The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced Amanda Cattermole PSM will be appointed as its new CEO, a move welcomed by the federal government. She joins from Services Australia where she was also CEO.

Cattermole will commence her new role on Tuesday 29 September.

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is responsible for national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

Cattermole replaces Bettina McMahon who had been interim ADHA CEO since February, following the departure of longline chief Tim Kelsey. Kelsey departed ADHA in December 2019 for an analytics role at global advisory HIMSS, after the launch of the controversial My Health Record system.

Amanda Cattermole PSM. Source: Linkedin

The new ADHA CEO has a long and distinguished history in the public sector, including senior roles at state and federal health and service agencies. She was awarded thePublic Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding service in leading reform of the provision of housing for indigenous people in remote communities and the National Gambling Reform Laws.

Most recently, Cattermole was CEO of Services Australia with responsibility for budget and financial services, people, governance, audit and risk. After acting as interim CEO earlier this year.

Welcoming Cattermole’s appointment on behalf of the ADHA, Board Chair Dr Elizabeth Deveny said “Amanda Cattermole is held in the highest regard across the public service and health sector and will bring a depth of knowledge and capability to the role of CEO at a time when digital health has never been more important. The Board has appointed a leader who is deeply skilled, committed to improving the health of all Australians and who understands the importance of digital innovation in better connecting Australia’s healthcare system.”

The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, said “I am pleased to welcome Ms Cattermole and look forward to working closely together to drive technology in healthcare as the need has never been greater.”

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