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iNews on the Hub

This week we launch the new-look Hub with iNews. I hope you enjoy reading the stories about our achievements and innovations in this new format.

You can bookmark iNews on your smartphone to read the stories anywhere:

New Chief Operating Officer

I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Shelley Castree-Croad to the role of Chief Operating Officer at Austin Health.

Shelley is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer at Calvary Bruce Hospital in the ACT with her substantive role since early 2015 having been the CEO/DON of Calvary Health Care Kogarah.

Previous experience includes time as the GM of Horsnby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Sydney and Site manager for Ryde Hospital.

Shelley has an extensive background in critical care, a Masters of Health Administration and a Diploma in Professional Studies (Clinical Practice). Her passion is organisational culture and delivering sustainable change that provides for high quality health care.

Shelley will commence with us in late January.

Record Flu Season

For the past four years, the peak of the state's flu season has come in August. This year the season has extended into October to be one of the most severe seasons experienced with more than 217,000 Australian laboratory confirmed cases this year.

This has put immense pressure right across Austin Health - from our Emergency Department to bed-based services and clinical support services. I have been inspired by your response to the challenge.

I would like to thank you all for your energy, professionalism and commitment during this very busy time.

Have a say on our future

Staff consultation on our new Strategic Plan is underway and extends until mid-November.

Thank you to all the staff who have had their say on our future. At the site forums last week, many of you had the opportunity to tell us what you think. Our HUB page is active with staff completing the survey and others are providing valuable feedback through our Strategy Walls.

This is some of what staff are saying about where we should be in 2022:

"Better connection between Austin Health and community based services to improve patient and family experience."

"Enhance our research capability across disciplines. Tell people more about the fabulous research being done at Austin Health".

This consultation stage is open until mid-November so for all the information on how to have input into the Strategic Plan, visit the Strategic Plan HUB page.

Our new Clinical Council

This week our new Clinical Council met for the first time, featuring a valuable discussion about our strategic plan.

The Clinical Council is a multi-disciplinary clinician-led forum that engages senior clinicians and thought leaders at Austin Health to provide input and advice to myself, the executive and Board on strategic matters.

Membership comprises a combination of senior medical, nursing and allied health professionals as well as members of the Senior Leadership Group.

The Council will review, discuss and make recommendations on a wide range of challenges and opportunities including service development, clinical systems and information technology, education, training and research, and the way our services connect with community and primary health.

The establishment of the Council ensures that clinicians across the organisation are engaged in the development of solutions to the most pressing challenges and supports Austin Health's focus on providing high quality services that meet the needs of our community.


Sue Shilbury
Chief Executive