The Australian Private Hospitals Association Council has appointed Christine Gee as interim president of the Association following the resignation of Richard Royle.
Ms Gee commences her new role immediately, after Mr Royle tendered his official resignation to the board on Friday (12 February). The former UnitingCare Health executive director had previously signalled his intention to vacate the position to pursue new opportunities.
It’s not Ms Gee’s first time at the helm. The Toowong Private Hospital chief executive was first elected as APHA president in 2006 and served until the end of 2008.
Ms Gee is a long-serving APHA board member and is also chair of its Safety and Quality Taskforce.
APHA chief executive Michael Roff thanked Mr Royle for his service and welcomed Ms Gee back to the role.
“I’d like to sincerely thank Richard for his work not only during his time as president but during his more than 10 years as an APHA board member,” Mr Roff said.
“His strong leadership as vice-president and chair of the Policy and Advocacy Taskforce for eight years is also to be commended. He has steered APHA policy on such issues as private patients in public hospitals, health fund disputes and funding for chemotherapy patients.
“He also chaired the federal government’s review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record.
“Richard has left an indelible mark not just on APHA but on the entire private hospital sector. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
“The Council was unanimous in its decision to appoint Christine as interim president. Her service over the years has been outstanding and I speak for everyone when I say it’s great to have her back in the chair.”
Terence Seymour, UnitingCare Health’s executive director, has been appointed to fill the casual vacancy left on the APHA Council.
Mr Seymour has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and has developed considerable expertise in the areas of patient care, operational efficiency and business development.
Mr Roff said he was looking forward to Mr Seymour’s contribution over the coming months.
Ms Gee and Mr Seymour will serve in their respective positions until October, when the next APHA election is scheduled to take place.