The Hon Jillian Skinner MP, Deputy NSW Liberal Leader, Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research addressed a private CEO Boardroom Lunch for 22 senior business executives in an interactive discussion around the “Challenges and Opportunities for NSW and the Health Sector”. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Philips and the Commonwealth Bank.
The challenges of a growing and ageing population are enormous. Ms Skinner has implemented major reforms across the NSW Health system at the State and local level focussing on: a patient centric system; collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment; health prevention to avoid unnecessary hospitalisations; implementation of a devolved governance structure; and reliance on strong evidence based policy, and a commitment to greater transparency and public accountability.
Ms Skinner was first elected as the Member for North Shore in February 1994 and has been re-elected five times. Starting her career as a journalist in Melbourne, she became the first woman journalist on the Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery. She later worked as a journalist in Adelaide, Sydney and South East Asia before operating her own editorial, strategic planning and marketing consultancy.
Prior to her election to the NSW Parliament, Ms Skinner was the Director of the NSW Office of Youth Affairs and she has served on the NSW Women’s Advisory Council and the NSW Youth Advisory Council. Ms Skinner was appointed Shadow Minister for Health in 1995. She has also held the Shadow portfolios of Education and Training and Youth Affairs and Arts. During her Ministry, Ms Skinner has: added 4,000 nurses and 900 doctors, and overseen a $4.7b hospital building program and record spending on emergency department treatments, hospital admissions and elective surgeries.
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