AHHA welcomes new board chair: Dr Paul Dugdale

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is proud to announce the appointment its new Chair, Dr Paul Dugdale, who was elected unopposed at the organisation’s AGM last night in Sydney.

Dr Dugdale is also currently the Director of Chronic Disease Management for Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Associate Professor of Public Health at the Australian National University (ANU), and Director of the ANU Centre for Health Stewardship.

In speaking of his new role, Dr Dugdale said he was passionate about universal access to high quality healthcare for Australians.

“Australia has a great health system, but it cannot rest of its laurels,” Dr Dugdale said. “The AHHA is the peak lobby group for public hospitals as well as primary health and community-based health services.  We have the experience, commitment and drive to build on what works and lobby for improvements in our health system.”

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven acknowledged the work of outgoing Chair, Dr Paul Scown.

“Dr Paul Scown has led the AHHA with considerable skill and insight as we have navigated several years of health reform. With even more work to do in health reform, the AHHA will be well-positioned to taking a leading role with Dr Paul Dugdale at the helm,” Ms Verhoeven said.

Speaking at the AHHA’s conference, The Quantum Leap, Dr Scown reflected on the organisation’s achievements during his time as Chair.

“Anyone who is involved with the AHHA falls in love with the concept, the vision and the commitment to improving Australia’s healthcare system and making it high quality, accessible and affordable to all,” Dr Scown said.

“I’ve been part of the governance structure of the AHHA for the last 20 years, eight as vice president and then the last three as Chair.

“In that time, the organisation has really blossomed, transitioning to a new Chief Executive, growing from about three to 15 staff members and establishing the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, as well as Just Health Consultants. As a result, the organisation is now more sustainable and has gained an awful lot of credibility, now being seen as the ‘go-to’ group in terms of political stakeholders, federal and state governments and ministers, who actively seek advice from the AHHA.

“We’re in safe hands with Paul Dugdale as the new chair, and it’s terrific to refresh the board and welcome new members to both the Council and Board.”

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

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Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

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