New SHCH Chairman

Hospice Announces New Chairman

Professor Peter FletcherThe Board of the Southern Highlands Community Hospice (SHCH) has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Fletcher AM, as the new Chairman of the charity.

The appointment of Professor Fletcher follows the decision of the previous chairman, Dr. Margaret Rosenthal AM to step down, following five years in the role. Dr. Rosenthal advised the Board that, after five years as Chairman, it was time for someone else to step into the role. It was appropriate at this time with the restructuring of the charity into a “Limited by Guarantee” organisation. This change in structure was recently decided on by members and the application submitted to the government. This application has now been approved.

Professor Fletcher brings a wealth of experience in cardiology and health care redesign to the Hospice project.

Despite retiring as Director of Cardiology at John Hunter Hospital and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Peter continues working as a clinical cardiologist in Newcastle two days a week and teaching undergraduate medical students.

He remains involved with the NSW Ministry of Health on cardiology issues, particularly diagnosing and managing acute coronary syndromes as a member of the Ministry’s State-wide Cardiology Network.

In recognition of his contribution to cardiovascular medicine, Peter was made a Life Member of the National Heart Foundation and in 2014 was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia.

The Board has expressed its great appreciation to Dr. Rosenthal for her ceaseless efforts and contribution to the establishment and growth of the hospice project and the charity organisation.