Noticeboard: Mirus Australia appoints new CEO

In this wrap: Benetas property general manager steps down; Australian Medical Association appoints secretary general; and National Rural Health Alliance appoints CEO.

In this story:

  • Mirus Australia appoints new CEO
  • Benetas property general manager steps down
  • Australian Medical Association appoints secretary general
  • National Rural Health Alliance appoints CEO

Mirus Australia appoints new CEO

Aged care sector consultancy Mirus Australia has appointed Andrew Farmer as chief executive officer.

Andrew Farmer

Mr Farmer previously worked in the manufacturing and banking sectors and recently led an enterprise-wide transformation project to embed an organisation’s strategy to enable modern operating procedures.

The appointment allows Mirus Australia co-founders James Price and fellow co-founder Robert Covino to focus on building and executing strategic channels and partnerships.

Mr Price said the executive team would benefit from Mr Farmer’s leadership and skills.

“You have to recognise as a founder that your role changes over time and you absolutely need to stick to your strengths and I look forward to supporting Andrew grow the business and support more clients with our services,” Mr Price told Australian Ageing Agenda.

Benetas property general manager steps down

Victorian-based aged care provider Benetas has announced its general manager of strategy, infrastructure and housing Chris Karagiannis will step down at the end of the month.

Chris Karagiannis

Mr Karagiannis, who commenced the role in July 2008, has led a number of multi-million-dollar development projects and expansions at Benetas.

“It’s been an honour to work for Benetas and be part of creating real change to the lives of older Victorians,” said Mr Karagiannis told AAA.

“In particular, I am proud to have played a part in the development of The Views in Heidelberg, expansion of Dalkeith Gardens, the development of The Peter Volk apartments in Altona Meadows and our recent amalgamation with Macedon Ranges Health,” he said.

Mr Karagiannis will commence as CEO of Salvation Army Housing in August.

Australian Medical Association appoints secretary general

The Australian Medical Association has appointed Dr Martin Laverty as secretary general.

Dr Laverty, who is finishing up in his current role of CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia shortly, was previously CEO of health and aged care peak Catholic Health Australia prior.

Dr Martin Laverty

He is a federal government-appointed director of both the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission advisory board and also a director of Health Direct.

His previous roles include member of the NSW Public Service Commission, chair of the NSW Heart Foundation and director of three NSW disability services charities.

On Dr Laverty’s appointment, AMA president Dr Tony Bartone said the AMA board chose a chief executive with advocacy and deep health policy experience, a background in working behind the scenes with ministers and departments, and a strong track record in campaigning for nation health reform.

Dr Laverty said he was looking forward to taking on the new role.

“I will work closely with the president and the AMA federal council to promote the calibre and central importance of the medical profession within our healthcare system in the face of many challenges,” Dr Laverty said.

National Rural Health Alliance appoints CEO

Rural, regional and remote health peak body the National Rural Health Alliance has appointed dietitian Dr Gabrielle O’Kane as CEO.

Dr Gabrielle O’Kane

Dr O’Kane, an academic and researcher, has worked in outback private and public practice in New South Wales for over 35 years.

Dr O’Kane is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute, and has been responsible for commissioning and governing drug and alcohol services for the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network.

NRHA chair Tanya Lehhman welcomed Dr O’Kane to the role.

“The NRHA Board is excited by the passion, lived rural clinical practice and teaching experience that Dr O’Kane brings to our organisation,” Ms Lehmann said.

Dr O’Kane replaces former NRHA CEO Mark Diamond.

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