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About Us


The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) was formed on 1 January 2011, after the health entity known as South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service was dissolved.

Our catchment area extends about 250km along the coastal strip from Helensburgh in the north to North Durras in the south, servicing a population of more than 400,000 residents.

ISLHD is one of the region’s largest employers with a workforce of more than 7,300 employees across eight hospital sites and community health services.

Our Structure

Our Local Health District has been established in accordance with the National Health and Hospital Agreement. Local decision-making is at the forefront of how the organisation functions, led by a professional Health District Board and a Chief Executive.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board is chaired by Professor Denis King OAM and 12 Board Members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of our Local Health District.

Our Chief Executive, Margot Mains works closely with the Board to ensure that ISLHD delivers consistently high patient care which is supported by input from clinicians and the local community.

Our Vision, Values and Strategic Plan

Strategic Directions for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 2017 - 2020 sets a clear direction for the District with a strong focus on serving our community, planning for the future and better engaging with our consumers. The plan outlines the priorities and critical enablers that will support the ISLHD Board and our workforce to achieve the District’s vision – Excellent services, quality partnerships, healthy communities and purpose – To provide best practice health care and programs that promote the health and wellbeing of people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven. For more information – visit the Strategic Directions section of our website.

Strategic Directions builds on the Local Health District’s work and achievements to date, driven by our foundation plan – Our Statement of Strategic Intent, which was implemented following the District’s establishment in 2011.

The values of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District guide the behaviour and professional standards of our staff. Our CORE Values are Collaboration, Openness, Respect, Empowerment.

Our Performance