After taking some well-deserved extended leave, Professor Roger Wilson officially retires from NSW Health Pathology on Friday 30 June. We will miss his exceptional service, professionalism, friendship and dedication to NSW Health Pathology.
Roger has been a valuable member of NSW Health Pathology right from its inception and in the years preceding this within the former South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (SEALS) network.
As a founding member of the Strategic Leadership Team since NSW Health Pathology was created over ten years ago, Roger served as the Executive Director, Clinical, Quality and Safety, NSW State Pathology Controller for Emergency Management and as our inaugural Chief Pathologist.
Roger’s extensive knowledge in the field of pathology have played a pivotal role in the success of our public pathology services over decades and enhanced the standing of NSW Health Pathology in the broader profession and ensured a leadership role in professional forums and on national committees charged with setting policies and standards.
Some of Roger’s key achievements with NSWHP include:
- Implementing an emergency management structure encompassing prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to manage and respond to many emergency incidents and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Overseeing the build and operational management of the NSW Health Statewide Biobank, which continues to support research across the state through an automated storage facility for biospecimens including blood, tissue and DNA samples.
- Developing our first Clinical Governance Framework, which supports all staff in making NSW Health Pathology’s care and services continuously and measurably better and safer for patients and communities and also a rewarding workplace for staff.
- Leading our research support infrastructure, that has developed a research governance and support portfolio. This continues to mature in how we support research activities of our own experts and our partners.
- The establishment of the NSW Health Pathology’s statewide Perinatal Postmortem Service, which helps hundreds of bereaved NSW families each year to receive timely and highly-specialised support, focused on sensitive, compassionate care at this most difficult time.
- Being instrumental in the Quality Use of Pathology Program, which provides grants for projects that improve the management, delivery or use of Medicare pathology services.
- Providing outstanding leadership for Public Pathology Australia (formerly known as the National Coalition of Public Pathology).
Roger’s unwavering dedication to quality and safety and to upholding the highest standards, coupled with his collaborative and respectful approach have contributed to a culture of continued improvement and excellence throughout NSW Health Pathology. It has also had a significant influence on improving the quality of patient care we deliver.
Roger – all of us at NSW Health Pathology will miss your exceptional service, professionalism, friendship and dedication to NSW Health Pathology.
We wish you a very happy and fulfilling retirement.