Dr Bruce Stevens

Director CAPS Appointed: February 2015

The Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Care (CAPS) has appointed clinical psychologist and academic Dr Bruce Stevens as its new director.

CAPS is part of St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra and the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University (CSU). The centre supports research, education and policy development in ageing, pastoral studies and ethics.

Dr Stevens’ appointment also includes the role of Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practice Theology at CSU. His current research interests include the specialist discipline of geropsychology, theology in older people and ageing prisoners.

Dr Stevens was an Associate Professor in Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the University of Canberra and was ordained in the Anglican ministry in 1980. He has a PhD from Boston University and has lectured at St Mark’s National Theological Centre.

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Mark Brandon

Chief Quality Officer Estia Health Appointed: February 2015

The former head of the Accreditation Agency Mark Brandon has joined Estia Health as its new chief quality officer.

Mr Brandon led the Australian Government’s Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency for 11 years as CEO and was previously the national operations manager of Medibank Private.

Estia Health CEO Paul Gregersen said Mr Brandon would embed a “next generation quality management system” across the organisation’s 45 facilities.

Estia listed on the ASX in December and operates 3,693 beds across South Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

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Professor Anne Kelso AO

CEO National Health and Medical Research Council Appointed: February 2015

Distinguished medical researcher, Professor Anne Kelso AO, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, said Professor Kelso would take up her new position with the NHMRC in April.

“Professor Kelso’s distinguished career in medical research and her track record in internationally competitive research in immunology and influenza make her an ideal choice to head up the NMHRC,” Ley said.

“Professor Kelso’s experience and expertise will be a great asset to Australia’s leading expert body for health and medical research and help Australia build on its reputation as a world leader in medical innovation.”

Professor Kelso obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD from the University of Melbourne and has developed significant global health experience and networks through her work with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Professor Kelso, through her previous role as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza, worked on surveillance and vaccine policy relating to pandemic viruses and provided technical advice to ministers of health throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

She was also the Director of the Co-operative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology from 2000 to 2006.

Professor Kelso will succeed Professor Warwick Anderson AM as the NHMRC’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Dr David Panter

CEO ECH Group Appointed: February 2015

South Australian community aged care and retirement living provider ECH Group has announced Dr David Panter will take over as CEO in March when Rob Hankins steps down after almost 14 years in the job.

Dr Panter comes to ECH following 10 years in senior leadership roles in SA Health with most recent positions including CEO of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and project director for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Prior to that he held health and local government leadership roles with a strong focus on aged care service provision in the UK, where he was also a member of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s National Older Person’s Task Force.

ECH is ideally positioned to respond to the challenges and ever-changing needs of older people and the opportunity to lead the organisation was a challenge too good to miss, Dr Panter said.

“The delivery of community-based services that enable people to age where they choose to live is a clear objective of ECH that I wholly endorse,” he said.

ECH chairman Dr Tom Stubbs said ECH was thrilled to find and appoint a leader of Dr Panter’s calibre to replace Mr Hankins.

He said Dr Panter had an outstanding record of performance in health and ageing as demonstrated by recently managing an organisation of more than 10,000 staff with a $1.5 billion budget, and his capacity to manage major infrastructure projects and private-public sector relationships as leader of the RAH project.

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Sussan Ley

Minister of Health Department of Health Appointed: December 2014

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today welcomed the appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley as Minister for Health.

“Minister Ley’s wide range of life experiences before entering politics and her 13 years as an MP will serve her well as she enters the challenging Health portfolio,” A/Prof Owler said.

“She will bring a broad knowledge and understanding of rural health to the new role.

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Simon Corbell

ACT Minister for Health ACT state government Appointed: December 2014

The health portfolio in the ACT has been handed to Simon Corbell by new Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Corbell has welcomed his new role and accepted the challenges involved with one of the ACT Government’s most important portfolios.

“I am looking forward to making sure the people of Canberra and our surrounding region continue to have access to first-class health care,” Corbell said. “The ACT Labor government has delivered strong results for the people who use, rely upon and work in our world-class health care system.

“It is important that we continue to make the investment necessary to make sure that we not only give the sick, injured and unwell the care they need but also have in place preventative policies and services that will help ease the high demand on our health care system.”

Corbell said he intended to build on the important investments that the government had already made in health.

“Through the Health Infrastructure Program this government has already invested $876 million in health infrastructure,” Mr Corbell said. “From the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, walk-in centres in Tuggeranong and Belconnen, community health care centres in Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong, a new adult mental health unit and the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, to numerous investments in equipment and information technology, this Labor government has made improving our health care system a priority. Since we came into government we have increased bed numbers by 56% from 670 to 1048.

“I look forward to continuing to build on these important investments into the future.”

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Heidi Jones

Chief Executive Officer Australia Medic Alert Foundation Appointed: November 2014

Medic Alert Foundation Chair, Margaret Gehrig, said Ms Jones’ extensive senior management, strategic planning, and business development experience made her a well-credentialed choice for this critical role. 

“Heidi comes to the Medic Alert Foundation after working for many years in a senior lead consultant
role with Hender Consulting, where she provided HR and business support to clients nationally,”

Gehrig said. “She offers a strong understanding of the strategic challenges and opportunities facing our organisation and her successful track-record in business development will support Medic Alert on the next stage of its growth journey,” she said.

“I am confident that under Heidi’s leadership our small but dedicated national team of highly-trained and passionate individuals will see our organisation go from strength to strength.”

Prior to her Hender role, Jones spent four years as the Director of Corporate Services for South Australian disability service provider, scosa, where she managed an extensive corporate services team.

She also spent more than four years in a General Manager role at the Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre, where she led the change of business from an ophthalmic practice to a specialised, licensed day surgery facility. Her other responsibilities included marketing, HR, contract management and procurement, and finance.

Jones also spent several years as a non-medical executive at Adelaide North East Division of General Practice where she managed all aspects of the business, and was pivotal in implementing the start-up phase of Commonwealth-funded entity.

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Valerie Lyons

Executive Director United AgeWell Appointed: October 2014, commences January 2015

United AgeWell has appointed Valerie Lyons as its new executive director.

“An accomplished leader with significant experience in the aged care and disability sectors, Valerie is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Villa Maria, and was previously CEO Southern Cross Care (Vic),” said a communication from Chair of the United AgeWell board, Dr Alan Wilkinson.

“Valerie also has broad networks across industry and related bodies and is the immediate past Chairperson, LASA Victoria, a member of the national LASA board, and a member of the HESTA board.”

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Carolyn Mountford

Chief Executive and Director of Research Translational Research Institute Appointed: February 2015

Carolyn Mountford has been appointed Chief Executive and Director of Research at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), effective February 2015,
replacing Ian Frazer.

“Professor Mountford is a world-leading expert in magnetic resonance (MR), in particular spectroscopy, and brings new international connections and expertise to TRI,” Dr Watson said.

“She is the holder of five significant patents in the areas of cancer, chronic pain, head injury and MR, with a further five patents pending.”

TRI is a joint venture involving the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology Institute for Biomedical Innovation, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mater Medical Research Institute and the Queensland Government.

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Liz Callaghan

Chief executive officer Palliative Healthcare Australia Appointed: October 2014

Palliative Healthcare Australia’s new CEO, Liz Callaghan, commences in her new position on October 27.

Currently director of strategic policy for Catholic Health Australia, Callaghan has previously worked in posts at both the South Australian and Victorian Departments of Health, Metropolitan DomiciliaryCare, and also at the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and the department of management at RMIT University Melbourne.

With qualifications in nursing, social work and human services research, in addition to a Master’s degree in public policy and management, she has also published two books: Determining the Future: A Fair Go and Health for All and Exploring the Connections: Catholic Social Teaching and the SocialDeterminants of Health.
“Liz has significant policy, leadership and management experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors,” said Professor Patsy Yates, president of Palliative Care Australia. “Her skills and experience will be of great benefit to Palliative Care Australia and further our aim of ensuring quality care at the end of life for all Australians.”

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Professor Bala Venkatesh

President College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) of Australia and New Zealand Appointed: November 2014

Professor Bala Venkatesh has been appointed as president of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the deputy director of Intensive Care Medicine at The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. The intensive care unit at Wesley Hospital is one of the largest in the country, with more than 1500 admissions each year.

Having trained as a physician and anaesthetist, professor Venkatesh then specialised in intensive care medicine and has been deputy director of intensive care medicine at Wesley Hospital for 21 years. “Intensive care medicine is something I am passionate about. It is the one specialty that keeps you in touch with all other medical and surgical specialties involved in a patient’s care,” Dr Venkatesh
said. “It is a challenging field, assessing and managing critically-ill patients with life-threatening conditions. Looking after patients through the acute phase of critical illness, and then seeing them recover and return home is very rewarding.”

As well as his work at The Wesley Hospital, Dr Venkatesh is professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Queensland, Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and also a pre-eminent specialist in Intensive Care at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital. He served as CICM vice-president for two years before his election to president this year. The CICM formally took over the responsibility for training and certification of intensive care medicine
specialists in 2010 from the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

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Professor Patrick McNeil

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Macquarie University Appointed: November 2014

Leading arthritis academic and clinician professor Patrick McNeil starts in his new position as inaugural executive dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University next month.

Professor McNeil works across a number of institutions and organisations, and is currently the chair of Arthritis Australia, in addition to leading a research team at the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Medicine, and the executive clinical director at Liverpool Hospital. His work has been widely published and he has been a chief investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council project grants for almost 20 years.

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Professor Rod Hill

Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences Charles Sturt University Appointed: October 2014

A desire to further promote research, teaching, learning and community engagement across regional and rural Australia has lured an expatriate Australian to Charles Sturt University (CSU) as the new Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Professor Rod Hill, who most recently worked in North-West USA on research and outreach programs promoting rural health using private and public funding, joined CSU in September to head the school which offers such diverse courses as pharmacy, paramedical science, and medical sciences.

“I was attracted to the position by the intriguing and extensive mix of courses in the school, and that broad area of NSW that they cover. All we do is relevant to regional Australia, through the research, teaching and community engagement that our academics and students carry out,” Professor Hill said.

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Dr Steve Hambleton

Chair The National E-Health Transition Authority Appointed: June 2014

Former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton has been appointed Chair of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), the organisation responsible for development of the nation’s e-health system.

Hambleton has had a long-standing interest in e-health, previously serving on a three-person panel appointed by Health Minister Peter Dutton to review the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system.

A statement from NEHTA says that Dr Hambleton will bring to the role “clinical expertise and leadership… vital in ensuring that e-health becomes widely adopted in clinical settings across Australia.”

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Associate Professor Brian Owler

Federal President Australian Medical Association (AMA) Appointed: May 2014

Sydney neurosurgeon Associate Professor Brian Owler has been elected Federal President of the AMA, taking over from Dr Steve Hambleton in May.

Owler is a prominent campaigner for stronger laws to minimise alcohol-related violence and greater community education on the health harms caused by alcohol abuse.

He is the public face of the ‘Don’t Rush’ anti-speeding campaign.

Owler said that one of his first priorities is to have talks with the Government regarding the AMA’s concerns over patient co-payments and other Budget decisions, including the state of public hospital and Indigenous health funding.

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Professor Sharon Lewin

Professor Sharon Lewin

Director Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity Appointed: February 2014

Professor Sharon Lewin, a leading expert in infectious diseases, has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne.

Already a famed researcher into HIV/AIDS and a Professor of Infectious Diseases at Monash University, Lewin is a co-convenor of the World Aids Conference to be held in Melbourne in July this year. Fellow medical academics fully expect she will take the Institute to the forefront of technical advances in infectious diseases by bringing cutting-edge research directly to patient care.

The Institute’s Nobel Laureate namesake, Professor Peter Doherty, also endorses Lewin. “Professor Lewin is dedicated to understanding infectious diseases and the immune system. She is a world leader on conditions such as HIV and hepatitis B, and her vision will make a difference to the conquest of disease.”

Professor Lewin is expected to take the director’s chair in September 2014.

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Professor Yik-Hong Ho

Professor Yik-Hong Ho

President-Elect International College of Surgeons Appointed: February 2014

The International College of Surgeons (ICS) has anointed James Cook University’s Professor Yik-Hong Ho as its new president-elect.

The colorectal surgeon currently operates out of Townsville Hospital, and is only the second Australian to be awarded the position – his predecessor being the world-renowned hand surgeon, Professor Earl Owen.

Founded in 1935 in Geneva but now based in Chicago, the ICS promotes excellence in surgery worldwide, and works with both the World Health Organisation and the UN.

While Professor Ho is honoured by the appointment and views it as “a tremendous responsibility, not just to educate but to push agendas like surgical safety, quality assurance and access to basic essential surgeries to underprivileged areas of the world”, he also plans to keep his practical skills up to scratch: “I’d like to continue to do as much surgery as possible because I think it’s ridiculous to assume to represent surgeons if you’re not operating yourself.”

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Professor Barbara McPake

Professor Barbara McPake

Director Nossal Institute for Global Health Appointed: February 2014

Regarded internationally as both a distinguished scholar and an expert health economist, Professor Barbara McPake has been given the directorship of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, based out of the University of Melbourne.

With extensive experience heading up similar institutes as well as advising numerous UN agencies, Professor McPake is seen as an international leader in the study of health systems and financing in emerging economies.

The appointment has been widely applauded in medical academic circles, including the University’s Dean of the Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Faculty, Professor Stephen Smith. “Professor McPake has supervised numerous doctoral students, been published extensively in leading international journals, and demonstrated a deep understanding of the complex interplay between health and economics.”

The Nossal Institute advances global health by improving the health of vulnerable communities through research, education and inclusive development practice. Professor McPake will replace the outgoing director, Professor Graham Brown, in July this year.

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Associate Professor Geoff Hughes

Editor in Chief Emergency Medicine Australasia Appointed: December 2013

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has appointed Associate Professor Geoff Hughes as the Editor in Chief of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia.

Hughes has extensive experience as joint Editor in Chief of the Emergency Medicine Journal from 2005 to 2013, and is currently Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

Emergency Medicine Australasia is the official publication of the ACEM and the only peer-reviewed journal specialising in emergency medicine in Australasia.

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Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Directors Appointed: November 2013

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has appointed four new directors to join the institute board over the coming months.

Stephen Smith

Dean of the faculty of medicine, dentistry and health science, University of Melbourne

Smith was awarded a doctor of science in 2001 for his work at the University of Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue and has published more than 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer.

Rufus Black

Master of Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Black is a strategic adviser, ethicist and theologian. He works in the university’s department of philosophy and is a director of the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He was a partner at McKinsey & Company for nine years and holds degrees in law and politics and graduate degrees in moral theology.

Jane Hemstritch

Non-executive director of Commonwealth Bank, Lend Lease, Santos, Tabcorp, Victorian Opera Company

Hemstritch was managing director Asia Pacific for Accenture from 2004-07. She holds a bachelor of science with honours in biochemistry and physiology and has professional expertise in technology, communications, change management and accounting.

Terry Moran

Chair of Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Moran is the former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and former secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. He is a special adviser at the Boston Consulting Group, a senior adviser at Maddocks Lawyers and a board member at the Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Judi Moylan

Judi Moylan

President Diabetes Australia Appointed: November 2013

Former minister Judi Moylan has been appointed as President of Diabetes Australia after 20 years as a member of federal parliament.

She was awarded the Sir Kempson Maddox Award last year for her contribution to diabetes prevention.

Federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton, welcomed Ms Moylan’s appointment, saying she brings a wealth of experience and compassion to the role.

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John Fogarty

John Fogarty

Executive Director Perth Southern Hospitals Appointed: September 2013

John Fogarty commenced as Executive Director Perth Southern Hospitals (including CEO St John of God Murdoch Hospital) in September 2013.

He was previously COO of Mercy Health in Melbourne, and before that, CEO of St John of God Ballarat Hospital in Victoria. He has more than 20 years experience as a healthcare leader.

Mr Fogarty will also oversee St John of God hospitals in Bunbury and Geraldton.

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Professor Harvey Whiteford

Professor Harvey Whiteford

Chairperson Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council Appointed: October 2013

Professor Harvey Whiteford has been appointed as the inaugural Chairperson of the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council.

Highly regarded as one of Australia’s top mental health experts, Professor Whiteford leads the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and chairs the Mental Disorders Expert Group for the Global Burden of Disease Study.

The Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council aims to drive reform to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and provide advice and guidance on mental health and substance misuse issues.

Professor Whiteford’s appointment was announced by Queensland Mental Health Commissioner, Dr Lesley Van Schoubroeck, as part of Queensland Mental Health Week.

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Sheree Proposch

Sheree Proposch

Principal HASSELL Appointed: September 2013

International design practice HASSELL has appointed health architect Sheree Proposch to its health team. Proposch joins HASSELL as it advances hospital projects across Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Proposch has over 25 years of experience in the design of complex, efficient and innovative buildings. She was instrumental in the delivery of the $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, which opened for service in late 2011.

“Hospital design is continually evolving and the knowledge that designers bring to the process is critical to delivering successful social infrastructure,” said Proposch.

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Professor Andrew Roberts

Professor Andrew Roberts

Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research The University of Melbourne Appointed: September 2013

Professor Andrew Roberts has been named the inaugural Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research in a joint appointment between The University of Melbourne, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The position will see Roberts head a team across the three institutions to improve the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia and related cancers. Roberts is currently leading world-first clinical trails of anti-cancer agents for leukaemia and lymphoma.

The appointment comes as The University of Melbourne seeks to create new academic leadership for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, with the aim of more rapidly translating research into clinical practice.

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Peter Tighe

Peter Tighe

CEO Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Appointed: August 2013

Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has announced the appointment of Peter Tighe as the CEO of a new agency tasked with implementing a national program for asbestos eradication.

Tighe will head the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), which began operation on 1 July and will implement a national plan for the safe handling and removal of asbestos-containing materials.

Previously the National Secretary of the Communications, Electrical, Plumbing Union, Tighe was awarded Occupational Health and Safety Campaigner of the year at the 2013 ACTU National Union Awards.

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Damien Ryan

Damien Ryan

Chair Central Australian Health Services Board Appointed: August 2013

The serving Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan will chair the Central Australian Health Services Board, Health Minister Robyn Lambley has announced.

Under changes to the rollout of health and hospital services in the Northern Territory, the Central Australian Health Service will have oversight of Alice Springs and Tennant Creek hospitals, operating as a statutory authority.

Ryan will lead the board as it begins formal operation in 2014.



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Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Chair Rural Health Workforce Australia Appointed: July 2013

The national peak body for rural health workforce provision, Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA), will benefit from the appointment of former WA Health Minister Ian Taylor as its new chair.

Previously chair of Rural Health West, Taylor brings extensive experience with rural and remote health policy. Taylor’s experience will be “valuable as RHWA continues its important work to make primary healthcare more accessible for the people of rural and remote Australia,” said RHWA deputy chair Bill Hamill.

RHWA recruits and supports health professionals across Australia. It also provides policy and program advice to the Department of Health and Ageing.

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Leanne Aitken

Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses Centre for Health Practice Innovation Appointed: July 2013

Improving outcomes for critically ill patients has been a focus of international research for Professor Leanne Aitken and one which has led to her becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.

The researcher from Griffith University’s Centre for Health Practice Innovation and Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, received the prestigious award for demonstrating leadership of critical care nursing as well as research to improve patient care and patient recovery after intensive care unit (ICU).

Aitken said she is honoured to receive such a prestigious award. “I am delighted to be recognised for my work on an international level and to see that it is now influencing nursing care practice around the world.”

At the same time, she has also been appointed an Honorary Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) in recognition for her outstanding contributions to critical care nursing.

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Kim Webber

Kim Webber

Executive Director Murray-Darling Medical School Appointed: June 2013

Dr Kim Webber has been appointed Executive Director of the proposed Murray-Darling Medical School.

The school is an initiative of Charles Sturt and La Trobe universities, and will address rural doctor shortages by increasing recruitment and retention of health professionals in remote areas.

Webber worked with the World Health Organisation’s Expert Panel in developing global policy recommendations to address rural health shortages.

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Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck

Lesley van Schoubroeck

Mental Health Commissioner Queensland Mental Health Commission Appointed: June 2013

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has announced the appointment of Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck as Queensland’s first Mental Health Commissioner.

“Dr van Schoubroeck will lead the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) that will launch on 1 July,” said Springborg.

Van Schoubroeck comes to the QMHC from the Western Australia Mental Health Commission, and will drive reform to improve mental health support and outcomes across the state.

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Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Chair Community Advisory Council Appointed: May 2013

Karen Burns has been announced as chair of the NSW Mental Health Commission’s new Community Advisory Council.

Burns has extensive experience in the mental health sector, holding governance positions in a number of community mental health organisations including Uniting Care Mental Health.

The Community Advisory Council is responsible for independent advice and guidance on the strategic direction of mental health services across the state.

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Natasha Stott Despoja

Deputy Chair beyondblue Appointed: April 2013

National depression initiative beyondblue has announced former leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott Despoja as its new deputy chair.

“Since joining the Board nearly five years ago, I have been immensely proud of the work done by beyondblue,” Stott Despoja said.

“[The position] will also allow me to better pursue issues that I’m particularly interested in such as those affecting women and gay, lesbian, bi, trans and intersex (GLBTI) people, and the rollout of beyondblue’s successful KidsMatter framework.”

beyondblue was established in October 2000 to engage the community on the social and personal impacts of depression and anxiety. The organisation began as a five-year initiative and has gone on to become a focal point for policy and projects targeting depression in Australia.

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Sam Sangster

Chief Executive Health Infrastructure Appointed: April 2013

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has announced the appointment of Sam Sangster as chief executive of Health Infrastructure. Sangster comes to the NSW Government agency with extensive experience in delivering infrastructure projects in both the public and private sectors.

Health Infrastructure is responsible for planning and construction of health major projects valued at over $10 million. It currently has more than 50 projects, in excess of $3 billion, within its remit.

“I am looking to bring further innovation to the delivery and funding of critical health and community infrastructure projects in NSW. This will involve bringing out the best on offer from the public and private sectors,” Sangster said.

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Associate Professor Lizzi Shires

Lizzi Shires

Interim co-director UTAS Rural Clinical School

Associate Professor Lizzi Shires has been appointed interim co-director at the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School (RCS).

Shires trained as a GP in the United Kingdom and spent 11 years working in health strategy. She is a specialist in public health and has worked as Associate Head of Community Medicine at the RCS for the last three years.

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Deborah Wilson

Interim co-director UTAS Rural Clinical School

Associate Professor Deborah Wilson has been appointed interim co-director of the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School (RCS) at Burnie.

Wilson is the Associate Head, Medical Education for Hospital and Acute Care, at RCS and a Consultant Anaesthetist at the North West Regional Hospital since 1998.

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Bill Healy

Bill Healy

Chair Forensicare Victoria Appointed: April 2013

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge has announced the appointment of Bill Healy as Chair of Forensicare, Victoria’s forensic mental health service. Healy is the Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work & Social Policy, La Trobe University, with previous experience in mental health review.

Forensicare is the Victorian Government’s specialist service for assessment and treatment of criminal offenders with mental health conditions.

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Bradley Foxlewin

Deputy Commissioner Mental Health Commission of New South Wales Appointed: March 2013

Bradley Foxlewin has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales. Foxlewin has advocated strongly against seclusion and restraint in support of better outcomes for people with mental illness.

Foxlewin was instrumental in the ACT government’s commitment to reduce incidents of seclusion or restraint in its mental health system.


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Paul Smith

Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division Executive Director State Government Victoria Appointed: March 2013

Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has announced the appointment of Paul Smith as Executive Director of the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division.

The Mental Health, Drugs and Regions division is responsible for the integrated approach to mental health and drugs service planning and delivery across Victoria. The division is also responsible for regional coordination and operational support.

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Dr Paul Mark

Director of Clinical Services Fiona Stanley public hospital Appointed: January 2013

Dr Paul Mark has been appointed Director of Clinical Services at Fiona Stanley public hospital. He was formerly Area Director of Medical Services for South Metropolitan Health Service.

Fiona Stanley public hospital (FSPH) is part of Liberal-National Government’s hospital building and refurbishment program, with $7 billion allocated to about 130 hospital projects throughout Western Australia.

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Jennifer Westacott

Chair Mental Health Council of Australia Appointed: March 2013

The Mental Health Council of Australia has appointed Jennifer Westacott as new Chair of its board. Westacott has been chief executive officer at the Business Council of Australia since 2011 and was previously a senior partner at KPMG. She has extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors and has over 20 years’ expereience in leadership positions in the NSW and Victorian Governments, including as Director of Housing and Secretary of Education and Training in Victoria.

Westacott replaces The Hon Rob Knowles who is stepping down as Chair after a long period of service.


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Patrick Reid

Chief Executive Officer Leading Age Services Australia Appointed: January 2013

Patrick Reid has been appointed chief executive officer of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA). Mr Reid takes over from inaugural CEO Gerard Mansour to head LASA at a critical time, with the Aged Care Reform draft legislation expected to be released late March and enacted by the end of June.

Reid was involved in negotiating and implementing several aspects of the Community Pharmacy Agreements, and brings to LASA extensive experience in delivering national programs and policy on behalf of a member organisation.

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Dr Mark Oakley Browne

Chief Psychiatrist State Government Victoria Appointed: March 2013

Dr Mark Oakley Browne has been appointed Victoria’s new Chief Psychiatrist. Dr Oakley Browne has been Clinical Director of Statewide and Mental Health Services in Tasmania – the equivalent of the Chief Psychiatrist in that State – since 2009 and has previously been a Deputy Chief Psychiatrist in Victoria. He has also held various academic positions at Monash University and was Clinical Director for Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services.

The Chief Psychiatrist is responsible for the medical care and welfare of persons receiving treatment or care for a mental illness. This includes a responsibility to enhance the welfare of consumers receiving treatment for a mental illness and their carers, within a recovery oriented model of care.


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