In 2014 the CHA Board of Directors decided to appoint a patron to the organisation to help CHA to achieve its mission of enhancing the health and wellbeing of children and young people through supporting member health services to achieve excellence.
The Board was keen to identify an individual who has a strong grounding in children's healthcare, with a reputation for distinguished contributions in the field, who has international as well as national networks, and who is a skilled communicator and diplomat.
With the above in mind, the CHA Board has unanimously appointed Professor Les White as the inaugural Patron of CHA.
About Les White
Prof White, a CHA medalist, is a long standing and highly regarded person in children’s healthcare. Les was appointed as the inaugural New South Wales Chief Paediatrician in September 2010. He now continues this role as a member of the new NSW Kids and Families agency.
He was Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital (1995–2010), President of Children’s Healthcare Australasia (1999-2004), Convenor of the Greater Eastern and Southern NSW Child Health Network (2001– 2010) and the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics (2005-2010).
He was awarded a Doctorate of Science for research contributions related to childhood cancer and completed his Master of Health Administration in 1995. He has served on numerous state and national boards/committees related to children’s health and community support.
In 2007 Les received an Order of Australia award for service to medicine in the field of paediatrics, to medical administration, and to the community through a range of organisations.
Les was also the Chair of the CHA Children’s Rights Charter Expert Reference Group that led the development of the Charter of the Rights of Children & Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia & New Zealand. He has actively engaged in the development of tools to assist health services to implement the rights charter, both at national and international levels.
We are delighted that Les has accepted CHA’s invitation to become our Patron, and look forward to working with him in that capacity over the next few years.