The Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board has reached a unanimous decision to appoint a former medico-legal lawyer and Catholic hospital and aged care executive as the new Catholic Health Australia chief executive officer, following an extensive executive search process.
Suzanne Greenwood, the current national chief executive officer of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, will commence as the Catholic Health Australia CEO in October. Currently based in Queensland, Mrs Greenwood will move with her husband and two children to Canberra to take up the CHA role.
Registrations are now open for Catholic Health Australia's national conference, "Prophetic Voices", to be held in Brisbane from August 25-27. Keynote speakers include Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton, 2014 Senior Australian of the Year Fred Chaney, Aged Care Pricing Commissioner Kim Cull, Aged Care Financing Authority chair Lynda O'Grady and refugee advocate Paris Aristotle. Scott Stephens, ABC's online editor of religion and ethics, will facilitate a number of sessions, including one analysing Pope Francis's vision for the Church and its ministries.
In May 2014, Catholic Health Australia released a new Advance Care Plan document to help ensure people think about their health care needs and discuss them with others. The resource provides a framework that is consistent with the CHA Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic health and aged care services, but has been designed to be appropriate for people of all faiths and none.