On 4 December, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding renewing our commitment to work together with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) to improve health outcomes in our region.
We share the same borders as NBMLHD and cover the same the local government areas of Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith. Collectively, both our organisations play an essential role in the planning, delivery and management of health services in our region.
This Memorandum formally recognises the close relationship that already exists between our two organisations and builds on our commitment to help provide a more coordinated and integrated healthcare system. Last year, we established a joint governance committee, with membership from both our and NBMLHD’s Board of Directors, to oversee joint planning and initiatives. This committee is chaired by Mr Gary Smith, who is a director on both organisation’s boards, and reflects our commitment to working collaboratively to improve health outcomes for our community.
The agreement also acknowledges the particular importance for both organisations of working with significantly disadvantaged individuals and communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people experiencing mental illness.