The industry shuffle

One new managing director and a new organisational president are the appointments that top the recent list of industry movements.

Above: Gary Barnier, the new managing director of Domain Principle.

Staff at the Domain Principal Group will now look to a new leader, following the recent appointment of Gary Barnier as the organisation’s new managing director.

Mr Barnier’s new job title follows on from his temporary appointment as acting manager director in March this year and a previous stint as Domain’s chief financial officer, which began in January 2010.

He brings to the role extensive experience in the healthcare sector, having spent five years at DCA Group Limited as Chief Financial Officer, and was also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University during 2008 and 2009.

Chairman of the Domain Principal Group Board, Jack Ritch, said that Mr Barnier also possesses an understanding of the Australian aged care sector and strong management, marketing and financial skills.

“He is absolutely aware of the opportunity for the Domain Principal Group to contribute positively to the aged care industry, improve the overall quality of our residences, and the inherent challenges faced by all participants in the aged care sector,” said Mr Ritch. 

Mr Ritch said that in the last two months as acting MD, Mr Barnier introduced a number of important initiatives that clearly signalled a strong commitment to high quality care across all facilities.

A Clinical Governance Committee was established to apply greater rigour to care standards across its 59 facilities nationally. This committee consists of the five most senior registered nurses across the company and a geriatrician.

It is charged with reviewing and endorsing clinical standards and processes in all residences with the aim of ensuring they are all providing the highest standard of care, now and in the future.

New AMA President to be elected

The Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) vice president, Dr Steve Hambleton, will be elected unopposed as the body’s president later this month.

The news came as AMA secretary general, Mr Francis Sullivan, recently announced the nominations for the positions of president, vice president, chairman of AMA Council and treasurer.

Dr Hambleton, a GP from Brisbane, is the sole candidate for the presidency and will be formally elected at the AMA National Conference in Brisbane on 27-28 May.

Dr Hambleton replaces Dr Andrew Pesce, who is retiring after serving two terms as rresident.

Dr Geoffrey Dobb, the director of critical care at Royal Perth Hospital, will be elected unopposed as vice president. Dr Peter Ford, a GP from Adelaide, will remain as treasurer.

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