26 April, 2016

NACCHO appoints new CEO

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Turner.

NACCHO Chairperson, Matthew Cooke welcomed Ms Turner and said he looked forward to working with her to build on NACCHO’s successes and continue work to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

“We are thrilled to have a leader of Pat’s calibre join our team,” Mr Cooke said.

“Her breadth of experience in senior leadership positions in government, business and academia for more than 40 years means she is well placed to continue to implement NACCHO’s strategic plan to enhance and expand the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector.

“She has served in multiple roles at the Departmental Deputy Secretary level in the Australian Public Service; was the only Aboriginal person, only woman and longest serving CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC); and spent 18 months as Monash Chair of Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

“She was also inaugural CEO of NITV, setting it up, negotiating inclusion in Foxtel’s base package and commencing negotiations with SBS to secure a free to air channel.

“She has experience in regional communities, in the cut and thrust of government in Canberra and has travelled extensively throughout Australia in her various roles. This gives her an excellent appreciation of challenges facing our member Services in remote, regional and urban settings and how best to serve their interests.

“Her high level experience in government gives her good insights into negotiating the best possible solutions to increase our chances of Closing the Gap in ensuring improved health outcomes for our people

“She will be a great asset to NACCHO and our Member Services and we are looking forward to working with Ms Turner to strengthen our peoples’ futures.”

Ms Turner holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Canberra where she was awarded the University prize for Development Studies.

Ms Turner was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990 for her contribution to public service.

Ms Turner commences her new role on Tuesday, 26th April 2016.