The Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) Steering Committee was established in 2012, meeting quarterly since, demonstrates the high level of commitment of both Western Sydney LHD and WentWest (Western Sydney PHN) towards addressing this issue. It provides leadership, strategic direction and the structure to support the implementation of the initiative.
Co-chaired by the CE of LHD and CEO of WentWest, and supported by the Chair of the LHD Board, the Steering Committee facilitates the interface with numerous other partners including NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), Premiers Council for Active Living, NSW Health, WSROC, Councils and Universities.
The CEO of Diabetes NSW has been a particularly active partner in progressing the cause of the Steering Committee and supporting numerous projects resulting from the WSD initiative.
An Executive Management Team (EMT) has been established, chaired by the Co-chairs and including the Director of Integrated Health, WSLHD, Heads of Endocrinology from Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals, Business Development and Program Director Wentwest Ltd, Program Lead WSD and the WSD Coordinator.
The Program Lead manages a core team who work on a full-time basis to support the work of WSD including the clinical interface between the hospital and community.
This includes the Coordinator WSD, Prevention Program Manager, Community Diabetes Nurse Consultant, Community Advanced Trainee Endocrine Registrar Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital (BMDH), RMO Diabetes BMDH and Public Health Scientist (Wollongong University).
This team is part of the Integrated Health Portfolio in the LHD and report to the Director of Integrated Health and Chair of Medicine BMDH.The WSD core team meet monthly with a similar core team at WentWest lead by Business Development and Program Director and Primary Health Care Manager.