Former aged care peak head Sean Rooney has been appointed chief executive officer of the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.

Former CEO of aged care provider peak body Leading Age Services Australia from 2016 until it merged with Aged & Community Services Australia in 2022 and national body Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Mr Rooney’s executive experience was welcomed by NQPHN board chair Terry Mehan.

Terry Mehan

“Sean has a demonstrated track record of achievement as a CEO, designing and executing strategy, effectively managing stakeholder engagement in complex and contested environments, and leading people and organisations through times of change.”

Mr Mehan also noted that Mr Rooney brings “practical experience where the health and aged care sectors meet” to the NQPHN CEO role.

“The board and I welcome Sean to NQPHN and look forward to working closely with him to lead an organisation that is focused on helping northern Queenslanders live happier, healthier, longer lives,” said Mr Mehan.

Mr Rooney said he was looking forward to building on the strong foundations already in place at the organisation, “strengthening stakeholder and partner relationships, and working with the NQPHN team on improving the health outcomes for all north Queenslanders.”

He added: “It’s my belief that healthcare should be accessible to all, and my focus will be to work with our teams, stakeholders, and communities to achieve the goals of the organisation.”

Mr Rooney commenced the role of NQPHN CEO on Monday.

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