The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced decorated public servant Amanda Cattermole as its incoming chief executive officer.

Ms Cattermole will join the ADHA with a history of senior leadership roles in service delivery in the public sector, leading high performing organisations, while growing customer satisfaction and staff engagement, and digital transformation across government and health sectors.

She was most recently chief operating officer at Services Australia, where she was interim CEO prior to that, and previously held deputy security roles in health service delivery in the Commonwealth and the Victorian governments.

Amanda Cattermole

Ms Cattermole, who was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2013, has master’s degrees in law and business administration and a Bachelor in Law and Commerce.

She replaces interim CEO and former chief operating officer Bettina McMahon, who stepped into the leadership role in February following the departure of Tim Kelsey.

ADHA board chair Dr Elizabeth Deveny said Ms Cattermole will bring knowledge to the agency at a time when digital health was more important than ever.

“The board has appointed a leader who is deeply skilled, committed to improving the health of all Australians and who understands the importance of digital innovation in better connecting Australia’s healthcare system,” Dr Deveney said.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt welcomed Ms Cattermole to the role.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms Cattermole and look forward to working closely together to drive technology in healthcare as the need has never been greater,” Mr Hunt said.

Ms Cattermole commences as CEO on 29 September.

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