Dr Matthew O'Meara
(appointed October 2010)
"I’m all in for kid’s health so we can make a bigger impact on children’s lives, and nothing matters more than that."
It was through a part-time job working as a swimming teacher whilst studying at university that Matthew first found that he had a talent for working with kids. From then, his path into paediatrics was set.
Matthew is the NSW Chief Paediatrician, providing state-wide clinical leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategy, policy and programs across paediatric healthcare in the NSW public health system. In this capacity he also gives expert advice to the Paediatric Healthcare team within NSW Health.
A paediatric emergency physician who began his training at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick in 1989, he is the former Head of the Hospital’s Emergency Department and Director of Critical Care, and still spends one or two days a week seeing patients. He is passionate about improving the care and health of children, something he has advocated for throughout his career, in part through roles in Child Health Networks, State health advisory groups and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. An experienced fundraiser, Matthew knows what can be achieved when the right support is there.