About South West Sydney Local Health District 

Sydney’s largest government healthcare provider

The District’s vision is to provide a healthcare service that is patient focused, equitable and responsive to the changing and developing needs of the communities in south western Sydney.

SWSLHD covers seven Local Government Areas from Bankstown to Wingecarribee and has a population of approximately 820,000 people. 

The District covers both rural and suburban communities and manages six acute public hospitals.


of participants were provided a secondment opportunity for senior leadership roles within SWSLHD


of the cohort were reviewed and determined by the leadership team as ready for executive leadership roles


of cohort participants reported that their leadership skills improved throughout the program

Their challenge

SWSLHD, Sydney’s largest government healthcare provider launched a 5-year road map to positively transform how patients, staff and communities experience the organisation and its services. A critical component to transforming this experience is developing a shared organisational leadership that is collaborative and transparent. The district also required support to identify and develop senior leaders with executive leadership potential to lead the organisation in the future.

Our Solutions

Over 4 months, IML’s learning specialists collaborated with SWSLHD to develop the Leadership Academy, a 12-month program designed to stretch, challenge and develop the management and leadership skills of individuals earmarked as future executives.

The Academy exposed these high performing professionals to the wider health district through cohort engagement, critical projects and secondments. Participants updated their knowledge with current management and leadership theory, were provided unique group projects to apply their new skills, received individual coaching and mentoring, and ultimately gained a Certificate 5 in Leadership and Management.

The Results

The progress of program participants was measured throughout their journey with 360 degree assessments.

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