Children’s Healthcare Australasia would like to congratulate Former CHA President and Executive Director of Medical Services at the Hunter New England Local Health District, Professor Trish Davidson who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her contribution to health.
Professor Davidson received an AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for outstanding and meritorious service in medical administration and to professional associations. Trish has an extensive list of accolades and contributions towards children and family health which include practicing as a Paediatric Surgeon, while serving as an elected counsellor and Censor-in-Chief of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In August 2002 Davidson became the Director of Kaleidoscope, with the newly created Hunter Children’s Health Network integrating the John Hunter Children’s Hospital with Community Child and Youth Health. Following on in 2006 she was awarded the Sir Louis Barnett Medal for her contributions to surgical education in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2012 Trish, received the Michelle Beets Memorial award (Regional and Rural) from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation; Awarded for compassion and dedication in helping sick and injured children. Following the Special Commission of Inquiry into Acute Care Services in NSW she served on the NSW Director General’s NSW Kids Transition, Governance, Implementation and Programme Council to develop systems delivering the best health care for children and young people in hospital and community settings. Trish has served as a member on the Boards of Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and the Australian Institute of Patient and Family Centred Care. Additionally, Trish is an accreditor for the Australian Medical Council and on the Clinical Council of the Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency for clinical Innovation in NSW. In 2011 Trish was elected as a Director of the Children’s Healthcare Australasia Board and served as president from 2012 – 2018.
From the Hunter New England Kids Health Facebook page