Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Board

The Eyre and Far North Local Health Network (EFNLHN) covers the areas including the Eyre Peninsula and Far North Outback South Australia, extending north to the Northern Territory border, and west to the Western Australia border.

The EFN region includes the townships of Ceduna, Cleve, Coober Pedy, Cowell, Cummins, Elliston, Kimba, Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, Wudinna, Oodnadatta, Lock, and Amata on the APY Lands.

The governing board is responsible and accountable to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for local decision-making.

The role of the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network governing board includes setting strategies and priorities for health services in the region, while ensuring the EFNLHN achieves the performance indicators in its Service Agreement.

The Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Governing Board

Board Members from left to right

Top row standing: Trevor Smith, Leanne Dunchue, Peter Auhl, Jamie Siviour
Bottom row sitting: Chris Sweet, Michele Smith (Chair), Christine Thyer.
Board member: Dr David Mills is absent from the photo

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Governing Board Chair

Michele Smith

Michele Smith is a professional Board Member, sits on a number of Boards and runs a consultancy. Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer of the North Eastern Community Hospital and spent 11 years as the Regional Director, Eyre and Far North Region, with SA Health.

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Governing Board Members

Leanne Dunchue

Leanne Dunchue is a self-employed public accountant residing in Streaky Bay. Leanne brings significant financial expertise and local community knowledge to the governing board.

Dr David Mills

Dr David Mills is Associate Professor and Director of the Adelaide Rural Clinical School at the University of Adelaide. He has been a practicing GP on the Eyre Peninsula since 1988.

Jamie Siviour

Jamie Siviour has been a strong supporter of Country Health SA and rural health within the Eyre region through his involvement with the Port Lincoln Hospital Inc Board, the Port Lincoln Health Advisory Council and the Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee.

Chris Sweet

Chris Sweet is a partner in Adelaide law firm, Finlayson’s.

Christine Thyer

Christine (Chris), a proud Ngarrindjeri woman, is General Manager of the SA Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council, and previously worked at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Centre for Education and Training, including on the development and implementation of staff cultural competencies training.

Trevor Smith

Trevor works as a consultant to Regional Development Australia (Eyre Peninsula), was the inaugural Chair of the Northern Eyre Peninsula Health Alliance, and has had a long history working in local government, including as Chief Executive Officer of the District Council of Tumby Bay, and before that, Shire of Mukinbudin (Western Australia).

Peter Auhl

Peter runs an IT consultancy, previously held positions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Central Coast Council (NSW) and the City of Adelaide, and previous to that, worked as Director of Information Services/CIO at the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Peter lives in the Adelaide Hills and has family connections on the Eyre Peninsula.


The EFNLHN Governing Board has met bi-monthly since May 2022, which means that Agendas and Minutes will be available bi-monthly from then.


EFNLHN Governing Board Strategies

  • EFNLHN Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy 2020–2023 (PDF 2.3MB)
  • EFNLHN Clinician Engagement Strategy 2020–2023 (PDF 2.5MB)
  • EFNLHN Governing Board Archive

    Public Meetings

    The Eyre and Far North LHN Governing Board has held three Annual Public Meetings:

    • 15 December 2022 via Teams due to COVID issues
    • 20 November 2021 at Cleve Hospital
    • 25 November 2020 via Teams due to COVID restricdtions on face to face meetings at the time
    • 28 November 2019 at Ceduna Hospital

    Governing Board Expenses