Doctor Teresa Anderson’s dedication to the public health sector has earned her a prestigious new award.
The Campbelltown resident has been named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Dr Anderson received the title for her service to community health and to public administration in NSW as a clinician, manager and health service executive.
She said she was shocked to be receiving the Queen’s Birthday Honour.
“It’s an incredible honour to have that recognition and a bit humbling as well,” she said.
“I am incredibly lucky to work with such an amazing team and very fortunate to have worked in public health for so many years.”
Dr Anderson started out as a speech pathologist at Liverpool Hospital and eventually worked her way up to become general manager of the busy metropolitan hospital.
She was the director of the Sydney South West Area Health Service until 2010 and is currently the chief executive of the Sydney Local Health District.
“I have been able to work closely with wonderful medical providers and the community to improve healthcare,” Dr Anderson said.
“One of the recent teams I worked with developed the early childhood visiting program to help vulnerable families with young children.
“I was also involved in the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital.”
Dr Anderson encouraged people looking to start their careers in the medical field to surround themselves with a good team.
“It’s about finding things that you are really passionate about and working with the best team possible to achieve [your goals],” she said.
“It’s also about engaging with the community to provide the best possible healthcare outcomes.
“Obviously you can’t achieve all this on your own. I have a very supportive family – my husband Jeremy and my two beautiful boys.”
Dr Anderson has lived in Campbelltown since 1983.
“I love the people in Campbelltown – it’s a very proud community,” she said.
“Coming from Taree I love that Campbelltown has the rural and urban feel.
“It’s the best of both worlds.”