Adam spent the early years of his career in health working for NHS Primary Care Trusts in London specialising in commissioning. He subsequently worked in a national strategy role for NHS England. Since arriving in Australia he has continued to contribute to heath service reform, most recently leading implementation of the NSW Health Integrated Care strategy for the NSW Ministry of Health.
What would you describe as your area of expertise?
Working with diverse groups and supporting them to think creatively about complex challenges. I do like delivering a difficult project within timeframe and to budget as well!
Which projects are you most proud of (and why)?
Cliché as it sounds I’m proud of all the projects I’ve been involved in because each one has taught me new skills. That said, there have been a few stand outs.
Working as part of the team that led the NHS ‘Call to Action’ in England was an amazing experience. Requesting patients, public, staff and partners to join in a national conversation about the future demand on NHS services was challenging but exhilarating. I met people from every corner of the health service in England, patients and the public to support the development of thought leadership on the key issues challenging the NHS. The project helped me to better understand the myriad ways in which health services can touch people’s lives and the expectations that patients, clinicians and managers have for their relationship with health systems.
It was a pleasure to work with the NSW Ministry of Health, program managing the implementation of their state-wide Integrated Care strategy. The strategy is one of NSW Health’s key priorities and is seen as a key reform to meet the challenges presented to the health system as a result of an ageing population and increased chronic disease. I’m passionate about the development of primary care services and proud that my involvement in the Integrated Care strategy has supported Primary Health Networks in NSW to work more closely with their acute sector colleagues.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a number of projects across New South Wales and Queensland which include:
- Facilitating Aboriginal Health Workforce workshops in all 17 Local Health Districts across NSW to support the implementation of recently published Aboriginal Health Worker Guidelines.
- Project Managing a process improvement initiative between Metro North Health and Hospital Service and the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal, to improve the guardianship application process in North Brisbane.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The inevitable new challenges, sharing ideas with my colleagues and clients, clocking up the air miles and the beautiful Sydney sunshine!