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New Chief Executive at NSW Health Pathology

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17th October, 2023

Australia’s largest public pathology provider and world-class forensic service, NSW Health Pathology has a new Chief Executive, with the appointment of Vanessa Janissen to the role.

A for­mer senior exec­u­tive at the organ­i­sa­tion, Ms Janis­sen brings a wealth of expe­ri­ence and a proven track record in pub­lic and pri­vate health services.

“I am excit­ed to be back at NSW Health Pathol­o­gy and am par­tic­u­lar­ly look­ing for­ward to guid­ing the organ­i­sa­tion through its next stage of evo­lu­tion, which will see us work close­ly with our lead­ers and high­ly skilled sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical teams to con­tin­ue to dri­ve improved out­comes and expe­ri­ences,” Ms Janis­sen said.

“Togeth­er we will be mak­ing the most of the advances in dig­i­tal, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy for our cus­tomers, part­ners and community.”

Ms Janissen’s arrival fol­lows the depar­ture ear­li­er this year of found­ing Chief Exec­u­tive Tracey McCosker PSM, who was appoint­ed Chief Exec­u­tive at Hunter New Eng­land Local Health District.

“I would like to pay trib­ute to the 10 years of ser­vice for­mer Chief Exec­u­tive Tracey McCosker gave to NSW Health Pathol­o­gy, over­see­ing its estab­lish­ment as a tru­ly statewide pathol­o­gy and foren­sic ser­vice in 2012.

“Her inspi­ra­tional lead­er­ship and patient-focused, strate­gic think­ing has helped cement NSW Health Pathol­o­gy as a trust­ed part­ner and leader in pathol­o­gy and forensics.”

“I also want to extend my thanks to Pro­fes­sor Rob Lin­de­man for act­ing in the Chief Exec­u­tive role for much of the year to date.

“Rob has ably led NSW Health Pathol­o­gy with his strong clin­i­cal exper­tise and lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence. I look for­ward to work­ing along­side him and the rest of the Strate­gic Lead­er­ship Team as we chart our next course.”

Ms Janis­sen held a num­ber of lead­er­ship posi­tions at Cal­vary Health­care, most recent­ly as the Nation­al Direc­tor, Strat­e­gy and Ser­vice Devel­op­ment lead­ing their growth strat­e­gy across hos­pi­tal, aged care, com­mu­ni­ty and vir­tu­al care services.

She was also NSW Health Pathology’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Strat­e­gy and Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Trans­for­ma­tion between 2013 and 2019. Pri­or to that she held mul­ti­ple oper­a­tional roles in Hunter New Eng­land Local Health District.

Her exper­tise in strat­e­gy, plan­ning, dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, and ded­i­ca­tion to enhanc­ing human-cen­tered care will fur­ther strength­en NSW Health Pathol­o­gy’s posi­tion as a lead­ing pathol­o­gy and foren­sic ser­vice provider for the peo­ple of NSW.

“This organ­i­sa­tion tru­ly demon­strat­ed its exper­tise and val­ue as a con­nect­ed statewide net­work through­out the response to the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic when it played an instru­men­tal role in help­ing keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“While this new era comes with its own chal­lenges, I’m con­fi­dent we will again rise to these, find­ing more new and inno­v­a­tive ways to enhance our ser­vices and the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

“We will need to col­lab­o­rate even more close­ly with our part­ners in the health and jus­tice sys­tems to deliv­er more mod­ern, sus­tain­able ser­vices that meet the evolv­ing needs of our cus­tomers and communities.

“One of my ini­tial goals is to vis­it as many of our 5,000 plus staff in our 50 plus accred­it­ed lab­o­ra­to­ries, along with our key health and jus­tice part­ners, to bet­ter under­stand the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties ahead so we can explore new and bet­ter ways of work­ing together.”


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