New CEO of Canberra Health Service

Released 20/09/2018

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris today welcomed the appointment of Ms Bernadette McDonald as the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new Canberra Health Service organisation.

Ms McDonald has been appointed to the role for a period of six months, pending finalisation of a long term recruitment process.

Minister Fitzharris said she was looking forward to working with Ms McDonald and the leadership team to continue to deliver quality health care to the Canberra community.

“With the establishment of Canberra Health Service as its own organisation, the CEO role is a key leadership position,” said Minister Fitzharris.

“Ms McDonald comes to the role with significant experience leading hospital and health service delivery, as well as policy and program delivery. She has strong health leadership credentials and a commitment to working in partnerships and promoting positive workplace culture. Ms McDonald will play a key role in ensuring a smooth transition process for the organisation.

“Ahead of the separation of ACT Health next month, I am pleased that the leadership roles for our ACT public health system are now in place,” Minister Fitzharris said.

Bernadette McDonald

Bernadette is a former Deputy Chief Executive Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria. She has an extensive hospital, health services, policy development and program management background and has occupied senior roles in Victorian hospitals and in the Victorian Health and Human Services Department.

Bernadette has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Health Administration, post graduate diplomas in Health Services and Health Systems Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bernadette will commence in the role on 1 October 2018.

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