Lithgow Community Private's CEO Sonia Jones has been elected to the Council of the Australian Private Hospitals Association.
In her role she will give the Lithgow community a voice in Canberra according to Chairman of Lithgow Community Private, Robert Swinton.
"She will talk about important matters like private health quality, policy directions and advocacy to the Government on issues that affect our community," he said.
Lithgow Community Private is a community owned, not for profit organisation that specialises in day surgery and specialist services across Lithgow, the Blue Mountains and the Central West and has agreements with the majority of Private Health Funds, the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Workers Compensation.
The Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) is the peak industry body representing the private hospital and day surgery sector.
The private hospital sector treats 4.5 million patients a year, including treatment of a third of chemotherapy, 60 percent of all surgery, 74 percent of all elective musculoskeletal surgery and 80 percent of rehabilitation.
Sonia will be representing the interests of the small independent not for profit facilities such as Lithgow Community Private.
Michael Roff, CEO of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) said he was pleased to welcome Sonia to the Council.
"We look forward to her contribution to our discussions as we look to continue to develop private healthcare beyond COVID-19," he said.
"I am particularly pleased to add the perspective Sonia brings as CEO of a regional hospital to the voices of our Council."
The APHA Council is elected from within the association's membership to represent the interests of all the segments of the industry.
Councillors represent and promote the interests and views of the members to the board and facilitate the flow of information between the members and the board.
Councillors are also responsible for appointing the board from within the council membership.
Councillors participate in the association's taskforces (Policy & Advocacy, Safety & Quality and Workforce) so are directly involved in the identification and development of policy positions to be advocated by the association to Government, the health sector and the general public.
Sonia's first official engagement will begin in late October with the first APHA council meeting where the office bearers and board will be elected.
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