Director Clinical Governance
Dr David Hutton was appointed as the Director Clinical Governance for the Northern NSW Local Health District on 1st January 2011.
In this role, he is responsible for managing the Clinical Governance Unit to lead, coordinate and support clinical excellence within the Local Health District.
The position is responsible for:
- Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between the Local Health District and the Clinical Excellence Commission;
- Providing high level expert advice to the Chief Executive on clinical governance issues; and
- Working collaboratively with other members of the Executive team to analyse, maintain and improve clinical safety and quality systems.
David is a medical practitioner with tertiary qualifications in medicine and economics. He graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1979. After some years at the Alfred Hospital and the Family Medicine Program, he joined the Australian Army and was appointed to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. He readily admits to joining the Australian Army to satisfy a sense of adventure.
He served as the medical officer in the parachute battalion and the Special Air Service Regiment. During this service he qualified in military parachuting, airborne rappelling and underwater swimming; and successfully completed the demanding selection course for the Special Air Service Regiment. He commanded a number of Defence Health Service organisations, served as an exchange officer with the US Army and served at Headquarters Australian Theatre – where Colonel Hutton planned and orchestrated health support to numerous Australian Defence Force military operations.
The enjoyable lifestyle, camaraderie and occasional frustration of service in the Australian Defence Force eventually came to an end.
- In March 2003, he became the Area Director of Medical Services for Northern Rivers Area Health Service.
- On 1st January 2005, he became the Director Clinical Governance for North Coast Area Health Service.
David married his high school sweetheart Paulette, whom he met in a cherry tree. They have three grown children – Timothy, Katherine and Raquel. David and Paulette live on a small rural property, enjoying the misty morning vistas over the Wilson River valley with wallabies grazing on the grass below their home.