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Board announced for research institute in Sydney's south west

25 March, 2008

NSW Health Minister, Reba Meagher, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Chairman and board members of the Ingham Health Research Institute (IHRI).

“The IHRI brings together the diverse research interests of Liverpool Hospital and other hospitals in south western Sydney and will oversee the development of the proposed research and laboratory building at Liverpool Hospital,” Meagher said.

“The members of the IHRI Board bring extensive knowledge, including experience in medical research, health policy and business, and they also have an understanding of the diversity of the local population.”

The IHRI Board members are:

  • Mike Wallace, Chief Executive, Sydney South West Area Health Service
  • Amanda Larkin, General Manager, Campbelltown/Camden Hospitals
  • Glenda Cleaver, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital
  • Professor Peter Smith, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Neville Yeomans, Foundation Dean, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney
  • John Hexton, Director Corporate Services, Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Terry Goldacre, Managing Director, Harrington Estates
  • Arnold Vitocco, Director, Vaste Developments
  • David Hazlett, Managing Director, Cameron Brae Pty Ltd

    At its first meeting, the Board discussed strategic objectives and development plans and elected Terry Goldacre as Chairman. Goldacre has a background in developing communities, having managed the development of Harrington Park since its inception in 1993.

    He is a civil engineer and has been involved in land and community development for 20 years and he is hoping to promote and foster western Sydney as a centre of excellence in health research.

“The Board is committed to strengthening the capacity and reputation of south western Sydney as an area of excellence in research and technology.

“The Stage Two redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital will create one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the country, servicing the fastest growing population in the State.

“A leading research facility is essential for the recruitment and retention of medical and nursing staff. It improves the quality of patient care.”

The Board will meet four times a year and will be responsible for setting the direction of health and medical research in south western Sydney. The Board will raise funds to increase the amount of research done and to attract world leading experts to the area.

The Institute will be supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee and is a a partnership between the community, NSW Health, Sydney South West Area Health Service, University of NSW and the University of Western Sydney.

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