHD,” Barwon MP Kevin Humphries said.
“However, we are sad to see Tom Hynes leave a role to which he has contributed so much since the establishment of the LHD. He goes with our sincere thanks.”
The Far West Local Health District was established in January 2011 and serves a population of more than 30,000 people across almost two hundred square kilometres, the second largest of all the LHDs in NSW.