Task ahead: Mid North Coast Local Health Network governing council chairman Warren Grimshaw is already at work in his new role.
Task ahead: Mid North Coast Local Health Network governing council chairman Warren Grimshaw is already at work in his new role. Trevor Veale

Health network chair chosen

WARREN Grimshaw says health and education are the same – only different.

The man best known for his work in senior roles in education has been appointed to a senior role in local health.

Mr Grimshaw, the retired executive director of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and a former CEO of the NSW Ministry of Education and Youth, has been appointed as the chairman of the governing council of the new Mid North Coast Local Health Network.

Mr Grimshaw, who found out about his new position on Friday via a press release and is still waiting to receive the official paperwork for his new role, said the challenges were the same from the tertiary education system to the hospital system.

“The issues are similar – the allocation of resources, getting the best bang for your buck and managing the procedures involved,” he said.

As a former member of the Mid North Coast Area Health Board, which had a similar geographical area to the new MNCLHN, he said avoiding past mistakes depended on good leadership by the CEO and council “but nothing is ever perfect”.

The network will officially come into being on January 1 but Mr Grimshaw is already at work and reading the state legislation drafted to guide the new organisation.

As yet, Mr Grimshaw does not have a governing council to chair. The names of those who will fill the 5-13 seats at the network table is one of the issues he will grapple with in the month ahead.

He said there was considerable flexibility about both the number and makeup of the council.



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