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Clinical Councils

Clinical leadership is critically important to improving the effectiveness of health care outcomes

Role of our Clinical Councils

The role of the Clinical Councils is to provide the Board of the Primary Health Network with locally relevant perspectives on clinical issues that impact on the unique needs of our local communities.

There are three Clinical Councils who represent our Primary Health Network region:

  • New England North West
  • Hunter Manning
  • Central Coast

Clinical Councils are GP-led and include members from other primary health care professions who assist us to develop local strategies to improve the operation of the health care system for patients.

Membership of the Council includes participants from a cross-section of primary health and represents a variety of practice settings, experiences, expertise and disciplines. A Primary Health Network Board member representative also sits on each Council and is tasked with reporting recommendations and issues to the Board for consideration.

Central Coast Clinical Council

Dr Karen Douglas


Elizabeth Ward

Board representative

Dr Natalie Cordowiner

Veronica Vogel

Jackie Robinson

Jenny Martin

CCLHD Representative

Dr Ashley Van Leeuwestyn

Dr Tom Bennett

Lachlan Walter

Hunter Manning Clinical Council

Dr Fiona Van Leeuwen


Dr Anita Watts

Board representative

Chris Barnett

Denise Lyons

Dr Lee Fong

Mike Shelley

Kylie Bailey

John Ward

Dr Abe Matthew

Karen Harrison

HNELHD Representative
New England North West Clinical Council

Dr Maree Puxty


Dr Grahame Deane AM

Board representative

Dr David Lockart

Andrew Mahony

Anne Galloway

Ros Rose

Warren Ansell

Dr Emma Moffatt

Dr Diana Coote


For more information about our Clinical Councils please contact:

Trish Gulliford

Clinical and Community Advisory Support Officer

Karina Dafter

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