ACCESS to high quality care should be a priority no matter where someone lives, according to the Bathurst man who has been named the new chair of the Western NSW Local Health District Board.
Matthew Irvine's appointment to the position by Health Minister Brad Hazzard was made official on Wednesday.
He takes over from Scott Griffiths, who had been board chair since 2017.
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"There are few areas of more importance to local communities than health care," Mr Irvine said in a statement.
"The Western NSW Local Health District, under the governance of the board, is responsible for providing health care to more than a quarter of a million people, in communities from Oberon to Cobar, from Grenfell to the Queensland border.
"The board oversees the delivery of a budget of more than a billion dollars, and a workforce of around 8000 people.
"I'm privileged to have the opportunity to lead a board which has established itself, and shares my commitment to making access to high quality care regardless of where someone lives a priority."
Western NSW LHD chief executive Scott McLachlan said Mr Irvine "brings 20 years of experience in corporate governance to the board".
He said Mr Irvine joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in 2003 and was admitted as a fellow in 2016 and has been the chair of a number of organisations, including the Western Region Academy of Sport and Bathurst Community Transport.
"Our Local Health District Board has always been very active and invested in the services we provide in all the communities we serve," Mr McLachlan said.
"Mr Irvine's experience, coupled with his commitment to regional NSW, will be great assets for the Local Health District Board."
Mr Irvine's appointment as chair is for two years.